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Friday, July 30, 2021

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As another atypically cool and windy day plays out, we’re wondering if summer is ever planning to return to Ottawa this year. We’re siding with the optimists, and hope to see hot and sunny weather again before Labour Day. With that optimism in mind, today we’re looking at all things BBQ, cottage weekends, and outdoor fun. 

▪️Aurelius Food will be closed August 2nd through 8th next week, while staff recharges with family. The store is open now though, which is perfect timing for your BBQ needs this long weekend. You’ll find tasty rubs and bread dips as well as their usual supply of outstanding olive oils and Balsamic vinegars. They also carry the stylish dipping dishes made by Quebec designers Atelier Trema ($18). 1283 B Wellington Street W. 

▪️If you’re craving some campfire time but you don’t want the hassle of building and then dousing one, head to Saunders Farm. Bring your own chairs, and enjoy a two hour campfire time slot for up to 10 guests, from $113.00. Included are hot dogs, S’mores, and kettle corn, with drinks and other upgrades available tp purchase on the website (the homemade fudge looks pretty delicious). Advance booking is essential. 

▪️We see a classic in the making: Artech Glass Blowing from Tory Hill, Ontario has created a series of upcycled beer bottle glasses featuring outdoorsy iconography ($15.95). These gorgeous brown tumblers would make a great gift for the cottage weekend host or hostess. Find the Camp Fire, the Canoe, the Tent, and other Canadiana designs at Maker House. 

▪️Goody Mart returns this Saturday July 31st from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the parking lot behind The Good Cannabis shop at 809 Bank St. Vendors include Boy Meets Girl Vintage, Shaded Canada, The Good Ottawa, Vanity Vintage Apparel, and Downtown Underground Streetwear. 

Coming up

Book a three hour session at the Festibière Gatineau, August 4th through 7th and August 11th to 14th at Place Des Festivals Zibi in Old Hull. Sample beers from 30 of Quebec’s breweries and food vendors against a backdrop of live music from the province’s most exciting bands. Tickets $19.50 (beer samples and food are available to purchase on site). 

Deal of the Day

▪️The Deal of the Day is all about swimwear. Smooth and sexy suits are 20% off in the High Summer Swim Sale at Fortnight Lingerie until Monday at midnight, when you use the code PRIVATEBEACH at checkout. Their cheeky bikini bottom has a foldover top that gives you the option of low rise or high waist, regularly priced $98. We love the look of the new Swim Bloomer, a sporty bike short length bottom for those that want more coverage (regular price $110). In tops, choose from the tie back to pullover styles, or go for a one piece. All of Fortnight’s swimwear is made in Canada.

▪️Bonus deal of the day: Check out the sale pages at Dailystory for sweet summer deals on wide leg pants ($52.49), shorts (from $41.99), and shirts (from $45.49). Made in Montréal.

New podcast alert

We've added Small Machine Talks to our curated list of Ottawa podcasts. Ottawa poets Amanda Earl and a.m. kozak talk about the poetry scene and interview interesting authors. Find it and all the other local podcasts here.

It's Colonel By Day on Monday, so we'll be sleeping in. We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of 18°, low of 9°

Number: 14. The number of kittens rescued by Hintonburg's Feline Café over the past few months. The cafe is struggling to make ends meet because COVID-19 has meant they had to close their interiors and cat take-out is not a viable option. [CTV] [Donations]

Ottawans of the Day: Richard Patterson and Ian McLeish. Yesterday, we wrote about a Jimi Hendrix recording of Joni Mitchell singing from 1968 resurfacing. There's more to it!  The recording was missing because it was stolen from a vehicle at the time. When Ottawa musician (and drummer from the 60s band The Esquires) Richard Patterson died in 2011, his estate asked his friend Ian McLeish to digitize decades worth of tapes Patterson had collected from friends and studios. That's when McLeish found the lost song, The Dawntreader. [Global]

Quote: ‘There are persistent theories that the (cat) killer is human but the OHS has come to believe that the evidence points to the perpetrator as a coyote or coyotes’ – Bruce Roney, president and CEO of the Ottawa Humane Society, who is getting frustrated about persistant rumours that a person is killing cats in Ottawa, when all evidence says that it is coyotes.  [Ottawa Citizen]

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All data is as of this morning, changes are compared with yesterday.


550,178? 2269,339 ?11 
? Eligible people with one dose80.8% 
? Eligible people with second dose68.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


377,207?12511,241 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose83.3%
? Eligible people with second dose62.9%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,811?10593 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose769,980 (83%)
? Eligible people with second dose647,933 (70%)


Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,596? 0215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 501,005

As of July 27, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose195,193 (66.4%)
? Eligible people with second dose150,432 (50.2%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4746?1111 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose145,481 (79.5%)
? Eligible people with second dose119,139 (65.1%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Child care and transportation are two of the biggest issues preventing unvaccinated people getting their jabs, says Dr Vera Etches.  She reminds businesses and organizations that they can request a mobile vaccination visit. [CBC]

+ Related Mask wearing is still necessary, says Dr Etches

⭕ Oxygen bars are the only business Ontario has not allowed to reopen. Everything about oxygen bars is difficult for COVID-19 prevents – the tubes up the nose, the unmasked faces, the deep breaths breathing out. [CBC]

⭕ The Federal Government is extending the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, the wage subsidy and the commerical rent subsidy for another thirty days. The COVID-19 money was set to end September 25, it is now scheduled for October 23. [Global]

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▪️ The National Capital Commission wants your feedback on their pathway system. The NCC operates pathways shared by pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists along both sides of the Rideau Canal, along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, in Gatineau Park, and in the Experimental Farm, Watts Creek, the Aviation Museum, and Leamy Lake Park. Their web page is a pretty good source of maps and guides. [Old Ottawa South News] [Survey]

▪️ If you work at the Place du Portage III building of Public Services and Procurement Canada, you're going back to the office next week. The 225 employees are part of the Federal Government's pilot project to bring civil servants back into offices. [CBC]

▪️Developers want to demolish Hintonburg's old Elmdale Theatre for a highrise. The theatre, which has been occupied by CornerStone House of Refuge Apostolic Church since 1994, was opened in 1947 and is on the City's heritage register but does not have heritage designation. The City has 60 days from a demolition request to give something heritage status. The 18 storey tower would contain 240 apartments and replicate the marquee design of the old theatre at the entrance of a retail unit. [Ottawa Citizen

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