Thursday, May 12, 2022

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This Weekend



After a six year hiatus, the beloved Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival is returning to Almonte in summer 2022. Today through Sunday the festival presents “Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of Basketballs” at the Almonte Old Town Hall. The puppet show, aimed at mature audiences, will raise for the family friendly festival, which runs August 12 to 14th. 


▪️The Canadian Tulip Festival is back with an eye popping 300,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dow’s Lake. The festival’s free and ticketed events include walking tours, Tulip Bingo, a boutique, movies, and a blacklight boardwalk from 8:00pm to 11:00pm daily. The festival winds up with fireworks on Sunday May 22nd at 10:00pm. 

▪️The first annual Perth Short Film Festival hits the Full Circle Theatre on May 13th at 7:00pm and continues Saturday May 14th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 each. 26 Craig Street, Perth.


▪️We loved seeing the brilliant orange Orioles who visited our garden one day this week, and if you’re like us you’ll want to check out the free Ottawa World Migratory Bird Day Festival on Saturday. The family friendly event runs 1:00pm to 4:00pm and offers tons of information on birds passing through our area at this time of year. Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.

▪️It’s Cleaning the Capital Saturday in Hintonburg and Wellington West, from 9:00am to noon. Bring the whole family, your garden gloves, and your rakes. Participating kids will be given a gift. Be at 151 Huron Ave N or the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W) for 9:00am. 

▪️Celebrate the life of the late Pat MacLeod, affectionately known as “The Mayor of Hintonburg,” with the ribbon cutting of the Pat MacLeod Community Stage at Parkdale Park. 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 366 Parkdale Ave. 

▪️On Saturday evening, grab a glass of wine and attend the Provincial Election All Candidates Discussion in Ottawa West - Nepean virtual panel, hosted by the Council of Canadians Ottawa Chapter. Found out where each party stands on four topics: Democracy, Watersheds, Housing, and Healthcare. Free. 7:00pm - 8:30pm.


The Slay Society supports families of people struggling with Glioblastoma, a grade 4, advanced form of brain cancer. On Sunday May 15 the Slay Society’s Plantopia fundraiser pulls up at Broadhead Brewery from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. In addition to a fabulous selection of perennials, herbs, veggies, and house plants, you’ll find a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, a selfie wall, food, and of course Broadhead beer. 1680 Vimont Cres, Unit 106, Orléans. 

Deal of the day

The Sale page at Northern Standard has deals on stylish and well made sweatshirts, hoodies, Long sleeve tees, beanies, and even onesies for infant Ottawans. The best part: everything’s made in Canada. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 30°, low of 15°. 

Number: $84,000. The cost to bring back electricity to the volunteer-run Kanata Sailing Club and the Ottawa River Canoe Club. A summer 2018 storm knocked out the power and the two river-side clubs have been without electricity ever since[CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Aedan Corey. Corey has joined the Nordic Lab, a SAW Gallery initiative of research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations. Corey is a project coordinator for a two-part webinar event discussing traditional Inuit tattooing, a practise that had effectively been banned after the arrival of missionaries.  [Apartment 613]

Quote: ‘I realize it’s mostly their property, but at the end of the day green space is required around here and we don’t have enough of it. The end result is we need it and we don’t have enough parking’ – Neighbour Jeff Paul who opposes a plan by Queenswood United Church in Orléans to build 81 affordable apartments on its land. [CTV]


Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,451? -77175? -1
1,281,360? 2,16013,034 ? 14
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.9% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,821? -2660? -2
1,055,277? 76715,226 ? 25
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.4%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.6%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
25? 31? 0
cases changedeaths
72,561? 125793 ? 3
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)916,185 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)880,294 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)574,907 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
75? -102? -1
39,389? 27310  ? 0

As of May 12, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 87.9%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)85.9%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
13? -21? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -226 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Dr Vera Etches says that COVID-19 is still high in Ottawa, as evidenced by the wastewater testing, and recommends that people still social distance, wear masks indoors, and get their vaccinations. [CTV]

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▪️City Council puts off $150 million Ottawa Hospital request. The Provincially-owned-and-run hospital is required to receive $150 million from the 'Ottawa area'. Councillors are split on the request, some wondering why a provincial organization requires civic money, others wondering why the jurisdictions outside the City are off the hook, and yet other who think the CIty should pony up the money. Ultimately, Council asked staff to come back with some suggestions. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Metcalfe in Osgoode is losing its only bank. The Royal Bank is closing the branch in October, telling customers that their accounts are being sent to the new branch on Bank Street. The distance between the two branches is 15 km. Another rural village, Kinburn, lost its only bank, also a Royal, in 2020. [CTV]

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