Monday, November 15, 2021
Thank you for the thousands – yes, thousands – of people who took part in the Best of Ottawa Awards 2021 voting. Balloting closed at midnight and now we have the unenviable task of tallying up the votes. We'll announce the winners and the runners-up next Monday.
We liked the attitude of one reader who asked for a plain list of all the nominations because it in itself makes a fine guide to Ottawa. We'll get to that, too.
Don't forget that today is the last day to take advantage of Ottawa Artisans Happy Holidays shopping event. More than 270 local handmade crafters and receive your full order right at your door.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ?️ 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 3°, low of -1°
Number: 500,000. The expected population of Ottawa in 2020, as forseen in the Gréber Report. The report, adopted in 1949, was the blueprint to change the City from a grimy, industrial city to a showpiece for Canada. Some of it worked – like the greenbelt. Some of it was short-sighted – like dismantling the trams and moving the train station. [CityNews] [PDF of the Gréber Report]
Ottawan of the Day: Jo-Anne McArthur. The Ottawa-born photographer’s shot of a kangaroo and joey amidst the Australian wildfires won the top prize at the COP26 climate change meeting in Glasgow. [CTV]
Quote: ‘You aren’t interacting with listeners day to day, like you used to. It is understandable it’s going to make an impact on the contributions’ – John Tackaberry, host of CKCU 93.1 FM’s Black & Blues show, on how COVID-19 restrictions mean radio hosts must tape their programmes rather than broadcast live. The Carleton University community radio station has only raised half of its $160,000 fundraising goal. [Ottawa Citizen] [CKCU pledges]
Sports NHL Calgary Flames 4 – Ottawa Senators 0, last night, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – Ottawa Senators 6, last Saturday
Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
Cases infomation not updated since Friday
⭕ Today is the deadline for City Hall workers, transit employees, and bylaw officers to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated. Those who cannot show that they are vaccinated will be put on unpaid leave. The deadline had been extended from the original, two weeks ago. [CTV]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️All OC Transpo trips will be free for the month of December. O-Train gates will be left open, bus fare boxes will be taped shut, and Para-Trans services will not be charged, all as part of a mea culpa by the City for taking the Confederation Line out of service for over a month. If you regularly use buses in Gatineau, they aren't part of the problem and they won't be offering free service. [Global]
▪️American Airlines officially ditches Ottawa. The airline had been been flying twice daily to Philadelphia until ceasing operations at the beginning of the pandemic. Delta Airlines service to Ottawa is still suspended. United Airlines, however, had resumed flying to Washington, DC and will soon fly again to Chicago. [The Points Guy]
▪️The City has $1 million in forgivable loans for landlords to upgrade rental units. Funded by the Ontario Renovates program, $50,000 per unit is available to upgrade or renovate units to house families. The idea is to move familes from shelters into real homes. Landlords will not need to repay the loans if they keep the rent below the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s market rent figure, which is currently $1,514 for a two-bedroom apartment and $1,452 for a two-bedroom townhome. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Rideau-Jock ward councillor Scott Moffatt will not run for reëlection. Moffatt has been the councillor for the past 11 years. The next civic election is October 2022. [West Carleton Online]
▪️ A new branch of the Ottawa Public Library is planned for Orléans. Right now, residents of Vars or Cumberland may need to drive 25 minutes to access a libary, the proposed facility near the François Dupuis Recreation Centre on Portobello Boulevard would cut that to 10 minutes. [Capital Current]
▪️The most recent City Council meeting on transit has been turned into some lofi beats. Really, Tony Spears (on Twitter as @WaywardPressman) has taken the audio of the meeting and created a meditation-worthy mix. [YouTube]
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