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Monday, March 28, 2022

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Small business news

▪️It may be snowing today but like the crocus and the tulip, food trucks will appear with the warmer weather. Big D’s Dog House and Poutine truck will open for the 2022 season on April 1st at 1280 Stittsville Main Street. On the menu: Poutine, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and more.

▪️Thanks to a 3-alarm fire in their building last night, Venus Envy is closed while damage is assessed. We’re relieved that no one was seriously hurt. The warehouse is fine, and online orders are of course welcomed. Also, Happy 21st Birthday Venus Envy! 

▪️A more devastating fire ravaged the barn at Hernder Estate
 in Niagara on Saturday night. There were four minor injuries, and the fire destroyed the stalls and wares of more than 30 makers that were set up inside the barn for Day 2 of the Mom Market Collective event. The Mom Market Collective has set up a Go Fund Me page to help the makers recover from the loss of their livelihoods. Donations of any size are welcome.

▪️The Modern Monstera is offering an extensive selection of virtual plant courses in April and May, each designed to arm you with care and style tips for your green friends. Learn about pest management, basic plant care, styling, propagation, and repotting from the comfort of your armchair. All courses are $25 each, and include time for questions at the end. 

Deal of the day

This is your chance to buy select When Studio greeting cards from 25% to 40% off the regular price. The sale items include everyday greetings of brilliantly coloured fruit as well as some Christmas greetings. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30% chance of flurries. High of -8°, low of -10°. 

Number: $370,714.82. The highest salary paid by the City of Ottawa, in this case to City Manager Steve Kanellakos. Chief Medical Officer Dr Vera Etches was paid $326,602.69. Mayor Jim Watson’s got $188,996.08. The info comes from the Province's Sunshine List, which publishes the salaries of all public employees in Ontario paid more than $100,000. [Ottawa Citizen] [Sunshine List <-- It wasn't working when we sent out the newsletter but it will probably work later on]

Ottawan of the Day (in absentia): Pascal Harvey. The urban planner says his Innu descent informs how he creates socially responsible land planning. [Globe & Mail]

Quote: ‘We are here to [let them know] that our promises are real, and we've respected our promises’ – Gwen Madiba of Equal Chance, part of the Ottawa-based “Global Black Coalition”, which has helped 1,300 Black students escape Ukraine. [CBC] [Donate]

Sports: NHL Florida Panthers 4 – Ottawa Senators 3, last Saturday

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
655? 102158

? 1

1,155,046? 1,74112,405 ? 3
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.6% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose48.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,115? 2753? -3
959,212? 1,61414,325 ? 1
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.6%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.1%
? All people in Quebec with third dose50%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
10? 00? 0
cases changedeaths

762? 2

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

914,500 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)876,951 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)563,182 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
8? 02? 0
36,268? 159291 ? 0

As of March 25, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 88.4%
? 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
4? -20? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -211 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ COVID-19 indicators in Ottawa's wastewater has reached the same as the peak Omicron level. [CBC]

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▪️Ottawa Police detective who opposed COVID-19 mandates suspended for checking if parents were vaccinated in child death cases. Detective Helen Grus, who was on the child abuse investigation squad, is alleged to have viewed files of cases on which she was not the investigation officer and then, allegedly, contacting the coroner's office for parents' vaccine status. Grus was one of the 10 Ottawa Police Service officers suspended without pay for being unvaccinated. [CBC]

▪️Residents were upset over the Ottawa Police Tweet that said ‘Counter-protests are hindering the safe flow of traffic and putting public safety at risk’ while they escorted another Trucker convoy downtown Saturday. 300 vehicles, almost all from Quebéc, took part. [CTV] [Police Tweet]

▪️Campaigning housing organization ACORN is appealing the City's decision to destroy hundreds of low-rent housing at HerongateHundreds of renters have been evicted from Herongate so far as the owners redevelop the old but affordable apartments into units that will rent for $2725 per month. ACORN is appealing the City's approval to the Ontario Land Tribunal, which has the power to overturn municipal decisions. [Capital Current]

▪️Flixbus has entered the Ottawa – Toronto coach business. The well-known German bus operator will run one trip each way per day, starting April 7. [CTV] [Flixbus]

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