Extreme heat is in the forecast
- Limit your time outdoors
- Stay hydrated
- For more tips on ways to stay safe during peak temperatures and a list of cool down locations where physical distancing is possible, visit: Cool down Kingston locatio
ns to escape the heat
The Food Sharing Project and community partners continue to deliver healthy food to families in July and August.
The Food Sharing Project will continue to be delivering food boxes and grocery gift cards to local families.
37 Rigney Street, Unit 4
Email: [email protected]
While inside establishments in KFL&A region, you are required to wear a face covering.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., June 27, 2020 any customer, patron, employee, or visitor who enters a commercial establishment in the KFL&A region is required to wear a face covering while inside the establishment.
- Sew and no sew instructions to make non-medial masks and face coverings – Government of Canada – Instructions on how to construct your own face covering.
Public Health Inspector Shows You How to Wash Your Hands (video) – KFL&A Public Health Unit youtu.be/6DVpS33XFKk
June 29, hourly parking payments at all metered parking locations are reinstated across the city of Kingston Ontario.
This includes all hourly on-street parking and all parking lots and garages. Un-metered parking, including on-street permit areas, remains free until further notice. Read more here.
A series of road and lane closures will create the new space for pedestrians and businesses.
Parking On-street parking on Princess St. is unavailable.
City parking lots and garages will remain open.
Kingston Public Health Unit, Belleville and Brockville regions allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. include:
Click here for News Release from Ontario.ca on businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2.
See Ontario News Room for more information about Ontario School Closures.
June issue of the OBIA Review is available ONLINE
The magazine will be offered in its entirety, electronically. Please click on the cover page image or here for the link.
From OBIA: Please enjoy this issue of the magazine, and stay safe!
2020 Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
To learn more, about voting and the 2020 Awards of Excellence, visit our page about the event.
Recognize exceptional service
Get your read on. Curbside pickup at all Kingston Libraries
LivingWell South East offering FREE new workshops presented via Zoom Meeting.
Keep an eye on the website www.livingwellseontario.ca for further updates as LivingWell SEO adds more workshops over June and July. information and/or to register. The workshop page has a complete listing and search function for finding out when (and usually where) our workshops are taking place.
LivingWell is hoping to schedule a Living Well with Diabetes and a Powerful Tools for Caregivers next. At-home kits for diabetes should also become available sometime in June, and for chronic pain sometime in July. Read More
UPDATE: Kingston Transit adjusts service beginning May 25
Riders should only use Kingston Transit for essential trips at this time. Read more on the City of Kingston Transit Website.
Service changes include:
- Expanded service hours from approximately 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on select routes including routes 501, 502, 601, 602, 701, 702, 1, and 7.
- Increased service frequency from approximately 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on select routes including 501, 502, 701, 702, 801, 802, 1, 4, and 7.
- Addition of two temporary routes, routes 1A and 3A, to provide additional service in areas with higher passenger demand.
Quick list of benefits and measures that may affect or apply to you or your loved ones.
Please click on the various links provided for further details of funding Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
The Ontario Brain Injury Association is OPEN – VIRTUALLY and continues to attend to the needs of those living with the effects of acquired brain injuries and their families in this time of uncertainty. OBIA has lists of Provincial and Federal Funding Assistance, see the links below.
Click on the image to for link to resources on the OBIA website.
Note: The funding sources here may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Click on the image to for a link to resources on the Kenneth Pope Law Website
- CERB: Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- CCB: May payment will be automatically increased by up to $300/child
- GST credit: One-time enhancement of $400-$600 on April payment
- Impact on clients with CRA refund setoffs? Speak to CRA collection officer at 1-800-675-6184 (8am-4pm)
- Taxes: Filing due date for 2019 tax returns deferred to 1 June 2020
- Seniors: GAINS payments for low-income seniors doubled to $166/month for singles and $332/month for couples for a period of six months beginning April 2020.
