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The City has dropped its draft budget for 2021. Let's see the highlights:

▪️Assuming that the Province and/or Feds come up with $153 million, there won't be any significant service cuts from the City or by OC Transpo
▪️Property tax would go up three per cent (about $115 per year per household)
▪️Transit fares on the empty busses and trains would rise 2.5 per cent, to $3.65 per ride (By our calculator, OC Transpo didn't give the actual fare) 
▪️Garbage rates for homes go up $10 per year

However, if upper levels of government don't pitch in money, the City has plans for cutting services, starting with drastic cuts on transit.

It's a different story on the Ottawa Police Service.

▪️The police budget will increase by $13.2 million
▪️30 new police officers will be hired
▪️Barrhaven gets a new police station

The police do not have a Plan B if upper levels of government do not send money, their draft budget has only one version.

Some people are not happy with the proposed budgets. Housing activists say that the budget does not provide enough for the City’s population of homeless people, and others say it does nothing to alleviate climate change.

City Council will approve the City’s budget for next year on December 9. You can look at the draft budget proposals and other documents at the City’s budget webpage.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


#STATS

Weather: 🌤️ Mainly sunny. High of 16°  

Number:  2027-28. The year that the Ottawa Hospital’s new Civic campus on Carling Avenue will open. The hospital was originally planned to open in 2026. [Ottawa Matters]

Ottawan of the Day: Daniel Bailey, who founded Street Medics. The grassroots group provides hot homemade meals, donated items and wellness checks to those in need on the street. [Ottawa Matters] [Street Medics]

Quote: “People are going stir-crazy and they are happy to get in and blow off some steam – The Axe Shop owner Lawrence Rogers. The company joins the Vengeance Van and axe-throwers In The Air in finding customers who just want to break things or throw sharp, heavy objects around  [Capital Current


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Public Health Reports: 

OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

There have been 7273 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 330 deaths, two new reports.
 

OUTAOUAIS

Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2617 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 49 since yesterday, and 48 deaths, two new reports.
 

EASTERN ONTARIO

Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 660 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 21 deaths, no new reports. 


⭕ Centretown Community Health Centre, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and Somerset West Community Health Centre are now conducting COVID-19 testing – pre-booking required  [Ottawa Citizen] [Booking]

⭕ The Public Health Agency of Canada quietly updates its website to advise of the transmission of COVID-19 by microscopic airborne particles  [CBC]

⭕ Two staffers at the Ottawa Paramedic Service test positive for COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ New Federal rules require people arriving in Canada by air to provide their quarantine plan before boarding their flight; travellers by land can show their plan at the border [Government of Canada]


 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT

▪️Does anyone have some space for re-Cycles? The non-profit DIY bike repair shop needs a new home after 10 years on Bronson at Gladstone, after their building was sold. 1,800 - 3,000 sq feet and close to transit needed [Ottawa Matters] [re-Cycles]

▪️Ottawa house prices continue to rise after October results.  The average Ottawa home price is $603,000 [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group asking for City bailout to keep running Lansdowne Park. The owner of the Redblacks, Ottawa 67's, Ottawa BlackJacks and the Ottawa Aces is finding money tight as it cannot sell tickets for their teams or concerts during the pandemic. The City is in a 30-year agreement with the Group to run the complex. City staff are recommending that the Group be able to use $4.7 million in a reserve fund, that the contract be extended by 10 years, and that the city would waive its 50 per cent share of retail revenue at the end of the contract. City staff argue that the City would pay more, and be on the hook for loans, if the Group left [CBC]

▪️Spartan Bioscience will start trials for its reformulated rapid COVID-19 tests. The company was previously approved to sell its rapid tests but stopped after questions were raised about the effectiveness of the swab. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️The Fire Department thinks that three arsons in Vanier during the past three days are linked. Vanier also had a series of arsons in July and eleven in 2017. [CBC]

▪️Kemptville hoped that its empty college campus would reopen as a school or at least a business park. Instead, they are getting the Greater Ottawa Correctional Complex on the site and the townspeople are not happy. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Canadians who have a name resembling a person on the ‘no fly list’ can apply for a new travel number. The no-fly list was created after 9/11 to keep people who were possibly, maybe related to terrorism from flying but, because it was based on name only, thousands of people with similar names have been banned or just have constant travel problems. The new system lets people apply for a Canadian Travel Number which can be given to an airline. (9/11 was nineteen years ago and this system was created just now.) [Ottawa Matters]

#THE INSIDER

▫️ The farmers’ market season is mostly over but Carp Farmers Market is staying open for two more Saturdays as it pivots to the “Christmas in November at the Carp Farmers’ Market.” These two final Saturdays will take the place of the usual indoor Christmas Market, which has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Even better, this Saturday’s (November 7th) market will be a chance to do some outdoor Christmas shopping under an unseasonably warm sun. The Carp market is mostly about the food, with local vendors supplying ancient breed meats, maple syrup and honey, baked goods, wine and cider, and dressings, but you’ll also find soap, pottery and fashion accessories. 3970 Carp Road, Carp K0A 1L0

▫️ Today through Sunday (November 5-8) visit the Handmade Market’s Online Handmade Market Event where you’ll find 220 Canadian vendors of handmade goods. Artisans from across the country offer unique items including stationery, clothing, bath and beauty, home decor, candles, art, and more. 

▫️ November is Mens Cancer Awareness month, which means it’s time for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Society’s Stache for Cash campaign. Grow some glorious facial hair or hold your own campaign to support Ottawa families living with cancer. Top fundraisers are entered into a draw for prizes like meat packages, beard kits, and coffee. This year’s campaign is supported by some fine companies including Kichesippi BeerJunior & The KidBeer SnacksLL BeanBush Beard CoFarm BoyOttawa Valley MeatsTim Horton’sMeow That’s Hot, and Mojoe Coffee

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