Friday, April 29, 2022

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There are two interesting things going on this weekend that we neglected to mention previously, plus the Motorcycle guys.

Reader Lynn wrote this to us yesterday: ‘Hey we stumbled upon the Poutine Festival at City Hall. Maybe I missed news about it but the vendor said they were not getting much coverage due to the weekend protest plans ...‘

To say we were horrified is an understatement: we had no idea.

The Ottawa Poutine Festival started yesterday and runs until Sunday at City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue K1P 1J1) 11 am to 10 pm today, to 9 pm tomorrow, and to 6 pm Sunday. This should not be a hard sell to our readers.

Tomorrow is also Canadian Independent Bookstore Day. The only Ottawa bookstores officially taking part are World of Maps and Perfect Books but you can support Octopus BooksBooks on BeechwoodLe Coin de LivreLibrairie du SoleilBlack Squirrel BooksBarely Bruised Book ClubSinging Pebble, and Comet Comics on an unauthorized basis. 

Researching this, we found that a new bookshop is opening in Westboro this summer: watch out for The Spaniel’s Tale. They don't have a location yet but are hoping for Richmond Road.

Lastly, we, of course, have the Motorcycle guys-who-will-be-upset-that-that-will-have-to-go-on foot rally all weekend long. 

The City has created a no-traffic zone. To wit:


Weirdly, City Hall is juuuust outside the no-traffic zone, so we can only assume some municipal mapmaker doesn't like taking the bus.

Additionally, the City did not include some residential areas that were harassed by the Trucker siege but we're sure that won't be a regretful oversight. 

We'll see you Monday, when we find out if the Motorcycle rally was a damp squib or we have to write irked updates every day for a month once again – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 14°, low of -3°. 

Number: 9%. The per centage of people who are homeless that sleep on the streets of Ottawa rather than in temporary shelters. This is up 5 per cent from the previous year. The 2021 Enumeration of People Experiencing Homelessness report found 1,341 people in Ottawa have no homes. [CTV

Ottawans of the Day: Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann. The two have been jointly awarded Female Athlete of the Year. Both are long-track speed skaters. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: ‘It was a long road. I definitely underestimated it’ – New Ottawa Titansoutfielder Tyler Duncan, who drove from his home on Vancouver Island to join the team. On the way, he was stuck in a Saskatchewan snowstorm for two days and blew out his front tires two hours outside Ottawa. This happened this week. [Ottawa Sun]

Sports: NHL Florida Panthers 4 – Ottawa Senators 0, last night

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,679? 18209? 7
1,255,338? 2,76012,792 ? 20
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)93% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,290? -3681? -4
1,041,075? 1,64914,977 ? 26
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)99.9%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.3%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
40? 45? 2
cases changedeaths
71,382? 127777 ? 0
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)915,737 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)879,628 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)572,200 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
92? -46? 0
38,925? 54304  ? 3

As of April 28, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 88.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.2%

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
10? -43? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -226 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ 1,300 members of the Canadian Armed Forces requested exemptions from COVID-19 vaccinations. 980 of them had their requests denied. [Ottawa Sun]

⭕ Moderna will open a plant in Montréal which will produce its COVID-19 vaccines as well as other mRNA pharmaceuticals it has planned. [Global]

+ Related Moderna has applied to Health Canada to approve its COVID-19 vaccine for kids under six

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▪️The City’s Planning Committee declares part of the Carlington neighbourhood a ‘cultural heritage character area’ but not a ‘heritage district’. 400 prefabricated Cape Cod-style houses were built by Wartime Housing Limited to help alleviate a housing shortage in the late 40s. If the area was designated a heritage district, the homes would be protected from redevelopment unless explicit permission was gained. A cultural heritage character area has no legal meaning and doesn't change any re-development rules. City Council will need to approve the decision at an upcoming meeting but if they don't, nothing at all will be different. [CBC]

▪️IKEA is selling the shopping centre that it resides in. Pinecrest Mall has been owned by IKEA since 1993 but the Swedish giant wants to get out of the property management business. Ottawa's only IKEA won't be selling the land that the store actually resides upon and will remain where it is. A property expert says that running the centre was probably more trouble than it was worth for the worldwide chain. [Ottawa Business Journal

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