- Children: One-time payments to families with children affected by school and daycare closures ($200/child up to 12, $250/child with special needs)
- Students: OSAP loan and interest accrual relief for 6 months
- Energy relief
- Expanded funding for discretionary benefits to both OW and ODSP recipients – request must be made through online application portal or caseworker
- Ontario Works and ODSP recipients can access emergency benefits by contacting their caseworker.
- New applications for pregnancy-breastfeeding nutritional allowance
For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, visit
Visit the World Health Organization’s website to learn:
Are you cleaning your hands properly? Take the Clean Hands Self-Assessments online.
Event hosted by: Canadian Patient Safety Institute
On April 25, the Province amended emergency orders to permit the use of community gardens.
A community garden is a garden run by neighbours. Renting your own plot in a garden requires only a small financial commitment and your time. Join one to get exercise, socialize and produce great food.
City of Kingston Community Gardens www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/recreation/facilities/community/community-gardens
Kingston Community Garden Network
E-mail: [email protected]
Click on the picture or here to for a special thank you from OBIA.
Wal-Mart: New services for customers
Groceries by phone for eligible seniors, people with disabilities and people with vulnerable health conditions
Updates on ABI Conferences in 2020
FREE Capacity assessment, guardianship & substitute decision webinar on April 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Join Kenneth Pope and Dan Silver (capacity assessor). Discussion will be around the basics, any updates and what can be done remotely during our current pandemic. To see Kenneth C. Pope’s YouTube Page click here.
• Capacity Assessments (including remote video assessments)
• Powers of Attorney (personal & property)
• Substitute Decision Making
• Pension Planning
• OAS & GIS at age 65
Time: Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm Eastern Time To register in advance for this webinar: CLICK HERE
Brock University Certificate Training Programs available in a Virtual Classroom
2020 Mental Health, Addictions and Brain Injury – Level Two Online Virtual Classroom
Please follow link to OBIA website and find in program listing for more information.
Next Date: June 11-12, 2020
Prerequisite Required: Neurorehabilitation – Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (No Exceptions)
This Level 2 course is designed to increase your understanding of the relationship between traumatic brain injury, substance misuse and mental health challenges, and to assist you in developing a greater appreciation of the factors which make brain injury rehab more challenging when a co-morbid disorder is present. Level 1 prerequiste mandatory
Kingston food bank still providing hampers, by appointment
Read article ” Kingston food bank still providing hampers, by appointment” by Julia McKay in the Kingston Whig Standard.
Impact of Covid-19 on City Programs, last updated on BrainInjuryHelp.ca April 03 2020. Please follow link for updates.
- Partners in Mission Food Bank: 140 Hickson Ave. | Open Regular Hours 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m., 1 – 4 p.m. Please call 613-384-4534 for appointment. No walk-in service.
- Martha’s Table: 629 Princess St. | Providing take-away hot meals 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 7 Days a Week
- Skeleton Park: 30 Alma St. | Providing take-home meals every day 6 – 7 p.m.
- Kingston Community Health Centre: 263 Weller Ave. | Providing take-home meals every day 6 – 7 p.m.
- Amherstview Community Hall: 108 Amherst Dr, Amherstview | Providing take-home meals Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 5 – 6 p.m.
- Morningstar Mission in Napanee | delivery Lionhearts has partnered with Morningstar Mission in Napanee to deliver meals to-go packages 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please contact Morningstar Mission for distribution details: www.morningstarmission.ca Phone: 613-354-6355 Email: [email protected]
- Lunch by George: 129 Wellington St. | Providing hot take-out meals or bagged lunches 11 – 11:30 a.m.
- Mutual Aid Katarokwi: Offering check-ins, grocery/pharmacy/foodbank box delivery.
Leave message at 613-665-2959 or email [email protected]
- North Frontenac Food Bank: 14152 Road 38, Sharbot Lake. Call 613-532-8855 for appointment.
- Salvation Army: 342 Patrick St.| Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take-away prepared food baskets provided.
