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Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Making Weekend Plans

▪️ At long last, 613flea returns this Saturday, July 24th, for an outdoor market at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank Street. This non-profit market features over 80 vintage and antique items for your home, handmade goods, and of course, food. Entry is free, and the market runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Masks are required. 

▪️ Flora Hall Brewing has reopened for indoor dining, but for those that prefer to keep it outside, the brewery is retaining a smaller version of their friendly patio. Note that Flora will be closed on Monday July 26 for scheduled maintenance. Finally, Flora Hall is sponsoring the Centretown Emergency Food Centre’s Sixth annual Walkathon fundraiser, happening on Sunday October 3rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. 

▪️ Release your pent-up stress with a workout from The Vengeance Van. You’ll be provided with an enclosed space, safety equipment, weapons, and items to destroy. Go for some solo aggression-easing, book a party of up to 15 friends, or, if this is your thing, a date. It’s available as a mobile experience or you can visit the shop on Industrial Avenue. 

▪️ Weekend shop: Look out for fresh Ontario peaches at grocery stores and farmers’ markets this weekend. Also in season are plums, raspberries, blueberries, corn, spinach, field cucumbers, strawberries, garlic, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, radishes, peppers, cherries and beets.

Carp Farmers Market
Saturday, 8:30am to 1:00pm

Ottawa Farmers Market 
Westboro, Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Lansdowne, Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Barrhaven, Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ottawa Markets
York Street, Saturday, 8:00am to 1:00pm
Parkdale, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Byward market, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Beechwood Farmers Market at Optimiste Park
Saturday, 9:00am to 2:00pm


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 23°, low of 13°

Number: $350. The monthly fee – plus a $6,500 admission – charged to timeshare a boat on the Ottawa river. [Capital Current]

Ottawan of the Day: Emily Kennedy. The editor of online Ottawa music magazine Damn has relaunched it as a print publication, to be printed four times per year. [Apartment 613] [Damn Magazine]

Quote: ‘I’m sorry, it’s not what it looks like’ – What Ryan Dodd, 30, who was convicted of break and enter and bestiality last week, told police in 2019. The actual words from the Ottawa Citizen were, ‘When police found the intruder at the Ottawa stables, he was in a stall with his pants down and his tallywhacker up, standing next to a miniature pony that had been tied up and lubed up with massage oil.’ 

Except that it did not say tallywhacker, it said the p-word, which, although we're not prudes, would probably put this newsletter immediately into your spam folder. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: CPL Pacific FC 4 – Atlético Ottawa 2, last night. Ottawa meets Halifax August 2. CEBL Hamilton Honey Badgers 87 – Ottawa BlackJacks 75, last night. Ottawa visits Niagara Saturday.


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


548,794🔺 1859,307 🔺7 
💉 Eligible people with one dose79.9% 
💉 Eligible people with second dose63.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


376,429🔺9911,238 🔺3
💉 Eligible people with one dose82.7%
💉 Eligible people with second dose56.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,752🔺7593 🔸 0
💉 Vaccinated with one dose789,008
💉 Vaccinated with second dose598,642

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,589🔺2215 🔸 0
💉 Number of doses of vaccine 474,732

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4735🔺5111 🔸 0

💉 Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ The maker of the website has called it quits due to anti-vaxxers. The website promoted shops in Ottawa (and a few other Ontario cities) that encouraged staff members to be vaccinated, expecting this to result in support for local businesses. Instead, people opposed to vaccines and mask wearing used it is a handy list of businesses to create fake reviews on Google and to book false reservations. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Does your doctor or dentist need to inform you if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or not? Nope. [CBC]

⭕ Amazon has cancelled Prime Day, due to COVID-19. The annual sales event usually results in some of its busiest days, and highest staffing, in its distribution centres. The company says it will "focus on the health and safety of our employees, customers and selling partners." [CityNews]

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▪️ Mayor Jim Watson is writing a letter to the provincial government asking that the overdose crisis be declared a public health emergency. Ottawa averages around 60 overdose visits to the emergency room each month. Councillor Catherine McKenney is in favour of the letter, saying people can only get better if they are allive. Councillor Rick Chiarelli, presumably shouting from the naughty step, says that declaring an emergency is trendy. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The Province tells the City to double check that the new Tewin project actually meets its own planning policies. The Tewin project is a planned new subdivision in rural southwest Ottawa, far from transit, highways, and municipal services. Mayor Jim Watson said at the time that it was approved because it would help with aboriginal reconciliation, as the property is owned by the Algonquins of Ontario. The Province has sent 33 comments to the City, including asking how the rural area is part of the '15 minute walkable city' idea and noting that it is far from provincially funded rapid transit. [CBC]

▪️ CFRA has calculated how many tickets Ottawa’s speed cameras produce, and the fines that they bring in: 

  1. Bayshore Drive near 50 Bayshore Drive – 17,475 tickets ($799,685.50 in revenue)
  2. Katimavik Road between Castlefrank Road and McGibbon Drive – 15,136 tickets ($845,565.50 in revenue)
  3. Ogilvie Road between Appleford Street and Elmlea Gate – 13,471 tickets ($591,613 in revenue)
  4. Smyth Road between Haig Drive and Edgecomb Street – 13,286 tickets ($632,284.50 in revenue)
  5. Meadowlands Drive West between Winthrow Avenue and Thatcher Street – 10,892 tickets ($567,896 in revenue)
  6. Innes Road between Provence Avenue and Trim Road – 8,704 tickets ($690,718 in revenue)
  7. Longfields Drive, between Highbury Park Drive and Via Verona Avenue – 6,829 tickets ($294,151 in revenue)
  8. Watters Drive, between Charlemagne Boulevard and Roberval Avenue – 4,502 tickets ($197,915.50)


▪️ Former soccer team owner who appealed a lawsuit loss by claiming his lawyer was ineffective, loses the appeal –represented by the same lawyer, who argued that he was ineffective. The owner of the Ottawa Wizards sued various leagues in 2004 over myriad matters that aren't nearly as compelling. In the end, the judge ruled that the lawyer was indeed effective and therefore, must lose the case. [Law Times News]


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