Walk for Alzheimer’s

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Residents are invited by the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa to attend the annual “Walk For Alzheimer’s” on the morning of Saturday, May 13. This year, the event takes place at Tunney’s Pasture.

 

At the present time, approximately 20,000 people in our community live with dementia and this number is expected to double in 10 years. More than 40,000 caregivers are providing thousands of hours of help each year with the journey of dementia being one of the hardest roads a family will ever walk.

 

Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a group warm up at 9 a.m. and the Walk starts immediately afterwards. Thanks to community participation, over 1,000 participants raised over $400,000 at last year’s event and this year, the Alzheimer’s Society is hoping to see the same tremendous show of support.

 

Residents can register now at www.alzheimerottawa.ca to join or form a team or sponsor someone who is participating www.walkforalzheimers.ca (our local Alzheimer Society’s team – comprised of staff and volunteers is called The Brainy Bunch.)

 

I hope that all interested residents are available to participate in this extremely worthwhile event.

National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

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On Friday, April 28th, individuals and organizations in Canada and the world will gather to mourn the loss of life and injury to workers due to workplace accidents.

 

A memorial service will be held in Vincent Massey Park at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) monument. The service is set to commence at 12:30 and last until approximately 1:15 PM.

 

I highly encourage all residents who have been affected by a workplace tragedy to come and share in this Day of Mourning ceremony.

Stittsville United Church Musical – “Moses – Are We There Yet?”

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From May 6-7, the Stittsville United Church is excited to present “Moses – Are We there Yet?” – a musical drama.  The story of Moses is interfaith as it is linked with narratives from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.

 

The play will be performed at the Stittsville United Church (6255 Fernbank Rd) on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, May 7th at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

 

I hope that residents enjoy the show!

Canadian-themed Choir Concert Events

I would like to let residents know about two great musical events with very Canadian themes taking place this May from some of our local choirs.

 

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers

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The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and the GJS Teens and Junior Jubilees in collaboration with Picton’s Command Performance Choir are proud to present “Made in Canada”. On May 6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2:00 PM, the singers will take the stage at the Trinity Presbyterian Church (1817 Richardson Side Rd) for the world premiere of 3 original compositions by Ottawa composers: Stephen Eisenhauer, Laura Hawley and James Wright.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $10 for youth.

 

As well as Canada’s 150th, the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! For more information, please visit http://gjsingers.com

West Ottawa Ladies’ Chorus

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On May 13th, the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus’ will celebrate Canada’s waterways, its diverse peoples, looming mountains and vast plains in their spring concert – “Sea to Sea to Sea – Celebrating Canadian Music”.

 

In three and four part harmony the chorus will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through song.

The concert will be held on May 13th at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (children under 12 get in free). Ticket and contact information is also available at www.westottawaladieschorus.ca

I encourage residents to stop by for both of these great and very Canadian musical showings of local talent.

OWAA Exhibition and Sale

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The Ottawa West Arts Association (OWAA) will be hosting an exhibition and art sale on May 13th in tribute of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

 

The event will take place from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) and will feature  100 – 150 paintings and photographs depicting Canadian landscapes, people, flora, fauna, and architecture.

 

I encourage all residents with an interest in beautiful Canadian art to stop by and see what OWAA has to offer!

Tulip Festival Special Events and Volunteer Request

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With the Month of May around the corner, the 65th annual Ottawa Tulip Festival is on its way and with Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in full swing, there are many special events to enjoy.

 

The festival runs from May 12-22 at Lansdowne Park. In memory of Canada’s provision of safe haven for the Dutch Royal Family during World War II, it is celebrated each year in Ottawa as a gesture of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

 

This year, keep your eyes peeled for the special commemorative Canada 150 Tulip! If you have planted some of these special tulips, please provide us with some photos by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca to be featured in a future column.

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Tickets are on sale now for the following experiences:

 

The Tulip Festival is also looking for volunteers to assist in making the 65th Anniversary Festival memorable and special. Thousands of visitors are expected, and your help is requested in the following areas: Hospitality Teams, Information Ambassadors, Festival Film Crew, Catering Team, Logistics Assistants and The Gleam Team. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.tulipfestival.ca/get-involved/volunteers/

 

I would like to invite all residents to find a chance to enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air before the tulip festival closes May 22. As an annual tradition unique to Ottawa, this is a wonderful opportunity to be proud of the city that we are fortunate enough to live in and the rich history it represents.

For more festival information, visit the Canadian Tulip Festival website.

Opioid Overdose Update

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I would like to take a moment to share a public service announcement that was released today from Ottawa Public Health regarding the ongoing efforts to reduce illicit opioid overdoses in Ottawa:

 

 

The Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (OPRTF) is alerting the public about an increase in suspected drug overdose-related emergency department visits in Ottawa in the last 72 hours – with 15 life-threatening or potentially life-threatening suspected cases reported over that time period (April 18 to April 20).

The OPRTF monitors suspected drug overdose-related emergency department data daily to be able to appropriately respond should a sharp increase of overdose-related emergency department visits occur in the community.

An overdose is a medical emergency. Anyone who suspects or witnesses an overdose should immediately call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been given.

