This mini-edition of the ottawan is brought to you by too much food, too much baking, and too much general over indulgence over the past four days.
Here's what we know about Ottawa today. Regular editions of the ottawanreturn next Monday.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -8°
Number: $1,420. The monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Ottawa. [Faces Magazine]
Ottawans of the Day: The Turcotte family of Stittsville. Their Christmas Vacation-inspired Griswold house raised $43,000 for the Stittsville food bank. [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: “People need to get over the whole beard thing. He hosted longer without facial hair than he did with” – Megan McLeod, general manager at the ByTowne Cinema, one of many Ottawa residents who told Apartment 613 of their experiences with Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!. [Apt 613]
Public Health Reports:
There have been 9754 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 306 since December 24, and 392 deaths, two new reports.
There have been 4630 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 234 since December 24, and 107 deaths, six new reports.
There have been 1326 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 75 since December 24, and 33 deaths, no new reports.
⭕ Toronto doctor says be skeptical about the new COVID-19 variant until more is known. [CBC]
⭕ Vaccination clinics reopen today after being mostly closed over the holidays. Retired General Rick Hillier, who is in charge of Ontario's vaccine roll-out says he put it on hold because front-line workers needed a break. [CBC]
⭕ Not-for-profit care homes in Ottawa are struggling for funds after COVID-19 stops fundraisers [CBC]
⭕ Canada bans flights from UK until January 6, due to the new strain of COVID-19 discovered there [Toronto Star]
🍁 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.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Provinces have okayed a system with the NHL and the Canadian teams will play in an all-hoser division. Teams will play from their home arenas, albeit without spectators. The Senators' first match will be against Toronto on January 15. [CBC]
▪️Some independent bookstores are thriving during the pandemic. Online ordering has gone from 2 per cent to 75 per cent of business at Octopus Books. [CBC]
▪️Outreach workers say they have never seen some many encampments of homeless people. A desire for privacy and a requirement to leave sheleters during the day with no indoor public places open has resulted in the rise of makeshift camps. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The National Capital Commission wants to create a diplomatic precinct in Mechanicsville. The grassy 3.7-hectare field would be home to six embassies, along the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway. The potential occupants have not been identified. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Ottawa Police are investigating two of its officers for allegedly bragging about beating someone, captured on TikTok. While no formal complaint has been laid, the police are investigating anyway. [Ottawa Citizen][TikTok]
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