Thursday, January 20, 2022
The Province has announced a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions beginning January 31.
Permitted to reopen at 50 per cent capacity are:
Sports events and arenas may have up to 500 people, still at 50 per cent capacity.
On February 21, all restaurants, gyms, and cinema, etc may return to full capacity while arenas can remove their 500 person limit.
We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren
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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -16°, low of -29°.
Number: 33. The number of coyote sightings reported to the City so far in 2022. [CBC]
Ottawan of the Day: Fiorella Di Nardo. Di Nardo has launched silent appointments at her hair salon, Salon Fiorella. Silent appointments are sessions where, other than asking what kind of cut you want, there is no conversation with the client. [CTV]
Quote: ‘Evidently, we weren't the only one who wanted to show our support – they were sold out of almost everything’ – New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his visit to Elgin Street's Brown Loaf Bakery. The small bakery has been robbed twice this week. [CityNews]
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is updating their systems and won't be reporting for a few days. This data is from last Friday.
⭕ The City will restart after-school vaccination clinics for school age kids. Forty nine locations will rotate, concentrated in areas with lower vaccination rates. [City of Ottawa] [Clinic Schedule]
⭕ The new COVID-19 treatmeant, Pfizer's Paxlovid, is now available at Queensway Carleton Hospital. The hospital has 700 doses. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ Pressure is being put upon the Federal Government to indemify businesses who have fired staff members for not being vaccinated. Many of those fire have sued their former employers for wrongful dismissal. [Global]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The University of Ottawa and Carleton University will return to in-class learning in a few weeks. uOttawa will return January 31, Carleton will return February 7. [CBC]
▪️Some former employees of Eastway Tank report that they did not feel safe working there. They alledge they witnessed small fires and unsafe conditions. [CBC]
▪️Ottawa Police Service will hire two lawyers and a staff psychologist in a new workplace anti-harassment inititative. The new Independent Office of Workplace Investigations will be guided by a new code of conduct for officers. The new office will cost $8.2 million over five years. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The developer of Zibi in Gatineau is the chosen bidder for LeBreton Flats redevelopment. The National Capital Commission has chosen Dream LeBreton to develop the land beside the new National Library/Ontario Public Library complex. The proposal includes 601 apartments in two towers of 30 and 35 storeys. 247 apartments will be affordable housing, many barrier-free. Contracts and further negotiations must occur before it moves beyond 'preferred bidder'. [CTV]
+ Related In a press release, the NCC has hinted that it prefers a new bridge across the Ottawa River to be outside the City core and a train bridge inside it
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