 

In February 2017, Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Service issued an Alert of Potential Risk of Overdose from Counterfeit Prescription Pills in Ottawa being involved with life-threatening overdoses and deaths.

 

Although the OPRTF cannot confirm that these overdoses are related to intentional or counterfeit opioid-use, when a sudden increase in the number and severity of suspect drug-related emergency department visits is observed during a short period of time, there is always a possibility of counterfeit drugs being cut with opioids.

 

Residents are reminded of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose:

  • Breathing will be slow or gone
  • Lips and nails are blue
  • Person is not moving
  • Person may be choking
  • You can hear gurgling sounds or snoring
  • Person can’t be woken up
  • Skin feels cold and clammy
  • Pupils are tiny

 

Residents who use drugs, or their loved ones, are advised of the ways to reduce their risk of overdose:

  • Avoid using drugs alone
  • Avoid mixing drugs or combining with alcohol
  • Use a small amount first to test strength
  • Use less drug(s) when tolerance may be lower (change in health status or weight, recent release from prison, treatment program or hospital)

Getting drugs from a non-medical source such as a friend, ordering online, or a drug dealer is very risky and potentially life-threatening. There is no way to know what is actually in them or how toxic they may be. Drugs should only be purchased or obtained from a local pharmacy or a registered medical professional.

 

To help police find the sources of counterfeit pills, it is important to report this information to police. You can call Crime Stoppers and report anonymously. Submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), texting CRIMES (274637), keyword “tip252”. You can also download the Ottawa Police Service app for iOS or Android.

 

Naloxone can buy time while paramedics are en route. You can get a take-home naloxone kit for free from pharmacies and other agencies in Ottawa. To find a participating pharmacy near you check this list of pharmacies that have naloxone. For more about overdoses and how to prevent them, visit StopOverdoseOttawa.ca

Members of the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force, include Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Paramedic Services, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Services, OC Transpo, The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal Ottawa Hospital, Montfort Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario,  Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services, The Office of the Regional Coroner, Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, Respect Pharmacy, Champlain Local Health Intergration Network, Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Ottawa Carleton Pharmacist Association, Direction de santé publique, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais.

Nuisance mosquito control measures in Kanata North

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As approved at city council last year, in order to control nuisance mosquito growth in Kanata North and the surrounding areas, larvicide will be applied throughout the summer, beginning with ground applications this week until September 15.

The Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito Control Program deals with treating mosquito larvae in wetlands so they won’t hatch. No part of the program involves targeting adult mosquitoes.

Contractors, hired by the City of Ottawa, will do daily ground applications of a liquid larvicide in selected areas throughout the program. The application of granular larvicides through the air, by helicopter, is expected to take place sometime in the next two weeks.

The program will use Bti, (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) and Bs (Bacillus Sphaericus), which are naturally-occurring bacteria, that is dropped directly into the water where the larvae are found. Feeding larvae draw it in with the water, which stops them from becoming adult mosquitoes.

The Health Canada Regulatory Agency states that Bti and Bs have no effect on humans, birds, fish, animals or other insects, but destroys the stomachs of mosquito larvae that hatch in water.

Quality control includes weekly monitoring at five sites. There will also be post-treatment larva surveillance and extra applications of larvicide if needed.

The treatment area map and program details can be found on ottawa.ca. For further information about the larvicide application, please contact GDG Environnement at INFO@GDG.CA, or call, toll free: 1-877-227-0552.

Order of Ottawa

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Last year, the City of Ottawa was pleased to present the Order of Ottawa to 15 deserving and extraordinary Ottawa citizens in recognition of their exceptional contributions in many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment.

On November 16, 2017, Mayor Jim Watson will again present this prestigious award at a ceremony at City Hall to residents of Ottawa who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will also be presented at this ceremony.  Created in 2003, this award is in recognition of Mr. Kilrea’s 1000th career victory and acknowledges the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be submitted online or by completing a nomination form included in pamphlets that will be delivered to your offices this week, and will also be available at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 8, before midnight. Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission. Members of Council are invited to nominate individuals. Please remember that this award is for more than just volunteers; it is for achievement in one’s career as well.

Noise By-law Review – Online Survey

The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1.

 

The online survey will provide residents with brief facts on the by-law and an opportunity to give their opinions on the possible changes and additions.

 

Residents can also register at one of the following three, in-person public workshops, where participants can collaboratively share ideas on creating solutions to various noise-related issues:

 

  • Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Greenboro Community Centre
    Room: Meeting Room A & B

 

  • Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    McNabb Recreation Centre
    Room: Assembly Hall

 

  • Monday, May 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Overbrook Community Centre
    Room: Main Reception Hall

 

Space is limited at all three workshops. Interested participants can register at ottawa.ca. All sites are accessible. When you register, please advise of any accommodations you may require.

 

Feedback from the online consultation and workshops will be combined with other studies and stakeholder consultations to develop a recommendations report that will go before the Community and Protective Services Committee, currently scheduled on May 18, and City Council on May 24.

 

I highly encourage all residents to take a moment to complete the survey to share their thoughts on any potential future changes to the By-law.