Ottawa Public Health Lyme disease program for 2019

As
spring is finally arriving, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is resuming its Lyme
disease program for 2019. While there are tremendous health benefits to getting
out and enjoying activities in the City’s many outdoor areas, it is important
that residents be aware of the risks of Lyme disease, particularly if they are
in areas suitable for ticks, e.g., wooded areas or areas with tall grasses. Key
messages for the prevention of Lyme disease continue to be:

  • Applying an approved insect repellent
    containing DEET or icaridin
  • Wearing long pants and tucking them into your
    socks
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children
    and pets
  • Checking your pet daily for ticks, especially
    if it spends time in wooded or overgrown areas
  • Removing ticks as soon as possible. If you find
    a tick on your body, using fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick's head as
    close to the skin as possible and pull slowly until the tick is removed. Do not
    twist or rotate the tick. Do not use a match, lotion or anything else on the
    tick.
  • Seeing your doctor if a tick has been attached
    for 24 or more hours or if it appears partially or fully engorged or if you are
    not sure. Also see your doctor if you develop a fever and other symptoms of
    Lyme disease (see OPH’s website at the link below) within 32 days of having had
    a tick attached.

OPH
continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and
Public Heath Ontario to inform its programming and communications.
Participating in the Provincial surveillance program is an important aspect of
our programming to track the expansion of blacklegged tick populations and the
increasing prevalence of B. burgdorferi, the bacterial species that
causes Lyme disease. In addition, OPH continues to collaborate with the
research being done by uOttawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health into
preferred tick habitat and factors of Lyme disease risk in Ottawa, which will
help inform our surveillance and public communication strategies. 

This
morning your office will have receive a supply of Lyme disease factsheets and
tick keys, which you can distribute to residents. A pdf version of the
factsheet is also attached to this email. We would encourage you to share it
widely through your various networks and/or platforms. We appreciate your
assistance in helping to ensure residents are aware of the risk of Lyme disease
and the practical measures they can easily take to reduce their risk.

If you, your staff or residents have any questions, please visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca/lymedisease or call OPH at 613-580-6744.

Click here to view the Lyme and Tick Fact Sheet.


Al Tweddle receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas and Orléans Ward Councillor Matthew Luloff
presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Al Tweddle at City Council today,
in recognition of over 50 years of volunteering in his community.

Al Tweddle has volunteered in his Orléans community for over 50 years.
As one of the first residents of Queenswood Heights, he played a pivotal role
in shaping the neighbourhood and he helped create several area parks, including
Racine and Kinsella parks. He was instrumental in expanding the number of
outdoor rinks in the community and has helped  maintain different rinks
over the past 50 years. He also established a toboggan hill in the area and was
responsible for building the Queenswood Tennis courts.

When not involved in Queenswood Heights, Mr. Tweddle has devoted much of
his time to developing the features of Petrie Island. He was a founding member
of the Friends of Petrie Island, the organization that developed and maintained
the island’s original public beach, established nature trails and protected the
island’s habitat. The picnic section of Petrie Island has been officially named
the Al Tweddle Picnic Area. Mr. Tweddle was recognized with a United Way
Community Builder Award in 2008 for his many volunteering efforts.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic
honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through
outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary
commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may
include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable
work, community building or other exemplary achievements.


Maureen McTeer receives the Key to the City

Ottawa – Mayor Jim
Watson presented the Key to the City to Maureen McTeer at a ceremony at City
Hall this evening, in recognition of her strong advocacy and support of gender
equality in Canada, her commitment to the defence of women’s health, care, and
reproductive rights, and her outstanding accomplishment as a best-selling
author.

Born in Ottawa and raised in Cumberland, Ms. McTeer is
a distinguished lawyer and an adjunct professor of health law at the University
of Ottawa. She is dedicated to fighting for gender equality and advocating for
better health care. Her work has been recognized with a Governor General's
Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and a DIVA Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Women's Health and Well-Being.

