Yikes, Ottawa, yikes.
Yesterday, we broke the record of new COVID-19 cases with 370 new reports.
The previous record? 325 cases. The day before, on Saturday.
In Aylmer, 400 people crowded the marina. In Kempville, the South Branch Bistro had a 'maskless party' to protest COVID-19 rules. (It's unclear if the party continued after the restaurant had its liquor licence pulled.)
Now is not the time to let our stir-craziness free and prolong this thing. Stay home. Vaccines are being rolled out. We'll get through this.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: 🌤️ Increasing cloudiness. High of 19°, low of 9°
Number: 2. The rank of Tobi Lütke on the list of Canada's wealthiest people. The CEO of local mom and pop business Shopify has a net worth of US$10.6 billion, up from US $3 billion last year. Globe and Mail owner David Thomson is still Canada's richest. [Ottawa Business Journal]
Ottawans of the Day: The Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance. The Alliance has opened a ‘bike bank’, giving a refurbished bike to anyone who needs one. They are always looking for old bikes to refurbish. [CBC] [Ottawa Valley Cycling]
Quote: “People before would have just sucked it up, and now they’re saying, ‘No more.’ ” – Carleton University management professor Linda Duxbury on why leaders of toxic workplaces in Ottawa – the Governor General, Ottawa’s deputy police chief, councillor Rick Chiarelli, the chief executive at the Canadian Museum of History, etc – are coming to light. [Ottawa Citizen]
Sports: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 – Ottawa Senators 5, last Saturday. The Sens meet Winnipeg tonight.
💉 3,044,949 doses have been administered in Ontario
At this rate, it will take 18.8 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each
🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
📋 Public Health Reports:
⭕ Quebec health care staffers working in intensive care units, COVID-19 clinics, long-term care, pulminary, and some others will now need to show a proof of vaccination [CBC]
⭕ Eighty more pharmacies have been approved to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine. Being approved doesn't mean that they have doses available, unfortunately. Most pharmacies have waitlists. [CBC] [Pharmacy Booking System]
⭕ View the percentage of people in your neighbourhood who have been vaccinated. Warning: missing some areas. [CBC]
⭕ An OC Transpo driver has tested positive for COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ A staffer at Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre on Riverside Drive has tested positive for COVID-19 [CTV]
🍁 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
▪️ That video of Ottawa Police Officers proffering amazement at multi-racial couples existing has campaigners deeming it proof that funds should be moved away from police and into social services. As for one of the officers involved, he said “I’m embarrassed by the way it has been painted, but I’m not embarrassed by what I said.” [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Re-developer of Manor Park rental community says that no tenant will be left without an affordable home. The plan is to replace 650 townhomes with 4,061 apartments. Another developer doing a similar reconstruction in Heron Gate has not guaranteed homes for those they renovict. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Chris Bickford, the final host of You Can't Do That on Television, says the CFL should not play second fiddle to the NFL. We don't have much to add but anytime there is a chance to mention Ottawa’s only international television hit, we'll take it. [Ottawa Sun]
▪️ PAL Airlines is launching new flights between Fredericton and Ottawa. The micro airline with its Dash 8s will service the two cities three times per week beginning August 2. [CBC]
▪️ City owned parking lots at ByWard Market and at City Hall are free for the first 30 minutes. The freebies are to support curbside pickups in the areas, where stopping on the street in front of businesses is particularly difficult. Stay past the 30 minutes, however, and you pay for the whole thing. [CTV]
▪️How two Ottawa millennials spend their combined $160,000. This one is really annoying because they seem pretty down-to-earth, making it much harder to snark on them. [Globe & Mail]
▪️Then there is this poor guy: How is a person with 20 rental properties weathering COVID-19? Oh, boo hoo. [Globe & Mail]
Properties under $300,000
Perfect for the first timer, the down sizer, and the “this may be the only property I’ll ever be able to afford”-er, these Ottawa properties are listed at under $300K.