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January is makeover month for many of us; we resolve to start exercising, we go on diets, and we buy new bed linens. If it’s time for you to change up your living space in a small, affordable way, there are lots of ideas, training courses, and of course plants to be found at Ottawa’s florists.
▪️Flowers Talk Tivoli has new shipment of succulents, air plants, and orchids. Also has new planters and pots and sale items (including felted Christmas ornaments) from the holiday season.

▪️Rebel Petal has easy to care for Air Plants from $35 (the smaller plant is sold out). Meanwhile, the store’s range of ribbed candle holders (from $5) would look fabulous clustered on a coffee table.

▪️Order a DIY Terrarium Master Kit from The Urban Botonist ($85), and you’ll have a succulent habitat at which to gaze all year round.

▪️Bouquets of dried flowers from Capital Florist’s Forever Collection will glam up a mantelpiece or side table. Prices start at $3 for a single bloom to $20 for a Eucalyptus bunch. Arrange single blossoms in grouped bud vases (available in neutral pink and white or black) from $12.

▪️While its gorgeous house plants are sold out, Bloomfields’ selection of homewares will add a touch of glamour to a locked down living room. The collection includes home and self care products from Quebec’s La Vie, candles and posey arrangements, and lambs wool throw blankets for cozying down. $75 - $165.

▪️Angelica Florist has adorable mini dried wreaths that would make a great statement when grouped on the wall. $7 each.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☁️ Cloudy. High of -2°

Number: 2,021 . The number of new technical workers that local mom and pop business Shopify plans to hire this year, doubling the size of its engineering team.  [CityNews

Ottawan of the Day: Brittanny Belanger, founder of Earthub. Earthub – among other things – collects thousands of pill bottles, milk bags, mascara wands, and egg cartons to reuse and keep out of landfills. (Thank you to reader Emily for the nomination) [Earthub]

Quote: “We have this half-witted approach of a little here, a little there, take the bag of chips and go home, Ottawa” – Citizen columnist Kelly Egan on the lack of imagination at Rideau Hall, which has closed its 80 acres of open space to the wintering public. [Ottawa Citizen]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

70,967 doses have been administered in Ontario (48% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 308.5 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

📋 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 10,682 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 87 since yesterday, and 393 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5062 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 45 since yesterday, and 125 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1766 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 36 since yesterday, and 35 deaths, one new report.

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.

🤦 Ontario Senator Vern White went to Finland for the holidays on December 28. Senate Opposition Leader Don Plett went to Mexico for Christmas.  [CBC]

🤦 Air Canada is sending social media influencers on trips to promote international travel  [News1130]

⭕ Quebec increases its lockdown with a curfew from 8pm to 5am and all but essential businesses closed until February 8 [The Guardian]

+ Related Civil rights groups and Quebec’s top doctor say that curfews are not effective

+ Related Premier Doug Ford considering stricter measures for lockdowns in Ontario, including keeping school closed

⭕ The premiers will be meeting with a Rockcliffe resident to discuss the slow pace of vaccines today [CTV]

⭕ Hospitals in Windsor and in London have brought in refrigerated trailers as temporary morgues due to increased need [Global]

⭕ “For decades, scientists have been hot-wiring viruses in hopes of preventing a pandemic, not causing one. But what if …?” [New York Magazine

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▪️Two year-old with spinal muscular atrophy needs $2 million medicine, not covered by Ontario health. Had Health Canada not approved the medicine, the manufacturer would possibly provide it for free but since it is approved, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada wants provinces to pay for it.  [CBC] [Go Fund Me]

▪️New 40-bed temporary hospital opens at the Ottawa Hospital in the parking lot. It's actually a glorified emergency room – the idea is for paramedics to drop patients off from their ambulance then get back on the road, rather than keep the patient and wait for admittance.  [CBC]

▪️Developer watch: how community amenities are funded is about to change. Since forever, the City has waived rules for new developments – such as height, or increasing density – in return for developers paying for community benefits, like social housing or parks. In a sop to developers, the Province has decreed that the City must change how this is done, and the price developers pay may be no more that four per cent of the lands market value. Some community groups are arguing that things that benefit the entire city should not count, only things that benefit the local community. Developers themselves want some say in what those benefits are, presumably things that will help sell their development. Watch this space – it's sure to be an issue over the next year. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The monthly real estate stats are out and it's all up up up, especially outside of 'old' Ottawa. Bell's Corners has seen an increase of 39% over the past year, Carp has seen 27%. In town, Hintonburg has seen only a 4% increase in value.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Getting to know three new Middle Eastern restaurants: Le Suq, Fairouz, and Noor. [Ottawa Magazine]

▪️In the drama of Grunt Restaurant in Mechanicville, the owner wants access to the closed restaurant locked by the landlord but a judge says, not without insurance [Ottawa Citizen]


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