Ms. McTeer volunteers with several organizations,
including the Commission on Pollution and Health, the White Ribbon Alliance,
the Canadian Osteoporosis Society, the Royal Commission on New Reproductive
Technologies and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

A best-selling author, Ms. McTeer has written four
books, including a memoir. She is currently working on her first novel and a
collection of short stories.

Quotes

“Maureen McTeer has spent much of her life working to
improve the quality of life of others. She has been a champion for women’s
health issues and a dedicated advocate for gender equality. She is an expert on
law, science and public policy with impressive academic credentials and our
City is richer for having her here.”

Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson

Key Facts

The Key to the City

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious
    award.
  • An ornamental key is presented to esteemed residents,
    visitors and others whom the City wishes to honour. This practice evokes
    medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and
    locked at night. The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and
    leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of residents.
  • Previous recipients include:
    • Figure skater Patrick Chan
    • Former politician Paul W. Dewar
    • Organ donor advocate Hélène Campbell
    • President and CEO of the National Arts Centre Peter A.
      Herrndorf
    • The Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon
      Johnston
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth (now Her Majesty
      Queen Elizabeth II)
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the
      Netherlands
    • Author Margaret Atwood
    • Photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh
    • The Community Foundation of Ottawa
    • Actress Sandra Oh
    • Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
    • The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief
      Justice of Canada
    • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek
    • Journalist Michel Picard

Biography – Maureen McTeer

Born in Ottawa and raised near
Cumberland, Maureen McTeer is a distinguished lawyer and author, and an adjunct
professor of health law at the University of Ottawa. As an expert on law,
science and public policy, Ms. McTeer has lectured at universities in Ottawa,
Calgary, British Columbia, California and Washington. She has presented at
several conferences on women’s equality and domestic violence. 

For more than four decades, Ms. McTeer
has been an advocate for gender equality in Canada and a role model for women
at home and abroad. She has advocated for greater public funding for women’s
health care and defended women’s health and reproductive rights.

Ms. McTeer has published four
best-selling books, including a historical book about the residences of
Canada’s leaders, a book for students on Canada’s parliamentary system, a
personal memoir and a law and policy book on ethical and legal challenges
raised by science and technology. She is currently writing her first novel and
a book of short stories.

Ms. McTeer has focussed on major
projects of democratic reform. She was a founder and the first chairperson of
the Canadian Bar Association’s Eastern and Central European Legal Internship
Programs, which, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, brought young lawyers and
judges from Europe to Canada.

Ms. McTeer has volunteered with many
organizations, including the Commission on Pollution and Health, the Canadian
Nurses Association, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada,
the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, the Trudeau
Foundation, the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, the University
of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Calgary International Organ Festival, the White
Ribbon Alliance, the Canadian Osteoporosis Society, the Royal Commission on New
Reproductive Technologies and the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre.


Mayor Watson’s statement in response to LUMCO’s municipal services cuts concerns

Ottawa - This morning Mayor Watson and the Chair
of the Ottawa Board of Health, Councillor Keith Egli, took part in a conference
call with members of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) to
discuss the impacts of the recent provincial Budget on municipalities.

LUMCO has released the attached news release outlining their concerns with the cuts to public health and many other vital municipal services.

“When the City is in a state of emergency from the
flooding, the need for an effective public health unit could not be more
evident. The funding cuts to both public health and the conservation
authorities’ flood mitigation efforts could not have come at a worse time,”
said Mayor Jim Watson. “The recent provincial announcements show that this is a
covert budget, with the funding cuts and provincial downloads revealed through
funding allocation letters to municipal programs. The impact of these reduced
funding allocations creates immediate pressures for Ottawa as the 2019
municipal budget has already been set.”

“In the last several days, we have seen Ottawa Public
Health (OPH) step up to contribute significantly with on-the-ground efforts in
communities hit by the ongoing flooding; from door-to-door wellness visits to
ensure residents are safe and informed about drinking water, food safety and
mental health, to assisting with evacuation efforts when needed” said Chair
Egli. “When the floods waters have receded OPH will still be there to provide
expertise on well water testing and providing mental health resources through
the recovery and clean up.”

