Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Ottawan


Something for the Weekend


▪️Wrasslin' at Algonquin College, as Capital City Championship Combat (C*4) presents ‘Better Watch Out’. Apropos of nothing these professional wrestling matches – this is the third – were created by a graduate of Algonquin College’s scriptwriting program  [Tickets]

▪️The Ottawa Farmer's Christmas Market has their penultimate weekend. 5pm - 10pm Aberdeen Pavillion


▪️Local Flavours Holiday Market in Blackburn. Local farms will be selling herbal tea, kimchi, lamb products, freshly-made baked goods, jam and jelly, ancient grain and corn chips, honey and bee products, mushroom products, gourmet salt, and more. 11 pm - 2 pm 2391 Pepin Court.

▪️The Ottawa Farmer's Christmas Market has their penultimate weekend. 10 am - 10 pm Aberdeen Pavillion

▪️The Ottawa Artisans Holiday Market is at Carlingwood Shopping Centre

▪️Holiday Cirque featuring the NAC OrchestraTroupe Vertigo from Los Angeles melds all your holiday favourites with a spellbinding mix of music, circus, dance, and theatre. $17 - $51. 8pm National Arts Centre, which Darren now knows is not the same as the National Gallery.

▪️Rachelle Elie at Le Troquet à Gatineau! Elie does her comedic set in English and French and we're not sure how this works, but her review notices have been amazing. 8 pm Le Troquet 41 Rue Laval Gatineau J8X 3G8


▪️Grey Cup Party at Moose McGuire's Orleans. The closest anyone is Ottawa is going to get to a Grey Cup, watch Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Ti-Cats compete at a rare home match in Hamilton. 3 pm. 4025 Innes Rd, Orléans K1C 6V3

▪️The Ottawa Farmer's Christmas Market has their penultimate weekend. 10 am - 8 pm Aberdeen Pavillion

▪️The Ottawa Artisans Holiday Market is at Carlingwood Shopping Centre today as well

▪️Local Flavours Holiday Market in Blackburn continues.

▪️Holiday Cirque featuring the NAC Orchestra continues.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of -5°, low of -9°

Number: 1 km. The length of the new pathway in the LeBreton Flats, which includes separated bike and pedestrian lanes and a view of a historic aqueduct. [Capital Current]

Ottawans of the Day: Dennis Carr and Steve Pomeroy. The two are members of the board of the Ottawa Community Land Trust, which has been set up to acquire or create affordable housing – that stays affordable forever. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘Shut up, Riley’ – Barrhaven ward councillor Jan Harder to River Ward councillor Riley Brockington at yesterday’s City Council meeting.  [Twitter Video]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


627,611? 1,29010,054?10
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)84.7% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

618 ?0

NOTE: Ottawa Public Health is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

872,183 (87%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)816,132 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,753?22223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 633,601

As of December 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.3%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


6165?18131 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)172,233 (84%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,498 (79.7%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The 2021 Global Health Security Index says that while no country in the world is prepared for the next pandemic, Canada is in the top five of nearest prepared. [NY Times] [The Report]

⭕ The Federal Government has purchased 94 million rapid COVID-19 tests but it's still difficult to get access to one, compared to the UK where the government provides them to the public for free. [Barrhaven Independent

⭕ Dr Vera Etches wants to protect the holidays this year and says people should limit unmasked contact with the unvaccinated, including kids. [CBC

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▪️Ottawa Council has passed its 2022 budget, with some controversies. The police will receive an additional $11.5 million over last year, transit riders will pay a 2.5 per cent  increase on fares, and property taxes increase 3 per cent. The transit fare increase, however, will only come into effect after 15 trains have returned to service on the Confederation Line. (Today it's 11) [CBC]

▪️A teacher has been removed from a Chelsea classroom for wearing a hijab. The Western Quebec School Board removed the grade three teacher due to Quebec’s Bill 21, which bars the wearing of religious symbols by government employees deemed to be in positions of authority. The teacher remains employed in other duties. [CTV]

▪️Uh oh, Ottawa developer has bought the building housing the Manx Pub. SerCo has already announced the redevelopment of two other properties in downtown Ottawa, one is replacing a strip mall with a 16 storey rental building on Bank Street and the other is tearing down an office building on Waverley Street for a six storey apartment complex. SerCo bought the Elgin Street building housing the Manx this Autumn.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Kiddytown is closing after 76 years. The daughters of the founders have been running Kiddytown's two locations and, the business has been open so long, it's them who want to retire. For parents looking for deals, the stores are having a close-out sale. [CTV] [Kiddytown]

▪️Ottawa Kitten Rescue has a bunch of kittens to adopt – and you've already clicked away.

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