Picture this. It's a chilly summer day, the wind is whirling and it's steadily raining outside. Every so often a soft rumble of thunder booms outside. You're tucked inside a soft-lit, cozy cafe with a steaming latte and a baked good on a plate. There's some smooth jazz playing quietly in the background and you're reading your favourite book.
Sound enticing? Well we've found the perfect Edmonton cafe to carry out this dream of an afternoon. It's called Block 1912, and you merely need to look at a couple photos to see why it rocks.
They have an adorable little library nook, with a "take a book, leave a book" policy. How freaking cute is that!! If you're a total bookworm like me, these types of mini-libraries are what you live for.
Another cool thing about this cafe is that you never know what you're going to find. Whether it's nestled in the brick wall or inside one of the table drawers, you're bound to find little notes left by previous visitors. It's like travelling back in time!
Have you fallen in love yet? I know I have. Head on down to Block 1912 on the next rainy day and cozy up with a warm drink, a book, and some sweets. They're located at 10361 Whyte Ave NW, and are open 9am-midnight most nights.
P.S. They also have ice cream for those non-rainy warm summer days!
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"This is a very exciting day for Alberta and it arrives right when we need it the most," said Kenney in an emailed press statement. "We are battling an extremely aggressive third wave of COVID-19 and we know that vaccines are our best weapon against it. By opening bookings to everybody over 12 years of age, we are taking a huge step towards stopping the spike and hopefully putting this pandemic behind us for good."
All Albertans who are born in 1991 or before can start booking their vaccinations on Thursday, May 6, with the addition of those born from 2009 to 1992 coming up the following Monday.
Everyone who is eligible can book their mRNA vaccine, which the CDC says are the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, through Alberta Health Service's website, or by calling 811. Vaccination appointments can also be booked through participating local pharmacies, which Albertans can find through Alberta Blue Cross.
On Tuesday, May 4, Premier Jason Kenney announced several new restrictions that will be implemented throughout the coming days, but one of the newest rules announced will include the 10-day shut-down of non-essential Alberta businesses that have a COVID-19 outbreak at their workplace.
For those who will still be going into work after the new measures are put into place and wondering "what is a COVID-19 outbreak in Alberta?" the Alberta Government says it is when there has been "transmission of 3 or more cases" at any workplace except those that are considered essential services.
Other restrictions that Premier Kenney put into place will include the shut-down of any and all services that fall under the personal or wellness umbrellas, like hair and nail salons, for three weeks starting Monday, May 9. This will also include patio dining at restaurants.
All retail services will still be open but will be running at a 10% capacity or with a minimum cap of five people.
According to the Government of Canada's most recent data from Sunday, May 2, the province's current rate of active cases is 518. In comparison, Ontario's active case rate is currently 252. This data reflects the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 out of every 100,000 people per geographic area.
Premier Jason Kenney took to Twitter on Sunday, May 2, after "large numbers" of people attended an anti-lockdown Rodeo in central Alberta.
"Not only are gatherings like this a threat to public health, they are a slap in the face to everybody who is observing the rules," tweeted Kenney. "I again implore Albertans to get vaccinated when it's your turn and to follow the rules in your area. To those of you already doing this, thank you. To those who aren't, please smarten up. The more people we have flouting the rules, the longer this pandemic will last."
Kenney and the provincial government implemented new restrictions in the province on Friday, April 30, which prohibit all sports and fitness activities from taking place indoors. Junior high and high school students also switched to online learning as of Monday, May 3.