Thursday, March 17, 2022
The air is warming up, the sun is out and we just saw some geese fly overhead. Yup, it’s high season at your local maple syrup operation, aka sugar shack. Visit one of many Ottawa Valley and Outaouais maple syrup experiences to wander the trails, learn about traditional maple syrup operations, sample the sweet stuff, and do some shopping. Just google Sugar Shack Ottawa or Cabaine à Sucre Outaouais
Maple Fest at Ferm Proulx Farm in Cumberland offers wagon rides, fire pits with s’mores kits, taffy on the snow, tours of the maple syrup operation, play structures for the kids, and pancake breakfasts to enjoy on site or to make at home. Admission costs $12.09 + HST per person including one drink and one dessert, or $6.59 + HST per person for admission only. Children under three years old can visit for free.
The Log Farm collects the maple sap the old fashioned way, in buckets which are hand collected. Visitors - and kids in particular - are welcome to help collect the sap. The Log Farm also offers access to the animals in the farm yard, hay structures for the kids, and a pioneer farmhouse with self-guided tours. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $11.99 per person over the age of one year old. 670 Cedarview Road in Nepean
Fultons Sugar Camp has packed their shop with their own maple products as well as gifts and goodies from around Ontario. Take a walk on the trails on this 400 acre site and watch the sap flowing through the intricate tubing running from tree to tree to production facility. Then take a sleigh ride or sit by the outdoor fire. Admission costs $10 per car.
At Ferme Patry you can sample the fresh maple syrup, walk the trails and even buy your own sap collecting equipment to start your own production. Open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm of the sugaring off season, admission is free and reservations are not needed. 579 Pierre-Laporte road, L'Ange-Gardien.
Hintonburg Public House is celebrating Saint Patricks Day today by donating $2 from every draft beer and cider sold today to Parkdale Food Centre. If you’re heading down remember that proof of vaccination is required on Thursdays at HPH. 1020 Wellington St. West.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 14°, low of 1°.
Number: 5. The number of reasons to jog on the streets of Ottawa, according to Canadian Running magazine. [Canadian Running]
Ottawan of the Day: Wise Atangana. The musician will be one of the first performers to play live in Ottawa since the pandemic began, with a concert promoting his upcoming album Messimba at the Gladstone. [The Charlatan] [Tickets]
Quote: ‘Things are starting to get back to normal and I can finally start studying again and not have to deal with all this online stuff. And now there's a strike coming’ – Algonquin College student Justin Victor preparing himself for a possible cross-Ontario strike of college professors and instructors. [CBC]
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
Hospitalization data is not available today
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ Ontario's COVID-19 science table says cases and ICU admissions will rise over the next few weeks. The table says that wastewater is showing an increase in COVID-19 cases and, combined with the dropping of public health measures, hospital admissions will rise before they fall again to the current level. [CBC]
⭕ Health Canada has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years. Moderna’s brand name is laughably called Spikevax. [CBC]
⭕ The Canadian-developed, plant-based COVID-19 vaccine may not be approved internationally because it is partially owned by a tobacco company. The World Health Organization has a policy against dealing with tobacco and arms companies, leaving Quebec City’s Medicago in limbo. Philip Morris is the company that owns a piece of it. Health Canada has approved the vaccine for use in Canada. [CBC]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The woman who kidnapped an eight-day-old baby from his home last Mother's Day has been found not criminally responsible. The Shawville mother of three has been ordered to a mental health centre for an indeterminate time. The woman used bear spray on the baby's mother but was stopped in the street by a neighbour. [CBC]
▪️This is a pretty high concept idea for an article: ‘Your Ottawa Senators as Bad Religion Albums’. It's what it says on the tin: the writer has taken five Senators players and compared them to Bad Religion albums. [Silver Sevens]
▪️The qaummatitsiniq nunarjuamit qaujimajakkanik film festival runs until the 20th. The Inuit short-film festival is being projected on the Kipnes Lantern, outside the National Arts Centre. [APTN News] [Watch Online]
▪️The City has opened sandbag filling stations just in case, although the risk of spring flooding is low. The Public Works Spring Freshet Taskforce, which was created after the devastating 2017 flood, is monitoring the Ottawa and Rideau rivers. So far, everything seems nornmal. [CBC] [Sand bag stations]
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