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Dr Vera Etches has a message for us: keep it together or we're back into the Red ZoneWastewater monitoring hints that we could be facing a third-wave.

That would mean essential shops only, no socially-distanced visits with family, and stay-at-home mandates once again.

Etches reminds us that increased vaccine availability will take months to make a difference – we must continue socially distancing and wearing masks.  

Patience, Ottawa. We’re getting there. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Flurries. High of -9° 

Number: 200%. The increase in value a donation to the Ottawa Humane Society will be today, thanks to an anonymous person who is tripling all contributions. [Ottawa Humane Society

Ottawan of the Day: Jennifer David. The author has launched a monthly podcast about Indigenous literature, Storykeepers, with co-host Waubgeshig Rice. [Quill & Quire] [Storykeepers Podcast

Quote: “I never had vacancies before” – landlord Daniela Mello who says that she used to wait five days between tenants, now it's months. [CTV]

Sports: Calgary Flames 7 – Ottawa Senators 3, last night. The Sens are in  Calgary again Sunday.

+ Related Sens Sickos have a theme song now, set to the tune of the Ying Yang Twins's song Say I Yi Yi


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

784,828 doses have been administered in Ontario (87% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 85.6 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 14,950 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 80 since yesterday, and 442 deaths, one new report.

💉 54,345 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 161 deaths, no new reports.

💉 13,306 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2851 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 68 deaths, no new reports.

💉 9,239 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ People are judging some COVID-19 vaccines as better than others. Just take what's offered, say the experts, it'll be fine. [Huffington Post]

+ Related Ottawa Public Health has adminstered the most vaccines doses in the province

⭕ The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved by Health Canada. Unlike the other vaccines, this vaccine only requires a single dose. [CBC]

⭕ Success means the Indigenous COVID-19 vaccine programme must move into a larger facility at the St-Laurent Complex on Côté St. [CBC]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]

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▪️ Get ready Stittsville, you may be getting a strip mall with a Mr Lube and a Starbucks! Developers want to take the empty lot on Hazeldean Road near Stittsville Main Street and build the mini plaza, which would also feature a car wash and, excitingly, another shop, as-yet-undetermined. [Stittsville Central]

▪️ The City will buy a batch of new electric buses, thanks to new money from the Federal government. City staff will report next week how many can be purchased. The City has is currently waiting for four previously-purchased electric buses. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️ The City wants your opinion on a potential Vacant Unit Tax. It's obviously important because the City has created a form. There are 20,000 empty apartments and houses in Ottawa – says StatsCan – and the theory is taxing landlords for leaving them empty would encourage rentals. They do this in Vancouver and the mayor there thinks it works. [City of Ottawa

▪️ Songs for Murdered Sisters, a film and an album honouring women killed by partners is released today. Commissioned by the National Arts Centre orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera and featuring poetry by Margaret Atwood and vocals by opera singer Joshua Hopkins. In 2015, Hopkins’ sister Natalie was one of three women murdered on the same day by a man with whom all had a previous relationship. [The Guardian] [Songs for Murdered Sisters]



▪️ It’s almost the time of year when the snow is in full melting mode, and little rivulets of cold water running down the sidewalk threaten to dampen your every step. You’ll need a shoe that can withstand the remaining crusty snow as well as the water, but ideally one that's packing style as well. The Ontario shoe by Baffin covers the bases, with its waterproof rubber sole and waterproof leather upper. It’s cozy too, for unexpected cold snaps. $99.99. Made in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

▪️ At the ottawan we love a sporty stripe. The #3396 Men’s Leather Motorcycle Jacket with Sleeve Trim by Bristol Leather is made in Montreal and will look hot whether it’s riding down the open road or lounging at the local pub. It’s got a detachable thermal quilted lining for colder days and nights. $739.

▪️ You’re getting ready to store away your winter outer gear, and your closet is calling for a new spring jacket. The SS Bomber Jacket in Charcoal, by Start With the Basis, is a smooth customer, with its two way YKK closure, water resistant outer shell, and contrasting black collar, cuffs, and hardware. Made to order in Canada. $395.

▪️ Sometimes a wardrobe just needs an injection of new tees. The Hockey Tee from Tuck Shop Trading Co in 100% cotton has some subtle/not subtle Canadiana messaging on the chest and comes in a variety of colours. Unisex sizing. Made in Canada. $38.

▪️ The Evolution T-shirt from PLB is constructed of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester. Made in Canada. $42.


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