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Monday, December 13, 2021

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▪️The pandemic has given many of us a feeling of mental stasis. Jobs have changed (or disappeared), products are more scarce, our social interactions have been reduced, and all of that has contributed to a feeling of suspension from normal life. In “Holding Pattern”, the exhibit opening on Friday at Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, more than 65 artists consider how that suspension has affected society and our mental health. Visit the gallery Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free. 110 Laurier Avenue West

▪️Artist Lorraine Simms has created Shadowlanda set of mysterious drawings of the shadows cast by preserved animal remains in a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature. [Capital Current]

▪️The Sandy Hill Co-op is presenting a showing of My Mom's Co-op, which is about the Co-operative d’habitation St-Louis in Gatineau. Apt 613 calls it ‘a close and intimate portrait of the people living there, at times tender and poignant, charming and funny.’ Tonight at the ByTowne Cinema.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 5°, low of -3°

Number: 33%. The per centage of people in central Ottawa who want to move somewhere else in Ottawa. 50 per cent of people in suburban Ottawa want to move elsewhere. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Ottawan of the Day: Cheryl Pounder. The two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada is the new colour commentator for TSN broadcasts of Ottawa Senators games. Pounder started last Saturday. [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: ‘One thing I'm heartened by is the fact that it doesn't seem to be a fringe idea anymore. It's starting to feel like this could actually happen here’ – Free Transit Ottawa member Nick Grover on the growing support for free transit. [CBC]

Sports: NHL Tampa Bay Lightning 0 – Ottawa Senators 4, last Saturday

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


629,064? 4,61910,079?14
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)85.2% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)87.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.3%

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+)

879,835 (88%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)817,655 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,827?33223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 640,176

As of December 10, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.1%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


6192?13132 ?-1*

* When numbers go down, it's usually because a case was reassigned to a different health authority.

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)172,926 (84.3%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,689 (79.8%)
? Eligible people with booster shot13,519

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Mayor Jim Watson is self-isolating while he awaits the results of a COVID-19 test. A member of his staff had tested positive for COVID-19. [Global]

⭕ Ottawa Public Health is fully booked for  COVID-19 vaccinations until January for people 12 years of age and up. [CTV]

⭕ The number of COVID-19 cases at the Half Moon Bay Public School in Barrhaven has risen to 60. [CBC]

⭕ Canadians trying to come home from South Africa no longer need to have a negative COVID-19 test in a third country before returning. The exemption will last until January 7. [Royal City Record

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▪️Three people have nominated themselves as Ottawa's next mayor: Diane Deans, Catherine McKenney, and Bob Chiarelli. Deans and McKenney are current City councillors. Chiarelli was elected mayor in 2000 – the first mayor of the amalgamation – reëlected in 2003 but lost in 2006. He's related to, but a completely different guy from, that other Chiarelli. Mayor Jim Watson announced last Friday that he will not run again in next October's civic election. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa West Winter Trail will extend an extra 16 km. The extention will run along Watts Creek, extending the trail from Carling Avenue to March Road. The trail can be used by for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers, and hikers. [CBC] [Map and Info]

▪️The City has opened up applications for career firefighters. Eighteen years of age or older? Good physical condition? Not actually starting fires yourself? That plus a successful completion of National Fire Protection Association 1001 Level 1 & 2 and NFPA 1072 or 472 Operations level can get you an interview. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Les Emmerson has passed away at age 77 from COVID-19. The founder of the Five Man Electrical Band, who was double vaccinated, had a hit in 1971 with Signs. [CTV]

▪️Amazon is opening a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Hawthorne Industrial Park.  One hundred new jobs are expected to be created. [Newswire]

▪️The CBC has a twenty-minute audio features on Brigitte Cleroux, the woman who pretended to be a nurse here in Ottawa, then moved to Vancouver and did the same thing there. [CBC]

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