Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Ottawan



Don’t forget to vote today. You can find your polling place by clicking here. You can still vote today even if you have not registered – just bring proper ID. The polls close at 9 pm.


Your Weekend


▪️The City of Om yoga and wellness festival pulls up to Lansdowne Park on the evening of Friday June 3rd and continues through Saturday. Participate in one of over 50 yoga classes, run a 5K, visit the food and apparel vendors. 1015 Bank Street. 

▪️The Capital Pride Royalty Show  will feature current and past Royal Court Pageant winners. Doors open at 8:00pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm. Lab O Theatre, 60 Waller St. 

▪️The Ottawa Pops Orchestra presents Video Game Symphony, Friday and Saturday at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe. This all ages show will immerse fans in the sounds and sights of Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Call of Duty, and more. Featuring the conductor of the Montreal Video Game Orchestra. 


▪️Kindred Shop and Studio’s Huge Warehouse Sale & Live Cats promises exactly both those things. On Saturday June 4th and and Sunday June 5th the entire shop will be 25% off, and the empty space next door will be filled with pre-loved clothing and accessories. Also: there will be cats. All money raised will be donated to the Cat Rescue Network.

▪️Beechwood Market launches the 2022 season with its first appearance at a new location: Stanley Park in New Edinburgh (203 Stanley Ave). Shop onsite or make purchases online and pick them up at the market from 9:00am to 2:00pm. 

▪️June is Pride month, and the Drive-Out Parade returns to Lanark County this Saturday. The parade starts with the flag raising at The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte at 12:30pm. 

Get a peek of the working lives of artists in two studio tours:

▪️The 27th annual Spring West End Studio Tour can be accessed by foot, bike, or car. The 11 stops on the tour will be located in the artists’ yards or on their porches, and all are located just west of downtown. Take the tour on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th from 11:00am - 5:00pm Tour

▪️Red Trillium Studio Tour is a driving tour of studios located around West Carleton. 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. You’ll see fashion, ceramics, stained glass, oils paintings, jewelry, and more.

▪️Those with tickets to visit the General Idea exhibition on Saturday will also have access to the General Idea Symposium, with presentations by Canadian and international scholars. The symposium will also stream online. 

▪️BBxCollection is celebrating its third anniversary with a rad party this Saturday. From 10:00am to 7:00pm, do some shopping, enjoy a complimentary drink, try your luck with scratch and save cards, and sample the cake. 31 York St. 

▪️Ottawa Independent Writers host their first in person Book Fair in two years. Chat with the authors and browse and buy books covering fiction, memoir, young adult, science fiction, and more. 12:00pm to 4:00pm Saturday June 4 at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. 

▪️Fill in your garden’s blank spots with something new from the Trinity Church Plant Sale, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The church is also participating in Doors Open Ottawa, so this is your chance to check out the 140 year old building. Head to 1230 Bank Street at Cameron Avenue. 

▪️Want to get your hands dirty? Plant corn with like minded people at the Ottawa Farm Fresh Planting and Potluck Picnic. Following an honest afternoon’s work, sit around the campfire with your picnic or share your potluck meal. 

▪️It’s another big yard sale weekend, this time in Kitchissippi. The Kitchissippi-wide Community Yard sale starts at 8:00am and it will take you a good part of the day to see the whole, ward-wide thing. Bring your comfy shoes (rain date Sunday June 5). 


Maker House is partnering with Ecology Ottawa for a Tree Giveaway. Visit Maker House from 11:00am to 3:00pm and collect a free native tree to plant on your property. All of the deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs have been sourced from Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville. 987 Wellington. 

The Queen's Jubilee

Various things are happening today and over the weekend to mark the Queen's 70th year on the throne of Canada. 

The Peace Tower, the Senate and the Prime Minister’s Office will be bathed in purple this evening as will the British High Commission, 80 Elgin Street. 

As we mentioned yesterday, a beacon will be lit in front of City Hall this evening, an event replicated in most of the Commonwealth capitals.

On Saturday, the Governor General's Foot Guards will march around downtown starting at 10:50 am.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Cloudy. High of 21°, low of 14°. 

Number:  52. The number of projects funded by the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program last year to help protect the region's waterways. Some of the successes were: 40 hectares of sensitive land retired from agricultural production, 1,488 trees planted, and 469 hectares of forest were protected. [City of Ottawa] [The Report]

Ottawan of the Day: Fawwaz Ibrahim. The University of Ottawa civil engineer graduate switched gears and used his engineering nous to develop an athleticwear line, Flawless Athlete. [Shifter]

Quote: ‘Fare-based transit systems wait until ridership increases before expanding service. This is completely backwards. People choose whether or not to ride the bus based on the existing quality of service’ – Nick Grover, arguing that transit is a public health service and should be funded by methods other than fares. [The Leveller]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 11 – New York Boulders 6, last night


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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
670? -52119? -8
1,305,101? 1,03813,267 ? 2
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)92.1% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,105? -3424? -7
1,067,605? 69915,433 ? 6
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.6%
? All people in Quebec with third dose52%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
14? 32? 0
cases changedeaths
73,518? 66811 ? 1
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)916,961 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)881,483 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)577,660 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
52? 12? 0
39,766? 29316  ? 0

As of June 2, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 87.8%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)85.8%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

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2? 00? -1
active caseschangedeaths
-? -230 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Health Canada has approved the Pfizer COVID 19 booster shot for teenagers 16 and 17 years-old. It had already been approved for those 18 year-old and older. The Moderna vaccine was approved for 16 year-old and older earlier in the year. [Globe & Mail]

⭕ Ontario has seen its second case of MonkeyPox, in Toronto. Ottawa Public Health says it has tested a number of people for the infection but all have been negative. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The Ottawa Fire Service will be coming for you next week. In selected areas, your local firefighters will be dropping by to test your smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor. The Ottawa Fire Code requires homes to have working smoke detectors and, if you have a garage or fireplace, a working carbon monoxide detector. The visits are courtesy calls only – you are not required to let them in. All firefighters will be in uniform. [City of Ottawa]

▪️The Eganville Leader will continue to print. We wrote last month that the 120 year-old paper was at risk of closing after its printer announced it was going out of business. The Leader has made deal with a Montréal printer that will charge the same price and deliver on the same day. [Ottawa Citizen]

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