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Friday, August 27, 2021

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▪️Just this morning we heard about The Fallowfield Friday Night Market, taking place today from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Fallowfield Garage 5361 Old Richmond Road, Nepean K2R 1G4. We haven’t been able to find out much more than that, other than there will be Mexican and Haitian food. If you go, please report back to us as we can’t make it tonight. 

+ Related: Check out our new Farmers Market map. No matter where you find yourself in Ottawa or the surrounding rural areas this weekend, there’s a farmers’ market near you selling fresh local produce and crafts.

▪️It’s the final weekend to celebrate Capital Pride. Head to Lansdowne Park this Sunday August 29th for festivities including drag performers, artists, DJs, and bands. You’ll be fed and watered in the beer garden by participating food trucks. 3:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets are free but donations are encouraged. 

▪️We hate to say it, but it’s feeling a tiny bit autumn-y outside today. It’s the time of year when we begin to turn our gaze inward again, to our surroundings, and ask ourselves “Why don’t we have more plants?” The answer in the ottawan’s case is that we don’t know which plants are safe to have around our two cats, aka “The Mighty Cat Army” (or “The Jerks” if they’re being especially naughty). Luckily, Flowers Talk Tivoli has just restocked their impressive selection of plants and, even better, they’ve got a handy list of varieties that are safe to have around our fur babies. 

▪️613Flea returns to Lansdowne Park tomorrow (Saturday August 28th, 9:00am to 3:00pm), where more than 80 vendors will be offering their vintage and homegrown wares. The event happens rain or shine, and masks are mandatory. 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa 

▪️ByWard Market welcomes the Carivibe Pop-up tomorrow and Sunday (August 28th and 29th), with a blazing line-up of Caribbean music, food, and items from Black-owned businesses. Catch the action from 12 noon to 9:00pm at the ByWard Market, William and York streets. It’s free to attend. 

Deal of the Day

Stroked Ego is celebrating Pride with a sweet underwear deal. Buy two pairs of regular priced underwear and receive a third free. The sale will last all weekend, and all you have to do is use the code PRIDE21 at checkout, or buy in person at the shop. 2nd Floor - 131 Bank Street, Ottawa K1P 5N7. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ? Sunny. High of 25°, low of 17°

Number: 12. The number of municipalities across Canada with whom Ottawa-based FoodCycler is trialling their food composter. The in-kitchen device takes food scraps and makes it suitable for immediate fertilization in the garden. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day: Kaitlyn and Kshirin. The two Stittsville grade ten students who spent the pandemic teaching piano and art virtually are now providing tutoring in French, science, English and math, hiring three others. [Stittsville Central] [Flying Colours]

Quote: ‘What’s the point of being a journalist if you don’t tell the truth?’ – James Henry Bell, a writer and editor at Nunatsiaq News for 34 years, who passed away Tuesday. [Nunatsiaq News]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday



562,756? 6819,489 ? 17
? Eligible people with one dose83.3% 
? Eligible people with second dose76.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


387,230?61211,285 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose86.5%
? Eligible people with second dose77.8%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
28,192? 17

593 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

787,553 (85%)
? Eligible people with second dose724,834 (79%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,829?25215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 550,750

As of Aug 11, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose284,626 (69.4%)
? Eligible people with second dose238,925 (58.3%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4819?20112 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose151,061 (82.6%)
? Eligible people with second dose138,247 (75.6%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Canadians will be able to travel to the United Kingdom without needing to quarantine upon arrival as of Monday. And not just fully vaccinated Canadians – everyone. Travellers will still need to take a COVID-19 test three days before and two days after arrival. [CBC]

⭕ Each health unit in Ontario could create their own vaccine passport, says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the Medical Officer of Health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and president of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies. Premier Doug Ford has said that he will not create a provincial vaccine passport. [CBC]

+ Hackers in Quebec have been able to create fake vaccine passport names 

⭕ The Ottawa Carleton District School Board will not have any assemblies or field trips by bus this autumn. Fields trips will be allowed if they are within walking distance. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Canada's largest private long-term care operators have all made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for staff. Unvaccinated staffers will be put on unpaid leave. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ottawa judge excuses juror from trial for not being vaccinated [Ottawa Sun]

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▪️It's Canada Geese that have been closing the beaches of OttawaThe City had expected that their brand new sewage storage tunnel would keep human waste out of the Ottawa River and prevent bacteria from appearing. But no, Canada Geese hate humans so much that their waste has closed or limited swimming beaches 42 days this summer. [CBC]

▪️The bench featuring sculptures of Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Georges-Etienne Cartier that once greeted arrivals at Ottawa airport has been removed. The Airport Authority says that it has been removed as a gesture of reconcialition towards Indigenous communities because of Macdonald's creation of the residential school system. No word on what will happen to the airport's official name, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The bench itself has been donated to the Museum of Canadian History. [Ottawa Citizen]

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