Friday, May 13, 2022
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.
▪️ 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
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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.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ 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]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️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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