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CCOC NewsNotes:
March 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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Gardening Workshops

We know it may be hard to believe when you look outside, but spring is coming! And that means gardening season is nearly upon us.

CCOC has teamed up with Just Food and the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa to offer a series of free and informative gardening workshops this year. 

All workshops will take place in the 464 Metcalfe meeting room from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Register online.

March Workshops

March 14: Seed Saving

This workshop will provide an overview of seed saving. Seed Saving is a way to ensure that our food supply is not reliant on a small selection of crop varieties that can be vulnerable to disease, pests, and changes in climate. The practice of seed saving and sharing, seen as a hobby to some, promotes genetic diversity of crops and overall food security. 

Date TBC: Herbal Tips and Tricks

This workshop highlights the benefits of specific plants such as calendula, culinary herbs, and many more.  Participants of this workshop will learn about the uses of these plants and how to grow them in their own gardens.

Future Workshops

April 11: Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening
April 27: Edible Perennials
May 11: Square Foot Gardening
June 7: Natural Pest Control

Renting your apartment on Airbnb is not allowed

Did you know? Your CCOC lease does not allow you to sublet your apartment. With Canada's 150th anniversary taking place in 2017 and many tourists visiting Ottawa, the use of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb is on the rise in our city. However, listing your apartment on Airbnb is a violation of your CCOC lease and could put you at risk of losing your home.

Section 2(b) of the lease you signed states that: "You agree not to sublet or assign the unit or any part of it."

Renting out your apartment, or part of your apartment (for example, one room in your two-bedroom home) through Airbnb is considered a sublet. 

CCOC has served eight Airbnb-related eviction notices so far. It's not worth the risk! If you have any questions about this policy, please contact your Rental Officer.

Meet Kim Lefebvre!

Kim is CCOC's newest Maintenance Administrative Assistant. She previously worked in residential real estate, and says she wanted to work for CCOC to experience the nonprofit side of housing. 

Kim is a huge animal lover and has three dogs of her own. She also volunteers with an organization assisting seniors to care for their dogs. 

Kim has been working for CCOC's Maintenance department since October. Welcome, Kim!

Spark change in your city

Synapcity is a local group dedicated to bringing people together to share ideas, understand new perspectives and collaborate on ways to improve our city. This year, Synapcity is organizing Ottawa's first-ever 100in1Day.

100inIDay is a global festival of civic engagement designed to inspire people to interact more with their communities. The first 100in1Day was held in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012. Since then, the festival has encouraged hundreds of one-day community-based projects in cities around the world with things like street art, urban gardens, beautification projects, social events, and improvements in city infrastructure.

Ottawa's 100in1Day festival is taking place on June 3, 2017. Synapcity hopes to feature 150 projects in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Visit to learn more or to submit your idea for the festival.

Need project inspiration? Check out this blog.

If you're interested in a project involving CCOC please contact Natalia Snajdr, our Sustainability Facilitator, before submitting your idea: 613-234-4065 ext. 243 or

Free Income Tax Clinics


for those with no income (refugees) or those receiving ODSP or OW
404 McArthur Ave.
By appointment

Centretown Community Health Centre 

420 Cooper St.
613-233-4443 ext. 3006
Saturday, March 25 - 9 am to 3 pm
By appointment

Centre 454

454 King Edward Avenue
613-235-4351 ext. 229
March 6, 20, 25 & April 3
12:30 - 3:00 pm
By appointment 

Centre 507

507 Bank St.
613-233-5626 ext. 221
February 21 to May 7
Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Sundays 12:30 - 2:30 pm


for immigrants and refugees
959 Wellington St. West
613-725-5671 ext. 292
Tuesdays, March 7 to April 25
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Old Forge Community Resource Centre

for seniors and people with disabilities only 
2730 Carling Avenue
By appointment in March and April

Ottawa Chinese Alliance Church

22 Eccles
Saturday, March 25 - 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, April 8 - 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, April 22 - 9 am to 4 pm

Samaritan Support Services of Ottawa-Carleton

1820 Carling Avenue
Saturdays, March 4 to April 22

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 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 in April.

The plants will be delivered on 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 CCOC gardeners

We're looking for volunteer garden coordinators at several of our buildings. 

Garden coordinators are the main contact for all gardeners at their property. They coordinate communication between CCOC and the buildings’ gardeners. Want to make sure your neighbours know about great workshop opportunities? Want to stay in the loop with the latest CCOC gardening news? This is the volunteer role for you!

To learn more, contact Natalia at or 613-234-4065 ext. 243.

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 4 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

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 7 and April 4 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: March 7 (joint meeting with Finance at the 464 Metcalfe meeting room) and April 11 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: March 9 and April 13 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: March 21 at 7:00 pm, no April meeting
Finance Committee: March 7 (joint meeting with Development at the 464 Metcalfe meeting room) and April 19 at 7:00 pm
Board: March 29 and April 26 at 7:30 pm
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