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 Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Ottawan


Tuesday Jobs: Poisoned Chalice Edition

Some job descriptions don't mention the extra aggravation involved. We've clarified what's involved for a few new employment ads.

▪️SNC-Lavalin is hiring a Stations Project Manager, responsible for building the individual stations on the new Trillium Line. We're not sure which would be more heartburn inducing: working in Ottawa Transit or working for SNC-Lavalin.

▪️The City of Ottawa is hiring a Transit Communications Officer. $63 - 89,000 per year, and, in this case, Tums is probably a legitimate tax deduction.

▪️The City is also hiring a Councillor's Assistant, Level II. There is no indication to which councillor the lucky candidate would be assigned: one of the fun activist councillors, who are always in the public eye? One of the businesslike ones, who welcome visitors like the Godfather on his daughter’s wedding day? Or will they be assigned to that guy. You know the one we mean.

▪️Reporting Unit Agent for the Ottawa Police Service. This position takes all the non-emergency calls except the job description says, ‘Assess and transfer to Communication Centre life or death emergencies; except in the event of a suicidal callers where immediate assistance is required and risks managed immediately’. $34 per hour for life and death decisionmaking.

▪️CTV National News is looking for a producer for the Ottawa Bureau, where you will simultaneously be a lickspittle for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, a mouthpiece for the Conservatives while all the time be a secret socialist. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of 2°, low of -9°

Number: 1,157.4%. The increased application fee to builders for a complex Temporary Construction Encroachment Permit. The old fee was $68.00, the new fee is $855. [Ottawa Constructions News]

Ottawan of the Day: Peter Stockdale. Stockdale is the founder of Kichi Sibi Trails, a group that is researching and highlighting the original Indigenous routes around Ottawa. [CBC] [Kichi Sibi Trails Facebook] [Here's one trail: Chief Pinesi's Portage between the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers]

Quote: ‘It is a myth that widening roads will help reduce congestion; instead, more people choose to drive as it “induces” demand and fills up the new road space – Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendes! Not Mendes!) in the Citizen. [Ten ways the city of Ottawa's budget needs to change]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


608,206? 4819,938 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose88.7% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


435,366?51711,548 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose90.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

610 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

836,935 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated807,057 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,404?38223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 610,993

As of November 9, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


Cases infomation not updated since Friday

5929?29130 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose167,773 (91.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated161,453 (88.2%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ 96 per cent of City staff are fully vaccinated*, according to a report by the City manager to council, meaning 592 people are not in compliance with the City's everyone-get-vaccinated policy. At OC Transpo, 95 per cent are fully vaccinated*, with 58 people not in compliance. * Includes people who have a legitimate excuse to not be vaccinated. [Bulldog Ottawa PDF

⭕ The next three Ottawa Senators matches have been postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 on the team. Ten players plus a coach have tested positive. The National Hockey League itself made the decision. [CBC

⭕ The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum, Ingenium–Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, and the National Gallery of Canada will all require proof of full vaccination for visitors as of December 1. Children under 12 are exempt. [Ottawa Sun

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▪️The Citizen has an obituary of June Lindsey, who was an unsung discoverer of DNA. Lindsay worked on her PhD in the laboratory of James Watson and Francis Crick at Cambridge University in the 40s and 50s. Her structural work there led to the discovery of the double helix and a Nobel prize for Watson and Crick. (Rosalind Franklin, another scientist at the lab, was also crucial but left out of the DNA story and Nobel prize as well.) Lindsay died earlier this month at age 99. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Transit Riders, Free Transit Ottawa, Horizon Ottawa, and Courage Ottawa jointly request that the transit fare increase be cancelled. The city's Transit Commission will meet tomorrow, where it is expected that transit fares will increase 2.5% to $3.70 for a single trip, more expensive than Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, or Vancouver. [Horizon Ottawa]

+ Related The Transit Commission will also discuss providing free passes to people living in shelters 

+ Related Bus replacement service along the Confederation Line is now running only during peak periods now that the Confederation Line seems stable

▪️The public is being asked their opinion on the proposed designs of the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. Five designs have been shortlisted for the monument, planned to be built on land between Wellington Street and the Ottawa River by 2025. After the survey closes November 28 – and, note, it's a form, so they are taking the public's view seriously – a jury of experts in visual arts, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design, as well as LGBT Purge survivors and other stakeholders will make the final decision. The LGBT Purge was the time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Canadians were systematically forced out of jobs in the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and the federal public service. [CTV] [The Survey with Pictures!]

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