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 Monday, November 29, 2021

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Two cases of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, have been found in Canada. Both of them were in Ottawa.

 We don't know much about it yet: is it easier to transmit than the other ones? Don't know. Is it more dangerous than the others? We don't know that either, yet.

In response, Canada has stopped flights from southern Africa countries, as the variant was first identified by scientists in South Africa, although that doesn't mean that the variant arose from there.

The vaccine makers have taken up the challenge. Moderna says that it will have a vaccine ready by early 2022. Pfizer says their vaccine will be ready in 100 days.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of -2°, low of -9°

Number: 220. The number of participants in Don’t Kick Chairs 2, a competitive tournament of Super Smash Bros. video game players. The rumble occured at The Collab Space in Nepean. [Capital Current]

Ottawan of the Day: Andrew Moodie. The actor stars in the first, live performance of a play – that's right, isn't it? – since the arts world shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s co-production, Daisy, is about the first political TV ad, run during the 1964 US election between Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican senator Barry Goldwater. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘It's tough, the problem with it is the unpredictability. You don't know what you're going to have week to week – Home inspector Mike White, who agrees that his colleagues in the business are suffering financially. Because of the  frenzy in Ottawa, home buyers are purchasing houses without having them inspected, rather than lose out to the next person. [CBC]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Anaheim Ducks 4, last Friday; Ottawa Senators 2 – Los Angeles Kings 4, last Saturday 

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


617,803? 26069,997 ?6
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)82.9% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)79.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


444,585?103711,571 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)84.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.9%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

618 ?0

NOTE: Ottawa Public Health is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

848,906 (85%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)813,273 (81%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,557?42223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 620,716

As of November 19, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 87.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)84.9%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


NOTE: Eastern Ontario Health Unit is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

6036?10131 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)168,456 (82.1%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)162,750 (79.4%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ More than 8,000 Ottawa kids have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. [CBC]

⭕ A person who took a rideshare from Montréal’s Trudeau International Airport to Barrhaven may have come in contact with COVID-19. The person took the ride Tuesday, November 24 at approximately 8:30 pm, arriving at approximately 10:30 pm. Ottawa Public Health would like this person to self isolate and to call them. [City of Ottawa]

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▪️Kanata golf club wins appeal over City, intends to build condos on green space. Thirty years ago, an agreement was made between the former City of Kanata and the Kanata Golf and Country Club to, among other things, keep 40 per cent green space and give the City right of first refusal if the golf course sells out. The City of Ottawa – having absorbed Kanata – had won in court previously, preventing Cluiblink from building 1,480 new units. The appeals court says that previous readings of the agreement preventing construction were wrong. [CBC]

▪️The City and the Federal Government have symbolically begun building the Chief William Commanda Bridge pathway. The pathway between Ottawa and Gatineau over the old railway bridge is scheduled to open next Autumn. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Barrhaven Legion is exploiting the housing madness to fund their new clubhouse. The Legion has bought two pre-build condos. When they are finished in early 2023, they'll be sold at whatever sky high rate the market has determined. [Barrhaven Independent

▪️The Ottawa Police Service is collecting hygiene products for ‘Project Refill”, to be given to women living in local shelters. Previously called the ‘Purse Project’, the Service is collecting sanitary and hygiene products like pads, tampons, soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo. Donations can dropped off at the Stiitsville police station, 211 Huntmar Drive 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, until December 12. Hygiene items for men will also be accepted. [Stittsville Cental]

+Unrelated Don't confuse the Ottawa Police in Stittsville with these guys.

▪️Those four electric buses we wrote about last week aren't entirely emission-free. The heaters are OC Tranpo's new buses are diesel powered, as running electric ones during an Ottawa winter would kill the battery much faster than driving the 300 km limit. [Ottawa Citizen]

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