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▪️ Starting tonight (March 3) at 7:00pm, Bingo is back at Whiprsnapr. March is a long month, which means you and your competitive team mates have five Wednesdays to play. COVID-spaced tables cost $10 and reservations are required. The $10 table fee is then donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. DM to book your table or call 613-596-9882. If you can’t wing your way to a Bingo table tonight but you want to help raise funds, the brewery is also donating 10% of sales of Carol Anne Irish Blonge Ale to CCS.

▪️ The Decon Brodies’ March whisky tasting happens this Sunday, March 7 at 4:00pm. For $60 each participant receives four whiskies, small bites, and a guided tasting experience. Due to social distancing, numbers are limited. RSVP required; email [email protected]

▪️ Stofa reopens on Friday, March 5, for in-room dining, offering a five-course table d’hôte menu for $75 per person (plus tax, gratuity, and beverages; subject to change). Seatings are limited to two hours for a maximum of four people. Check the website and insta for each weekly menu. Stofa will also be continuing the Friday to Sunday Stofa on the Sofa takeaway menu as well.

▪️ Those NarCity headlines will really test how far you can roll your eyes: These Decadent Hot Chocolate Bombs In Ottawa Will Sort You Into Your Hogwarts House

▪️ The people behind El Camino, Datsun, Riviera, and Shelby burger are opening a new joint in Hintonburg. And they need cooks.

▪️ The Citizen loved the Burning Noodles of Yibin at Long Long Noodles.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


It seems like someone in every second household has learned or perfected the art of sour dough bread baking during the last 12 months. For some this new expertise is satisfying enough, but in others a burning ambition has awakened to start up a baking business. But before you start viewing empty storefronts for rent, it’s wise to research what it actually takes to bake and sell your creations.

Back in January, Martha spoke to Laura Perreault of The Midnight Baker, one of Ottawa’s popular craft food businesses that started by selling at the region’s farmers’ markets. Laura speaks about the road from home baker to busy food business, starting with asking herself back in 2016, “What do I want to do?”

If you’ve ever wondered if you should try to pivot your love of cooking or baking to a professional business, read on.

🔗 Interview with Laura Perreault Of The Midnight Baker


Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent periods of snow. High of 2° 

Number: 120. The milligrams per litre of salt that is considered toxic for wildlife. In some waters around Ottawa, road salts have created levels of 3,000 milligrams per litre. Ottawa Riverkeeper is asking people to use sand or kitty litter on their driveways instead. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Kevin Parent. The social media lead at Ottawa Public Health has helped make the department the most-followed public health authority in North America through humour and humanity. [Maclean’s

Quote: “I will give you free guitar lessons. Let’s make amends here!” – RageOn founder and CEO Mike Krilivsky begging Shopify to reverse its decision to stopping serving the company. The Cleveland screenprinting company has just lost their first round in Ontario court against the local Mom and Pop business. RageOn's account with Shopify had been cancelled for screenprinting QAnon, Proud Boys and Nazi images. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 1 – Montréal Canadiens 3 last night. The Sens meet Calgary tomorrow.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

727,021 doses have been administered in Ontario (80% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 99.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 14,824 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 54 since yesterday, and 441 deaths, one new report.

💉 50,508 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6357 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 161 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2830 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 26 since yesterday, and 68 deaths, one new report.

💉 7,750 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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 new AstraZeneca vaccine should not be used on adults over 65, says the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The lack of clinical data on seniors has meant many European countries have limited the vaccine to younger people, although France has now changed its policy [Huffington Post]

+ Related Decide fast – the  AstraZeneca vaccine can only be stored for a month

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Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️The City recreation department has released their spring catalogue. Much of it is virtual – Zumba, cooking classes, creating animation, STEM Lego, guitar lessons, and more – all from your couch. [City of Ottawa]

▪️ Three libraries in rural Ottawa will reopen next Monday. The three are Constance Bay, Osgoode, and Muster. Patrons will be able to browse inside for the first time in a year. [West Carleton Online

▪️ The City will continue to use the Tabor Luxury Apartments as emergency housing. Councillors were appalled at reports of vermin in the Vanier building, which charges $2,600 per apartment to the City to house families in need of homes. But the families that live there objected to a plan to end the contract – they preferred what they have over the alternative, which would be motel rooms, possibly splitting up families.  [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related City committee recommends $10 billion 10-year plan to combat homelessness in Ottawa. Twenty per cent would be paid by the City, the rest is expected to be paid by the Provincial and Federal governments. City Council will look at it on March 10.

▪️ The City has taken $15 million out of its transit building reserve fund to spend on lawyers and experts. The City is in a fight with the Confederation Line builder Rideau Transit Group over poor and missed service and needs the experts and lawyers to bolster their argument. They expect to get the money back if the City prevails. [CBC]

▪️ Fourteen Ottawa arts organization will split $1 million with a COVID-19 grant from the Province. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ A Quebec court has rejected Gatineau’s appeal of a racial profiling fine. Gatineau was fined $18,000 in a human rights tribunal after police arrested a man whose only resemblance to their suspect was the fact he was Black. At the time of arrest, the police knew the suspect's name but arrested the man anyway for ‘disturbing public order’ for which he went to trial and was acquitted. [Le Droit]


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