- St. Mary’s Cathedral: 260 Brock St. Mon -Fri 1 -4 p.m. Providing take-away light food/snacks
- St Vincent de Paul: 85 Stephen St. | Providing bag lunches 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mon-Fri | Food Pantry available by appointment
- South Frontenac Community Services/Sydenham Food Bank: Frozen meals available for delivery daily. Hot meals delivered Tuesday and Thursday. Delivery only to South Frontenac/rural Kingston. 613-376-6477
Utilities Kingston: here to support you.
Contact Utilities Kingston to discuss extended bill payment options and financial assistance programs.
- Temporarily suspending disconnecting customers for non-payment.
- Offering flexible payment terms and arrears payment agreements for water, sewer, gas and electricity bills, in order to provide customers with more time to pay outstanding balances on their account, if needed.
Before falling behind on utility bill payments, contact Utilities Kingston for assistance. Contact the credit department by email [email protected] or phone at 613-546-1181, ext. 2278, Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Please note: To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, access to the main office at 85 Lappan’s Lane is now restricted. Below are some of the common reasons people visit in person, with instructions on what you can do instead.
- The Low Income Emergency Assistance Program. This program offers assistance to customers who would otherwise be facing disconnection of services.
- The Ontario Electricity Support Program. This program provides ongoing assistance directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers.
Customers can contact Kingston Community Health Centre for application information for these programs and assistance at 613-542-2949, extension 2143.
The Government of Canada is advising people to think about how they can change their habits and routines in the event that COVID-19 becomes common in our area. Below are some suggestions for what to stay healthy and be as prepared as possible.
- Refill prescriptions in order to avoid having to go to a busy pharmacy if there is a community outbreak, or in case of illness. Contact healthcare provider to renew prescriptions, if needed.
- Consider having over-the-counter medications for fever and other cold symptoms on-hand in case of illness or if unable to get out to a store.
- Stock up on essentials but avoid panic buying. Having some extra food on-hand reduces the need to leave home at the peak of an outbreak or illness.
- Shop during off-peak or designated hours to avoid crowds.
- Home delivery service or online shopping may be appropriate.
- Some meal programs may be cancelled or have reduced hours (ie. Meals on Wheels, Loaves & Fishes) so look for other meal options.
- There may also be changes to shopping hours or local food banks (ie. reduced hours, reduced food variety / supply).
- Review schedules for changes:
- Medical Appointments (ie. cancel or phone consult?)
- Community Activities (ie. volunteering, church, gym)
- Transportation (ie. volunteer drivers, Para Transit)
- Follow recommended prevention strategies:
- Wash hands for 20 seconds using good technique. Wash frequently. Sanitize to maintain hand cleanliness.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover cough / sneezes with tissue or into the sleeve.
- Practice social distancing (min. 6 fts) and avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if sick.
- Practice social distancing. It is recommended that people have reduced face-to-face interaction with others where possible and to maintain a distance of 6 ft. (2 m) apart.
- Follow practices to maintain physical and mental health (ie. walking outdoors, relaxation techniques, maintain regular sleep habits, eat well, avoid alcohol / drugs).
Beware of Covid-19 Scams
- Cyber criminals capitalize on crises like the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Fake notices from health organizations (e.g., the Federal or Provincial Government, WHO or local health departments) that contains malicious links or attachments.
Fake charities to help victims of the virus.
Misleading ads or spam about masks or other protective gear, or other tips to combat the virus.
Do not open any attachments or click on links that you are unsure about even if you know the sender. Look for red flags in emails you receive such as spelling and grammar mistakes, links, irregularities in the senders address, etc.
- Ideas for activities to reduce social isolation and boredom:
- regular phone calls / text messages with friends / family
- online social groups
- play games with family or housemates
- bake or cook
- listen to music
- watch a movie
- engage in hobbies such as crafts
- Avoid watching too much news as this can contribute to feelings of depression / anxiety.
In case of illness:
- call primary healthcare provider or Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 for further direction. Avoid going to a health care clinic without calling first.
