Friday, June 17, 2022

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Helpful, yet not helpful

Yesterday, we asked for your opinions on what to do with our Coronavirus Update now that Ontario and Ottawa are no longer providing daily COVID 19 data.

One-third of you said that you read the Coronavirus Update every day, one-third of you said that you never read it, and one-third said we should run it weekly. 

We're going to find some patio this weekend and give this a think.

If you have anything to add, please email to us at

This weekend 

▪️The virtual Ottawa Indian Film Festival 2022 showcases the best of India’s contemporary independent cinema. Catch the final screenings tonight and tomorrow. 

▪️Whiprsnapr’s Father’s Day Gift Box is six beers and a hat chosen by you, plus a beer mustard or BBQ sauce, all at a discount of 5%. The brewery will complete your gift pack with a free pint glass and a beer can coozie. 

Next week

▪️Get ready for Indigenous Day Celebration in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day next Tuesday June 21st at Mādahòkì Farm. The Celebration Stage will have a full day of free programming, from Inuit throat singing, to hoppy dancing, and performances from Joel Wood, Silla & Rise and Sechile Sedare. The festival is free but you must register in advance.

▪️Nancy Dyson and Dan Rubenstein will be signing copies of their book St. Michael's Residential School: Lament and Legacy on Tuesday June 21st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Chapters, 2401 City Park Drive in Gloucester. The book tells the story of the authors' time in 1970 as caregivers in a residential school, who were dismissed from their positions when they listed their concerns over the treatment of the Indigenous children at the institution. 

▪️On Wednesday (June 22nd), Sunny Drake Productions’ CHILD-ISH web series shot in Toronto playgrounds launches with virtual opportunity to meet the people involved in the production. Book your free ticket for 2:00pm, 7:00pm, or 10:00pm. Co-promoted by Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company. 

Deal of the day

Aurelius has a fantastic last minute gift idea for Father’s Day: Buy One Rub, Dip, or Salt and get another free. Imagine the artistry Dad will display at the BBQ. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ A few showers. High of 26°, low of 10°. 

Number:  15. Where Ottawa lies on a list of the most expensive rental apartments in Canada. Vancouver is #1 at $2,377 monthly for a one bedroom. An average rent in Ottawa is $1,674. At #23, Gatineau is $1,481 per month. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: The Ottawa Citizen. Born in 1845 as the Bytown Packet, the newspaper has been granted the Key to the City. The Citizen is the oldest still-operating business in Ottawa. [City of Ottawa]

Quote: 'I would say I'm pretty self-confident ... but it took me over a month to realize I'm safe now and nobody will bomb me’ – New Ottawa resident Olha Kinash after escaping Ukraine in April. Some advocates are worried about the effect on people with post traumatic stress disorder when the Royal Canadian Air Force does a flyby over the RedBlack’s first home game of the year at Lansdowne tonight. [CBC]

Sports: CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 79 – Guelph Nighthawks 86, last night; Frontier League Ottawa Titans 12 – Trois-Rivieres Aigles 7, last night


This is the last daily Coronavirus Update. We'll start a new format next week.

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


Ontario updates weekly. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
491? -109? -
1,314,447? 78613,357 ?6
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.7% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.8%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


This information has not been updated since yesteday.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,004? 027? 0
1,076,382 ? 81215,523 ? 9
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.6%
? All people in Quebec with third dose52.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


Ottawa will now only report COVID info on Tuesdays and Fridays.  

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
7? 01? 0
cases changedeaths
74,296? 162817 ? 1
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)917,471 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)882,507 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)579,392 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


This information has not been updated since yesteday.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
39? -10? 0
40,080? 22318  ? 2

As of June 9, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 87.8%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)85.8%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


This health unit reports only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
0? 00? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -231 ?0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ The COVID Alert app is officially kaput. The Federally-run app that notified smartphone users if they had been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID 19 was shut down today. Had a large per centage of the population used it, it would have been successful but they didn't, so it wasn't. [Global]

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▪️New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh wants to know why two Sikh men were arrested during the fake bomb scare. The two men were taking part in an event on Parliament Hill recognizing the 1984 Sikh massacre in India. The Border Services Agency had told Ottawa Police that extremists were on their way with a bomb. The men were released with an apology. No bombs were found anywhere. [CBC]

▪️The City has removed its staff directory off the Internet. The City is concerned that publishing the names, emails, and phone numbers of staffers could be a security risk. Some people complain that this makes it harder to hold employees to account. 17,000 people were in the directory. Police officers had always been offline. [CBC]

▪️Gatineau’s first in vitro fertilization clinic has been turned down by the Provincial government. Procréa Gatineau would have been the only clinic west of Montréal to provide in vitro fertilization services for hopeful parents. The services are available across the bridge in Ottawa but are not covered by Quebéc medical. The Province says they denied the clinic’s plan because it would divert staff from other needed medical procedures. [CBC]

▪️All branches of the Ottawa Public Library will close on Sundays for the summer. The last Sunday browsing will be June 26, and reopening is scheduled for September 11. [Ottawa Start]

▪️Trucker associates are planning a series of happenings in Ottawa all summer long. There will be something next week, something for Canada Day, and more later on. Ottawa Police say that they are aware this time. [CityNews]

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