Friday, April 8, 2022

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Five Cooking Classes

Need to improve your kitchen skills? In addition to cooking schools and full time diploma courses, Ottawa has opportunities to hone your techniques in specific areas of food preparation. 

▪️The Urban Element offers virtual cooking classes as well as in-person culinary experiences on Sunday and Monday nights, in collaboration wth Corner Peach. They also plan group experiences at their private space at the Science and Technology Museum. 

▪️Learn how to wield that big chef knife like a pro with a three hour course from C’est Bon Cooking. Knife Skills - Seasonal Vegetables runs April 13th and May 18th, and will teach you the Allumette, Brunoise, Julienne and Paysanne. $115 per person plus tax. 200 Dalhousie Street. 

▪️Take your bestie or significant other on a Cooking Class Retreat for Two, care of Rebels in the Kitchen’s chef Rawan. Over the course of a weekend you’ll enjoy a Lebanese cooking class including drink pairings, plus you'll enjoy Lebanese-inspired breakfasts, and have plenty of time to explore the woods around the Gite O’Bordeleau B&B. 51 Parker Road, Pontiac, Quebec. 

▪️If you want to study for a diploma, Algonquin College’s one year Culinary Skills Ontario College Certificate combines in-class with placements to teach the food prep skills and techniques required in professional kitchens. It’s also available as a part time course. Approx. $5,879.06 for two semesters. 

▪️Le Cordon Bleu is a time and financial commitment but you’ll end up with the professional-level expertise to start your culinary career (or to simply enrich your time in your kitchen). The Cuisine Diploma/Basic Cuisine Certificate teaches the beginner technical skills required of any culinary professional. Three months (approximately 18 hours per week), $11,710. 

Next week

Something quirky at Bar Robo: next week’s trivia night is all about Harry Potter. Use your Potter knowledge to fight for your chance to win passes to the new Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore film. The fun starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday April 12th in the Queen St. Fare food hall at 170 Queens St. 

Deal of the Day

Mikaza Home is offering 50% off recent floor models until April 30th. Visit the showroom at 450 Preston Street to see the discounted furniture. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Chance of showers. High of 9°, low of -1°. 

Number:  $632,450. The cheapest single-family detached home in Ottawa is located in Nepean. On the other hand, a house in New Edinburgh was listed for $2.3 million and sold for $800,000 on top of that  [NarCity

Ottawan of the Day: Tomorrow is Isabelle Weidemann Day, in honour of the speed skater’s gold, silver, and bronze medals at this year's Winter Olympics. [CityNews]

Quote: ‘The fact that the official plan doesn’t recognize that Ottawa is a segregated city and that something needs to be done to desegregate it — that’s a level of 1990s colour-blindness that’s astonishing to see in 2022’ – Lawyer Daniel Tucker-Simmons, arguing that the same places where racialized people live in Ottawa tends to be where Ottawa redevelops low income housing into high priced housing. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Nashville Predators 3 – Ottawa Senators 2, last night

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,135? 9166? 7
1,188,640? 4,29512,537? 10
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.7% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose48.6%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,637? 5562? -2
992,649? 3,57214,512 ? 30
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)93%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.2%
? All people in Quebec with third dose50.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
19? -40? 0
cases changedeaths
67,648? 247765 ? 0
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)914,850 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)877,672 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)565,552 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


This informaton has not been updated yested. Yesterday's data is below.

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
32? 172? 1
37,204? 117294 ? 0

As of April 7, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 88.3%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.2%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
5? 11? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -219 ? 2

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Mayor Jim Watson urges the Province to make wearing masks manadatory once again in essential shops, transit, and schools. He has also asked City staff to investigate the possibility of the CIty making it mandatory on its own. [CTV]

+ Related Dr. Vera Etches urges employers to mandate mask wearing at work

⭕ Octopus Books is going back to curbside service only for the week of April 9 – 15, due to the rising COVID-19 cases. [Octopus Release] [Octopus Books]

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▪️We can only assume they practised, as the National Arts Centre Orchestra has played Carnegie Hall for the first time in decades. That's it, that's all we got. It's a half-decent quip. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Justin Bieber would like to buy the Ottawa Senators. The singer has made known his desire to buy an NHL team before, and with the death of owner Eugene Melnyk, there may be a possibility here. Melnyk’s daughters, heirs to his fortune, have not made their plans for the team known. [Clutchpoints]

▪️The National Capital Commission has created a new naming committee to oversee its 1,600 properties. Committee rules state that new and renewed names must be in both official languages, consider the Indigenous Languages Act, and be discussed through a reconciliation lens. First up, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Wellington Street was almost renamed Reconciliation Boulevard this year, that is, until Mayor Jim Watson bothered to ask members of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. They asked Watson what reconciliation meant to him. When Watson couldn't answer, the proposal was stopped.

▪️L'Intrépide de Gatineau minor hockey team has suspended six players for ‘following deplorable incidents that occurred on and off the ice’. Six Black players had complained in the past few weeks that they have been subject to racial abuse. The league has cancelled the final two games of the season and ordered all players to take an education and awareness class on discrimination. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Public Health is running mental health clinics in five of the CIty's most marginalized neighbourhoods. The clinics will be run from the Bellevue Community Centre, the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, as well as the Don McGahan Clubhouse and Ron Kolbus Clubhouse. [CBC] [Mental Health]

▪️The Ottawa Bulldog points out that people in Ottawa just are not in favour of replacing the Alexandra Bridge. The Bulldog points out that the CTV News story on the replacement garnered over 300 comments on Facebook, almost all of them negative. We also agree that it seems like the National Capital Commission has made this decision over the actual wishes of the residents on both sides of the river. [Ottawa Bulldog] [Facebook]

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