Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Ottawan



Tomorrow is the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an annual day to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. 

It's a federal statutory holiday but not a provincial one. Most City services, however, including libraries and recreation centres, will be closed.

the ottawan will respect the day and not publish tomorrow.

How can I even know where to begin acknowledging the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation meaningfully? 

A place to start may be the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action [PDF] There are 94 recommendations. As of 2020, Canada has implemented eight.

Are there any public events happening in Ottawa?

10 am: Parliament Hill. Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance opening ceremony

12 pm: Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance Spirit Walk to Confederation Park with music, presentations, art installations and dance. [Remember Me]

1 pm: Carleton University alumnus Tim O’Loan will share his personal stories, experiences and challenges stemming from his four years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and participate in a seed planting ceremony. Virtual only. [Carleton

Sunrise to Sunset: Beechwood Cemetery. Every two hours, a Reconciling History tour featuring the first-ever public display of 57,000 tiles created by children across Canada to honour the victims of the residential school system and a tour of the gravesites of some of the key architects of the program. [Beechwood Cemetery]

All Day: Algonquin College has on campus and virtual events. 

All Day: The Canadian Museum of History will have free admission all day. One of their special exhibits is "Rekindled – Tradition, Modernity and Transformation in Indigenous cultures." Tickets must be booked in advance for COVID-19 reasons. [Canadian Museum of History]

Sunset: The OTTAWA sign in ByWard Market will be illuminated in orange

Is there anywhere I can donate money?

Two groups would be The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

We'll see you Friday – Martha and Darren

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▪️The Taste of Wellington West festival has returned with another month of virtual and live events celebrating the merchants and restaurants of Wellington West and Hintonburg. The festival is supporting Parkdale Food Centre and hopes to raise $7,500. 

Nominate and vote in the Taste of Wellington Awards for your chance to win one of six $100 gift certificates.

Watch for food demos on Facebook and Instagram.

Tonight (September 29th) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in Parkdale Park enjoy jazz by Petr Cancurra and Garret Warner and live painting by artist An Nguyen.

▪️The Bière Garden will stop in Gatineau Friday and Saturday. The non-profit beer bus promises samples of 12 exclusive or hard-to-find beers from nine breweries. Only 500 tickets are available.

▪️NarCity has the only list you need of Ottawa desserts featuring pumpkins. There are nine of them.

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 15°, low of 6°

Number:  0. The number of COVID-19 cases traced back to the Escapade Music Festival, which had 10,000 vistors each day on September 4 and 5. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day:  Hueso and Lonely Boy. The two brothers are featured acts – separately – at this weekend's Cranium Festival [Ottawa Citizen] [Cranium Festival]

Quote: ‘We are at the end of a forty-year process, when the decision was taken in the early 1990s to eliminate bilingualism requirements for anglophones. It blew up the number of English-speaking students on campus, and therefore it contributed to a minority of the French fact’ – University of Ottawa Professor at the School of Political Studies François Charbonneau responding to a report that the French aspect of the university is at risk. Some fear that it may become just another Anglo university. [Radio Canada] [Report: Renewal of the Francophonie at the University of Ottawa: a collective responsibility]

Sports: CFL Edmonton Elks 24 – Ottawa RedBlacks 34, last night.

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


585,502? 4959,723 ? 8
? Eligible people with one dose86.8% 
? Eligible people with second dose81.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


409,525?59411,369 ? 7
? Eligible people with one dose90.1%
? Eligible people with second dose84.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
29,775? 41

595 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

814,628 (88%)
? Eligible people with second dose764,031 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


13,681?21220 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 582,616

As of September 15, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose301,774 (73.3%)
? Eligible people with second dose279,388 (67.8%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5296?78113 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose160,736 (87.8%)
? Eligible people with second dose149,409 (81.7%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ St. Benedict Elementary School in Barrhaven has closed due to COVID-19. Thirteen students have tested positive. [CBC]

⭕ The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says that people living in long-term care homes should get a COVID-19 booster shot [CTV]

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▪️Dognapped! A woman pleads for the return of her toy Manchester terrier snatched from her car. The car was in the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Road. Ellie is described as a small dog, black, with brown feet and pointed ears. She was wearing a blue vest when she disappeared. [Ottawa Citizen]

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