Friday, February 11, 2022

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Premier Doug Ford, who has largely been absent from the Trucker protest issue, attempted to get in front of it today by declaring – please pause for the weightiness of the pronouncement – A State of Emergency.

What powers does that enable for the police or the City to act? None – they have the exact same powers to enforce the parking, air-quality, noise quality, and road blocking laws as they did yesterday.

Ford did say that blocking infrastructure and roadways could now be punishable by fines of up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail but that actually hasn't been enacted yet.

Meanwhile, with or without increased fines, the City of Ottawa or the Ottawa Police would still need to actually issue the penalities, which puts a damp squib over the pronouncement.

Speaking of damp squibs, during the media questions, CTV pointed out that last Saturday, a Trucker convoy in Toronto was attempting to block Queen's Park, the City of Ottawa had declared it's state of emergency, Ottawa Police Services Board chair and councillor Diane Deans said it was an ‘insurrection’, and Ford himself called it a ‘siege.’

The reporter then asked: considering all that, why was Premier Ford snowmobiling at his cottage in Muskoka on that day?  Some pictures of Premier Ford in his snowsuit last Saturday.

As questions about how well the Ottawa Police are recording incidents against residents continue, City councillor Shawn Mendard (not Mendes! Not Mendes!) has Tweeted out a community led resource. The End The Occupation tool is for reporting harassment is here. The separate tool for reporting fuel stockpiles is here.

The organizers ask the noise complaints should not be reported on these tools.

At yesterday’s press conference with the police, Chief Peter Sloly said that the two dozen or so trucks that left yesterday morning was because of skilled negotiation, not by threats of arrest. There is no word if the ‘carnival rides’ for Trucker protestors by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in his car would also be an incentive.

Now it is another weekend. No courts will be open, Ottawa City Council will not meet again until Monday, so it is another 72 hours of abandonment by the City.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30% chance of flurries or rain showers. High of 3°, low of 1°. 

Number: $750,000. The amount of money donated to the Shepherds of Good Hope during the past two weeks after reports that staff and residents were harassed by Trucker protest supporters. [CBC] [Donate]

Ottawans of the Day:  The staff of Ross Video. The 29 year-old company is providing video tech to SoFi Stadium, home of Sunday’s Super Bowl – including a gigantic double sided 360 degree 80-million-pixel screen. [CTV] [Ross Video]

Quote: ‘Hope is a very, very, very, very, very powerful thing’ – Paul ‘Little Ray’ Goulet of Little Ray's Nature Centre. The public donated $45,000 in the Centre's most recent round of fundraising to keep the reptile refuge running. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Sports: NHL  Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – Ottawa Senators 1, last night

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Beer + Super Bowl + Valentines

▪️IPA lovers should note that Beau’s Full Time IPA is $.25 cents off the regular price of 473ml cans until February 26. The brewery also offers free shipping, on orders over $50. 

▪️Berry and passion fruit flavours power Broadhead Brewery’s Black Currant Cream Ale 2.0, which they say will pair well with grilled red meat, wheels of brie, and cheesecake. Sounds like a pretty good Valentine’s Day meal to us. 

▪️You’ll find locally crafted spirits and Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Ogham Craft Spirits in Kanata on Sunday (February 13th). The distillery will welcome Soufull Meags silver jewellery maker from noon until 4:00pm. While you’re there, check out Bierschnapps, the new seasonal collab between Ogham and Evergreen Craft Ales. This is a clear spirit distilled from Evergreen’s Clothing of the Gods NEIPA, which means fruity IPA notes, pine aroma, and subtle malty taste notes, and no carbonation. It’s available in extremely limited quantities for $45 per bottle. 

▪️The other intimate activity for couples, food sharing, is in abundance at Whiprsnapr. From today through Sunday enjoy a shared charcuterie board and two pints for $30. Try the brewery’s Valentine’s Day beers to wash down the cheese and meat: Risqué is a chocolate stout with taste notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and sweet cherry, while Firestarter Cinnamon Heart IPA packs a punch with cinnamon sticks and pepper powder. 

▪️Present your person with a basket of beery-y Valentine’s Day goodies from Perth Brewery, including a six can variety pack, two pieces of glassware, a lanyard, stickers, two coasters, two pairs of sunglasses, a branded ice bucket, a pack of playing cards, and chocolates. Order this amazing gift “bucket” for pickup by calling 613-264-1087. 

▪️Alicja Confections is usually closed on Mondays, but they’ll be open for all of your last minute Valentine’s Day needs on February 14th! They’re currently taking orders for the astoundingly pretty Valentine’s Day box of dipped fruit, $40, but there are loads of other sweet things too, like bonbons, dragée, and chocolate discs flavoured with cinnamon hearts. 

▪️Sadly, at least one member of loved-up couples will have to get out of bed to retrieve the Breakfast in Bed Package from Cantina Gia on Sunday (February 11th). Available for pickup from 9:30am, the package includes a breakfast of Italian crêpes and smoked trout, a bouquet from Bloomfields, a bottom of Prosecco, and orange juice with which to complete the mimosas. $130. 

▪️This weekend, treat yourself to some free shipping on all orders, from Sokoloff Lingerie

▪️Take your love for potatoes seriously, and eat them in a heart shape. It’s easy to do; just head to The Third where the magicians in the kitchen seem to have produced heart shaped home fries to enjoy with brunch. Sweet! 

▪️The Mayfair Theatre celebrates Valentine’s Day with screenings of the über romantic Casablanca at 2:00pm Sunday and 6:30pm Monday. They inject some action on Sunday at 8:00pm with From Russia With Love, and change direction abruptly again on Monday night at 9:00pm, with a screening of the 1981 Canadian slasher classic My Bloody Valentine, an antidote for those who are down on love.



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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,829? -68435? -10
1,027,117?3,69712,040?  50
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.7% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)84%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,214? -98164? -9
894,613?2,66213,656 ? 39
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)85.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
31? -44? -1
cases changedeaths

732 ? 3

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

911,187 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)863,175 (87%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)527,546 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


Outaouais Health has not updated their information for today. This information is a repeat from yesterday.

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
20? -64? -1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -174 ? 1

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ The Ontario Science Advisory Table has a rapid antigen hack to improve the accuracy of the test. When you do the test, swab the insides of your cheeks, then your tongue or the back of your throat, and then your nostrils. Tests are now available for free across Ottawa. [CBC]

⭕ Canada is considering dropping the mandatory PCR test for fully vaccinated Canadians who have been out of the country for more than 72 hours. [CBC]

+ Related Fully vaccinated travellers to the United Kingdom no longer need to have proof of a negative test

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▪️Ottawa's planning committee has approved the four-storey above ground garage for the new Ottawa Hospital on top of Queen Juliana ParkThe monstrosity will hold 2,500 cars, loom over Dow's Lake, and destroy 700 trees. The hospital itself will not have a connection to the O-Train line, which is located on the other side of the highway. To replace the public Queen Juliana Park, there will be a private green space on top of the garage. [CBC]

▪️Gun charges against Hip-hop artist TwoTiime have been stayed. Khalid Omar, whose stage name is TwoTiime, was arrested at home by the Ottawa Police Service and charged with carrying and pointing a firearm at another person on a previous date. Omar does not have a criminal record for anything. Omar's lawyer says Omar is ‘vindicated’ and that Omar is not only innocent of the charge but that he was no where near the scene. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Apartment 613 has released their latest urban walk: Westboro. [Apt 613]

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