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 Thursday, November 18, 2021

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British Columbia is the province of Darren's birth, and Martha spent a good chunk of the 1990s living in Vancouver. We join everyone concerned about the floods and landslides there.

Three ways to help are: 

▪️The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. The Abbotsford Community Foundation, the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, and the University of the Fraser Valley have jointly established this fund, which supports front-line agencies providing essential services to affected families and businesses.

▪️The Canadian Red Cross has a donation page for their British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal.

▪️The Vancouver Humane Society is covering veterinary costs for pets and helping organize volunteers to get animals out and into temporary housing.


Something for the Weekend

Here's some of the more interesting events going on this weekend. If you know of events of interest to our readers, please email to us at [email protected] 


▪️Those who want to practice their French in a lo-fi atmosphere are welcome to chat at the Pub Night at The Gilmour from 6:00pm. It's free, but buy your own drinks and food. 313 Bank St. K2P 1X9. 

▪️Opening reception of ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear / Plusieurs choses apparaissent), the inaugural exhibition for the Nordic Lab, SAW Gallery's new Indigenous-led research and production space with a focus on artists from the circumpolar world. Opening party, 8pm. Exhibition runs until March 5. 67 Nicholas Street K1N 7B9. 


▪️The 613 Christmas is the holiday-stuffed version of the 613 Flea, with an ever-changing inventory of eclectic goods, handmades, vintage finds and one-of-a-kinds. Aberdeen Pavillion, 1000 Exhibition Way, K1S 5J3

▪️Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair featuring locally made food, art, home decor, and jewelry. 10 am - 5 pm. Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, K1S 2K2

▪️Christmas Market at the Log Farm in Barrhaven. 50 vendors, a variety of baking, food, and many artisans with lots of unique gift ideas. 10 am - 2 pm. 670 Cedarview Road, K2R 1E5


▪️The Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair is also today but from 10 am - 4 pm. 

▪️The Ottawa Farmer's Market will be at the Aberdeen Pavillon for this and the next two Sundays. This is the way Darren likes his farmer's markets in late Autumn: inside. 9:00am - 3:00pm. 1000 Exhibition Way,  K1S 5J3

▪️Caribou will be performing with special guest Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. This appears to be a live music show, or "gig" in the common parlance, something we have not seen ever in the 20 month history of the ottawan. 8:00pm. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave, K1R 6H5

The Cinema

Two perennial festival favourites return, albeit online: 

▪️The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, which celebrates Canadian film. Here's a preview of Pinball & Perogies, a short documentary of Ottawa's pinball hall/live music venue/perogy purveyor House of Targ. Actually, now that we watch the video, it cycles through many of the films.

▪️The European Union Film Festival, featuring films from across Europe, is playing until November 28.

▪️The Mayfair will be showing The Last Duel, Bruised, High Plains Drifter, and The Feast this weekend.

▪️The ByTowne has The Power of the DogThe Eyes of Tammy FayeRoad HouseKurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, and Nomadland.

In the megaplexes, new films are Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Belfast. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

?️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.


Weather: ?️ Showers. High of 11°, low of -2°

Number: $26 million. The amount of money donated by the mom and pop of local mom and pop business Shopify. Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke and his wife Fiona McKean’s foundation, Thistledown, donated the money to Canada’s 13 acute-care children’s hospitals, including CHEO. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Shaelynn Tredenick, Steven West, Margo McDiarmid, and Ava MargueritteThe four photographers are exhibiting works exploring mental health, Stay Silent, Drift Deep, at the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa. [Capital Current] [Stay Silent, Drift Deep]

Quote: ‘This would enable us to actually make some money, and suddenly the economics make sense – Stephen Beckta, owner of restaurants Beckta, Play, and Gezellig, hoping that Ontario will allow restaurants to buy alcohol at wholesale prices. Ontario is one of the few jurisdictions that force restaurants to buy alcohol at retail prices. [Ottawa Magazine]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


609,429? 7119,955 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.8% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


436,804?72011,550 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose91%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

613 ?3

? Eligible people with one dose

837,637 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated808,258 (88%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,429?19223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 611,625

As of November 9, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


Cases infomation not updated since Friday

5947?12131 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose167,931 (91.8%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated161,793 (88.4%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Canadians won't need to take a COVID-19 test for trips to the United States of fewer than 72 hours, sources say. The sources also say the Federal Government will make the announcement tomorrow. [City of Ottawa

⭕ Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says that rising COVID-19 cases across Canada are not of concern because hospitalizations and ICU admissions are still going down. [Global

⭕ Holy Family School in the Hunt Club East – Western Community will close for two days due to five students testing positive for COVID-19.

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▪️The Province has launched a public inquiry into the Confederation Line. After the City voted twice to not hold an inquiry the Province has stepped in, citing its status as the largest funder of the system, the recent accidents, and the fact that city officials knew about problems before accepting delivery. Details will be announced in the next few weeks. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Mayor Jim Watson loves the idea of a public inquiry. ‘I support the Province's decision to get to the bottom of why RTG and Alstom have failed to deliver on their obligations to our City, and I support the shorter process proposed by the province. I will look forward to responding more fully when we are informed of the scope of the province's effort.’

+ Related The Transportation Committee has voted to freeze transit fares until all 15 trains are running on the Confederation Line. It also approved free transit passes for people living in shelters.

+ Related An eighth train started running on the Confederation Line just this morning.

▪️Quebec coroner says Ottawa and Gatineau hospitals need to create a communication system. Falone Kathay was discharged from an Ottawa hospital and sent home, later taking an ambulance to a Gatineau hospital where she died. Physicians have electonic access to patients records at hospitals within each province but not across the river. [CBC]

▪️Carleton and University of Ottawa are both signatories of the Scarborough Charter today, which aims to fight anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions. The charter aims to move post-secondary institutions from rhetoric to meaningful concrete action to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion. Forty-six of Canada's 234 publicly-funded post-secondaries are signing today. [City News] [The Scarborough Charter]

▪️A winter cottage near Tremblant is one of Airbnb’s most wishlisted properties in Canada. It's pretty nice, actually. [NarCity]

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