Thursday, June 16, 2022
From Day 1 of the ottawan, we've reported the daily statistics of COVID cases in Ottawa, Gatineau, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the general Ontario and Quebéc overview.
But now the public health authorities are cutting back their data drops. Eastern Ontario did months ago, Ottawa is reporting only Tuesdays and Fridays, and Ontario will only be updating weekly. The various Quebéc authorities seem to be hanging on with daily updates.
Where do we go from here? It doesn't seem worthwhile to repeat info every day yet a once-a-week update isn't giving COVID the attention it deserves.
Once again, we'll throw it to you: what do you want to see in COVID 19 information? What is meaningful to you? What is pointless? What COVID information did you wish someone, somewhere was reporting?
As always, email to us at [email protected]
▪️Westboro Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Skeleton Event Productions present the first of six KiteNights, a family friendly event that’s free with the purchase of an item from a business in Westboro Village.
▪️The Surya Yoga Festival arrives in Kemptville from 6:00am to 9:00pm. It costs $40 for an entire day of yoga classes and wellness.
▪️Friends of Parkdale Market, Ottawa Markets, and Wellington West BIA present ArtsPark Festival & Market on Saturday June 18 from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There will be crafts, live music, artists, dance, live painting, local food, and a craft beer garden.
▪️This and every Saturday through the summer visit the Parkdale Farmers Marketto meet up with the Thirteen: A Social Enterprise team from Parkdale Food Centre. They’ll be selling items from The Artery Community Roasters, African B Honey, One Light Firestarter, Good Food for Good, La Plantation Canada, and more.
▪️The Elgin Street Market opens this Sunday June 19th at 9am for another summer’s trading at Boushey Square (211-A Waverley St at Elgin). This week vendors will be joined by the Ottawa Safety Council, the Ottawa Fire Service, and Raymundo will be playing tunes.
▪️Vintage Popup 613 celebrates Italian Week with a Parking Lot Popup at 298 Preston Street (at the corner of Louisa), from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. Vendors will be bringing vinyl, footwear, thrifted fashion, accessories, and vintage homewares.
▪️Square Lemon returns to the Glebe Community Centre for the Summer Lovin' Craft Market. Running 10:30am to 3:00pm on Sunday, you'll find vendors, a silent auction fundraiser for Around the Rainbow, and a free workshop. 175 Third Ave.
▪️Preston Street Market and Freewheeling Craft welcome Corinne Blouin for a family friendly Sketch & Stretch session starting at 10:00am. Bring your own mat or blanket and get ready to unleash your creativity. Free. Presto Square, 333 Preston Street.
▪️It’s Dogs, Donuts & Donations day at Hampton Park on Sunday. Free to attend, the event includes raffles, loot bags, donuts, drinks, and dogs for adoption. 11:00am to 2:00pm at 512 Island Park Drive.
▪️The postponed Britannia Village Arts Crawl will run this Sunday June 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
▪️Buy 2 and Get 1 Free at BB Collection, using the code BUY2GET1
▪️Get 25% off full priced items at Lilikoi until midnight tonight. Use the code THANKYOU22 at checkout.
▪️Get a free stylish cooler bag when you buy 24 beers from Ridge Rock Brewing Co.
▪️It’s Summer Clearance time at Yoga Jeans with some items discounted from 40 to 50% off the regular price.
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Weather: ?️ There is a tornado watch warning! That's not a tornado warning, but be wary. 60 per cent chance of thunderstorms. High of 30°, low of 17°.
Number: $9.8 million. The amount of money received by Bluesfest from the Federal government to return it to its pre-pandemic scale. [CTV]
Ottawan of the Day: Nelly Vilé. The co-founder of Canlok Stone in 1963 has retired from the stone business at age 91. [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: ‘We’re lucky that we were able to figure it out’ – Rebecca Liberty, who had to drive her nephew to school after eight school buses had their catalytic convertors stolen. Without the catalytic convertors, the buses won't start. Thieves take them out of vehicles because of the precious metals they contain. [CTV]
Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 9 – Trois-Rivieres Aigles 7, last night
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
Ontario updates weekly. This is information from yesterday.
Ottawa will now only report COVID info on Tuesdays and Fridays. This info is from yesterday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
This health unit reports only selected information.
⭕ There is a growing demand for a long COVID clinic, and the wait list is increasing. There are an estimated 390,000 ‘long haulers’ in Canada and around 20 clinics across the country. [CBC]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Federal workers who were put on administative leave because they would not vaccinate will not receive back pay, says Treasury Board. The Pubilc Service Alliance of Canada says this is unfair because ‘they posed no health and safety threat in the workplace because they weren’t in the workplace’. [Globe & Mail]
▪️Rural Ottawa get their service centres back today. The three rural offices allow resdents to deal with some City issues without having to travel for an hour to downtown. In this case they are open just in time to pay the 2022 property taxes. The re-opened offices are Tuesdays: Metcalfe Client Service Centre, 8243 Victoria Street; Wednesdays: West Carleton Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road; and Thursdays: North Gower Client Service Centre, 2155 Roger Stevens Drive. [City of Ottawa]
+ Related: Everything that you can do at the Client Service Office
+ Related: Kanata North will get a new fire station on March Road, replacing an old one on Cameron Harvey Drive. The new station will be combined with paid and volunteer firefights. The old station will remain a post for the Ottawa Paramedics.
▪️The Chief Justice of Canada says that little thought has been paid to the security of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court building was within the Trucker siege zone on Wellington but outside the purview of the Parliamentary Protection Service. The Chief Justice spoke during his annual news conference and said that while the Supreme Court is not as politicized as the Untited States’ Supreme Court, its security should not be taken for granted. (By the way, if you are like the average Canadian, you don't know the name of Canada's Chief Justice. It's Richard Wagner). [CBC]
▪️The remains of the Shopify finance executive who went missing in October have been identified. Brett O’Grady was found over the weekend in the water in the area of the Sir George Étienne Cartier Parkway and Airport-Marina Road. Foul play is not suspected. [CTV]
▪️Two decent donations have been made to the Provincially-required fund to build the new Civic Hospital. The Taggart family, of local developers fame, has donated $10 million through their tax-deductable family foundation. The Minto Group, also local developers, donated $25 million in April. The Province requires the local community to fundraise $500,000,000 of the $2.8 billion cost of the hospital or they will delay funding until we do. [Ottawa Citizen]
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