Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Ottawan


Something for the Weekend

▪️If you’re sticking close to downtown this weekend, head to Boushey Square for the Elgin Street Holiday Market from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, where we hear that Santa himself will appear at 4:00pm. You’ll also find more than 20 vendors selling food, gifts, and holiday decor items. Elgin at Waverley streets.

▪️The Hintonburg Public Tavern is turning 10 next week and they’re celebrating with a party on Tuesday December 7th. There’s tons of HPH merch that would be great gifts, and between now and the 7th 10% of merch sales will be donated to Parkdale Food Centre. You can further support Parkdale Food Centre by purchasing HPH raffle tickets with the chance to win all sorts of fun stuff. 50% of raffle tickets sales between now and Dec 7th will benefit the centre. 

▪️Parents of baseball-enthusiasts should note that the 2022 Winterball Program at Ottawa West Little League Association is taking registrations. This is a skills training program running from January to March, enabling kids to feel even more ready for the season. Program organizers are also looking for volunteers

▪️Buy some art by potential future superstars, alumni, and Artists in Residence tomorrow through December 22nd (Friday December 3rd), at the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO) Print + Garage Sale. The print sale is online, but head to 77 Pamilla St in Little Italy to check out the deals at the Garage Sale tomorrow evening only from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. We’re talking used photography gear including darkroom equipment, cameras, and accessories. 

▪️Get creative at Square Lemon on Saturday December 4th with the Glass Painting Workshop from Moonstone Alternative If you hurry you’ll save 20% on the workshop price during the very brief promo window. Use code CNOME20 to save. 

At the cinema

▪️The Bytowne is showing È stata la mano di Dio (Hand of God), C'mon C'monGodzilla, and Julia

▪️The Mayfair features SpencerLast Night in Soho, and Unforgiven.

And at the megaplexes, It Takes a Christmas Village. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 6°, low of -5°

Number: 100%. The change in the amount spent on resurfacing roads  the City has earmarked in its draft budget. The City plans to spend $76 million next year, up from $36.9 million this year. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Zoey Purves. The grade 12 student at Glebe Collegiate Institute is part of a court challenge arguing that the Federal voting age of 18 is unconstitutional. [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: ‘People really underestimate the importance of having a place where you don’t feel like you need to pretend – Carling Miller, the executive director of 2SLGBTQ+ community space, Kind, on why their centre is in the midst of a fundraising campaign. [CTV] [Donate]

Sport: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Vancouver Canucks 6, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


620,229? 95910,012?7
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)83% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)79.8%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


450,513?114611,583 ?4
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)85.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81%

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+)

854,793 (86%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)813,987 (81%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,619?29223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 622,800

As of November 25, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 87.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.1%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


NOTE: Eastern Ontario Health Unit is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

6088?7131 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)169,547 (82.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,097 (79.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Booster shots will soon be available for Ontarians 50 years of age and older. The anticipated date is mid-December. [CBC]

⭕ Three white-tailed deer in Quebec have been found with COVID 19. They otherwise appeared healthy. [CTV]

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▪️The CitySounds playlist for 2022 has been released. Every year, the City solicits music from local artists to be played as City Hall's hold music. The playlist is also available on Soundcloud. [City of Ottawa] [SoundCloud]

▪️Cyclist-threatening red lights will remain, says City transportation committee. Kitchissippi ward councillor Jeff Leiper asked the committee to remove the 1,200 ‘red revert’ stop lights, which are seen as dangerous to cyclists. ‘Red revert’ stop lights are triggered by cars or bikes, stopping the perpendicular traffic. But if a bike moves off the trigger too soon, the light turns green, potentially leaving the cyclist in the middle of oncoming traffic. The intended purpose is to reduce wait times for cars. The transportation committee voted against changing the lights. [CBC]

▪️A coalition of American textbook publishers has sued local mom and pop business Shopify for piracy. The publishers are accusing Shopify of facilitating the reproduction and copying of their books by others, and are looking for US $150,000 for each book sold and US $2,000,000 for each copyright infringed. The suit was filed in Virginia, as mom and pop located their servers there. [BNN Bloomberg

▪️Ottawa's City Clerk will decide in mid-January if City Council will meet again in person. Council has met virtually since Spring 2020. [CTV]

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