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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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Well! It seems that people have opinions about the Ottawa airport name. In the long, 18 month life of the ottawan we have never had so many responses on a topic before. It is especially interesting as we just threw this out there – no one is actually suggesting renaming the airport.

One reader wrote that there is no better name than Ottawa MacDonald – Cartier International AirportDuly noted.

Many others said the name should be Ottawa International Airport, which is clear, unambiguous, and simple; thus really quite inappropriate for Ottawa. (Darren, stop trying to milk for emails – Martha)

Several others agreed with Martha's mom, and wished for a return to Uplands Airport. Martha's mom, for her part, denies that she still calls it Uplands Airport but we beg to differ.

As for the rest:

✈️ Alanis Morrisette Jagged Little Airport

✈️ Terry Fox Airport

✈️ Ryan Reynolds International Airport

✈️ Algonquin International

We saved the best for last: Max Keeping International Airport Ottawa. Darren had to ask, who? Martha said everyone in Ottawa knows the former CJOH news anchor, who passed away in 2015. 

Do you have a better suggestion? Send it in: [email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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


Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and clearing. High of 25°, low of 11°

Number: Two minutes and seven seconds. The average wait time for callers to be connected on Ottawa's 311 line. [CTV]

(Honorary) Ottawan of the Day: Patricia Ballantyne. Ballantyne, who hails from Deschambault Lake, Saskatchewan, has spent the past 70 days walking from Prince Albert to Ottawa to raise awareness of the residential school system. [CTV]

Quote: ‘How do I play a robot?’ – Ottawa actor Paul Rainville to Almonte playwright Jacob Berkowitz on the latter's new play, The Anniversary. Which is about robots. [The Globe and Mail (Free login required)]

Sports: AUDL A correction: Toronto visits Ottawa next Saturday, we said the opposite yesterday. .

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It’s been well documented that Ottawa’s tourism sector has taken a $2.8 billion hit in visitor spending over the last 18 months. As part of Ottawa Tourism’s #invite2 campaign, which urges Ottawans to invite two friends or family to town for a three day visit, many of Ottawa’s hotels are currently offering special packages and discounts. 

For Ottawa’s job hunters, now is the time to apply for positions at some of Ottawa’s hotels. Many have responded to staff shortages with higher wages and better benefits and perks, but that’s not the only reason to investigate hotel and hospitality careers. Working in smaller hotels often allows staff to take on more responsibility and experience professional growth at a faster rate, while larger brands have established employee training programs that will teach transferable skills sought around the world. 

▪️Located in Kanata, Brookstreet Hotel is an independent four diamond brand with a conference centre, spa, fine and casual dining, and an attached golf course, The Marshes. Their website lists job openings in Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Banquets, the fitness studio, Au Naturel Spa, Guest Services, and the in the golf department.

▪️Germain Hotels started its luxury boutique brand in Quebec City in the late eighties and has since opened locations under the Germain and more casual Alt brands in Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Sakskatoon, Halifax, and St. John’s. The Ottawa location at 30 Daly Avenue is currently hiring a Chef de partie, an Assistant Guest Services Manager, a Banquet Porter, an Accounts Receivable Technician, a Financial Analyst, Guest Services Agents, and more. 

▪️The Marriott, under the Westin Ottawa brand, is searching for Guest Services Associates, a Valet Attendant, an Accounts Receivable Agent, as well as a Concierge. 

▪️The Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa is situated in the scenic Gatineau Park, and was the first hotel in the National Capital Region to receive LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The facility is currently searching for Servers, a Line Cook, Massage Therapists and Estheticians, Receptionists, Room Attendants, and a Daytime Dining Room Supervisor.

▪️One of the most familiar landmarks of Ottawa’s skyline, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier offers old world charm and contemporary service in its rooms, restaurants, and event spaces. Recent job postings include Assistant Outlet Manager, Security Agent, Plumber Eng., and In-Room Dining Server (Full time).

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday



565,550? 5259,503 ? 5
? Eligible people with one dose83.6% 
? Eligible people with second dose76.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


389,224?42511,281 ? 1
? Eligible people with one dose87%
? Eligible people with second dose78.9%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
28,339? 45

593 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

789,147 (85%)
? Eligible people with second dose728,284 (79%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,955?66215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 555,786

As of Aug 11, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose284,626 (69.4%)
? Eligible people with second dose238,925 (58.3%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4854?25112 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose152,769 (83.5%)
? Eligible people with second dose140,724 (76.9%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Ontario is expected to announce a vaccine passport this week, but Premier Doug Ford says that it will not be today. [CBC]

⭕ The Ottawa Catholic School Board will mandate mask wearing for all students returning to class, including kindergartners. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The U.S. State Department is asking Americans to ‘reconsider’ travel to Canada due to rising COVID-19 cases [Ottawa Sun]

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▪️Ottawa schools are not just short of bus drivers, they are short of crossing guards as well. They are looking for about 50 more, who are paid $17/hour for, let's see, one hour’s work per day. [CBC] [Crossing Guard Jobs]

▪️City staff are recommending that Ottawa allow e-cargo bikes on the streets. E-cargo bikes are three-wheeled pedal-powered bicycles with a large cargo holder, perfect for shipping items from shops. The ‘e’ means that they are supported by an electric motor on hills. The Province had earlier changed the law to permit commercial e-cargo bikes but only with municipal approval. [CTV

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