In addition to the estimated $6 million in cuts to Ottawa
Public Health in 2019, the City is also tracking the impacts of provincial
funding cuts to:

  • The provincial Gas Tax Program, which will
    result in a shortfall of $90 million by 2022 in anticipated annual revenues
    earmarked for public transit
  • Affordable housing, which may see a reduction of
    $69 million in capital funding over the next six years for the building of new
    units
  • Child Care services, which will result in a deficit this year and
    additional pressures of approximately $5.2 million for the 2020 budget
  • The Addiction Services Initiative, which lost
    approximately $1.8 million in provincial funding with the elimination of the
    program
  • Ottawa safe consumption services, which resulted
    in a $1.2 million pressure on the City to maintain this OPH clinic

City of Ottawa staff are currently undertaking a full
review of the recent announcements for their impact on municipalities including
cuts to libraries, the urban forest strategy, tourism grants, changes to
ambulance dispatch services, Ontario Works, funding lost through the
termination of the Cap-and-Trade program and the above listed programs. Staff
will report to Council in June.


Patrick Chan receives Key to the City

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Patrick Chan at a
ceremony at City Hall this morning, in recognition of Mr. Chan’s outstanding
accomplishments in Canadian, Olympic and international figure skating.

Born in Ottawa, Mr. Chan was drawn to sports at a young age. Though he
was interested in several sports, Mr. Chan eventually turned to skating,
becoming the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history.

A 10-time Canadian men’s champion, Mr. Chan has won many international
medals, including three straight gold medals at the World Figure Skating
Championships from 2011 through 2013. He won an Olympic gold medal in
PyeongChang in 2018 as part of the team event and was a double silver medalist
at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Mr. Chan retired from competition in April 2018. He continues to skate
as a performer with Stars on Ice and dedicates his free time to
community organizations, including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s
Adopt-an-Athlete Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Right to Play
Canada, ThinkFirst Canada and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

Quotes

“Patrick Chan has represented Canada with class at many national and
international events. As his hometown, Ottawa is proud of his outstanding
skating accomplishments, his continued dedication to community organizations
and his work to make sports safer and more inclusive.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

Key Facts

The Key to the City

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious
    award.
  • An ornamental key is presented to esteemed residents,
    visitors and others whom the City wishes to honour. This practice evokes
    medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and
    locked at night. The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and
    leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of residents.
  • Previous recipients include:
    • Former politician
      Paul W. Dewar
    • Organ donor
      activist Hélène Campbell
    • President and CEO
      of the National Arts Centre Peter A. Herrndorf
    • The Right
      Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston
    • Her Royal Highness
      Princess Elizabeth (now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
    • Her Royal Highness
      Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
    • Author Margaret
      Atwood
    • Photographers
      Yousuf and Malak Karsh
    • The Community
      Foundation of Ottawa
    • Actress Sandra Oh
    • Former Ottawa
      Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
    • The Right
      Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada
    • Jeopardy! host Alex
      Trebek
    • Journalist Michel
      Picard

Biography – Patrick Chan

Ottawa-born Patrick Chan
is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history. Mr. Chan wanted
to play hockey from an early age, and first enrolled in figure skating classes
just to learn how to skate. Since becoming a member of the Canadian National
Team, Mr. Chan went on to win a record ten national championships and become a
three-time world champion.

Mr. Chan won his first
Olympic Gold medal in the team event at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, after
winning two silver medals at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. In January 2018, Mr.
Chan won his tenth Canadian national men’s figure skating title, breaking the
record held by Montgomery Wilson since 1939. After winning world championship
silvers in 2009 and 2010, Mr. Chan won gold in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the first
Canadian to do so since Kurt Browning in 1991. Mr. Chan earned a world record
for his short program performance in 2013, his free program in 2011 and a
combined total in 2011.

Mr. Chan retired from
competitive skating in April 2018, and continues to entertain audiences around
the world as a figure skating performer with Stars on Ice.

