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CCOC NewsNotes:
September 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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Register Today for the CCOC's 2016 Bike Tour

CCOC is proud to present our 2016 bike tour as part of Green Energy Doors Open. Each year, we’ve committed to getting outside to explore CCOC properties and the history of our community either by bus, bike or on foot. This year, we’re biking!

Everyone is invited to join us on September 10, 2016. We’ll be meeting up at 10:00 am sharp in front of 415 Gilmour Street before splitting off into different groups. These groups will all end at the same place, 464 Metcalfe Street. We’re hosting a wrap-up party there from 12 pm – 1 pm. All are welcome, even if you can’t make it to the bike tour.

This guided tour will involve cycling on downtown streets and some bike paths. Over the course of two hours you’ll ride about 10 km at a moderate pace with three 20-minute stops along the way. You’ll need to bring your own bike and helmet. For more information and to register visit or call (613) 234-4065 ext. 243
Participants in CCOC's walking tour last year

Labour Day - Office Closed

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

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.

Be a part of CCOC's history!

Are you a local writer or videographer with a love of Centretown? CCOC is seeking a team to tell the story of the first 40 years of CCOC. Learn more at

CCOC's got Pride

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the 2016 Pride Parade. We had a great time in spite of the rain!

Call for Resolutions for CCOC's AGM

Do you have an idea about how CCOC could do something differently to make your housing better? Become a CCOC member and send in a resolution that will be voted on by CCOC members at our Annual General Meeting on May 18, 2017.  

Resolutions are expressions of opinion or intention that should be about something that applies to all CCOC buildings or tenants. For example, last year CCOC's membership adopted a resolution to review the suitability and availability of bike parking at all properties. Resolutions must be received 60 days before the AGM, they must be in writing, and they must have the name of the CCOC member making the resolution.  

Send your resolution to: CCOC, Attn: Meg McCallum 
415 Gilmour Street, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON     K2P 2M8 
or email

Bursaries for Aspiring CCOC Artists! 

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) offers 15 bursaries each year for CCOC tenants and their family members residing with CCOC. Adults are eligible for a $150 bursary, and children are eligible for full course fees. Bursaries will be awarded according to need. Registration for OSA's 2016 fall term is now open.

Tenants who are selected for a bursary will have to pay the OSA membership fee of $30 and the applicable taxes. To apply, you must fill out an OSA bursary form. Forms are available at the Ottawa School of Art, located at 35 George Street. Please bring proof of your address. 

Welcome to CCOC, Derek!

Derek Pokora joins CCOC for the fall as our newest Development Support, assisting CCOC's development department and sister corporation Cahdco with their daily operations. Derek has a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, as well as an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown College. He has previously worked as a graphic designer and as a digital media coordinator. Derek is excited to work for CCOC so that he can learn about different methods of achieving affordable housing and development in the nonprofit sector.

Who do I call if...?

Here's some helpful information to help you get in touch with the right person at CCOC. We publish this information each year in the CCOC calendar. Watch for your copy in early December! 

Call your Rental Officer if you have questions about moving in or moving out. If you're having problems with a neighbour's noise or guests, please talk to them first. If you cannot sort the problem out together, call your Rental Officer next. If you witness crime in your building or see someone trespassing, first call the Ottawa Police at 613-230-6211. Then place a follow-up call to your Rental Officer so they know what's going on in the building. 

Call Maintenance at 613-234-4065 ext. 707 to report any damage in the building or maintenance issues in your apartment. You should also call Maintenance with questions or concerns about garbage rooms, pests (i.e. cockroaches and bed bugs), or gardening. If you are locked out of your apartment, call Maintenance. Please note you will be charged a $55 lock out fee.

Speak to your building Custodian to reserve an elevator for your move, or if you need a locker assignment. Please note that Custodians do not take complaints from tenants, and are not able to let you into your apartment if you forget your key.

If you're not quite sure who to call, Reception is your best bet! Phone 613-234-4065 ext. 0 and we'll make sure to put you in touch with the right CCOC staff member. You can also email

Why Green Bins Are So Important

Congratulations to all tenants for doing their part to make the green bin program a success! Together, we divert more than 255,000L of organic waste from the landfill each year.

Have questions about the green bin? Want to bring the green bin program to your building, or want tips on how to use your green bin? Call CCOC's Sustainability Facilitator, Natalia, at 613-234-4065 ext. 243 or email for more information and to share your green bin success stories.


When plant and animal matter breaks down naturally, it turns into a nutrient-rich soil called humus (no, not the kind you dip your veggies in). Humus is used as compost to help grow healthy, beautiful gardens. The organics from your green bin go to a processing plant in the south end of Ottawa. It is turned into compost and then used on local farmers’ fields.



Methane Gas

When plant and animal matter goes into the landfill, it gets covered up by plastic bags and other garbage. Instead of decomposing naturally it rots and produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is very effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere. As the earth heats up, we experience dangerous weather patterns and harm to plants and animals (including us!)

Centretown United Church Sale

Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Bytown Rotary Club, Centre 507, and the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. The sale is cash-only.

When: September 10 and 17 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, September 12 - 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street

Both new and used items are for sale. Items include indoor/outdoor furniture, fridges, electronics, baby and children's clothes ($1 items), children's toys, bicycles, winter coats, and more.

Super Centretown Garage Sale

The Super Centretown Garage Sale is an annual collection of yard sales. Anyone is welcome to participate! Sellers are asked to donate 10% of their proceeds to the Centretown Community Health Centre. 

When: September 10 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Sales will be happening in the area bounded by Wellington Street in the North, the Rideau Canal in the East, Bronson Ave. in the West, and Catherine Street in the South.

Add your yard sale to the map and find out more at

West End Studio Tour

The West End Studio Tour is a walking, biking or driving tour of artist studios located in the west end of Ottawa. This free tour is organized annually by the artists themselves. More than 20 artists warmly invite you to experience their latest creations and the unique environments that they created them in.

When: September 17 - 18 and 24 - 25
Where: Pick up a tour map at businesses throughout the West end, art stores and libraries across Ottawa.

To learn more and to download your PDF copy of the tour map, visit

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: September 6 and October 4 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: September 13 and October 11 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: September 14 (joint meeting with Finance) and October 13 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: September 20 and October 18 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: September 14 (joint meeting with Property Management) and October 19 at 7:00 pm
Board: September 28 and October 26 at 7:30 pm
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