Wednesday, September 8, 2021
▪️It’s Wall Candy Expo weekend at Wesley Clover Parks. Ottawa’s artist and artisan communities will be out in force on Saturday September 11 and Sunday September 12 from 11:00am to 5:00pm, selling affordable art to suit every budget. This is an outdoor market, and will happen rain or shine. Entry is free but advance booking is necessary. 401 Corkstown Road, Nepean.
▪️There are still a few tickets left for the Saturday September 11th presentation of Escape Manor’s The Village. The immersive three hour experience includes an outdoor escape challenge experience followed by an outdoor screening of M. Night Shyamalaln’s “The Village.” Tickets costs $49 + tax and $69 + tax for a VIP ticket that gets you a beverage and popcorn and “enhanced interaction with the actors.” Snacks are available for purchase but please note they can only be purchased with cash. If you can’t make it this weekend the experience is running until October 31st.
▪️On Sunday September 12th all across Canada people will be participating in the Ovarian Cancer (virtual) Walk of Hope. This year’s fundraising goal is $1,200,000 and at the time of writing today’s newsletter 66% of that goal has been reached. It’s not too late to register, but if you can’t take part, a great way to support the event is to donate to a team or individual.
▪️The Log Farm launches its 2021 Bushels of Fun Down on the Farm program this Sunday September 12th. Running until late October, the weekly event offers families with kids 10 and under the chance to find their way out of a corn maze, take a wagon ride, visit friendly scarecrows, and learn about life on the farm 150 years ago. Note that the activities take place outside, and masks are mandatory. Tickets cost $11.97 each including fees and taxes.
▪️Also: Today (Thursday September 8th) is the final day to sign up for Dominion City Brewing’s Fall Book Club. Featuring an all-Canadian author line-up, each subscriber receives one new book and a Dominion City six-pack (including three varieties) each month for three months, as well as an item of book club merchandise. Subscribers can choose drive-thru pickup, free local delivery or $10 flat-rate shipping across Ontario. $55 per month.
Deal of the Day
Today is Student and Senior Day at all five locations of Natural Food Pantry. Save 10% on applicable items when you shop in-store. Students must show a valid student card, and seniors must be 60 years of age and over.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Number: 5. Where Ottawa lies on a list of the Top 8 cities to visit in Canada, according to Men’s Health magazine. [Men's Health]
Ottawan of the Day: Bill Wilson. The farmer and musician has spent his life in rural West Carleton, and he has released a song about it – Kilmaurs Road. [YouTube] [West Carleton Online (Paywalled – but worth it)
Quote: ‘Raw sewage is my deciding factor in housing — I never really thought I would have that standard’ – Celine Chorney, who is finding that cheap rentals in Ottawa have high costs. [CBC]
Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
⭕ Westwind Public School, an elementary school in West Ottawa, will be at 150 per cent capacity – if plans to lower enrollment by October happen. [CTV]
⭕ OCR Academy on Morrison Drive says that it will not ask gym patrons for proof of vaccination after it is required. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ RedBlacks games will no longer accept proof of negative COVID-19 for entry, fans must prove full vaccination. [CTV]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has removed the novel The Lord of the Flies from all of its schools. The 1954 William Goulding novel about a group of boys stranded on an island who decend into savagery was removed after a student wrote this piece in a student newspaper. [Ottawa Carleton District School Board]
▪️Porter Airlines resumes service from Ottawa Airport (or whatever it is called). The propeller based airline flies to Toronto, Atlantic Canada and US destinations. It has been in mothballs since Spring 2020. [Newswire]
▪️The Snowbirds will be flying over Gatineau Saturday and Sunday. The Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatic team are flying around as part of the Gatineau Air Show. [Snowbirds]
▪️The Ottawa International Animation Festival returns 22 September to 3 October, online only once again. The Festival features 107 short films, including animated series, and seven full-length films. [Animation Express] [Ottawa International Animation Festival]
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