Mr. Chan also enjoys
surfing, tennis, golf, skiing and cars. He is involved with many community
organizations, including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Adopt-an-Athlete
Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Right to Play Canada,
ThinkFirst Canada and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.


City of Ottawa and East-West Connectors (EWC) reach financial close on Stage 2 Confederation Line East and West Extensions

Ottawa – Today, the City of Ottawa and East-West Connectors (EWC) reached
financial close on the Stage 2 Confederation Line Extension Project.

Stage 2 will extend the O-Train network farther south, east, and west,
adding 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new stations. On March 6, Ottawa City
Council approved EWC to design, build and finance the Stage 2 Confederation
Line East and West extensions and TransitNEXT to design, build, finance and
maintain the Stage 2 Trillium Line South extension.

With formal confirmation of the financial contributions of both senior
levels of government, the City has reached financial close for the
Confederation Line extension and has entered into a project agreement with EWC
based on their submitted schedule and price. This milestone was achieved
following the execution of the transfer payment agreements with both the
federal and provincial governments in March, securing a total $2.366 billion
contribution to Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT Project.

EWC is a consortium of design, engineering and construction companies
with extensive experience with light-rail transit systems. Through a joint
venture partnership, Kiewit along with VINCI Group and its affiliates will lead
the overall project. Design engineering services will be provided by WSP Canada
and Hatch Ltd.

The Stage 2 Confederation Line extension will add approximately 27
kilometres of new rail and 16 new stations to the O-Train network. The
Confederation Line will be extended farther east from Blair Station to Trim
Station and farther west from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Moodie Station and
Baseline Station. The Confederation Line Extension Project is being delivered
as a Design-Build-Finance (DBf) project at a cost of $2.571 billion.

In reaching financial close, the City of Ottawa and EWC have signed all
the project and financing agreements, which enable access to funding and
project implementation. In the coming weeks, the contract will be posted on the
accountability and transparency section of ottawa.ca, with appropriate
redactions pursuant to MFIPPA.

The EWC team will begin to mobilize on-site, conduct geotechnical
investigations and start site preparatory work in the coming weeks.
Construction is anticipated to be complete for the Confederation Line East
extension in 2024 and in 2025 for the Confederation Line West extension.

When complete, Stage 2 will bring 77 per cent of Ottawa
residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail.
The Stage 2 O-Train network will result in a fully grade-separated system that
spans nearly 64 kilometres to include 41 stations, 85 vehicles and three
maintenance and storage facilities.


Declaration of Emergency in the City of Ottawa

WHEREAS
rising water levels along the Ottawa River and other waterways in the City of
Ottawa pose an ongoing threat to the property, health and safety of nearby
residents;

AND
WHEREAS flood levels are currently forecasted to exceed the levels that caused
significant damage to numerous properties in the City of Ottawa in 2017;

AND
WHEREAS Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement earlier today
forecasting a further 25mm to 30mm of rain in and around the City of Ottawa by
Saturday, April 27, 2019;

AND
WHEREAS the combination of already high water levels and further significant
rainfall are factors that, in my view, give rise to a situation or an impending
situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in
serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property for residents in the
City of Ottawa;

THEREFORE, as Mayor of the City of Ottawa, in order to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City, I hereby declare that an emergency exists in the City of Ottawa, under the authority of Section 4(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa


Richard and Brian Cooper (The Cooper Brothers) receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff
Leiper presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Richard and Brian Cooper
(The Cooper Brothers) at City Council today, in recognition of their charity
work and contributions to Ottawa’s music scene.

Formed in 1974, The Cooper Brothers were one of Ottawa’s best-known
bands of the late 70s with their song, The Dream Never Dies, charting in Canada
and the United States. Richard and Brian Cooper and The Cooper Brothers used
their success to advance their charity work. In the mid 70s, The Cooper
Brothers headlined their first of many fundraisers, performing at Lansdowne
Park to raise funds for a new roof at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. This
led to many more fundraising concerts and events. In 1984, they held a
fundraising ball for cancer research and, in 1986, a charity concert at the Ottawa
Civic Centre raised $45,000 to establish an Ottawa branch of the Children’s
Wish Foundation.

