The 2020 OSCA AGM was held on October 20, 2020—but this year it was an AGM with a difference! Because of the restrictions encountered by COVID-19, an in-person AGM was impossible. The AGM is usually held in May but it was postponed this year in the hopes that the restrictions would be lifted and an in-person meeting would be possible. Finally, OSCA gave in and held the meeting in October.
The Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library was scheduled to open in August but due to staffing challenges in the context of COVID-19 the timing of re-opening will be determined at a later date.
Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario announced that some regions can now transition into Phase 2 of "Reopening Ontario". Eastern Ontario is one of the regions that will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday June 12th. This means that in addition to the non-essential stores that were already allowed to open in Phase 1, businesses like personal care services and restaurant patios are now also allowed to open.
The Firehall is closed. Our March Break camps were cancelled, as well as the remainder of our Winter Session Programs. And with the extension of the closure of all of the City’s recreation centres until at least June 30th, we have now also had to cancel our Spring programs. But as we are sure you know, OSCA’s staff have been as busy as ever these past few weeks.
The closure of the Firehall has had a huge impact on all of us and like many, we are all missing the connections that our community space provides. As you have probably seen in the news, the City of Ottawa has announced that all recreation facilities will be closed until at least June 30th, 2020, and this includes the Firehall. One of the consequences of the closure is that we also do not have access to our phone line to answer questions and provide assistance.
The world is a different place, but we’re in this together. As I write this (on March 20th) the world has already changed exponentially. I expect it to have changed even more by the time you read this. So perhaps this is better written and read as an historical record.
Need some ideas while you're at home for the next couple of weeks? The Firehall team will post some activity ideas every couple of days for parents to download. Our ideas will pop up in PDF form. The links should be live so you can go directly to some of the pages we use.
pdf THANK YOU Colouring Page (47 KB) | pdf Astronaut Colouring Sheet (284 KB) | pdf Football Colouring Sheet (450 KB) | pdf Castle Colouring Sheet (425 KB) | pdf Owl Colouring Sheet (325 KB) | pdf Chicken Colouring Sheet (233 KB)
Past Activity Grids
pdf Activity Ideas for May 5 (169 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for April 28th (180 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for April 21 (170 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for April 14 (164 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for April 7 (169 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for April 3 (202 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for March 30 (218 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for March 25 (562 KB) ( pdf Rules for Games - March 25 (427 KB) ) | pdf Activity Ideas for March 23 (215 KB) | pdf Activity Ideas for March 19 (357 KB) ( pdf Rules for Games - March 19 (26 KB) ) | pdf Activity Ideas for March 17 (35 KB)
OC Transpo has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures to protect the health and safety of staff and customers. Since March 16th, cleaning on buses has been stepped up to include daily wipe downs with antiviral disinfectant in common touch points. Additional measures and recommendations are:
Are you starting to feel bored? If you check out the links below, you'll find out how some of the Firehall staff are keeping busy in their spare time at home. We will update this periodically as we find new, fun things to do! We hope you enjoy. Please note these are suggestions for adults. We have some activity ideas to do with your children here.
There are several general and community specific resources available for seniors: