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FCCA January 2022 Newsletter

Goodbye 2021. Hello 2022!

Now that the weather is colder, we're so happy to see folks out on our neighborhood rinks! There are currently two parks with rinks: Diamond Jubilee Skateboard Park off Findlay Creek Drive and Butterfly Park on Long Point Circle. With new covid restrictions throughout Ottawa (maximum of 25 people on the rink), we know these rinks will be more popular than ever. Thank you to the committed volunteers who take such good care of the ice and to everyone who contributes to keeping them in great shape for all to enjoy!

President's Corner

Omicron has taken on a mind of its own and set us all back and left us trying to figure out our work/life balance; children's education, job hunting, keeping our businesses open and thriving, staying safe, and more. It's more important now than ever be kind to yourself and to others. 

Upcoming Events

We're all doing our best to pivot and expect the unexpected by now, but we're disappointed that we had to cancel our Winter Carnival previously scheduled for the end of January. 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? Reach out to volunteer@findlaycreek.org for more information about how to get involved!

FCCA New Website (Under Construction)

We have completed a new three tiered business partnership offerings system, which is currently in circulation. Our new website is still under construction and we hoping we will have it ready in the coming months.
 

Findlay Fun Fact
 

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

Findlay Creek shares Leitrim Wetland that is which type of wetland?
                  a) Swamp
                  b) Fen
                  c) Bog

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. Stay tuned for more information!

Support Local 

We ask that you continue to support our local businesses! Shopping local helps to keep our community thriving. 

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.


Want to keep up-to-date? Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and come check us out on the Web at https://findlaycreek.ca/

Winter Road Safety

In an effort to keep Findlay Creek safe, we've composed a few tips for drivers and pedestrians alike! Winter roads present different challenges, so let's do our part to ensure that our roads are safe for all of us. Want to know more about winter parking? You can visit ottawa.ca/winter for more information and sign up for notifications about when bans are in place to ease strain on our snow plows and city workers. 

City of Ottawa Safety Blitz Update

Last month Ottawa Bylaw conducted a Safety Blitz in Findlay Creek. Over the course of three days, City Officials collected the following data:

210 vehicles rolled through stop signs
111 students crossed between parked cars near Vimy Ridge Public School
68 vehicles did U-turns near Vimy Ridge Public School
50 vehicles speeding above 40km/h in a school zone
36 vehicles double/triple parked
35 vehicles parked in No Parking Zone
32 vehicles stopped in No Stopping Zone


Let's help keep our roads safe for everyone whether they are driving, walking or cycling by following the rules of the road. 
 

Fit Findlay 

Is there a difference between fresh, frozen and canned vegetables? Do your food choices reflect the popular belief that fresh is best? The great news is that whether your veggies are fresh, frozen or canned; fruits and vegetables are likely to lead to nutritional benefits! 

Here's what you may notice:

  • Fresh produce depends on various factors like the season, soil, and storage conditions. 
  • Frozen produce may lack that just-picked flavour because of the method of blanching with hot water and then freezing. In fact, frozen fruit and veg are minimally processed! 
  • Canned fruit and vegetables undergo more processing, so that's when your spidey senses should be telling you to take into account the accompanying additives like syrups or salt.
Self Care: New Year Edition

If you're like us, you're already juggling more than any other year without adding in trendy hobbies or more gym equipment. We hope our tips encourage those little habits that will have long reaching benefits for better physical, mental and emotional health. 
Answer: b) Fen
A fen is a type of peat-accumulating wetland fed by mineral-rich ground or surface water

Ottawa Public Health Updates 

Update from Dr. Vera Etches

Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen


Have concerns? Community Resources

With the above in mind, we would like to remind residents that as per the City of Ottawa Parks and Facilities Bylaw, all parks have an 11pm curfew. We would also ask residents to report to the appropriate authorities when incidents like this occur 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
Online Reporting bit.ly/3nCHWOT for non-emergency reports such as: 

* Theft (excluding theft of passports) 
* Lost Property (with a visible serial number or distinct marking such as a custom engraving) 
* Mischief/Damage to Property 
* Theft from Vehicle 
* Traffic Complaints 
* Drug Complaints 
* Fraud Complaints 
* Hate-Motivated Incidents 
* Add information to an existing report

 



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. You can visit  ottawa.ca/winter for more information about what city facilities are available to motorists during winter parking bans.

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