Coming up this week
▪️ The Inaugural Ottawa Black Film Festival launches online this Thursday March 25 and promises to showcase the best in new Black films from here and abroad, to present panel discussions, and to offer opportunities to support underserved Black fimmakers in Ottawa. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, and sister festival to the Montréal Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, and the Halifax Black Film Festival, the Ottawa festival runs until March 28. The all-festival pass is $29.
▪️ Ottawa V Con is the city’s first-ever virtual Comic Con, and the festival promises visits from Dragonball z voice actors, vendors, a board game, Yu-Gi-Oh, and magic tournaments. It’s all happening this weekend, Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets start at $25.95 for the two day general admission.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ☀️ Sunny High of 15°, low of -1°
Number: 2,628. The number of police, fire, and paramedic employees who make over $100,000 per year in Ottawa. 2,230 other employees at City Hall also make over $100,000, led by City Manager Steve Kanellakos and $377,218.61 and Dr Vera Etches at $369,833.98. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawans of the Day: Viral Clean and LiveWorkPlay. How it started: Nepean’s Viral Clean contacted LiveWorkPlay, a non-profit that find work partnerships for people with intellectual disabilities and autism, asking if they needed masks. How it's going: Some LiveWorkPlay clients have found work with Viral Clean. [Ottawan Business Journal]
Quote: “Being in the red zone, it is surprising because you would think that people would be a little bit less aggressive” – Ryan Quinnell, general manager at The Grand in the Byward Market, commenting on the number of people who have come out over the weekend to dine in the pleasant weather. [CBC]
1,521,705 doses have been administered in Ontario (85% of doses available)
👉 At this rate, it will take 36.4 weeks to give one dose to each Ontarian
🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
📋 Public Health Reports
There have been 16,107 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 267 since Friday, and 454 deaths, four new reports.
💉 87,737 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
There have been 6,880 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 154 since Friday, and 170 deaths, two new reports.
💉 27,312 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais
There have been 3062 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 26 since Friday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.
💉 17,143 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.
⭕ COVID-19 cases with the Ottawa Carleton School District has doubled from 60 cases on March 1. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ US trial clears AstraZeneca vaccine of blood clot fears, also finding that it is 79 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 and 100 per cent effective at reducing its effects. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ Line 1 O Train operator 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.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ Someone wrote homophobic slurs on the road in front of Mayor Jim Watson’s West End house over the weekend. City crews removed the paint after it was noticed by a neighbour. Watson came out as gay two years ago. [CTV]
▪️ Ottawa Police ask residents to be on alert for hate crimes against Asian people. After the murder of eight women in Atlanta, Ottawa Police are making the pubilc aware of the rise in hate crimes in Ottawa which rose 60 per cent in 2020 over the previous year. [CBC]
▪️ Residents have been receiving sewer insurance proposals with the City of Ottawa letterhead, confusing many. The service itself is legit: property owners are responsible for the water and sewer lines between their house and the property line, it's a good idea to have them insured. But five years ago, the City gave one company permission to use the City logo on their letters, making many residents believe that the City is adding a surcharge to their water bill. [CBC]
▪️ Restaurants can increase seats to 50 per cent of capacity or 50 people, whichever is the fewer number. While entering the COVID-19 Red Zone allowed restaurants to reintroduce indoor seating, it limited them to 10 per cent capacity. New rules from the province allow red and orange zones to increase seating. [CTV]
▪️ Chinatown’s Cambridge Street Community Public School has only 55 students remaining. School trustee Justine Bell is playing host at a virtual meeting this evening at 6:30 pm about the future of the school. [Ottawa Citizen] [Meeting Facebook]
▪️ Porter Airlines will permanently lay off 20 per cent of its Ottawa staff. Twenty bagage handlers will not return to work after the airline contracts out the job. Porter grounded itself one year ago due to lack of passengers. [Ottawa Business Journal]
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