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Many were angry at Ottawa City Council for increasing the budget of the Ottawa Police and for turning down funding for increased mental health services. Police Chief Peter Sloly asked for patience and said that the increased funding would allow the service to reorganise its approach to mental health calls.

Today, the Chief shows what he has been working on.

▪️Creation of a 'guiding council'. The Champlain Mental Health & Addictions Network, Kids Come First – Mental Health & Addictions, the Community Development Framework Coalition, the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition, and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership would be consulted on who should be on the council, alongside members of the City and Ottawa Public Health.

▪️A Mental Health Secretariat would be funded by the Police, the City, and Ottawa Public Health. The Secretariat would under the direction of the guiding council and support its work.

▪️Getting feedback from citizens about their experiences with Ottawa Police. This would be done through online questionaires and the results shared with the public. The Police would also interview ‘community members, academics, subject matter experts, mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and other groups.’

The Police Board will meet today at 4pm to discuss the strategy [City of Ottawa YouTube]. Ten members of the public have already booked themselves as speakers. You can view the report here.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Robert Burns Day

Looking for something to brighten up a dreary Monday? Celebrate the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns with the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s Robbie Burns Celebration, a free virtual event with music, dancing, and of course, poetry.

You could take the Burns celebration all the way and cook up some traditional haggis for dinner, but if savoury puddings made of oatmeal and sheep innards aren’t your thing, the Glen Pub on Hazeldean will set you up with fish and chips, burgers, and meat pies. They might even supply you with cans of Irn-Bru, the orange-hued Scottish pop that soothes savage hangovers as well as quenches thirst, but call ahead to check it's in stock. Take out or order through Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of -4° 

Number: 10. The number of 'Most Dangerous Intersections' on a list released by the City. Hunt Club Road at Riverside Drive is the worst, with 58 collisions in 2019. It has been at #1 for eight of the past ten years, and never lower than #3. Way to go, Hunt Club at Riverside Drive! [CTV

Ottawan of the Day: John Alexander, who survived a carjacking in Redondo Beach, California, last month. The 73 year-old former lead singer of 70s Ottawa band Octavian is the record executive who helped make Alanis Morrisette a phenom. Alexander was stabbed four times but is now recovering. [Ottawa Citizen

Quote: “In space, no one can hear you scream... at your staff” –  Jonathan Chow, a commentor on the story about former New Edinburgh/International Space Station resident Julie Payette resigning her position as Governor General, after reports that she terrorized the employees of Rideau Hall [CBC]

SportsWinnipeg Jets 6 – Ottawa Senators 3 Saturday. The Sens meet the Canucks tonight.


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👉 At this rate, it would take 179.3 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 12,929 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 275 since Friday, and 419 deaths, four new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5729 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 60 since Friday, and 150 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2333 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 36 since Friday, and 50 deaths, two new reports.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ Canada surpasses 19,000 deaths on the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in the country. This weekend, we lost both the oldest and youngest health care workers – Jean-Rigaud Fontaine of Montreal and Yassin Dabeh of London. [Nora Loreto]

⭕ Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the Federal Government has not ruled out using emergency powers to limit Canadians travel overseas or between areas within Canada [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa-made Spartan Bioscience COVID-19 test kit, which can produce a COVID-19 test in one hour, has been approved by Health Canada [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️Sledding banned at Mooney’s Bay by City. Citing the crowds that have gathered on Ottawa’s premier tobagganing hill, the City has banned sledding and tobogganing and increased patrols of Bylaw officers. COVID restrictions mean that the recreation areas may have no more than 25 people at a time – but those Elysian Fields of snow, that wonderland of speed, Mooney's Bay, has attracted hundreds of people at a time. River Ward councillor Riley Brockington objects to the closure and believes that City can work out an exception. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is still okay, though

+ Related The National Capital Commission is closing the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to cars from 9am to 5pm daily to allow walking and cycling

▪️Thirty-three harassment compaints have been made about Ottawa Police Service members, most by female officers. The Ottawa Police launched a strategy last May to tackle sexual violence and harassment from inside the forceMore than 70 per cent were made by sworn members (the others being civilian employees), and more than half were by women. The Police Board will receive a report on this at today's meeting. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The late Algonquin political and spiritual leader William Commanda may get a street renamed after him on Wednesday. Rideau-Rockcliffe councillor Rawlson King will ask City Council Wednesday to rename Langevin Avenue in Beechwood to Commanda Way. Commanda spent a lifetime fighting for Indigenous rights and culture, Hector-Louis Langevin, for whom Langevin Avenue is named, was an architect of the residential school system. [CBC

▪️The ByWard Market Starbucks is closing permanently. [CTV]

▪️A court has turned down a proposed class action over the 2019 Westboro bus crash. The judge noted that the City had admitted liability and had a considered approach in other Westboro lawsuits, saying ‘class action proceedings are not to be used to needlessly inflate tragic accidents into public spectacles.' [CTV]


90s era homes for sale

41 Hilda Street, Unit 305

1 bed, 1 bath

Close to Bayview Station, this Hintonburg penthouse features a south facing balcony, in-unit laundry, and hardwood and tile floors. Built in 1991, its age is mainly evident in the bathroom, which could be easily be updated with a new vanity and shelving. 



12 Hume Street, Morewood

3 bed, 1 bath

Located a 45 minute drive from downtown Ottawa in the North Dundas township village of Morewood. A half acre of outdoor space comes with this split-level family home. The half wall separating the kitchen from the living and dining areas and the sturdy wooden staircase are a testament to its 1991 build date, but there is a lot of potential in this home, including in the basement.



175 Woodbine Place, Unit 102

2 bed, 2 bath

This condo is located close to Carleton University and features a south facing balcony. 1991 features include the window linking the kitchen with the living spaces as well as the laminate countertops and vanities. The unit comes with an underground parking space.


Tracey Arnett

7 Chatham Gardens, Cedargrove, Barrhaven

3 bed, 3 bath

Constructed in 1998, this detached family home offers a lot of natural light, fenced backyard, and a finished basement with loads of space for working out.



1470 York Mills Drive, Fallingbrook

3 bed, 2 bath

Another solid 1991 gem, this bungalow boasts California shutters at each window as well as the French door to the patio, a good sized family bathroom, which could be updated, and a full sized laundry room. 


Paul Rushforth


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