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🇨🇦 Brian Mulroney

  •  Flags at all City facilities, as well as all Federal facilities, are at half-mast today in honour of Brian Mulroney, the 18th Prime Minister, who died yesterday. Flags will remain lowered until sunset of the day of his funeral, as yet undetermined. (City of Ottawa)

📱 ArriveCAN Vaccine Passport App

  •  The Federal government has suspended all contracts with the developer of the ArriveCAN app. Dalian Enterprises, a two-person software company in Ottawa, has received over $200 million in government contracts since 2015. This week it was discovered that chief executive David Yeo is a an employee of the Department of National Defence, although he has also now been suspended. (Darren Major at CBC)

🚀 Canadarm

  •  The spacecraft laboratory that built the Canadarm for the International Space Station is closing. The Canada Space Agency says the David Florida Laboratory in the Shirley's Bay complex off Carling Avenue will closed in March 2025. The Laboratory has operated since 1972. (CBC

🏘️ House Prices

🏫 Holy Trinity Catholic High School

  •  Holy Trinity Catholic High School was closed this morning after it received a threatening email. The Ottawa Catholic School Board said the email indicated a threat to the Kanata school premises. In cases like this, grade 7 and 8 students are moved to an evacuation site where they can be picked up by parents. High school students can sign themselves out.  (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)



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food + drink

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Weekly update for February 28

The Courtyard restaurant is closing after 40 years, the $5 manaqeesh at Jasmine is ‘like nothing I had ever tried before’, and have you tried the mariposa duck benny at Wilf and Ada’s?


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deals of the day

Friday March 1, 2024

Get two for one tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show (March 21-24 at the EY Centre) by using the code WINTER. This deal expires on Wednesday (March 6).

Sunday is the final opportunity to score Early Bird pricing for Rochon Gardens’ 2024 Community Supported Agriculture programme.

Thursday February 29, 2024

BKIND nail polish is 40% off when you buy four or more.The offer includes nail polishes already on sale. You have until midnight to purchase.

Silver jewelry is 20% off at Horace.

Use the code LIGHTENUP to receive 30% off Harlow Candles.

This is more of a call to action than a deal: Sales from aalin retail inc’s Orange Shirts raise funds for the Indigenous brand’s events and collaborations for Indigenous History Month in June and Truth and Reconciliation Day in September. The shirt design features the message “every child matters” in ojibwe syllabics 94 times, representing the 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The shirts are $45 and shipping is free.

Wednesday February 28, 2024

Save 15% on Ash & Posy’s multi-use Cleanser/Moisturizer products until March 5, when you use the code Flexible.

Save up to 80% kids’ clothes at Mini Mioche, as the Canadian brand prepares to move to a larger warehouse.

Tuesday February 27, 2024

Select styles (Maria, Maggie, Perla, Sibel, Malt, and Oliver boots) are $100 off the regular price, while stocks last, at Boutique Martino. Only until March 1.

Monday February 26, 2024

The unisex clothes from Kate Austin Designs come in one size to fit every body. You’ll reach for the Claude Shirt in those “boyfriend shirt” scenarios, and when you crave natty stripes, pink-hued geometric shapes, tiny cherries, or zigzags. This amazing shirt is also 30% off right now.

MiiK's "Lisa2" high waisted + "Lucy" mid-rise eggings are $59 per pair until midnight tonight (February 26). The regular price is $89, so this is a pretty great deal.

Friday February 23, 2024

Weekend good times ahead: Save 15% on The Lager 12-Packs and The Hoppy 12 Packs at Dominion City Brewing.

Thursday February 22, 2024

The coffee and side tables in Maker House’s Mostly Furniture Sale are “live edge” pieces created from reclaimed, local woods.

Save up to 60% in the MiiK End of Season Sale.

Wednesday February 21, 2024

Save $10 off the Gatineau Park Nocturnal Snowshoeing Tour this weekend, when - barring thick cloud cover - you should be able to travel by moonlight. Use the promo code GATINEAU10OFF to save.

There’s a Bath Bomb Bonanza happening at Zoë’s corner. Until Sunday, save 30% online, in store (5460 Canotek Road) and at Ottawa Farmers Market (Sunday inside the Aberdeen Pavilion).

Tuesday February 20, 2024

Canvas & Decor is offering 50% off canvas and metal prints.

Stock up on kids’ essentials with the Mini Mioche Online Warehouse Sale.

Friday February 16, 2024

All lipsticks are 25% off at Cheekbone Beauty.

Wear your love for Mr Dressup on your sleeve with the Retrokid Hoodies & Sweaters 20% off sale.

Get a free bra with orders of $150 or more at Prana Vida. Use the code VALENTINES at checkout; sale ends tonight just before midnight.




  • The income needed to buy an average priced house in Ottawa – $621,600 – in January. That’s $4,820 per year less than needed in December. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

ottawan of the day

Phillippa Cranston Baron

  • The late Toller Cranston was a Canadian skating star who went on to have a prolific career as an artist and illustrator. When he died suddenly his sister, author and filmmaker Phillippa Cranston Baron, decided to write her brother’s biography.
  • Her book Toller Cranston: Ice, Paint, Passionis on sale now and will be officially launched atArnprior’s O’Brien Theatreon Sunday March 3 (2:00 pm), with an author discussion and never before seen footage. Free.


It’s out the window. There’s nothing we can do about it to get it back

  • Karim Pringle, who, in 2022, put down a $1,000 deposit for a wedding dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant. The Courtyard, a ByWard Market fixture for 40 years, closed suddenly on Tuesday, leaving ‘dozens’ of couples without a wedding dinner venue.  (Chris Edwards at CBC)


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