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Council presentations today

Presentations by Dr. Etches and City staff at today's Council meeing.


City facilities and event closures extended until end of June; workforce adjustments

This afternoon, Council received the following memo from the City Manager outlining the extension of the closures affecting large public gatherings and City facilities, as well as workforce adjustments. In a media briefing today, the Mayor stressed that the job reductions will be temporary.


Parks closures

I have been fielding a lot of questions about the parks closures as tickets begin to be issued against residents in violation of the orders. While everything can and will evolve, here's my understanding as I write about what is and isn't allowed.


Provincial pandemic projections

The Province provided today its assumptions and projections about the spread of Covid-19. I've attached that .pdf below for ease of retrieval. 


Help for those in Hintonburg/Mechanicsville

Thanks to a group of residents in Hintonburg and Mechanicsville who have organized to provide help to those who may need it in the current pandemic. See their poster for details.


Financial assistance

The City has published a new fact sheet outlining the various measures different levels of government have made available to those in financial distress as a result of the pandemic. View those in the PDF below.


OC Transpo service adjustments

This afternoon, Council received the memo below from OC Transpo management.

The purpose of this memo is to provide an update about upcoming changes to bus service. On Monday, we will be adjusting conventional bus service across the network to reflect lower customer volumes, while maintaining space for safe physical distancing for the protection of our customers and staff.


Emergency numbers during pandemic

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress as a result of the pandemic, the attached .pdf has numbers to call to get information related to food security, isolation and financial help.


Coronavirus Council presentations

Both Ottawa Public Health's Dr. Etches and City Manager Steve Kanellakos made presentations today at Council on the coronavirus. For ease of accessing those, I've posted those here. I have also posted the Mayor's declaration of a state of emergency in the City.


Update on novel coronavirus: speaking notes – Dr. Vera Etches

This afternoon, Dr. Etches was available to the media as part of their regular media briefings. Councillors and the public have been provided with her introductory written speaking notes, provided here. Of note is her focus on eliminating non-essential trips out of the home.

Good afternoon, everyone. Bonjour.