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Monday is Labour Day, a holiday to commemorate the working people of Canada and, counter intuitively, a day to not labour.

🔻The Worker's Heritage Centre has some good online exhibits about the Ottawa river's lumbering history, the deadly building of the Rideau Canal, and the construction of the Parliament Buildings.

🔻The Worker's History Museum on Bank Street is closed for COVID-19 reasons but also has some good online exhibits on Ottawa's Wong Brothers, Black campaigner Cal Best, and the history of the “People's Playground’, Britannia Beach to which working people flocked on their newly fought-for “weekends”.

🔻This is a few years old, but in 2013 the Workers History Museum and the Carleton Centre for Public History videod their Ottawa Labour History Walking Tour



As it happens, the trolley doesn't go to Britannia Beach any longer so we'll go further afar for a day trip trip the weekend.

Let’s visit: Pakenham

Highway 29 will get you there, but it’s both exhilarating and terrifying to arrive via the Kinburn Side Road, which will end in the old bridge that takes you into town. It’s essentially one lane, and you can’t see if anyone’s coming from the other direction as you turn onto it. It’s a noteworthy structure: it has five spans and is the only one of its kind in North America. First constructed in 1903 by Scottish stonemasons from Ottawa, the bridge was restored in 1984 and reinforced with concrete.

Turn left immediately onto Highway 29, aka County Road No 29, for your first stop: Penny’s Fudge Factory (2483 County Rd 29, Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0). Fudge is a great idea any time, but right now they’re selling a pumpkin edition, which obviously features one of the best flavours of fall. They’ve also got bottles of Pop Shoppe soda, which anyone over the age of 40 will remember.

Pakenham General Store (2524 County Rd 29). It was built in 1840 and retains a lot of the original charm (check out the old wood floors, for example). The store sells essentials, baked goods, candy, and gifts.

Stop at Olde Crow Creek to check out their own line of soy candles, as well as textiles, calligraphy signage, cushions, and other home decor items from the area and further afield (2518 County Rd 29). 

Stock up at the LCBO outlet at Nicholson’s Sundries (2529 County Rd 29). You’ll also find groceries plus a great selection of adults’ and kids’ face masks for back to school.

Take a break at the family friendly Centennial Restaurant (2536 Graham St). The menu is full of diner classics at great prices. Take out or dine in.

In addition to great shopping and eating, Pakenham is home to Mount Pakenham ski resort.

You can’t visit Pakenham without stopping at Cartwright Springs Brewery (239 Deer Run Road, Pakenham, K0A 2X0). Their tap room is open or you can sit at one of the hand crafted picnic tables outside and listen to the great outdoors. Note: mark your calendar for September 5 and 6, when the brewery will be holding a hop picking party. $20 pp includes beer, food (brisket from Smiley’s Smokehouse) and physically distanced, hop picking fun.

The Mississippi Mills Staycation 2020 Facebook page has loads of suggestions for walking tours and trails in the region.

We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 21° 

Number: 8. The number of rinks that the City will be re-opening next week for public use. They are Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Roger Sénécal Arena and Elizabeth Manley Arena, Ray Friel Recreation Complex – arena 2,
Sandy Hill Arena, Fred Barrett Arena – east ice pad, Bell Centennial Arena, Jack Charron Arena, Katie Xu & Jack Fan Arena [City of Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day:  Mya Beaudry. The nine year-old is the talent behind Kokom Scrunchies, initally as a fundraiser to attend the Ottawa’s Summer Solstice Pow Wow, and now as a thriving small business. [Ottawa Matters] [Kokom Scrunchies]

Quote: It’s just shocking how much we’ve sold. It really is” – Jenneth Boudreau, taproom manager of Calabogie Springs Brewing Company, explaining that sales of cans has exploded during Stage 3 opening [CTV]


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 3009 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 267 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ The drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park is now open. Bookings must be made in advance through Ottawa Public Health. [CBC] [Ottawa Public Health Testing Centres]

⭕ Newfoundland and Labrador started using the Federal COVID-19 app yesterday. Newfoundland and Ontario are the only two provinces that have chosen to use it.125 people have voluntarily reported a positive test through the app. One person in Ottawa has discovered they were positive after being notified by the app that they were exposed.   [Toronto Star]

⭕ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided to send his own kids to public school in Ottawa. There was some hesitation on his part previously whether he would do so. [Twitter]

⭕ Staffer at Loblaw distribution centre on Sheffield Road tests positive for COVID-19  [CFRA]

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store]

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▪️Tiny Champlain Park house on market for $699,000 sells for $1 million. Sisters Heather and Donna Bramley stipulated in their will that the proceeds of their estate would go to CHEO. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Ottawa home prices up 22 per cent in August

▪️Two years after the complaint, the Ottawa Police officer accused of raping another Ottawa Police officer has been suspended.  The survivor made an Ontario Human Rights tribunal complaint after an Ontario Provincial Police investigation found there was no reasonable prospect of conviction and therefore did not lay criminal charges, even though they found grounds that the assault occured. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Road tests for driver's licenses return Tuesday. DriveCentres will be providing 100 per cent of their services again on that date. [CTV]

▪️Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman has filed a criminal complaint against an Alberta resident for accusing a judge of sedition.  Jacquie Robinson – self-named as Jacquie Phoenix – says that the Queen was deposed in 2001, thanks to the the invocation of a clause in Magna Carta by members of the British House of Lords. Robinson was trying to represent a woman in a custody case and get it thrown out because all laws and judgements in Commonwealth countries are now illegal thanks to the Queen being tossed out. Warman says that it is important to take these incidents seriously. the ottawan fears that it is going to regret bringing up this kind of thing. [Belleville Intelligencer] [This kind of thing]

▪️  Capital Poets

For Diana Breb­ner Prize

    Deadline is today

[Arc Poetry Magazine]



🎧 Hear This

▫️Local band Zoo Legacy has released a new video, featuring scenes of Ottawa and Gatineau [Faces Mag]



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