Monday, August 23, 2021

The Ottawan


Yes, we didn't send out an ottawan last Friday. 

Things happened that caused a delay. Then we thought, we should send out an email that says we're delayed. But since the ottawan would come out later, that seemed an unnecessary annoyance because we don't like messing around with your inbox.

But later, as it turned out later, was really late.  Should we send out something that most people would miss, or at best, see Saturday morning?

But as Saturday morning rolled around, maybe it's too soon. This is an opportunity to break up the weekend.

So we planned to send out a weekend ottawan

We eventually ordered Chinese food over which to discuss it, then we realized that we had not seen the most recent Ted LassoThat would clear our minds. Then Ted Lasso  was followed by No Sudden Move, the new Steven Soderbergh thriller on Crave that we heard about on a podcast.

Now it's Sunday. We asked ourselves, again, who will be receiving this – many of you receive it in your work emails and you'll be opening it on tomorrow, presumably after reading this edition.

Sending the weekend ottawan, which had looked a great idea 24 hours ago, just seemed silly now. So we fretted some more.

We really should have just sent out a 'Sorry, No ottawan today email.’ We apologize for our absence.

We'll see you tomorrow, most likely – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ? 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 30°, low of 19°

Number: 60. The number of drivers that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board is short for the upcoming session. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day: The Blinding Light Walk-Tiger Lily group. The group had walked 500 km from Sudbury to Parliament Hill to advocate for Indigineous Rights. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘It’s time to stop debating whether parking complexes should be located above or below ground, over this habitat or that one, and call into question the expansion of car infrastructure altogether’ – Free Transit Ottawa member Nick Grover  [The Leveller]

Sports: CEBL Ottawa Blackjacks 87 – Edmonton Stingers 94, knockling the BlackJacks out of the playoffs last Friday.  CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 10 – Saskatchewan Roughriders 23, last Saturday. Ottawa plays host to the BC Lions this Saturday. AUDL  Ottawa Outlaws 25  Montréal Royal 24, yesterday. Ottawa visits Toronto Saturday.

+ Related The RedBlacks have a secretative golden ball that players get to hold on the sidelines if they make a special play

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


560,161? 27009,428 ? 25
? Eligible people with one dose82.9% 
? Eligible people with second dose75.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


385,120?192911,280 ? 3
? Eligible people with one dose85.9%
? Eligible people with second dose76.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
28,140? 91

593 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

780,795 (85%)
? Eligible people with second dose712,216 (77%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,717?14215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 544,420

As of Aug 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose196,875 (66.9%)
? Eligible people with second dose159,494 (54.2%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4791?3112 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose150,119 (82%)
? Eligible people with second dose136,389 (74.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ All events at TD Place stadium and area will require ticketholders to be fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours. Ottawa 67s ticketholders must be fully vaccinated as per league rules and don't have a testing option. People under 12 years of age are exempt as they are not eligible for vaccines. [CBC]

⭕ Lawyers say that private businesses can mandate vaccinations of their staff and fire those who cannot prove vaccination. [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa Community Housing Corporation will require that all staff and contractors be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Corporation employs 400 people and houses 32,000. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Somerset Ward councillor Catherine McKenney is holding her own transit meeting on Wednesday. The Chair of the Transportation Committee refused to call a meeting to discuss the recent O Train derailment and double decker bus ditching, so McKenney is calling her own. The public is invited to meet at Marion Dewar Plaza with questions/concerns at 11 am Wednesday. [Twitter

▪️Former Transportation Safety Board inspector says O Train ball bearings should last ten years, not two. Preliminary investigations blame ball bearings for the derailment of on out-of-service O Train two weeks ago. Ten out of 39 trains cars have since been repaired. [CBC

▪️The City of Ottawa's cooling centres will remain open today for anyone who needs a break from the heat. They are located at City Hall (Sport Hall of Fame – 1st floor Heritage Building), Plant Recreation Centre, and Overbrook Community Centre until 7pm. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related The Fire Service has instituted a burn ban, even for those with open fire permits

▪️The Gloucester Walmart is no longer giving out plastic bags – customers need to bring their own. The store is one of 10 Walmarts across Canada trialling plastic-free shopping. Plastic bags are still available in the meat and vegtable departments. [CTV]

▪️A new test finds that the majority of people in Ottawa cannot get proper Internet speeds. The Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission says households should have access to 50 megabits per second (mbps) for downloads and 10 mbps for uploads. In 7,536 tests conducted in Ottawa, only 34 per cent of people could get that speed. [Global]

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1323 Woodward Avenue, Carlington

3+1 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1957

Behind the bunker-esque exterior lies an attractive, cozy family home home that ticks many boxes. Perhaps top of that list is the private rooftop deck, in addition to the sweet backyard garden. 


63 Lonshire Circle, Londfields (Barrhaven)

3 bed, 4 bath

Year built: 1994

An attractive townhome with no rear neighbours and a fully fenced backyard, this well maintained home has several office areas to accommodate working from home. 


55 Ambiance Drive, Havenlea (Barrhaven)

3 bed, 3 bath

Year built: 2003

Perfect for families who need lots of play areas, this house has two family/rec rooms. There’s an office in the basement, a fully fenced backyard, and no through traffic.


370 Dominion Avenue, Unit 1205 (Wesboro)

2 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1975

Located in the popular Westboro neighbourhood, this East facing apartment has an outstanding 42’ balcony, granite countertops, and in-suite laundry, while the building’s amenities include an indoor pool, shared vegetable garden, and library.


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