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The Bicycle Film Festival #2 hits Ottawa virtually January 15th to 24th. The Cinematic Short Film Program is a curated collection of shorts that will appeal to everyone from film buffs to bike lovers. Tickets are available now. 

⚙️ Latest jobs

▪️Customer Service Representative
Urban Ford

This dealership is climbing outside of the box to appeal to a wide range of candidates. They say they’re not looking for a “conventional automotive sales person” but someone with experience in hospitality, banking, electronics, or retail. They want someone who will utilize social media, email, text, and in-person communication channels to work with customers. Salary $30K - $50K plus bonus, benefits.

▪️Business Development/Marketing Communications Coordinator (12 months secondment)
Belair Direct

Well-established insurance group needs an organized marketer with three years’ experience in sales and/or marketing required to manage partner comms, promotional events, marketing collateral, and administrative tasks.

▪️Coordinator, Talent Acquisition/Recruitment Assistant (6 months)
Canadian Blood Services

This remote position will support the Talent Acquisition Team, which is based across Canada. Responsibilities include coordinating candidate background checks, taking meeting minutes, managing the general recruitment email inbox.

▪️Territory Sales Representative
Herc Rentals

A fluently bilingual sales pro who is able to drive and operate multiple types of vehicles and equipment is required to manage and build the territory by visiting clients, networking, and identifying customers’ needs.

▪️Manager, Brand Marketing


Export Development Canada needs a bilingual marketer with at least 10 years’ working experience to deliver national brand campaigns, manage a large team of marketing, media, events, and partnership professionals, and contribute to strategic planning. Salary $87K - $131K

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0°

Number: $5,000. The amount of money that friends of Glebe Video International are attempting to raise to help their favourite video store survive through the pandemic. Glebe Video International continues to bring films from around the world to Ottawa on DVD, most of which are unavailable for streaming. [Go Fund Me]

Ottawan of the Day: Jessica Baird. Baird created the ‘Sock Project’ which delivers fun and uplifting socks to people battling chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. [Ottawa Citizen] [Sock Project]

Quote: “There won’t be any division like it. I think this is the strongest division in the NHL and the deepest when it comes to talent.” – Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion on all-Canadian hockey, where every match will be played by the best in Canada. [CBC


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

122,105 doses have been administered in Ontario (62% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 183.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

📋 Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 11,505 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 127 since yesterday, and 398 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5312 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and 133 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1805 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 166 since yesterday, and 38 deaths, two new reports.

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.

⭕ Quebec’s top hospital official says adminstrators could be soon deciding who gets an intensive care bed or not, due to shortages [CBC]

⭕ Nearly one-third of residents at the Edgewood Care Centre for people with mental illness and physical disabilities have tested positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Statistics Canada is sending out 48,000 blood testing kits – complete with needle and rubber glove – for Canadians to self test. Statistics Canada is trying to get their own read on the spread of COVID-19. Participants will be able to get their results back if desired. [CBC

⭕ Ottawa ByLaws gave out 500 verbal warnings over the past weekend to people in parks, rinks, and hills. Councillor Carol Anne Meehan wants the department to start issuing fines. [CBC]

⭕ Father and son entrepreneurs claim Tim Horton's stole their COVID-safe coffee lid put on-er. [CBC]

⭕ People who travel outside Canada for vacations, maintaining real estate, or visiting relatives will not be able to claim money from the government to self-isolate under proposed legislation. People who travel for work would still be covered. [CBC]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

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

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▪️Kanata neighbourhood residents are the latest to be upset with the way the City is developing. A new development planned for the Katimavik-Hazeldean area would build two three-story buildings, each with six two-bedroom apartments. The twelve units would replace a single home. Neighbours are livid, with Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley saying he received between 700 and 1,000 calls and emails. But it's not so simple as neighbours being upset that a multistory building is going into a single family neighbourhood, it's partially because the buildings are incredibly ugly. A community coalition says they could live with the number of units but that they should be townhouses.[Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related City’s urban design review panel thinks that new nine-story mixed-use building on Richmond Road that tucks in a heritage filling station is ‘weird’. (Our word, not theirs.Their word was ‘problematic’.) 

▪️Quebec commission denies tax-free status to building belonging to the Islamic Center of the Outaouais. The Gatineau mosque wanted to expand its activities into a building it owned next door and requested that it be exempt from property taxes, as all places of worship are. The Commission municipale du Québec concluded that excempt activities would not be the main use of the building and denied the request, putting the mosque on the hook for $16,000 per year in property taxes. [Le Droit]


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