Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Wedneday Food + Drink

▪️Two sisters are selling ‘chai-cuterie’– a charcuterie box filled with vegan and vegetarian Pakistani treats. Kabhi Chai Kabhi Shai is available only from their website.

▪️The Citizen’s Peter Hum wallows in the hedonism of Harmons Steakhouse

▪️Ottawa Lookout, a new newsletter that summarizes the news of the day – welcome to the club, Robert – has a list of the City's best bakeries.  

▪️NarCity Ottawa has a ‘drool worthy’ list of brunch boxes that can be delivered to your door. It's for those who count of french toast, pancakes and avocado toast as three of the four food groups.

▪️The OG craft brewery, Beau's Brewing, is entering a sales and distribution deal with Toronto's Steam Whistle Brewing that will see Steam Whistle take over the Van Kleek warehouse and distribution and the two create a joint sales force. The deal was released at the same time the Beau's announced multple layoffs at the brewery.

▪️Broadhead Brewery is looking for a brewer's assistant, full or part time

▪️Founder of Farm Boy, Jean-Louis Bellemare, talks about the past and future of the Ottawa-based store now that it has turned forty years old.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Chance of snow or rain. High of 1°, low of 0°

Number: $1 million. The proposed one-time funding for the small team at City Hall that works on climate change projects. Councillors asked staff to look into creating an "energy and emissions fund" as climate change has no set budget by the City. [CBC]

Gatinoises of the Day: Mishka Lavigne and Tania Langlais both won Govenor General Literary Awards today. Lavigne won the French language poetry award for Pendant que Perceval tombait. Langlais won the French language drama award for Copeaux. [Governor General Literary Awards]

Quote: ‘Some of these two-stroke motors are some of the biggest pollutants that we have – Rideau-Goulbourn ward councillor Scott Moffatt wants the City to ban small gas-powered tools like leaf blowers and trimmers. The National Capital Commission is banning the use of them by its contractors after April 1, 2023. [Ottawa Citizen]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


608,718? 5129,950 ?12
? Eligible people with one dose88.8% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


436,084?71811,548 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose90.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

610 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

836,935 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated807,057 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,410?6223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 611,625

As of November 9, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


Cases infomation not updated since Friday

5935?6131 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose167,823 (91.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated161,581 (88.3%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Someone who attended Gracie Barra martial arts facility has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials are advising that anyone who was there Tuesday, November 9 between 5 and 6 pm should monitor themselves for symptoms, and if suspected, get tested. [City of Ottawa

⭕ Moderna has officially requested that Health Canada approve its COVID-19 vaccine for six-to-eleven year-olds. Health Canada is already reviewing the Pfizer vaccine use for children. [CBC

⭕ The Public Health Agency of Canada is now stating that COVID-19 is an airborne phenomenon. This has been long known but not clearly articulated by various health agencies. [Ottawa Citizen

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▪️The City knew that the Confederation Line had reliability and maintenance problems before they accepted delivery from the builder. John Manconi, the former head of transportation for the City before he retired last month, exchanged emails with the system builder, complaining that reliability was not where it needed to be and that vehicles require maintenance more than they should. [CBC]

+ Related Bus replacement service has ended now that the Confederation Line has run nearly a week without derailing. OC Transpo says there are very few passengers using the service.

▪️Federal employees who lost money because of the Phoenix payroll system can apply for compensation. Those who endured financial costs, mental anguish or other personal impacts of over $1,500 are eligible. The Phoenix system was supposed to streamline civil servants payroll but instead underpaid or didn't pay many people or overpaid people, resulting in tax issues. Some issues went on for years.  [CBC] [Compenstation for employees]

▪️The Ottawa Riverkeeper wants to move into the cool old boathouse in Rockcliffe. The boathouse is owned by the National Capital Commission and has long been the home to the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club but is now in renovations to allow two more tenants. Ottawa Riverkeeper says it will do better work if it is located on the river rather than an office building in Centretown. The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club has been operating out of shipping containers nearby during the renovations. [Capital Current]

▪️Carleton University says that most classes in the winter session will be online. Some students are upset because they had to move to Ottawa for the autumn sessions but now will be studying online in an expensive city. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Carleton District School Board is again allowing community access to high school gyms. Fully vaccinated only. [Ottawa Citizen]

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