Monday, September 27, 2021

The Ottawan


The latest recipient of Ottawa transit’s poisoned chalice is Renée Amilcar. 

The engineer and former director of bus services for Montréal has been appointed Ottawa’s new general manager of transit services, starting October 18.

It's a mess. Citizen transit commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert points out that the company that the City has hired to do a safety audit of the system actually provided services to the train system builder on both stage one and stage two.

And the Transportation Safety Board doesn't have much good to say either: they report that in the latest accident, the  O-Train had problems for hours before it derailed

It's to the point that they are even making hay over it in Toronto. The Weekend Toronto Star wrote a featured piece: Why the bumpy, two-year ride of Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar LRT system is sparking calls for a public inquiry

So, Ms Amilcar, welcome to Ottawa. The Confederation Line may be shut but at least you can trip over an e-scooter almost anywhere.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 18°, low of 6°

Number:  15. The number of photo radar cameras that will be placed on Ottawa streets in 2022. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  Gabrielle Fayant. Fayant is a co-founder of Indigenous youth group, Assembly of Seven Generations, a marketplace that trades in hunted meats, special fish and traditional products harvested from the land, and tradiional clothing – all without cash. But the group needs a new space come January. [CFRA] [Assembly of Seven Generations]

Quote: ‘They are in my heart and I think of them every day’ – Aissatou Diallo, who was driving the bus which crashed at Westboro Station in 2019, killing three and injuring dozens. Diallo was acquitted of all charges relating to the accident. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Calvary FC 1, last Saturday.

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


584,541? 19069,704 ? 16
? Eligible people with one dose86.6% 
? Eligible people with second dose81%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


408,462?203311,356 ? 7
? Eligible people with one dose90%
? Eligible people with second dose84%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
29,476? 194

595 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

814,628 (88%)
? Eligible people with second dose764,031 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


13,564?8220 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 582,241

As of September 15, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose301,774 (73.3%)
? Eligible people with second dose279,388 (67.8%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5218?30113 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose160,128 (87.5%)
? Eligible people with second dose148,264 (81%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The secret to the COVID-19 is mRNA technology. Canadian Ian MacLachlan was instrumental in its development – but doesn't get any of the credit or the royalties. [Forbes]

⭕ 35 per cent of all active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa are school age kids. [CTV]

⭕ A University of Ottawa Heart Institute study that showed there is an extremely high rate of heart inflammation after COVID-19 vaccines was retracted after it was shown to be wrong but not before anti-vaxxers took it as gospel. The study had a mathematical error: it said that side effects happened every 1 in 1,000 shots, not the correct 1 in 25,000. [CBC]

⭕ All visitors to the Ottawa Hospital must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, starting today. [CTV]

⭕ A Foot Above Fitness on Trim Road says they won't ask about vaccination status for their patrons [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Ottawa ByLaw has received two calls about people refusing to show COVID-19 vaccination proof

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▪️City proposes that the Tewin developer should pay for new transit infrastruction and utilities. City staff have drawn up a proposed agreement for the new subdivision in Ottawa's rural southeast that will require the developers to levy a surcharge on development. When the subdivison was approved, critics complained that the City would be on the hook for water, sewer, and transit improvements in the largely undeveloped area. The developers – Taggart and the Algonquins of Ontario – have yet to accept the proposal. [CBC]

▪️Six wards may get new names. Last year's redrawing of ward boundaries added a new ward and resized others. The name changes are to better reflect where the wards represent:

  • Barrhaven becomes Barrhaven West
  • Orléans becomes Orléans East-Cumberland.
  • Innes becomes Orléans West-Innes.
  • Cumberland becames Orléans South-Navan.
  • Gloucester-South Nepean becomes Riverside South-Findlay Creek.
  • Rideau-Goulbourn ward, which was named after a 19th century slave owner, becomes Rideau-Jock. 

The newest ward would be named Barrhaven East.

The finance and economic development committee will discuss the name changes at their meeting October 5. 


▪️Kin Vinyards are renting three vintage Airstream trailers for nightly stays. [CTV] [Vintage Hideaway]

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Two bedroom, two bathroom condos

100 Grant Carman Drive, Unit 411, Borden Farm (Nepean)

2 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1990

The bedrooms are large and the vibe is luxurious in this fourth floor unit that’s within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. 


200 Lett Street, unit 409, Lebreton Flats

2 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 2008

Both bathrooms are full, and the den could be utilized as a work from home space. 


530 Laurier Avenue W, Unit 1705, Downtown

2 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1979

Sunlight floods the unit through the large windows, and there have been updates aplenty. 


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