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This part is only for people who live in the Cumberland Ward. Everyone else, go jump to the stats. Spoiler: the staff of Aladdin Convenience & Bakery on Carling Avenue sold over 1,200 Zaatar Manakeesh pastries in one day. They are delcious.

Cumberlanders will be going to the polls on Monday October 5 to elect a new City councillor.

The City has introduced a brand new mail-in ballot option, but you have only until Sunday to request one.

Once you get your ballot, you must return it by October 5. You can drop if off at the Orléans Client Service Centre during office hours. It won't even be accepted after 4pm on voting day, even though in-person voting goes until 8pm.

If you post it–it's postage-paid–the City must receive it by October 5. Late ballots won't be counted and the postmark is meaningless.

Everyone: regardless whether you vote by mail or in-person, make sure that you are on the voter's list now using the City's check my name service.

City council is the level of government that has the most direct effect on your life, and Cumberland-ers have been unrepresented for nearly a year. Don't let this chance pass. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ 40 per cent chance of periods of drizzle. High of 18° 

Number: 24,900. The number of jobs lost in Ottawa since March including those jobs that returned. (End of July numbers). [CBC]

Ottawans of the Day: The staff of Aladdin Convenience & Bakery on Carling Avenue. The team has raised $8,500 for Beirut relief by selling over 1,200 Zaatar Manakeesh pastries in one day.  [Kitchissippi Times]

Quote: It would have been nice as well for the students to have been informed a little bit earlier, and in depth, in detail about what was going on so that we were prepared” – Jinnia Baiye, Co-President of the Black Student Leaders’ Association, about academics at University of Ottawa and Carleton who will show their solidarity for racial justice and protesting police brutality in the U.S. and Canada by striking tomorrow [CTV] [Scholar Strike]


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 3151 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 17 since yesterday, and 267 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Air travellers can now carry 355 ml of hand sanitiser, in addition to 1 litre (combined) of all other liquids says the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority  [Faces Magazine]

⭕ Immigrants and refugees are one-half of COVID-19 cases, while comprising only one quarter of the Ontario's population [CBC]

⭕ 40 people were infected from one cottage party, says Dr Vera Etches [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Police Chief Peter Sloly wrote an editorial in the Citizen last Friday, promising to do more to combat systemic racism after a Black man, who had valid license plates on his rental car, was stopped by Ottawa Police for expired plates – even though the Province has extended the expiry period of plate stickers. [Ottawa Citizen]

Afterwards, Ottawa Police Association president Matt Skof wrote an article on the Association website stating that police officers can rarely tell a driver's race at night, that the Chief threw the officer under a bus, and that Sloly has lost the confidence of the membership. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The National Post says, "Ottawa police have become a bad apple assembly line“

▪️The NCC will keep several parkways closed on weekends in September. Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (between Carling Avenue and Booth Street), Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway (between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard) and Queen Elizabeth Driveway (between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue) will stay closed until Sept 27. The NCC had originally planned to end the closures after Labour Day  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related City approved pedestrian-friendly Bank Street bridge over Rideau canal 

▪️The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority can't find enough bus drivers. Students in grades 7 to 12 may be forced to take public transit, where available, or miss school. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️City continuing to reduce its rules for outdoor restaurants. Yesterday, council waived fees until March, increased the number of seats available at each patio, and extended permission for patios to operate on property not owned by the resturant [Ottawa Citizen]


🛍️ Shopping

The Trio Vase at Bel Fiore Flowers will hold slender blossoms, leaves, stems, and other late-season garden bounty in its three test tubes, which are held in a wood frame. $95. Buy in person at 276 Elgin Street or on-line. Curb side pick up and delivery are available.

There are lots of events this weekend, both virtual and IRL 

The pandemic isn’t stopping Makers Markets. 

▫️Middle Sister presents the Not Your Mother’s (Virtual) Market
Visitors can shop directly from the vendors during their time slot. The schedule is listed on Middle Sister’s Instagram page as well as the Market’s Facebook event page

▫️Sadly, Jamari Espresso House will be closing forever in October, but you can still celebrate the coffee shop's charm and delicious coffee this Sunday, when they’ll host the Vintage Street Outdoor Pop-up Market. Visit 5 Hamilton Avenue North in Hintonburg between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

▫️Whiprsnapr presents its second Maker Market this Saturday September 12th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, at its Bells Corners brewery. Discover vendors like goldsmith Second Laurafashion knitter Nina Bella Knits, and jewellery designer Petit Desirand then enjoy a glass of Whiprsnapr’s brand new “Cruise” West Coast IPA. 

▫️the ottawan visited the village of Merrickville this week. We’ll tell you all about it tomorrow, in our Day Trip feature, but we wanted to give you a heads-up about Merrickville’s Fall Makers Market, taking place outdoors in the Merrickville Fair Ground on Saturday September 12 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.If you go, you’ll not only experience one of the few in-person markets happening this year, but you’ll also be able to explore one of the most attractive villages in Canada.

▫️Finally, let’s pivot to poutine and ribs. This weekend Orléans presents “a double header of Awesomeness,” with the Poutine Fest on Friday September 11 from 11:00am to 8:00pm, and the Orléans Ribfest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday rom 11:00am to 7:00pm. You’ll find both at 255 Centrum Blvd, Orléans, ON. Get eating!


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