Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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Tuesday Jobs: Fun and Games

▪️Tabletop games alligned Matt Paquette needs a graphic designer, paying up to $50 per hour

▪️Seamax International Cruise Ship Employment Services – which is in Ottawa – is looking for a Game Show manager for a cruise ship. If that is your talent, we want to hear from you. Not that we have a job for you, we just want to know how a game show manager for cruise ships ended up landlocked here. 

▪️Keystone Studios is looking for a Polish-language proofreader for video games

▪️The Canada Games Council is seeking a student who is passionate about sports, events and communities to work as an intern/co-op student on an upcoming Canada Games.

▪️Snowed in Studios promises a free hoodie for the successful Art Director candidate

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

?️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.


the ottawan is thrilled to partner with Meta to announce the launch of the Good Ideas Ottawa shopshowcasing unique, online, local businesses to help Ottawa shoppers find the perfect gift this holiday season.

The Good Ideas Shop Ottawa is the third pop-up after successful runs in New York and Dallas-Fort Worth. 

Ours in the ByWard Market, and features six amazing local businesses: Birch Bark CoffeeThe Box of LifeBrenda Made ThisGather Café & KitchenNurture with Botanicsand Saint Lyon. 

We're going to profile these businesses over the next few days, but you can sample them yourselves at the Good Idea Shop, 56 ByWard Market Square starting today.

And for one lucky reader: we have a basket of items from all the shops to give away. 

Email to us at with your name and phone number and we'll draw a name from a hat on Friday morning.*

* We won't sell your info or use it to market anything, it's only for the draw. We do need to tell our partner, Meta, who won and we'll print the winner’s first name on Friday.


Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 0°, low of -9°

Number: 105. The number of books written by Ottawa authors recommended by the Read Local Ottawa project of Open Book for gift giving. [Open Book]

Ottawans of the Day: Amanda Rheaume and ShoShona Kish. The two musicians have created the Indigenous label Ishkōdé Records, which has signed their first artist, Aysanabee. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘That’s the key to us moving from what they call a 12-hour city to – okay, I don’t think we will be a 24-hour city – but we’ll certainly be an 18-hour city’ – Shawn Hamilton, president of the Ottawa chapter of the Building and Owners Managers Association, who sees downtown Ottawa becoming more residential as COVID-19 keeps government workers at bay. [Policy Options]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


633,683? 1,53610,079?1
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)85.2% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)87.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

618 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

879,835 (88%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)817,655 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,942?115223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 641,795

As of December 10, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.1%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


6310?118133 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)173,676 (84.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,828 (79.9%)
? Eligible people with booster shot15,216

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Ottawa ByLaw services says most restaurants and gyms are checking vaccine passports. Only 18 tickets have been issued since September for not checking, and most of those were in the initial weeks. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ontario’s science advisory table says cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are doubling every three days in Ontario. The reproduction number for the Delta variant is 1.09; for Omicron it's 4.07. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Mayor Jim Watson tests negative for COVID-19. The Mayor had been self-isolating since Friday after a City Hall staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. [CTV]

⭕ 5,200 more COVID-19 booster shot appointments have been made available in Ottawa after it was reported yesterday that bookings were full until January. [CTV]

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▪️Two threats by students have resulted in police and social workers being called to West Carleton Secondary School. One student was overheard making a threat, another student was overheard about possibly bringing weapons to school. The two students were sent home and officials say that the two events appear unrelated. [City of Ottawa]

▪️West Carleton councillor Eli El-Chantiry mulls running for mayor next year.“[The other candidates] think the City of Ottawa ends between St. Laurent and Bronson Ave.,” he said. Current City Councillors Diane Deans Catherine McKenney have said they are running, as has fomer mayor Bob Chiarelli. Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Orleans MPP Stephen Blais are also mulling over the possibility.  [West Carleton Online]

▪️A University of Ottawa study found that most sex workers file income taxes. Working with Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist, the study concluded that 75 per cent of sex workers file tax returns, and 41 per cent of respondents availed themselves of the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit. [The Tyee]

▪️The City is considering ending free parking for municipal employees. City staff have enjoyed free parking at all their workplaces – except City Hall itself. The plan is to encourage more staff to use transit. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️NarCity says this route in Gatineau that takes you to the ruins of the William Lyon McKenzie King estate is great for a winter hike. [NarCity]

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