What Ottawa is Talking About – 16 November 2021

16 November 2021

▪️The Citizen has an obituary of June Lindsey, who was an unsung discoverer of DNA. Lindsay worked on her PhD in the laboratory of James Watson and Francis Crick at Cambridge University in the 40s and 50s. Her structural work there led to the discovery of the double helix and a Nobel prize for Watson and Crick. (Rosalind Franklin, another scientist at the lab, was also crucial but left out of the DNA story and Nobel prize as well.) Lindsay died earlier this month at age 99. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Transit Riders, Free Transit Ottawa, Horizon Ottawa, and Courage Ottawa jointly request that the transit fare increase be cancelled. The city's Transit Commission will meet tomorrow, where it is expected that transit fares will increase 2.5% to $3.70 for a single trip, more expensive than Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, or Vancouver. [Horizon Ottawa]

+ Related The Transit Commission will also discuss providing free passes to people living in shelters 

+ Related Bus replacement service along the Confederation Line is now running only during peak periods now that the Confederation Line seems stable

▪️The public is being asked their opinion on the proposed designs of the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. Five designs have been shortlisted for the monument, planned to be built on land between Wellington Street and the Ottawa River by 2025. After the survey closes November 28 – and, note, it's a form, so they are taking the public's view seriously – a jury of experts in visual arts, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design, as well as LGBT Purge survivors and other stakeholders will make the final decision. The LGBT Purge was the time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Canadians were systematically forced out of jobs in the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and the federal public service. [CTV] [The Survey with Pictures!]

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