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Prime Minister Trudeau echoed yesterday what many people have been thinking: Canadian care homes are being neglected.

"I think one of the things we've seen over the past number of weeks is a far more severe impact on a number of seniors' residences and long-term care centres than we had certainly hoped for, or more than we feared," Trudeau said.

Journalist Noa Loreto has been keeping an up-to-date spreadsheet of all care home deaths. Of the 1195 COVID-19 related deaths, she says 682 deaths – more than half – are attributed to various care facilities. Her data is here.

We talked about Ottawans loving loopholes yesterday. It came out today that the bar on health care workers from working in multiple care homes does not apply to temp workers.

The quality of life for those living and working in care homes has been low on the list of provincial priorities for years. It’s now a matter of life and death.

We’ll see you Monday — Martha and Darren

 

STATS

Weather: Chance of flurries or rain showers with a high of 6°

Number: One to two. Number of weeks before all the bugs and butterflies start appearing. The earliest flowers are now on tops of trees. [Ottawa Sun]

Ottawan of the Day: Caroline Monnet, the Ottawa and Gatineau artist shares the Sobey Art Prize. Rather than award one prize this year, the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada divided the prize amongst 25 long-listed artists [CBC]

Quote: “[My commercial landlord] did not respond to me with any proposal, a reduction in the rent, a deferral, anything. They insisted they (property management companies) have been deemed to be essential services and they’re operating. They’re saying, ‘This is not our problem and you have to pay your rent.'” – Lawyer Arghavan Gerami whose rent on their Albert Street office is one of many in Ottawa that may not be possible on May 1 [Ottawa Citizen]

 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

There have been 678 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa and 14 deaths.

Royal Canadian Mint producing hand sanitiser for health care workers [CBC]

Epidemiologists say restrictions must remain even after peak [CBC]

A second staff member at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

Ontario tells hospitals to stop transferring patients to long-term care [Ottawa Citizen]

Fifth OC‌ Transpo staffer, a driver, contracts COVID‌-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

+‌Related It appears no ride share drivers have become infected [Ottawa Citizen]

Federal Government funding University of Alberta research in collaboraton with Wuhan Virus Lab [Globe & Mail]

+ Related Conspiracy theorists think COVID-19 came from that Wuhan Virus Lab [National Post]
 

IN OTHER NEWS

Business getting higher
Ontario online cannabis sales have jumped 600% [Bloomberg]

Gatineau cops turn back woman taking dog to vet
She lives in Centreville but works in Gatineau, and that’s where she had registered the dog [Ottawa Citizen]

City becoming overwhelmed with trash collections as people stay home
Most commercial businesses use private contractors, whose business has plummeted [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa’s African-Canadian community wants a cultural centre by Summer 2021
The African Canadian Association of Ottawa aims to have a centre in every province [Capital Current]

Harrington Lake was undergoing $8.6 million renovation
But work has stopped at the official summer residence for the Prime Minister [CBC]

Elections Canada examining how to run elections under the pandemic
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2023 [CBC]

Ontario changes allow car insurers to offer COVID-19 discounts
But who will take it up? [CBC]

Bayshore Drive drive-by shooting
OPS‌ looking for tips [Ottawa Citizen]

 

THINGS TO DO

✉️ The National Arts Centre Orchestra will email a recording of their performances every Wednesday night [Ottawa Citizen] [Sign Up Here]

🎥 The Mayfair Theatre (Ottawa's cinema) has a new podcast out today. Eric and Josh chat about: pandemic talk shows, having a new cat, nice social media, Ewoks TV movies, that it’s ok for friends to like different things, old people complaining about new stuff, getting tagged in negative tweets, stay at home geek groups, That Thing You Do, and more! [Mayfair]

📚2pm Listen to New York Times reporter Mike Isaac about all things Uber, and what it was like to spend so many months enmeshed in the exploits of Travis Kalanick. [Quarantine Book Club]

 

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