It’s another mini-edition of the ottawan. Regular publication will return next Monday but here is what we know about Ottawa today
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of 2°
Number: 32. The number of years that the ByTowne Cinema has been in operation. Christmas Eve was probably its last screeening under its founders ownership – but there may be faint hope of a non-profit revival. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawan of the Day: Yaprak Baltacıoğlu. Baltacıoğlu was made a member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette for ‘her long-standing contributions to Canada's public service, having distinguished herself in several leadership roles.’ [Governor General] [Wikipedia]
Quote: “My title should be changed from director of planning to director of improv” – Christine Conciatori, director of planning and learning at the Canadian Museum of History, on how museums are struggling during the pandemic [Capital Current]
Public Health Reports:
There have been 9802 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 392 deaths, no new reports.
There have been 4684 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 54 since yesterday, and 107 deaths, no new reports.
There have been 1343 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 17 since yesterday, and 33 deaths, no new reports.
⭕ Ontario expects to receive 50,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech next week and 80,000 per week after that for the remainder of the month; 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected within the next 24 hours and another 50,000 doses next week [CBC]
+ Related Ontario has vaccinated 18,001 people so far [Vaccination tracker]
⭕ Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips went on vacation to St Barts December 13. Now he's sorry that people found out that he went to St Barts and is coming back. [CBC]
⭕ Retired Gen. Rick Hillier (who is running Ontario’s vaccination rollout) asks Health Canada if people can be vaccinated with one dose instead of two to increase the number of people protected [Toronto Star]
⭕ People returning to Quebec will need to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a plane [CBC]
⭕ United Kingdom approves the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Health Canada is currently examining the vaccine. [Global]
⭕ Employment and Social Services office on Walkley Rd closed for a day after third staffer tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Someone tried to recycle an anti-personnel mine at a Gatineau collection centre. The centre was evacuated until it was determined that the mine was a dud, a practice device from the Canadian Armed Forces. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Gatineau man suing Ottawa Police for $850,000, accusing them of stealing $50,000 and planting a gun. Two Ottawa Police officers, who had obtained a Quebec search warrant, testified that they had found a gun in the apartment. The Gatineau tactical police team, which entered the apartment first, said they had not seen a gun before the Ottawa police discovered it in the middle of the floor. The charges against the man were stayed. The theft and gun planting allegations have not been tested in court. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Mayor Jim Watson says the City will re-examine working-from-home for CIty staff in March. But he mostly wants workers to come back to downtown. (Safely, of course. We're not suggesting otherwise.) [CTV]
▪️Remembering Lorraine Monk, National Film Board producer, who influenced a generation of Canadian photographers. [The Globe & Mail]
+ Related We'll let the NarCity headline stand on its own: 11 Super Personal Photos Of Trudeau & His Family Taken By His Own Photographer
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