The Wellington Village Community Association

The Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) is a volunteer, non-profit community group of local residents that represents over 1,500 households in our neighbourhood.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Community Trivia Night- Friday, May 22nd, 8pm

Hello residents of Wellington Village!
Once again, there have been a lot of changes in our world since we last checked in with you. The Province continues to lift some of the restrictions in place (i.e. many businesses with a storefront are allowed to open) and just today the City announced the re-opening of parks (not play structures) and off-leash dog parks. As a community group we cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining physical distancing and other public health advice which is necessary to keep our community safe.
We have a great event to share. Please join us at 8pm on Friday, May 22nd, for an online COMMUNITY TRIVIA NIGHT in support of the businesses along Wellington West (Wellington Village and Hintonburg). The event is free and there are many gift cards to be won! Have fun and test your knowledge from the comfort of your living room. The event is brought to you by the WVCA, Hintonburg Community Association, the Wellington West BIA, and Councilor Leiper with a special thanks to Invest Ottawa. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/338553270459881/ 


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Important Covid-19 Updates

Hello residents of Wellington Village,
 
We hope you're doing well and had a pleasant Easter and Passover, despite the situation we find ourselves in. It's been a couple of weeks since our last post and, as you know, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be an ever-evolving issue. We know that everyone is being bombarded with news about the virus but we do have a few important, local updates to share.
 
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Information- OPH has distributed a letter to Community Associations which helps clarify who should be tested, guidance for people who need to seek care about where to go, helping children cope during the pandemic, physical distancing for parents, teens and children, support for older adults as well as others, guidance on physical distancing, and maintaining positive mental health. Councillor Leiper has posted it on his website. You can find it here:https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/oph-letter-community-associations
 
Unsafe at Home Ottawa- A new text and online chat tool was launched today to provide help and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.  
  • Text and online chat service available 7 days a week from 8:30 am to midnight.
  • Safe, encrypted technology ensures conversations are confidential and secure.
  • Trained counsellors provide advice, referrals and support in English and French.
Text (613) 704-5535
Chat online unsafeathomeottawa.ca

Community Support- The Champlain Community Support Network, including Ottawa West Community Support, are helping seniors in Eastern Ontario in a variety of ways including grocery and pharmacy delivery, Meals on Wheels, telephone safety checks, transportation and dementia support. To learn more:
https://communitysupport.covidresponse.ca/

Construction- Although some construction work is still being allowed to continue, the Elmdale Public School Addition and Renovation as well as the Rosemount Library renovation have been deemed non-essential and the projects have been put on hold until further notice. We are waiting for more information on the status of the Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation Project and will post an update when available.

Parks and Recreation Facilities- As you must know by now, City parks and recreation facilities have been closed until at least June 30. All parks are closed except for walk-throughs which means you can only walk, run or bike through the park. By-law officers have been ticketed those who do not comply. To learn more:https://ottawa.ca/en/health-and-public-safety/covid-19-ottawa/impacted-city-facilities-and-services#city-parks-and-amenities-are-now-closed-walkthroughs-permitted-only


Shopping Etiquette- Ottawa Public Health has developed a great infographic with tips on how best to ensure you and store staff's safety when shopping for essentials. You can find it here: http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/shopping-etiquette-advice-oph

Cleaning up the Capital- To add to the growing list of cancelled events, this year's Clean up the Capital has been cancelled and Ottawa Public Health states that no clean ups should be undertaken off your property.

Coffee House Discussions- In case you haven't heard, Ottawa Architect Rosaline Hill have been hosting Coffee House Discussions related to Ottawa's Maturing Neighbourhoods. The discussions are now being delivered over Zoom. The next one is on Walkable Neighbourhoods on April 16th. For more details: https://www.rjhill.ca/coffee-house-discussion-series
 

Stay Safe. Stay at Home. Save Lives.

Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Support our Community During Covid-19

Hello Wellington Village,


It's been a little while since we last communicated with you; like everyone else, we've been adjusting to life with the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that everyone is healthy, safe and staying at home (if you can). We want to commend and thank the amazing front-line workers who are committed to helping others during this pandemic.


From medical staff, first responders, those working at grocery stores, pharmacies, and all essential businesses, we thank you for your continued dedication to serving others. People have been coming up with some creative ways to show their appreciation for health care workers and other essential service workers including cheering on their front yard and writing messages and leaving teddy bears in their front windows. Unfortunately, there have been reports of unkind behaviour towards some essential service workers. Many people are under extreme stress and feelings of anxiety and fear can bring out the worst in people but it's extremely important to be kind to one another. A smile and a thank you can go a long way.


If you're looking for ways to help others (other than practicing physical/social distancing and staying at home), Jeff Leiper's office has compiled a list of volunteers (https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/ward-volunteer-call-out) so you may want to check in with his office for more information. There's also Volunteer Ottawa that you could look into (see more information in post below). The Parkdale Food Centre (https://parkdalefoodcentre.ca/) is a tremendous resource in our greater community. Unfortunately, they were forced to temporarily close down operations last week. Hopefully, they will be running again soon. If volunteering is not possible for you right now, giving a monetary donation is always welcomed and is greatly needed at this time.


