The City is looking for your help in naming new O-Train stations. They have 11 new stations in the west extension, eight new stations in the south extension and five new stations in the east extension.
They are looking for names that correctly identify the area, work in both in English and French, and are easy to spell.
They don't want suggestions like 'Square Wheels' or 'Doesn't Work Outdoors' or 'Bus Replacement Service' station.
If you have some good suggestions, help out the service here.
We'll see you tomorrow, Martha and Darren
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⭕ There have been 2576 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.
⭕ Testing of Quebec blood donors suggests that many more people may be infected with COVID-19 than the official count [CBC]
⭕ Pandas in Canadian zoos are running out of bamboo, due to coronavirus-lmited shipments from China [The Guardian]
⭕ Canada has pre-purchased doses of vaccine but can't say how many because of the competion with other countries [Macleans]
⭕ Three people staying at the Carling Family Shelter have tested positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ Lobaws reports three employees tested positive for COVID-19, two at the South Keys Loblaws and one at the Findlay Creek Shopper's Drug Mart [CFRA]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️If you are a paying member of the City's recreation facilities, check your bank statements. 2,000 people were charged through direct debit on Tuesday for the April, May, June and July fees even though, well, you know. The City says it will automatically refund those affected. [CBC]
▪️Only one Parliament Hill cat is left. Coal, who just spent some time at the vet for eating a piece of string (Tell us about that – the editors) is the last remaining feral cat from a colony that has been living behind Parliament for 90 years. The cats have been spayed and neutered – then released – for the past few years, allowing the colony to dwindle naturally. Coal is 12. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️People in Gatineau are falling for sextortion scams. You meet someone interesting on an app, they ask for nude pics or, live action on a webcam, you say 'Great!', then they ask you for money to be paid in Bitcoin. Who knows how to pay in Bitcoin? Really, if anyone knows, it would help us with a problem. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Ottawa Porchfest is officially cancelled. The annual festival where artists and musicians performed from their front porch in Hintonburg and Westboro was to happen August 8 but the organisers fear that it is too soon. Artists and musicians are still welcome to perform for their neighbours, unofficially.
🚜 Farmers’ Market News
▫️Ottawa Farmers’ Market (the organization that includes markets at Orléans on Thursdays, Westoro on Saturdays, and Barrhaven and Lansdowne on Sundays) reports that fresh corn is now available at all four markets. [Ottawa Farmers’ Markets]
▫️Not even COVID-19 can stop the Byward Market Authors’ Market, which will happen on Saturday August 15th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Expect six local authours to be in attendance, each of whom will be assigned a tent. Masks are mandatory, and there will be contactless payment facilities for any purchases.
🍺 Beer News
▫️ Evergreen now has Maiden Voyage Pale Ale back in cans, following a brief hiatus. Pick some up at the brewery (231-767 Silver Seven Road in Kanata), enjoy it on their patio or in the taproom, or have it delivered. [Evergreen]
▫️Those innovators at Whiprsnapr never seem to sleep: they’ve now come up with “Newfangled Ginger Ale”, a non-alcoholic bevvy that apparently straddles both ale and beer in flavour, with enough sweetness to appeal to kids as well as grownups. It’s available starting today. [Whiprsnapr]
▫️Orléans Brewing suggests pairing their Black Hop Down with their vegan “Chocolate Decadence” dessert. They also recommend pairing their new IPA with their Chicken Caesar salad. We think that both sound outstanding. [Orléans Brewing]
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