Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Ottawan


We usually tallk restuaurants on Wednesdays but we'll do it tomorrow, instead. Meanwhile, some events of note …

▪️The history of Tunney's Pasture presentation by the Historical Society of Ottawa is now online. [Kitchissippi Museum]

▪️October 26 – The Friends of the Carp Hills are bringing in Canada’s leading scientist in remote sensing for a presentation. 

Dr. Vern Singhroy will present national and regional examples showing how radar and other imagery can be used for issues relevant to residents in the National Capital Region—more specifically West Carleton—in managing forests and responding to natural disasters such as fires and floods.

This presentation should be of particular interest to victims of the 2017 and 2019 floods and the tornado of 2018, which had a devastating effect on property owners. The analysis of satellite data, before and after an event, is often used in insurance claim settlements. $10, [Friends of Carp Hills]


Yesterday we talked about Ottawa band Good2Go playing their 'first  post-COVID gig' at Irene's Pub on October 29.

Reader Liz wrote in to ask where exactly does the ottawan get off writing that we're post-COVID? (Liz used much nicer words)

She is absolutely right. We're not in post-COVID anything, unless those words are followed by traumatic stress disorder.

It would have been more accurate to write, ‘Ottawa band Good2Go is playing their first gig since lockdown rules have been loosened at Irene's Pub on October 29.’

And either Good2Go or Irene's Pub probably owes us a beer for the free publicity.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 22°, low of 14°

Number:  500 metres and waist deep. Where in a Marlborough Forest swamp a cyclist found himself, in the dark. The cyclist called 911, and, an hour later, fire fighters found him on foot after their ATV got stuck. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day:  Étienne Trépanier and Berger Richardson. Trépanier is a lawyer and the new filmmaker-in-residence at the University of Ottawa Law School. Richardson is an assistant professor with the faculty's civil law section. Together, they turned Richardson's 400 page thesis into a documentary, The Right to Farm, about the bureaucracy small-scale organic farmers must endure. [CBC] [Watch The Doc]

Quote: ‘One of the likely reasons our homicide rates didn’t go up like in the US (during the pandemic) is CERB – Irvin Waller, a professor in the University of Ottawa’s department of criminology. [Ottawa Citizen

Sports:  CPL FC Edmonton 3 – Atlético Ottawa 4, yesterday

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Data is from yesterday, comparisons are with Friday

Because of delays caused by the Thanksgiving Day holiday, these numbers are the same as yesterday. They will be updated tomorrow.


592,714? 20379,792 ? 6
? Eligible people with one dose87% 
? Eligible people with second dose82.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


414,573?64311,410 ? 5
? Eligible people with one dose89.6%
? Eligible people with second dose85.1%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

598 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

821,004 (89%)
? Eligible people with second dose776,115 (84%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


13,926?25222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 591,774

As of October 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 85.9%
? Eligible people with second dose81.7%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5533?33115 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose163,411 (89.3%)
? Eligible people with second dose153,335 (83.8%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The land border to the United States will reopen in early November for Canadians and Mexicans who are fully vaccinated. The exact date will be announced soon. Any vaccination that is recognized by the World Health Organization will be accepted, which includes the India-brewed version of the Asta Zeneca vaccine used in Canada that some countries had taken issue with. [The Guardian]

⭕ Quebec health workers must be vaccinated by tomorrow or be suspended from their jobs [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa Carleton District School Board committee votes to give teachers permission to wear stronger masks. Teachers are currently given masks to wear by the school board. Some teachers want to wear the stronger N95 masks but, as they are not supplied by the board, they can't be worn. The argument against teachers bringing their own is that the could accidently buy knock-offs, or not have them fitted correctly. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Ottawa City Council will appoint a new councillor in the vacant Kanata North ward. Former councillor Jenna Sudds was elected to Parliament last month, vacating her position. The City has 90 days to call a byelection, or, as it plans to do, appoint a replacement councillor. Applicants for the job can apply October 29, and council will choose November 10. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayors in the Pontiac region want changes to new language bill. Quebec’s Bill 96 aims to strengthen the French language by barring bilingualism to any municipality that has fewer than 50 per cent English speakers. The local mayor's group recognizes that the region is less than 50 per cent Anglo but still has a solid core of English speakers that will be at a loss if all services are French-only. [CBC]

▪️It's City budget time and City councillors are Zooming with their constituents. This is your last chance to tell your ward councillor what you think the City should be prioritising. It starts today with Osgoode and Rideau-Goulbourn wards, and continues until the 26th. It's free – natch – but you do need to register and have Zoom installed. [City of Ottawa]

▪️The venerable McIntosh Apple was developed as a commodity in 1811, only 45 minutes from Ottawa. (That’s 45 minutes now – in 1811, that would be, oh, three days?) [NY Times]

▪️The Fall 2021 Skating and Hockey eGuide is now online. [City of Ottawa]

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