One of things we all love about Wellington Village is the wonderful shops, restaurants and businesses we have in the neighbourhood. Sadly, our small businesses are really struggling right now. The Wellington West BIA (https://wellingtonwest.ca/) has been working hard to communicate how the community is impacted by the closure, or part closure, of so many businesses. We strongly encourage you to look for ways to continue to support your favourite businesses. Shop local for your groceries and supplies if you can and think about the kind of community we want when this is all over.


Other ways to connect with neighbours or offer services are: joining or setting up a Facebook group; chatting with friends and neighbours over Zoom or Facetime; joining Nextdoor neighbourhood hub or Caremongering Ottawa.


If you don't already receive Councilor Leiper's newsletter we strongly encourage you to subscribe. He has been doing a wonderful job of informing residents of any new developments. http://kitchissippiward.ca/


As you know, this is a rapidly changing event so for the quickest source of information you can follow the Ottawa Public Health on Twitter at: @ottawahealth or @OttawaSante
the Kitchissippi Ward at: @KitchissippiOtt
or the WVCA at: @theWVCA


Sorry for yet another long-winded email about Covid-19 but we hope that, at least some of this, was helpful to you. If you have any questions or ideas about how to support our community further, please reach out to the WVCA at president@wvca.ca

Wishing you and your families health and happiness.


Kimberly Patriquin
President, Wellington Village Community Association

Letter from Ottawa Public Health and City of Ottawa re. Covid-19

To all Ottawa-area Community Associations,
 
As Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa continue to move forward in our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are writing to provide greater clarity on a number of communications and ask for your support in sharing information with members of your community.


It is important to recognize that the COVID-19 situation is evolving very quickly. Please refer to OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the latest information. 


For information relevant to businesses and workplaces, please visit: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/workplacecovid19
 
Social Distancing
Ottawa Public Health is urging everyone to practice physical (social) distancing. More information on physical (social) distancing for you and your family can be found on our website.


The province of Ontario is ordering non-essential workplaces to close-down as of Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Further details can be found on the OPH website for workplaces.
 
Our efforts are needed as a community. The actions you take will affect not only you but your loved ones and our community’s most vulnerable residents. While we appreciate that people are thinking of their loved ones, now is not the time to visit them in person. Luckily, we have technology on our side, which enables us to communicate in other creative ways like video chats and group phone calls.

Physical (social) distancing by all is IMPERATIVE to limit transmission in the community, to protect older adults, vulnerable populations and outbreaks in institutions. We must “flatten the curve” so we don’t see spikes in cases. This means that we want to slow down transmission of the virus and reduce the number of cases in the community that happen at the same time, so that our health system continues to work properly. Here are some ways that you and your family can practise physical (social) distancing:   
  • Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible.  
  • Avoid visiting elderly friends or relatives. Use the telephone, video chats or social media to stay connected unless the visit is absolutely essential.  
  • Avoid all non-essential trips outside your home.  
  • Keep the windows down if you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare.  
  • Cancel group gatherings and limit your contact to those within your home. 
  • Hold virtual meetings or get-togethers.  
  • Spend time outside and in settings where people can maintain a two-metre (six feet) distance from each other.
  • Take precautions to maintain distance in shared spaces in multi-unit dwellings;
  • Avoid crowded elevators (wait for an empty one if you can). 
  • Avoid using the mail room or laundry room at the same time as other residents (keep to a small number at a time to maintain distance).  
Physical (social) distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Check in with others by phone or other technology. Check in with yourself. It’s ok not to be ok. Please know that help is available, and we encourage you to reach out to Distress Centre of Ottawa to connect with someone at 613-238-3311 if needed.
 
Self-Isolation
Many people are returning home from March Break or winter travel and will need groceries and essential items. It is imperative that all returning travellers self-isolate for 14 days, so groceries and essential items should be picked up by a family member or friend, or through on-line ordering options. Visit our website for further guidance on self-isolation. We have been working with the Ottawa International Airport to ensure this is being communicated clearly to returning travellers.
 
You also need to self-isolate if you live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, OR is suspected to have COVID-19, OR who has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada.
  
Human Needs Taskforce
Our community partners are working together through the City’s Human Needs Task Force for those requiring assistance.  The task force is receiving, assessing and triaging all social and human needs inquiries, while mobilizing and supporting community organizations to address urgent community needs. The Human Needs Task Force aligns internal city resources, external partners, existing funding and new funding to community need.
 
Outreach to Isolated Seniors
 
The Good Companions’ Seniors Centre Without Walls has expanded its services with a focus on outreach to vulnerable and isolated seniors and other populations. Emotional and practical support is provided via telephone. In addition, they have trained 20 agencies (32 staff) to do similar outreach calls through various programs.
Rural Ottawa Support Services is working with Good Companions to provide similar telephone outreach and practical supports to isolated seniors through their A Friendly Voice program, which does wellness calls connecting seniors to local services and programs.
 
