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Thursday, July 15, 2021

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With Ontario’s arrival at Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen tomorrow, we have a lot more options if we want to get out of the house this weekend. Indulge your brain at a museum, fill your tummy with some indoor dining, or soothe your soul with a visit to a gallery. Capacities are reduced, and safety measures are in place, but these businesses are ready to welcome us back.

▪️They’re cool, but dinosaurs aren’t the thing to see at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Gaia, the seven metre diameter sculpture of Earth by British artist Luke Jerram, allows visitors to experience our planet the way astronauts do. The sculpture features high res NASA images and appears to float in space. In the Northern Voices Gallery, Qilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together explores the history and traditions of beluga harvesting, and learn how the practice continues to sustain present-day Inuvialuit communities. Timed tickets: $16 for adults, kids 3-12 $12, seniors and students $14. 

▪️Reopening Saturday July 17, the Canadian War Museum has extended two of its current exhibitions. Visit Forever Changed - Stores from the Second World War and Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands, 1944-1945 Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm, and on Thursdays until 7:00pm. Timed admission tickets $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $13 for students, $11 for youth 8 to 12, $5 for children 2 to 7 years old. 

▪️Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition will be the big draw at the National Gallery of Canada, with its paintings, prints, and drawings by the master. Visitors can also experience the large steel structure Capsule, by contemporary American artist Rashid Johnson, in the main entrance. And then there are the Gallery’s permanent collections, including works by Indigenous, Canadian, and European artists, photography collections, and artefacts. You can book a ticket to include the Rembrandt show as well as the National Collection, or only the National Collection. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and those aged 24 and under (ID required), and children 11 and under free.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 28°, low of 19°

Number: 417 East/Est. A sign placed at the Greenbank/Pinecrest entrance to the Queensway by the Ministry of Transportation actually sends the traveller west. The City can't remove the Provincial sign but added a '150 metres' addition to the sign yesterday, indicating a different exit. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Will Brown and Keenan Reynolds. The two have organized the Front Nine Project, which gives Ottawa youth the opportunity to learn how to play golf without financial hindrances. [Barrhaven Independent] [Donate]

Quote: If someone is announcing improvements to inter-city rail, it must be an election year’ – Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow. The Federal Government has floated a high-speed rail line on the Quebéc City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto route – with Smith Falls in there somewhere.  [Ottawa Citizen]

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


547,705? 1439,275 ?10 
? Eligible people with one dose78.9% 
? Eligible people with second dose57.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


376,109?6511,232 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose82.0%
? Eligible people with second dose48.6%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,730? 0592 ? 0
? Vaccinated with one dose775,924
? Vaccinated with second dose513,849

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,572? 0215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 428,631

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4729? 0111 ? 0

? Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ The City has launched pop-up clinics for second doses – no appointment needed. (They also offer first jabs.) [Ottawa Citizen] [Daily List]

+ Related The City is considered closing some testing centres and vaccination sites

⭕ Around 300,000 people in Ottawa are not vaccinated with any dose, about a third of the population. 132,000 of those are people under the age of 12, who are not eligible for any vaccine. [CBC]

⭕ Ontario is considering changing law to allow employers to access proof of vaccination for employment purposes. [CBC]

⭕ McMaster University researchers say they have discovered why rare blood clots occur after some vaccine jabs. 55 people in Canada had blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, and six died. [Capital Current]

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▪️Ottawa Police officer suspended after trying to woo a woman for a threesome with police database information. This is WAY more information than we usually get in such cases. The information the officer presented to the woman was details about someone currently before the court. The officer, a former school resource officer at J.H. Putnam Public School, denies all the allegations. [CBC]

▪️The City has announced which services will be reopening tomorrow as the province enters Step 3 of the COVID-1- Reopening Plan.  

▫️ Indoor public pools 
▫️ Indoor Aquafitness programs
▫️ City-run gyms
▫️ Fitness classes
▫️ Skating

From July 26

▫️ Summer Learn-to-Swim programs

 [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️City Planning Committee delays decision on secondary dwellings. The proposal would have limited the size of the unit and the number of bedrooms. Advocates of the plan want to keep secondary dwellings – that is, adding an extra apartment or basement suite to an existing single-family house – limited in use, for family members, guests, and the like. They worry that single family neighbourhoods will eventually become full of renters. Housing advocates say secondary dwellings are needed to increase the number of homes available, and maybe help drive the price of rent down. [Capital Current]


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