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Road Trip Weekend

Everything is slowly and carefully opening up around us. We can hear the open road calling, and it finally feels like it’s okay to enjoy a spontaneous day out. If you're yearning to expand your world again, take this weekend to choose a direction away from Ottawa, and hit the road. Just remember your mask and observe safety protocols. 

▪️ No.9 Gardens, the 40-acre educational facility of the No.9 arts organization at the Rideau Lakes, opens this weekend with the first of its 2021 Workshop Series For a Sustainable World. Tomorrow’s Plant Identification & Foraging Walk runs from 10:30am to 12:00pm and will help registrants to identify tree species, explore herbal medicines, and to learn about the wild foods that are available throughout the winter. The $22.23 ticket directly supports the organization's youth and public programs in building sustainable communities. 

▪️ PICNIC Smiths Falls offers outdoor feasts for two from your choice of 12 of the town’s top eating establishments. Everything you need for a lovely lunch in the open air is provided, including a postcard map to some secret picnic spots. The packages range from $30 to $51.

▪️ Blakeney Rapids Trail is just .6km from Mississippi Mills, and offers a short 1.5km out and back trail to work up an appetite for lunch in nearby Almonte. Your Insta feed will look spectacular, thanks to the rapids, bridge, and leafy green woods. Dogs on the leash are welcome. 151 Blakeney Road, Blakeney (Mississippi Mills) Ontario. 

▪️ If you like to ogle red brick century homes or dream of living in a charning small town, head to Shawville, QC. This tiny, 75% anglophone town in the Pontiac Regional County Municipality has places to eat and drink aplenty. If they’re at capacity, take a picnic to Parc Mill Dam Parkwhich offers kids’ play structures and splash pad, picnic tables, and free camping sites.

▪️ If you’re staying in town this weekend, Maker House has reopened after seven months of virtual trading. This is a long-awaited chance to shop a stunning array of Canadian made housewares, accessories, clothing, pantry items, furniture, greeting cards, candles, and so. much. more. The capacity is limited to 10 people at a time so plan your visit accordingly.

▪️Seventeen artists in West Carleton have opened their studios for the annual Red Trillium Studio tour. The self-directed tour is 10 am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Just drop by – masks and social distancing required. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 23°, low of 12°  

Number: 3%. The increase in property tax as recommended the City staff  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Chelsey June and Jaaji. The duo, performing as Twin Flames, won three categories at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards. [Faces] [Soundcloud]

Quote: I’m just starting to realize that there’s a lot to be said for the art and creativity that’s come out of Ottawa. I think there’s a reason why there’s been some unique creativity that has come out of this city, and it’s because it’s always been a very supportive environment for people to experiment. It’s a less threatening environment, less daunting for artists and musicians to experiment with things and not feel like they’re being judged.’ – Tom Green, who has been hanging out with his parents while shooting a documentary [Faces]

Sports: CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 92 – Hamilton Honey Badgers 99, last night. The BlackJacks visit the Fraser Valley Bandits tomorrow. 


💉 15,154,499 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 0 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Of course, this always included second doses and every Ontarian is not vaccinated. But we've been running this chart for over a year and it is super satisfying to see it finally hit 0. But it also means that we'll have to stop it because it is inaccurate.

The real stats are, for 12 year-old+ Ontarians:

First dose 77.082%

Fully Vaccinated  40.1%

Info from Covid19Tracker Canada

🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports:


📆 8 new cases since Wednesday

😷 27,679 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️591 deaths, no new reports

💉 748,797 vaccinated with one dose

💉 324,006 vaccinated with two doses


📆 9 new cases since Wednesday

😷 12,513 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️214 deaths, no new reports

💉 385,050 doses of vaccine have been administered


📆 0 new cases since Wednesday.

😷 4,728 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️110 deaths, one new report

💉 188,678 doses of vaccine have been administered 


⭕ New Edinborough resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received his second vaccine dose, Moderna, this morning at a Rexall. Trudeau's first dose was AstraZeneca [CTV]

⭕ Anyone 12 years old or older from a priority neighbourhood can use one of the City‘s pop-up clinics.

The priority neighbourhoods are West Centretown, Emerald Woods - Sawmill Creek, Greenboro East, Hunt Club Park, Hawthorne Meadows - Sheffield Glen, Ledbury - Heron Gate - Ridgemont, Riverview, Parkwood Hills - Stewart Farm, Lowertown East-ByWard Market, Sandy Hill, Vanier North, Vanier South, Manor Park, Overbrook - McArthur, Carson Grove - Carson Meadows, Carleton Heights - Rideauview, Carlington, Hunt Club East - Western Community,  Whitehaven - Queensway Terrace North, Bayshore - Belltown, Britannia Village

[City of Ottawa]

⭕ Everyone 12 years old and older is now eligible for their second dose after 28 days. 28 days was the original recommended timing for a second dose. [City of Ottawa]

⭕ The pandemic was more deadly for disabled adults in care facilities [Maclean’s]

⭕ One out of five cats and dogs will catch COVID-19 from an infected owner but the symptoms are usually mild [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ Thousands gathered at Parliament Hill to honour the memories of children who died in the residential school system. [CTV]

▪️ Someone has changed the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway sign to Dudley George Parkway. Dudley George was in a 1995 standoff at Ipperwash Provincial Park near Sarnia, when Ontario Provincial Police shot and killed the unarmed Indigenous man. The renamed sign has already been changed back. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper wants to be the new Planning Committee chair. Leiper tells CtyNews that he ‘wants more of a public voice in the city’s decision making process and less influence from developers.’ The previous chair, Barrhaven councillor Jan Harder, resigned after the Integrity Commissioner said she had a conflict of interest with a developer friend. [CityNews]

▪️ Indoor browsing will resume at almost all Ottawa Public Library branches on Monday. Vernon and Fitzroy Harbour branch will stay closed until Autumn. The library has also increased the number of computers available to the public, which had been limited for COVID reasons. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Gatineau beaches reopen today. Blanchet Beach at Meech Lake and La Pêche Lake Beach had been closed by the National Capital Commission after water testing showed high levels of bacteria. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Hinterburg homeower had their house vandalized after painting over dog mural. The previous owner had a mural of their bulldog painted on the side of the house. The new owner had it painted over two weeks ago. [CBC]

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