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CCOC NewsNotes: April 2018

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NewsNotes is written and published by CCOC's Membership and Communications Department. Your comments, submissions and suggestions are welcome. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month. 
Call Adella Khan at 613-695-6922 ext. 251 or send an email.
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Order free plants for your yard, balcony, or window sill

Flowers and plants make our properties more welcoming and attractive. Gardening gets people out into the sun with their hands in the earth. It's a great conversation starter with neighbours, and it's satisfying to grow your own food. Each spring, CCOC volunteers and staff deliver thousands of flowering annuals, vegetables, and herb plants to tenants. 

Want to volunteer? Contact 613-695-6922, ext 252 or

Find the plant order form online here.

Flower and Kitchen Garden Guide

We've got a complete list of all plants and flowers available through CCOC's plant program on our website! 

Local community gardening 

Do you want to start a community garden on city land? The Community Gardening Network helps educate community members on how to start a garden. This is no small feat but they have all of the tools and resources to get you started. 
For more information, gonline,  send an email, or call 613-699-6850 ext. 12.

Stand for election to become a Board member!

CCOC is run by volunteers – tenants and community members – who make up our Board of Directors and committees. Each year in May we elect new board members at CCOC’s Annual General Meeting. There are 14 seats on the Board and 7 turn over each year. We are looking for people interested in standing for election on May 17 to join CCOC’s Board for a 2 year term. 

If you have questions about the Board, please contact Meg McCallum, Director of Membership & Communications, at 613-695-6922, ext. 250 or

The Board is the ultimate authority for all CCOC activities. Board members are responsible for the effective governance of the organization, consistent with our mission and values. The Board's responsibilities include establishing CCOC's vision and direction, overseeing operational and financial management, ensuring CCOC has good human resources, ensuring effective community relations, making and monitoring policy, and more.

Time commitment:
  • Board terms are for 2 years.
  • The Board meets once a month at CCOC's office. Meetings start at 7 pm and generally end by 10 pm.
  • Board members are expected to sit on at least one CCOC committee. These meetings are also monthly and start at 7 pm, generally ending by 9 pm.
  • You'll need to read the board package in preparation for the meeting. It can be quite long—over 75 pages.
  • CCOC has a fund to cover costs of the family care and transportation if needed. Just ask!
Deadlines and requirements:

April 16: Send us your bio. 
Send Meg a 100 word bio about why you’re running by Monday, April 16 – we publish a list of bios in the May NewsNotes. If you miss this deadline, we will include your bio in the meeting package handed out at the AGM. 

April 17: Purchase a membership
All candidates must be CCOC members for at least 30 days before the AGM (this year’s deadline is Tuesday, April 17). Membership costs $3. Forms are available at the office or by email through Meg. 

May 17: Come to the Annual General Meeting:
Thursday, May 17, 2018 
Meeting room, 464 Metcalfe Street

6:00 pm – membership sales start
7:00 pm – meeting is called to order
All candidates will be asked to make a short speech to the membership about why they want to be on the Board.

Earth Day is April 22!

The theme for this year's Earth Day is "End Plastic Pollution". Plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today. Most plastics are not biodegradable and the materials used to create plastics are harmful. Celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can reduce the amount of plastic you use at

Register to vote in the provincial election

The next Ontario election is on June 7, 2018. When you register to vote, you will be added to the Voters List, making it easier to vote on election day. To be eligible to vote in an Ontario election, you must be:
  • 18 years of age or older, and 
  • a Canadian citizen, and 
  • a resident of Ontario
Registering to vote is easy. You will need your Driver’s License or any official document with your name and address on it, such as your lease or a bill. 

To register, visit or call 1-888-668-8683. 

Coming soon: CCOC Communications Survey

In April, CCOC will be mailing and e-mailing tenants a survey about communications. We want to make sure you're getting all of the information you need from CCOC and learn more about the best way to communicate with you. Fill out your household's survey for a chance to win one of three $50 grocery store gift cards! Keep your eyes peeled. 

Office Closed - Easter

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le vendredi 30 mars et le lundi 2 avril pour la fête de Pâques. Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi 3 avril.

The CCOC office will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2 for the Easter weekend. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 3.

CCOC Committee Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise specified, CCOC committees meet in the Board Room at 415 Gilmour Street (ring 808). Call 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to confirm. Note: CCOC will pay taxi fare and family care for committee members attending meetings.
Membership & Communications: April 3* and May 1* at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: April 10 and May 8 at 7:00 pm
Facilities Management Committee: April 12 and May 10 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: April 17, May 15 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: TBD
Board: April 25, May 30 at 7 pm
*Location changed to 464 Metcalfe meeting room
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