Update from OCA

  • OCA advocates for transportation and infrastructure improvements
  • Help RRCRC provide Thanksgiving Meals for families in need
  • The Ottawa Police Service is asking for your views on crime, neighbourhood concerns and policing  
  • CAWI wants to hear your experiences of how COVID – 19 is affecting women, girls and gender-diverse people?
  • COVID-19 online safe chat and text service expanding

Advocating for better transportation and infrastructure  

OCA is participating in Councillor King’s October 1 Ward Council meeting where the theme is transportation and infrastructure. Our reps will underline the importance of City support for active transportation (walking and cycling) in both planning (Transportation Master Plan, Official Plan) and more investment in projects. Among the priority projects OCA is promoting are:

  • better and safer access to Tremblay and St Laurent LRT stations,
  • safer pedestrian access from Queen Mary and Edith to Overbrook Park, and
  • the feasibility study that is the necessary first step to installing bike lanes on Donald St.

We also continue to advocate for tree planting on City land. Almost a year ago, we asked for your help to create a wish list of tree locations. The anticipated spring planting was understandably delayed by the pandemic, but we are keeping it on the radar.

Big thanks to our Planning and Development Committee – ably supported by our Digital Team – for leading OCA’s work in this area. If you are interested in learning more or would like to get involved, contact us at info@overbrook.ca.

Help RRCRC support local families and businesses at Thanksgiving!

Next week, Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre’s Emergency Foodbank will provide families accessing their foodbank with a Thanksgiving meal. The meal cost for a family of 4 is $100 and the goal is to buy from local restaurants/cafes and deliver the meals directly to at least 50 families.  – supporting businesses and families at a critical time.  

If you can contribute, please make a tax-deductible donation: online through CanadaHelps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rideau-rockcliffe-community-resource-centre/, OR, by cheque to: Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre 815 St.Laurent Blvd Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3A7 (please refer to Local Food for our Local Foodbank)

What do you think about crime, neighbourhood concerns and policing? Take the Ottawa Police Service Survey.

A message from The Ottawa Police Services Board / Un message de la Commission de services policiers d’Ottawa

The Ottawa Police Services Board, in collaboration with the Ottawa Police Service, has developed this survey to better understand perceptions of crime, neighbourhood concerns and satisfaction with police services in the city of Ottawa.

Your participation in completing the survey will assist us to determine future directions and police priorities. The information collected will be used to better address the needs of residents, to enhance service delivery, and to strengthen community relations.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is completely voluntary and anonymous. You are not asked to identify yourself, and all information collected will remain confidential. Please complete by October 4, 2020.

Thanks for your input!

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La Commission de services policiers d’Ottawa, en collaboration avec le Service de police d’Ottawa, a préparé le présent sondage pour mieux comprendre les perceptions en matière de criminalité, les préoccupations des quartiers et le degré de satisfaction à l’égard des services fournis par la police dans la ville d’Ottawa.

Nous espérons compter sur votre participation, car cela nous aidera à déterminer les orientations futures et les priorités de la police. Les données recueillies permettront de mieux répondre aux besoins des résidents, d’améliorer la prestation des services et de renforcer les relations communautaires.

Il suffit de 5 à 10 minutes pour répondre au questionnaire. Vous pouvez y répondre facultativement et anonymement. Il ne vous est pas demandé de vous identifier, et aucune des informations recueillies ne sera divulguée. Veuillez remplir le formulaire d’ici le 4 octobre 2020.

Merci de votre contribution!

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The City for All Women’s Initiative (CAWI) wants to hear how COVID – 19 is affecting women, girls and gender-diverse people in Ottawa

CAWI is conducting a survey / IVTF mène un sondage : https://forms.gle/Ab7Q5iU8vm1jXfc18 

CAWI says: This survey is being conducted by City for All Women Initiative (https://www.cawi-ivtf.org) to engage women’s stories during COVID – 19. This survey is fully anonymous. We are NOT collecting any personal information from anyone. Our core focus to collect stories and lived experiences on the gendered impact of COVID – 19.

