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 Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Ottawan


Something for the weekend

Admittedly, the pickings are going to be a little slim for the next few weeks.

▪️Rideau Hall’s skating rink is opening for the season January 10 to March 22Although, as a completely natural ice rink, those dates could be flexible. Reservations are required – starting in February, January is already fully booked. Annoyingly, you must email [email protected] to reserve.

▪️You have one more day to view the trippy multimedia display on the Parliament Buildings, and only one more day to enjoy the Christmas light walking trail through Ottawa and Gatineau.

▪️The ByTowne is selling proper movie popcorn for takeaway Friday and Saturday for watching at your own home theatre. They are also sellling other concession stand items, including wine and beer.

▪️The Winter Farmer's Market returns on Sunday at Lansdowne, 10 am - 3pm. 

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -4°, low of -10°

Number: $1. The face value of a 1911 silver dollar aquired by the Bank of Canada Museum. ‘The Emperor’ is one of the items most coveted by coin collectors and had been in private hands for 60 years. The coin will be displayed to the public when the museum is allowed to reopen. [Capital Current

Ottawan of the Day:  The daughter of Gurkiran Kaur and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. The baby girl was born Monday. [CityNews

Quote: ‘I would describe Ottawa as being in a place where we’re still a very car-centric city, but we also build better infrastructure for people on bikes now’ – Érinn Cunningham, president of Bike Ottawa, on the tenth anniversay of the Laurier Avenue bike lanes. Debate on the lanes was intense, with residents arguing that the bike lanes would make traffic worse. [Ottawa Citizen]

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


841,371? 13,33910,272?20
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.8% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.0%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


696,182?15,87411,846 ?26
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)89.3%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.8%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

626 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

895,588 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)824,575 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


25,893?5,868224 ?1
? Number of doses of vaccine 713,265

As of January 4, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.8%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


9615?289135 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)176,988 (86.3%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)164,682 (80.3%)
? Eligible people with booster shot54,249

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Most counter services of the City are closed as of today, due to COVID-19 concerns. Employment and Social Services and Rent Supplement Offices will close next Monday. Phone and email services remain open. [City of Ottawa]

⭕ People in Gatineau will need to show their vaccine passport to entrer government liquor stores and cannabis shops as of January 18. The Quebec government will also require the third dose to be considered fully vaccinated but has not yet set a date. [CBC]

⭕ The City has opened a COVID-19 vaccination clince for Individuals aged 60 and older, educational and childcare workers, employees, volunteers and caregivers of residents of long-term care and retirement homes, and pregnant women. Nepean Sportsplex, January 6 from 12:45 to 7:15 pm, January 7 to 9 from 9:45 am to 4:15 pm. By reservation only – call OPH directly at 613-691-5505 to book.  [City of Ottawa]

+ Related CHEO says pregnant women should get their vaccinations after six babies are admitted with COVID-19

⭕ Five Nunavut elders test positive for COVID-19 at retirement home. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ A Federal Court judge refused a bid by four Canadian Forces members to avoid punishment for refusing COVID-19 vaccinations. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Air Canada has suspended flights to Antigua, Aruba, Samana, Curacao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten, and St. Kitts and Nevis due to concerns of COVID-10 [Ottawa Sun]

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▪️This is a beautiful piece about Josée Abi Assal, the 12 year-old girl who died tobogganing at Mooney's Bay on Monday. It can't be summarized – read the entire article. It's by Kelly Egan. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Holly’s Haven Animal Rescue Dunrobin has received a shipping container that will become its new wildlife rescue facility. Last year, the Rescue helped 600 animals, including racoons, skunks and squirrels recovering from devastating injuries. Holly's Haven is looking to raise $48,000 to continue its non-species specific work. [West Carleton Online] [Donations]

▪️Gatineau woman who posed as a nurse in Ottawa and Vancouver has pleaded guilty. Guilty to which charge has not been reported. Brigitte Cleroux, who is not a registered nurse – although has had some training – is being held in Ottawa. Her court date is in Vancouver February 9. [Global

▪️When will the full complement of O-Trains be running? Who knows? The transit fare increase won't happen until all 15 trains are running. Currently, 11 are. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Ottawa Fire Department is giving a virtual tour of its stations in Orléans and Vars. Reader Jim, who tipped us off, said ‘37 years ago, my seven year old son was welcomed and given a tour. The hospitality is still there.’ [Ottawa Sun]

▪️The City is holding two town halls to discuss its Anti-Racism Strategy. After consultations with communities in 2021, the City developed the What We Heard report, which recommended a focus on six areas: employment equity, governance, housing, economic development, health outcomes and youth development. The town halls are intended for the public to respond to the report, and to identify gaps or oversights. The two dates are: Bilingual Indigenous and racialized resident town hall – Saturday, January 15, 10 am to noon, Bilingual all resident town hall – Thursday, January 20, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. [City of Ottawa] [Register Here]

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