GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING, OTTAWA
It's the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the 4.543 billionth anniversary of Earth, and we've seen some interesting things in the past month.
We're using so much less gasoline that the oil producers have run out of space to store it.
On this Earth Day, it's worth asking how much back to normal do we want to return?
Should we be devoting so many of the streets to cars and so few to bicycles and pedestrians? How many of us really do work better from home than commuting?
A mere two weeks ago, the City approved adding a commercial parking lot to a new apartment building on Lisgar Street.
City Councillor Glen Gower wondered at the time, "Does reducing parking make people use transit? Probably better transit makes people use transit."
The take-away from that is: not only is the City expanding the use of cars, they have no idea about why people use cars or not. They're just winging it.
We can't start again, but maybe we can start anew.
We’ll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren
Weather: Chance of flurries, high of 4°
There have been 899 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 25 deaths.
Woman buys hospital staff PPE gear to protect her quadriplegic husband [Ottawa Citizen]
+ Related CTV Ottawa has compiled a list of places in Ottawa to buy personal face masks
Long-term care workers union says COVID-19 is a wake-up call [CTV]
Property maintenance businesses can open May 1 for works that are safety or sanitary related, but not for aesthetic reasons only, or involve fences or decks [City of Ottawa]
IN OTHER NEWS
Jury trials suspended until September
Rideau Street closed until end of 2020
OPS have budget problems
🎼 6pm Bilingual folk chansonnière Kristine St-Pierre sings soul-searching ballads [NAC]
THINGS TO DO
📽️ Watch The American Nurse for free. The American Nurse explores some of the biggest issues facing America — aging, war, poverty, prisons — through the work and lives of five nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America.. [KinoNow]
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