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 Monday, December 6, 2021

The Ottawan


HELLO OTTAWA 

The Ottawa Citizen is looking for your help. They didn't ask you directly, but we're here to serve.

As paid subscribers (really!) we received a form from the Citizen asking our opinions on various aspects of the paper: what sections we read, etc. (We said: local news and, while we enjoy the Financial Post business section, we don't really need its stories printed twice in the same paper.)

But most of the survey was really seeking permission to cut stuff from the paper which just doesn't need to be there anymore: weather, TV listings, stock prices – things that are more readily available online.

But shockingly they asked about the comics page and which comics we still read. The comics page, a feature of the Citizen for over one hundred years (we think) is at risk. This cannot happen.

But reading between the lines, the Bard of Baxter Road is obviously going to an internal rethink. If you have something that you want the Citizen to improve or change, now is the time to tell them.

We're not sure who is leading the change there, but you can't do worse than editor-in-chief Nicole MacAdam. Email to her at [email protected] with what you would like to see in the Citizen. And remind her to keep the comics page.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


🖋️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.

STATS

Weather: 🌧️ Periods of rain mixed with freezing rain. High of 9°, low of -10°

Number: 500. The number of tips received by the City of Ottawa's fraud lline from civic employees. Last year, it was 204. Auditor general Nathalie Gougeon thinks the increase in reporting may be because people  are working from home. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Jamie-Lynn Pokrzywka. The owner of Batter Up Bakery, which competed on the Food Network television show The Big Bake: Holiday. [Kitchissippi Times]

Quote: ‘If it was at a bank and someone was screaming at you, or hitting you, or spitting on you, your manager would show up and tell them, 'No, no, no. If this behaviour doesn't stop you have to leave. – Former Ottawa Hospital nurse Christelle Ishimwe on why fellow nurses are leaving the profession or entering private practice  [CBC]

Sport: NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – Colorado Avalache 5, last Saturday
 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday
 

ONTARIO

caseschangedeaths
624,384🔺 2,76410,027🔺9
💉 Eligible people with one dose (5+)84.3% 
💉 Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.0%


Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 

QUEBEC

caseschangedeaths
455,825🔺3,95711,589 🔺4
💉 Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.3%
💉 Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.1%


Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



OTTAWA

cases changedeaths
32,333🔺173

618 🔸0


NOTE: Ottawa Public Health is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

💉 Eligible people with one dose (5+)

868,379 (87%)
💉 Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)815,587 (82%)


Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 
 

OUTAOUAIS

caseschangedeaths
14,650🔺31223 🔸0
💉 Number of doses of vaccine 629,829


As of November 25, 2021 Updated Weekly

💉 Eligible people with one dose (12+) 87.9%
💉 Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.1%


Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates
 

EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT

NOTE: Eastern Ontario Health Unit is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

caseschangedeaths
6108🔺9131 🔸0
  
💉 Eligible people with one dose (5+)170,293 (83%)
💉 Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,216 (79.6%)


Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates

 

COVID-19 NEWS

⭕ Half Moon Bay Public School in Barrhaven is closed until Thursday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. [CTV

⭕ Ottawa restaurants have been removing plexiglass barriers, in recognition that COVID-19 transmission is by aerosol rather than droplets. Better ventilation and airflow combats aerosol better than barriers. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ All Canadians travelling internationally – even by car – must use the ArriveCAN app to reënter Canada. People without smartphone must use the website. [CTV] [ArriveCAN]

+ Related An Ottawa woman was put into manadatory two-week quarantine after her ArriveCAN app would not allow her access into her account.
 

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WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT

▪️Canada Post has released their shipping dates for posting gifts and cards from Ottawa. You have until the 20th for local parcels but get your prezzies off to Vancouver or Halifax by this Thursday. Christmas cards should make it across town if you post by the 21st but your cousins in Come-by-Chance and Spuzzum will need a post date of the 17th. International packages: you're probably too late for the cheap stuff but Priority Post needs can go until the 15th. [CTV]

▪️Six cases related to Legionnaires disease have been found in the Outaouais. The bacteria legionellosis has made six people sick but, no known common source has yet been found. The health authority says that cases are found every year, so a common source may not be the cause. [CBC]

▪️The Bulldog has some great questions to which the commissioner of the public inquiry into the Light Rapid Transit system should get answers. Questions like, ’Is there now a complete record of the downtown land purchases for the line and has it been released to the public?’ and ‘Why did a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin get the contract for the Trilium Line when it failed the technical standards for the plan twice and the committee scrutinizing the bids said SNC’s company should not get the contract?’ [Bulldog Ottawa]


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