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Friday, May 13, 2022

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What’s in season?

Some farmers’ markets will have rhubarb, lettuce, and greenhouse cucumbers this weekend. Visit your nearest market to explore what’s available. 

▪️ The Piggy Market welcomes fiddleheads and spring onions to the store this week. The shop has also made an early start on the "strawberry rhubarb" season, with a lattice top pie that’s ready to come home with you. 

▪️ Head to the ByWard Market for fiddleheads, wild foraged garlic, and herbs for your garden. 

▪️ It’s asparagus season at Millers Farm and Market in Manotick, open daily 8:00am to 5:00pm. There’s free parking, and dogs on leash are welcome. 6158 Rideau Valley Drive.

▪️ Check out the early greens and other great stuff for your home and table at the Main Famers’ Market, opening this Saturday May 14th from 9:00am to noon. 210 Main Street.

▪️ Get your garden sorted at "Seedling Saturday", tomorrow from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Just Food Community Farm. Certified organic herbs, plants, vegetables, and even strawberry plants will be on offer. You’re asked to bring your own bags or baskets. 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 32°, low of 15°. 

Number: 150. The number of operations backlogged in Newfoundland, which will be relieved by sending off Ottawa heart surgeons. The Ottawa Heart Institute has made an agreement to send doctors monthly.  [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Venice Smolnik. The 23 year-old left her home in Odessa on March 4 for a harrowing month long escape to Canada, ultimately living with friends in the Glebe.  [Glebe Report]

Quote: ‘Too humid. But it’s never too hot’ – Patron Garry Greenland, enjoying the early heatwave on the patio of Broadway Bar and Grill in Nepean. [CTV]


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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,453? 2168? -7
1,283,329? 1,96913,052? 18
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.1% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,754? -6759? -1
1,056,177? 90015,256 ? 30
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.4%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
21? -41? 0
cases changedeaths
72,643? 82793 ? 0
? 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? 01? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -226 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Canada crosses a milestone – 40,000 deaths from COVID-19. [Globe & Mail]

⭕ Ontario's chief medical officer of health predicts a low level of COVID-19 this summer but advises everyone to get their vaccinations for the inevitable Autumn pick up in cases. [CBC]

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▪️Planning committee postpones decision on demolishing the old Elmdale Theatre for a 16 storey development. The area is zoned for six storeys but can be nine storeys if the developer pays for some sort of community benefit. In this case, Minto development is offering $514,708.38, which the City would use for affordable housing in Kitchissippi ward and improvements to Parkdale Park and Parkdale Market, for the extra 10 storeys. For a total of 212 units, the extra ten storeys would give the developers – more or less – 132 more suites to sell. The average condo price in Ottawa is $479,622. The Elmdale Theatre opened in 1947. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️According to the Ottawa Police Service’s own data, Black, Middle Eastern and Indigenous people disproportionately had force used against them. While the police had long kept track on its use of force against people, it had not kept records on race before 2020. The results show that the Police use force against Black people 4.8 times more than their per centage of the population. Indigenous people are over represented by 1.8 times. ‘We’re happy to get this data. We’re not happy with where the data sits,’ said acting chief Steve Bell. The data also shows that Ottawa Police fired their weapons 23 times in 2020, each time against an animal. [Ottawa Citizen]

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