INFO-FLASH News 2020-03-22
Ottawa Public Health continues to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in the community to priority populations, including older adults.
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Getting your vaccine – Ottawa Public Health Information
Ottawa Public Health website is your source of information on COVID-19 and Older Adults and the COVID-19 Vaccine. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many updates to the vaccine distribution plan as the situation and supply of vaccines changes. Check regularly for updates available in multiple languages.

Who is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • City-wide: residents 75 and older (born in 1946 or earlier) regardless of where they live in the city can book an appointment through the Province of Ontario’s online booking system. This includes adults 80 and older who do not yet have an appointment booked
  • In eligible neighbourhoods: residents who were born in or before 1946, or who are adults receiving chronic home health care in eligible neighbourhoods, and who live in select neighbourhoods are eligible to book an appointment to receive their vaccine through a pop-up clinic
It is not too late to root out winter walking problems! 
The snow mole questionnaire is active until March 31. We need your input. 
1. Picka day and a destination (e.g. bus stop, library, seniors centre, store, bank, school). 
2. Use the snow mole questionnaire to audit your walk. 
3. Fillin the questionnaire online or mail/drop off a completed paper copy at our office 
Let’s get the data we need to improve winter walking in our city.  
In Other COA News
Driving Tips - Brought to you by the Older Drivers Subcommitteee
Slow Down Move Over & Emergency Vehicles
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

Everyday, police, fire, and ambulance vehicles respond to urgent calls. Any time lost getting to an emergency could mean the difference between life and death. Emergency service providers and tow truck operators working roadside are at greater risk of collision. As a driver, you can do your part to help save lives.

All road users are responsible for adopting safe and courteous behaviour on our roads so that everyone gets home safely.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation's Slow Down Move Over for Emergency Vehicle e-toolkit covers situations such as:
  • reacting to an oncoming emergency vehicle
  • approaching a stopped emergency vehicle
  • approaching workers on the road or roadside
In Other News
Living Our Lives Across Generations
The Older Adults and Students for Intergenerational Support (OASIS) student group at the University of Ottawa wants to foster intergenerational connections between younger and older adults. They also aim to educate individuals on issues related to ageism and the long-term care system.

They are launching a new project that amplifies the voices of older adults and younger adults. They want to create a video of younger adults and older adults answering a series of questions about aging.

Participants from all cultures, languages, generations, and age groups are welcomed.

Please visit for more info.
Digital Stories

Imagining Age-Friendly 'communities within communities" is a 7-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project that builds on the World Health Organization’s “Age-Friendly Communities” initiative. In order to change national and international conversations about aging well, They are putting together series of linked studies of cities, programs, and people’s everyday experiences of aging. Starting in Toronto, the team has begun gathering interviews, observations, videos, and photos to create digital stories that will then be used to recruit as well as spark conversations with policymakers, community organizations, unions, and groups of seniors in the next city (Ottawa). This process will continue every six months until Year 6 when the digital stories have travelled to seven Canadian and five international cities.
Support Services
Free virtual tax clinics
COVID-19 Update: For the 2021 tax season, many community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics. Volunteers may be able to complete and file their taxes for free, by videoconference, or by phone.

Click here to access a national directory of free tax clinics

Community organizations may be eligible for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program grant that helps off-set costs incurred by community organizations that host free tax clinics and provides funding for income tax returns filed.
March is Fraud Prevention Month
Government of Canada, Competition Bureau of Canada

March is Fraud Prevention Month – an annual campaign aimed at helping Canadians recognize, reject, and report fraudulent scams. This year has been especially challenging when it comes to fraud prevention. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to target victims who are staying at or working from home.
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