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Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Ottawan


Wednesday Thursday food and drink

▪️New produce store and wholesaler Mangosteen Grocery opened mere days ago and already they’re creating a buzz with their huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Right now they’re selling boxes of bright red sweet peppers for $4.99 each, and green clementines (their top seller) are $1.99 per pound. Those who like to create their own brine can buy raw olives, and the proprietors tell us that they’ll have mangosteen fruit in stock soon too. 1742 Bank Street, K1V 7Y6 

▪️The Beechwood and Elgin Street outdoor street markets have now closed for the season, but shopping with their vendors is still very much a go online. You can order your weekly egg order, buy some jewellery, or plan a nice evening in with a ready made meal. 

▪️Ottawa has a new steakhouseHarmon’s, led by Chef Michael Korn, formerly a senior saucier at Beckta

▪️Bar Lupulus has been voted one of Canada's top 100 outdoor patios by the users of OpenTable (The List)

▪️Beandigen Café has been selected by Ottawa Sports & Entertainment for the pop-up shop programme at Landsdowne Park. The Café will feature Indigenous artists, Indigenous-designed merchandise, coffee and food.


Made in Canada Christmas Gift Ideas

Socks made in Quebec by Bas de Laine et mot coquin are cozy, colourful, and machine washable. Made of non-itchy lambswool and nylon, the makers say they’ll keep your feet warm and dry. $30 per pair. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Cloudy. High of 22°, low of 15°

Number:  0. The number of 12 foot skeletons available for sale in Ottawa before Hallowe’en. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day:  Ayushi Dave, Ritesh Kotak, and Ryan Mosoff . The three University of Ottawa law students have created jusTech, a free website for small businesses to deal with breaches of their data. [Law Times] [jusTech]

Quote: ‘Lots of projects around the city are developed with more than one proponent, and it's not always a fifty-fifty split –Mayor Jim Watson on news that the Tewin project lands, billed as an act of reconciliation, are only one third owned by the Algonquins of Ontario. [CBC

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


593,020? 3069,804 ? 12
? Eligible people with one dose87.1% 
? Eligible people with second dose82.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


417,188?261511,429 ? 19
? Eligible people with one dose89.7%
? Eligible people with second dose85.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

601 ?3

? Eligible people with one dose

824,289 (89%)
? Eligible people with second dose781,027 (85%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,063?137222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 591,979

As of October 13, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 86.4%
? Eligible people with second dose82.5%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5539?6116 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose164,476 (89.9%)
? Eligible people with second dose154,938 (84.7%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Yesterday morning, Quebec health workers were told that that must be vaccinated for COVID-19 by tomorrow or be suspended, later in the afternoon, they were told that they have an extra month to get the jab. [CBC]

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▪️Ottawa to appoint the City's auditor general to investigate the troubles of the O-Train. In a contentious meeting, several councillors preferred a judge-led judicial review but, eventually, a tied-vote, broken by Mayor Jim Watson, approved the investgation being done in house, without benefit of sworn testimony. Auditor general investigations are not public nor can the investigate the Mayor or councillors. [CBC]

+ Related If the O-Train is running in December, council says that the fares will be free

+ Related A gearbox that came loose and dragged along the tracks caused the September O-Train derailment, says City

+ Related The return-to-service date of the Confederation Line should be known within a few days

▪️Massive buildings with flat roofs, vast surface parking lots, and little to no greenery can be 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the city. The City has created a heat map that shows where heat is being trapped, and the few places where it can be tolerable. [CBC] [The Map]

▪️A temporary road test centre is opening at Hunt Club Centre next Monday. Located at 3310 McCarthy Road, the centre will be open seven days per week and is intended to help deal with the hughe backlog of road tests created by the pandemic. [Stittsville Central]

+ Related The road test centre in Renfrew is cutting its hours in half

▪️Ottawa Tourism has launched a new job board for people looking for work in the tourism industry. [Tourism Job Board]

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