Ottawa's Top Doc Says She Needs A Break After Showing Up At Work With No Pants

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Dr. Vera Etches Says She's Needs A Break After Showing Up At Work With No Pants

It’s been a tiring few months for Ottawa’s top doctor. On Wednesday, Dr. Vera Etches admitted that she might need a break — after she accidentally showed up to work with no skirt on!

In a hilariously honest tweet on September 30, the city’s medical officer of health admitted that she’d had a pretty busy morning.

She explained, “I was dressing in the dark this morning and distracted by setting up a surprise for my boys, rushing to talk with Rob Snow on 1310 News…”

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I still can't believe I made it to City Hall without my skirt on under my rain jacket!

Dr. Vera Etches

Although she confessed her mind was elsewhere, she said, “I still can't believe I made it to City Hall without my skirt on under my rain jacket!”

She ended the hilarious tale by saying, “Yikes!” and admitting that it could be time for her to take a little break. 

Dr. Etches’ hectic morning comes as the city’s COVID-19 case count continues to climb rapidly.

On Tuesday, Ottawa reported a record-breaking increase of 105 new cases within 24 hours.

The top doctor has confirmed that the capital is currently experiencing its second wave and revealed that it’s “close to red” on the pandemic scale.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

Have you ever wished you could step into the fantasy world in a book or a movie? If so, you'll want to explore this glowing enchanted forest less than two hours from Ottawa.

Tonga Lumina at Mont Tremblant reopens on Friday, June 18, and the magical night walk will transport you into a realm where a guardian giant invites you to meet them.

You'll begin by riding the ski lift up the mountain and then follow the winding 1.5-kilometre illuminated path.

Along the roughly one-hour journey, you'll stop at different enchanted locations like a twilight portal and spot forest spirits before you reach the giant's hall.

If you want to see it for yourself, you'll need to book online, and there will be a limited number of tickets for each 30-minute entry time slot.







Tonga Lumina​

Price: $28.50 per person

When: Friday, June 18 to Saturday, October 16, 2021

Address: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC

Why You Need To Go: Located just 1-hour and 45 minutes from Ottawa, it is a spectacular weekend road trip. If you've seen the show in the past, some sections have changed and now are extra stunning.


Back Country Cycling & Alpacas In Sutton, QC | Out Of Office

If you've ever been to Montreal, then you know no two areas of the city are alike. From the historical and trendy Old Montreal to the laid-back and fun Plateau, Montreal is alive with things to do. But if you're looking to connect with nature a little deeper, then Narcity and host Lindura Sappong have got you covered. Journeying through Eastman, a small town about an hour's drive outside of the city, Lindoura takes us to bike paths, calm rivers, and even an adorable alpaca farm!

This is the final episode of Narcity's Out Of Office series, where we take you through some of the most beautiful environments in Canada, and bring you back in touch with nature's roots.

Places visited
- Lac d'Argent (Eastman, QC)
- Alpagas Sutton Alpaca Farm (Sutton, QC)

Lace up your sneakers, as there are unbelievable ruins with a waterfall through them only 30-minutes from Ottawa.

There is no shortage of incredible sights within Gatineau Park, but one you'll want to see for yourself is the hauntingly beautiful Carbide Willson Ruins.

To see it for yourself, head to the P11 O'Brien parking lot near O'Brien Beach, and follow Trail 36.

The easy 3.25-kilometre roundtrip path will take you through the forest and over the blue water of Meech Lake.

Then you'll reach the ruins of an old fertilizer plant built by inventor Thomas Leopold Willson.

Today you can still see the remains of the dam and plant next to the falls, making for a photo-worthy spot.

Carbide Willson Ruins

Price: $13 per vehicle (half price after 3 p.m.)

Address: Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: If you visit in the summer, make sure to bring your swimsuit, as the parking lot is only a few minutes away from O'Brien Beach.



Waterloo May Not Be Able To Move Into Step 2 With The Rest Of Ontario As Planned

The region has to get the Delta variant surge under control first.

As Waterloo battles with rising COVID-19 cases, the region has announced that they may not be moving into step two with the rest of the province.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Region of Waterloo revealed that the spread of the Delta variant has become a problem with local residents and it may threaten the region's reopening process if it doesn't get under control.

"The Delta variant is here and spreading rapidly in our community. However, we can stop the spread together and keep our case rates down by getting fully vaccinated as quickly as possible and following public health guidance and measures," reads the statement.

"If case rates do not decrease, we may not be able to move to Step 2 with the rest of the province," it continues.

With Waterloo's daily case numbers surpassing Toronto's on Wednesday, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, echoed the same words.

In fact, Williams even revealed that if cases continue to get worse, they may limit some activities in step one as well.

"If there are concerns to constrain any ongoing transmission of the Delta in those settings in different communities can put in, under the ROA legislation, some things to limit some of the activities, either in step one or even further, if there was still some concerns in a week or two weeks from now to limit some progression to step two," stated Williams.

"They are considering that they might put some limitations on congregate activities where they are concerned there might be a potential for more spread of the Delta variant at this time."

"We're hoping that of course, they might be able to bring that down fairly assertively in the next week or so, so we're putting all our energy into helping them do that."

This year's Canada Day could look very different — not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic but because some people are swapping red and white for orange.

After the discovery of 215 children's remains at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., more and more people are declaring their intention to change the way they spend Canada Day. Some want to cancel it completely while others will be wearing orange instead of red and white.

Orange Shirt Day was started to honour the thousands of Indigenous children who were forcibly taken to residential schools in Canada. Spurred by the story of Phyllis Webstad, whose own orange shirt was taken away from her at one such school, the day is normally celebrated on September 30.

But now some people are declaring their intent on social media to swap the red and white on July 1 for orange instead.

