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Parliament took a look at the Government's proposed student benefits and did a good thing: they improved some of it.

The initial plan was to pay post-secondary students $1250 per month for the summer, $1750 if they had a disability or were a caregiver. Now, students who have disabilities or are caregivers will receive $2000.

Additionally, there is a plan to pay students up to $5000 for their tuition if they volunteer.

It's estmated that 1.17 million post-secondary students will avail themselves of these plans.

But for the student in your life, tell them to be patient. Details for all of this are still forthcoming and everything must be approved by the Senate, which is looking at it on Friday.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren



Weather: Periods of rain, high of 15°

Number: 35. The per centage of people who don't have enough money to pay for rent tomorrow, according to a survey by Acorn Canada [Global]

Ottawan of the Day:  The Police Officer in Mechanicsville who arrested a man for abusing a cat. The cat is not seriously injured.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: Creditors are going to have to be patient and are going to have to work with their debtors who are not paying them. It's going to take some time to work everything out. Everybody is going to be understanding, hopefully” – Brian Doyle, a licensed insolvency trustee in Ottawa, who is bracing for a wave of insolvancies like he has never seen before. [CBC]



There have been 1,297 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 78 since yesterday, and 76 deaths, an increase of 5.

Window visits at City-run long-term care homes have been banned [CBC]

BUT nobody asked Dr Vera Etches if this was a good idea [CFRA]

Jim Durrell hockey arena has been converted to a shelter for 140 homeless men. Existing shelters are at capacity.  [CBC]

Another OC Transpo bus driver tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

Premier Doug Ford warns against opening economy too soon [CBC]

The Province doesn't know how community transmission of COVID-19 is happening [CBC]

Free childcare has been expanded to help workers of meat-packing companies, retail, pharmacy and grocery store workers, truckers, long-term care and retirement home workers, interpreters and intervenors who support people who are deaf, and certain federal employees, including those in the military  [Ottawa Citizen]

Carlingview Manor is the most serious COVID-19 site in Ottawa [Ottawa Citzen]

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Teachers at Gatineau schools think it is too early to return
Basic questions about keeping everyone safe haven't been answered [CBC]

Gatineau brewery asks Quebec for permission to deliver beer 
This is not an issue on the Ottawa side [CBC]

+ Related Brew Donkey's list of Ottawa Craft Brewery delivery services

Gatineau travel restrictions will not be lifted soon
Quebec plans to lift travel restrictions between regions in May but Gatineau will not be included [CBC]

The Quyon Ferry reopens for weekdays
But only for essential travel and cashless payment only [Ottawa Matters]

First we are hit by a global pandemic, then the economy crashes, now Line 1 of the O-Train is being replaced by a bus
The City allowed this abomination so some maintenance can be conducted  [City of Ottawa]

Founder of the Ottawa Adventure Film Festival has free adventure fest on Saturday
On The Couch invites you to email them and request access [Ottawa Citizen]

Final exams cancelled for Ontario high school students
Ottawa Carleton school district advises that students' grades cannot go down [Ottawa Citizen]


Social distance your pets, says Ottawa Humane Society
It is possible for dogs and cats to contract Coronavirus — although extremely rare — but keep them distant [CFRA]

Lobbying hit a record during the pandemic
"In a crisis, everyone is looking for a champion" [Ottawa Matters]

Foodora is closing its doors and filing for bankruptcy
Last day of delivery will be May 11 [Ottawa Matters]

Big Rig Brewery making hand sanitizer
They are donating to those who need it and selling online [Ottawa Matters] [Big Rig]



Never say we don’t recognise a good thing. So here are some more gift ideas, all sourced in Ottawa:

🕯️ Carte Blanche spa, with locations in Orléans and Barrhaven, is offering its $100 gift card for $70, just in time for Mother’s Day giving. The spa’s services include nails, massages, hair colouring and cutting, facials, and much more. Visit their Instagram page and DM to order. [Carte Blanche]

🧶 Your mother is the cool mom; all the other kids tell you so. Not only does she know what a Turkish Towel is, she would love to own one. This towel by Gridal (at the Square Lemon Spotify store) is a measly $40 and comes in red, blue, beige or black. [Square Lemon]

🧵 Maybe you’ve been planning to take up embroidery, and during this lockdown, you’ve run out of excuses not to start. So, you could order one of the sweet kits from Square Lemon, complete the project, and wrap it up for Mum to open on May 10th. [Square Lemon]

💐 Flowers aren’t just for Mother’s Day. You could really push the boat out and buy your mum a Cut Flower CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from Rooted Oak Farm in Ottawa. She’ll get six gorgeous bouquets from July 30th to September 10th for $125. There are just a few Thursday pick up slots left, so, better hurry.  [Rooted Oak

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