Now that we can get out and about a little, what are you planning to do this weekend? Many cultural landmarks have opened up their grounds (if not their interiors) so perhaps an old-time-y walk around the gardens is in order.
▪️The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum has reopened to the public for self-guided tours. Visitors can explore the grounds, view heritage breed farm animals, and watch demos of a 1920s-30s printshop. Due to COVID visitors can’t access the interior of the buildings.
▪️This Sunday June 20th, over 100 Ontario Parks are open free of charge for the day. Visitors can hike trails, gaze at waterways, and commune with nature. You’ll need to book a vehicle permit, which are now available online five days in advance of your visit.
▪️Be a tourist in your hometown. The Free Walking Tour by Ottawa Walking Tours is a two hour experience taking in Parliament Hill, The National War Memorial, the Byward Market, and other areas of interest downtown.
Or download the GPSmyCity app to organize your own personal tour.
Dabbers at the ready: It hasn’t been confirmed, but the Carp Fairgrounds are hoping to hold Drive-In Bingo every Wednesday in July. Check back on their Facebook page for booking info if/when they get the go-ahead.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Number: 900. The number of animals at Little Ray’s Nature Centre that will not have to pack their bags and leave. The Centre said that it would not have to close its two locations. They have borrowed $1.4 million in emergency aid. [CBC]
Ottawan of the Day: Filip Gustavsson. Gustavsson was voted as Best Goaltender on the Sens by the readers of the Silver Sevens website. [Silver Sevens]
Quote: ‘Not collecting data is an acknowledgement … for me at least, that it’s (not) a priority for these organizations or institutions. You can’t change what you don’t measure’ – Paul Bailey, executive director of the Black Health Alliance. Bailey is one of many health professionals who say that Ottawa hospitals need to do more to combat racism in health care and support BIPOC patients and staff. No Ottawa hospital collects racial data about their patients. [Ottawa Citizen]
💉 11,529,430 doses have been administered in Ontario
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📋 Public Health Reports:
⭕ The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been approved for use in the US which means that travellers from Canada and the UK may be persona non grata. The first Broadway play to reopen, Springsteen on Broadway (Is that actually a play? Or is it more of a jukebox musicial? – ed), will only accept ticketholders who have been vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson. [NY Times]
⭕ The Delta variant of COVID-19 is rising in Ontario. This one is the particularly contagious variant, which is trouble as Ontario loosens restrictions. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ 75 per cent of Ottawa adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. But it's not enough to let our guard down, says Dr Vera Etches. [CTV]
⭕ New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left his three star airport hotel after testing negative for COVID-19. He and the Canadian delegation had to self-isolate after returning from the G7 summit in the UK. [National Post]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ The new battery powered buses that OC Transpo is planning on buying will include small diesel heaters. Electric heaters in winter drain the batteries. The City hopes the bus fleet will be emission-free by 2036. [CBC]
▪️ Otto's BMW wants to pave paradise, put up a parking lot. The dealership wants to expand their parking over approximately 1.57 hectares of forest on Hunt Club road. Neighbours are not in favour. [CBC]
▪️ Brett Cody the bobcat has been returned to the zoo. Mr Cody was apparently deliberately set free from Saunders Country Critters Zoo Sanctuary near Kempville June 5. He was not considered a threat to anyone while he was on the lam. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Ottawa Police are looking for a permanent senior advisor on violence against women and gender-based violence. The job needs include ‘community development, feminist, anti-oppression and trauma-informed approaches to help the police prevent sexual violence and respond and support women who have been the victims.’ If that sounds like you, apply here by tomorrow. [Ottawa Citizen]