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The City has been putting off housing and homeless issues for months now, resulting in today's super meeting – a joint session of the Finance and Economic Development Committee and the Community and Protective Services Committee

In today's meeting, they will attemp to resolve how to house homeless people and families at risk for the next 10 years.

Once that's solved, there are 24 families who are being housed in what has been argued as substandard housing in the fancifully-named Tabor Luxury Apartments, where the City is paying rent of around $2,600 per month each.

You can watch the debates live on the City's YouTube channel.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 60 per cent periods of snow. High of -5° 

Number: 23.1%. The per centage of respondents in Apartment 613’s 10th annual Sex Survey who believe Centretown is Ottawa’s sexiest neighbourhood. It gets more graphic from there. [The Big O-Town sex survey (pandemic edition)

Ottawan of the Day: Charlotte Smith. The Carleton University master’s student in Sociology will receive the Personal Leader for Mental Health award at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s 2021 Inspiration Awards. [Carleton University

Quote: Instead of changing existing neighbourhoods, intensification strategies must instead look at those commercial/industrial sites where land uses are, or soon may be, obsolete. This includes old shopping malls, retail strips, motels and gas stations, as well as air rights over new LRT lines and even movie theatres if that industry doesn’t recover from the pandemic.” – John Clark, Ottawa real estate appraiser, who says that it better to build on useless land rather than raze old houses. [Real Estate News Exchange]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 5 – Calgary Flames 1 last night. The Sens visit Montréal tonight.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

704,695 doses have been administered in Ontario (78% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 103.7 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


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Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

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There have been 14,770 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 65 since yesterday, and 440 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6341 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 36 since yesterday, and 160 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2804 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 28 since yesterday, and 67 deaths, no 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 Ottawa booking system is now up for people who qualify for the next round of vaccines. Do you quailfy? Conveniently, there is a screener that determines whether you are eligible or not. [CBC] [Screener]

⭕ The United States won't be loaning a cup of vaccine to their neighbour. US policy limits vaccines produced in the States to remain in the States. [CBC]

⭕ The long-term care commission has heard testimony that Ontario was slow to react to the pandemic [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ottawa Police Services officers will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines tomorrow [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The most recent test at an Ottawa school, St. Patrick’s High School, found no cases in 1,004 people tested  [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 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]

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▪️ Some City Councillors are against extending closing time for restaurant patios to 2 am. It goes without saying that Ottawa's NIMBYest councillor Rideau-Vanier ward’s Mathieu Fleury is against it but councillor Jeff Leiper, representing Westboro and Wellington West is also opposed. The two say neighbours will complain. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The 2021 Code of Silence Award has been bequeathed upon the Ottawa Police Services by the Canadian Association of Journalists. The award, which had keen competition, recognizes public organizations who violate both the spirit and intent of Freedom of Information legislation. The winning move by Ottawa Police was to charge a grieving family $2,500, the cost of investigating a pedestrian accident, for a report that the police already had. Congrats all around! [Canadian Association of Journalists]

▪️ The National Capital Commission wants your opinion on how it handles forests – by tomorrow. The NCC is resposible for thousands of hectares of trees, from the forests of Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt, to parks in the city. They want to plant more, change the diversity of the trees they do plant, and create a partnership with people to plant trees. [National Capital Commission


▪️ Flex Media Photo needs to fill two roles. The Administrative Assistant is a permanently remote position, and you’ll handle admin tasks such as invoicing, inbox management, and scheduling shoot appointments. 

The 3D Scanner is required on a part time/casual contract and if you have a photography or multimedia background this might be of interest. The position requires travel to residential locations and working quickly and efficiently. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Flex Media Photo will train the right candidate. 

To obtain more information on either position email [email protected]

▪️ The Ottawa office of EVOQ, a Canadian architecture firm with specialisms in heritage conservation, Inuit and First Nations architecture, and contemporary residential and commercial buildings, is searching for an Intermediate Architect with at least six years’ work-related experience.

▪️ The National Arts Centre requires a bilingual Executive Director of Audience Engagement to direct the growth of the NAC audiences via marketing, consumer PR, and advertising and promotions. The successful candidate will be a skilled relationship builder and will be extremely comfortable interpreting data to develop and execute strategies.

▪️ Trattoria Caffe Italia is searching for a Line Cook to work the cold line and the hot line. Apply through Indeed or Facebook or drop off your resumé in person at 254 Preston Street. 

▪️ The Hintonburg Public House requires a new chef to lead and inspire the team responsible for the HPH Home Heat & Serve menu, takeout, and dining in, as well as the outdoor dining on the patio starting in April. Send your resumé to Summer at [email protected] Please do not drop off resumés in person.


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