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  Monday, January 10, 2022

The Ottawan


Since sometime in the last century, January is the traditional launch of “cruise” collections, created by retailers for those who travel by big boat or airplane to a resort each winter. If you belong to this consumer segment, the following is for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for fresh swimwear to wear at the cottage or public swimming pool in the summer of 2022, the following is... also for you. 

▪️The bold fuschia, floral, black, and white palette of Montreal brand SHAN’s 2022 resort collection means you’ll always stand out in a crowd. From teeny bikinis to longer lycra shorts, all swimwear tastes are accomodated. This collection lies at the high end of the price spectrum, so be prepared to pay handsomely for the gorgeous pieces. $150 - $685.

▪️Florals, mauve, black feature prominently in the latest collection from Selfish Swimwear, also based in Montreal. $80-$120.

▪️The entire collection of Nettle’s Tale swimwear is modelled by real women with a wide variety of body shapes, just to prove how great the pieces look on non-supermodels. Many pieces are priced well under $100, and the entire collection is definitely worth a look. 

▪️Ottawa’s Coast Beachwear is made for both the water sports enthusiast as well as the fella who loves to lounge and read. It’s a small collection of small briefs, but the makers list among its benefits “look taller, quick dry, full tan.” $78. 

It’s January. Time to get stuff done. 

▪️Take your creations to the people. You’ve spent much of the last 20 months sequestered in your bedroom studio, crafting things that make your heart sing. Maybe it’s time your creative skills evolved into a side hustle. Ottawa Markets is now taking vendor applications for the ByWard, Parkdale, and York Street markets. Sell your crafts, soap, baking, and other homemade things directly to the people.

▪️Visit a gallery. It’s the final few weeks of the Andrew Morrow exhibition at Studio Sixty SIxcomprising both large- and small-scale paintings of (mostly) solitary figures living through the isolation of our times. “His current practice exists at the intersection of relationality and art, motivated by a desire for connection, community, and wellness” - Studio Sixty Six. Until January 29, 2022. Suite 101, 858 Bank Street. 

▪️Hike a trail. The fresh air will invigorate you, we promise. Visit @adventurereportfor a ranked list of Ottawa area trails (easy to challenging).

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -10°, low of -26°

Number: 2 minutes. The time that it would have taken to get to a hospital if not for other ideas by a baby that was born roadside this morning. [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Gobind Singh. Singh is a project manager with the Ottawa chapter of Khalsa Aid, which is equipping international students with winter coats. While students from afar may be aware of Ottawa's winters, some really don't know the reality until they get here. [CBC] [Donate]

Quote: ‘My wish for New Year is a kinder, gentler and more collaborative Twitterverse for everyone in the city’ – Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper’s response on this collection of City Councillor's New Year's resolutions. [CityNews]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,467? -4438? 26
853,270? 35,02710,378?63
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)87.8% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,554? 421248? 19
749,886?37,52811,966 ?93
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)89.6%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.9%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
cases changedeaths

636 ?5

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

895,588 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)824,575 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
27,490?1192224 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 733,723

As of January 4, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.8%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
10,079?253135 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)177,724 (86.4%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)164,855 (80.4%)
? Eligible people with booster shot59,956

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Quebec has seen a surge of first vaccinations now that visiting the government liquor or cannabis stores will require proof of vaccination [CTV]

⭕ COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available to new groups today:  Individuals aged 60 and older; teachers, education workers and childcare workers; healthcare workers; and pregnant women. Clinics are open at EY Centre, Minto Sports Complex, and Nepean Sportsplex. [City of Ottawa]

⭕ Truckers crossing the border from the United States will need to show proof of vaccination as of Saturday. A trucking association believes this will force 16,000 drivers off the road, the Federal government does not believe it will result in any disruption.  [CBC]

⭕ No City employee has been fired for not vaccinating against COVID-19. Employees who have refused to vaccinate have been using up vacation days or taking leave without pay. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The Queen Elizabeth Driveway will again open to pedestrians and cyclists on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am – 5 pm. The National Capital Commission will close the road starting next weekend between Somerset Street West in Centretown and Fifth Avenue in the Glebe. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The NCC is looking to bring back concessions along the Rideau Canal skateway. Rentals and concessions had been shut due to COVID-19 safety measures but the NCC is considering how to re-open safely.

▪️Local mom-and-pop business Shopify drops to second place as Canada's most valuable publicly traded company. The Royal Bank of Canada now takes top spot, with a a market capitalization of $197 billion, ahead of Shopify’s $190 billion.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Former inmate of Ottawa jail is suing after drone incident. Last September, a drone landed in the central yard of the Ottawa Jail, suspected to be carrying drugs. The ex-inmate says the guards response was physical abuse and humiliation at gunpoint. The ex-inmate is an American who was in jail awaiting a hearing for smuggling his own registered gun across the border. He maintains that it was an accident and he did not intend to drive into Canada. [Ottawa Citizen]

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