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CCOC NewsNotes:
November 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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Cannabis legalization and your CCOC home

Cannabis laws have changed and it is now legal to buy, possess, use, and grow recreational cannabis in Canada. The law in Ontario generally permits using cannabis wherever laws permit using tobacco. 

While some laws are still being developed, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

CCOC tenants who live in non-smoking properties can not smoke at those properties. 

CCOC tenants who do not live in a non-smoking property can smoke or vape cannabis in their homes or balconies.

At all CCOC properties, you have a responsibility to not disturb your neighbours’ rights to enjoy their homes free from smoke. Be a good neighbour, be considerate, and keep second hand smoke away from your neighbours.

All smoking and vaping is still illegal in all indoor common areas of all apartment buildings, including lobbies, garages, hallways, and stairwells. 

Do you have questions about cannabis use in your building? Contact CCOC at 613-234-4065 ext. 0. 
You can learn more about cannabis laws in Ontario at
Seasonal Help

Christmas Exchange Program and Toy Mountain

The Caring and Sharing Exchange provides food hampers or grocery store gift certificates to those in need through their annual Christmas Exchange. To see if you qualify, check the chart at the bottom of this page. You can call 211 to apply. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Christmas Exchange, visit or call 613-226-6434.

The Snowsuit Fund

The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds to buy and distribute snowsuits to children 15 years and under. If you qualify, you can buy a snowsuit for your child or children for $10 each (cash only). To see if you qualify, look at the chart at the bottom of this page. 

Canadian Tire and Browns Cleaners accept donations of snowsuits or cash for the fund. You can also donate online at

To get a snowsuit, visit the Hardini Centre (225 Donald Street) from Tuesday to Saturday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Enter through the red door at the back of the building. For more information, call 613-746-8719.

Make sure to bring the following documents with you.
All clients: A piece of identification indicating the child’s date of birth is required for all qualifying children. Identification showing the family’s city of residence must also be provided.
If you are receiving Ontario Works or ODSP: Please bring your current or past month’s Ontario Works Statement of Assistance.
If you earn low income: Bring your Child Tax Benefit or GST notice from 2017. This notice shows that year's net family income, your marital status and lists your children by name and their month and year of birth. This notice was mailed to you in July if you filed your income tax before April 30, 2018.
If you have recently immigrated to Canada: Provide your date of arrival and proof of financial status.
If you are a refugee: Provide documentation indicating your refugee status.

Qualify for the Christmas Exchange, Toy Mountain, and Snowsuit Fund

To qualify for these programs your yearly family income must be as follows.

1 person: $24,600 or less
2 people: $30,625 or less
3 people: $37,650 or less    
4 people: $45,712 or less
5 people: $51,846 or less
6 people: $58,473 or less  

Keep hallways clear

In accordance with the Ontario Fire Code, all hallways must be kept clear of all items, including strollers, bikes, shoe mats, and bicycles. Anything that blocks access to the hallway is a fire hazard in an emergency evacuation. Store items inside your home to keep yourself and your neighbours safe.

Dealing with Winter Humidity

Changes in the temperature outside can lead to more humidity in your home during the winter. While mould spores exist in the air around us all the time, everywhere, a humid apartment encourages mould to grow. Here are five things you can do to help prevent mould in your home during the winter:

1. Always use fans when bathing and cooking. This helps reduce moisture and humidity in your home. If you have a lot of moisture in your home, you may need to use fans or a dehumidifier more regularly.

2. Cold surfaces promote condensation, which leads to mould growth. Leave your window coverings open during the day to allow for warmth and air circulation.

3. Never lower the temperature of your home below 15 degrees Celcius.

4. Condensation can happen even when you're being extremely careful. Make sure to wipe up any water you see right away to prevent mould.

5. If you find, or suspect, a water leak in your home contact CCOC as soon as possible by calling 613-234-4065 ext. 0. 

Do you have large bulky items to get rid of?

The City of Ottawa picks up large bulky items that may be hard to get rid of such as mattresses, couches, or other broken furniture. Bulky items are your responsibility to dispose of properly and in a timely fashion. These items do not belong in your garbage room and are not the responsibility of your building's cleaner to dispose of. 

Any of these items that can be lifted into a garbage truck can be left on the curbside for collection the night before garbage days, once every two weeks. Check the City of Ottawa's Garbage and Recycling calendar to find out when your garbage will be collected.

Do you have more questions about garbage and recycling? Contact CCOC at 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to have all of your questions answered.

Free Play Groups for Ottawa Families

Growing up Downtown

Call 613-565-2467 ext. 240 or visit
Monday & Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 am at 450 Laurier Ave. W.
Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 am at 102-710 Carson's Rd.
Friday, 9:00 to 11:00 am at 755 Somerset St. W.  

Kids Corner Playgroup

Call 613-238-8210 ext. 2504 or visit
Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 to 11:00 am at 755 Somerset St. W. – first floor

Laroche Park Playgroup

Call 613-238-8210 ext. 2504 or visit
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00 am at 52 Bayview Rd.

Parent Child Drop-In

Call 613-727-3687 or visit
Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 pm at 420 Cooper St.

Parent Resource Centre

Call 613-565-2467 ext. 222 or visit
Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:30 am at 300 Goulbourn Private
Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:30 am at 300 Goulburn Private (families francophones)
Thursday, 9:00 to 11:30 am (everyone)

CCOC Committee Meeting Schedule

During office renovations, please call CCOC at 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to confirm meeting locations. Locations may change from meeting to meeting. Note: CCOC will pay taxi fare and family care for committee members attending meetings.
Tenant & Community Engagement: November 6 and December 4 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: November 13 and December 11 at 7:00 pm
Facilities Management Committee: November 14* and December 13 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: November 20 at 7:00 pm, December 18 at 6:00 pm (potluck meeting, call the office for details)
Finance Committee: November 14* and December 12 at 7:00 pm
Board: November 28 at 7:00 pm, December meeting TBD
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