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Friday, November 5, 2021

The Ottawan


Ottawa Weekend

Don't forget clocks go back on November 7th, giving us the gift of one hour's extra sleep. Before you turn in on Saturday night, set back any analogue clocks and watches by one hour. Oh, who are we kidding: The only clock any of us use anymore is on our phones and highly paid tech wizards in Silicon Valley will use their years of study in computer science to turn it back for us. They could change it to Newfoundland time and none of us would notice we're always half an hour off.

▪️On Sunday, Square Lemon’s new space is the setting for the Illusive Artworks Mindfulness Painting Workshop. Designed to help participants overcome perfectionism and the tendency toward comparison, the workshop utilizes meditation and creative techniques. Tickets are $48.76 + tax (virtual tickets also available). 

▪️A Period Piece by the Spicy Day theatre company opens TACTICS' Mainstage season tonight. The play began life as a Fringe Fest fan fave and has been developed into an upgraded show about periods, using sketch comedy and personal stories. 

▪️Sample the Paper Tiger Noodle Bar menu at their Dominion City Brewing pop up today, while supplies last. Expect brisket, miso ramen, veggie fried dumplings, and other delicious bites. 

▪️Yesterday Supply and Demand announced that bar seats are back, so we can now sidle up once again and spend some time sipping and watching the action. 1335 Wellington Street. Book your spot at the bar via Resy. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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The competition this year is KEEN. There are so many more nominated businesses this year than in 2020, and the choices themselves are so much harder. The nomination round created a much broader and deeper bench of deserving local businesses that are craving your vote. 

We don't envy your work this year.

But it's work that you must do.


On social media, please pass around the link and use #BestOfOttawa2021. Poll is open until 23:59 November 14.


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 6°, low of -1°

Number: $10,000,000. The amount that the Federal Government wants to avoid paying the City of Ottawa yearly under new property tax rules. The Federal Government voluntarily makes payments in lieu of property taxes, since it is otherwise exempt. But after a reduction in business taxes by the Province, the Feds want to pay calculate their shadow taxes under the new rates. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Corey Ellis and Alida Burke. The two have invented a hydroponic system called The Growcer which makes it easy for organizations to grow fresh vegatables for their cafeterias. Their company just won $150,000 at this year’s SheBoot pitchfest, an event to promote female-led start-ups. [Ottawa Business Journal] [The Growcer]

Quote: ‘These students talked about how their classmates had been bullied and what they were doing to try to fight homophobia. I think they were surprised that they wrote to me and then four months later I arrive in their school – Mayor Jim Watson discussing how he received letters of congratulations from students in the Netherlands after CNN ran a story about Watson publicly coming out as gay. Months later, on an economic mission to the Netherlands, Watson dropped into the school. [Algonquin Times]

Sports: NHL Vegas Golden Knights 5 – Ottawa Senators 1, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


602,087? 5639,896 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.4% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.8%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


428,631?57111,511 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose90.6%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86.9%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

604 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

834,179 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated801,749 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,282?9223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 606,058

As of November 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5851?7127 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose167,122 (91.3%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated160,016 (87.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Ottawa Public Health has opened four clinics, open seven days per week, for third doses of COVID 19 vaccinations for those who had their jabs more than six months ago. The clinics will be at the University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex, JH Putman School, Eva James Memorial Centre, and Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA. Registration is required. [City of Ottawa]

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▪️Someone stole 19 rabbits from a Barrhaven home, put them in a dog kennel, and dropped them off at the Ottawa Humane Society parking lot. The bunnies' owner thinks that someone thought that the rabbits were in distress at the house but unfortunately, the rescue ended up killing one. [CBC]

▪️University of Ottawa committee supports academic freedom for professor who used N word in a discussion on words reclaimed by a community. The professor of art and gender had students walk out and call for her dismissal after the discussion last Autumn. The committee reviewing the issue said its members are "against the exclusion of words, works or ideas in the context of respectful academic presentations and discussions". [Globe & Mail] [Committee Report]

▪️The Transportation Safety Board says the Confederation Line car derailed because of loose bolts missed by maintenance staff. After the summer derailment of an empty train, this car was one of the nine pulled back into the shop for refusrbishment. The Safety Board found that a crew of the maintenance firm, Alstom, went off shift before fixing bolts on a gearbox, with the incoming crew not aware that the work had not been done. The gearbox falling off the car is what has been blamed for the derailment. [CTV]

+ Related Read the letter from the Transporation Safety Board courtesy of Councillor Jeff Leiper

▪️The City is discussing creating a Night Mayor. Used successfully in other cities, a Night Mayor is a person who advocates for the night life in a city, supporting after hours food, music, art, and culture businesses. [Ottawa Citizen]

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