Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Ottawan



We have to stick this in our hopefully-temporary daily trucker round-up, otherwise a true Ottawan of the Day is Zexi Li.

The 21-year old student who lives in Centretown not only launched a class action against the Trucker protest, but won an injunction against honking for ten days.

Last night, the horns were silent, as truckers honking would be contempt of court – a suddenly serious obstacle.

This has to be noted: the City of Ottawa did not do this, nor did the Ottawa Police Service. Neither one has gone to court or asked for any injunctions.

While Li was quieting the truckers in court, Police Chief Peter Sloly asked for 1,800 more officers. The City has also asked the Chief Justice of Ontario to increase fines for idling, noise, and blocking a road to $1000 per offense, up from $100, $490, and $350 respectively.

Ottawa Citizen journalist Jon Willing took this photo of a Trucker protestor driving down the Trillium line tracks. No arrest.

Another project initiated by the public is a Go Fund Me for downtown restaurants who are unable to open or are losing money because of the Truckers protest. The Ottawa Restaurant Fund has a $250,000 goal, with $60,500 raised so far.

The City and the Police have said that they are having trouble getting a tow truck. The tow truck companies that have contracts with the City are refusing to do the job. The poor pro-Trucker supporter who towed the wooden commisary from Confederation Park under police escort over the weekend has come under multiple threats from his comrades.

OC Transpo owns two trucks that are suitable but staff are unwilling to do their job. It is understood that at least two Ottawa Police Service officers have the correct licensing and own big trucks themselves.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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▪️Classical music non-profit charity La Scène musicale/The Music Scene offers a personalized Valentine’s Day gift that will keep the recipient thinking of you for a long time to come. For a donation of $30-$150 your person will receive a serenade of their favourite song, presented by a trained singer over the phone, via FaceTime, Zoom, or a recorded video (your choice). 


In honour the Queer and Trans Black Community, Capital Pride presents a panel discussion tonight on Black representation in the media. The discussion, which will broadcast at 7:00pm on Zoom, will be translated simultaneously in English and French. Tonight’s virtual event is just one that Capital Pride has organized during February.

February sales

▪️Sweats, joggers, shorts, and even a summer dress are on sale at Okay Ok, a Toronto-based clothing brand for women, men, and children. 

▪️Get 25% off the Winter Collection at Muttonhead by using the code CHILL at checkout. Hurry though; the sale ends today (February 8th). 


Weather: ❄️ 40% chance of flurries. High of -2°, low of -11°. 

Number: 2.5 million square feet. The size of the planned new Ottawa Hospital, which will make it one of the largest infrastructure projects ever done in this city. [Daily Commercial News]

Ottawans of the Day:  Diane Vena and Solange Goulet. The two neighbours of the Eastway Tank Co. discovered that nothing was being organized to respect the victims of the explosion, so they arranged one themselves at the banquet hall of the Merivale Bowling Centre. The two have no direct connection to the company. Friends, family, and first responders attended as did Mayor Jim Watson, Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Knoxdale-Merivale ward councillor Keith Egli. [CBC

Quote: ‘This pandemic has sucked for all Canadians’ – An eloquent turn of phrase from New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Parliament, yesterday. [Global]

Sports: NHL New Jersey Devils 1 – Ottawa Senators 4, last night

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,254? 99474? -12
1,058,241?2,09211,878 ? 42
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)88.6% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,380? -45178? -
885,696?2,50413,551 ? 56
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.9%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)85%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
50? -89? -2
cases changedeaths

720 ? 5

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

910,335 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)859,864 (87%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)527,257 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
48? -68? -1
33,880?272271 ? -

As of February 1, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.4%

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
28? -76? -3
active caseschangedeaths
-? -172 ? -

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Gatineau will see most COVID-19 restrictions lifted by mid-March, as Québec lifts capacity limited on almost everything. Mask requirements will continue. [CBC]

⭕ Using Quebec’s information, unvaccinated people are 5.9 times at risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization and 10 times the risk of ICU admission than people who have had two doses of vaccine.  [CTV]

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▪️Sometimes we think the ottawan should actually be called the cats saved from trees-er. We can never resist a good Ottawa Fire Services-saves-moggie-from-harm story. In this case, ‘Skull and Bones’ was stuck 30 feet up a tree in Carlington for seven hours and safely brought down by firefighters from Station 23. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️A local book publisher is navigating controversy over The Great GatsbyThe Great Gastby, first published in 1925, became public domain in the United States on the turn of the new year (although it has been public domain in Canada since 1990). Ottawa’s Century Press, which specializes in printing leather-bound, hand-crafted books decided to make a reprint of the first edition. Hence the controversy: the original book had a slur for a Jewish person in it; Century changed the slur to a non-offensive word. The original publisher itself changed the slur in pressings after 1945. The Press invited the public to discuss the issue on their website, with some strong opinions. [Shush]

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