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Resources to help us through COVID-19

Getting through COVID-19: Grocery availability, delivery, diversions for kids and adults  

Please patronize our local businesses, especially independent ones, during this difficult time. We want them around after the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have updates to the following, please let us know at

See and download our printable Word file HERE for local restaurants, florists, specialty shops and other small businesses offering take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery.

Metro offers on-line ordering and delivery through Inabuggy.

Farm Boy restocks shelves daily and has lots of food, but does not offer delivery or online shopping.

Loblaws offers on-line ordering with express pick-up, ideally for seniors or those in isolation. Go to and sign in at the top of your screen with a PC ID (or create one). You then drive in to collect your bagged order for a small fee (from McArthur Ave location, 613 744-0705). Loblaws will also deliver your online order if you sign up at

Epicuria is open with slightly reduced hours (closed Sunday and Monday). They take telephone orders, online orders, arrange for store-front pick-up and they deliver. They ask that delivery be for customers who are unable to go out or who should not go out.  To all others, they encourage curb side pick up. If you’d like to place an order for meal deliveries or curbside pickup, please use the delivery form or call (613) 745-7356 ext 225 or ext 221

Jacobsons offers curb-side pick-ups and online shopping and delivery. Call 613 746-6002 to arrange.

Muckleston & Brockwell are open 11:30 am daily, but closed Mondays. They welcome orders and can deliver to your car: 613-745-2244 or

Nature’s Buzz has slightly reduced its hours: Mon to Sat 9-6 and Sun 11-5, 613 842 0280

Byward Fruit & Vegetable Market and Saslove’s Meat Market have teamed together to offer telephone shopping and delivery. Call Byward (613.241.6542) or Saslove’s (241.9266) or email to place your order. They will put it together and phone you back for your payment by phone. Then, for a small fee, you get your order delivered.

Bread and Roses is open for take-out only and will close an hour earlier daily, 8 am – 6 pm. Online shopping is available.

Ottawa Organics is an online-only service that provides organic fruit, vegetables and a lot more. Delivery to your home is on Fridays. Due to a high volume of orders, current order deadline is Monday, 9pm. This deadline is subject to change.

McKeen’s Metro in the Glebe offers online shopping and pick-up or delivery. Note that delivery is available for most Rockcliffe addresses east of the lake, but not for many of us west of the lake.

Mariposa Farms offer duck (their specialty) and local produce. They have a weekly produce list to order from and make contactless porch/home deliveries.  Here’s the website and facebook page for contacting him if you are interested:


On-line resources for delivery

Instacart – Delivery from Staples, Superstore, Walmart, Loblaws, Shopper’s Drug Mart and others.

Inabuggy – Delivery from Metro, Costco, Petsmart, Loblaws, M&M, Canadian Tire and others. Has an app too.

Delivery and pick-up from local restaurants – For take-out food from neighbourhood businesses (part of the City of Ottawa initiative to promote Ottawa businesses during the COVID-19 crisis), click here.


Seniors’-only shopping to reduce risk of exposure

Metro Beechwood, as of Sunday, March 22, offers Seniors’ Hour from 7 – 8 am daily (best to bring ID).

Loblaws (McArthur) offers Seniors’ (65+) Hour from 7 – 8 am daily (no ID required); also for disabled shoppers.

Hess’ Your Independent Grocer, 596 Montreal Rd. offers Seniors’ Hour 7 – 8am daily, with proof of ID being over 65.

Walmart (Trainyards) starting March 23, offers 7 – 8 am week-day shopping for seniors (65+), disabled and those with vulnerable health conditions.


Pharmacies: prescription deliveries and resources 

Guardian Drugs (Beechwood at Crichton) offers telephone prescription fulfillment (749.4444) and free delivery. Deliveries of store and over-the-counter items cost $5 for delivery on orders less than $20, unless you are also buying prescription drugs with the other items, in which case delivery is free. Wednesday is Seniors day (55+) offering a discount of 20% on store items.

The new Beechwood Whole Health Pharmacy at the Kavanaugh Building will fulfill prescriptions and deliver free: 613-842-7455 ask for Peter.

Costco Pharmacy Online takes prescription orders at, 24 hours a day. Your order will be delivered free to your home via Canada Post Expedited Parcel, which takes three to five business days. To register for this service, go to 

Pharmacists can now assess and treat a growing number of conditions. Talk to a pharmacist to see if s/he can treat your health concern. Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with SilverCloud Health to offer an online stress management program through their digital mental health platform. Consider free mental health resources available through Shoppers’ website.  If you don’t have your own physician, consider using, a free virtual walk-in clinic. Rexall’s also offers online assistance from a pharmacist. 

