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We’d like to offer an official ottawan welcome to Kalen Anderson, the new VP Capital Planning and Chief Planner for the National Capital Commission. 

Anderson comes from Edmonton, where she was Director of Urban Analysis.

It's unusual job – trying to create a unified design for the Canada's capital when its two constituent parts, Ottawa and Gatineau, are not required to take part and don't necessarily want to.

So, welcome Kalen. We’re rooting for you.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 60 per cent chance of showers or flurries. High of 4°  

Number:  26. The number of recipes contributed by Ottawa’s chefs to Breakfast in Ottawa. The cookbook helps raise funds for the Ottawa Network for Education, which provides 2.5 million breakfasts each year for students. We want to try the chocolate and peanut butter breakfast bar by Marysol Foucault, chef at Edgar [Ottawa Citizen] [Breakfast In Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day: Donna Calcutt-Andrew. Her ‘Cocktails with Grandma’ has brought the cocktail-in-a-bag trend to Ottawa with the ‘Fauci-pouchy’ (named for the American epidemiologist) and raised thousands of dollars to assist lonely seniors  [HuffPost] [Cocktails with Grandma]

Quote: “I’ve learned I can be a world champion lazy-ass. I am elite at spending 16 hours on the couch, with crumbs covering most of my body – Glouchester’s James Duthie on lessons learned from COVID-19. The TSN hockey broadcaster has released his fourth book, Beauties, 57 of hockey’s greatest untold stories [Faces Magazine]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 7906 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 181 since Friday, and 358 deaths, eight new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3004 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 142 since Friday, and 64 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 747 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of two since Friday, and 29 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Premier Doug Ford says ‘We're staring down the barrel of another lockdown’ [CBC]

⭕ ‘All the ways the pandemic could change cities forever’ [Macleans]

⭕ COVID-19 assessment centres will open at the National Arts Centre parking garage and McNabb Community Centre, replacing the centre on Coventry Road, which is closing [City of Ottawa] [Booking]

⭕ Staffer at Montreal Road Shoppers Drug Mart tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

 🍁 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.

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]

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▪️Man who emailed threat to Ottawa Public Library last week has been arrested. The Peterborough man emailed a threat to the library as well as threats to a library in Guelph, hotels in Vancouver and Toronto, and a Durham Region school. The Ottawa Public Library closed their system most of the day last Friday as a precaustion after receiving an unspecified threat. [CBC ]

▪️The City is slowly reintroducing recreational services. City-owned gyms opened Saturday, aquafit and Nepean Seniors Centre and Churchill Seniors Centre re-open next Monday, and Kindergym drop-ins begin today. Venues are limited to 10 people indoors and masks must be worn. [City of Ottawa]

▪️OC Transpo fares are some of the highest in Canada. The new proposed monthly pass will be $122.50, compared to $99 in Gatineau and $88.50 in Montréal. Toronto charges $156 and Vancouver $131. [CTV]

▪️Kettleman's Bagels opens first shop in Toronto. It's the first time the bagelry – and Best of Ottawa Award Winner – has opened a shop outside of Ottawa in its 30-year existence . []


⚙️ Marketing and Communications jobs

▫️ Bids & Proposals Writer
BDO Canada

Professional Services giant BDO is on the hunt for an experienced proposal writer. Must have experience working on Canadian federal government proposals.

▫️ Senior Writer - Editor
Canada Post Corporation

This is a high-impact role covering editorial, speeches, video scripts, articles, parliamentary committee submissions, press releases but also marketing material and employee communications. 

▫️ Event Planner CBDC
Bank of Canada

This position focuses on the multi-year Central Bank Digital Currency project.

▫️ Full-time Co-operative Education Communications and Marketing Officer
Algonquin Collect of Applied Arts and Technology

Identify and execute the marketing and communications requirements of the Co-operative Education program.


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