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CCOC NewsNotes:
February 2017

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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 Webster at 613-234-4065 ext. 241 or send an email.
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Get help with electric heating bills

Contact the Ontario Electricity Support Program to see if you qualify for a monthly credit to help lower your electricity bill.

Credits range from $30 to $50 per month, with higher credits of $45 to $75 for those whose homes are electrically heated or who use an approved medical device requiring a lot of electricity. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and their combined household income. 

Apply for the program online at ontarioelectricitysupport.ca, or in person at a designated resource centre.
 

Two Ottawa centres you can visit for help are:

Lowertown Community Resource Centre at 41 Cobourg Street or 
South East Ottawa Community Resource Centre at 1355 Bank Street 

For more information about the program, you can visit ontarioelectricitysupport.ca or call the Ontario Energy Board at 1-855-831-8151.

You can also contact CCOC's Sustainability Facilitator Natalia at 
613-234-4065, ext. 243 or natalia.snajdr@ccochousing.org for tips on how to save energy at home. 

Help a neighbour in need

Cold temperatures, snow and slush make it difficult for seniors, parents with young children in stollers and people with mobility issues to get around.

Running an errand or shoveling a walkway may be impossible and some people even find themselves housebound. 

If you notice a neighbour who may be in this position, why not give them a little of your time and offer to help shovel or run errands? 

Helping a neighbour is a great way to get to know them!

Nominate a great neighbour

Do you have a neighbour who goes out of their way to help you with difficult chores, or takes time to make your building a friendlier place to live? Let us know!

CCOC created the Doug DesBrisay Good Neighbour Award to recognize good neighbours who just seem to have a special way of noticing who needs help or what needs doing to make their home better for everyone. We give out the Good Neighbour Award at our Annual General Meeting each year. Contact Meg before March 31 to let us know about your good neighbour. 

Call 613-234-4065, ext. 240 or email membership@ccochousing.org for more details.

Need a rent receipt for your income taxes?


Contact Rachel at 613-234-4065, ext. 246 or at rachel.oconnell@ccochousing.org
If Rachel cannot take your call, leave a message with this information:
  • your name and address (including apartment number and postal code);
  • your telephone number; 
  • the months/year(s) you want the receipt for; and
  • if there is more than one occupant and you need separate receipts, please indicate how the amount is to be split between all occupants.
Your receipt will be mailed to you. Please note - It can take 7 working days to prepare your receipt.
 

Avez-vous besoin d'un reçu pour votre impôt?


Contactez Rachel au 613-234-4065, poste 246 ou à rachel.oconnell@ccochousing.org

Si Rachel ne peut pas prendre votre appel, laissez un message avec l'information suivante: 
  • votre nom et adresse (incluant le numéro de l'appartement et code postale)
  • votre numéro de téléphone;
  • les mois/année(s) pour lesquels vous demandez un reçu; et
  • s'il y a plus d'un occupant ou si vous avez besoin de reçus distincts, veuillez indiquer comment le montant doit être réparti entre tous les occupants.
Votre reçu va vous être envoyer par courrier. Veuillez noter - Préparer votre reçu peut prendre jusqu'à 7 jours ouvrables.

Did you know?

Worker safety codes require CCOC employees to wear their work boots at all times during Maintenance service calls. All CCOC workers have slip-on booties to cover their boots in bad weather. You can ask a worker to wear these booties at any time if you are worried about dirt or snow in your home.

Welcome back, Fran!

CCOC is delighted to announce that Fran Childs has returned to the position of Rental Officer at CCOC.

Fran first became involved with CCOC as a tenant in 2010, and has volunteered with the Rental committee for several years. She previously worked in CCOC's Rental department between 2013 and 2015. 

Fran spent her time away from CCOC teaching, as well as working at the University of Ottawa where she helped to connect students with volunteer opportunities.

Welcome back to CCOC!

Stay safe! Avoid tax-related phone scams

Many residents in the Ottawa area have reported receiving phone calls that claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These calls are often threatening in nature, using aggressive language and claiming the person answering the phone owes money to the CRA. Immediate payment by credit card is demanded, or the person receiving the call is told to purchase a prepaid credit card and call back. Threats are made that if payment is not received the recipient may have charges pressed against them, have to go to jail, or be deported. The callers also sometimes leave voicemail messages giving the name of an "officer".

These calls are scams. They are made by people attempting to commit financial and/or identity theft. The CRA requests all such calls be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre either online at antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or by toll-free phone call to 1-888-495-8501.

Use the following guidelines to help protect you from these kinds of scams. 

The CRA:
  • never requests prepaid credit cards;
  • never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver's licence;
  • never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

February is Black History Month

 
Celebrate and acknowledge the roles black Canadians have played in the growth and development of Canadian society and culture in fields such as sciences, medicine, literature, the arts, and sports. Black History Ottawa has an exciting roster of activities for all ages throughout the month of February, beginning January 28. For more information, visit blackhistoryottawa.org.

Apply now:  CCOC Summer Camp Bursary

How it works:

  • You must be a CCOC tenant, and your child (or children) must be 8 to 15 years old.
  • If your child is selected, you are responsible for finding a camp that suits you and your child. We will pay up to $800 toward the camp fees and transportation. 
  • Priority is given to families paying less than market rent and to children who have not already been sent to camp under this program. 
For more information email meg.mccallum@ccochousing.org or call
613-234-4065, ext. 240.   

The application deadline is February 28. Apply online today.

Office Closed - Family Day


Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi, 20 février pour la Fête de la famille. 
Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi, 21 février.


The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Family Day. 
We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 21.

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: February 7 and March 7 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: No February meeting, March 14 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: February 9 and March 9 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: February 16 and March 15 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: February TBD, March 15 at 7:00 pm
Board: February 22 and March 29 at 7:30 pm
 
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