4 May 2022
Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 17°, low of 2°.
Number: 25. The number of Blandings turtles left in Kanata, down from 81 over the past decade. Without an improvement to their environment, Blanding’s turtles will become functionally extinct in the Kanata area by 2030. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawan of the Day: Jesse Luketa. The Penn State football player from Ottawa South has been selected by the Arizonal Cardinals in the NFL draft and by his hometown team Ottawa RedBlacks in the CFL draft. In real terms, Luketa will play for the Cardinals but the RedBlacks will have a change to sign him if he leaves the NFL. [247 Sports]
Quote: ‘Moving forward, rather than honouring one individual, the Township's name honours all "Russells" such as Russell Phair, Keith Russell, and others who would have helped develop our community into the jewel we love today’ – Russell Township mayor Pierre Leroux. Two years ago the town, just south of Ottawa, went looking for a new Russell worthy enough to be named after. Peter Russell, after whom the town was originally named, was an Upper Canada bureaucrat who opposed abolishing slavery. [Russell Township]