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  Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Ottawan


Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup

▪️PlantX Life has opened a café at the Hudson’s Bay Rideau CentrePlantX is exclusively vegan, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

▪️NarCity says that these are the seven best vegetarian restaurants in Ottawa: Pure KitchenThe Green DoorAstoria BistroChickpeasBalistaPeace Garden Vegetarian ParadiseGather Café and KitchenMad RadishCopper Branch

+ Related Copper Branch is now selling the ‘cult favourite’ Atlas Monroe Fried Chicken, which looks like a heart stopper but is plant based.

▪️The Citizen loves the burgers, nachos, and cocktails from the Montgomery Scotch Lounge, in the old Pressed location. The Lounge is a spin-off from Oat Couture Oatmeal Cafe in Old Ottawa South.

▪️The Ottawa Business Journal has a history of Ottawa's favourite fast food: the shawarma. We now have over 200 shawarma shops. The first one, Marroush, opened in 1984 (and closed in 2012).

▪️Hometown hero BeaverTails wants to open 20 locations in 2022, including Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and Oakville.

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ Flurries. High of 0°, low of -10°.

Number: 5.2 km. The length of the new Le Sentier Du Petit Pingouin skating trail in Gatineau. [NarCity

Ottawans of the Day:  Daryn and Tyler Hicks. The brothers have built their own Zamboni out of a water tank and an ATV, for use on a community rink in Metcalf. [CTV]

Quote: ‘I really love Canada and would like to stay, but it's too hard to make small, innovative businesses work in Canada. It's tough being an entrepreneur in Canada compared to the U.S. You have fewer hurdles there. Canada has so many rules and regulations. You can't micro-manage businesses the way we do here. It stifles creativity’ – Farm2Fork owner Jonnel Sloane, who is selling the business and upping sticks for Phoenix, Arizona, where he will set up another steak-and-seafood delivery service. [CityNews

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3,448? 228505? 28
906,031? 9,78310,445?46
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)87.3% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,877? 135263? 41
766,927?8,35112,080 ?52
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)89.7%
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)82%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
59? -56?1
cases changedeaths

637 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

898,419 (91%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)827,700 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
29,909?255224 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 743,709

As of January 11, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.6%
? Eligible people with two doses (12+)86%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
10,707?53137 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)177,724 (86.4%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)164,855 (80.4%)
? Eligible people with booster shot59,956

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Quebec is planning to charge a ‘health tax’ on residents who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccinations due to non-medical reasons. This proposal will surely be discussed calmly and rationally by everyone. [The Guardian]

⭕ Even Dr Teresa Tam was using an N95 mask when she attended Jabapalooza in Ottawa. Experts say it is time to upgrade from surgical masks to the N95. [Macleans]

⭕ Nova Scotia had the Omicron variant of COVID-19 before South Africa identified it. Testing of wastewater from November has been completed, showing Omicron had spread to the province by mid-November. South Africa reported Omicron November 24. [National Post]

⭕ A new poll shows that most Ontarians who took a rapid COVID-19 test didn't actually have any symptoms. [QP Briefing]

⭕ New research shows that kids who contract COVID-19 are more likely to subsequently show symptoms of diabetes. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Canada has contracted over 100 millions doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to cover two or three more doses for every Canadian every year until 2024. [CityNews]

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▪️Ontario is dropping the parallel parking requirement from driver’s license testing. Not an Ottawa specific item but we'll all see the results of this in the future. The decision to skip parallel parking is to speed up tests because of a huge backlog. [CBC]

▪️The Tom Brown Arena in Hintonburg has reopened as a winter respite centre. The arena has 70 beds for people lacking housing. People that need shelter, or people that see people who need shelter, should call 311 for assistance. [CTV]

▪️The City has come up with some rules for the proposed vacancy tax. Residential properties that are vacant for 184 days or more can be subject to a tax of one per cent of the property’s assessed value. Valid opt-outs are: owner is in hospital or dead, extensive renovations, or complicated sales arrangements. Council will receive a formal report in the Spring.  [City of Ottawa]

▪️The Ottawa Public Library has opened the 2022 Awesome Authors contest.Writers in two categories – 9 to 12 and 13 to 18 – can submit comic/graphic novel, poem, and short stories for cash prizes and possible publication in the annual anthology Pot-pourri. Stories can be in English, French, or both. Deadline is February 25. [Stittsville Central] [Awesome Authors page] [Pot-pourri]

▪️Here's an interesting history of the Rideau Belle, Rideau Queen and the Rideau King, luxury steamers that plied the waters of the Rideau Canal between Kingston and Ottawa last century. [Community Press]

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