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FCCA January 2022 Newsletter

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Mr. Rogers said to his television neighbors, “my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. '”

We were expecting a brighter February; with days getting a bit longer, eased covid restrictions and a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day with our loved ones at our favourite locations around Ottawa... but our city is seeing challenges that no one could have predicted. 

All of us volunteering with the Findlay Creek Community Association hope to help keep our community connected and heard during these difficult times. We hope you are all taking care of yourselves and maybe take a page out of Mr. Rogers' book to lend a helping hand to a neighbour, a local organization or continue to make your voice heard through civic engagement. 

President's Corner

Restrictions are now lifting after our fifth wave of Covid. I know we are all eager for some normalcy again! We've felt it ourselves when we had to cancel several planned activities and events in the community due to sudden added restrictions. With all that said, as restrictions do continue to lift on February 21st, we may still be able to get in a couple winter activities before winter leaves us. Fingers crossed!

If you are interested in joining the FCCA team and becoming a board member, we currently have a few vacant positions and would love to hear from you. President@FindlayCreek.org

Membership Director
Green Team Director
Business Relations Director
Non-Member Liaison Director
Community Outreach Director
Government Relations Director
Transportation & Safety Director

Upcoming Events

The FCCA is hopeful to hatch a few new no-contact events, so stay tuned for updates on our social media! Interested in being involved in our upcoming events? Or would you like to volunteer behind the scenes? If so reach out to volunteer@findlaycreek.org for more information about how to get involved!                   

Findlay Fun Fact
 

Let’s Test Your Findlay Creek Knowledge! Scroll to the Bottom to See If You’re Right!

Do you know where Findlay Creek's next proposed park will be located?
                  a) Findlay Creek Drive
                  b) Kelly Farm Drive
                  c) Miikana Road

Findlay Updates

The City of Ottawa has notified residents of the Bank Street Widening & Reconstruction Project slated to begin Spring of 2023 that there will be geotechnical borehole work along various parts of Bank Street for approximately 5 weeks beginning on February 2nd, 2022. Residents should expect lane reductions and some noise during this work. It is not anticipated to impact private property. For more information visit the City of Ottawa

Some residents have begun an Online Petition with support of MPP Goldie Ghamari to ask for funding to build a second school in Findlay Creek in response to Vimy Ridge Public School being 153% over capacity. Anyone can sign or share this petition. Please be aware that a glitch occurs when asking for your city. If your survey doesn't notify you that it has been completed, change the city name to either Ottawa or Gloucester, respectively. 

Annual FCCA Memberships

Being an FCCA member has its rewards! An annual membership can be purchased anytime online. We are in the process of establishing all the benefits and perks that come with the annual membership. 

Support Local 

We ask that you continue to support our local businesses! Shopping local helps to keep our community thriving. This month we'd love to introduce you to three new Business Partners who serve the Findlay Creek area and are thrilled to get involved with the community. 

                      

                 
                            

If you own a local business and would like to become a community business partner, please reach out to: BusinessRelations@FindlayCreek.org for more information.

Fit Findlay 

By now many of us have already been out enjoying our Boardwalk and even paths around our neighbourhood. It goes without saying that Ottawa has a multitude of winter trails available throughout the city whether you're out walking the dog, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or skating. This Interactive Map will keep you busy outdoors well into March! 

Answer: c) Miikana Road
Miikana Park is a proposed 2.7 ha neighbourhood park located at 655 Miikana Road in Leitrim

Have concerns? Community Resources
 

We ask that residents to report to the appropriate authorities if incidents occur on private or public property as neighbourhood patrols are report-based. 

For emergencies or to report a crime in progress, call 911
For non-emergencies, call 613-236-1222 ext. 7300
TTY service for the deaf, deafened and hard of hearing: 613-232-1123
Click here to find Online Reporting


City of Ottawa – 311 

Call 311 to report or inquire about issues related to: By-law / Roads & Sidewalks / Property Standards / Building Code Services / Graffiti / Discarded syringes



Any reports made and community concerns can also be shared with Councillor Meehan's Office. 

Ottawa Public Health Updates 

Effective February 21, 2022, Ontario will lift public health measures:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Removing capacity limits in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to restaurants, indoor sports and recreational facilities, cinemas, as well as other settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Permitting spectator capacity at sporting events, concert venues, and theatres at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Limiting capacity in most remaining indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is not required to the number of people that can maintain two metres of physical distance.
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain two metres of physical distance, with no limit if proof of vaccination is required.
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
 

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