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Job update for this week

▫️Digital Marketing Specialist

The provider of mission critical software solutions for the Public Sector, Utilities, and Private Sector verticals is searching for a specialist with five years’ experience in producing content for the web in particular (including blogs, white papers, social media, websites, etc.).

▫️Product Specialist

Fortinet requires an experienced Unified Communications Engineer to work with the FortiVoice Engineering team, in partnership with the sales team, to ensure that business objectives are met. This position is involved in activities associated with product lifecycle as well as new product development projects.

▫️Brand Squad Content Marketing Manager (Temporary Assignment of 14 months)
EDC (Export Development Canada)

The country’s export credit agency requires a Content Marketing Manager to help strengthen EDC’s position as International Risk Experts who can help Canadian companies succeed around the world. Internal comms, events, sponsorships, shareholder initiatives, and national campaigns will all be under the position's remit.

▫️Board Member

Apartment613 is looking to diversify its Board of Directors, and in particular is searching for those with experience in journalism or media, human resources, and finance (reading and preparing financial statements). Ideal candidates will be bilingual. Application deadline is this Sunday December 13, 2020.

▫️The Kanata North Business Association has launched a job board for tech positions in Ottawa. [Discover Technica]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☁️ Mostly cloudy. High of -4°  

Number:  3000. The number of Ottawa people on the waiting list for home care from a nurse or support worker due to a crtitical lack of staff. Hospital nurses average $11 more per hour than personal support workers. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: This Manor Park red squirrel, which has been taking away LED Christmas lights from neighbours, obviously as a direct-action statement against the commercialisation of Christmas. [CTV]

Quote: “I think there's a lot of hurt and a lot of anger coming out of the closure of the ORCC – Kas Kaszas, spokesperson for Save the ORCC. The group is running a campaign to get 100 new members for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and demands a meeting with the board, which they say have been unresponsive. The Centre has been temporarily shuttered since last month while it restructures. [CBC]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8763 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 155 since Friday, and 380 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3723 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 100 since Friday, and 85 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 942 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 43 since Friday, and 31 deaths, no 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 reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ It turns out that delivering different vaccines with different requirements to everywhere that needs it is really complicated [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ A staffer at Dessureault Your Independent Grocer in Orléans and another staffer at the Ogilvie Road Loblaws have tested positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]


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▪️The ByTowne Cinema is closingAfter 30 years on Rideau Street, owner Bruce White is closing the cinema at the end of the month. The ByTowne was originally called The Nelson, but was renamed by White when he bought it in recognition of the neighbourhood and the fact that he used to own the Towne Cinema in New Edinburgh. The Towne Cinema was originally The Linden.

White puts the closure partially on COVID-19 but also on the consolidation of movie studios, which are limiting films to reperatory houses in order to concentrate on streaming. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related: White is interested in working with people who want to form a non-profit or coop to take it over Get in contact if you can put that together.

+ Related: The ByTowne is still open to the end of the month. Here's the calendar.

▪️Twenty students are holding a sit-in at the University of Ottawa over campus racism. The group is demanding a meeting with the president of the University. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The two locations of the Senate Tavern have had their liquor licences suspended after an allegation of assault involving policeThe Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario pulled the licenses after a police officer said he was assualted by a co-owner of the taverns. The co-owner says it was the other way around and the police officer assulted him. The Senate Tavern says that it will appeal the suspension. [CBC]

▪️LCBO cancels its deal with Skip The Dishes. The Board was planning on delivering booze directly with the service but was ordered it cancelled by the Ontario government, which did not want it to compete with struggling restaurants. [CBC]

▪️OC Transpo alert system gets hacked. People who use OC Transpo’s alert system by text or email should change their passwords elsewhere because the passwords could now be out in the wild. The City says the financial part of the system, including customer credit card info, was not affected. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️That ghost Wendy’s Restaurant on Carling will be rebuilt. For the past two years, there has been a lonely Wendy’s sign at the edge of a strip mall, all that remains after a fire destroyed the restaurant. It should reopen next October. [CTV]

▪️A proposal to tax vacant residential units will be made at City Council Wednesday. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Catherine McKenney will make the proposal to look into its feasability, in the hope of financially encouraging landlords to make more units available to the public. [CTV]

▪️Ottawa’s new baseball team has a name: The Titans. For some reason, the colour scheme will be the one the other Ottawa teams use: red, white, black. It’s no worse than previous names, we suppose, like Ottawa Athletics, Ottawa Lynx, Ottawa Champions and better than Ottawa Rapidz or Ottawa Fat Cats. [Ottawa Sun]



▫️Two seniors homes are asking for Christmas cards for their residents, to remind them that they have not been forgotten in isolation. Addresses are at Chateau Symmes and Symphony Senior Living Kanata.  



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