Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Ottawan


Ottawa will recognize Holocaust Rembrance Day today at 6 pm at the National Holocaust Monument. Both Mayor Jim Watson and Prime Minister made statements today.

The ceremony will be live streamed here.



Get ready for February, when you can participate in one or more of the annual fundraisers that take us outside for a good cause. 

Get creative with the Snow Angel Challenge, running February 1st through 28th. Last year people wearing everything from cozy winter gear to the tiniest of bathing suits got their snow angels on, raising $50,000 for the Snowsuit Fund. #snowangelottawa

Last year the ottawan’s readers donated $1,275 to Darren and Martha’s walk in The Coldest Night of the Year event, to raise money for Cornerstone housing for women. Join thousands of other Canadians walking on February 26th, to raise money for many deserving charities. #cnoy22

You can choose your activity in the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre’s Wear Red Canada Virtual 5K, happening between February 13th and 28th 2022. You can also choose whether to take part for a time of 30 minutes or a distance of 5k. Wear something red and have fun, whether it’s dancing alone in your living room or snowshoeing on a new trail with a group of friends. #wearredcanada 

January sales

We saw some fantastic deals under the Sale tab at Up Pants. Now is the time to grab a Made in Canada ponte pencil skirt (was $115, now $69), gingham capris (were $110, now $59), or an open cardigan (was $80, now $48). 

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent. chance of flurries. High of -7°, low of -12°. 

Number: $45,000. The cost of a medivac to send a Nunuvut elder in Ottawa long term care, Raymond Ningeocheak, back home. The Nunuvut government is also refusing to fund care upon arrival as the trip is not deemed medically necessary. [CityNews]

Ottawan of the Day:  Dr. Guy Trudel. The rehab physician and researcher at The Ottawa Hospital led a research team that has found human red blood cells deteriorate in space, making travel to other planets more difficult. [Ottawa Citizen] [Nature]

Quote: ‘When we talk up the city; we help build up the city’ – Mayor Jim Watson in his last ever State of the City address.  [Mayor's Website]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,645? -371599? -9
1,016,099? 5,85211,230?70
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.3% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)82.6%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,153? -117235? -17
849,520?3,95613,065 ?56
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.5%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
111?717? 0
cases changedeaths

681 ?3

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

906,760 (91%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)843,840 (85%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (5+)501,118

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
78? 38?0
32,626?209256 ?0

As of January 25, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.3%

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
35?29? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -161 ?6
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)179,507 (87.5%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)166,799 (81.1%)
? Eligible people with three doses (5+)91,331 (52.3%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  



⭕ New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be self-isolating for five days after coming into contract with a civil servant who had tested positive for COVID-19.  [CityNews]

⭕ 150 students at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Gatineau built their own air filtration systems for their classrooms. The school could not afford $800 HEPA filters for each classroom, so the kids built 26 clones, using MERV 13 furnace filters. It's not as effective as HEPA filters but close. [CBC

⭕ Ontario schools are required to notify health authorities if the absentee rate is above 30 per cent. Ottawa Public Health is proactively watching schools for COVID-19 outbreaks before schools must report. [CTV

⭕ Cinemas and theatres will be permitted to reopen their concession stands January 31. The Province had prevously allowed the venues to reopen at half capacity but without any food or drink service. [CityNews

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▪️The City is advising people who use cars or transit to avoid downtown Ottawa tomorrow and over the weekend. The Freedom Convoy of COVID 19 vaccination opposers will arrive, possibly as early as tomorrow, some with big rigs which may snarl traffic. [City of Ottawa

+ Related Joe Rogan, proprietor of the world’s most popular podcast, is chatting about the convoy coming to town

+ Related The Parliamentary Protective Service has sent out a memo saying they expect no more than 10,000 protestors. 

▪️The University of Ottawa is creating the first French language programme in Indigenous law. The programme will look at the legal systems of Indigenous peoples across Canada to compare and contrast them against Canada's common-law and civil law systems. [The Lawyer's Daily

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