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Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has asked for patience as the Ottawa Police Service develops a new plan to handle 911 calls which involve mental health issues.

One place Sloly should look for inspiratation is Denver, Colorado. They were asking the same types of questions and chose to leave the police out of it

In the first six months of Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) programme, mental health professionals replacing police officers responded to 748 incidents. Not a single person was arrested.

The STAR team responds to three per cent of calls for service from the police, sending a mental health clinician and a paramedic in a white van.

The Denver police chief's reaction? He loves it. ‘I want the police department to focus on police issues,’ he says.

See you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Light snow. High of -4° 

Number: 5%. The per centage of the daily residents at Cornerstone Housing for Women who are front line personal support workers.. [Halifax Chronicle Herald

Ottawan of the Day: Apartment 613. Apartment 613 has been showing off awesome Ottawa since 2008 and yesterday won Gold for Best Community News Website at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. For the fourth year in a row. [Apartment 613]

Quote: “Don't call it reconciliation if it's strictly just a land purchase” –  Algonquin elder Claudette Commanda who is insulted that the Algonquins of Ontario/Taggart development has been termed as ‘reconciliation’ by Mayor Jim Watson.  [CBC]

Sports: Montréal Canadiens 2 – Ottawa Senators 3. The two meet again tomorrow.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

355,055 doses have been administered in Ontario (86% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 379.7 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
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There have been 13,485 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 422 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5882 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of seven since yesterday, and 154 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 25567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 60 deaths, one new report.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ Ontario will decide next week whether or not to cancel March Break. The idea is that COVID-19 is less likely to spread if kids stay in class rather than spend time with families. [CTV]

⭕ The Noravaxx vaccine, the one that will be produced in Montréal, has an efficiancy of 95.6 per cent against the classic COVID-19 and 60 per cent for the South African remix [Maclean’s]

⭕ Pet groomers, previously deemed non-essential, may now reopen if the grooming will prevent the animal from needing veterinary care. [CBC]

⭕ Cruise ships banned from visiting Canada until 2022. [CBC]

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Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️The managers of the Phoenix payroll system for Federal workers took home millions in bonus pay. Hundreds of thousands of civili servants had their pay mangled – too much, too little, non-existant – and it continued over the past five years. The Government says the bonuses were paid for fixing the system. It seems to mostly work now. [CBC]

▪️Oh, so you made a backyard hockey rink? This family made a luge track. The family in Kanata made the track, complete with curves and banks around the house. [CTV]

▪️ 25 year-old man charged with human trafficking by Ottawa Police. The man was identified when a surivor came forward which led to the arrest of Danny Naaman of Ottawa. A second survivor has come forward. Police says Naaman travelled between Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall, Belleville and the Greater Toronto Area and ask the public if they have any information. [Global]

▪️ Black History Ottawa lays out a full weekend of events.  [Black History Ottawa]


Just in time for Valentine’s Day

The ever-expanding number of lingerie producers in Canada have everything you need for homegrown sexy times this Valentine’s Day. 

▪️Visit Toronto’s Fortnight for charming and romantic lingerie sets, bodysuits, slips, and swimwear. Right now you’ll find a number of swimming tops and bottoms, as well as maillots, on sale (winter won’t last forever, you know).

▪️Mary Young lingerie is made without padding, underwire, or reshaping elements, and is meant for women who want to celebrate the natural body day to day and on special occasions. If dainty isn’t your thing, there’s a great line up of boxer briefs and stylish bodysuits.

▪️The pieces are ethereal and vintage-inspired at Sokoloff, a lingerie brand from Montréal. If you can’t decide what to buy, gift certificates are available from $50. 

▪️The briefs and bikinis at Ottawa brand Calita Intimates are everyday superstars that feel fantastic against the skin (The Ottawan bought a pair). 

▪️Ohhh Lu Lu (from Orillia, Ontario) makes swoon-worthy intimates to custom order, in cheerful prints. These hand made pieces take up to eight weeks so you can’t enjoy one of her sets this Valentine’s Day, but do bookmark for future reference. 

▪️Toronto’s Bully Boy lingerie collections are statement pieces for proud and confident people, or those who want to be. Mesh, colour blocking, and lace are just three of the styles you’ll find here. 

▪️Bold prints and vivid solids are the way at Thief and Bandit, located in Halifax. The turtleneck bodysuits can be shown off by day, and the lace trim bike short is a sweet nod to the 90s. 

▪️Need a new robe to swan around your home with a glass of Cava - or mug of coffee - in your hand? The new, one-of-a-kind, patchwork robes produced by Kingston, Ontario brand Onderbroeks are constructed in sustainable rayon and available in two lengths. Previous collection pieces are now on sale. 


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