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It’s time to start wearing masks when you go outside, Ottawa.

When researchers looked at what worked during the SARS‌ outbreak, they found that washing hands was 55 per cent successful in reducing transmission.

Wearing a mask was 68 per cent effective. (Obviously, we should be doing both.)

There was a time that wearing a mask outside may have made us feel self-conscious. But the more of us that do it, the better we’ll feel and the more that we will restrain COVID‌ 19.

Medical quality masks need to be reserved for the hospitals but you can make effective ones at home. For a high quality effort, one of the first was Rag Mask. Or using a bandana and rubber bands, try this. Or this.

Don’t worry. We’ll all feel silly together.

– Martha and Darren



Weather: High of 8° Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon.

Number: 2000. In dollars, the amount of the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit, applications of which are now open. [VICE]

Ottawan of the Day: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who has offered the use of the Canadian Tire Centre and its parking lots, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: “Under that pleasant demeanour is a will of steel” – about Dr. Vera Etches, Chief Ottawa Public Health officer, by the person who hired her [CBC]



There have been 345 cases of COVID‌ 19 in Ottawa and four deaths.

21000 Ottawa restaurant jobs have been lost [Ottawa Sun]

Three Ottawans stranded in India have lost confidence that they will be able to return [CTV]

Woman arrested for coughing on Ottawa cop [CBC]

If you come down with COVID 19, don’t spread it to your pets [Ottawa Matters]

Patient infected at the Ottawa Hospital [Ottawa Citizen]

Kanata Shoppers Drug‌ Mart worker comes down with COVID 19 [Ottawa Citizen]

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent to hospital [The Guardian]

+‌ Related The Ottawan’s Guide to Navigating COVID‌ 19

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Hi, Hi Birdie
House finches and ravens, which have been rare in Ottawa in recent years, have made a big come back [Ottawa Citizen]

Who will you believe? Us or your lying nose?
Tests prove that Rideau Station is not stinky [Ottawa Sun]

Owner of the ByTowne cinema is optimistic
Thanks to the Federal Government relief programme and a rainy day fund, Bruce White says the art house cinema will survive [Apt 13]

Fill your boots
Gas prices are at historic lows but the good times won’t last [Capital Current]

Spilt Milk
Farmers are pouring milk down the drain due to a drop in demand [CBC]

Even MPs can work from home
Parliament may meet virtually when it returns April 20 [Ottawa Matters]

Ottawa Airport cancels improvements, cuts staff, says many destinations may not come back [Ottawa Sun]




🪗 Michael Bridge, accordionist extraordinaire. Xenia Concerts provides music experiences that people with autism and other disabilities can enjoy. [Facebook] Michael's dreamy rendition of "Moon River" [YouTube]

🎼The Brain Porter is the one-man band soundtrack your self-isolation has been clamouring for. Very Tom Waits-esque, very moody, very good. [Facebook]

🎨 Ottawan Indian/World Fusion maestro SivaIf with a soothing backdrop as you paint, meditate, or climb the walls [YouTube]


📚 Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents Man-Booker Prize winning author Michael Ondaatje, tonight at 7:30pm. Virtual ticket costs $10USD. [Info]


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