If you need to see your doctor, consider asking if they have virtual care options available in their practice.


Planning to Grow your Own Food?

Terra Edibles, heirloom seeds just south of Ottawa, in Foxboro, at

Greta’s seeds, local and organic

Robert Plante Greenhouse in Navan, taking online orders with curbside pick up.

Tournesol, local and organic seeds

Ritchies: is open to customers. Curbside pick-ups.

Ontario native plants: pre-order plants, and fruit bushes, etc, but not seeds, 

Veseys: seeds, veg plants, flowers- high demand and shipping delays,

West Coast Seeds, excellent seeds, but limited online orders each day. Ritchies also carries this brand but their supply is low.

Soil/compost- call to confirm and pay for order. Also, Ritchie’s and the local grocery stores.

For more info on seeds:

Digital Diversions

The Ottawa Public Library has tons of things to read/do on-line and on your phone, for adults and children. Visit

Thanks to our Manor Park Community Council neighbours for a comprehensive directory of resources for children AND parents AND grandparents who are self-isolating or social distancing at home! See MANORPARK.CA 🥳 You will find links to podcasts, educational links, live streams, museum tours, science experiments, how to build a blanket fort, football games, etc.

Recommended local yoga classes with Stuart Maskell, Mouvement Union, 268 Durocher. Join him from your home on Facebook:

Local gallery St-Laurent+Hill on Dalhousie St in the Market offers online tours, shopping and home trials:         Contact them at

Glebe community:  great resource with online classes etc.

Canadian Blood Services still need help and say it’s still safe to donate blood:

Bird watching:

Dog tricks: Nancy Trus connected with Best Friends Dog Obedience is posting videos on You Tube to teach your dog some tricks:

Gardening – Re- grow your kitchen scraps:

Mental health support:

Celebrity podcasts:

Classical music: The Berlin Philharmonic has dropped the subscription fee to its Digital Concert Hall for 30 days, to help people through the #COVID19 pandemic.

Nightly Metropolitan Opera Streams:


The National Theatre in London will livestream a play every Thursday night, free


and National Film Board’s collection of short and feature-length films

Online dance classes from National Ballet School:

Free e books:

Tours of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

Tour the National Gallery, London:

The British Museum has a large number of videos on YouTube

House Cleaning:

Mental Health for children:

Cooking classes with a chef (Massimo Bottura):

Daily drawing classes for kids of all ages by famous illustrators:


Educational support and activities:

Educational programme support plus daily physical activities by educators on Facebook at 10:30 and: 

Science and engineering challenge cards:

Elementary level curriculum checklists:

Recommended resources for decodable reading materials:

This program is often run in school libraries:

Great for families with children with special needs: 

Audible launches free service for kids:

Some classic children’s stories that may be downloaded for free: 

Book study notes:



New retaining wall at The Pond

Pond Retaining Wall Rehabilitation in Progress, by Brian Dickson and Iola Price

As published in the March-April issue of the Manor Park Chronicle

Over the course of 2019, members of the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association’s (RPRA) Pond Committee worked with City representatives and our Councillor to address environmental issues relating to the Pond. Shoreline erosion is of particular concern, especially at the access point to the Pond. To stabilize this area, the City proposed building a wall and steps composed of natural rock, such as exists now. The City also investigated whether the stairs could be narrowed, consistent with safety, and structured in an irregular pattern. City staff proposed loose rock (rip rap) to protect the shoreline and provide access for the heavy machinery and work over the January-February 2020 period with final rehabilitation details to be finished in the Spring. The riprap installation will by nature of the irregular rocks and distribution result in a space which is not suitable for sitting and sunbathing. The rip rap will extend to the low water mark and remain after the project’s completion, thus limiting access to the adjacent eroding shoreline

Additionally, the RPRA worked closely with the City to introduce signage that promotes responsible use of the Pond as a conservation area and also worked with the city on the water pumping. The City measured water levels in 2017, 2018 and again from May 15 to September 24, 2019, which showed that the pumping has had minimal, if any, impact on maintaining the water level or decreasing its decline over a three-year period. Since the pilot project to pump water into the Pond was to include a year of no pumping for comparative purposes, we do not anticipate pumping in 2020.

