As of this morning, everyone in Ontario who is eighteen years of age or older can now book through the provincial portal. This is the big push, folks. Book your jabs or call 1-833-943-3900.
▪️ Director, Canada Council for the Arts
▪️ Officer, Cultural Funding, City of Ottawa
▪️ Digital Communications Assistant (Student), Refugee Hub
▪️ Manager, Communications and Marketing, Desjardins
Here’s a new addition to our Ottawa podcast guide
Writers Festival Radio is the official podcast of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, and you’ll find over 20 new episodes of interviews with novelists, poets, essayists, and dramatists from Ottawa and beyond.
You can view our constantly curated Ottawa podcast list here.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 27°, low of 11°
Number: 2. The number of art galleries that have re-opened in Gatineau for in-person viewing. Les Textures de cœur, by Josiane Saucier, is on display at the Espace Pierre-Debain and A Last Kiss for the Road, by Nicolas Nabonne, is on display at the Galerie Montcalm. [Le Droit]
Ottawan of the Day: Marie-Claude Lortie. Mme Lortie is the new editor in chief of Le Droit. She begins May 25. [Le Droit]
Quote: ‘Solitude has a bad reputation’ – Carleton University researcher Robert Copla, who, with colleagues, is studying the need for solitude [Ottawa Citizen]
💉 7,064,815 doses have been administered in Ontario
At this rate, it will take 8.3 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each
🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
📋 Public Health Reports:
⭕ Canada isn't just out-first-dosing the United States, we'll out-jab Chile within a week, Hungary a few days after that and potentially the United Kingdom within the next two weeks. Canada is vaccinating .88 per cent of the population each day. [Maclean's]
⭕ Gatineau’s curfew could end on May 28, with outdoor dining opening the same day, according to ‘sources’. [CBC]
⭕ The Ottawa Senators have offered up the Canadian Tire Centre as a mass vaccination location. Heaven knows the Sens don't need it. [Ottawa Sun]
⭕ The new Canadian Forces officer in charge of Canada's vaccine rollout is Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie. The former officer in charge, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, stepped down to fight sexual misconduct accusations. [The Star]
🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App
Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ City staff have been directed to ensure that the use of the City logo is always used properly. Thousands of residents received a mailing from a sewer insurance company earlier in the year, which featured the City logo. Many people thought it was a compulsary City service, others thought they were being scammed. The truth was the company was a legit business offering a legitimate but voluntary service and who had received permission to use the logo years ago. Staff have been asked to come up with clear rules. And please note, if you own your own home, you really should get sewer insurance. [CBC]
▪️ The new law limiting AirBnB and Vrbo may take longer to enact as it has been taken to tribunal. The law would allow short term rentals to the owner’s primary residence or cottage only, and limit the number of guests to 10. The Ottawa Short Term Rental Association is challenging the zoning bylaws to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Ottawa-based HEXO Corp to buy 48North Cannabis, making it one of the largest pot companies in Canada . HEXO is paying $50 million for 48 North’s weed-based bath goods business. [The Growth Op]
▪️The City is inviting everyone to a panel on on women and gender equity. The guest speaker will be Anjum Sultana, the National Director of Public Policy and Strategic Communications at YMCA Canada joined by panelists from City for All Women Initiative, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, the Ontario Disability Employment Network and the City of Ottawa. Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity, Donna Gray, General Manager of the City’s Community and Social Services department, and Valerie Turner, General Manager of the City’s Innovative Client Services department wll also attend. The event is Friday, May 28 from 9 to 11:30 am. [Sign Up] [Video about the City's strategy] [City Page]