In a statement to Narcity, Joan Sorley, the treasurer of the Orange Shirt Society, said the organization wouldn't offer an opinion as to whether Canadians should celebrate Canada Day in the "usual way" this year.

"Orange Shirt Society exists to raise awareness of the ongoing impacts of the residential schools, to support reconciliation, and to promote the concept of Every Child Matters," Sorley said. "The wearing of orange helps to do that, and it shouldn't be limited to Orange Shirt Day."

"I never wore white and red on Canada Day as to me it's just like any other long weekend. Not something my family ever celebrated." Kyra Schrader (Thistle), who is Métis, said. "I wear orange now because I've decided to accept who I am."

"Honestly it comes to a point where we all must face our past," she added.

Eddy Charlie is a residential school survivor and the co-founder of the Victoria Orange Shirt Day, and he said wearing orange on Canada Day would be a "fitting tribute to the resiliency of residential school survivors."

"There needs to be many voices heard across the lands and that might never happen in our lifetimes, but a beginning of this may happen with conversations like this one," Charlie said.

Schrader said that Canadians should go beyond wearing orange and reach out to Indigenous communities, donate to them, and read about their "diverse and beautiful" cultures.

"Of course an orange shirt is a great symbol," Schrader said, "but this ripple must become a wave of renewal for Canadians of all backgrounds."


Mae Martin, star and co-writer of Netflix series Feel Good, says that in their experience, Toronto is ahead of the curve when it comes to openness around sexuality.

With a second season out on June 4, Feel Good explores sexuality, gender identity, and trauma through character-driven comedy.

It follows a love story between Martin's character, also called Mae, and their girlfriend George (Charlotte Ritchie), which unfolds as Mae sorts through a complicated past of addiction and sexual abuse.

Martin grew up in Toronto and pays tribute to their roots in Feel Good, where some episodes are set (though sneakily not filmed) in their Canadian hometown.

"It's definitely been my personal experience that Toronto is far ahead of a lot of other cities in terms of sexuality," Martin told Narcity, adding that their friends in Canada are "less into" labelling their sexual identity.

"The queer nights are very mixed, and it just seems more blended and less like, here's the gay districts where you can go and hang out."

Blending fiction and reality

Martin told Narcity the show is based on their own lived experience, with funny situations that make challenging topics more palatable.

"My co-writer Joe Hampson and I never set out to make an issue-based show, that's just sort of a happy byproduct," Martin said. "Those issues of gender identity and sexual abuse are just things that I think about a lot and that we wanted to explore in a more nuanced way.

"The issues that the character grapples with are 100% autobiographical."

However, Martin says the characters and situations are a blended version of reality and fiction.

"If you want to make a difficult scene funny, you've got to put it in an escape room or on a ghost train," they said. "Most things happen in living rooms, and that's boring to watch."

Sexuality and identity in Feel Good

Season two focuses heavily on character Mae's post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the sexual abuse they experienced in their teens, as well as their developing relationship with gender.

At this point in the show, George has also come to terms with her sexual identity and is primed to help Mae through their gender crisis and through dealing with their past trauma.

"George comes into the second season full of guilt about her prior behaviour, and with this excitement of no longer being repressed and being exposed to this whole new world of sexuality and identity," Martin told Narcity.

At the beginning of season one, George is still in the closet and hides her relationship with Mae from her friends and family. However, she more openly explores her sexuality in season two, and even starts an activism club at the school she teaches at.

"She maybe goes too far that way and loses a bit of herself, but I like that dynamic power shift in season two with George helping Mae while developing her own sense of autonomy," Martin said.

'Chill and integrated' Canada

In episode six of season two, George even helps Mae find the words to express their gender identity by telling them to Google the term non-binary. In the same episode, she reflects on her own identity while walking through the streets of Toronto.

She comments on the number of gay couples in Toronto, to which Mae casually responds, "It's just very chill and integrated in Canada. Probably everyone on this street is bisexual and polyamorous."

In a small voice, George says, "I think maybe I would be too if I grew up here."

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Canadians Who Got AstraZeneca Are Now Being Told To Get Pfizer Or Moderna For Second Dose

Health officials say that mixing seems to provide a "better immune response."

On Thursday, June 17, Dr. Theresa Tam updated the public on COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. The top doctor explained that the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has updated its recommendations on first and second doses.

First, she noted that individuals who have received Pfizer of Moderna for their first dose should be offered the same vaccine for their second dose. If one isn't available, another mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is considered effective.

She then explained that NACI recommends that "an mRNA vaccine should now be offered as a second dose for individuals who received a first dose of AstraZeneca."

This recommendation is because of "emerging evidence indicating a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule," she explained.

For Canadians who have received two doses of AstraZeneca, Tam says you can "rest assured" that the vaccine you've received provides good protection against COVID-19.

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Canadians Will Have The Same Travel Rights No Matter What Vaccine They Get, Officials Say

Some New York attractions are currently off limits to anyone vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

Ontario's solicitor general said a border reopening will include the same travel rights for all Canadians regardless of what COVID-19 vaccine they get.

During a press conference on June 17, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said that federal, provincial and territorial leaders are currently working to make sure that there is "a consistent approach" to safely reopening the borders and that includes discussions about vaccines.

"We will make sure that individuals in Ontario and Canada who received a Health Canada, NACI-approved AstraZeneca will have the same rights as individuals who received other vaccines," Jones said.

Some attractions in the U.S., like the Bruce Springsteen show on Broadway or SNL, require attendees to be fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. AstraZeneca is not an authorized vaccine in the U.S., which means some Canadians aren't able to buy a ticket.

Canada is doing something similar with travel. There are plans to ease quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers in early July but only if they've been immunized with vaccines that are approved for use here: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna.