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CCOC NewsNotes:
March 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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New CCOC Website

If you've visited ccochousing.org lately, you may have noticed a few changes! After lots of feedback from tenants, staff, and volunteers, we're proud to announce the launch of our new website.
A sceenshot of the new homepage
Some of the new features we've added for tenants include an improved maintenance request form, a calendar of CCOC events, and the ability to subscribe to our blog for regular updates. We have also added a feature to subscribe to our market rent vacancies — so be sure to tell any friends or family you may have who are looking for apartments! Our new website is designed to work well on cell phones and tablets, so you're able to access the information you need wherever you are.

Sustainability Workshops

Students from the University of Ottawa’s TD Environmental Leaders program are offering CCOC tenants the chance to learn more about living green through sustainability presentations and workshops this month.
Students from the University of Ottawa's TD Environmental Leaders program

Tips and Tricks for Water Conservation

Want to learn best practices to reduce your water consumption at home? Want to spend some quality time with your fellow neighbours watching and discussing environmental videos? Want to be rewarded for your time with snacks and a useful tool?

If you responded yes, this interactive workshop is for you. Everyone including children is welcome!

Friday, March 11, 2016
464 Metcalfe meeting room
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 

Save on Electricity by Reducing Phantom Power

This interactive presentation will show you how to reduce phantom power consumption in your home. What's phantom power? Some electronics and appliances use power even when turned off or on standby. Learn about how you can prevent this from driving up your electricity bills.

Everyone including children is encouraged to attend! Attendees will get a helpful gift for participating.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
20 Robinson laundry room
Stop by any time between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Free Income Tax Clinics

ACORN

clinics for low and medium income residents
404 McArthur Ave.
613-746-5999
By appointment
 

Good Companions 

for seniors, people with disabilities, and low income residents
Location provided with appointment
613-231-6992
By appointment
 

OCISO

for immigrants and refugees
959 Wellington St. West
613-725-5671 ext 294
Tuesdays, March 1 to May 17 - 6 pm to 8 pm
 

Old Forge Community Resource Centre

for seniors and people with disabilities only 
2730 Carling Avenue
613-829-9777
Monday & Tuesday until April 26 - 9 am to 3 pm
 

Ottawa Chinese Alliance Church

22 Eccles
613-454-5649
Saturday, March 19 - 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, April 2 - 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, April 16 - 9 am to 4 pm
 

Somerset West Community Health Centre

55 Eccles
613-238-8210
Thursday, March 3 - 4pm to 6pm
Monday, April 4 - 10am to 4pm
 

Vietnamese Canadian Centre

provided with appointment
613-230-8282
Wednesdays and Thursdays until April 29
10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Aging and Accessibility Accommodations

 
CCOC wants all of our tenants to be able to live and age safely in their homes. Accommodations in the living space sometimes need to be made for this to happen. Please contact us if you need grab bars for your bath tub or another change made to your home for aging or accessibility reasons. We’ll work with you to explore what we can do and to get the necessary accommodations in place so you can enjoy your home for as long as possible. 

For more information, email the Maintenance department at maintenance@ccochousing.org or call 613-234-4065 ext. 707.

Reminder:  Flower order forms are coming next month!

CCOC gives tenants free flowers, herbs, and vegetables to plant in common areas, in yards, on balconies, and in window boxes. Look for the order form in the April NewsNotes. It will also be available on our website at www.ccochousing.org in April.

Delivery of the plants will take place the first weekend in May.
 
This program relies on volunteers to sort and distribute the plants. To volunteer, email Natalia or call her at
613-234-4065, ext. 243.     

Calling all gardeners:  It's time to start your seeds!

Seedy Saturday is an annual seed exchange and sale with an organic mini-market, garden talks and workshops, a swap table and organic snacks. Workshop seating is limited, so come early!

The Community Gardening Network will be there – drop by their table to learn more about the new regional seed bank initiative in the Ottawa region.

Saturday, March 5 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Britannia Park)
102 Greenview Avenue (bus # 16 stops at the door)
Free admission! For more info call 613-521-8648 or email greta@seeds-organic.com

Office Closed - Easter


Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le vendredi 25 mars et le lundi 28 février pour la fête de Pâques. Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi 29 mars.

The CCOC office will be closed on Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 for the Easter weekend. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 29.

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: March 1 and April 5 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: March 8 and April 12 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: March 10 and April 14 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: March 15 and April 19 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: March 16/23 (TBD) and April 20 at 7:00 pm
Board: March 30 and April 27 at 7:30 pm
 
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