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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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We did not realize yesterday morning that the new occupant at Rideau Hall, Governor General Mary Simon, lived in suburban Ottawa. Clearly, our headline should have read ‘Manotick resident accepts new job, moves across town.‘ We apologize for the error.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ A few showers. High of 17°, low of 13°

Number: 109. The age at which Ottawa’s oldest man died, June 19. Tom Lumby was also probably Canada’s oldest war veteran. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Marcus Griffith. The Orléans entrepreneur has launched his fourth streetware collection from his fashion label, Acid Drop. [Faces Mag]

Quote: “It dismays me that the National Gallery of Canada would've gone outside our borders to seek the talent when we have it right here” – Mark Rutledge, president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, who is dismayed that the Gallery chose an American company for their rebrand. The designers, Area 17, say that two out of three partners are Canadian, as is the lead designer for the project. [CBC]

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▪️Dominion City’s new Picnic Blanket is a saison loaded with rhubarb and raspberry flavours, and it’s a pleasing pink hue. 

▪️Over at Beau’s Feed the Jukebox Milkshake IPA is another limited time summer spesh, which the brewery claims is a “velvety smooth treat that will razz your berries!” The beer is flavoured with citrus, tropical fruit, and red berries. 

▪️Tomorrow sees the launch of new soft serve flavour Space Jam from Merry Dairy. It’s a decadent frozen treat of dark chocolate ice cream, white chocolate ganache, and milk chocolate chunks. To try it, head to the original Merry Dairy Truck at 102 Fairmont or order online for next day delivery within Ottawa. 

▪️Today’s damp squib of a forecast has forced Whiprsnapr to move the date of tonight’s Drag Bingo to next Wednesday July 14th. If you have a reservation for tonight you’re asked to confirm with the brewery that you can attend next Wednesday evening instead. Call 613-596-9882 

▪️Big news from The Artery Community Roasters, who provide employment and work experience for people living with disabilities. Their Los Ortega Blend is now on drip from Wednesday to Saturday (8:00am to 8:00pm) at Almanac Mill and Bakery, 9-5510 Canotek Road in Gloucester. When you visit, you can also purchase bags of Los Ortega, Pink Bourbon Barrel, and Augusto’s Gusto Blends and pick up some of Almanac’s fresh milled heritage flours and baked goods. 

▪️If you missed taco Tuesday last night, head to Ola Cocina Taqueria (62 Barrette Street), which is now open for lunch on Wednesdays. Ignore the grey skies and tuck into a Cod Fish taco with house picked cabbage and mango salsa, or a Spicy Fried Chicken taco with charred corn pico, quest fresco, and chipotle maple syrup. Visit in person or order for delivery or takeout. 

▪️Merivale Fish’s casual restaurant the Seafood Grill is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday (and on Sundays from 3:00pm to 8:00pm), with a classics-packed menu and new favourites like Sweet & Spicy Smelts. 

▪️Meatings dine-in brunch resumes this Sunday, July 11th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm and runs every Sunday after. Expect classics with lashings of smoked brisket, pulled pork, smoked ham, bacon, and non-barbecue things like eggs and home fries. Oh, and brunch cocktails. 5380 Canotek Road. 

▪️The Citizen has gone on a road trip to Almonte and loves their foodie scene.

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


546,411🔺 1949,224 🔸 0 
💉 Eligible people with one dose77.8% 
💉 Eligible people with second dose46.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


375,365🔺311,219 🔺1
💉 Eligible people with one dose81.1%
💉 Eligible people with second dose37.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,712🔺7591 🔸 0
💉 Vaccinated with one dose762,808
💉 Vaccinated with second dose405,792

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,541🔺 6215 🔸 0
💉 Number of doses of vaccine 405,897

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4727🔺 1111 🔸 0

💉 Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ Ottawa Public Health has rolled outed out take-home COVID-19 test kits for kids. They'll be tested with kids at camp this summer and should be available for all students in the Autumn. The idea is that kids will not need to miss as much school if the test is negative. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The City wants 600 homes to be retrofitted for better energy use. The ‘Better Homes’ programme has a $16 million war chest from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to grant $20,000 retrofits in Ottawa, to be paid over 20 years from property taxes. The City will market the programme first to older rowhouses and houses near downtown. [CBC] [Better Homes]

▪️The Finance Committee usually doesn't attract many presentations but last night 19 people spoke, mostly to ask for cutbacks to the police.  The City is looking at raising OC Transpo fares 2.5 per cent and 4.86 per cent on water bills. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa home prices are dropping, if only by two per cent. There are more houses for sale, creating a downward push on prices. The average sale price in Ottawa last month was $726,000, down from $759,000 in May. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The RedBlacks won't be joining the XFL after allThe Canadian Football League had entered into merger talks with the XFL, co-owned by actor Dwayne 'The Rock’ Johnson, earlier in the year. Those talks are now off. [Ottawa Sun]

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