Please circulate this survey widely as stories from the communities can help us better understand the deeper impact of the pandemic on women

You can also fill this on behalf of other women in your community.

If you would like to fill this form through the telephone instead, please contact: 613-875-9664

Selon IVTF : Ce sondage est mené par l’Initiative : une ville pour toutes les femmes (https://www.cawi-ivtf.org) dans le but de rassembler des histoires vécues par les femmes pendant l’éclosion de la COVID-19. Le sondage est entièrement anonyme. Nous ne recueillons PAS de renseignements personnels de qui que ce soit. Notre objectif principal est de recueillir des récits et des expériences vécues sur le sujet de l’impact de la COVID-19 selon le genre.

Merci de diffuser largement ce sondage; les récits provenant de la collectivité peuvent nous aider à mieux comprendre l’impact profond de la pandémie sur les femmes.

Vous pouvez aussi remplir le questionnaire au nom d’autres femmes de votre communauté.

Si vous préférez répondre au sondage par téléphone, veuillez appeler au 613-875-9664.

COVID-19 online safe chat and text service is expanding

Crime Prevention Ottawa Announcement / Communiqué de Prévention du crime Ottawa

COVID-19 online safe chat and text service expanding
 
Ottawa’s safe text and chat line for people living with domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19 is pleased to announce that it will offer its services to more people in need and extend operations to March 2021. 
 
Since April, Unsafe at Home Ottawa has held nearly 700 secure text and chat sessions. United Way East Ontario, Crime Prevention Ottawa and Women’s Shelters Canada are providing additional funding so the service can continue through the winter months. The service will now also be extended to Lanark County and to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community who are experiencing violence in the home.

About Unsafe at Home Ottawa

  • Text and chat service available 7 days a week from 8:30 am to midnight. 
  • Safe technology ensures conversations are confidential and secure.
  • Trained personnel provide advice, referrals and support in English and French.

Please share the tool and our social media posts with colleagues, friends, family members and neighbours to reach those who need it the most. 

Unsafe at Home Ottawa – Text (613) 704-5535
Chat online unsafeathomeottawa.ca

Unsafe at Home Ottawa partners

Crime Prevention Ottawa 
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre 
Interval House of Ottawa 
Kind Space
Lanark County Victim Services 
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
Ottawa Police Service
Ottawa Victim Services
United Way East Ontario
Western Ottawa Resource Centre
Women’s Shelters Canada

Le service sécuritaire de texto+clavardage en ligne s’étend
 
Le service sûr de texto et de clavardage en ligne d’Ottawa pour les personnes vivant dans des situations de violence et d’abus domestique pendant la pandémie COVID-19 est heureux d’annoncer que ses services seront étendus à un plus grand nombre de personnes dans le besoin et que ses activités seront prolongées jusqu’en mars 2021.
 
Depuis avril, Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa a tenu près de 700 séances de texto et de clavardage en ligne sécurisées. Centraide de l’Est de l’Ontario, Prévention du crime Ottawa et Hébergement femmes Canada contribuent au financement supplémentaire du service pour qu’il puisse se poursuivre tout au long des mois d’hiver. Le service sera maintenant également offert au comté de Lanark, ainsi qu’aux membres de la communauté LGBTQ2S+, confrontés à la violence domestique.

À propos de Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa :

  • Service de texto et de clavardage en ligne disponible 7 jours sur 7, de 8h30 à minuit.
  • Technologie sécuritaire chiffrée assure que les conversations soient confidentielles et sécurisées.
  • Personnel chevronné qui offre des conseils, des renseignements et du soutien en anglais et français.

Veuillez partager cet outil et nos messages sur les médias sociaux avec vos collègues, vos amis, les membres de votre famille et vos voisins afin de rejoindre ceux qui en ont le plus besoin.

Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa – Textez (613) 704-5535
Clavardez en ligne pasbienottawa.ca

Partenaires  Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa

Centraide de l’Est de l’Ontario
Centre de ressources de l’Ouest d’Ottawa
Centre de ressources de l’Est d’Ottawa
Coalition d’Ottawa contre la violence faite aux femmes (COCVFF)
Hébergement femmes Canada
Kind Space
Maison Interval d’Ottawa
Prévention du crime Ottawa
Service de police d’Ottawa
Services aux victimes d’Ottawa

Bulletin – 5 November / 5 novembre

In this bulletin:
> Innovation Award Winner / Lauréat de Prix d’innovation!
> Invitation to a Community Celebration, Nov 9
> Remembrance Day / Jour du Souvenir, Riverside Memorial Park
> OCA Annual Report

Congratulations WENDY! / Félicitations WENDY!

Overbrook resident, formerly OCA Secretary and Director, Wendy Dennys won the Innovation Award at Crime Prevention Ottawa‘s 11th Annual Awards Ceremony Monday night for her pivotal role in bringing community-based theatre to Overbrook in the form of Overbrook the Musical, Overbrook Diary and Starry Nights. Wendy’s love of people, community and theatre shone through as she worked tirelessly to create the confidence and conditions for Overbrookies to celebrate their stories and connect with neighbours and friends. Thank you Wendy! By the way, the manual Wendy co-wrote with Diewke de Haen about how to create a community adventure in theatre can be found at the following link:

Minwaashin Lodge’s Street Team OutReach Mobile (STORM) was also honoured at the Awards Ceremony. STORM assists women who are at-risk, homeless or involved in street culture, especially those who identify as Indigenous. The STORM team provides emergency transportation, interventions, hygiene products, lunches, clothing, blankets, health education and referrals to services.

All the winners’ stories are inspiring! You can read about them by clicking on the links below:

You can watch the entire evening’s events at facebook.com/CrimePreventionOttawa, or watch individual videos on Crime Prevention Ottawa’s YouTube Channel. Rogers Television will air the awards on Tuesday, November 12 at 9 p.m.

Vous pouvez visionner la soirée complète sur facebook.com/CrimePreventionOttawa. Vous pouvez également trouver les vidéos sur le réseau YouTube du Prévention du crime Ottawa. L’événement sera sur Rogers Television le mardi 12 novembre à 21h00.

Invitation to a Celebration, November 9, 4pm

Please find below details on a short community celebration that a number of Overbrook folks are collaborating on. It is part of a series of special anniversary commemorations that are being held in a variety of ways by Baha’i communities around the world.

At this event we will hear from and showcase some of the emerging programs that Baha’is and their friends are conducting, which empower the children and youth of our neighbourhood.  This community-building work is very much in line with the desire of many in Overbrook to foster neighbourly  relations and unity within our community, a constructive and positive contribution to crime prevention and safety. These programs are open to children and youth from all backgrounds and faith groups. They focus on developing virtues within young people and empower them to be of service to the community. These programs are run completely by volunteers, many of whom are teens and 20-somethings who provide mentoring and personal example in the Junior Youth Empowerment Program.  

All are very welcome to attend!

Community Celebration
4-5 pm November 9, 2019
Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment and Children’s Class Programs of Overbrook invite your family to please join us in a community celebration with music, stories, children’s activities and refreshments.

We are a group of friends and neighbours working together to empower the youth and children of our community to walk a path of service.

This celebration is being held in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, whose beautiful message prepared for the coming of Baha’u’llah the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. 

Remembrance Day at Riverside Memorial Park / Jour du Souvenir au Parc commémoratif Riverside

Join your friends and neighbours for a moment of silence on Monday, November 11. For more information:

Joignez-vous à vos amis et voisins le lundi 11 novembre. Pour plus d’information :

OCA ANNUAL REPORT: CELEBRATING OUR VOLUNTEERS:

Thanks to the many residents who helped out with OCA activities over the last year. To get a glimpse of who they are and what they did, check out our Annual Report at the link below. If you’d like to get more involved, come out to our next meeting, Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre (33 Quill St) or write us at: info@overbrook.ca.