The Cooper Brothers are involved in producing Ringside for Youth, a gala
evening featuring local amateur boxers that raises funds for the Boys and Girls
Club of Ottawa, an important cause to the band that helped install recording
studios at two clubhouses. The Cooper Brothers wrote the theme to the
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s annual telethon and performed at every
telethon from 1983 to 1993. The band has also raised funds for the Ottawa
Children’s Treatment Centre, the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Humane Society
and numerous other charities.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic
honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through
outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary
commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may
include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable
work, community building or other exemplary achievements.


Statement by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson following today’s tabling of the Province of Ontario’s 2019 Budget

ʺToday’s provincial budget outlines the Province’s commitment to
reducing its deficit, while maintaining key provincial programs and services.

The
City of Ottawa is delighted that the Province announced on March 22 its
commitment to provide $1.208 billion to build
Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT – making it possible for the largest infrastructure
project in the City’s history to proceed.

Yesterday’s announcement by the Premier of a $28.5 billion
expansion of the City of Toronto’s public transit system complements Ottawa’s
Stage 2 Light Rail Transit project. This is a clear indication that upper
levels of government are committed to fund the large transformative public
transit and infrastructure projects needed for urban renewal and economic
development. This is good news as we are preparing for our next phase of
LRT to meet the growing demand for transit in Barrhaven, Kanata and
Stittsville.

The City of Ottawa remains committed to work with both its
provincial and federal counterparts to eliminate chronic homelessness and help
ensure everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.

I am pleased to see the announcement of a community housing
renewal plan. We will be reviewing the details of this program to better
understand how the City, our community partners and the private sector can
leverage our collective resources to increase affordable options for our
residents. We will be looking for the details, including specific
allocation from the National Housing Strategy funding agreed to through the
bilateral agreement with the federal government.

I am also pleased to see that the Province has responded to our
request to support our police services’ efforts of protecting our residents by providing the Ottawa Police Service with $2 million
this year to support our local gang strategy and crime prevention initiatives
to combat gun‐ and
gang‐related
crime in our community. We trust that this amount will be made available to the
City of Ottawa over the next four years as was announced for Toronto Police.

I also welcome the announcement of funding for dental care for
low-income seniors, and I am pleased to see funding for the design and
construction of the Civic Hospital and the Children’s Treatment Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern
Ontario (CHEO) campus. These are important projects for the residents of Ottawa and for
the future of health care in our City.

The City has worked hard on the planning approvals to help ensure
the future site of the Civic Hospital is ready for development as soon as is
operationally feasible.

Our staff will be looking at the details of today’s Budget over
the coming weeks to determine any implications and opportunities for the City
of Ottawa and how we can best take advantage of newly-announced programs and
measures.”

- Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa


Sister Lorena Morris receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington presented
the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Sister Lorena Morris at City Council today,
in recognition of her community service and for helping found the Caldwell
Family Centre.

Sister Lorena Morris moved to the Ottawa area in 1979 with Sisters
Thelma Marion and Madeleine Rochon with the idea of providing assistance to
those in need. Moving into the Caldwell neighbourhood, the sisters immediately
began to help the less fortunate. They offered cooking classes in their
residence to help feed those in need, and gradually expanded that work, giving
birth to the Caldwell Family Centre.

As the recipes and their expertise grew, they established a hamper
program and soon the sisters were also teaching English as a second language to
new Canadians. Sister Lorena Morris took on the role of Executive Director at
the Caldwell Family Centre, developing it into a food bank, learning centre and
community support hub. The Centre continues to serve the community today,
feeding more than 500 families every month, providing health and wellness
education and helping new Canadians settle in the neighbourhood.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic
honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through
outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary
commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may
include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable
work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

Individuals, groups or organizations may be
nominated by members of City Council or the public.

The award is presented at the beginning of each
City Council meeting.