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It's National Pizza Day.

For myriad reasons Darren and Martha have strong opinions about pizza but the truth is, like cameras, the best pizza is the one you have in your hand. Order from somewhere nearby – the chance of you being disappointed is hovering around zero per cent.

But to inspire you, here are ten of the best pizzas in Ottawa.

🍕Diavola: Spicy salami, peppers 
Anthony's Pizza Napoletana  (🥇Best Of Ottawa 2020 winner) Wellington Street and Bank Street

🍕Alla Ola: Cacio e pepe cauliflower puree, roasted mushroom, Parmesan, truffle oil, toasted breadcrumbs, and parsley 
Farinella (🥈Best Of Ottawa 2020 runner up) Little Italy

🍕Wild Boar: Local wild boar sausage, caramelized apple, sage pesto, and two year-old cheddar
Tennessy Willems Wellington Street West 

🍕Albert - Kimchi PIzza: Tomato sauce, local cheese, house-made vegan kimchi, bacon and sesame-soy-honey
Pizza Nerds Bank Street

🍕Gitanes: Calabrian chili arrabbiatta, aged mozzarella, Manila clams, oreganatto , fresh lemon zest, fennel pollen, pangritatta, and parsley.
Heartbreakers Pizza  Hintonburg

🍕Pizza With Potatoes: Green and red peppers, red onions, potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheddar
Pizza Café Tache Gatineau

🍕Shrimp & Fig: Shrimp, capicola ham, dried figs, and hot peppers
Canal Ritz Dow's Lake 

🍕Lost In Wakefield: Slow roasted garlic tomato sauce, house made maple fennel sausage, caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, whole milk mozzarella, and basil with a sesame crust
Art Is In Bakery ByWard Market

🍕The Boss: Roasted tomato, roasted garlic, fresh boconccini, basil reduction, and fresh arugula. 
Bread & Sons Bank Street

🍕Alessandro: Garlic, fresh basil, speck, chili oil, and pine nuts
Roberto Pizza Little Italy

See you tomorrow, with more food – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of -5° 

Number: 3. It's the third year for WinterPride Festival, which is, of course, virtual this year. WinterPride will run until February 12. [WinterPride 2021

Ottawans of the Day: Stéphane AlexisShelby Lisk, and Neeko Paluzzi. The three artists have been selected for the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition, which celebrates the future of artistic achievement in a photo-based medium. [City of Ottawa]

Quote: “It feels like I’ve been in a fog for three days” –  Brent Wallace, who covered sports in Ottawa and the world for TSN for 23 years. Wallace was one of over 200 Bell Media employees laid off last week. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 3 – Ottawa Senators 1 yesterday. The Sens meet Edmonton Oilers again tonight.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

386,171 doses have been administered in Ontario (88% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 323.6 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 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 13,708 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 38 since yesterday, and 426 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5953 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 156 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2594 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 63 deaths, three 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.

⭕ The stay at home order has been extended for another week. After February 16, many non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen at 25 per cent capacity. While Ottawa will likely be one of those areas with loosened lockdown next week, the Toronto area is expected to remain under strict rules. [CTV]

⭕ Ottawa – stay on your own side. Neighbouring regions Renfrew County, Prince Edward county, Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington county all move into the green zone tomorrow, opening shops and restaurants. And they all have a message for roving Ottawans: stay out. [CBC]

⭕ Ontario is now allowing NHL players to dine in restaurants despite eateries being closed to everyone else. Chief medical officer Dr. David Williams says it's because the NHL has such strict COVID-19 controls over each team member, sit-down dining won't be a threat [CBC]

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▪️Ottawa’s NIMBYest councillor, Rideau-Vanier ward’s Mathieu Fleury, wants a new COVID-19 isolation centre for the homeless moved. Fleury joins 17 residents in Lowertown who want the centre, located at the Le Patro d’Ottawa community centre on Cobourg Street in Lowertown, moved somewhere not in their vicinity. The letter says it is too close to schools, Fleury says a more isolated and self-contained building would be better. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ That  manager at the Public Health Agency of Canada who was criticised for taking a sponsored trip to Jamaica over Christmas has quit to become a full-time influencer. Dominique Baker, who was a manager at the Office of the Border and Travel Health, is quitting a full-time civil service job to become a full-time social media influencer. The Jamaica trip was paid for by Air Canada. [National Post]

▪️ There must be something about working for public health that gives you social media skills. On Sunday, Ottawa Public Health tweeted out this message...

Cue a massive uproar from Twitter users: some commiserating with poor Bruce, others questioning the quality of Ottawa's civil servants, and those who suspected it was just a tease. 

Of course, there is no Bruce. Merely Dr Vera Etches and her mischievous henchpeople dreaming him up for attention’s sake. The Federal Government’s comms department across town could learn a few things from their civic counterparts. [Huffington Post


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