Universal Child Care Benefit: An Update

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The proposed changes to the Universal Child Care Benefit are currently unrolling and now is the time to make sure that you will receive it in July if you are eligible. You may have received a letter in the mail recently or will be receiving one this week which will be seeking to confirm the names and birth dates of the children under the age of eighteen that you have living with you in your care.

IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER: look closely to be sure that all of your children from birth to 17 years of age are listed. If the information is correct, you do not need to do anything.

If the information is incorrect, you need to respond in writing as soon as possible with the correct information.

If the information is not complete (e.g. a child is missing) you will need to apply for that child. You can do this online at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount

IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE A LETTER: you may need to apply for UCCB or update your information.

  • If you currently only have children under the age of 6 and you are currently receiving UCCB monthly for all of your children, you do not need to do anything
  • If you currently only have children under the age of 6 and you have never applied for UCCB or CCTB, you will need to apply for it now in order to receive the increase
  • If you currently have children who are ages 6 to 15 for whom you have previously received the UCCB for, you do not need to do anything
  • If you currently have children who are over the age of 14 who have never received UCCB OR CCTB, you will need to apply for it now in order to receive the enhanced benefit
  • If you currently have children who are over the age of 14 who have never received UCCB, but for whom you receive CCTB, you do not need to do anything
  • If your situation has changed and you now have new children over the age of 6 that are in your care or no longer in your care (e.g. through marriage, divorce or adoption) you will need to update your information with the CRA

For more information on who will need to apply and how to apply, see HERE.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

In July 2015, the Universal Child Care Benefit will increase by $60/month for all children ages birth to their 18th birthday. You will receive a retroactive payment for January to June of 2015, plus the payment for July 2015.

Children 0 to 5: 6 x $60 = $360 + $160 = $520

Children 6 to 17: 6 x $60 = $360 + $60 = $420

From August 2015 forward, you will receive:

$160 per month for children from birth to their 6th birthday month.

$60 per month for children from 6 years old to their 18th birthday month.

 

 

London Cares Curbside Food Drive

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The London Cares Curbside Food Drive begins this Friday, June 5th and runs until June 13. This is our chance as a community to pitch in and restock the London Food Bank with enough perishable food to get Londoners through the summer months. Though many are eager to give at the holiday times throughout the year, the warmer months when people get busy with vacations and having fun are a time when the shelves need to stay filled.

WAYS TO HELP

Make a donation at the curb: put a bag of non-perishable items beside your blue bins on your regularly scheduled recycling pick up date.

Place donations in the bins at the front of your neighbourhood grocery store.

Bring your donations to any Tim Horton’s locations during the donation period.

WHAT TO DONATE

Please check the expiration dates on all products before donating. Expired items cannot be used by the Food Bank. All donations are welcome, however these are the Food Banks most needed items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat & fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby food & formula
  • Pasta & pasta sauces
  • Rice
  • Special diet foods (gluten free, lactose free, etc.)

PERISHABLE ITEMS

Perishable items (fresh fruits, vegetables, and commercially baked goods) cannot be collected at any of the above locations, but can be brought directly to the London Food Bank at 926 Leathorne Street.

 

Shift London – Phase 2

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Last month we told you about Shift London, London’s rapid transit initiative that has been introduced to the city and is going to advance now onto phase two of development. Once again, the City of London is wanting to share information with you and is asking for your input in return. This is going to be a big step for our city, so please consider whether you can attend one of their two Public Information Centres.

WHAT IS SHIFT?

Shift is a bold and important initiative for transportation for london. It focuses on rapid transit as part – along with cars, bikes and pedestrians – of the transportation systems that will help our city grow and prosper.

Shift will define where Rapid Transit will go, what it will look like, and how it will be implemented. (see: source for more information)

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

All Londoners are invited to attend one of two Public Information Centres next week to present the preliminary recommended Rapid Transit corridors and feedback that was received so far. The centres are drop-in open houses with information displayed.

Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm

Western Fair District, Agriplex

RSVP HERE

Saturday, May 30 at 10:00am

Goodwill Centre, 255 Horton Street

RSVP HERE

Shift London

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London has started a big new initiative for transportation in London and they are looking for your input. Have you heard of Shift London? Rapid transit? Get informed and make your opinion known.

WHAT IS SHIFT?

Shift is a bold and important initiative for transportation for London. It focuses on rapid transit as part – along with cars, bikes and pedestrians – of the transportation system that will help our city grow and prosper.

