A 20 year-old woman was seriously injured on Elgin Street last week. She was a cyclist, her assailant was a pick-up truck.
Elgin Street was closed for the past year on a $36 million dollar refurbishment, designed to slow traffic and create bike lanes. But when it opened — the bike lanes were simply painted on the pavement and the slower speeds were only in small patches.
As Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney said on Twitter, “This is exactly what was predicted would happen when this section of Elgin was reconstructed. This City doesn’t build safe streets for vulnerable users unless forced to. Usually following a death or critical injury. Furious.”
Ottawa is not taking cyclists seriously. From refusing to remove parking unless nearby businesses request it, to its network of paint, the City looks at cyclists as an annoyance, not transport.
But what to do? For you: let your councillor know that bicycles are a priority. Get involved with Bike Ottawa, the regions cycling advocate.
For us, this is just the beginning. We're new, but safe cycling throughout Ottawa and Gatineau is one of the top issues we'll be covering over the next year.
🚴♀️ We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren
Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 32°
⭕ There have been 2043 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of seven since yesterday, and 260 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.
⭕ Families that wish to visit long-term care homes must be tested for COVID-19 first. [CBC]
⭕ Everybody is getting in on the new contact tracing app promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The system, devised by Apple and Google, is being developed by the Canadian Digital Service and the Ontario Digital Service with help from Shopify. It will undergo a security review by BlackBerry. They've been at this so long, we're shocked Nortel and Ogilvy's aren't involved as well. We have no idea how Corel missed out. [CBC]
+ Realted How Contact Tracing Apps Work (A cartoon)
⭕ The risk of contracting COVID-19 on transit may be much lower than expected. [Toronto Star]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze sued for defamation
▪️Renovations to the House of Commons actually suggest that MPs sit closer together than they do now
▪️Gatineau Park is open for camping
🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News
Alice, Atelier, and Riviera make it to Canada's Top 100 Restaurants list. Sparks Street’s Riviera is #26. Atelier on Rochester Street is #32. Alice in Little Italy squeaks in at #94. 103 judges were polled on their best dining experiences in 2019. Toronto’s Alo is ranked as #1. [CTV] [The List]
Café Latte Cino in Orleans is offering DIY donut decorating kits, containing four donuts, three icings, and five toppings. Extra donuts can be procured for a price. Buy it for Dad, the kids, or yourself. Call (613) 824-2466 after 10am, to order. [Café Latte Cino]
Ericsson has a posting for a very experienced Administrative Assistant, who will support the Product Development Unit Head.The position will be in contact with teams across the globe, and requires a high level of organization and integrity. [Ericsson]
The Canadian Armed Forces require a non-commissioned, entry level Naval Communicator for, among other duties, radio communication control systems, satellite, tactical voice and visual communications, and cryptographic and satellite equipment in support of high speed data and imagery exchanges. The successful applicant will be given the Basic Military Qualification or Basic Training. [Canadian Forces]
Cyber security specialists SonicWall is searching for a Marketing Communications Manager, based in Ottawa. The role will directly support the Field Marketing team, and some of the position’s duties include creating and distributing internal and partner newsletters, working with global teams to align marketing communications, and updating the partner portal. [SonicWall]
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