It’s the final mini-edition of the ottawan for the year. Regular publication will return on Monday but here is what we know about Ottawa today
Have a Happy New Year!
We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren
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Number: $30,000. The average stock bonus local mom and pop business Shopify gave its developers this year. Support staff got much much less. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawans of the Day: PJ's Restaurant, Valley Roots, Antrim Truck Stop, Jim's Restauran, Mighty Fine Bakery. Last week, we wrote of how 200 Christmas meals would not be provided in Arnprior because the Renfrew County Health Department put the kibosh on cooking turkeys in volunteers’ home ovens. These five restaurants came forward to cook the turkeys in their commercial kitchens and provide Christmas dinners. [CTV]
Quote: “The vast majority of Ontarians, including visitors to the park, are unaware that 65 per cent of the park is actually leased for logging activity” – Katie Krelove, Ontario campaigner for the Wilderness Committee, who points out that Algonquin Park is still commercially logged. Campaigners want the logging stopped in a once-in-a-decade management plan to be developed in 2021. [CBC]
Public Health Reports:
Vaccination tracker 23,500 doses administered in Ontario
There have been 9866 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 64 since yesterday, and 392 deaths, no new reports.
There have been 4723 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 112 deaths, five new reports.
There have been 1393 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 50 since yesterday, and 33 deaths, no new reports.
⭕ Premier Doug Ford admits that he knew Finance Minister Rod Phillips was on vacation in St Barts. Also Phillips was faking his social media posts to make it appear he was one of those little people who were following the lockdown rules. [The Guardian]
⭕ Retired general Rick Hillier lays out the vaccination plan for Ontario: From now to April, 1.1 million doses should be given to health care workers and residents of long term care and retirement homes. Between April and July, 150,000 people per day, probably prioritizing front-line workers and older Ontarians. From August on, it's everyone else. [CBC]
⭕ Dr Vera Etches thinks it is unlikely Ottawa will exit lockdown early. We're almost in the red zone, she says. [CBC]
⭕ Canada will soon insist that air travellers to Canada provide a clean COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding. Quebec announced a similar rule yesterday. [CBC]
⭕ A fourth staffer at the Employment and Social Services office on Walkley Rd tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The most borrowed book in the Ottawa Public Library this year was Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Because physical books were mostly unavailable this year, ebook lending was up 30 per cent. [CBC] [Where the Crawdads Sing]
▪️New rules for outdoor skating rinks have been set out. Masks are not mandatory but are recommended when skating and skaters must remain two metres apart. People hanging around at the rink’s edge, presumbly holding cups of hot chocolate and wearing stylish scarves, must wear masks. People who maintain the rinks do not need to wear a mask when the rink is unused.. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Ottawa Police handcuff and draw guns on seven young Black men standing outside St. Laurent Shopping Centre. The men were waiting for someone when a dozen police cars arrived. Four men were arrested before being released without charges. Ottawa Police say they were responding to a 911 call reporting men with masks and brandishing a weapon. [CBC]
▪️North & Navy, Bekta, Manx Pub, Fraser Cafe, e18hteen, Fauna, Fratelli Kanata, Arlo, El Camino, and St. Martha's Brasserie all have take-out New Year's Eve dinners. [CTV]
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