Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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It's the Lunar New Year today, a day to reunite with family and friends and to remember your ancestors.

And luckily, you are living in Ottawa-Gatineau, so it is also a good day to patronize one of our city's many Chinese, South Korean, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Mongolian, and Indonesia restaurants.

The Chinatown Business Improvement Area association is hiding six art pieces and four red envelopes throughout Chinatown for the next fortnight. Find one and it's a $30 certificate good for any business in Chinatown. The Association Instagram has hints.

Today only, at Barefoot Venus, you’ll receive a free tube of Apricot Brandy Hand Cream in every order when you use the code YearoftheTIGER. When you spend over $50 you’ll receive two of tubes. 

It’s $10 Dumpling Day at Sula Wok, and their dumpling menu is nothing but extensive. Pork chive, Kimchi Pork, Spinach Mushroom Tofu, Potato Masala … we could go on. 

February is Black History Month

The theme of this year’s Black History Month Ottawa is ‘Claiming Our Space’, which will be explored in mostly virtual events during the month of February. Highlights include the Black History Month Summit, which will celebrate Black excellence in the technology and science sectors; the In Our Tongues reading and art series, and an evening with Olympian, author, and TV host Perdita Felicien.

February Sales

▪️Franc’s Winter Sale means you’ll find discounts on Made in Canada joggers and hoodies, scoop neck, boatneck and turtleneck shirts. The mend’s jogger and hoodie are also on sale. Plus, newsletter subscribers get a further 10% off with the code WINTERSALE22. 

▪️Find select Quebec-made down vests, coats, and jackets marked down by 30% at the Quartz sale.

Those mother truckers

The Trucker Convoy continues to make downtown annoying or unworkable. Some updates for today:

▪️If you are a healthcare worker and need to cross between Ottawa and Gatineau, use the Chaudière Bridge. The bridge is othewise closed but police are letting heathcare workers across.

▪️The Shepherds of Good Hope shelter has received over 10,000 individual donations, overwhelming their small admin staff. The Shepherds had said that people participating in the protest had harassed their staff and patrons.

▪️People are wondering if the handling of the Convoy will be an issue at October's civic election. Police Services Board chair Diane Deans has plans to run for mayor, but some are saying that the Ottawa Police are not handling the protest well. Meanwhile, Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney, mayoral candidate, has been getting in front of the complaints

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Mainly sunny. High of -2°, low of -5°. 

Number: 58. The number of bird species identified in the annual Christmas bird count in the Stittsville area. The Double-crested Cormorant and the Eastern Bluebird are two birds that had not been counted before. [Stittsville Central]

Ottawan of the Day:  Dirk Van Wijk. The lifelong snow enthusiast has created trails and courses for ski competitions around the world. This week, he is co-groomer with Chinese officials for the Beijing Olympic nordic competition venues. [Ottawa Sports Pages

Quote: ‘What was particularly horrifying for me was other people just stood and watched – those who did nothing are complicit as well’ – Aboriginal Veterans Association and First Nations Veterans Council member Tim O'Loan on the desecration of the Aboriginals Veterans' Monument and the National War Memorial, which had been urinated on by people in the Truckers Convoy protest [CityNews]

Sports: NHL Edmonton Oilers 2 – Ottawa Senators 3, last night

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,091?108568? -15
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.9% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,852? -36218? -5
864,621?2,73013,286 ?63
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.7%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)84.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
89? 013? -2
cases changedeaths

694 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

908,412 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)850,918 (86%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)512,358 (61%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
33,166?286263 ?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. No change since Friday.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
48?713? -1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -168 ?4
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)179,879 (87.7%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)168,010 (81.9%)
? Eligible people with three doses (5+)96,304 (55.1%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ One in five homes in Canada has reported a case of COVID-19 since December 1. The Angus Reid survey also says that women over 54 are the only demographic that majority disagrees with the question, ‘It’s time to end restrictions and let people self-isolate if they are at risk’. [Angus Reid]

⭕ Quebec gives up on plan to tax unvaccinated people. The controversial idea was unfocussed: was it to encourage vaccinations or was it to recoup the money the health care system spends intubating them? Plus nobody could really lay out the ethics of it, without including people who don't excercise, eat well, or drink. [CBC]

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▪️OC Transpo says that it will now report every adverse incident to the Transportation Safety Board after three incidents were unreported. OC Transpo says that it became aware of the incidents when it was asked by a media outlet about them. The three incidents - which OC Transpo considered minor – occured in the O Train rail yard. [CTV

▪️Giant co-working space operator Spaces has opened a second location in Zibi. The 26,000-square-foot will be in a former paper mill on the Ottawa bit of Zibi, the other location was on the Gatineau bit. The tax implications for people working between the two must be weird. [Ottawa Business Journal

▪️The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee has approved transferring an used lot to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation for affordable housing. The Housing Corporation will build 32 apartments for families at risk of homelessness, and hopes to build another 25 in phase two. The lot is at 3380 Jockvale Road. The City is charging the Housing Corporation $2 for the land, $1 property presumably becoming a victim of our City's crazy housing prices. [City of Ottawa

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