- call 911 if following symptoms:
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- new confusion or inability to arouse
- bluish lips or face
General information on how to prepare:
Tips for managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:
For those who are employed but unable to work due to layoff, illness or quarantine from COVID-19:
For local public health updates:
How to Self-Monitor:
How to Self-Isolate:
Mental health and addictions supports
If you’re feeling anxious, experiencing other mental health or addiction challenges or you can’t access your regular in-person counselling support, there are services you can access online or by phone:
- ConnexOntario: Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.
- 211 Ontario: For information and referrals for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario, call 211 or 1-877-330-3213. Live web chat is also available.
- BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that offers guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.
- Kids Help Phone: Children and youth 18 and younger who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call 1-800-668-6868, for 24/7 phone and text support.
- Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that offers confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.
- Hope for Wellness Helpline: Indigenous peoples can call 1-855-242-3310 for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Live web chat is also available.
- Talk 4 Healing: Indigenous women can get help, support and resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with services in 14 languages by calling or texting 1-855-554-4325. Live web chat is also available.
Provincial and Federal Government Assistance. Provincial and Federal governments have made several announcements to help protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.
- The provincial government is suspending time-of-use-electricity rates
- The Ministries of Transportation and Health are extending the validity period for driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, among others. Expiring and expired health cards will continue to provide access to health services. Visit ServiceOntario.ca for a full list of products and services that are affected by this change.
- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has deferred the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns for individuals (including certain trusts) until June 1, 2020
- The government, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is allowing homeowners facing financial difficulties to defer mortgage payments on homeowner CMHC-insured mortgage loans
Read the article Jane Stevenson wrote in The Toronto Sun; Brain Injury Canada’s list of 30 ways to entertain yourself at home.
Follow the link to read the article in Psychology Today.
Free Brain Injury Education for Front Line Staff
2020 VISTA CENTRE Brain Injury Awareness Day CANCELLED
Brain Injury Awareness Day has been cancelled due to COVID-19 vistacentre.ca
New OBIA Questionnaire about Brain Injury and Concussion
The new questionnaire contains more specific and concrete questions about changes to one’s life following a brain injury.
It also strives to apply to the many individuals in Ontario who have sustained a concussion and includes a separate and more extensive questionnaire for family members and caregivers.
Research Questionnaire Application Form. Look for the updated questionnaire in your mailbox this spring! Information collected from this project will be instrumental in the goal of developing new programs and supports for those caring for loved one’s with a brain injury.
Kingston Police warn about convincing smishing scams from popular mobile carriers.
Read article Global News article, Lethbridge police warn residents about ‘smishing’ scams by Taz Dhaliwal.
Read article by Kingston Police, Police warning public to beware of convincing smishing scams from popular mobile carriers.
Free On-demand Webinar about Strategies for Achieving Success after Concussion
The presentation and slides are posted on Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA). Share the link with anyone who can benefit from this information.
Follow the link to watch it at OBIA.ca WEBINAR on Practical Strategies for Achieving Success after mTBI.
Program that Lowers Electricity Bills for Lower-Income Households
Did you know that if you pay for electricity and are in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill.
The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income.
Applications are simple and can be done online by clicking here: https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca/. In order to apply, you must be the account holder for the electricity bill AND live at the service address for the account. The reduction is generally $45 per month for ODSP recipients.
Need help for yourself or tools to help someone close to you? Resources are available. Learn more
Start a conversation in your community. Get all the information you need to start a conversation about mental health. View the tools
Bell Let’s Talk promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action built on 4 key pillars: Fighting stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.
For information on the hundreds of projects that Bell Let’s Talk has supported across Canada, please click here.
BIAQD always has something fun planned!
In person Caregiver Connect on Hold
To RSVP or if you have questions, contact
Michelle (SEO ABI System Navigator) through this webpage, directly at [email protected]
or by telephone 613-547-6969 ext. 37165
Be heard with Brain Injury Speaks!
Join the Brain Injury Speaks, Stakeholder Engagement Network of Ontario
Often, decisions affecting the brain injury community in Ontario are made with little input from persons living with lived experience and their family members and caregivers.