Changes to the access point are minimal in that this project is limited to the construction of a stable retaining wall. The access ‘stairs’ will be roughly 2 meters wide, located near their current position and be smaller in height. The stones are mined from Southern Ontario, but may be more consistent in dimension although similar to those currently in place. The resulting structure will be more stable, reducing future safety concerns. The entry path from Pond St will also be reconstructed in the spring.

Other issues discussed with City representatives have included buckthorn removal, dredging to increase shoreline depth (not possible as part of this project) and the need to replant with native shrubs as part of a Conservation Area. We have developed a collaborative relationship with the City in which they take into account our concerns and proposals. It is heartening that the City pays attention to the Pond and over the years has been taking incremental steps to protect it. We are pleased that the City was able to find the funds to implement this shoreline rehabilitation work in a manner consistent with the Pond’s ecological importance and as part of the Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area.

Here are two photos of the work in progress at the Pond, taken May 2020, to curb erosion of the banks. Thanks to Iola Price for the photos.



Public health information and links re COVID-19

Please look out for your neighbours at this time, especially anyone living alone! If you are unable to help a neighbour who needs extra support, please contact RPRA at with details. 

Please be careful and vigilant about social distancing. For those who have been travelling, we thank you for staying at home for 14 days and not leaving for shopping or visits. If you need help, email or see the other coronavirus news item on this website Resources to help us through COVID-19.

All City of Ottawa facilities (including libraries, arenas, pools) are closed. All national museums are closed, until further notice.

The Rockcliffe Park Library is closed and all programmes are cancelled. MacKay Brainery events are postponed.

City recreation programmes at the Rockcliffe Park Community Centre are cancelled until further notice.

Here is a recommended YouTube video that show how you can safely bring in groceries and supplies to your home:

Public Health information:

The city’s COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre is at Brewer Park Arena. The adjacent building, formerly home to the Westboro Academy, is also part of the Community Assessment Centre. Signage directs people to the appropriate place upon entering Brewer Park from Bronson Ave.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please visit the hospital emergency. Ottawa Public Health will continue to oversee the city’s overall response to COVID-19.

Important links about COVID-19
The city has set up a website specifically about coronavirus/COVID-19 to provide accurate, up-to-date information:

Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Ottawa, has provided a useful video for residents about COVID-19:

Ontario Ministry of Health  

The Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages. Visit this link to find information in your preferred language!

Health Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada  

Ottawa Public Health

has issued a  Letter to Community Associations  / Letter to Community Associations_fr covering Social Distancing, Self-Isolation and assistance available through the City’s Human Needs Taskforce, detailed in this fact sheet –  EMERG_2020-COVID19_FactSheet_HumanNeedsTaskForce_8.5×11

What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19
COVID-19 can cause very mild to severe illness consisting of fever, and/or cough, other upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath).

If your symptoms are MILD: 

  • Stay home, self-isolate and contact your manager 
  • Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or your health care provider 
  • Call your health care provider or a walk-in clinic prior to visiting them in person 

If your symptoms are SEVERE: 

  • Contact your health care provider first (if available) 
  • If you cannot reach your health care provider, go to the hospital emergency department and pay attention to special signage 

If you have any further questions about COVID-19, talk with your health care provider or call 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus is spread through droplets, which travel a limited distance before falling to the ground. You can minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 by: 

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Avoiding hand-to-face contact, particularly their eyes, nose, and mouth, unless you have just washed their hands.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hands.  
  • Staying home if you are ill.
  • Maintaining a distance of about two meters or more if you encounter someone who is ill or who appears to be ill. 

It is important to note that the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. If you have travelled outside Canada, specific information on Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 page should be followed upon your return to protect you, your family and our community.  The federal government advises against all non-essential travel.  Upon returning, check the latest guidance for those who have travelled outside Canada.

Cancelled: Spring Book Sale

Cancelled: Spring Book Sale

Book donations cannot be accepted at this time.

The two-day spring sale in support of the Ottawa Public Library outreach programs and Rockcliffe Park Branch was cancelled. It was to have been held on Saturday April 25, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday April 26 11 am to 5 pm. The Library Book Sale Committee are now hoping to hold a Sale in Fall 2021.

