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Helen Porteous

15 Minute Neighbourhood

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The new Official Plan is a document that describes how the city will grow and has a goal to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. To achieve this goal, Five Big Moves were adopted to frame new Official Plan, including the concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods. 

What do we mean when we say a 15-minute neighbourhood? It is a neighbourhood where you can access most of your day-to-day needs within a 15-minute walk from your home, including when using a wheelchair or other mobility aids, on sidewalks or pathways.  

A 15-minute neighbourhood is a neighbourhood where you can walk to get to the grocery store, where you can easily walk to frequent transit, and where children can safely walk to school.    

Walkable, 15-minute neighbourhoods reduce our dependency on cars, promote equity, social connections and a greater sense of community, foster physical and mental health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Learn more about the connection between health and our built environment here(External link).

We’d love to hear what makes a successful 15 minute neighbourhood for you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey(External link), it will close on September 4th, 2020.

Community Garage Sales are permitted in Ottawa

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Community Garage Sales are permitted in Ottawa but are bound by event numbers and restrictions under the Provincial Order.  Events are now permitted for up to 100 people outdoors.  Buyers and sellers should wear masks and practice physical distancing.

We encourage everyone to be COVIDwise and, when possible, practice all of the recommended precautions:  (Insert Graphic Attached if desired)

W – Wear a mask or face covering when you are in indoor public spaces and when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet).

I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).

S – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.

E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face.

Metcalfe Library

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Great news! The Metcalfe (village) branch will begin offering contactless service starting Saturday, August 15.

Hours of operation: Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm
Holds pickup by appointment, returns anytime during hours of operation.

They have also increased the hold limit to 50 items!

The Rural Cycling & Tourism Campaign

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The Rural Cycling & Tourism Campaign is in full swing and Osgoode Ward is featured with some of the great stops along the way!

Click on the link: Osgoode https://ottawatourism.ca/en/itineraries/getaway-osgoode-metcalfe-and-greely to visit some of the Village attractions.

Ottawa tourism is also encouraging residents to enter the weekly contest for a chance to win $100 to spend in Ottawa’s rural communities (bonus entry if they upload a photo of their favourite thing to see or do in rural Ottawa). https://ottawatourism.ca/en/rural-ottawa-contest

Ottawa Public Health / Ottawa Board of Trade

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Ottawa Public Health in partnership with the Ottawa Board of Trade is hosting a Business Reopening Workshop specifically geared towards rural and agricultural businesses.

The workshop will be hosted July 9th at 1pm on Zoom and will include a short presentation by our Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brent Moloughney followed by an open question and answer session. We will be promoting our existing resources and assisting local business troubleshoot common challenges in adapting to prevent and lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The session will be recorded and posted online shortly afterwards for those that cannot make it. For more information and to register, please visit:  https://business.ottawabot.ca/events/details/business-reopening-workshop-rural-businesses-and-agricultural-sector-1812

Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

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Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

We are very excited to announce our Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project. We are inviting families, farm owners and agricultural businesses to create a barn quilt as a way to celebrate our rural heritage. This project, which is open to submissions from May 6 to September 30, 2020, is a combination of a tourism attraction, a business marketing tool, and a showcase of our unique community history. As a permanent part of our landscape, it will build community and provide the perfect opportunity to expand cultural tourism in the Osgoode Ward.

What is a barn quilt?

It’s a piece of wood (normally 8’x8’) that’s been painted to look like a quilt square. Some barn quilts are replicates of traditional quilt block patterns, while others are unique designs featuring a favourite dog, type of livestock or a farm logo. Barn quilts tell stories about individual farms, historical events or communities while also adding visual interest to the countryside and increasing rural tourism.

What barn quilts can do:

  • Barn quilts draw attention to Canada’s disappearing rural landscape
  • Rural communities find a way to get themselves on the map and connect with travelling public
  • Farms and businesses install barn quilts as part of their promotion strategies
  • People paint and install barn quilts as part of their outdoor gardening and landscape projects, and tell a story of their family history

Your Commitment

We would like you to consider being our partner for this project, to highlight rural life and the disappearing rural landscape. We are reaching out to you because you play an integral part of our rural life. The commitment is minimal – all we ask is your help in promoting this project via social media, member newsletters and websites!

Please see detailed information on the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail here.

We are looking forward to hearing from you on how we can work together!

Sincerely,

Jillian Jordan (Metcalfe)

Executive Director

Osgoode Township Museum

7814 Lawrence St., Vernon, ON

613-821-4062

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