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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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The Official Plan

Last night, a special joint meeting of the planning committee and the agricultural and rural affairs committee approved the Ottawa Official Plan.

This is the first official plan created since Ottawa amalgamated with all sorts of rural areas and oddball independent jurisdictions in 2001. 

The plan is about one thing: development, smoothing the way for approving more towers in urban areas and more sprawl in rural areas. 

It's not done yet but the full council will vote on it next week. 

Read the Official Plan for yourself here. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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It's time to make your nominations for the Second Annual Ottawan Best Of Ottawa Awards as voted by the public

We launched the Best of Ottawa Awards this time last year as a pandemic local business booster and it was tons of fun. So we're doing it again.


We've listed a bunch of categories from best tacos to best City Councillor to best patio. Your job is to make the nominations, which we'll do until this Sunday October 24th at 11:59pm.

From the nominations we'll take the top five* and put them to the vote of the public.

The winners and the runners-up get a frameable certificate (you may have seen last year's at businesses around town). 

As for you, complete the nominations and we'll draw a name for a $100 Gift Card to use at an Ottawa business.

We're broad-minded about what counts as an Ottawa business: we define it as a business located anywhere in the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais, including, of course, the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. For chains, their headquarters must be here.

Click Here For The Nomination Round

Feel free to pass around the link, and on social media, please use #BestOfOttawa2021

Last year we found that some categories just did not have five good nominees, other categories were too close to cut down. So we'll be somewhat flexible on this.


Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 16°, low of 7°

Number: 4. Where Ottawa lies on Orkin Canada’s annual list of the top 25 rattiest cities in Ontario – the cities where the company had the most rat removals. Ottawa was #12 last year, so, congratulations? Toronto is number one. [Daily Hive]

Honorary Ottawan of the Day:  David Merpaw. The Cornwall endurance athlete is running 100 km today from Ottawa's Terry Fox memorial to Terry Fox Park in his hometown. Merpaw is raising money for Cornwall Comfort Quilts, volunteers who make and donate free lap quilts for cancer patients. [County Weekly] [Cornwall Comfort Quilts]

Quote: ‘Fill jar every night. Drink freely when thirsty and upon arising and retiring. Average eight or more glasses – Sean Campbell of the Diefenbunker Museum of Cold War History, reading off the instructions of a 1912 ceramic pot, called a Revigator, recently found in their collection. The Revignator, advertised as a healthful product, emits a full year’s worth of the acceptable dose of radiation in just one hour. It will be passed on to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, which collects radioactive objects manufactured prior to the 1960s.  [Atlas Obscura

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


595,235? 3739,815 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose87.5% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


420,129?41011,449 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose89.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

602 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

826,780 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated77,531 (85%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,167?52222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 595,819

As of October 13, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 86.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated82.5%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


? Eligible people with one dose165,126 (90.2%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated156,360 (85.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Check it out – 90 per cent of people eligible for their first dose of COVID19 vaccine have been vaccinated! In Ottawa-Carleton District School Board schools, 92.6 per cent of staff are fully immunized and it's 93.7 per cent in Ottawa Catholic School Board schools. Those who live sort of south East of Ottawa in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit have been 90 per cent of first dose since last week.

⭕ Pfizer has officially requested that Health Canada approved their COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages of 5 to 11. The dose would have about one-third the potency of the regular jab. [CityNews]

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▪️The Confederation Line could return in a limited capacity in early November, says City Manager. Steve Kanellakos has written to the City Councillors that seven trains plus a spare could be running  in early November if the trains maintainers, Rideau Transit Group, complete their vehicle inspections. The system normally runs with 15 trains. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa’s landfill will be full within 15 years unless something is done. The City plans to deal with it by encouraging recycling and, more likely, diverting trash to private garbage dumps and averting our eyes. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Councillor wants Ministry to investigate Gatineau's landfill, re the sludge that is leaking from it into a stream

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