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Chag Pesach sameai-ch, and Sunday, Happy Easter.

Don’t forget that everything will be closed tomorrow and on Sunday. Sure, that hair covering your eyes has told you that almost every thing has been closed for weeks but this is different.

Tomorrow and Sunday, those remaining groceries stores, pharmacies, and sin bins will be closed as well. Don’t go hoarding, but be aware that most Ottawa grocery stores are only allowing single person groups inside and there may be line-ups.

And if you were worried about chocolate eggs on Sunday morning, don’t worry, Premier Doug Ford has declared the Easter Bunny an essential service.

See you Monday. — Martha and Darren



Weather: Showers with a high of 4°

Number: 37 million. The number of barrels of oil imported into Canada from Saudi Arabia. Canada is considering putting tariffs on it to stop Saudi Arabia’s dumping of oil [Ottawa Matters]

Ottawan of the Day: Shannon Noonan, who has created an online version of her Carleton therapy-dog programme [The Charlatan]

Quote: “[It] is not proportional to our population size, and it is not based on any dialogue with First Nations in coming up with that number. ” – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde wondering how the Federal Government figured out the amount of money to assist First Nations with COVID‌-19 [Hill Times]



This afternoon you’ll have a rare chance to ask questions to Mayor Jim Watson and other city officials about their handling of the Coronavirus.

The panel includes:

  • Keith Egli, Chair, Ottawa Board of Health
  • Steve Kanellakos, City Manager
  • Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health
  • Anthony Di Monte, General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services
  • Peter Sloly, Chief, Ottawa Police Service

To ask questions, call 613 233 1979 (passcode 6010568#)

2 pm Townhall [YouTube] It’s also on Rogers Cable channel 22

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There have been 429 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa and seven deaths.

34,000 Ottawans could have COVID-19 says Ottawa Public Health [CBC]

Jump in care home outbreaks [CBC]

Hospitals planning to make room by moving non COVID‌-19 patients hotels, convention centres and unoccupied retirement homes [CBC]

Ottawa opens second COVID-19 care clinic in the east end [Ottawa Citizen]

Shopify founder’s personal foundation shifts focus from fossil fuels to COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

+‌ Related The Ottawan’s Guide to Navigating COVID‌ 19

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Ottawa man says bylaw officer punched him in the face during ticket incident [Ottawa Citizen]

School’s still out, though
English Catholic teachers have ratified a deal with the province [CBC]

Remember when the LRT‌ was news?
The consortium that runs the LRT‌ has told the city how they will fix things. City Staff haven’t said what that is, yet [City Of Otttawa]

Cannabis stores reopen
Payment must be done in advance and all deliveries must be done by a shop employee [Ottawa Citizen]

Personal Escape Room
Burglar who broke into Train Yards-area apartment building locks himself inside [Ottawa Citizen]

Opened by the Usher of the Zoom Rod?
Parliament looks into four week virtual sitting [Hill Times]

Hire a student
Businesses that hire students through the Canada Summer Jobs Programme could have 100 per cent wage subsidy [The Fulcrum]



🎨 How about flexing your artistic muscles tonight? Ottawa Yaymaker is hosting a Virtual Paint Nite, and if you don't have acrylic paints they say you can use what you find around the house [Yaymaker]

📚 What does Easter dinner look like in quarantine? If you don't have the will or the way to cook your own Easter dinner, or the people with whom to share it, Chances "R" Are restaurant on Woodroffe is making its popular holiday meal for takeaway. The three course dinner includes chef salad, roast turkey, and your choice of dessert. ORDER TODAY BY 2pm (Thursday April 9th).[Facebook]

🌃 The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is offering "Homebound Astronomy," a free virtual intro astronomy lesson each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Outside of those times you can view the lessons on its YouTube channel. [ToDo]

🧘 Ottawa yogi Amber Stratton of Pure Yoga will answer budding entrepreneurs' questions on this free webinar presented by Lean In Fullscript. 6pm to 7pm. [Website]


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