Ottawa Community Housing has facilitated wellness check phone calls to approximately 2,700 residents, focusing on people identified on the Fire Evacuation List.
Food Security
 
Ottawa Food Bank is supporting the emergency food centres and are coordinating with other task force members to sort and deliver food where needed. Demand has increased by 30 per cent across community food banks. They are working with the Salvation Army to support distribution of food hampers offered by local restauranteurs. The City is providing facility space for safe storage of food hampers.  
Meals on Wheels has been increasing offers of frozen food for seniors in the Ottawa area and connecting with Ottawa Food Bank to provide hamper supplies and deliveries. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, they are delivering 100 fresh and 700 frozen meals daily. These services have ensured a supply of full dinners for those individuals in need.
Urgent Transportation
Working with other non-profit organizations, the Good Companions and Champlain Community Support Network are coordinating urgent transportation to medical appointments, assessment centres, and food centres/grocery stores for those with financial constraints, transportation difficulties, and/or health and mobility issues.
Services can be accessed by contacting Good Companions website or by telephone at 613-236-0428.

Volunteer Coordination
The City and United Way of Eastern Ontario are developing a plan to support volunteer coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer Ottawa has established a pool of pre-screened volunteers and will continue to accept new applicants.
 
Stay Updated
Information is changing rapidly and Ottawa Public Health is working around the clock to provide information to the public as soon as possible.
 
Please share this information and receive the latest updates by:
Reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands. 
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Thank you for your partnership.
 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Have Your Voice Heard!


The City of Ottawa has opened the three public consultations below. We encourage all residents of Wellington Village to take part.


Community Safety and Well-being Plan- The City is seeking our feedback on Ottawa's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. How can residents, organizations and government work together to address well-being and safety issues in our communities?https://engage.ottawa.ca/Community-Safety-Well-Being-Plan


Solid Waste Master Plan- The public consultation process to guide development of a new solid waste strategy is now open. The plan, to be completed by the end of 2021, will guide how we manage solid waste, including garbage, recycling and composting, over the next 30 years.
https://engage.ottawa.ca/solid-waste-master-plan


Ward Boundaries Review- The first round of public consultations has opened for the Ward Boundaries Review. The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the city's 23 wards.
https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/ward-boundary-review-2020











Renaming the Harmer bridge to the Jackie Holzman Bridge


The City of Ottawa is proposing to rename the Harmer bridge as the Jackie Holzman Bridge.


Mrs. Holzman is a passionate accessibility advocate, devoting her efforts to improve housing and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She was the first Jewish woman and third woman to become Mayor of Ottawa. She worked tirelessly during her time at City Hall to bridge differences between communities and to unite residents around important issues. Mrs. Holzman continues to improve the community, co-founding Compassionate Ottawa to help people live as long and as well as they can.


To submit written comments about the proposal or to get more information, please email namingottawa@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424, extension 27551. The deadline for written comments is Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Scott St. Sewer/Watermain Rehabilitation Open House- February 20th


The WVCA would like to inform residents that the City of Ottawa is holding an open house on the Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation Project which will run from Smirle Avenue to Athlone Avenue. This project will have a significant impact on the residents of Wellington Village and we strongly encourage you to attend the open house.


OPEN HOUSE DETAILS:
Date: Thursday, February 20th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (7pm presentation)
Location: Churchill Seniors Centre- Main Hall (345 Richmond Road)


The City has provided the following information regarding the project:


WHY: To rehabilitate and repair the aging sewers and watermains in Scott Street, from west of Athlone Avenue to Smirle Avenue. This work will be completed in advance of the proposed LRT Stage 2 Transitway Detour.  The LRT Stage 2 Detour is currently planned for late 2021, and will see Transitway buses detoured on to Scott Street between Churchill Avenue and Smirle Avenue.


WHAT: The project includes sewer and watermain infrastructure improvements, and will also include the widening of the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott Street, from east of Island Park Drive to Smirle Avenue.


To facilitate construction, eastbound Scott Street vehicular traffic will be closed between Island Park Drive and Ross Avenue.  As a result, traffic will be detoured to Richmond-Wellington from Churchill Avenue to Holland Avenue, and north to Scott Street.  The detour of eastbound vehicular traffic will require geometric roadway modifications and temporary parking restrictions along Richmond-Wellington for the duration of the detour.     


WHEN: Construction activities will commence in late spring 2020 with anticipated completion in December 2020.


WHERE: This project will take place on Scott Street between Winona Avenue and Smirle Avenue including the following:
  • Scott Street (from Island Park Drive to Ross Avenue) - Sanitary sewer and watermain replacement
  • Scott Street (just east of Island Park Drive) – Storm sewer replacement
  • Scott Street (McRae Avenue to Clifton Road) – Sanitary sewer replacement
  • Scott Street (just west of Athlone Avenue, at Athlone Avenue and at Smirle Avenue) – sanitary sewer spot repairs
At the Public Open House, you will be able to review the detailed design plans and traffic detours and provide comments and feedback.  Representatives from the City and the consulting team will present the project at 7:00pm and be available to answer your questions before and after.


Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special consideration, please contact the undersigned. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request, at the following link: www.ottawa.ca/accessibleformat


For more information, please refer to the link below:
https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/scott-street-sewerwatermain-rehabilitation-open-house-be-held-feb-20