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Friday, August 13, 2021

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▪️On Monday August 16th at 4:30pm, the Goulbourn Museum presents a free two hour webinar about the history of colonization in Canada, and its impact on Indigenous peoples. Hosted by Anishinaabe poet, author, writer, and mother Geraldine King, the webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. 

▪️City of Ottawa Aquatics registration starts on Monday August 16th at 9:00pm. All other recreation programming registration, including for virtual activities, starts on Wednesday August 18th at 9:00pm. 

▪️If you spent money to prepare your small business with COVID safety protocols, you may be eligible to receive partial reimbursement from the Ottawa Tourism Tourism Relief and Investment Program (TRIP). The non-repayable grants provide up to $20,000 in funding. Check your eligibility here.

Deals of the Day

▪️You’re planning your big day, and all that’s left are the tiny details like something to hold your up do and gifts for your bridesmaids. Check out the hair combs and other finishing touches on sale now at Renewed With Love Bridal Outlet. If you haven’t found your dress yet, you can also book an appointment to check out their range of never-worn store and designer samples and overstock dresses, priced between $750 and $3000. Their current dress inventory is available to view on Pinterest

▪️Lisa Tettamanti Ceramics are a cool 25% off right now at Square Lemon. Lisa’s collection features bowls, handle-free mugs and trinket dishes in colours inspired by BC and Nova Scotia. Use the code Twenty-Five at checkout. 

▪️Speaking of Square Lemon, it’s now possible to choose local pick up again on the goods you order. With the opening of their new space imminent, you can make an appointment to pick up from 2350 Stevenage Drive (Unit 14) instead of incurring delivery costs. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 70 per cent chance of showers. High of 29°, low of 15°

Number: 3. The number of of the most aggravating invasive weed species in Ottawa and how to remove them [The Mainstreeter]

Ottawan of the Day: Jessie Lozanski. The ecologist has written a free guide, Wild Stittsville – A Guide To Our Ecosystems and How We Can Re-Wild Our Community, on how residents can change their gardens to support wildlife. It's written for Stittsville but applicable anywhere in the region. [Stittsville Central] [A Guide To Our Ecosystems (PDF)]

Quote: ‘I am an honest, small ice cream business and I do want to follow the rules’ – Pascale's All Natural Ice Cream owner Pascale Berthiaume, who is one of many small ice-cream vendors who have run afoul of Ontario‘s Milk Act. The Act allows small ice creameries to sell directly to consumers but not to other businesses.  [CBC]

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All data is as of this morning, changes are compared with yesterday.


554,472? 5109,416 ? 4
? Eligible people with one dose90.0% 
? Eligible people with second dose73.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


380,833?42611,242 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose84.8%
? Eligible people with second dose71.6%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths
27,945? 21

593 ? 0

? Eligible people with one dose

773,555 (84%)
? Eligible people with second dose687,161 (74%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,648?8215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 526,104

As of Aug 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose196,875 (66.9%)
? Eligible people with second dose159,494 (54.2%)

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4779?3111 ? 0
? Eligible people with one dose148,866 (81.4%)
? Eligible people with second dose131,474 (71.8%)

Eastern Ontario Health UnitEastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Carleton and Queen's University both mandate vaccines for returning students and staff. [CBC]

⭕ The Guardian interviews public services and procurement minister Anita Anand on how Canada was laggard in vaccines then suddenly a world leader [The Guardian]

⭕ Shopify staff will need to be fully vaccinated before any in-person meetings, says Pop. CEO Tobi Lutke of the scrappy local start-up has said that staff can remain working from home. [Bloomberg]

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▪️Streetcars down Wellington Street is the recommendation of the National Capital Commission. The Gatineau transit authority has been trying to build a link to downtown Ottawa. Many, including Mayor Jim Watson, suggest digging under Sparks Street for the terminus. Others, like the NCC, say running trains on the surface of Wellington in front of the Parliament Buildings is more accessible. [Hill Times

▪️Ecology Ottawa has 1,500 trees to give away tomorrow for residents to plant. Pick-up will be at the Rotory Club in Orléans – but a pre-survey is required. [CBC] [Tree Giveaway]

▪️ 5,600 residents of the Buckingham neighbourhood of Gatineau must boil their water. A regular test by the City found the quality lacking. There is no word what is wrong with the water or how long the boil water advisory will last. Residents should boil their water for at least a minute. [CBC]

▪️ If Kanata North councillor Jenna Sudds wins her bid for a Parliamentary seat, the City will have yet another by-election. The City has had two since the last election, one to fill Tobi Nussbaum's seat after he became CEO of the National Capital Commission and another for Stephen Blais, after he was elected to Queen's Park. [Ottawa Citizen]

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