Bulletin – week of October 20 – semaine du 20 octobre

In this bulletin: Election Day; OCA News; an IMPORTANT social services petition; and, Crime Prevention Ottawa awards and new booklet in Somali and Arabic…

Election Day: Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, Monday, October 21! Polls will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. For more information on voting, visit the Elections Canada website: English; en français. If you’re still undecided, you can watch an Ottawa-Vanier debate on Rogers by clicking here.

OCA News: Welcome to new OCA Board members, Danika Brisson, Marie-Christine Blais. Marjolaine Provost and Mercedes Marcano! “Au revoir” and huge thank yous to departing members, Monjur Chowdhury, Patrick Venier and Wendy Dennys.

Our October 17 AGM featured great presentations on a safety theme!

  • Crime Prevention Ottawa has recently confirmed funding for a safety coordinator for Overbrook. The coordinator will facilitate community-driven initiatives.
  • The Ottawa Police Service is about to launch a Neighbourhood Policing Pilot in Vanier-Overbrook and two other Ottawa areas. Expect to see 5 new Neighbourhood Officers building relationships with Vanier-Overbrook residents in the coming weeks. Carleton University researchers will be assessing the pilot and looking for community feedback.
  • Now is the time to get involved with the OCA Safety Committee, which will be involved in all this and more! The Committee meets at 7 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the Overbrook Community Centre. All are welcome!

Social Services Matter: Sign the Petition! / Les services sociaux sont essentiels: signez la pétition!

The Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa are seeking your support to sign this petition and to forward it to your contacts, so that we can let City Council know that Social Services Matter!

Two years ago, non-profit social services in Ottawa completed a survey from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa that highlighted our budgetary and service pressures.

The 2018 Community Wellbeing Report highlights serious concerns about the capacity of community services to respond to critical community issues. In the face of chronic underfunding, many organizations are at a crisis point, particularly those called upon to address the increasing difficulty for thousands of residents to meet basic needs.

In response, many organizations from the non-profit social services sector are leading a campaign to expand non-profit social services, and invest at least $5 million, over and above existing funding, for non-profit social services in Ottawa during the 2019-2022 Term of Council.

Please join us by signing this petition, and by helping us to get the message out on social media. We can be found tweeting about this at the Coalition’s Twitter handle @CHRC_Ottawa.

Please get in touch with Andrea Poncia if you would like to find out how you, or your organization can get more involved in this important campaign.

Andrea can be reached at 613.325.2619, or by email at aponcia@swchc.on.ca.


Veuillez signer cette pétition et la transmettre à vos contacts afin que nous puissions informer le conseil municipal d’Ottawa que les services sociaux sont essentiels!

Il y a deux ans, les services sociaux sans but lucratif à Ottawa ont répondu à un sondage administré par le Conseil de planification sociale d’Ottawa. L’enquête a mis en lumière de sérieuses pressions budgétaires. Le Rapport sur le bien-être communautaire d’Ottawa a révélé que, confrontés à un sous-financement chronique, de nombreuses organisations se trouvaient en crise, en particulier celles appelées à faire face aux difficultés croissantes rencontrées par des milliers de résidents pour satisfaire leurs besoins essentiels.

En réponse, de nombreuses organisations du secteur de services sociaux à but non lucratif, mènent une campagne visant à soutenir ces services, et à exhorter le conseil municipal d’Ottawa à investir au moins 5 millions de dollars, en sus du financement existant, dans les services sociaux à but non lucratif.

La pétition se trouve à l’adresse suivante, ou vous pouvez imprimer et faire circuler la pétition en papier ci-jointe.

Veuillez contacter Andrea Poncia si vous souhaitez savoir comment vous, ou votre organisation, pouvez participer davantage à cette campagne importante. Vous pouvez communiquer avec Andrea par téléphone au 613.325.2619.

