Friday, October 1, 2021

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October is Manufacturing Month in Canada.

Regular readers know by now that the ottawan loves to shine a light on goods made in Canada. Although our focus is usually on fashion (as it is in today’s newsletter), there are other sectors manufacturing right here: food, home decor pieces, bedding, industrial fabrication, and consumer products. Let us know about your favourite Canadian brands

Women’s Fashion

▪️The clearance pieces at Valérie Domaine will add a punch of homegrown assertiveness to your wardrobe. The Montréal-born, Toronto-based designer’s output focuses on clean lines and contemporary style that draws inspiration from the past. Case in point: the Viveca Dress Long, which with its standup collar could have jumped off the page of a 1966 edition of Vogue. It’s an incredible $85 (down from $195) but there’s only size L remaining. 

▪️More Canadian-made womenswear is on sale online at Victoire boutique,including summer pieces and cooler weather layering inspiration. 

▪️Cherry Velvet’s uber-cheerful and retro-inspired dresses are available in sizing up to 3XL, and are designed and ethically produced in Vancouver, BC. Summer A-lines, V-necks, coat dresses, and smart occasion pieces are on sale right now, in patterns and colours that will make heads turn. You’ll also find 3 packs of masks in joyful colours. 

Men’s Fashion

Get a jump on next summer: Caliber mens swimwear is holding an end of season sale in the Dive Cut and Swim Cut briefs. Regularly $78, they’re now available for $46.80. 


Arctic Bay are Canadian-made winter jackets, coats, and parkas that will keep you warm on the harshest of winter days. Made with functionality and fashion in mind, these pieces are not impulse purchases, but if buying Canadian is important to you they could be worth saving up for. For those that are ready to make a purchase now, the October sale is on for the next nine days. Most items are available at 20% off the regular price, and, if you purchase two, you’ll receive a 30% discount. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 17°, low of 10°

Number:  $465. The amount per person that it costs the City to develop new subdivisions. On the other hand, developing urban areas – such as adding new towers – adds $606 per person to the City's coffers. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day:  Jeremy Roberts. The Ottawa West-Nepean MPP has sent a letter to New York governor Kathy Hochul, requesting that the state stop changing the time twice per year. Ontario law states that we will stay on permanent daylight savings time if Quebec and New York do the same. [CTV]

Quote: ‘If you're vaccinated, I want to see you out and about. Do it in a safe way, but this is a great Fall’ – Dr. Doug Manuel, Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital and member of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, who says that he thinks that fully vaccinated people can be living a somewhat normal life. For unvaccinated people, he says ‘Be careful’. [CityNews

Sports: CPL Halifax Wanderers 2 – Atlético Ottawa 1, last Wednesday. NHL Toronto Maple Leafs 4 – Ottawa Senators 0, last Wednesday.

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Wednesday


586,817? 13159,743 ? 20
? Eligible people with one dose87% 
? Eligible people with second dose81.6%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


410,823?129811,377 ? 8
? Eligible people with one dose90.4%
? Eligible people with second dose84.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

596 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

817,185 (89%)
? Eligible people with second dose768,924 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


13,716?35220 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 585,086

As of September 28, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 74.1%
? Eligible people with second dose70.1%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5330?34114 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose161,027 (88%)
? Eligible people with second dose149,823 (81.9%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau is the second elementary school in Ottawa to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  [CBC]

⭕ Ontario recommends that the Pfizer vaccine be administrated to those aged 18-24 over Moderna, due to the latter's slightly increased heart risk. The recommendation is optional, and people aged 18-24 may still request Moderna. [CBC]

⭕ Personal trainers seem to make up the majority of Ottawa businesses on OntarioBAD, the website listings businesses that don't want to request proof of vaccinations. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Amherst Crescent in Barrhaven will keep its name – because no one complained. The City reviewed the street name after Montréal renamed their Amherst Street, which was named after an 18th century British general who advocated for the genocide of Indigenous people. The City points out that besides the lack of complaints, there is no proof that the crescent is actually named after the general. [CBC]

▪️The new Red Apron on Gladstone Avenue has created an environmentally friendly parking lot. The lot is gravel, contstrained by a grid of recycled plastic. The gravel is strong enough to support trucks but rainwater drains into the soil rather than the sewer system. And yes, snow can be removed – as long as Mr Plow is careful. [CBC] [Red Apron]

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