Monday, October 25, 2021

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Ottawa reopens a little bit more

Welcome to the first day of full houses.

The Province is now allowing restaurants, gyms, casinos, and other places that have required proof-of-full-vaccination to open to full capacity. Previously, they had been limited to 50 per cent.

Other places that did not require proof of vaccination, like museums, galleries, places of worship, and personal care business, can also open to full capacity if they start requiring proof of full vaccination.

Assuming that COVID-19 rates do not increase – a big assumption, granted – the Province says that all COVID-19 restrictions will be removed by March, including mask mandates.

And, again if things go well, places that require proof-of-full vaccination may be able to stop asking in January.


Knitters and crocheters looking for a quick but meaningful project can participate in the Goulborn Museum’s “Poppies of Goulborn” exhibit. The installation is a huge net festooned with knitted and crocheted red and black poppies, and will be displayed on the building’s exterior from the end of October until November 12th. The museum supplies instructions, and they advise the use of synthetic yarn that can withstand being in the elements. 

Deals of the day

▪️Rue Saint Patrick’s warehouse sale will mean a road trip to Montréal between the 27th and 29th of October. Head to 5524 Rue Saint Patrick, Unit #508, Montréal, Quebec H4E 1A8 from Wednesday to Friday this week, from 11:00am to 7:00pm, and snap up deals (and Christmas gifts) on cozy and stylish men’s shirts. No time for a road trip? Head to the sale page of the website now for discounted shirts, sweaters, and parkas. 

▪️Solo Stove’s Yukon model is $200 off the regular price during its brief flash sale. This smoke free camp fire is the perfect backyard firepit for marshmallow toasting and chinwagging. Shipping is free within Canada. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60 per cent chance of rain. High of 6°, low of 5°

Number: 2,000,000. The number of trees planted by the City’s Green Acres programme since 2000. The Green Acres programme assists residents with unused land in reforesting and maintaining the newly planted trees. But sorry, the class of 2022 is already full. [City of Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day: Aquil Virani. The visual artist is showcasing 18 Muslim artists from Ottawa in a new, bilingual anthology, Ottawa Inshallah. [Ottawa Citizen] [Book Website]

Quote: ‘It is with heavy hearts we must announce our club will be forced to permanently relocate back to England, and a more stable operating environment – With that statement, the Ottawa Aces rugby club leaves the Capital forever without ever playing a match [Globe & Mail

Sports: NHL NY Rangers 3 – Ottawa Senators 2, last Saturday; CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 3 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 32 (Ouch), last Saturday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 — York United 1, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


597,841? 10699,846 ? 7
? Eligible people with one dose87.8% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


422,995?120411,477 ?11
? Eligible people with one dose90.3%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

602 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

829,861 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated793,474 (86%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,184?4222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 599,602

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


5767?18120 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose165,956 (90.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated157,799 (86.2%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says that for people who had an allergic reaction to the first COVID-19 vaccination, the second dose is still safe. But check allergist or doctor first, they say. [CBC]

⭕ Unvaccinated Ottawa Police Service officers must provide a negative COVID-19 test every three days without which they will be unable to enter Police facilities. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Judge bans Ottawa mom from advising her son not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The son's father has been granted sole authority over COVID-19 innoculation matters. The mother has also been banned from showing her son online information that calls the vaccine into question. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Ottawa Bylaw is getting an increasing number of calls about residential chickens. Chickens are banned in the urban and suburban parts of the City. Some people even had roosters, which, to be honest, probably gives the game away pretty quickly. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ontarians are going to Gatineau for eye exams. Ontario optometrists have withdrawn their services from the Ontario Health Insurance Plan due to a dispute with the Province over pay. But the law does not allow for those eye services to be paid with private insurance, so people have been trying to book the exams in Gatineau. [CBC]

▪️The memorial to residential school children on Parliament Hill has been taken down. The spontaneous memorial was made mainly of children's shoes and toys. Elders of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation will determine which items are kept by the City for historical purposes, kept by the elders for safekeeping, or respectfully disposed. [CBC]

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1970s Condos under $350k

2000 Jasmine Crescent Unit #617 (Beacon Hill South)

2 bed, 1 bath

Year built: 1973

East-end living with lots of local amenities. The unit has updated windows and spacious bedrooms. The building has an indoor swimming pool and sauna. 


2650 Southvale Crescent Unit #307 (Alta Vista)

2 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1977

Split level condo with lots of space. Features in-suite laundry, two balconies, and a kitchen with dual entrances. Not your usual condo. 


1785 Frobisher Lane Unit #1209 (Riverview Park)
1 bed, 1 bath

Year built: 1976

Perfect single person-living with easy access to downtown via the nearby public transitway. Standout feature is the spacious balcony with its incredible view. 


1785 Frobisher Lane Unit #1108 (Riverview Park)

2 bed, 1 bath

Year built: 1975

This renovated unit boasts quartz counter tops and stainless appliances. Like the other available unit in this building, the view from the balcony is pretty great. 


▪️The Globe & Mail looks at a Manotick house that sold for $1,020,000, $71,000 over asking.

▪️Ottawa Magazine walks through a renovation of a 1986 house on the river in Arnprior.

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