Spring thaw: Clean up and stay active (Image Sandyhill: April-May)

As we head into spring and shake off the last remnants of winter from our boots, but still remain in a pandemic, we continue to look for ways to get out, stay active and positive.  

One thing I have always enjoyed as the ground begins to thaw is that the trees and plants and parks become more alive again. For many in this City, an annual spring program, Clean Up the Capital, is also the mark of spring.  

The City of Ottawa’s 2021 Cleaning the Capital Program begins April 15 and runs until May 15. Please visit ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register your cleanup. An interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed. It is important to follow public health guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.  

In a time when social gatherings are limited – this is one way we can stay active six feet apart AND make a difference. I know Sandy Hill residents are very proud of their community, so let’s once again this year go out in full force and clean our front yards, parks, and along our streets. 


As there are currently not enough vaccines available to vaccinate all the residents in Ottawa, Sandy Hill has been identified as a priority neighbourhood. 

A reminder that you can get a COVID test in our community at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre by calling: 613-789-1500. 

Ottawa Public Health determined who was most at risk to COVID-19 and vaccines are prioritized for communities with the highest risk. 

In our community, vaccination clinics are located at: 

Centre Pauline-Charron 

St-Laurent Complex 

Overbrook Community Center 

Ottawa City Hall  

All these vaccination sites are available by appointments only; please book by calling 613-691-5505 (if you live in Sandy Hill and are over 80 years of age).   

Currently, all Ottawa residents aged 75 or older, regardless of where they live in the city, can book an appointment through the Ontario government’s booking system.  

As more vaccines become available, the province my change the age-range eligible for vaccinations. Visit ontario.ca for the most up-to-date information on eligibility.  

The provincial vaccine information line, 1-888-999-6488, is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.  

OttawaPublicHealth.ca also continues to be the best source of up-to-date information on eligibility and how to book your appointment. 

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