Monday, July 19, 2021

The Ottawan


We answered some reader mail Friday, which reminded us that we looked into another email a few months back – and didn't finish the job.

Reader Anne-Marie wrote: 
I remember when I was a kid after the tulip season the NCC would sell the old bulbs. Do they still do this? I was talking to one of the gardeners who works for one of the companies that the NCC hires to do the work and he said they just throw them out, which would be an incredible waste. I live across the street from a city park and it would be great to get some of the used tulip bulbs and plant them in our park.
Would love to read about this in the newsletter!

We first asked the Canadian Tulip festival. Their response?

The tulips belong to the NCC, you would have to contact them.

Okay, we asked the National Capital Commission. They said:

At the end of the blooming period, the NCC donates tulip bulbs recuperated from its gardens to non-profit organizations only, such as schools, hospitals, churches, municipalities, horticultural societies, etc. The bulbs must be for use in the property gardens of the organization. Bulbs are not available for personal use or for fundraising purposes.

Okay, so what do you do if you are a school, hospital, church, municipality, horticultural society, or an etc? We wrote again. They said.

Non-profit organizations who would have liked to receive tulip bulbs this spring could send us an official request by email, with information such as the name of the non-profit organization, the reason for the request, the contact information and the quantity of bulbs requested. This year, the deadline to send a request was May 21, 2021.

So keep that in mind for next year. Put in your contacts. And early May in your calendar.

? We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️⛅️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 29°, low of 18°

Number: $350,000. The amount of money an old church south west of Ottawa sold for, to be turned into a house. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Blaise Ndala. The novelist has been honoured with a cover story in the quarterly magazine Lettres québécoises. [Le Droit] [Lettres québécoises]

Quote: ‘I love being close to nature and close to family so I have found a woodland property near my family and I will be relocating there permanently starting now! ’ – Tom Green, announcing his permanent return to Ottawa.  [Faces] [YouTube]

Sports: CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – FC Edmonton 1, last night. Ottawa meets Pacific Wednesday. CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 79 – Edmonton Stingers 74, last Saturday. Ottawa visits Hamilton Wednesday as well. 

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


548,347? 4839,294 ?9 
? Eligible people with one dose79.5% 
? Eligible people with second dose61.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


376,431?23911,236 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose82.4%
? Eligible people with second dose52.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,741? 12593 ? 0
? Vaccinated with one dose780,234
? Vaccinated with second dose539,445

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,576? 1215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 449,098

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4729? 0111 ? 0

? Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ Canada’s second dose count is rapidly rising but the number of people receiving their first dose has stalled. Experts say this needs to change or a fourth wave is possible. [CBC]

⭕ The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to Canada, having received a national interest exemption to cross the border. The team has spent the entire coronavirus training and competing in the US. The Blue Jays will play a three-game run against the Kansas City Royals July 30. [NY Times]

⭕ Can businesses require that their staff be vaccinated? The law doesn't say. [CBC]

+ Related The Ottawa Board of Trade supports vaccine passports to allow businesses to determine if staff and customers have been immunized against COVID-19 


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▪️ Residents hate a floating campground operated by a local marina. Ozile's Marina at Petrie Island in Orléans has taken ice fishing cabins used in the winter and put them on floats, renting them out as summer cabins. Neighbours are not amused. [CBC]

▪️The City has ordered the words ‘We can't help everyone. But everyone can help someone’ removed from Hijinx. The vintage store and hub for homeless people had the message painted earlier his year. The City says the property owner needs to apply for a residential mural permit or it must come down. [CBC]

▪️Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard is the only applicant for replacement planning committee member. The position was opened when councillor Jan Harder resigned after a critical report from the integrity commissioner. Menard (Not Shawn Mendes! Not Shawn Mendes!) is not guaranteed the position, even though he's the only declared candidate. The Planning Committee is probably the City's most powerful committee, charged with determing what is – or is not – developed in the City. [CBC]

▪️Porter Airlines has purchased jets to fly from Ottawa to new North American destinations. The airline is one of the first customers of the Brasilian Embraer E195-E2 jet, which have greater distances than Porter's current fleet of propeller-based planes. Porter has not yet announced into which cities it will expand service. [Ottawa Business Journal]


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253 Cayman Road, Stittsville

3 bed, 3 bath

Year built: 2014

Elegant end unit townhome with a large deck off the granite eat-in kitchen. The main living and dining spaces are on the second level, with the bedrooms and bathrooms on the third.


2122 Nantes Street, Orléans

4 bed, 4 bath

Year built: 2003

A former model home with stylish details, this family home is full of light and space. The primary bedroom has a generously sized ensuite and walk-in closet, and the attractive basement spaces have been professionally finished.


Homes for Sale

1221 Bayview Drive, Constance Bay

3 bed, 2 bath

Year built: 1991

Torbolton Forest is located behind the large backyard, giving this house a woodland retreat vibe. With its bedroom, secondary living room, full bath, and office area, the lower level could be transformed into an inlaw suite.


2334 Orlando Avenue, Alta Vista

4+1 bed, 3 bath

Year built: 1960

Well cared for midcentury home with rose coloured siding, extensive wood panelling inside, two wood burning fireplaces, and large eat-in kitchen.


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