News, restaurants, events – discover what's happening in your city every weekday morning


Latest Ottawa jobs

▪️Engagement Manager

The consumer insight specialists require an Engagement Manager to develop client relationships. Preferred: one to two years of account management or sales experience, and you should be comfortable with large data sets.

▪️Fundraising and Marketing Assistant
Carefor Health & Community Services (9 month contract) 

This support role provides coordination and marketing assistance to the marketing, communications, and fundraising team. Typical tasks: updating websites, databases and social media accounts, and coordinating volunteers.

▪️Dean’s Office Coordinator
University of Ottawa

This bilingual role requires five years’ experience providing administrative support in a large organization. Must have knowledge and experience applying and interpreting regulations, policies, and collective agreements.

Salary range: $70,347 - $88,861

▪️Bilingual Graphic Designer
Morneau Shepell

Responsible for content management, creation of sales and communications materials and collateral for the HR services company. Print and digital projects.

▪️Program Officer
Canada Council for the Arts (Five positions)

You’ll need experience in client and stakeholder relations and project management for this role, which manages the delivery of grants or funds to artists or arts groups.

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Periods of light snow. High of -2° Wharton Willy says that he did not see his shadow earlier this morning, which means an early spring.

Number: 55. The number of organisations that made the 2021 National Capital Region’s Top Employers list. Only eight were companies, the rest are levels of government, government agencies, post secondary institutions, and not-for-profits. [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day: City Fidelia. The artist and rapper is the new programme director of CHUO, the independent radio station at the University of Ottawa.  [Shifter]

Quote: “I consider real estate developers to be people of great value, visionaries, builders and dreamers who choose to put their money here to develop the community” –  France Bélisle who has announced her candidacy for mayor of Gatineau. Bélisle is the former head of Tourisme Outaouais.  [Le Droit]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

341,900 doses have been administered in Ontario (83% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 257.6 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 13,358 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 422 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5846 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 153 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2508 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 36 since yesterday, and 55 deaths, three new reports.

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.

⭕ The Federal Government has signed a deal with Montréal-based Novavax to buy its made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine. It will be at least two months before Health Canada could approve it. [Toronto Star]

⭕ The International Trade Minister says she has been assured by the European Union that it won't block vaccines made in European facilities destined for Canada under new export controls. What this means is unclear: does it mean that export controls won't apply to Canada? Or that after the EU has received the allotment it expects, manufacturers will be free to ship to Canada? [Huffington Post]

⭕ A group of residents and staff are suing the Barrie long-term care home  over COVID-19 in a $50 milllion lawsuit. They claim gross negligence cost 60 lives and led to an outbreak of the UK variant.  [Huffington Post]

⭕ The first case of the South African variant in Ontario has been found in the Peel Region [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The Chinese government has lodged a complaint against Canada after Canadian embassy staff made t-shirts parodying the logo of the band Wu-Tang Clan by changing it to Wuhan. The Wu-Tang Clan logo is a stylised ‘W’ but if you look at it in a certain way it can look like a bat. Canada says it was made for embassy staff returning from Wuhan last year. [The Guardian]


 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]

Shop The Ottawan

We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos. 

Printed in Canada.



And don’t forget: you can also buy official ottawan t-shirts


▪️Apartment 613 is conducting their annual Ottawa Sex Survey. Incredibly, they have been doing it for ten years. (That's what she said.) Results will be released on Valentine’s Day and there is a $100 gift certificate from Venus Envy for one lucky man, woman, or neighbourhood swinger club. [Apartment 613]

▪️Thank you! Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Mathieu Fleury opposes the proposed design for the Château Laurier and asks why the extention can't mimic the rest of the hotel. Fleury points out that another Fairmont Hotel, the Empress, in Victoria, had an addition made with the same material and style. [Le Droit]

+ Related Don't forget to tell the City what you think of the proposed extention

▪️In a peer reviewed study that found one-third of sex-workers in Canada were afraid to call the police, Ottawa came out the worst. The study's lead, Dr. Anna-Louise Crago of the University of Ottawa, found sex workers in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Surrey, and Sudbury were afraid to call 911 not because police would harass them but that associated people like clients, managers, and security would be arrested. Ottawa sex workers were the most reluctant to call police. [Victoria Times Colonist] [The Study]

▪️The full 7.8 km Rideau Canal Skateway is open this morning. Still, it should only be used by those who live nearby. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The firm that prints the bank notes has bought an online raffle company. Westboro’s Canadian Bank Note paid $10 million for Bump Worldwide, which provides raffle software for the charities associated with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the San Francisco 49ers. [Ottawa Business Journal]


📆 Want to read our newsletter archive? Click here.

🎁 Historic Ottawa Logo T-Shirts

🌐 Maps: Ottawa-Gatineau Craft Brewery MapBlack-owned Restaurants Map 

🎖️ The Best Of Ottawa Awards 2020 

🗨️ Is there something that we should know? Email [email protected] We read every single comment.

⏭️ Did you enjoy this edition of the ottawan? Spread the love and forward it to a friend.