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Friday, September 3, 2021

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Mark your calendar 

▪️Ottawa Artisans is holding a Community Party tomorrow (Saturday September 4th) at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre parking lot. In addition to Ottawa area artisans and businesses, vendors will include local reps from Epicure, Scentsy, and more. This family friendly event will also feature food, fresh coffee, and music. 1200 St. Laurent Blvd. 

▪️Ottawa's latest craft distillery, Ogham Craft Spirits, officially opens tomorrow, Saturday September 4th with bottles of their inaugural batch of gin for sale. They'll also be serving up G&Ts in the tasting room. 767 Silver Seven Rd. Unit 23, Kanata.

▪️Fauna is throwing a block party after dinner service on Sunday night, September 5th (it is a long weekend, after all). The menu has been crafted around amaro, featuring cocktails, slushies, and flights. The seating is limited so give them a shout to book a table. 425 Bank Street. 

▪️The Bytowne Cinema reopens next Wednesday September 8th under its brand new ownership. In addition to a schedule showing recent independent releases, restored prints of classics, and documentaries, the Bytowne offers subscription and membership packages, a fully stocked bar, and venue rentals. 325 Rideau Street.

▪️Here’s another one to put into your calendar: after being shut down last year due to the pandemic, the Carp Fair returns September Friday September 24th through Sunday September 26th. Expect all the country fair favourite including a midway, rodeo, live music, food and drinks, livestock shows, an antique auction, the Eastern Regional Percheron Horse Association show, and more. Strict COVID health and safety regulations will be in effect. Tickets cost $12 for adults (advance) and $6 for children. 

Deals of the day

▪️Encircled, the Toronto womenswear brand that manufactures its lines in a factory in Ontario, still has a few comfy basics left in The Summer Clearout Sale. We love the clean lines and pockets of the Everyday T-Shirt Dress, now $138 down from $154, and the office-friendly Sleeveless Revolve Dress (now $142) that also functions as a tunic or top. 

▪️Attention stitchers and quilters: Mad About Patchwork has lots of fabrics on sale right now, some as low as $3.50 per yard. Available fabrics include fleeces, cottons, polyester, linen-cotton blends, and more. 2477 Huntley Road, Stittsville. 

▪️Quebec brand À propos de Rien ne se perd Tout se crée has Fall-friendly tunics and summery skirts on sale (for as low as $19). 

Order of Ottawa

From Mayor Jim Watson:

I invite you to think about the remarkable neighbours, friends and community leaders who have made a significant impact in your lives or the lives of those around you, and to recognize their contributions by nominating them for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

To submit your nominations for both awards, visit The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 10, 2021.



Monday is Labour Day, we'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Mainly cloudy. High of 23°, low of 9°

Number: $75. The daily charge the new Civic Hospital campus would need to levy to pay for an underground garage. The Province does not pay for parking infrastructure in hospitals, so the existing plan is for a cheaper, above-ground structure. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Véronique Rivest and André Lemery. The two Gatinois – this may be an ottawan first use of the word for people from Gatineau – were yesterday given the Medal of the National Assembly. Rivest, a well respected sommelier, was honoured for her promotion of food and wine in the Outaouais. Lemery was awarded posthumously, for his numerous charitable activities. [Le Droit]

Quote: ‘Hallelujah’ – Chef and co-owner of NeXT, Michael Blackie, on the announcement of Ontario's vaccine passports. [Ottawa Citizen]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday



567,878? 8079,536 ? 6
? Eligible people with one dose84% 
? Eligible people with second dose77.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


390,613?69911,289 ? 1
? Eligible people with one dose87.5%
? Eligible people with second dose79.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
28,461? 49

593 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

791,007 (86%)
? Eligible people with second dose731,198 (80%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,985?27215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 559,958

As of September 1, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose294,172 (71.6%)
? Eligible people with second dose267,668 (65.1%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4890?11112 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose153,549 (83.9%)
? Eligible people with second dose141,438 (77.3%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The holiday from license plate stickers, health card, and driver’s licenses is over. The Province extended the expiry dates of almost all permits and licenses when the pandemic began in March 2020. Everything now needs to be brought up to date by February 22, 2022. And no, we didn't get a freebie – all past fees must be paid. [Stittsville Central]

⭕ The City has officially made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff, volunteers, contractors and students. Those who refuse, without a medical reason, will not be allowed to keep working. Staff must receive their second dose by October 15. [CBC]

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▪️College ward councillor. Rick Chiarelli says ‘creepy’ messages sent from his Twitter account was the result of a hack. Several women collected screenshots of the messages, in which the sender – amongst other things – hamhandedly offered to take them on trips at the City's expense. [CBC]

▪️More than two years after the fatal Westboro bus crash, the City is making changes at the station. Changes include redeploying signs, new striping, and better drainage. Three people were killed and dozens injured when an OC Transpo double decker crashed into the station January 2019. The driver of the bus was charged with dangerous driving and will receive the verdict September 22. [CTV]

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