Thursday, March 3, 2022

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Got any plans this weekend?

▪️Join the vintage fun at 613Flea, this Saturday March 5th at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park from 10:00am to 4:00pm. While proof of vaccination is not necessary, masks are required. Expect over 100 vendors of vintage fashion, antiques, crafted goods, food, locally made jewelry, and vinyl. Free admission. 1015 Bank Street. 

▪️Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region, Horizon Ottawa, and Community Solidarity Ottawa present Community Solidarity Rally and March on Saturday March 5th at 1:00pm. Participants should be prepared to march approximately 3km. 

▪️Get ready for gardening season with Seedy Saturday on March 5th. From 10:00am to 3:00pm you can purchase heritage and open-pollinated seeds from more than 12 local growers, enjoy local food, and learn from on-site webinars and info tables. Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.

▪️Learn about the Canadian contribution to Impressionism at the National Gallery’s “Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons” show, on now until July 3, 2022. Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10, and Children 11 and under go for free. 380 Sussex Drive. 

▪️Check out the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery inside City Hall. Works are by three artists who “engage with photography in an expanded sense,” or so says Andrew Wright, the 2019 Karsh Award laureate and curator of the Continuum exhibition.  The Gallery is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. 110 Laurier Ave W.

▪️Interrupt the winter blahs with a visit to Ottawa Farmers Market Lansdowne Winter Market on Sunday March 6th at the Casino La-Leamy Plaza. The market, which welcomes more than 50 artisans and farmers selling fresh produce and pantry staples, runs from 10::00am to 3:00pm. 

Coming Up

Leave the home office for a proper lunch and some good old fashioned networking next Wednesday, March 16th, when Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal present “Why Housing Affordability in Ottawa Matters”. The speaker is President and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Romy Bowers, and attendees will also enjoy a delicious lunch. Single tickets cost $65+hst for OBOT members and $75+hst for non-members.


A horrible situation finds new ways to become even more horrible. Neighbouring countries to Ukraine have been welcoming refugees but some places are denying Black people access to trains, buses, or the border.

The Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition points out that African and Black organizations worldwide have created a GoFundMe to help pay phones, fees, food, and airfare.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30% chance of flurries. High of -11°, low of -19°. 

Number: $18.60. The hourly living wage in Ontario, which ice cream shop Moo Shu has committed to paying its employees. This has resulted in the price of a pint of Salted Malted Caramel Brownie increasing from $12 to $15. Worth it.  [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Bella Crysler. The Westboro author has published her first book of poetry, Bubble Gum & Black Coffee. [Kitchissippi Times] [Amazon]

Quote: ‘He proposed the name Moosele, I came back with Beaverdle. Wordle-Eh was another one. And finally he suggested Canuckle and it just stuck’ – Game inventor Mark Rogers arguing with his brother over what to name his Canadian-flavoured Wordle knock-off. Canuckle has the same game play as Wordle but every successful word has a Canadian connection.  [CTV] [Canuckle]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
834? -13267? -6
1,107,408?2,26212,497 ? 17
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.2% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose47.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,364? -1776? -6
925,566?1,25714,040 ? 24
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.4%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)86.5%
? All people in Quebec with third dose48.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
11?00? 0
cases changedeaths
63,046? 166

743 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

913,317 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)872,464 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)550,203 (60%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
20? 15? -1
35,375? 32287 ? 0

As of March 1, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89.1%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.7%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
6? -10? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -201 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer says that mask mandates could be dropped by the end of March. Dr. Kieran Moore says the current wave is winding down but that Omicron variant BA.2 is being watched carefully. Gatineau is expected to end mask mandates in most places by mid-April. [CBC]

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▪️A Provincially-appointed member of the Ottawa Police Services Board attended the Trucker siege and is accused of supplying food to them. Robert Swaita, who owns KS on the Keys, has not denied the accusations. As a result, the Office of the Solicitor General has accepted the resignation of all three Provincial appointees. Replacements have not be announced. [CBC]

+ Related This Hour Has 22 Minutes has done a musical parody of the Trucker siege. It's not funny and no one can sing but ... hmmm, we can't quite remember why we wanted to include it. Completeness, maybe?

▪️Truck owners who lost their operating permit for using their vehicle in the Siege were only penalized for a week. Most observers thought that it was to be a permanent penalty but no, truckers lost access to their vehicle for less time than it was actually used to block the streets. The Provincial Ministry of Transportation made this decision. [CBC]

▪️The bail hearing appeal for Siege co-organizer Tamara Lich heard that the previous judge had run for a Federal LIberal seat in the past. By contrast, the judge hearing this appeal had previously run for the the Progressive Conservatives. Both judges ran their losing electoral tries before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because Liberal leader in 2013. Lich was appealing a ruling that she be held in custody until her trial, which may take to two years. The appeal judge will make a decision next week. [Q107 

▪️House prices in Ottawa gained 17 per cent in February over the same month in 2021. The average house price in February was $837,517, up from 717,914 one year previous. [CTV

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