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CCOC NewsNotes:
January 2016

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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 Erica Butler at 613-234-4065 ext. 241 or send an email.
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MP Catherine McKenna Moves In

Ottawa Centre MP and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna receives her keys and welcome kit from CCOC's Executive Director Ray Sullivan. MP McKenna's constituency office will be located at 107 Catherine Street. Welcome to CCOC!  

For an update on the Paris Climate Summit, which Minister McKenna attended, please see the "Toward Sustainability" article below.

CCOC Snow Removal

Parking Lots

CCOC clears parking lots with 4 or more spots. CCOC removes snow from our parking lots when there is 5 cm or more. Buildings with wheelchair-designed units get priority.
  • When you see or hear the snow removal crew, please move your car. The crew will not clean around your car.
  • Park your car carefully making sure that you use only one space.
  • Please be patient. We clear the snow as quickly as possible.
When a parking lot has 3 spots or less, you are responsible for clearing your own spot. If you need sand or salt contact the maintenance office at 613-234-4065, extension 707.
 

Walkways

When 4 or more homes share an entrance CCOC clears snow from walkways and steps. There are grit boxes on site - please spread some around if you notice ice.
If your home shares an entrance with 2 other units or less, you and your neighbours are responsible for clearing walkways and steps. 

If you have a deck, balcony or porch, you are responsible for keeping them clear of snow. Make sure there is no one below you before sweeping or shoveling the snow off your balcony.
 

Sorry for the Noise!

We have to remove snow late at night and early in the morning so tenants can get out. Snow removal is exempt from the Noise By-law but we do our best to avoid disturbing you.

Is Your Home Too Hot or Too Cold?

Here are suggested thermostat settings for various activities that keep you comfortable while saving energy:
  • Sitting, reading or watching TV:  21˚C
  • Sleeping:  16˚C
  • Working around the house:  19˚C
  • No one home:  16˚C
If you are too hot and you don’t have a thermostat to control the heat, call the maintenance office at 613-234-4065, ext. 707. Opening windows to cool things down can result in frozen water pipes that burst. It can also affect the temperature in your neighbours' homes. They might be too cold and ask us to turn up the heat!

If you are too cold and your thermostat is at the right setting, make sure your heat registers are not blocked by furniture, carpets, or curtains. Clean the registers with a vacuum or broom. Let the sun in to help heat your home by opening blinds or curtains during the day. Close them at night to keep heat inside.

On-Street Winter Parking

 

Overnight Parking Restriction

You cannot park on City streets between 1 am and 7 am if the forecast predicts more than 7 cm of snow. This includes forecasts for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (i.e. 5 to 10 cm).
 

On-street Parking Permit Holders 

If you have an on-street parking permit, your vehicle is exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions except when the city has signs up for planned snow removal. During planned overnight snow removal, temporary "no parking" snow removal signs are put up along streets to be cleared. This parking restriction applies to all vehicles. If you park your vehicle overnight on a street with temporary "no parking" snow removal signs, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. 

Toward Sustainability

Even if you don’t pay a lot of attention to the news, you probably heard about the Paris Climate Summit in December. World leaders committed to hold the rise in average global temperature to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Meeting this challenge will help avoid the most serious effects of global warming. This is big news, and we’re hopeful it will lead to concerted action on climate change. 

But there was one subject at the Summit that didn’t get the media attention it deserves. 

If humankind is serious about sustainability, we need to make sure that we address human rights and equity issues while we fight climate change. Drinking water polluted by industrial waste run-off, deforestation of traditional territory, and rising seas threatening small island countries are just a few examples of situations that make it impossible for people to meet their basic needs. 

World leaders have acknowledged this in The Paris Agreement, committing to:
…respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity…

…Noting the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including oceans, and the protection of biodiversity, recognized by some cultures as Mother Earth, and noting the importance for some of the concept of “climate justice”, when taking action to address climate change…
This is equally big news, and we’re hopeful it will lead to concerted action toward a sustainable and just future.

Free Grocery Bus for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities in Centretown

The Good Companions Seniors' Centre and Massine's Independent Grocer (296 Bank Street) offer a free grocery bus with door-to-door service for seniors aged 55+ and adults with physical disabilities on Tuesday mornings. 

In addition to getting groceries, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy refreshments after your shopping trip. Assistance will be offered to unload your groceries to your building's lobby.

The grocery bus alternates between a Centretown East and Centretown West route each Tuesday. 
 

Route 1: Centretown East from the Canal to Bank Street

January 5 & 19 
February 2 & 16
March 1, 15 & 29 
April 12 & 26 
May 10 & 24 
June 7 & 21 
July 5 & 19
August 2, 16 & 30 
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 8 & 22 
December 6 & 20

Route 2: Centretown West from Bank Street to Preston Street

January 12 & 26 
February 9 & 23
March 8 & 22 
April 5 & 19 
May 3, 17 & 31
June 14 & 28 
July 12 & 26
August 9 & 23
September 6 & 20
October 4 & 18
November 1, 15 & 29
December 13
For more information or to join a route call The Good Companions – Community Support Services at 613-236-0428 ext. 2250.

Have a say in how your housing is run!


Be part of the democratic process. Become a CCOC member and submit a resolution to be voted on by the membership at CCOC's Annual General Meeting on May 19, 2016.

Your resolution should propose a policy or practice that you want CCOC to adopt, and it should be something that would apply to all CCOC buildings or tenants. Past resolutions include promoting organic gardening, improving bike parking, making recycling easier in CCOC buildings and creating non-smoking buildings. 

Resolutions must be received in writing by March 18, 2016.  
Send your resolutions to:
CCOC
Suite 200, 415 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2M8
or to meg.mccallum@ccochousing.org

Christmas Tree Recycling

Put your Christmas tree at the curb the night before your regular pick-up day any week during the month of January. When you are taking it through the building, wrap your tree in an old sheet, large plastic bag or tarp so that you don't leave a trail of needles. 

Once you get it out of the building take the bag or sheet off. Trees that are wrapped in plastic or that contain decorations will not be picked up. The City won't collect trees frozen into snowbanks. 

Recycle wrapping paper and gift boxes along with your other paper. Remove bows and ribbons from paper and crush gift boxes before recycling.

Get Help Paying for City Recreation & Culture Programs

The City of Ottawa helps low-income residents pay for City programs and activities. Here's how to apply:
  • Pick up an application form at any City of Ottawa recreation or cultural facility, or at one of the Client Service Centres.
  • Complete the application form and return it to the facility where you picked it up. The Supervisor will review the application for approval.
For more information, visit the City's website.

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: January 5 at 6:00pm (potluck meeting, call the office for details), no February meeting
Development Committee: January 12 and February 9 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: January 14 and February 11 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: January 19 and February 16 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: January 13 and February 10 at 7:00 pm
Board: January 27 and February 24 at 7:30 pm
 
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