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Friday, July 9, 2021

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Apartment 613 posits an interesting question this morning: Is Bells Corners the new Hintonburg? 

They point out the new fine food outlet Duke Fine Foods is opening soon, joining neighbourhood stalwarts Kichessipi Beer and Suzy Q doughnuts. 

We note that Whiprsnapr and Conspiracy Theory brewers are already there – we had lunch and a Grapefruit Radler at Conspiracy Theory only last Sunday – not to mention one of our faves, the Ad Mare Seafood Truck.

Apartment 613 may have a point. Can the condos be far behind?

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 22°, low of 12°

Number: 9. Today, July 9, is Nunavut Day, recognizing the date the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act went into effect in 1993, which lead to the creation of the Territory. The Ottawa connection is a sweet one: Merry Dairy has created a Nunavut flavour, inspired by the colours of the flag, with raspberry sauce, lemon curd, and blue candy. Available in their shop or online. [CBC] [Merry Dairy]

Ottawan of the Day: Samuel Singer. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law assistant professor has won the Canadian Law and Society Association Article Prize for his paper Trans Rights Are Not Just Human Rights: Legal Strategies for Trans Justice. [Law Times News] [The Paper]

Quote: We were not surprised by the results, but rather by their magnitude” – University of Ottawa professor Tracy Vaillancourt, who lead a study that found bullying in schools plummeted during the pandemic. However, cyberbullying did not drop as much. [Le Droit]

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They say the sun’s going to shine this weekend, so it’s the perfect time to head to the great outdoors with loved ones, whether that means the backyard, a trip to the cottage or campground, or a few hours spent in a park. 

▪️Family and friends of The Ottawan have been known to engage in evening games of croquet that are fuelled by a healthy spirit of competition, vodka tonics, and a bit of cheating on the part of at least one player (you know who you are). The game tends to be quite casual but it turns out there are proper rules. You can buy a four player set $34.99 + tax

▪️Enjoy game night by the campfire with a pack of Native Elements Playing cards, featuring designs by Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. $16.99 + tax and shipping.

▪️The Log Toss Lawn Game by Ottawa’s Maker House is a twist on a Finnish game called Molkky, which is simply throwing a log at some other logs to knock them down, for points. It’s actually more complicated than that, and we hear it can get pretty competitive. We’re in. $99.95

▪️Keep the porch, balcony, or cottage tidy with baskets by Les Deux Soeurs Dans Le Même Panier. These handmade, finger woven baskets are available in designs that will carry picnics, shopping, logs or lunch, or just sit stylishly on the stairs or the kitchen counter. 


New market alert

Thanks to a heads-up from the Midnight Baker, we can tell you about a new outdoor market launching this weekend. The Nepean Night Market runs from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday July 11th, in the parking lot of the Mr. Lube on Baseline Road. Organizers promise local vendors, music, and fun, and we can’t think of a better way to banish the Sunday night blues.

Coming up

This month is the 225th anniversary of the death of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns. The Scottish Society of Ottawa is marking the occasion on Saturday July 17 with music and poetry readings, all of which will be listed on the group’s website as they are confirmed. The society has also created BURNS225 RIP swag bags containing Scottish goodies like whisky (and whisky glasses), shortbread, chocolates, a Burns 225 logo tee, and more. $140 for members, $150 for non-members.


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


546,804🔺 1839,237 🔺9 
💉 Eligible people with one dose78.1% 
💉 Eligible people with second dose50.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


375,716🔺7711,230 🔺1
💉 Eligible people with one dose81.3%
💉 Eligible people with second dose40.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,719🔺 7591 🔸 0
💉 Vaccinated with one dose762,808
💉 Vaccinated with second dose405,792

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,549🔺 2215 🔸 0
💉 Number of doses of vaccine 414,493

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4727🔸 0111 🔸 0

💉 Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ As you can see above, Ontario is now over 50 per cent vaccinated with two doses. (More accurately, more than 50 per cent of people over the age of 12 are now vaccinated with two doses).

⭕ Ontario will move into Step 3 next Friday, five days earlier than planned. That means 25 people indoors socially, indoor dining with no limits (except social distancing and mask rules), cinemas, sports, concerts, and gyms at 50 per cent capacity, with arenas  up to 1000 people. And, get ready, Karaoke is back.  [Global] [Step 3 Details]

⭕ Quebec may launch a vaccine passport that bars people from pubs, restaurants, gyms, festivals, etc., if they are not double vaccinated. The passport would not bar people from essential services. September 1 is considered a possible start date.  [CBC

⭕ Canada may start allowing fully vaccinated tourists into the country soon – but unvaccinated people will be barred for quite awhile. [Reuters]

⭕  Ottawa should hit 90 per cent vaccinated by mid-August says Anthony Di Monte, City of Ottawa General Manager of Emergency & Protective Services [CityNews]

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▪️The Orléans Dome has been approved by the City‘s Planning Committee. The 18m high inflatable dome would cover the sports field at École secondaire catholique Garneau. Neighbour have complained, saying that nothing so large has been allowed anywhere else in Ontario and it is too close to residences. City staff have been given the authority to order more trees if needed. [CBC]

+ Related The Planning committee also approved a 26-storey tower at the intersection of Bank Street and Riverside Drive. Across the street, plans are already been submitted for 26 and 27 storey high buildings.

▪️Not that anyone wants to swim today, but you shouldn't at any Ottawa beach.  The rainfall has raised E. coli levels, says Ottawa Public Health. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa Hospital has created a calculator to guess when you will die. Just on Monday, we wrote about how the University of Ottawa had created a calculator to reckon when you will get dementia. Can't Ottawa academia look at developing flying cars or jetpacks or something instead? [The Hill] [The Calculator]

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