bookmark_borderLinks and Resources Useful During COVID-19

Updates about what’s happening with COVID-19

Ottawa Public Health

Canada Public Health

Collections of mutual aid resources

A wonderful clearinghouse for Ottawa-specific support during the COVID-19 crisis

Mutual aid disaster relief

(Facebook group) CareMongering-Ott: Ottawa Community Response to COVID19

(Facebook group) COVID-19 Community Care Ottawa

(Facebook group) Keep Your Rent Ottawa

Big Door Brigade Mutual Aid Toolkit

COVID-19 Resources for Students

How to set up Neighborhood Pods

Pod Mapping for Mutual Aid

Crowd-sourced list of current mutual aid initiatives with links

Collective Care document and list of projects

A drive folder full of resources

Places offering help in Ottawa (to receive help or donate to), and updates from essential services or relating to government assistance:

High Jinx

Ottawa Food Bank

Operation Ramzieh

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Hydro Ottawa protections

Applying for EI or child care benefits

A second guide for applying for EI or benefits

COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad

The Centretown Community Association is establishing a Standby Volunteer List; to join, send an email to with your name, tel nbr, dates/hrs you’re available and whether you have access to a vehicle.

Parenting resources:

Flamingo rampant is offering 10:30 am story time every day through facebook live at their page there.


Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt

40 Toddler Activities

Scholastic Learn at Home


Education companies offering free subscriptions

How to Talk with Kids About COVID-19

“Homeschooling bandaid”

Canada learning code lesson plans

“COVID Camp” – More lists of places to find activities and lesson plans

Mental health, harm reduction, collective living, etc

Online AA Meetings During COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Collective living and COVID-19

PDF from Higher Ground Harm Reduction on safer drug use

Guidelines from the Harm Reduction Coalition

Helping With Meal Preparation for immune-compromised people

Online assessment tool if you think you have symptoms or have been exposed

Art and entertainment during the time of COVID-19

Ottawa Public Library

Free streaming films from the National Film Board

Haymarket Books free ten-book download

The Social Distancing Festival

24/7 Mystery Science 3000 channel

Museums with virtual tours

25 sites with free public domain e-books

Helping from home

Donate unused computing capacity to help scientists model the corona virus

Tech resources list, including interesting things you can work on

How to make a neighborhood Slack channel

Exercise at home resources

How to Make Gains Without a Gym (by the folks at Stronger By Science)

Video Blogs for at-home exercise rehab if you get injured, from a local physiotherapist

Yoga with Adrienne channel

Down Dog app, normally a for-profit app, is offering free access to their programing

Resources and analysis

Tracking Incarceration under COVID – EN

Annotated list of lefty/rad analysis with a whole bunch of places to donate, mutual aid lists, and much more.

A collection of critical articles, twitter threads, and analysis

Facing COVID-19 With Community Instead of Fear

Data visualization of how viruses spread

bookmark_borderPOSTPONED: Early To Bed Dance Party: Dance Dance Solidarity!

Given current concerns about COVID-19, we are postponing the Early to Bed Dance Party Fundraiser. We want to do what we can to keep our community safe and healthy and slow the spread of the virus. We’ll announce a new date as soon as we’re able. In the meantime, let’s practice physical distancing and social solidarity!

Friday, March 27, 8 PM – 11 PM
Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset Street West
Facebook event here

What is an Early to Bed Dance Party? It’s a super fun dance party, but earlier in the evening so we can still go to bed at a reasonable time! Come dance your face off and still be in bed by 11:15!

Shanghai will be serving beverages, DJ Justice will be spinning, and the dance floor will be shaking!

PWYC at the door. This is a fundraiser! Funds raised at the door will be split between three initiatives:

  1. Ottawa Abortion Doula Collective: “You deserve support throughout your abortion. We’re here to make sure you get it.” What’s not to love???
  2. Jail Accountability and Information Line (JAIL): The Jail Hotline tracks issues experienced by people incarcerated at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, advocating for their needs to be met in a dignified and respectful manner, while connecting them to community supports for when they are released.
  3. Indigenous Land Defenders Legal Defence: We don’t have a specific organizations lined up yet, but we will post details once confirmed. Many Indigenous folks have put their bodies on the line in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders, and we’d like to contribute to their legal costs.

Accessibility: Shanghai is accessible by ramp at the side door. It does not have an accessible washroom. There will be loud music and lots of folks at the front of the venue. We will try to maintain a quieter space at the back where folks can chill out and chat. We ask folks to avoid wearing scented products for those with scent sensitivities.

If you have any accessibility concerns or other questions, please get in touch with Punch Up at

Friends, kids, dates, loves all welcome!