Monday, January 31, 2022

The Ottawan



More than a few Ottawa businesses have been and continue to be affected by road closures. Bricks and mortar store locations that closed over the weekend on recommendation from Ottawa Police Services have remained closed today. All LCBO shops downtown are closed as well. You can help mitigate lost sales by shopping online, donating, or leaving positive reviews. 

▪️On a good day, Highjinx, the neighbourhood social enterprise/vintage shop provides warm meals, paperwork-less assistance, and donated furniture to those who need it. They can’t open today due to road closures. Let Highjinx know they’re loved by signing up to volunteer your time, planning to donate gently used items, shopping for cool vintage stuff, or even giving money. 

▪️As homes continue to sell for unattainable sums, Ottawa’s homelessness crisis continues. Throughout the pandemic Shepherds of Good Hope Ottawa branch has continued to provide help and essential services to the homeless people of this city. You can help by supporting the shelter with a financial donation.

▪️Pot and Pantry 613 carries trendy and classic homewares including many locally made items. They took delivery of some sweet aprons and oven mitts last week. 

▪️Beaded Dreams Native Arts & Crafts carries gifts, face masks, books and journals, dreamcatchers, blankets, and craft supplies so you can make your own treasures.

▪️Education-oriented sex shop and bookstore Venus Envy carries books, toys, stationery, and more, with the goal of delivering quality products and information to all. 

▪️The sale continues at Stroked Ego, where you’ll find discounts of up to 70% off winter items. Plus, you’ll get 25% off regularly priced items in the Valentine’s Day sale, by using the code “LOVESE,” but only until February 14th. 

▪️Find seriously glamorous, Canadian made couture fashion and accessories at Justine Studio

▪️There are deals and steals aplenty at the BBxCollection online shop. T-shirts and festive wear, midi dresses and pullovers, romper and tote bags are all on sale.

▪️If we’ve missed your business, please contact us hello@TheOttawan and we’ll spread the word via social media.

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Sunny with cloudy periods. High of -7°, low of -15°. 

Number: $5 million. The cost borne by the City for Ottawa's fourth-worst snowstorm. [Barrhaven Independent]

Ottawan of the Day:  Scott Day. The former PayPal executive is the new chief people officer at Corel. Maybe he can get my WordPerfect working on our MacBook Air. [Ottawa Business Journal

Quote: ‘We were told that masks were optional for that day, and we were also told that security can't do anything about them’ – Nicholas McCafferty, a produce worker at the Rideau Street Loblaws, over the weekend. (Loblaws denies workers were told that)  [CBC]

Sports: NHL Anaheim Ducks 2 – Ottawa Senators 1, last Saturday

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,983?36583? 4
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.6% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,888? 7223? 10
861,891?2,43113,223 ?23
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.7%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)84.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
89? -2115? 0
cases changedeaths

693 ?2

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

908,412 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)850,918 (86%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)512,358 (61%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
32,880?134263 ?3

As of January 25, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.3%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. No change since Friday.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
active caseschangedeaths
-? -164 ?3
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)179,594 (87.5%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)166,977 (81.4%)
? Eligible people with three doses (5+)92,688 (53%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  



⭕ New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for COVID-19. He had been self-isolating as one of his children had previously tested positive. A second of his three children has subsequently tested positive. The Prime Minister says he is fine, there has been no word on his children. [CBC]

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▪️Here's a must-answer: the City wants to hear your views on nightlife. The survey is about restaurants, bars, arts, and sports from 6pm to 6am. And it's a form, so they are serious. [CTV] ]The Survey]

▪️This one is a little niche, but if you are a pre-professional concert musician, the National Arts Centre Orchestra may have a mentor for you. The mentorships are for three weeks and are one-on-one with a member of the Orchestra. Pre-pro conductors are also welcome to apply. [Apt 613

▪️Mayor Jim Watson wants a mini Super Ex to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a renovated Aberdeen Pavillion. The mini-Super Ex would be an old-timey affair, with carnival arcades and food. The most recent Super Ex was held in 2010. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Department of National Defense building downtown will take four years of renovation before it can be fully occupied. The George R. Pearkes Building is only half-occupied – even by COVID-19 standards – and will stay that way until it can be renovated. The senior defence and military staff currently work from the building. The former Nortel campus on Carling is National Defense's largest workplace but employees reportedly hate it there due to lack of parking and transit. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️An application to build a new residential care home for people from Nunavut has been paused by the City due to neighbour's complaints. Larga Baffin, the proposed 220-room residence in Upper Hunt Club, was paused by the Planning Department after residents had concerns about increased traffic, noise and pollution, and community safety. [Nunatsiaq News 

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