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Friday, October 29, 2021

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It's your last chance to be a City councillor through the backdoor

Residents (or property owners) who think that they have what it takes to fill Jenna Sudds shoes in Kanata North have until 4 pm today to apply for her old job.

Now that Sudds is an MP, the City decided to appoint someone in her ward rather than call an election.

That means you, if you are a Canadian citizen, are a resident or own property in Ottawa or are the spouse of someone that owns property in Ottawa, are over 18 and, this is important, haven't committed electoral fraud and been prohibited from office.

Next Friday, City Council will meet, interview all the candidates, and decide on the new councillor for Kanata North. If you are up for it, the details are here.

Events of note

▪️The Rural Root Theatre Company will be performing The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby at the North Wind Centre, Constance Bay starting next weekend. The box office is open now.

▪️Ottawa Artisans is having its last outdoor market of the season on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm at the St-Laurent Shopping Center. Costumes are encouraged and kids will be able to trick or treat from vendor to vendor!

▪️Between Certain Death and a Possible Future, an anthology of personal essays on the persistent impact of the AIDS crisis on queer lives. Join (virtually) for a conversation hosted by anthology editor Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore with anthology contributors Alexander McClelland, Eddie Walker, Kate Doyle Griffiths and Ryan Conrad. November 1, 7:30 pm. Free, but register in advance.

▪️Desire for Proximity: Let’s Play reflects Natalie Bruvels’ wishes, shared in this global moment, to be close, tactile, and pleasure-filled with others. Analogous with the histories of letting loose after catastrophes, her eye-catching, candy-coloured painted canvases dream of future physical proximities between bodies engaged in play. Until November 21 at

▪️We talked about the Hallowe'en Spooktacular map of decorated houses yesterday – here's the map. Creator Jessi Sharp gets in touch to remind us that the map is the result of people emailing to her where the good houses are. So if you see somewhere scarily above and beyond, email photos and videos to [email protected] Sharp also promises a Christmas decoration version.

We'll see you Monday, Trick or treat. – Martha and Darren

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


Weather: ?️ Clearing. High of 11°, low of 6°

Number: 3,203. The number of red light runners caught by the camera at King Edward Avenue at St. Patrick Street (in 2020) and subsequently issued tickets. This is down from 4,739 tickets in 2019. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Bryan Cheng. The 24 year-old cellist won second prize at the Geneva International Music Competition, playing Edward Elgar's ‘Cello Concerto in E Minor’[CBC]

Quote: ‘There's rot in the organization that's going to come to light – Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly on his work to modernize the service and change its culture. Sloly was appointed chief two years ago. [CBC]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesteday


599,259? 4199,865 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose88% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


424,291?47811,490 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose90.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

603 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

830,811 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated795,138 (86%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,248?7223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 600,883

As of October 27, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.2%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.6%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5802?11126 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose166,573 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated158,917 (86.9%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The Mounties say that members who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 will be replaced by reservists [CBC]

⭕ Beginning 3 am tomorrow, Canadians flying from a Canadian airport must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. People with only one dose can show clean results from COVID test until November 29. Unvaccinated foreign nationals can show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test to board a plane leaving Canada. [CBC]

⭕ Federal civil service managers will be given the authority to determine if any of their employees are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption over personal beliefs. Managers cannot determine if the belief is valid but can make the call if the belief is sincerely held by the employee. [CBC]

⭕ City-run pools, rinks, recreation centres, and museums are now open to full capacity. Patrons must show proof of full vaccination and wear masks when not exercising. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related City workers and contractors have been given a two-week extension to become fully vaccinated or be put on unpaid leave. The new date is November 15.

+ Related The Civic Institute of Professional Personnel, the union that represents 2,500 City of Ottawa workers, is appaled that the Ottawa Police Service does not require its members to be vaccinated.

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▪️“Are they treating me like I’m a Taliban? You can write that in the paper. Why are they treating me like this? They’re treating me like I came from Mars. What did I do wrong to these people?” This was the alternate choice for today's Quote of the Day. The speaker, Tony Shahrasebi, is livid that the City has delayed approving a zoning application for his Catherine Street project because Shahrasebi’s Somerset House issues are still open. Somerset House is a partially collapsed building on Somerset and Bank Street that has been left as an eyesore since 2007. In this case, the City thinks that by refusing to consider one project, they can bring the other to the table. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Local mom and pop business Shopify says that growth has returned to normal. The website shopping cart company had seen their revenue nearly double during the first year of the pandemic but it has now dropped to the merely tremendously lucrative. The period July to September this year brought in US $1.1 billion in income.  [Ottawa Citizen]

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