Monday, November 8, 2021

The Ottawan


Flags across the City are flying at half-mast today in recognition of Indigenous Veterans Day. The flags were fully raised yesterday after flying half-mast since May 30 following the discovery of 200 unmarked graves at a former residential school in BC. 

The flag policy changed after the Assembly of First Nations called on the Federal Government to raise them, so they may be lowered for today's memorial and for Thursday's Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Further, Parliament is making space to fly the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation’s Survivors Flag.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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The competition this year is KEEN. There are so many more nominated businesses this year than in 2020, and the choices themselves are so much harder. The nomination round created a much broader and deeper bench of deserving local businesses that are craving your vote. 

We don't envy your work this year.

But it's work that you must do.


On social media, please pass around the link and use #BestOfOttawa2021. Poll is open until 23:59 November 14.


Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 13°, low of 4°

Number: $4.00. The amount that Gatineau STO charges for a single trip cash transit fare, the highest in Canada. At $3.65, the amount that OC Transpo charges for a single cash trip is the fourth highest fare in Canada. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Matthew Arnone. The Atlético Ottawa made the equalizing goal against Halifax yesterday – then was given a yellow card and sent off for ‘excessive celebrating’. [Ottawa Sun] [Video]

Quote: ‘It’s like somebody served Doug Ford a bad meal – John Borsten, owner or part-owner of the downtown eateries Zak’s Diner, the Grand Pizzeria, Metropolitain Brasserie and Apothecary, who thinks the Province raising the minimum wage for servers who make tips to $15 per hour is ‘outlandish.’ [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Tampa Bay Lightning 5 – Ottawa Senators 3, last Saturday CFL Toronto Argonauts 23 – Ottawa Senators 20, last Saturday CPL Halifax Wanderers 1 – Atlético Ottawa 1, yesterday.

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Monday


603,321? 12349,898 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose88.4% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


428,631?57111,511 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose90.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

605 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

834,179 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated801,749 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,294?12223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 606,058

As of November 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5851?7127 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose167,122 (91.3%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated160,016 (87.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ As of 12 am this morning, the US border has reopened to fully-vaccinated Canadians, who may cross for any valid reason, including tourism. US border staff may require vaccination proof. Coming home is a different story – everyone needs to show a molecular test taken within 72 hours of return travel. Also starting today, all air travellers must show proof of full vaccination. [CBC]

⭕ Fifty-three staff members of the Ottawa–Carleton School Board have been put on leave for refusing to vaccinate against COVID-19. The board employs 11,923 people. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Annie Pootoogook Park is officialy open. The Sandy Hill park has been renamed in honour of the Inuit artist who was a prominent resident of the neighbourhood. Pootoogook drowned in the Ottawa River in 2016 at age 47. [CBC]

▪️France Bélisle is the new mayor of Gatineau after Saturday's election, the first woman to hold the job. Bélisle says that Gatineau needs to work closer with the City of Ottawa and hopes to meet with Mayor Jim Watson soon. The election of the former president of Tourisme Outaouais ends eight years of the Action Gatineau party in power. [CBC]

▪️Faulty software is endangering cyclists across Ottawa. The software was trying be more reactive to cyclists at red lights via sensors embedded in the pavement. However, in some cases when a cyclist triggered a green light, then moved off the sensor, the light would go red again, leaving the cyclist in the centre of the crossing and vulnerable to traffic. Thirty-three intersections have the new software. [CBC]

▪️Now that 450 days have passed councillor Rick Chiarelli will get his paycheque back. Chiarelli had his pay suspended as punishment after a devasting City report found that he had harassed staff and job applicants. As of today, his punishment is considered complete. (Chiarelli denies all the allegations) [CBC]

▪️Earlier in the year, we wrote about someone posing as a psychologist to the police using the name of a real health professional. That health professional has now been arrested for lying about posing as himself. Dr. Ron Frey has been charged with public mischief after reporting to the Ottawa police that he had been impersonated. The doctor deniers any wrongdoing. [CBC]

▪️The City is looking for the public's opinion on the e-scooter programme. November 30 will be the end of the second season of e-scooter rentals in Ottawa, a project that is entirely run by private companies. It's a form, so you know the City is serious about feedback. [CTV] [The Survey] [City page about Scooters]

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▪️Rural Retreats

3375 Mustang Street, Navan

3 bed, 3 bath

Year built: 1987

Escape to Navan, where the lots are big and the living is large. This family home has had plenty of updates in recent years and is ready to welcome a new family.


6659 Third Line Road S, Kars

3+1 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 2006

With plenty of running around room on its two acres, this modern home is ready for all of your year round activities. It also packs style, and will be a great entertaining space.


3370 Farmers Way N, Carlsbad Springs

3 bed, 2 bath

The house sits on nearly an acre of land and the property’s out buildings will store the big toys. This house will nurture both an active family and work from home parents.


214 Fairside Private, Carp

1+1 bed, 2 1/2 bath

Year built: 2012

A compact and stylish townhome nestled in an adult living community that also celebrates the benefits of small town living. Walk to get your morning coffee while breathing in the fresh air.


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