Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Ottawan




The City reminds you that there are rules for candidate signs for the upcoming provincial election.

The election must be held by June 2 but we won't know the actual date until the Lieutenant Governor ‘drops the writ’. Once she does, the election will be 28 days from that date. We think what the Lieutenant Governor does is ‘draws up a writ‘ of election but that's just yet another thing on which we're losing the fight.

Signs must be more than 50 centimetres from the sidewalk and more than three metres away from an intersection.

You can place signs on City property with the same rules. In both cases you need to remove them 72 hours after the election is over.

It's also time to make sure that you are registered to vote. You can check or register here. Starting May 4, you can register to vote by mail.

We do have a question for you: what do you want from the the ottawan about the provincial election? We weren't around of the last election, so this is new territory for us. 

How would you like the media to be covering the election? What questions should be asked? 

Email to us at with your comments.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

?️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 14°, low of 2°. 

Number: 320. The number of $494 tickets that have been issued by the Gatineau police to Ontario drivers who have not renewed their licence plate. Like us, you may have thought that since the sticker requirement had been dropped in Ontario, no one needed to do anything. Au contraire! You still need to go online or to Service Ontario and renew your license plate – for $0. The Gatineau police can look up if your plate is renewed – they don't go by the sticker. We read the news every single day and we didn't know this was still required. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Mika Weaver. The Mainstreeter has a nice interview with the owner of Singing Pebble Books, a business that she has run for 30 years. [The Mainstreeter]

Quote: ‘This bylaw officer went a little over the top, to say the least. For whatever reason, he wasn’t charged and he apologized to the police (as part of the pre-charge diversion), but he never apologized to Mr. Ifedi’ – Lawrence Greenspon, lawyer for Obi Ifedi. Ifedi has received a financial settlement from the City after a bylaw officer assaulted him by punching him in the mouth in April 2020, in the early days of physical distancing restrictions. Ifedi was initially charged for COVID bylaw offenses but was not found guilty. The bylaw officer was eventually fired. [Ottawa Magazine]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,730? 275219? 0
1,246,013? 1,82712,750 ? 14
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)92.4% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,409? 6490? 4
1,035,595? 1,67014,906 ? 32
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)98.9%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.3%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
37? 64? 0
cases changedeaths
70,760? 91775 ? 2
? 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
109? 07? 1
38,740? 61300  ? 1

As of April 21, 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
13? 23? 1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -226 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Ottawa Public Health is asking for the return of powers to issue COVID-19 restrictions on a local, case-by-case bases. Under the Reopening Ontario Act, the powers to do so have lapsed. Ottawa Public Health can still make a blanket rules that cover the entirety of Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The production Anastasia at the National Arts Centre, set to open today, has been postponed to late August due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the company. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The organizer of the Rolling Thunder convoy warns there will be a ‘free-for-all’ if the City does not allow their motorcycles downtown. Ottawa Police have created an exclusion zone for traffic this weekend, allowing for people but not their vehicles to gather around the Parliament buildings. Rolling Thunder organizer Neil Sheard made his statement on YouTube. [CTV]

▪️Low-cost airline Swoop flew into Ottawa for the first time yesterday. The WestJet owned carrier has five flights per week to Edmonton and will start service to Winnipeg and Halifax in the coming months. [Ottawa Citizen] [Swoop]

▪️The summer camp and activity guides are now out. These camps are way different from when we were kids: veterinary camp, chef camp, and video game design sound fun. Plus what you'd expect like swimming, sports, and drama. The guide points out that many are inclusive of kids and adults with physical or developmental needs. There are some funds for people on low incomes. [City of Ottawa] [The Guides]

▪️New Ottawa resident David Cohen has a long interview on CBC. The new US ambassador to Canada has a lot to say about Canada – US relations but nothing about his new Rockcliffe residence. [CBC

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