Friday, October 22, 2021

The Ottawan


Ottawa Weekend

We’re feeling it today - Fall, that is. Trees that glowed bright red in early October have only a few faded yellow leaves now, and the wind blows a cold air. Here at The Ottawan’s headquarters, the firewood is stacked and the chimney has had its annual check up. We could very well be looking at 2021’s first autumnal weekend of sipping hot chocolate or vodka tonics by a cheery fire. 

If that all sounds too indoors-y for you, there are lots of activities to enjoy and sights to see once you venture beyond your front door. 

▪️Visit working artists in their studios. The Red Trillium Studio Tour opens up the workspaces of artists, welcoming in the public to see how the art happens. Obviously COVID-19 rules but it's real not virtual. 

▪️Go jump. Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park is an indoor family fun experience with plenty to offer. Sure, you can jump, but you can also climb walls and enjoy food and beverages, all while the staff and management keep your and your family’s safety the top priority. Please note: masks are required to enter, and you must show proof of vaccination. General admission tickets cost $20 for 60 minutes, with an extra $5 giving you access to the climbing walls. Tickets for children 6 and under cost $10 for 60 minutes. 1901 Cyrville Road. 

▪️It’s the final weekend of the Out & About/On Sort, On Visite exhibition at the Foyer Gallery in Nepean Sportsplex. The pieces, by primarily Ottawa artists, utilize watercolour, glass, acrylic, oil, mixed media, to execute landscapes, portraits, and abstract works. Visit the gallery from until Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, or view the works online. The art is for sale, so you’ll be supporting a local artist while you’re transforming your home. 

▪️The New York Rangers visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday October 23 at 1:00pm. Single tickets for tomorrow range in price from $35 to 262.57 each. 

▪️Watch Canada’s Olympic Gold Medalists take on the New Zealand Football teamat TD Place, as the Women’s National Team Celebration Tour visits Ottawa. The match kicks off at 3:00pm and tickets range from $25 to $45 each. 

▪️Take part in one of three weekly coommunity 5K runs happening across Ottawa (specifically Orléans, Gatineau, and Kanata). Parkruns are free to attend but you need to register in advance and bring your barcode if you want a recorded finishing time (on paper, no electronic barcodes accepted). These events are run by volunteers and they’re always looking for more, so this is also a chance to help your community. 

▪️On Sunday October 24th try a beginner Salsa workshop at Amigo’s Sports Bar’s Latin House experience, from 7:00pm to 7:45pm. If you already know the moves, get out on the dance floor and enjoy Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Chacha. Admission is $5. 868 Merivale Road. 

▪️The Scottish Society of Ottawa is celebrating 10 years of operation with the 10th Anniversary Community Ceilidh at the Heart and Crown pub on Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Enjoy traditional music, singing, and dancing, as well as colourful kilts. 

▪️Heading to a farmers’ market this weekend? Check out our handy guide to find the one nearest you

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of rain. High of 6°, low of 1°

Number: 1,000,000. The number of passengers expected to have passed through Ottawa International Airport this year. This is way up over last year but compare it to 2019, when the passenger count was 5.1 million. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Ottawan of the Day: Hlynur Guðjónsson. Guðjónsson is the new ambassador of Iceland to Canada. We'll be sharing him with Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Venezuela. (Guðjónsson was posted two months ago but somehow our diplomatic pouch was lost until now) [Canadian Nordic Society]

Quote: ‘We'd often come across this term called “Vanier First Nation,” and without anybody having to explain it to me, coming from my own small community, I got it – Jaime Morse on the welcoming community of residents who come from many different First Nations, who now reside in Vanier. [CBC

Sports: NHL San Jose Sharks 2 – Ottawa Senators 1, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


596,772? 4929,839 ? 16
? Eligible people with one dose87.7% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.6%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


421,791?43411,466 ?8
? Eligible people with one dose90.1%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

602 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

828,601 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated791,096 (86%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,184?4222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 598,069

As of October 20, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 86.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.1%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5749?6120 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose165,674 (90.5%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated157,360 (86%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says that people who lose their jobs for refusing to vaccinate against COVID-19 will probably not be eligible for Employment Insurance. While this is not the current policy, it may be when the cabinet is formed October 26. [CBC]

⭕ The Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy will both end tomorrow, as scheduled. A new programme, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, will be for those workers who are directly impacted by lockdowns. The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program will provide wage subsidies to hotels, restaurants, bars, festivals, and travel agencies who can show a drop in revenue of at least 40 per cent. [CTV]

⭕ The Federal Government has ordered 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children. The vaccine has yet to be approved by Health Canada but if and when this happens, the order will be enough to innoculate all children aged 5 to 11 in Canada with a first dose. [CBC]

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▪️Ottawa will be conducting a point-in-time census of homeless people in the city next Wednesday. Staff will be visiting all shelters, hospitals, jails, and social service agencies to count, plus walking routes have been devised in an attempt to ensure people are not missed on the streets or parks. The census will also attempt to count 'hidden' homeless people – those who are couch surfing because they have no other options. (Residents can help by reporting hidden homeless counts at 311 by phone or email to  [City of Ottawa

▪️A strong majority of people want at least some of the responsibility for social issues to be shifted from the Ottawa Police Service to community services. In the survey commissed by the Ottawa Police, shifting responsibilty had three times the support more than those that support the staus quo. [CBC] [Ottawa Police Service Public Survey]

▪️It's the final day to buy a .canadian t-shirt from the people who bring you the .ca domain. The Canadian Internet
Registration Authority
 are the people who run the .ca domain name from their bunker on Bank Street (we're sure it's lovely.) As part of a celebration of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace's birthday, they partnered with popular Calgary brand Local Laundry for these made-in-Canada .canadian t-shirts — but only until today. Delivery will be in November. [.canadian t-shirts]

▪️Shopify has hired private investigators to help find their missing head of treasury and risk. Brett O'Grady, 35, has been missing since October 14, last seen in the East End. Ottawa Police have been searching wooded areas and O’Grady's bicyle was found. His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information. [CTV]

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