Friday, February 25, 2022

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There are not many ways we can support the people of Ukraine from here, but sometimes money helps:

? The Canadian Red Cross appeal for the Ukraine. Money sent to the Canadian Red Cross is guaranteed get to the on-the-scene Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. It's expected that Canada will match donations to the Red Cross dollar-for-dollar up to $10 million.

Médecins Sans Frontières. MSF has doctors and medical aid on the ground in Ukraine. This is the Canadian donation link.

The Kyiv Independent and the New Voice of Ukraine are English language local journalists fighting to keep the world updated. The Kyiv Independent is on Patreonand GoFundMe. The New Voice of Ukraine is on Patreon.

It's hard to reconcile our feelings on the City's three weeks of siege by the Trucker convoy when we watch with horror the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the threat of destruction in Kyiv. 

But eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, so we'll get on with it:

▪️ The City has revoked the municipal State of Emergency. Ottawa's State of Emergency didn't really have any teeth – it's was more of a ‘focus, people’ statement but it did let City officials buy things without putting it to tender. That's over now.

▪️ Constituents in the riding upriver, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, are angry at MP Cheryl Gallant who made a Facebook posting during the Federal state of emergency calling for people to to visit the “Freedom Convoy” in Ottawa. She has since removed it.

▪️ The Ottawa Police Service Board has asked the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to launch an inquiry on the Ottawa police’s response to the Trucker seige. The Commission has not yet said whether it will review it or not.

▪️ The remaining police checkpoints will probably come down this weekend.

Now that there has been time to process the siege, there has been some good stories coming out. For ottawan readers, there isn't a lot of new information but these are good round-ups:

▪️ The Citizen’s Kelly Egan: Are we about to totally mess up Ottawa again?

▪️ The Toronto Star‘Pacifist.’ ‘Activist.’ ‘Scapegoat.’ The rise and fall of Peter Sloly, the Toronto police reformer taking the blame for the ‘Siege of Ottawa’

▪️ The Fifth EstateThe convoy and the questions: How a protest paralyzed a capital (Video)



We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ Snow. High of -8°, low of -21°. 

Number: US $735,000. The amount of money that crowdfunding site GiveSendGo earned – not collected – from people donating to the Trucker siege. [Toronto Star]

Ottawan of the Day:  Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been appointed as the new head coach of Atlético Ottawa. The Spanish coach has held many roles with the parent club, Atlético Madrid.  [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: ‘I actually felt my bed and my walls shake’ – Barrhaven resident Kirsten Hewson, who was one of many people in Ottawa who heard loud bangs on Thursday. It was a 'frost quake', a phenomenon where water seeps into the ground, freezes fast, and makes loud noises and vibrations.  [CBC]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,003? -63297? -5
1,096,357?2,42712,386 ? 35
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.1% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose46.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,532? -72105? 9
918,821?1,54213,955 ? 24
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)86.4%
? All people in Quebec with third dose48%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


When the number of deaths go down, it's usually because the patients have been counted in another health unit

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
17? 13? 1
cases changedeaths
62,352? 128

740 ? -14

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

912,955 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)871,515 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)535,556 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
27? 06? 0
35,106?55286 ? 0

As of February 22, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.7%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
7? -31? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -198 ? 4

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ One out of four Ontarians contracted Omicron, says the Province's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, a number incomparable to any previous COVID-19 wave. Be hesitant with this info, but this may result in lowered COVID-19 restrictions in the Spring and Summer. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️City staff are proposing that the October civic election include mail-in ballots. The City used mail-in ballots for the first time during the Cumberland ward by-election due to COVID-19 concerns. In person voting would still occur if the proposal is accepted by City Council. [CityNews]

▪️The City’s Office of the Auditor General is creating a visual separation from Ottawa. This includes its own logo and its own independent website. The idea is to create an aura of independence from the City administration, whose conduct the Auditor General is to watch. [Ottawa Bulldog]

▪️Suspended Deputy Police Chief Uday Jaswal has resigned from the service. Jaswal had been suspended with pay in 2020 after being accused of sexually harassing three police service employees. He was scheduled to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Monday but as he is no longer a police officer, the hearing has been cancelled. The rules allow a suspended officer to be paid all the way up to their hearing. [CBC

▪️Ottawa Police have published the pictures of two people suspected of being involved in an assualt during the Trucker seige. If you recognize them, the police would like a call.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Police have also released a photo of a car, related to a sex assualt in Vanier. It's a BMW with a car seat. The suspect is a 200 lb white male with a red beard. If you recognize the car, the police would like a call on this, as well. [Ottawa Citizen]

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