Things are surely coming to a head now.
Vaccine Hunters Canada sent out a Tweet at around 6 am this morning notifying followers that the College Square Loblaws would start taking take walk ins beginning at 8 am.
By 8 am, the line was around the block, hundreds of people waiting for only 100 doses of AstraZeneca.
Many if not most people over 40 have registered at multiple pharmacies – but haven't heard anything back. Besides the waste of duplication, people are feeling lost.
Ottawa Public Health, it's time to take control of this.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ☀️ Clearing. High of 11, low of -1°
Number: 6. The number of birdhouses left for sale as a fundraiser for the Save Our Firehall campaign in Old Ottawa South. The fundraiser has so far raised $715. [OSCAR] [Facebook Fundraiser]
+Related The above story is completely different Birdhouse-centric fundraiser, the Birdhouse Blowout, which has successfully auctioned off all their fine feathered homes
Ottawans of the Day: Albert Dumont. The Anishinaabe elder has been named as Ottawa’s English-language poet laureate. Editor Gilles Latour has been named as Ottawa’s French-language poet laureate. The City will celebrate the appointment of the poets laureate on April 28. [Artsfile]
Quote: “We loved the energy — a smallish city that had its own rhythm, different from other big generic cities. It felt unique” – New Ottawa resident Andrew Glancy who moved here from the UK. Glancy and his partner have created website for newcomers, Living In Ottawa. [Ottawa Magazine]
Sports: Vancouver Canucks 4 – Ottawa Senators 2, Saturday. The two teams meet again tomorrow.
? 4,527,368 doses have been administered in Ontario
At this rate, it will take 13.2 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each
Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)
? Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
? Public Health Reports:
⭕ Vaccine doses sent to Canada and Mexico were made the the same US plant that had to discard millions of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vials. AstraZeneca says the doses delivered are safe. The plant itself remains closed. [NY Times]
⭕ The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for 30 year-olds and older if the benefits outweigh the risks. [CBC]
⭕ The above stories on AstraZeneca are somewhat moot, though. Pharamacies are are low on supply and don't know when more is coming. [CBC]
⭕ Newfoundland is sending health care workers to help out Ontario's COVID wave. [CBC]
? 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
▪️ The City is pondering giving smaller businesses a break on property taxes. Under new powers granted by the Province, the City would give a 10 per cent tax break for business that own property under 15,000 square feet. The difference would be made up by increasing the tax on larger businesses. [CBC]
▪️ Congratulations to the Barrhaven Independent newspaper, which did well in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Competition Friday. The Indy took home first place for Best Feature story on editor Jeff Morris’ fight with bone marrow cancer. [Issuu], first place for Best Arts and Entertainment with a feature on country singer Brett Kissel [Issuu] , and a first place graphic design award for Best In-House Promotion. [Barrhaven Independent]
+ Related The Community Voice Stittsville won the silver for best community newspaper in Ontario for its circulation class
▪️ The Ottawa Catholic School Board says that it had not acted on previous complaints about arrested teacher. A girls' basketball coach at St. Matthew in Orléans was arrested last week accused of sexual assault against girls under 14 years-old. The Board says it will investigate how it handled the prior complaints from parents and students. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Disney is closing all of its retail shops in Canada, which includes the one at Rideau Centre [Retail Insider]
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