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Wednesday Food and Drink Roundup

▪️Weatherhead Brew Co in Perth, Ontario has new hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. In addition to the brewery’s tasty beer lineup (DDH IPA, Pilsner, IPA, Stout, and Märzen), you can also order delicious food for pick up Thursday to Saturday (order cut off is 5:00pm on Wednesdays). This week, the Thursday menu is a choice of tofu or chicken skewers, smashed potatoes and salad; Friday’s offer is a smoked meat plate with slaw and pickles; and Saturday you can enjoy spicy pork accompanied by rice and kimchi slaw. Check back each week for the latest menu.

We love that Weatherhead also sells beer labels (.25 each) for collectors, and the plan is to offer display boards for the collection.

Find Weatherhead on our interactive beer map
▪️Tomorrow: Art Is In Bakery is featuring a pop up Detroit style pizza in your choice of two flavours; the 3 Cheese Nonna and the 3 Cheese Nonna with Pepperoni. With the thick crust and heavy dose of toppings, it’s a heartier choice for those tiring of thin New York style pies. Available tomorrow only, order through the website for pickup or just walk in. Art Is In is also launching its Pizza Club, a monthly pickup of two, four or eight pizzas to stick in your home freezer. Launch details coming soon.
▪️Aurellius Food Co is offering a generous 35% off a selection of holiday gift sets, so it’s the perfect time to try the store’s olive oil and Balsamic vinegar sets. The sets also make fantastic gifts for any occasion. On our wishlist: the Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar 200ml set, which is $24.5 with the discount. The discount applies until tomorrow (January 28th) or until supplies run out.
▪️Kichesippi beer announced The Kichesippi Fan Favourite Instagram contest this week: it’s your chance to have your dream beer brewed by the pros at Kichesippi, complete with a beer name, story and label by Character Creative. The winner will also receive a prize pack from the brewery, and if that’s not enough, the winning beer will be sold for a limited time at the Kichesippi retail store. The contest closes on February 9th.
▪️Two new releases from Braumeister Brewing Co: Enigma German Pale Ale (5.3% alc./vol), which is described as “kettle-hopped and dry-hopped to give it subtle hints of fruit”, while the Roter Faden German Red Ale (4.8% alc./vol) promises “subtle fruity notes and a crisp ale finish.” Yum. $3.50 per can. 

▪️The Citizen ordered the dinner-for-twos from two six {ate}. They loved one, were more sanguine about the other. 

And finally…

Congratulations to Maker House, who have been donating 2% of their sales to Ottawa community non-profits through their #craftchange program, since they opened in 2015. As of this week the organization has donated $100,000 to organizations such as Parkdale Food Centre, Ottawa Food Bank, Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, Black Lives Matter, highjinx, Minwaashin Lodge Indigenous Women’s Support Centre, and many more. To celebrate reaching this milestone, tomorrow (January 28th) Maker House is donating $1,000 to two organizations nominated by followers. Head to their Instagram and Facebook feeds to nominate a community non-profit that you would like to see receive a donation.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -6° 

Number: 44. The number of Canada's richest people who have added $53.6 billion to their wealth since March. The CEO of local mom and pop business Shopify, Tobi Lutke, is number 14. [Huffington Post

Ottawan of the Day: Sarah Everts, who is Ottawa’s preëminent researcher of  sweat. Her book The Joy of Sweat will come out in July. She's talking about sweat live today at Carleton University's virtual Science Café: The Science of Sweat at 1:30 pm. [CBC] [Science of Sweat Free Registration]

Quote: “I have found the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to be a challenge as a single person” –  Mayor Jim Watson in his State of the City address [State of the City]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

295,817 doses have been administered in Ontario (72% of the doses available)

No change since yesterday

👉 At this rate, it would take 201.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 13,000 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 420 deaths, one new report.


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There have been 5761 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 150 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 2399 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 52 deaths, no 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.

⭕ Articles that say vaccines are less effective against new COVID-19 variants aren't quite accurate. Yes, they are less effective but they are still excellent and highly effective – just less highly effective. [Kottke]

⭕ Providence Therapeutics of Calgary is now putting their Canadian-designed COVID-19 vaccine through human trials [Huffington Post]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health calls upon the Province to reopen the schools, at least in Ottawa [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Three OC Transpo staffers test positive for COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The City's planning and agricultural affairs committees want a new 45,000 person development in Ottawa's rural southwest, miles from services and transit. In a move that creates more urban sprawl, the committees voted to change the urban boundary to include the proposed development by Algonquins of Ontario and their developer partners, the Taggart Group of Companies. Councillors said they voted for the change, in part, as a gesture of reconciliation to Indigenous people. A final decision will be made by City Council on February 10. [CBC]

▪️The Mayor of Arnprior doubles down and mails a letter to all residents, stating why he does not believe systemic racism exists. In the four page letter, the Mayor attemps to use a legalistic explanation of why racism doesn't exist in his town and finishes with an always satisfying "My Opinion". The Mayor had previously taken exception to some residents of the Ottawa Valley who said that they had personally experienced racism. [CBC] [The Letter]

▪️Court in Quebec suspends arresting homeless people for not having homes. The 8pm curfew issued by Quebec did not have an exemption for homeless people, who were required to be off the streets or be arrested and fined $6,000. The City of Gatineau, however, had tried to mitigate the law, with homeless advocates, the police, and the City working to avoid arrests and finding shelter for those that needed it. [Montreal Gazette

▪️Rideau Canal opens for skating tomorrow. 2.4 km will be open to skating for nearby residents, the City doesn't want people travelling to get there. [CTV]

▪️The New York Times has featured a four-bedroom house on the Rideau in Manotick. Central is a soaring, octagonal great room with a domed 20-foot ceiling, in honey-toned British Columbia fir. Only $4,795,000. [New York Times]


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