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CCOC NewsNotes: August 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 Webster at 613-234-4065 ext. 241 or send an email.
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CCOC's Got Pride

We're excited to be walking, rolling, and dancing our way through this year's Capital Pride Parade. And we want you to join us!

When: August 21, 2016
Meet at 12:15 pm; parade starts at 1:00 pm
Where: Meet in front of the CCOC office at 415 Gilmour Street
Who: Anyone and everyone who wants to participate in Pride and who believes in CCOC's mission to create, maintain, and promote affordable housing

Wear anything that makes you feel fabulous! Might we suggest a snazzy CCOC tee? They're available in the office for $20. 

After meeting at 12:15 pm, we'll walk up the street as a group to find our spot in the parade. The parade starts at Bank and Gladstone, just a few blocks from the CCOC office. 

For more information on the parade and its route, visit

If you plan to join CCOC in the parade, please RSVP to Erica at or 613-234-4065 ext. 241.

Got a song request for the parade? Let us know here!

Welcome to CCOC, Tessa!

Tessa Hill joins CCOC as our newest Maintenance Administrative Assistant in a one-year term position. Before coming to CCOC, Tessa managed a local walk-in clinic. She also studied health sciences at the University of Ottawa, and says she was interested in CCOC because it seemed like a wonderful place to work. You'll see Tessa at the front desk of our maintenance department, where she'll be helping to answer your maintenance requests. 

No vacation rentals or subletting - a reminder

Did you know? Renting out your CCOC apartment via Airbnb or other vacation listing websites violates your lease.

We have noticed an increase in the number of tenants making use of Airbnb and similar websites. When we discover CCOC apartments listed on these sites, we issue an eviction notice. Please respect your lease and don't put yourself in danger of losing your home! 

When you became a CCOC tenant, you signed a lease agreeing "not to sublet or assign the unit or any part of it". Renting your home to someone else or listing your apartment on websites like Airbnb is considered subletting. This puts you at risk of losing your home.

In addition to your CCOC lease, the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) also forbids the use of these kinds of rental websites through a variety of clauses. Under Ontario law, landlords must provide consent for any subletters. Subletting without landlord consent is an " infringement of the landlord’s lawful right, privilege and interest". 

CCOC's mission is to create, promote, and maintain affordable housing for low and moderate income people. Please help us do this! 

Keeping It Green

Green bins are an important example of how our everyday actions have a big impact on the environment. 

If each CCOC property fills just one large green bin each week, we are able to divert 220,480 litres of waste from landfills each year! 

Here are some tips for using your green bin in the summer heat.
  1. Freeze your kitchen scraps until the day before garbage collection, then bring them out to the green bin. This keeps bugs away outdoors, while also keeping your apartment smelling fresh! Re-use a paper container for storage (like an ice cream carton or a brown bag) and throw it all in the green bin.
  2. Line the green bin with newspaper and scrunch some up at the bottom to make a barrier that keeps pests away and the bin clean.
  3. Cover your kitchen scraps with newspaper after putting them in the green bin. This leaves a neater bin for your neighbours and also keeps bugs out. Make sure the newspaper extends to the very edges of the bin, and tuck the paper in.
  4. Make sure to lock the bin when you close the lid.
  5. If your bin is broken, you can recycle it! Just call the city at 3-1-1 to schedule a pick-up and order your replacement green bin.

What goes in each bin? 

Black or yellow bins: Clean paper and cardboard. Food-soiled paper must go in the green bin.

Blue or grey bins: Glass jars or bottles, cans, aluminum containers, plastics labelled #1-7, drink cartons. 

Green bins: Food and yard waste, food-soiled paper products, kitty litter, dryer lint, paper coffee cups and plates, cotton balls, pet fur. No plastic should ever go in the green bin.

Remember! Bottles and cans from alcoholic beverages can be returned to any Beer Store location for a refund on your deposit paid. You’ll get between 10 and 20 cents per container back. 

To make sure you know your green bin and recycling pick-up dates, and to check the proper disposal of your waste, visit the City of Ottawa website.

Careless Smoking Causes Fires

It's especially important to be aware of your surroundings when smoking during these warm months.

The potting soil used in planter boxes catches fire easily! Planter box fires can smolder for several hours before bursting into flame. The only sign of trouble may be a thin trail of smoke and a slight odor.

Follow these smoking safety tips to keep you, your neighbours, and your building safe! 
  • Never use planters or flowerpots as ashtrays. 
  • Never throw cigarettes from a balcony.
  • Don't drop lit cigarettes on the ground, whether on a roof deck, patio or the sidewalk outside. 
  • Keep lighters, matches and cigarettes in a place children can't reach them.

Centretown Movies Are Back

The outdoor film festival returns to Dundonald Park this summer! Admission is pay-what-you-can, and all films start at 9 pm. Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming schedule.

Friday, August 5: TBA
Saturday, August 6: Labyrinth
Friday, August 12: Brooklyn
Saturday, August 13: The Sandlot
Friday, August 19: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Saturday, August 20: My Internship in Canada

Visit for more information.

Office Closed - Labour Day

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day. 
We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 6.

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi, 5 septembre pour la Fête du travail. 
Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi, 6 septembre.

FoodWorks Meal Delivery Service

Want to support a great cause while eating fresh, healthy meals? Operation Come Home has launched a meal delivery service called FoodWorks. Each meal costs $8.00 and comes with a lean protein, two vegetable sides and choice of salad or dessert. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, and meals are generally both low-fat and low-sodium. 

Food deliveries take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you're interested in learning more, please email or phone 613-230-4663. 

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: August 2 at 6:00 pm (BBQ meeting - call the office for details), September 6 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: No August meeting, September 13 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: No August meeting, September 21 at 7:00 pm (joint PMC/Finance meeting)
Rental Committee: No August meeting, September 20 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: August 17 and September 21 (joint PMC/Finance meeting) at 7:00 pm
Board: August 31 and September 28 at 7:30 pm
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