The Fifth Estate exposé on the culture of sexism within the Ottawa Police Service is devastating.
In the past three years, 14 women, both sworn officers and civilian employees, have reported being sexually abused or harassed by Ottawa police officers.
If you only read one thing today, read this: Exposed: Sexism within Ottawa police.
Police Chief Peter Sloly promises that things will change. But things will not change without pressure from the public. Read it,
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of 2°
Number: 1,180,000. The number of new shares being issued by mom and pop business Shopify. The company says it's to fund acquisitions, presumably other mom and pop businesses. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawan of the Day: Mike Blouin. A digital copy of Blouin’s novel, Skin House, will included in the payload of the Peregrine Lunar Lander Mission. [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: “It’s a dirty kind of sneaky way of getting a project approved, that otherwise would have been rejected based on the city’s own criteria” – Chief Lance Haymond of the Kebaowek First Nation, speaking for nine federally recognized Algonquin First Nations in Quebec, on considering litagation to stop the Algonquins of Ontario and the City of Ottawa proceeding with the a new subsurb in rural Ottawa [Global]
? Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)
569,455 doses have been administered in Ontario (83% of the doses available)
? At this rate, it would take 138.9 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario.
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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
There have been 14,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 55 since yesterday, and 437 deaths, one new report.
Outaouais Public Health dashboard
There have been 6169 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 30 since yesterday, and 158 deaths, no new reports.
Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard
There have been 2713 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 12 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.
⭕ Largest number of vaccine doses to arrive this week, good for 640,000 shots. [Huffington Post]
⭕ The Province will leave it up to each of the 34 health units to determine who gets included in the expanded round of vaccinations. Plans must be approved by the Province first. [CBC]
+ Related All Ottawa paramedics have received their first shot and 500 fire fighters have received theirs
+ Related 80 years-old and over Quebecers are next in line, probably next week
⭕ The AstraZeneca vaccine is in the final stages of being approved by Health Canada. While the two approved vaccines are similar in manufacture, the AstraZeneca modifies a Chimpanzee virus to work. [Toronto Star]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Rideau Canal will close at 10pm today due to warmer weather. The National Capital Commission is closing it unless and until it cools down again. [CBC]
▪️The homeless man from Arnprior who built his own ‘bunkie’ in Carp is required to move. The property where he built his tiny house, with permission, has been sold and the new owners want him gone. Thanks to Facebook, three locations have been offered. [CTV]
▪️City staff are recommending that restaurant patios be allowed to remain open to 2 am. It's hard to tell at the moment as very few people want to sit on a patio right now but currently restaurants can keep their patios open until 1am. The Transportation Committee will discuss the proposal on March 3 [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will discuss adding an Indigenous trustee to the board. The idea is that a Indigenous trustee would help the board have an Indigenous perspective for students and educators. Questions to be answered would be: who will choose the representative and would they be intended to represent the Algonquin perspective, or of all First Nations and Inuit students. If the Board approves the idea, it would need authority from the Province to act. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Ottawa Police says security footage photo shows a young man with a mask and a replica gun. Seven young Black men were handcuffed and searched in the parking lot of St Laurent mall in December, leading to accusation of racial harassment. The men said that they were waiting for a videographer as they were making a music video, which was to feature a replica gun. The men were subsequently released. Police Chief Peter Sloly showed yesterday's Police Board meeting a photo of from the mall's security camera, which showed a man holding a gun and wearing a mask while inside a car, resulting in mall security calling 911.
+ Related Ottawa Police has mandated officers can not add unapproved patches to their uniforms, including the infamous 'thin blue line' decal.
▪️Get ready for April Break: The CIty of Ottawa has a series of in-person day camps for kids aged six to 14. There is a range of topics to suit kids who like STEM subjects (including robotics using LEGO), dance, animation, and visual arts. Registration takes place on Thursday March 4 at 9:00pm.
▪️Everest Restoration is holding a job fair on Thursday February 25 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The company has been operating for over 30 years on residential, historical, and commercial projects.
Book an appointment if you’re looking for general labourer or skilled labourer work. 613-232-0022 ext 1770 or 0, [email protected]
▪️LDC Precision Concrete is hiring a heavy equipment mechanic. This person will regularly service the company’s fleet of backhoes, curb machine, try-axles, trailers, flatbeds, and pick up trucks, perform emergency repairs, and inspect, diagnose, and repair vehicles. Email resumé to [email protected]
▪️The Glebe’s brand new cannabis retailer The Good requires part time budtenders at least 19 yeas old, who hold valid CannSell certification.
▪️Wavy, the cannabis shop opening soon at 2084 Montréal Road, is hiring team members aged 19 and older with CannSell certification. The ideal candidate is a team player who is focused on creating a great customer experience. Send your resumé to [email protected].
▪️Magpie Jewellery needs a full-time team member, preferably with retail experience, social media skills, and Shopify platform knowledge. Send resumés to [email protected]
▪️Lowe’s and RONA stores are looking to fill 300 jobs in the Ottawa area (including Smith's Fall's and Carleton Place)
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