Monday, July 5, 2021
We've made a few changes to your daily newsletter, hopefully you'll find them improvements.
We have been running the Coronovius Update since our first edition on April 1, 2020 and readers have commended us on our sober, unsensationalized take.
More than a year later, the vaccination rate is now a more important metric than the case rate, so our daily update is reflecting that change in priorities.
We are certainly not saying we are nearing the end of the pandemic but Canada’s and Ottawa's intitial tactics are over. And so must ours be.
We've also added some social media buttons on the various blocks. Feel free to Tweet or Facebook the links – the more the word about the ottawan gets around, the happier we are.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ⛅️ Mix of sun and cloud. High of 28°, low of 19°
Number: 44. The number of affordable housing apartments in a new rental building in Zibi, funded by a Federal loan. The building will feature a zero carbon heating system that burns industrial waste and uses the Ottawa river for cooling. [Ottawa Citizen] [Zibi webpage]
Ottawan of the Day: Stacey Fisher. The then-PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa led a team that created a dementia calculator that figures out the risks. The biggest risk is age, so the calculator won't work for anyone under the age of 55. [CBC] [Dementia Calculator]
Quote: “An arbitrary decision for me to be associated with any charity, no matter how wonderful, is problematic. And it's disrespectful to me as an artist, quite frankly” – Thomas Brawn, a classical flute-playing busker. The busker programme has returned to the ByWard Market but the operators now require a QR Code sticker to be displayed next to each performer, which will allow the audience to donate money to a rotating selection of local charities. [CBC]
Sports: CPL Valour FC 2 – Atlético Ottawa 0, last Saturday. Atlético meets Pacific FC Wednesday. CEBL Fraser Valley Bandits 92 – Ottawa BlackJacks 77, last Saturday. The BlackJacks visit the Edmonton Stingers tonight.
All data is as of this morning, changes are compared with Friday
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
⭕ Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can skip the 14 day quarantine as of today when they return from overseas. Travellers must have been jabs with a Health Canada approved vaccine and their proof must be entered in the the ArriveCan app. [CBC] [ArriveCan app]
⭕ Ottawa is seeing the lowest active COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Only one person is in hospital right now. [CityNews]
⭕ Eight people have been admitted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute for myocarditis, an inflamation of the heart muscle, which may be linked to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines [CBC]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The landfill can go another 150 years if you put us in charge, says company. Landaira told the Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management committee that it had a process that, using low temperatures and pressure, to break down rubbish to ash. The Trail Road Landfill is expected to be full in 15 years. [Barrhaven Independent]
▪️A community fridge has been installed outside the Parkdale Food Centre in Hintonburg. The community is invited to take what they need and donate what they can. The Centre will monitor and clean the fridge daily. [CBC]
▪️Local residents fear that the new Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital will be a car nightmare. The Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association wants the parking lots to be underground, instead of an Ottawa Airport-style parkade. They are also concerned that future development will encroach upon the Experimental Farm. [CityNews]
▪️The Mayfair Theatre has done a clean-up and found a bunch more movie posters to sell. In fact, they have dug out over 600 posters. Posters are $10 each, festival posters are $20. [Mayfair Theatre] [List of posters PDF]
▪️Autonomous vehicles have been proposed to shuttle people from the Kanata North Technology Park to transit stations. The Kanata North Business Association has given a plan to the Transportation Committee for an on-demand autonomous shuttle service between Moodie Station and the Technology Park via Carling Avenue. We'll keep you updated as this progresses. [City of Ottawa]
▪️A man driving a SeaDoo is in serious condition after hitting a towline pulling people on tubes. The incident happened yesterday near Strandherd Bridge over the Rideau River. [CTV]
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