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Most of us are stuck at home and the shops and restaurants of Ottawa are suffering. If you can afford it, make this weekend your splurge weekend. You don't have to cook yourself – you can get something fantastic delivered. Even the City has created a useful page aggregating all the businesses that are still open.

To remind you of the before times, here is the ottawan‘s Best Of Pandemic food choices to make this weekend a little more tasty. — Martha and Darren



This Hintonburg spot may be Ottawa’s finest pizza. Proper Neapolitan style, innovative toppings. They have a Bank Street location, too. Delivery is through UberEats.


World Burger

There is one in Orléans and one in Nepean, and they both are as fantastic and as gloopy as your would hope. Delivery is through UberEats.

World Burger

Ola Cocina

This Vanier taqueria is an east end favourite but it's only available Thurs - Sat. They do their own delivery. They also have a great veggie selection.

Ola Cocina

Dominion City

It’s not fair to have a beer choice. This City is rammed with amazing craft beer. But the first Ottawa beer Darren had when he moved here was Dominion City, so it gets the honours. They do their own delivery.

Dominion City

Shawarma Palace

Deciding the best shawarma place in Ottawa is asking for a fight. But we’ll take a black eye for Shawarma Palace. Delivery is through Skip The Dishes. For takeaway orders, Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff eat free through April.

Shawarma Palace

Brother Chius

Chinese Food is a ridiculous category: North? South? Sichuan? Hong Kong? We’re throwing up our hands and giving it to the excellent Barrhaven Brother Chiu’s. Delivery is through UberEats.

Brother Chiu’s


Weather: High of 8° with a few showers

Number: 250. In dollars, the amount that VISA and MasterCard will now allow to be tapped by card, raised from $100. [The Globe & Mail]

Ottawan of the Day: Russel Potvin, Waste Collection Operator. “Our truck can’t go through the Tim Horton’s drive-thru. So when we’re on a break we walk through the drive-thru since that’s the only option.” [City of Ottawa]

Quote: “Because you're not looking for the guy with the six-pack who goes to the gym and eats boring chicken and quinoa. Now you might be looking for someone to hang out and enjoy pizza and Netflix with you, someone to hibernate with — your quarantine buddy. Or maybe somebody who you want to go through a doomsday scenario with — the next epidemic.” – Melissa Guenette on dating in isolation [CBC]



There have been 252 cases of COVID‌ 19 in Ottawa, an increase of 58 since yesterday, and 7 deaths.

New clinic for people with respitory problems but not necessarily COVID 19 opens in Bells Corners [CBC]

Essential workers are still waiting for daycare in Ottawa [CBC]

Trying to remove parents from nursing home has its own roadblocks [CBC]

Makers are using Ottawa Public Library 3D printers to make face masks [OPL]

Carleton confirms first case of COVID-19 [The Charlatan]

One of the passengers on the cruise ship stuck off Florida is from Nepean [CBC]

+‌ Related The Ottawan’s Guide to Navigating COVID‌ 19

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The Wu Tang Clan donates to the Ottawa Food Bank, thank to a plea by Mayor Jim Watson and the world is now so much weirder [CBC]

And now Ottawa has a Peeping Tom? [CBC]

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion [Ottawa Matters]

Beer Stores will now accept empties again in Kanata, Orléans, Nepean, Bank Street and Selkirk Street [The Beer Store]

Airbnb asks government to bail out hosts in Canada [ThinkPol]

Gatineau transit authority to cut service by 50 per cent starting Monday [Ottawa Citizen]

Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements over COVID crisis [Ottawa Matters]

You can't visit it but check out this treehouse in the Edleweiss Valley [Ottawa Magazine]

Strangers are Zoombombing Zoom meetings [NPR]



Matt Williams photo of Mo Kenney from NAC

2pm Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Mo Kenney from the NAC

2:00 pm Mike Monteiro speaks about the craft, ethics, and business of design [Quarantine Book ClubFree ticket needed

3:00 pm Spellbinding mood musicians Smoke Fairies [Facebook]

7:30 pm Victoria indie rocker Kathryn Calder [YouTube]

Until 5 April Wild, a play about a nobody who is now America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button. [Hamstead Theatre]



🤸 Workout live with Sopearin Yos with a focus on core and obliques [Common Ground]

⚾ Watch all eight hours of Ken Burn's documentary, Baseball [PBS]

🎸 Learn to play guitar, taught by [Fender


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