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BHCA Newsletter September 2017

What parent DIDN’T sing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ this month?!

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This month’s Lead Advertiser:

Selling Beacon Hill & Rothwell for 40 Years!

The BEACON

September 2017

Update from Councillor Tim Tierney


It is my pleasure to announce the Shefford road MUP ( Multi Use Pathway) for pedestrians and cyclists construction is underway this week. In the 2014 election I made the commitment and are moving ahead. 

https://youtu.be/MjCbAQYThIM 

For more information visit here: http://www.timtierneyottawa.ca/updates/shefford-road-multi-use-pathway/ 

Skating Season is Coming FAST!

And the BHCA needs your help building the Fairfield rink on Appleford drive. If you, your neighbour, or any combination of people would like to build the outdoor rink for your community (and make a bit of money – $2800 – for your efforts), reply to this email and let us know that you’re “in”.

Sometimes parents from their kids’ hockey teams get together, split up the responsibilities, and sue the stipend to throw their team a party or to enter tournaments. Just something to think about, hockey parents.

Without volunteers like you, our outdoor rinks wouldn’t be built, and hundreds of local children, adults and children’s hockey teams wouldn’t be able to take part in some great winter exercise and fun.

 

LePhare Playground Spaghetti Dinner

Thanks to the ENTIRE community for coming out and helping us get LePhare $13,000 closer to rebuilding the Kindergarten play structure. We were packed, and everyone had a great time.

Please allow us to formally thank a few people who deserve, merit, and warrant more than what we can say here, but alas, this is the only forum we have:

The LePhare Parent’s Council – Who planned and organized the evening, donated money, and most importantly a lot of their time (Sara, Bonny, Katie – Woot woot!).
Tim Tierney – Everyone’s favourite councillor was integral in getting this set up, and showing us all why he is, in fact, everyone’s favourite councillor.
Julie Morris – LePhare’s principal is a key component in why LePhare is a family, and not just a school, who helped get the word out.
Moe Taraboulsi and East Side Mario’s – The entire meal, spaghetti, bread, salad, was donated by Moe at our local East Side Mario’s. I can’t stress this enough: Please support their business the way they support our community.
Mayor Jim Watson – our mayor didn’t have time for more than a quick drop in but realized, once he arrived, how passionate and committed our community is and ended staying most of the evening to help.

There are many others who: donated items to the silent auction; helped setting up; planned a lemonade stand fundraiser; etc. and we thank them all so much.

Continuing the conversation….. Let’s Talk Alcohol

Ottawa Public Health would like to continue the conversation about alcohol with small community groups throughout the City.

Did you know in Ottawa per year alcohol costs at least $24.5 million dollars on direct health care costs and over 6000 emergency visits are alcohol related and could have been prevented?  

Framing alcohol as a community issue and changing social norms will require time, support and contribution from all of us. And we want to hear from you. We are looking for formal or informal community groups who would like to participate in an interactive discussion to share their thoughts about alcohol in Ottawa. Key results from the  Status of Alcohol in Ottawa: Let’s Continue the Conversation will be shared including up to date epi data on emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths, with the stories, comments and opinions shared by thousands from our Ottawa community.  Contact us to book a discussion group or visit Alcohol – Ottawa Public Health  and  Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines for more information. 

Opioids and Other Drugs….. Risk for Overdose

Opioids are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects such as slow heart rate,
sighing, shallow breathing, extreme drowsiness, or feeling like you might pass out.
There are prescription opioids and illegally produced opioids. Opioids include drugs like
heroin, morphine, fentanyl, methadone and codeine. Fentanyl is an opioid that is much
more toxic than most other opioids. There are also different Fentanyls being made
illegally and sold on the streets.

Teens often think that prescription drugs are less harmful than street drugs because
they are prescribed. However, illicit fentanyl is being pressed into pills that look like
prescription medications and sold on the street as things like ‘oxycodone’. Illicit fentanyl
is turning up in many different drugs, often where youth don’t expect to find it. It can be
found in party drugs such as cocaine, heroin, crack, speed and ecstasy /MDMA.
Fentanyl is around 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine. This makes the risk of
accidental overdose much higher. There is no easy way to know if fentanyl is in your
drugs. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Any drug can be cut (mixed) with fentanyl.
Even a very small amount – as small as 2 grains of salt – can cause a fatal overdose.
What can you do?

  • You are your child’s best defense against drug use. Talk with your child about drugs.
  • Lock up all medications and check regularly: 14% of Ottawa high school students used prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed for them and two-thirds got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with. Watch for missing medication and return unused medications to your pharmacy.
  • An overdose is a medical emergency. Being able to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms and respond to an overdose and having a naloxone kit available can save a life while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. You can get a take home naloxone kit and be trained how to use the kit at no cost from many pharmacies.

Where can you go for more information?
Websites:

  • www.StopOverdoseOttawa.ca for general information about opioids, overdose, naloxone and fentanyl, as well as links to find pharmacies who carry naloxone,  where to drop off used or expired medications, and community resources
  • www.ParentingInOttawa.com: There is an opioid specific page with information of particular interest to parents, including  how to recognize an opioid overdose, how to talk to youth about drugs, and other tips for parents, as well as more general opioid overdose information and resources where parents can go for help
  • Secure Your Meds”:: Students in grades 7-12 report home as the place they are most likely to get opioids.

Webinars:

Opioids 101

How to talk to youth about drugs

Links
Secure your meds
http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health- topics/secure-your- meds.aspx

 

Fun Stuff

Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart for Winter

Origins of ‘eh’: How 2 little letters came to define Canadians

From CBC:
Stereotype or not, it’s a word Canadians are famous for — two simple letters baked into the tail end of so many of our sentences. But few realize “eh” actually predates the country’s creation by a century or more.

“Eh” has become such a natural part of our speech that many Canadians don’t even realize they’re using it in day-to-day conversation. 

So where did this little word come from and how did it become such a part of Canadian identity?

Derek Denis, a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Victoria’s linguistics department, has been studying the history of “eh” for more than five years. In his research, he has found references to the word going back well before Canadian Confederation 150 years ago….

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This Newsletter also sponsored in part by Councillor Tim Tierney

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