Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Ottawan



We're constantly highlighting NarCity Ottawa's amusing headlines but CTV Ottawa has won the week: The City of Ottawa wants to hear your garbage opinions.

And it has the benefit of being true! The City really does want to hear about how its citizens handle solid waste, recycling, and food waste now and in the future. We're running out of room at the landfill, building a new landfill is a pandora's box, and we all want to be waste zero anyway.

We also ask you to take note of how the City is handling this: a survey (in 10 languages) availble for two months, eight public information sessions, and a special invitation to young persons, older adults, racialized residents, new immigrants, or members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to email the City for a personal experience.

PLUS they have set up a phone number – 613-580-2424 ext. 25550 – to complete the survey by phone if you don't have a computer.

Compare this to most issues the City asks for public input: sometimes a online survey, and most often, an unpersonalized email address. The City wants public input on your garbage issues. On other issues, your opinion may be just garbage.

Click here for the survey in the language of your choice.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 1°, low of -7°. 

Number: 14. Where Ottawa lies on a list of the 100 most innovative cities in the world, according to Paymentsense. Criteria included: number of patent applications registered on Google; number of universities and their rankings; average monthly search volumes and trends for 'how to start a business'; and number of Kickstarters and their average value. Paris and Washington were numbers one and two, no other Canadian city made the top 20. [Faces Magazine] [Paymentsense Index]

Ottawan of the Day: Michaëlle Jean. Jean received the key to the City today from Mayor Jim Watson, in recognition of her career as a journalist, 27th Governor General, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, and third Secretary General for La Francophonie. [City of Ottawa]

Quote: ‘When you put the numbers and you do the math, we’re going to have about the same number of houses per person as we do now, 25 years from now’ – Dean Tester of the pro-housing advocacy group Make Housing Affordable, who says that the City's ‘official plan’ for the next 25 years is to keep ‘keep things the same’. [CityNews]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
779? 86246? -3
1,115,492?1,20812,591 ? 20
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.3% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose47.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,252? -277? -2
930,750?93514,120 ? 29
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.4%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87%
? All people in Quebec with third dose49%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
10? -30? 0
cases changedeaths
63,561? 89

751 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

913,500 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)873,442 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)553,649 (61%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
13? -66? 1
35,521? 24288 ? 1

As of March 8, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.8%

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
3? -20? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -201 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ The Winnipeg Zoo is giving COVID-19 vaccines to its primates, tigers, and snow leopards.  [Toronto Star]

⭕ Transport Canada has fined the six partiers on the Sunwing flight last year. Video showed the parties singing and dancing unmasked in the aisles. For their trouble, they had their return flights cancelled. The fine may be as high as $5,000. [CP24]

⭕ The CEO of Pfizer said that Jared Kushner, former US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser and head of the COVID-19 task force at the time, wanted the company to divert vaccines from Canada to the United States. [Business Insider]

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▪️Acting police chief Stephen Bell says that action will be done against Ottawa Police officers that supported the Trucker siege. Data leaked from the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo seems to show that some Ottawa Police officers donated money and there were many social media videos of police officers apparently supporting gas and food runs. What that action would be is not specified. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Mounties did not ask any insurers to remove insurance on vehicles blocking the streets during the Siege. In testimony to the House of Commons finance committee, the Mounties also said that they did not provide names of donors to the Siege to banks, in order to have their accounts frozen. The only names given – and accounts frozen – were of on-site protestors.  [Global]

+ Related Siege organizer Tamara Lich won her bail appeal. She was iniitially ordered to be held until trial but she appealled and supplied a new person who would guarantee that she would obey the court's orders. Lich must leave Ottawa by today.

▪️The Bluesfest line-up has been announced for real, live, non-virtual concerts in July.  Hometown star Alanis Morrisette headlines July 10, on other nights its Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, The National, Marshmello, Alexisonfire, Luke Bryan, Rage Against The Machine, and TLC. [Ottawa Festivals

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