Thanks to our sponsors Chartwell New Edinburgh Square, Guardian New Edinburgh Pharmacy and Dymon Storage

Only when the City of Ottawa facilities open and all returns to normal, please bring donations to the Rockcliffe Park Branch or call for pick-up 613 580 2424, ext 27623



Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 11, 8 pm: RPRA Speaker Night


with Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Truth be Told. Based on her recent autobiography, the former Chief Justice of Canada invites us into her legal and personal life and reveals the hopes and doubts, the triumphs and losses on and off the bench, which have marked her journey. Come and join your neighbours for another fascinating talk, followed by questions, tea, coffee and cookies. At the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, 380 Springfield Rd.



Wednesday, Feb 12, 8 pm: RPRA Speaker Night

John Ivison, author and journalist is our February speaker

with John Ivison, Trudeau: Lessons for the Prime Minister. One of Canada’s most popular and well-connected political journalists will speak to us about his recent book on Justin Trudeau and the last election and its significance. Tea, coffee, home-made cookies follow the always-lively Q&A session. At the Community Hall, 380 Springfield Rd.

Annual General Meeting of the RPRA and The Rockcliffe Park Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community

All residents of Rockcliffe Park are invited to attend their residents’ association’s AGM and find out what’s going on in their community. Come and have a voice in how Rockcliffe Park is run by being able to vote on current issues.

Councillor Rawlson King will address the community with a talk Rideau-Rockcliffe: A Vision for 2020 and Beyond, and answer questions on the key issues he is dealing with since coming to office. Coffee and tea are served.

Note the change of venue: the AGM will be at the library of the Rockcliffe Park Public School at 350 Buena Vista Rd (and not at the Community Centre). February 26, 2020, 7 – 9:15 pm.

Rockcliffe Park Children’s Christmas Party 2019

This year’s Children’s Christmas Party will take place on December 8, from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall. 

Sponsored by the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association, this event is a longstanding tradition serving local area youth each holiday season. Just up Springfield Road at the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, well over 100 youth and their families partake in horse and carriage rides, visits with Santa, holiday craft making, and holiday cookies with hot chocolate and marshmallows. This party became immensely popular as it brings a lot of cheer to our children, and to the underprivileged youth that we support through a toy drive held at the event, under the RRCRC programs.

The Children’s Christmas Party is free to the community thanks to the support of our many volunteers and generous donors; This year’s holiday treats and gingerbread cookies have been largely funded by Metro, our local grocery store on Beechwood. “Occasions are made easy” with Metro Holiday inspiration and party catering.

page5image1279785296Mark your calendars this Sunday, bring your children and join us for lots of fun and holiday cheer!

We welcome new, unwrapped toys and school supplies, as well as smaller amount gift cards and cash for donation to needy children from Santa.

Free admission and all are welcome!

Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing

Wednesday, Dec 4, 7 pm: Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, at the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall. This magic and festive annual event will kindle your Christmas spirit! Come to hear the Elmwood Children’s Choir, watch the massive evergreen light up behind the library and warm up with hot drinks, cookies and carol singing to a brass band. Song sheets are provided. Tax-deductible cheques are being collected for RRCRC families in need.

Federal election / Fall 2019 Check or update your registration 1-800-463-6868 It's Our Vote

Federal Elections 2019

The federal election will take place on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Get out and Vote!

Check out the Ottawa-Vanier Voter Information Service for more info or follow the elections through social media.

During elections, Elections Canada’s social media accounts will provide news and information on where, when and ways to register and vote, as well as employment opportunities. Between elections, they will provide news and information on events, activities, and Elections Canada products and services.

Click this link to everything Voters should know.

View the candidates in your electoral district here.



RPRA’s 2nd Annual Community Get-Together and Silent Auction

RPRA’s 2nd Annual Community Get-together and Silent Auction

Friday, December 6 | 5:00 to 7:30 pm | St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, 125 MacKay Street.


The Rockcliffe Park Residents Association presents the second annual Community Get-together at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, 125 MacKay Street, in support of Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre. Please come to support the great work the Centre is doing to serve our area’s neediest people with a food bank, job bank, skills upgrading, after-school activities, homework club, crime prevention and more. You’ll find out about their forthcoming move to the former Rideau High School and what new opportunities this move will enable. Enjoy live music from harpist, Susan Sweeney-Hermon, a children’s violin performance, complimentary prosecco, fabulous Syrian food and refreshments, a silent auction and conversation with your neighbours. Tickets are $50 and on sale now through Eventbrite Info: At St. Bartholomew’s Church, 125 MacKay St.

If you would like to help in any way, or if you or someone you know would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please get in touch with us as soon as possible at

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