Hands On Car Wash Opening on Saturdays
VOCEC’s Hands on Car Wash at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston will now be open on Saturdays. Read more here.
One-hour express and exterior “Zippy” washes will be available by appointment. Prices start at $25.00. Book online or call 613-544-0711. Click here to visit the Hands on Car Wash website.
Bereavement Services of Kingston is a collaboration between the Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; Arbor Memorial; Bereaved Families of Ontario; and Hospice Kingston.
Bereavement Services of Kingston’s mission is to create partnerships and a network of services to support people who grieve. There is ‘no wrong’ door in seeking help with grief. The vision is a community where support is available to people experiencing loss and grief.”
The types of services offered to individuals and families across the Kingston community include care co-ordination; psycho-spiritual health by a registered psychotherapist; grief counseling by a registered health professional; anticipatory grief support; one-to-one support; closed support groups; monthly drop-in groups; and educational resources.
Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience
Via an online, interactive program
Enjoy easy access to the daily program anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Learn more about Deepak’s all-new 21-Day Meditation Experience, The Path to Empowerment here
Visit our page here.
Thank you for attending the Provincial ABI Conference
The Conference theme is: Forging New Pathways • Navigating Challenges • Exploring Breakthroughs
2019 Provincial ABI Conference was November 6 – 8, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
See you at the next Provincial ABI Conference in 2021.
Kingston’s first bike box at Princess and Division Streets.
Bike Boxes allow cyclists to be more visible to motorists at intersections. Motorists cannot turn right on a red light at an intersection with a bike box. READ MORE…
Image via City of Kingston.
Thank you Nancy and OBIA for the FREE Caregiver Events
Check out if the Workshops are coming to you! 30 locations across the province (including three of five planned Pediatric workshops, sponsored by Gluckstein Lawyers) have been announced and online registration is continuing.
See the OBIA general poster here.
On demand viewing of WEBINAR on Pacing & Planning Strategies
Please click here for more information about on demand viewing.
Working in the Intersections:
Have you taken advantage of ConnectProtect?
To learn more, follow the link.
Enhancing Hiring Practices to Maximize Business Performance
October 22, 2019, Learn how Belleville businesses have benefited from hiring people who have a disability.
Alzheimer Society Coffee Break
Read more here about the Coffee Break® Fundraising Campaign
Navigator Update Fall 2019:
Providing a Point of Entry for ABI Services Across Southeastern Ontario
Please read about what is going on in Southeastern Ontario regarding Acquired Brain Injury.
HSJCC 2019 Conference
Did you attend the 2019 Provincial HSJCC Conference?
Visit hsjccconference.ca for more details.
How was Session B6: Acquired Brain Injury and Addictions/Mental Health Collaborative for more information click here.
September 25 2019
Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) will be observed across Ontario on the last Wednesday in September each year. The purpose of Rowan’s Law Day is to increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools. Read more here
Kingston Gets Active
Try something new or just get out and get moving.
“Fitness-Free-For-All-Week” at Queen’s Athletic and Recreation Centre (Sept 9-14) and “Fitness Frenzie” week at Artillery Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Sept 16-22), both offering a variety of fitness classes. Read more.
Refurbished digital devices for eligible low income Canadians.
Lean more about Computers for Schools. It is not just for schools!
Connected for Success: high-speed internet for $9.99
Rogers Communications’ Connected for Success provides high-speed internet access to people living in rent-subsidized non-profit housing. Connected for Success is about bringing more Canadians online and giving them access to the digital economy so they can connect with friends, family, school, work and their future. Read more.
The Aphasia Conversation Group
For the stoke flyer, click here.
An opportunity for adults living with Aphasia to rejoin life’s conversations in a safe, supported environment lead by a Speech Language Pathologist.
For more information click here.
Assistance with School Supplies in HPE
Hastings and Prince Edward counties publicly funded schools: The Good Backpack Program
Get out, play ball and support the KGH Neurosurgery Department
Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? BounceBack® can help!
BounceBack®: Reclaim your health is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It offers two forms of help.
the webpage directly at bouncebackontario.ca for more details