Crime Prevention Ottawa – Prévention du crime Ottawa

Save the date: 2019 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards November 4 / Réservez la date : remise des Prix Prévention du crime Ottawa de 2019 le 4 novembre

Click here for more information. / Cliquez ici pour plus de renseignements : https://overbrook.ca/2019-crime-prevention-ottawa-awards-prix-prevention-du-crime-ottawa-de-2019/

“Best seller” booklet on youth criminal justice now in Arabic and Somali! / Notre très populaire brochure sur la justice pénale pour les adolescents est maintenant offerte en arabe et en somali!

Click here for more information. / Cliquez ici pour plus de renseignements : https://overbrook.ca/best-seller-booklet-on-youth-criminal-justice-now-in-arabic-and-somali-notre-tres-populaire-brochure-sur-la-justice-penale-pour-les-adolescents-est-maintenant-offerte-en-arabe-et-en/

OCA Bulletin de l’ACO – semaine du 15 septembre – week of September 15

Rideau-Rockcliffe September Newsletter

Councillor King has released his newsletter for September 2019 outlining upcoming news and events. This third issue provides Ward 13 and City Council updates, including news about the launch of the Confederation Line (O-Train Line 1), along with information about upcoming community events and public consultations: English https://www.rideau-rockcliffe.ca/september_2019_newsletter_for_rideau_rockcliffe En français : https://fr.rideau-rockcliffe.ca/infolettre_pour_rideau_rockcliffe_septembre_2019

Heritage Ottawa: Call to Action Chateau Laurier / Patrimoine Ottawa : Appel à l’action Château Laurier

Contact the Committee of Adjustment before September 18. For details: https://heritageottawa.org/news/chateau-laurier-proposed-addition-committee-of-adjustment-sept-18.

Contactez le Comité de dérogation avant le 18 septembre. Pour voir les détails : https://heritageottawa.org/fr/news/chateau-laurier-ajout-propose-comite-derogation-18-septembre.

Events / Événements

Wednesday, September 25, 6 to 8:30 pm, City Hall. The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) invites all residents of Ottawa to join us for an evening of organizing action against the provincial cuts to social assistance For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/action-forum-campaign-against-cuts-to-social-assistance-registration-68308704173.

Le mercredi 25 septembre de 18 h à 20 h 30 à l’Hôtel de ville. Une ville pour toutes les femmes (L’IVTF) invite tous les résidents d’Ottawa à se joindre à nous pour une soirée d’organisation de mesures contre les coupures imposées par la province à l’aide sociale. Pour plus d’informations et pour vous inscrire : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/action-forum-campaign-against-cuts-to-social-assistance-registration-68308704173.

Friday, October 4, 8:30 to 11:00 am, Ben Franklin Place. Crime Prevention Ottawa Speaker Series: Trauma, violence and its effect on children in our community. For more information: https://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/event/trauma-violence-and-its-effect-on-children-in-our-community/.

Le vendredi 4 octobre, 8 h 30 à 11 h 00 à la Place-Ben-Franklin. La série de conférences de Prévention du crime Ottawa : Les conséquences des traumatismes et de la violence sur les enfants de notre communauté. Pour plus d’informations : https://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/fr/event/les-consequences-des-traumatismes-et-de-la-violence-sur-les-enfants-de-notre-communaute/.

OCA Meetings / Réunions de l’ACO

  • Board meeting, Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, Overbrook Community Centre
  • Annual General Meeting, Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm, Overbrook Community Centre

Neighbourhood trauma: what to do / Incident près de chez toi : que faire

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Now what?

You and your community have just experienced a traumatic event. This information sheet offers guidance and resources to help you through it.

Where can I get help?

Contact your local Community Health and Resource Centre: See CoalitionOttawa.ca Call the Distress Centre at 613-238-3311 Dial 2-1-1 for a referral to community and social services     Dial 9-1-1 to report an emergency or a crime in progressFor non-emergencies, call the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222  

Most of us are not prepared for traumatic events. It is natural to feel nervous or afraid. Remember, you are not alone. Here are some resources to help you, your neighbours and your family:

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