Food and drink roundup; Shelter in place begins at midnight; Ottawa River's last lighthouse

13 January 2021


Get ready for Round Two of Sheltering At Home, Ottawa. Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency to combat rising COVID-19 cases.

How does that affect us? Anthony Di Monte, the city's general manager for emergency and protective services says it's going to feel like the first three months of the pandemic last spring.

In particular:

  • Everyone is to stay at home, leaving only for work, food, medical reasons, or exercise
  • Non-essential businesses may only provide curbside service, and may only be open between 7am and 8pm
  • Food stores, takeaway restaurants, pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience stores can stay open as normal
  • Groups meeting outside are limited to five people, lowered from ten
  • While a night curfew was rumoured, none was ordered

One question  remains: what is an essential service, for example. That should be answered later today when the Province publishes the actual order.

The new rules come into effect at 12:01 am tonight.


🥡 Food + Drink Roundup

▪️After pivoting to hand sanitizer production in collaboration with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. last year (and winning a Best of Ottawa Business Award for their efforts), Dunrobin Distillery’s online shop is now open and selling its artisanal gin, vodka, and whisky, plus a selection of gift boxes.

▪️Old Ottawa South’s Oat Couture Café has opened a second location in the former Pressed Café on Gladstone. The menu uses the humble and hearty porridge as a base for sweet (s’mores aren’t just for sticks) and savoury bowls (the Caprese features goat cheese, sundried tomato, and proscuitto). You’ll also find smoothies, granola, and coffee. During lockdown UberEats and SkiptheDishes delivery is available. Live music is set to return to the venue in the future, when the Montomgery Scotch Lounge opens. 750 Gladstone Ave.

▪️Taj is offering a 15% discount to essential workers. Call 613-726-6955 and mention that a you’re an essential worker, then show ID when you go to pick up your order. Not an essential worker? You can order through the usual delivery services. 

▪️Whiprsnapr is no longer offering same day delivery, so to enjoy some tasty beer tomorrow, be sure to order by midnight tonight. The brewery is also launching a new “General Store” on their website, which will feature local products like Izere coffee. The brewery also has some amazing food from Ishina Distinguished Indian Cuisine to enjoy at home. Visit their website for all the details.

▪️Whitewater Brew is giving free coffee and meals to healthcare workers from January 14th through the 31st. 

Meanwhile, for those of us stuck at home, the brewery wants to see how we’re all managing during this latest lockdown. In the second round of their #thisishowwedistance photo competition, they’re asking for photos of how we’re spending our time at home, and for tips and tricks to stay connected with each other. At the end of the month, they’ll select their favourite photo and the winner will receive $100 gift card to use on their website. Enter on their Facebook page and tag your photos with #thisishowwedistance and #WBCPhotoContest

▪️The owners of now-closed Mechanicsville restaurant Grunt have dropped their legal challenge to overturn the eviction from their premises. Grunt does not have insurance, which is necessary to carry out the challenge. The location’s landlord alleges that she is owed $38,000 in rent.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 60 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0°

Number: 6,000. The number of fans that the owner of the Ottawa Sentators had hoped would view home games in person at Canadian Tire Centre. Eugene Melnyk later backtracked and said it was too early. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Aspects. The hip hop artist has released his first new album in five years, Impossible. [Ottawa Citizen] [Impossible on Spotify]

Quote: “We are blessed. We are fortunate. We are lucky. And therefore, should be very grateful” – Dr. Reuven Bulka, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, writing of his care at Ottawa Hospital after being diagnosed with advanced cancer in the pancreas and liver. [Ottawa Citizen


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

133,553 doses have been administered in Ontario (68% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 174.5 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

📋 Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 11,658 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 163 since yesterday, and 398 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5356 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 44 since yesterday, and 136 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1975 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 170 since yesterday, and 38 deaths, no new reports.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ Canada arranges for another 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine [Globe & Mail]

+ Related Federal Government's schedule of expected vaccine deliveries

⭕ Officials in Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario want skiers and ski-doers to stay home [CBC]

⭕ Most public health boards have not used their powers to close down any workplace. Ottawa has closed only one – but does not require to be informed if businesses close voluntarily. [CBC

⭕ Ottawa Hospital to restart vaccinations Friday. They had run out of medicine the other day. [CTV]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]


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▪️Girls will have easy, free access to mentrual products in Ottawa-Carleton District School Board schools – in the second half of 2022. The School Board approved a plan to provide dispensers in washroom for grades four to 12. Some schools already provide free menstrual items but they must be requested from a teacher or administrator. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Andrew King writes about the Ottawa River’s last lighthouse. Steamboats were once the most important way of travelling to and from Ottawa with navigation markings lining the shores. Today, there is one lighthouse left – and even it is no longer lit. [Ottawa Rewind]

▪️In 1979, the Federal Government moved 20,000 civil servants to Gatineau, leaving empty buildings in downtown Ottawa. CBC has unearthed a video on the story from the time. [CBC]


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