CJRO Radio News Update for March 25
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Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell
To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces as of Tuesday, March 24.
The closure is for 14 days, with the possibility of extending this order. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow. Essential services may continue their operations to maintain supply chains, and help the people of Ontario have access to necessities, including groceries and medicines. The 74-item list can be found at Ontario.ca. It seems fairly straightforward.
The City of Ottawa has delayed its decision on urban boundary expansion, until May 4th (which may be further postponed). However, residents with concerns about changes to the urban boundary, which will heavily affect our broadcast area, can still get involved from home. On online petition from Ecology Ottawa and its Hold the Line Campaign can be signed by going to ecologyottawa.ca and click on the Hold the Line image. Ecology Ottawa also encourages residents to write to City Council. Regardless of the needs of the current crisis, Ecology Ottawa wants to remind the public of the importance of sustaining momentum in decisions that will affect Ottawa well into the future.
Ontarians with smart electricity meters will be getting a break on electricity rates. Premier Doug Ford announced that time-of-use prices will all be changed to off-peak rates. That’s a little over 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
Depending on billing cycles, some customers will see these changes on their next bill. If not the reduced rate will show as a credit on a future bill. The Ontario Electricity Rebate will still provide a 31.8 per cent rebate on the sub-total bill amount for Regulated Price Plan consumers. The Ontario Energy Board has also extended the winter ban on disconnections to July 31st.
The Cumberland Ferry is running on reduced hours. The ferry will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, both the Province of Ontario and the Province of Quebec are asking people not to cross the Ottawa River unless absolutely necessary.
As community spread of COVID-19 is confirmed, Ontario’s Medical Officer of Heath, Vera Etches, suggests people be prepared for the long haul. “It is worth preparing, psychologically and practically, to imagine that we need to maintain the social distancing for a much longer period of time,” she said.
There is significant concern about snowbirds returning from the United States, which is a new hotspot.
Travelers, whether returning from the United States, or any other country, MUST self-isolate for 14 days. That means not going to a store, a bank, a gas station, or to visit a friend. If you need groceries get them delivered and pick them up outside your door, then carefully clean everything that comes in. Stay six feet away from the other persons in your home, especially if they did not travel. Every day governments are cracking down harder on people who do not obey these emergency measures, including arrests, fines, and setting up snitch lines. In Ontario the OPP will be issuing fines.
Meanwhile, here in Eastern Ontario, testing cannot keep up with demand. So the Eastern Ontario Health Unit instructs residents NOT to visit an assessment centre, unless you have been referred by a health care professional. Do not call 911 unless it is a true emergency.
If you have symptoms the health unit instructs you to call your doctor (or other primary care provider), Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or the health unit at 1-800-267-7120. If you have SEVERE symptoms you should still go to Emergency, BUT call first so they can prepared to safely receive you.
The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has launched a drive-through COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Smiths Falls. The centre is located on Elmsley Street North outside the hospital’s main entrance. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Patients NEED AN APPOINTMENT to be seen and such appointments are generated BY REFERRAL ONLY. Referrals can come from Telehealth Ontario, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, or a primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic).
The Winchester and District Memorial Hospital in Winchester is planning for the opening of a COVID-19 Assessment Centre but there is currently no planned opening date. If it opens the Assessment Centre will be in the Lions Club hall on Albert Street. Signage will be in place regarding entrances and parking. This will help keep the Emergency Department for emergencies. More details about that Assessment Centre will be provided as available.
Learning at home
The Province of Ontario launched Learn at Home, a new online portal for students to continue their educations while schools are closed.
Learn at Home offers Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.
For students who do not have access to a computer, school boards are working to provide the technology to everyone who needs it.
There are numerous other sources of educational materials appearing on Facebook and other social media platforms. Children, teens and adults can access courses ranging from learning to play an instrument, to language lessons ,to math and science, to play-dough recipes. See https://www.tvokids.com/school-age https://www.tvomathify.com https://moneureka.ca
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Useful information to keep:
Government of Ontario
Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, the province’s COVID-19 webpage will be updated including the status of cases in Ontario.
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
Ottawa Public Health
Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: Distress: 613-238-3311 Crisis: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991. https://www.dcottawa.on.ca.
Here is more contact information provided by Dominique Tremblay and Vanessa Carriere of Russell Township’s planning department:
Government of Canada: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html
List of essential businesses: Ontario orders the compulsory closure of all non-essential workplaces to fight the spread of COVID-19: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
Employment insurance: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
Free webinar Wednesday, March 25: How to cope with the impacts of COVID 19 on your business : March 25 at noon (see attached email for details)
Ministry of Health (Ontario) – The new coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Preparation for a pandemic: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/
Emergency Products: The Ontario government welcomes assistance from businesses and organizations that can provide emergency products and innovative solutions to counter the progression of COVID-19: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus
Nouvelles CJRO Radio pour la semaine du 23 au 29 mars
Charley Dutil – journaliste.Il y a officiellement 40 personnes infectées par la COVID-19 à Ottawa en date du 25 mars.
Dans l’est ontarien un troisième cas
a été confirmé dans la région de Prescott-Russel le 23 mars il s’agit d’un
homme dans la trentaine qui travaille a l’hôpital d’Ottawa. Il y a maintenant
588 cas au total en Ontario, 1016 au Québec et 2792 au pays.
L’agence de la santé publique d’Ottawa ainsi que le gouvernement provincial de l’Ontario demande a tous de s’isoler a la maison et de pratiquer des mesures d’isolation social. Il est possible d’aller à l’extérieur pour faire de la marche et d’autres activités mais il est important de garder une distance de deux mètres entre soi et autre. Les services non-essentiel sont fermés, les services essentiels tel les épiceries, pharmacies et les restaurants sont ouverts. Les restaurants cependant n’ont droit d’offrir que des services au comptoir ou de livraison. Les LCBO et les Beer Stores sont ouvert mais leurs heures sont réduites. Les regroupement de plus de 50 personnes sont interdits.
Toute personnes démontrant des symptomes de la COVID-19 soit une toux sèche, de la fièvre, ou des problèmes respiratoires doivent se mettre en quarantaine personnelle ou se rendre à l’hôpital. Pour se faire tester il existe à Ottawa un centre de dépistage à l’arena Brewer.
Les équipes des services de soutien communautaires aux personnes âgées de Montfort Renaissance (MRI) et de leurs partenaire Retraite en Action (REA) s’affairent à remettre en œuvre « Mon centre à distance » une plateforme en ligne par laquelle les aînées peuvent se parler a propos de différents sujets. Une programmation est adaptée à la situation qui prévaut actuellement. Le Centre de services Guigues (CSG), maintenant amalgamé à MRI, et Retraite en Action ont dû arrêter temporairement leurs activités sociales afin d’éviter la propagation de la COVID-19. Pour plus de renseignements, les gens peuvent nous contacter au 613-241-1266 ou visiter notre site Web www.montfortrenaissance.ca ou notre page Facebook: www.facebook.com/centresg/
Finalement un rappel que la Ville
d’Ottawa à procédé à la fermeture de toutes les installations récréatives et
culturelles administrées par la Ville et de toutes les succursales de la
Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa jusqu’à nouvel ordre en fonction des
recommandations du ministère de la Santé pour limiter les rassemblements en
masse. Le souper communautaires (à Carlsbad Springs) des Chevaliers de Colomb
(Conseil 9519) en avril a été annullé et aura lieu en septembre, si la situation