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Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Before you make your weekend plans, note that advance voting for the Provincial election opens today, until May 28. Click here to find out where you vote, either early or on June 2nd.

Your weekend, sorted

▪️ It’s opening day at Ottawa Farm Fresh. Today you’ll find seedlings, gardening supplies, Kombucha on tap (bring your own cup) ice cream.
2022 hours are Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

▪️ Stock up on long weekend beers from Ridge Rock Brewing Co and save $10 off any order of $100 or more. The discount is valid on everything in the online store, including 32 oz crowler cocktails and merch. 


It’s all laughs at the monthly Stray for Laughs Comedy night at Stray Dog Brewingtomorrow night. This month’s line up is all female, with Heather Hurst MC-ing and Miller Crosby headlining. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can (suggested price $10 per person).


▪️ Camp Fortune’s Aerial Park is open Saturday through Monday for gravity-fed Mountain Coaster Rides through the forest and down ski runs. Each $25 ticket offers a 1km ride along a monorail track, going up to 40km/hour (there’s a handbrake to control your speed).

▪️ The 9th European Union Short Film Festival opens on Saturday with a screening of Peace and Tranquility by Ukrainian filmmaker Andrii Bondarenko. Head to the ByTowne Cinema for free screenings on May 21st, 28th and 20th at 1:00pm. 

▪️ The Carp Farmers’ Market presents a demo by the West Carleton Dog Agility Group (WAG). The market runs 8:00am to 1:00pm at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road. 

▪️ Distillery Tours are back at Vodkow. The 30 minute experience includes a tour of the production, bottling, and packaging areas of the distillery and a sampling of a minimum of five Vodkow products. $10 per person, every 30 minutes from 11:00am to 4:30pm. 34 Industrial Ave, Allmonte Ontario.


▪️ Blossom Fest hits Stittsville with a family friendly day of food, lawn games, flower arranging, a dance party, bike tune-ups, storytelling, and more. Free to attend. 10:00am to 2:00pm at Crossing Bridge Park, 27 Hobin Street.

▪️ The Ottawa Flower Market arrives at the Parkdale Farmers’ Market. Vendors will be selling specialty tulips, greenery, and other spring flowers. 9:00am to 1:00pm at 366 Parkdale Ave.

Deals of the day

▪️ Get $25 off your purchase of Yoga Jeans with code YJFAM25 until Today May 23rd.

▪️ Get two pairs of socks for the price of one at Horace Jewelry. The socks are made in collaboration with Robin des bas, who in turn partner with Dristex, one of the few remaining sock manufacturers in Canada. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ A few showers. High of 14°, low of 7°. 

Number: 10 per cent. The increase in taxi fares approved by the City's community and protective services committee. [CTV

Ottawan of the Day: Thomas Scrubb. The former Carleton Ravens basketball star is coming home to the Ottawa BlackJacks, after a career in European leagues. [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: ‘Take your trees, and your freaking parking lot, and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine’ – Barrhaven councillor Jan Harder about people concerned with the destruction of trees for a parking building at the new Ottawa Hospital site. [The Narwhal]


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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,207? -41168? 5
1,291,814? 1,56513,122 ? 20
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.8% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.5%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,562? -3753? 5
1,060,045? 62615,326 ? 14
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.5%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.8%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
9? 01? 1
cases changedeaths
72,958? 76801 ? 2
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)916,525 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)880,837 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)576,065 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
60? 01?-1
39,546? 34314  ?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
6? -41? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -228 ? 2

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Three times as many Canadians were infected with COVID 19 during the fifth wave than the fourth wave. [Canadian Press]

⭕ China has slightly changed its COVID 19 travel rules, making it easier for Canadians to visit. Travellers no longer need to have a negative test seven days before flying, but still need to have negative tests 48 and 24 hours before their flight. [Global News]

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▪️New OC Transpo chief says that bus trips are being cancelled due to required breaks. The City had known for several years that it would be required to give bus drivers a half-hour break after five hours of driving. Why this is controversial, we have no idea – who wants to be on a bus where the driver has driven straight through for a full day? OC Transpo will require 80 new drivers to make sure that the breaks are covered. [CBC

▪️Crown prosecutors say Trucker siege organizer Tamara Lich has broken her bail conditions and should be re-jailed. Lich was released on bail after agreeing that she would go to Alberta and not be involved in anything Trucker Convoy-related. Lich plans to attend a gala in Toronto June 16, where she will receive a ‘Freedom Award’ from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. Prosecutors say accepting the award would be Trucker Convoy-related. [CBC]

▪️Beach goers worry that E. coli levels will increase if the City doesn't put up seagull nets this year. In previous years, the City has put up wires three metres above at Britannia and Mooney's Bay beaches to keep seagulls at bay. The bird’s calling cards in the water cause the E. coli breakouts. Vancouver-born Darren is scratching his head about this: Vancouver has lots of beaches and gulls, and has never had to put up nets. [CBC

▪️RedBlacks fans can breathe easy, the Canadian Football League has avoided a strike by its players. CFL players were ready to walk off as of today but a last minute deal has saved the season. The RedBlacks’s first pre-season match is next Friday against the Toronto Argonauts. [CBC]

+ Related The Public Service Alliance of Canada has walked away from negotiations with the Federal government over an ‘insulting’ 1.75 per cent per year wage increase offer. (Related because it's a union story, not that archive workers and scientists are playing gridiron football.)

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