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Get ready for a stricter lockdowns, possibly curfews like in Gatineau.

The COVID-19 death toll in Ontario has reached 5,000, and cases are not slowing down fast enough.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce new limitations Tuesday.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 60 per cent chance of flurries. High of -1°

Number: 6.7%. The jobless rate in Ottawa for December, the best in the country and reduced from 7.1% in November. Vancouver was second at 7.4%. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Kristen Atkinson. The owner of Hintonburg’s Mint Hair Studio has launched ApartMint, a specialised studio for people in chemotherapy and others who are experiencing hair loss. [CBC]

Quote: “The first lockdown was extreme. Everything was closed, everything, and people were really discouraged from even leaving their houses as well. People were terrified and so they were more likely to comply” – Raywat Deonandan, global health epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, on why current lockdown measures are not slowing down new cases. [CBC


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

113,246 doses have been administered in Ontario (58% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 204.9 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

📋 Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 11,378 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 628 since Friday, and 397 deaths, three new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5294 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 191 since Friday, and 133 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1805 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 36 deaths, one new report.

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.

⭕ Ottawa has run out of vaccines, new supplies expected this week [CBC]

⭕ New Ontario models show Intensive Care Units could be full by February; Premier Doug Ford hints at new restrictions to come tomorrow [CBC

⭕ Four long-term care homes in Ottawa have been vaccinated, 24 are left to be done [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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▪️The guy who broke into the grounds of Rideau Hall last summer wanted to arrest Prime Minister Trudeau for creating new gun laws and for COViD-19 restrictions which hurt his sausage business. The Canadian Forces reservist drove into the gate of Rideau Hall and, armed with firearms, went searching for Trudeau. Neither Trudeau nor Governor General Julie Payette were at home that day. [CBC]

▪️Gatineau Police handed out 21 tickets on the first night of curfewQuebecers must be off the streets from 8pm to 5am unless travelling for work or medical reasons. The fines range from $1,000 to $6,000. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️University of Ottawa launches ‘esports and the Law’ course this week. Professors and students want the University to create an institute devoted to esports, a $1 billion industry but has rarely been looked at academically. [CBC

▪️Wellington West Business Improvement Area wants free parking for customers on City streets. The association is asking that the City waive the parking rules while the pandemic continues. Ottawa Bylaw Director Roger Chapman points out that the City is not ticketing vehicles which park more than the allowed three hours on side streets. In a completely different and unrelated issue, the City raised transit fares January 1. [CTV]


Latest Ottawa condos for sale

The Ottawa Real Estate Board announced last week that its members’ December 2020 sales figures were up 32 per cent over the same month in 2019. Clearly Ottawa’s real estate market is still thriving, despite the pandemic. 

Ottawa’s rural properties, with their often expanded footprints and outdoor spaces, are still of huge interest to WFH families. But many people still want to live in an urban oasis, and today we’ll look at some condos available in the city. 

301-199 Kent Street, Centretown 

1 bed, 1 bath

Compact condo with freshly renovated kitchen. Large balcony. Building has indoor pool, fitness centre, hot tub and sauna.


Home Channel

255 Bay Street, Unit 1310, Centretown

1 bed, 1 bath

Gorgeous views with this corner condo unit in The Bowery. Large balcony, south facing views. The building’s amenities includes swimming pool, gym, and party room on the 18th floor.


Ottawa Real Estate

509 Rideau Street, Lower Town

1 bed, 2 bath

Versatile, end unit freehold space zoned for residential and commercial. Light-filled, space with full kitchen and two bathrooms, and huge potential for living and business. Comes with one parking space. 


Ottawa Real Estate

390 Booth Street, Unit 303, Little Italy

2 bed, 2 bath

Corner unit with two parking spaces. Amenities include balcony, maple and tile floors, two full bathrooms,


Condo Dork

179 Metcalfe Street Unit 1809

2 bed, 2 bath

This condo in the Tribeca building has loads of amenities including a Farm Boy grocery store at street level. The unit has a balcony with killer views, in-unit laundry, and hardwood and tile floors.




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