Shift will define where Rapid Transit will go, what it will look like, and how it will be implemented. (see: source for more information)

WHAT IS RAPID TRANSIT

Rapid Transit means the movement of many people, at the same time, and at higher speeds using vehicles such as buses or trains. (see: source for more information)

RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE

London is planning on creating a Rapid Transit route through London and they want to know which of the potential routes you would use the most (or your kids! Think long term!). There are ten potential routes to choose from and you can give your feedback in a quick two-question survey HERE. Follow Shift London on Facebook to keep up to date on plans, events, and to get more information on this exciting new part of London.

Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Today is the deadline to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home if you live in a house/unit with fuel burning appliances or an attached garage. Alarms must be adjacent to any sleeping areas in your home. It is recommended that you have one on every level of your home, regardless of sleeping arrangements, for added safety. And take note – the alarms must be WORKING, so make sure you take time to test those alarms (and your fire/smoke alarms!) with each changing season.

From the London Fire Department News Release:

What is CO?

 CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

 CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Know the Symptoms of CO:

 Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and drowsiness. In severe cases, it can result in rapid loss of consciousness and death.

 If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home to fresh air immediately. Then call 9-1-1 from outside the building.

Prevent CO in your home:

 Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually.

 Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

 Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside (i.e. barbeques, portable heaters and generators).

For more information on carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning, see HERE.

WHERE TO BUY

If you’re scrambling to make this happen today, here is where carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased:

HOME DEPOT

LOWE’S

RONA

WALMART

COSTCO

CANADIAN TIRE

HOME HARDWARE

AMAZON.CA

 

 

 

 

 

Super Adoption Day

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The slogan “Don’t Shop, Adopt!” has become very popular over the past few years as the attention for rescue agencies has grown. Many pets are left without a forever family due to illness, death, change of living situation or other reasons. These pets are wonderful, loving animals who need your family!

London will have it’s 6th annual Super Adoption Day with cats and dogs looking for their forever family to come and adopt them. Not sure about adoption? There will be people there to discuss the benefits of adoption, how the adoption process works, how to find the perfect animal for your family, and how to prepare your home for it’s new member. There will also be animal rescue groups there to discuss how you can get more involved or help out.

Please do not bring your current pets to the event! No animals are allowed other than the animals that are up for adoption.

THE EVENT

This Saturday, April 18 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Canada Building, Western Fair District

 

 

Southwest Community Centre

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There is a new Community Centre coming to southwest London and the city would like to hear YOUR thoughts on it!

The location will be on Southdale Road, west of Wonderland Road (for those old enough to remember Wally World – there). The Community Centre will have a YMCA, public library, indoor pool, double pad arena, and gymnasium. The projected opening is September 2018.

Sound interesting? Awful? Wonderful? Have questions?

There will be an OPEN HOUSE Project Launch and Community Consultation this Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Westmount Mall at the Viscount Road entrance.

Mom’s Night Out

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Hey Mama, We know that you’re run down and tired. We know you speak to children more than you speak to grown-ups. We know you’d love to do anything that involves leaving the house without a van load of little people and a diaper bag full of Goldfish crackers. We see you moms over there juggling the school days with the work days. Can’t remember the last time you had some ME time? Do you lack sufficient motivation? Consider this your motivation!

We want to meet you! Yes, YOU! The real, live, living and breathing version of you. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet some other moms, sit down, chat, eat, not feed someone else…? We sure think so. That’s why we are planning a Mom’s Night Out for any London Moms who’d like to be there. This month we are planning a trip to Forrat’s Chocolates in Byron. At Forrat’s you can eat incredibly decadent chocolate that isn’t in the shape of a bunny (unless that’s your thing), have a glass of wine, a latte or just drink the chocolate fondue, we won’t judge.

Interested? Hop on over to the forum and follow along with the discussion HERE. When you see the post to sign up, do it right away! Spaces are limited.

See you there!

Big Changes at LondonMoms.ca

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Hi Moms!

It’s Leslie here today and I have some big news! It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce that LondonMoms.ca will be ending as of June 25, 2015 and turning into TorontoMoms.ca!

As many of you know, my life was in a different place when I took over the reigns for LondonMoms nearly seven years ago. Both personally and professionally, I have experienced a lot of ups and downs, comings and goings. For those who know me personally, you already know that I have been travelling back and forth to Toronto for work quite often over the last year. As a family, we have decided that it is in our best interest to take the big step and move there permanently. We are excited and looking forward to the change, although we are also sad that we are leaving behind our friends and family here in London where we have lived and grown so much.

As the Administrator for the site, the owner and I have also decided that it is in the best interest of LondonMoms if I am running a site for a city that I actually live in! It would be too difficult to tell you all about the wonderful things happening in London if I lived hours away and was out of touch with what being a mom in London was like anymore. Please support me as I turn toward TorontoMoms and help me spread the word to them!

The best part is the new site is going to be amazing! Have a look at it HERE and let me know what you think!

Lots of love to you all! Thank you for so many wonderful years!!

Leslie