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10 February 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

The Ottawan



There has been a small positive development. Two dozen trucks have left downtownHere's a video of a clear Bank and Laurier intersection.

As for our civic leaders, today has been more more of a mixed bag. 

Ottawa officials raised the fine for noise, blocking roads and lighting illegal open-fires for everyone in Ottawa to $1,000 per offense. The City did not ask for an increase in fines for idling. The new fines apply citywide. It applies to the downtown area as well, but requires a City official or Ottawa Police Officer to write the ticket.

Vewers who turned into the City's YouTube channel to watch the Planning Committee this morning were welcomed with this message: ‘Ottawa has failed its citizens. Jim Watson has failed us. Sloly has failed us. Trudeau has failed us.’ You don't need to be an IT guru to guess that ‘the phone call is coming from within the house’ as it were.

City Councillor, Police Board Chair, and candidate for mayor Diane Deans has tweeted out a message from the Ottawa Police that 'mischief to property' is a crime and people 'may be arrested.' The law that she specifies is not new and could have been enforced at any time. It does not seem to have been enforced at this time.

Alta Vista ward councillor Jean Cloutier had two words for a constituent who sent civic campaign group Horizon Ottawa's suggested email about the protest: ‘What drivel.’

Horizon Ottawa's sample email is here.

City solicitor David White has still not filed any injuctions, despite requests from councillors.

Carleton University media professor Dwayne Winseck has created this chart illustrating where he believes each City councillors stands on the Trucker protest: Green is for those who have condemned the occupation Yellow is for tepid disapproval; and Red is for those who have said nothing or condoned it. 

Meanwhile, some members of the Trucker's protest have sworn themselves in as police officers at their Coventry staging area.

At the Provincial level – the level of government that creates the COVID-19 mandates and manages the Ontario Provincial Police – the Provincial government has skipped the third meeting of City-Provincial-Federal officials, leaving the meeting to City officials who won't do anything and Federal officials who are unable to by law.

Compare and contrast Ottawa's Trucker protest with the camp out in the Zibi area of Gatineau. Les Farfadaas are paying $1000 per day to the First Nations owner of the compound. Police and fire departments dropped by for checks and found nothing dangerous. 

The most minor thing we can complain about: CNN spelt our city's name as Ottowa. To the barricades!

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 40% chance of flurries or rain showers. High of 4°, low of -4°. 

Number: 4th. Where Ottawa-Gatineau places on the list of largest metropolitan areas in Canada, according to the most recent census. The population is now 1,488,307, pushing Calgary to fifth place, and putting us back to our rightful spot of number four. Not that we need to say it, but 1st, 2nd, and 3rd is Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver. [Ottawa Citizen] [Canadian Business]

Ottawans of the Day:  Justice Mahmud Jamal, Supreme Court of Canada; Marc-André Langlois, molecular virologist at the University of Ottawa; Tobias Lütke, CEO and co-founder of mom and pop business Shopify; Mary Simon, Governor General; Mark Carney, former head of the Bank of Canada; David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service; Fatemeh Anvari, Chelsea teacher who was removed for wearing a hijab; Ashley Burke, CBC. 

These eight were included on Maclean’s magazine's Top 50 Power List in Canada. 

There were several other people who spend their nights in Ottawa, such as party leaders and MPs, but we went with only those who legitimately call Ottawa (and Chelsea) home. Mary Simon, as you should recall, merely moved across town to take the Governor General post, from Manotick to New Edinburgh. [Maclean’s

Quote: ‘By eliminating the sale of this product, it is estimated that the timelines to achieve the MVC would be extended by an additional year once the volume of sales on the remaining products returns to pre-pandemic levels’ – the clear and simple words City Hall staff used in a report to the Community and Protective Services Committee. What it means, translated, is that the City signed a contract that was overly favourable to the Coca Cola Company to provide vending machine services. Even though the contract was to end in 2016, the contract had an 'items sold' stipulation, meaning that the contract goes on.  As of yesterday, 22,688 cases of Coca Cola products need to be sold to end the contract. Staff says that will take an extra year because the City doesn't want water sold in bottles, as the buildings have taps. Bottled water will be replaced with bottled other fluids in the machines.  [CTV]

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,897? -162445? -4
1,023,420?4,14311,988 ? 44
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.6% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,312? -36173? 2
891,951?2,89413,613 ? 35
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)85.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
35? -135? -2
cases changedeaths

729 ? 6

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

910,799 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)861,546 (87%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)525,503 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
58? -128? 1
34,207?116281 ? 8

As of February 8, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
26? 45? 1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -173 ? 1

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests have been distributed around Ottawa, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Metro, Rexall, Sobey's, and Walmart. People are limited to one box each containing five tests. [CTV] [Full list of locations]

⭕ Now that a case can be made that the Omicron variant is receding, Ontario's chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moore says that he will review public health measures next week. [CityNews]

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▪️The new elementary school in Stittsville has now had its attendance boundary setFernbank Elementary School will open in 2023, and students who would normally attend St. Martin de Porres, Holy Spirit, and Guardian Angels elementary schools in 2023, and live in the new boundary, will now go to Fernbank. Students will get to choose whether they go to Sacred Heart or Holy Trinity for grades seven to twelve. [Stittsville Central] [The New Boundary]

▪️The City has proposed renaming some community amenities after local people and want your input. They are:


  • Riverchase Park, located at 570 Winterset Road, “Lyndon Hooper Park”
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, located at 288 Chapel Street, the “Cindy Mitchell Park”
  • The Rideau Library Branch Program Room, located at 377 Rideau Street, “Daniel Poliquin Program Room”
  • The Parkdale Park community stage, located at 366 Parkdale Avenue, “Pat MacLeod Community Stage”
  • Tillbury Park, located at 725 Sherbourne Road, “David Shentow Park”
  • The cricket pitch within Lynda Lane Park, located at 580 Smyth Road, “Jim Siew Cricket Pitch”

The City is asking via an online form, so as we know, it is taking public views seriously.  [City of Ottawa] [Biographies] [The Form]

▪️The Rideau Canal skateway is closed at the moment due to the mild weather. The tempature is expected to stay mild until Saturday, when it will drop to -19. [CTV]

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