Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Ottawa Police Services chief Peter Sloly resigned today. Deputy Chief Steve Bell is the acting chief, but a search will be started for a replacement.

At today's Police Board meeting, it was confirmed that right now there are 100 Trucker protestors and 360 vehicles. As a comparison, during the Vancouver hockey riots, 938 Vancouver police officers quelled a riot of 150,000 people.

Despite the lack of control over the Police Service, the Police Board is continuing to plan on limiting public questioning of the board and whomever is chief at Police Board meetings and push detractors into formal roundtables.

The staging areas are still operating, despite a State of Emergency from the City, Province, and Country. Buzzfeed walked in and took some photos.

Also, the City was granted their injunction against unlawful fires, discharging fireworks, causing noise, blocking and damaging highways, and idling vehicles yesterday. None of these are new powers, and the CIty could have enforced them at any time. They are not being enforced today, with the injunction.

Yesterday, we mentioned that the crowdfunding site for the Trucker protest was hacked an the names released. More than half of the donations came from Canadians, most of the rest from the US.

One of those donors was the owner of Stella Luna Gelato, who donated $250 to the Trucker protest. Now that it is public, she says that she regrets it.

So, say hi to the new boss, same as the old boss.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -8°, low of -18°. 

Number: 18 feet. The height of Waldo the Snowman in Elmvale Acres built to encourage donations to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Canadian Pacific is matching all donations up to $20,000. [CTV] [Donations]

Ottawan of the Day:  Rosaline Hill. The award-winning architect is Ottawa's Designer of the Year for her skills in creating positive infills in urban neighbourhoods. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘"All we can do as realtors is work with what the market gives us and right now, for any listing to stay more than 30 days is a rarity’ – Pat Scott, president of the Renfrew County Real Estate Board, on the crazy house prices being received in the Ottawa Valley.  [CityNews]

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▪️Keep yesterday’s loving vibes going at Casa Mexico, where the Valentine’s Day menus will be available until February 18th. Menu 1 includes Salad or Tostada, Tortilla Soup or Tamal, four tacos or enchiladas, and mini churros for $35. Menu 2 offers guacamole or Pico De Gallo and chips, three tacos or quesabirrias, and mini churros for $30. Call 613-695-7899 or visit 1491 Merivale Road, Ottawa. 

▪️Taco Tuesday at Sí Señor means $4.00 tacos (rising to $4.50 for shrimp, barbacoa, and birria). If you need a bigger meal, the Taco Combo includes three tacos, guac and chips, churro, and a drink for $20.50. 506 Rideau Street, Ottawa. 

▪️Looking for a fresh take on tacos? Eldorado’s Fun-Guy taco includes yam chips, pickled onions, salsa verde, and mushrooms ($5). Or go for Baja Fish, with corn-battered Haddock, slaw, pickled jalapeños, Habanero cream, and cilantro ($7), or a classic Old Eldorado ($6) with seasoned ground beef, mozzarella, lime, Pico de Gallo, and shredded lettuce. 170 Preston Street, Ottawa. 

▪️Tuesday isn’t always about the tacos. Tonight at Corner Bar & Grill in Orléans, the takeout star of the dinner table is the Chicken Parmesan Family Dinner. The meal includes enough Fettuncine Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, and Caesar Salad for four people to enjoy at home, for $40. 1779 Tenth Line road, Orléans. 


This is a sale worth waiting for. Select winter hats, toques, and loop scarves are 50% off at Olena Zylak. Somehow managing to be both delicately beautiful and winter-warm, these knits come in a range of colours and feature details like buttons and cuffs, and of course they're made in Canada. 


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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,550?181384? -10
1,076,078?1,59312,120 ? 19
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.8% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)84.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,052? -43132? -4
902,246?1,97313,766 ? 56
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)85.8%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
23? -61? -3
cases changedeaths

737 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

911,635 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)865,807 (87%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)529,737 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


Outaouais Health has not updated their information for today. This information is a repeat from yesterday.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
54? -85? -2
35,568?66283 ? 2

As of February 15, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.6%

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
15? -34? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -185 ? 11

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ People in Gatineau will no longer need to show a vaccine passport after March 14. The passport will be dropped after tomorrow at liquor and cannabis stores and after February 21, the passport will be dropped at places of worship and funerals. The mask mandate will remain. [CBC]

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▪️Gatineau police say someone is conducting a series of Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji scams. The person makes a deal online to buy an electronic good, and when the parties meet up the scammer hands over an envelope full of paper, or in one case, pepper sprayed the seller. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️A developer wants to build a five storey, 51 rental apartment building on the former Gow's Restaurant in Bells CornersThe developer is asking for a zoning exemption as it wants to provide fewer parking spaces than units, citing the nearby bus stops. The restaurant itself has been closed for a while. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️The Kitchissippi Museum has published another detailed history. This time it is of Hilson Avenue Public School. [Kitchissippi Museum]

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