Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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Ukraine Assistance

Reader Sophie points out to us that neighbour to all of us, the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa, has put up some links:

Donate to help Ukrainian Army
Donate to overcome the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
Send humanitarian help to Ukraine
Immigration measures for Canadians in Ukraine
Immigration support for Ukrainians in Canada and in Ukraine


And back to life in Ottawa ...

For artists

▪️Attention artists: The Paint it Up! mural programme is now taking applications. A partnership between the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa, the program aims to offer a creative outlet for artists between the ages of 12 and 25. Two virtual information sessions happen this Thursday March 3rd, and you must register to attend. 

▪️The deadline to nominate yourself or another local artist for an Ottawa Arts Council Arts Award has been extended to midnight on March 9th. There are awards for emerging, young, and mid-career artists, IBPOC artists, photographers, and arts educators. The event is also searching for Awards Assessors. 

Craft beer news

▪️In craft brewery news, it was announced this morning that Toronto’s Steam Whistle has purchased Beau’s Brewing Co. Greg Taylor of Steam Whistle said the deal “..ensures all-Canadian-ownership and keeps the sprit of craft alive.” 

▪️Evergreen Craft Ales are using the month of March to support Sit With Me dog rescue, with a portion of Grain to Glass Blonde Ale going to the charity. 


Juniper Farm is selling herb, fruit, vegetable, flower, and greens seedlings right now, which means if like Darren and Martha you’ve been putting off thinking about the garden it’s time to Get. In. Gear.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of -8°, low of -15°. 

Number: $250. The proposed fine for property owners who are late in telling the City that their rental property is not vacant. The proposed law will impose a fine of 1% of property tax on residential properties left vacant. The idea is to encourage property owners to actively rent their units rather than hold out and reduce the vacany rate. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: AP. The Ottawa rapper has released his first album, Insincerely AP. [Shifter] [First single 1984 Love]

Quote: ‘We came together, and we created a weekly schedule – so who would take point cooking every day’ – Community organizer Roisin West explaining how residents within the Siege zone took care of people who need assistance. [Al Jazeera]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
914? 65278? -1
1,103,18?1,17612,451 ? 16
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.2% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose47.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,446? 094? 0
922,679?69813,996 ? 14
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)86.5%
? All people in Quebec with third dose48.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
14? -21? 0
cases changedeaths
62,753? 50

741 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

913,108 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)872,274 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)536,404 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


No updates have been provided since yesterday

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
22? -56? 0
35,229? 67287 ? 1

As of February 22, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.7%

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
7? 10? -1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -200 ? 2

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Today is the first day of loosened COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario. The vaccine passport is now optional at restuarants and other places that required it previously. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Proof of vaccination will no longer be required at at City of Ottawa faciilty

+ Related The Ottawa Senators have removed all requirements for proof of vaccination at Canadian Tire Centre

+ Related Carleton University will keep it's vaccine passort requirments, at least until the end of term

⭕ Ottawa Public Health will not require anything beyond the Provincial rules. [CBC]

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▪️The City is again searching for local musicians to play on its hold music. Every year, the City picks 35 songs by local artists for residents to listen to while they are on hold with the City. [City of Ottawa] [Current music and application]

▪️The Treasury Board has told the department heads of Federal workplaces to start bring back civil servants to the office. It will be up the head of each workplace to decide when is appropriate. Unions have polled their members and around 50 per want to work from home all the time.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️A court orders money and cryptocurrency donated to the truckers to be held in escrow. The residents who are planning a class action case against the Trucker siegers convinced the Ontario Superior Court to freeze the money before it could be distributed to the protestors. The money would go to the class action if they win. [CBC

▪️Ontario has extended emergency powers to police to clear anti-COVID-19 blockade. The authority to clear the blockades was granted during the Provincial State of Emergency, which has now ended. The authority gives police the power to revoke vehicle licences or issue tickets of $100,000. [CBC]

▪️One O-Train hit another O-train on Line 1 yesterday outside of regular hours. No one was hurt. [Ottawa Bulldog]

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