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Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Ottawan


The Bulldog has taken time out from its usual potshots at City Hall and made a great point about transit. OC Transpo says that passengers are down 19 per cent, yet it is raising fares by 2.3 per cent.

Bulldog points out this article by Bloomberg, which says that the pandemic drop in passengers is happening in every city. The solution is not higher fares, it's free tickets, contactless payments, and free emergency rides for regular passengers. 

A private business wouldn't try to encourage more customers by raising prices, why should OC Transpo?

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ Showers, at times heavy. High of 17°, low of 13°

Number: 150. The number of maple trees, planted for Canada’s 150th year, that have been abandoned by the City. Westboro beach neighbours are trying to save them. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Gurdeep Pandher. The Yukon Bhangra dancer becomes an Ottawan for a day with videos of his moves at Parliament Hill, the banks of the Ottawa River, the Rideau Canal, the Rideau Canoe Club, and the Canadian Geographic Society. [CBC] [Videos]

Quote: Jim Watson, I am not running in the next mayoral election, or ever” – Ottawa Centre MP and infrastructure minister Catherine McKenna, who has already said that she will not contest her seat again. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Beyond the Pale brewing can sort you out with burgers from their BTP Brewing Smoque House menu. Visit the taproom and enjoy the new The Big Eh!, a two smashed patty burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Add a combo side of Potato Salad, Slaw, and Corn Bread and the recommended Clean Cut beer. That’s dinner sorted. Unit 108, 250 City Centre Avenue. Open 11:00am too late.

▪️Embrace the countryside for an early dinner at Calabogie Brewing. The patio’s open rain or shine, and they’ll set you up with fresh quesadillas, sandwiches, pizza, German-style pretzels, and other beer-enhancing items. Speaking of beer, Front Porch Kölsch style ale is a tasty summer beer that pairs great with food. 12612 Lanark Road location open until 7:00pm. 

▪️If you crave bustle-free dining and killer views, head to Umbrella Ottawa in the pavilion at Dows Lake, where you can ignore the unseasonable weather with a carafe of Sangria and a plate of oysters. No reservations. 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa. 

▪️For something a little adventurous, Das Lokal’s Waffle Smoked Salmon Tartine places smoked salmon on a buckwheat waffle with quark, pickled onions, and dill. Enjoy it with a Das Shrub: a cocktail with your choice of vodka, gin, or tequila and sweet Vermouth, Punch D’abruzzo, house made berry-balsamic shrub, bitters, and Prosecco. 190 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa. 

▪️Orléans’ newest pub, The Bad Alibi offers classic grub like fish and chips and pasta, but you’ll also find plenty to satisfy veggie cravings. The Beet Salad mixes plums, beets, and strawberries on mixed greens, and tops it all off with goat cheese, walnuts, and a raspberry vinaigrette. Aside from the amazing flavours, imagine the colours of this fabulous salad! Round it off with a selection of Ottawa’s best local craft beers. 5935 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd S, Orléans. 

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All data is as of this morning, changes are compared with yesterday.


546,621🔺 2109,228 🔺4 
💉 Eligible people with one dose77.9% 
💉 Eligible people with second dose48.8%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


375,429🔺6411,229 🔺10
💉 Eligible people with one dose81.2%
💉 Eligible people with second dose38.8%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,712🔸 0591 🔸 0
💉 Vaccinated with one dose762,808
💉 Vaccinated with second dose405,792

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,547🔺 6215 🔸 0
💉 Number of doses of vaccine 410,267

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4727🔸 0111 🔸 0

💉 Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ Pharmacists are trying to distribute their Moderna vaccines before the vials expire. People seem to approve the Pfizer vaccine instead. FWIW both Martha and Darren are double jabbed with Moderna. [CBC]

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▪️The City’s auditor will look at the nearly $1 billion electric bus project at Council's request. Nathalie Gougeon will review whether the buses are appropriate for Ottawa, looking at such things as weather, battery life, and maintenance costs. OC Transpo wants to have the 450 electric buses by 2027. City Council seems to have remembered that the new O Train line was not tested in Ottawa weather with resulting problems. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Prince of Wales bridge has officially been renamed the Chief William Commanda Bridge, in honour of the Algonquin elder and spiritual leader.  The City also approved $8.9 million of Federal municipal funds to top off the $22 million cost of converting the derelict railway bridge into a pedestrian and cyclist crossing to Gatineau. One per cent of the budget will also be earmarked for Indigenous art. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Humane Society is calling for a 24-hour per day cat curfew. The Society says that roaming cats are regularly killed by predators and traffic, not to mention the carnage the cats themselves do to bird life. The Society says that cats could go outside in an enclosed 'catio' or on a leash. [CTV]

▪️Ottawa Riverkeeper is looking to the public to monitor watershed health. The environmental group wants people to map and photograph the river’s edge to monitor for changes and the river’s health. [Capital Current]

▪️Mel Gibson will star in a movie about Ottawa Valley flying bandit Robert WhitemanWhiteman, whose real name was Gilbert Galvan Jr., was a US prison escapee who set up a new life and family in 1980s Pembroke. Periodically, he'd fly out on ‘business trips’ to rob banks, returning the same evening. The film is based on the book by local publisher Burnstown Publishing House. Gibson filmed the terrible Christmas movie, Fatman, in the Ottawa area last year. [Pembroke Observer] [IMDB]

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