Friday, January 28, 2022

The Ottawan



From longer days to Super Bowl Sunday and National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, there’s a lot to look forward to in February. 

▪️Meatings has put together the super-est of Super Bowl packages for home enjoyment: a crown rack of smoked ribs stuffed with mac and cheese and pulled pork, accompanied by jumbo wings and tater tots. Built for four people, it’s available for order by February 9th. Pick up on February 12th or Super Bowl Sunday between 3:30pm and 7:30pm. $100. Bulk out your package with sides, snacks, and beer. 

▪️Craft Beer Market is giving away a $50 Gift Card for Super Bowl takeout snacks. 

▪️In our fundraisng lineup yesterday we missed the Ottawa University Heart Institute, which has declared February to be Heart Month. All month they’ll be raising awareness and funds for heart health research with events like “Light the Town Red”, when some of Ottawa’s businesses will light their buildings in crimson; Wonderland Escape Room at Escape Manor in Hintonburg; and the Hunt for Hearts family scavenger hunt.

▪️Local artist Alison Fowler’s annual Wall of H’arts continues once again in 2022, in support of the Ottawa University Heart Institute. The artist creates over 200 4x4 heart canvases for sale in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, and she will also be holding an auction for more coveted pieces. 

▪️Ice Cream for Breakfast Day returns Saturday February 5th. The Merry Dairy opened online orders today (Friday January 28th), but you might have a tough time deciding. Their Ice Cream for Breakfast categories include “Tea, Coffee or Hot Cocoa,” “Cereal, Toast, or Sugary Treats,” and “Perfect when melting on top of a piping hot waffle.” They all sound amazing. 

▪️Baccanalle is opening today (Friday January 28th) instead of the usual Saturday, in light of potential traffic disruptions. Trade in your usual Fish Friday for a Creole Fish Dinner (from $18) or maybe try something new like Signature Jerk Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles ($17). 

January sales

There are massive savings to be had in Schwiing Apparel’s Liquidation D’Hiver. We found the Long Sleeve Sweater Easy Going in Amber for $26 (down from $89), and for serious Zoom meetings, The Essential long sleeved shirt for $20.70 (formerly $69). 

Those Truckers

You've heard all about the Freedom Convoy decending upon Ottawa this weekend. Protests on Parliament Hill are generally beyond our remit but this is diffent. It involves local traffic and shopping.

▪️Once again, Ottawa Police ask people to avoid downtown as the traffic may be snarled and transit disrupted.

▪️Many downtown business are closing over the weekend.

▪️The House of Common's Sergeant-at-Arms has warned all MPs that convoy members have tried to get their home addresses, and to be wary.

▪️The Gurdwara Sahib will close their doors over the weekend because of rumours that they were going to allow the convoy members to sleep there.

▪️Meanwhile, some think it's going to be ‘Harvest Time’ for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to gather information on Canada's radicals.

OR the whole thing could be a damp squib and no different from every other protest on Parliament Hill.

We'll see you Monday– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -14°, low of -28°. An extreme cold warning has been issued for tonight.

Number: 108. The number of cannabis stores in Ottawa. Forty more are planned. Ottawa has 36 LCBO stores. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  Helen Hirsh Spence. The former Ottawa Carleton District School Board executive and former head of Elmwood School has launched Top Sixty Over Sixty, which advocates for hiring people over the age of sixty. [CTV] [Top 60 over Sixty]

Quote: ‘Because I’m born and raised in Canada, in another country, I see some of the things about Iceland with different eyes. I can identify some of the areas that really are special or unique, and yet also can be used elsewhere as inspiration’ – Eliza Reid, who is married to the President of Iceland, about her new book, Secrets of the Sprakkar.  [Toronto Star]

Sports: NHL Carolina Hurricans 3 – Ottawa Senators 2, last night

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,535? -110607? 8
1,021,436? 5,33711,298?68
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.3% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)82.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,091? -62228? -7
853,120?3,60013,113 ?48
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.5%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
110? -115? -2
cases changedeaths

687 ?6

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

907,573 (91%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)846,723 (85%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)506,464 (60%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
79? 18?0
32,746?120260 ?4

As of January 25, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.3%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
active caseschangedeaths
-? -164 ?3
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)179,594 (87.5%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)166,977 (81.4%)
? Eligible people with three doses (5+)92,688 (53%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  



⭕ The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says that immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11 be given a third booster shot. [CBC]

⭕ SEIU Healthcare and CUPE's Ontario Council of Hospital Unions want the Province to stop allowing workers with COVID-19 to work in hospitals. The current policy allows workers near the end of their incubation period to work with patients who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. [CBC

⭕ We mentioned the other day the New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Trudeau was self-isolationg because he came in contact with a civil servant who had tested positive for COVID-19. It was actually one of his kids who had tested positive, not a civil servant. It's not reported how the kid is doing but the PM is fine. [CityNews

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▪️City’s Planning Committee approves demolition of five low-rent apartment buildings. Théberge Homes plans to raze the buildings at the curve of Riverside Drive in Lowertown and construct a 25 storey building. Some of the current flats rent at $800 per month. In return for evicting the tenants, the developer agreed to pay their moving costs and to pay the difference in rent in a new apartment for one year. [CBC

▪️The Planning Committee also approved a two-year extension to a pay parking lot behind Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. The Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall demolished two heritage buildings in 2005, and has since run its public parking lot on a temporary basis. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Alta Vista ward councillor Jean Cloutier will not run again for his seat in October’s election. Cloutier has represented Alta Vista since 2014. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Urbsite looks at the works of early 1900s architect Walter Herbert George. One of his known buildings is the Imperial Theatre on Bank Street. [Urbsite

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