Before we get into it, Darren learned a few Ottawa pop culture facts over the weekend.
1. Tom Cruise spent a few years as a youngster living in Ottawa. And that Cruise went to Henry Munro Middle School at the same time as Bryan Adams.
2. The father of one of the members of Daft Punk – which broke up Friday – is French megaproducer Daniel Vangarde, who co-wrote the 70s hit ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ And which band performed that hit song? Ottawan, named for the citizens of the Capital after a visit to Canada.
Darren's mind blown, we'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌨️ Flurries, at times heavy. High of 2°
Number: 29%. The increase in cardboard that the City has collected during the pandemic as residents shop online. However, the demand for cardboard has meant a higher amount paid at recycling facilities, increasing the City's revenue by 71%. [Ottawa Citzen]
Ottawan of the Day: Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa. Ndema-Moussa is the illustrator of Trailblazers, a book that highlights the lives of 40 unrecognzied Black Canadians. We mentioned Ndema-Moussa earlier this year when the book's author, Toronto author Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore blew past her Kickstarter goal to self-publish it. Trailblazers has just been released. [Octopus Books]
Quote: “Despite the fact they keep saying they’re not going to lead, they clearly are. It’s the OPS strategy” – Robin Browne, speaking for critics of the Ottawa Police Services mental health strategy. Browne's group is funding a study to implement Eugene, Oregon's CAHOOTs programme here, which sends mental health professionals on some 911 calls rather than armed police. [Capital Current]
Sports: Ottawa Senators 1 – Calgary Flames 6 Saturday night. The two meet again this evening.
687,271 doses have been administered in Ontario (76% of the doses available)
👉 At this rate, it would take 107.4 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario.
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📋 Public Health Reports
There have been 14,705 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 173 since Friday, and 439 deaths, two new reports.
There have been 6305 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 75 since Friday, and 160 deaths, one new report.
There have been 2776 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since Friday, and 67 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 have reassigned a case to a different health authority.
⭕ Toronto doctor thinks that COVID-19 deaths are higher than recorded and that excess deaths over previous years would be a better indicator. [Huffington Post]
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Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has set a deadline of March 14 for parents to decide how their kids will learn in the Autumn. The Board expects that most parents will choose in-class learning but they were way off the mark this year, when they expected most kids to be in-class and were unprepared when so many chose online. It also seems awfully early to be making this decision. [CBC]
▪️ The City is scrapping three of the original O-Trains. No one was interested in purchasing the discontinued line and the new O-Trains lines use a different train type. The Bombardier Talents began service in 2001. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ The LGBTQ2+ National Monument has shortlisted its designers. Five architectual teams have been invited to offer designs, which will be unveiled in August. The National Monument will commemorated those who faced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, particularly those who faced discrimination by the RCMP, armed services, and the Federal civil service. The monument will stand between Archives Canada and the Portage Bridge. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Cineplex Odean Cinemas in Ottawa are now open. South Keys, Barrhaven, Lansdowne, and Scotiabank Theatre are now open at reduced occupancy. [CTV]
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