Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Ottawan



Food and Drink Roundup

▪️It’s March Madness time at Broadhead Beer’s 174 Bracket Challenge. Vote daily in the brewery’s Insta stories to win taproom credits and swag. 

▪️Aiana Restaurant will resume lunch service and social hour on Monday March 29th. Walk-ins and reservations welcome. 50 O’Connor Street.

▪️Calabogie Brewing is looking for a Craft Beer Delivery Driver with a clean driving record, great communication skills, and the ability to lift up to 150lbs. Send your resume and cover letter to 

▪️The River Lounge in the Ramada Ottawa has resurrected its Sunday Brunch buffet. Enjoy the early spring views over the Rideau River with your waffles. $36 for adults, $18 for children. Make a reservation at 613-880-3501. 2259 Prince of Wales Drive. 

▪️Bread By Us announced the arrival of their Cookies and Cream Bread Pudding, thereby combining two of life’s sweetest pleasures. 1065 Wellington Street W.

▪️Some people have just started thinking about dusting off the BBQ; others have been enjoying grilled food all winter. Meanwhile, Grounded Kitchen has half-racks of pork ribs that just require reheating at home (as well as jerk chicken, burgers, and brisket). 

▪️Hintonburg has a new croffle joint – that's a combined croissant and waffle, a Korean-style treat. Sharpfle Waffle is at 4-1130 Wellington St. W.

▪️Apartment 613 has made an interesting video interview with the National Arts Centre’s resident chef Renée Lavallée. Like artist residencies, guest chef stays are intense but brief. Lavallée is is the co-owner of The Canteen in Dartmouth, NS.

For Ukraine

16 Ottawa artists have contributed their work to create a series of fundraising postcards for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, which is delivering emergency humanitarian aid to the war torn region. You can pre-order one of two sets at $28 eat or get the entire collection for $45. Use them to send greetings or frame them - the choice is yours

On sale

Check the Up! Pants sale page for incredible deals on pants, shorts, shorts, and skirts. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mostly cloudy. High of 4°, low of 2°. 

Number: 16,500. The number of Ontarions who who moved to Gatineau last year, a 30 year high. Most of them are seeking a lower cost of living: the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom in Gatineau is $1,035 versus $1,550 in Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Glenn Cowan and Daniel Weinand. Cowan, a former officer with special forces unit Joint Task Force 2 and Weinand, a co-founder of local Mom and Pop business Shopify, have launched a new venture capital fund that will invest in national security companies. [CityNews]

Quote: ‘Right now, mostly people who do not take the bus, are making decisions about bus service’ – Nick Grover of Free Transit Ottawa, who wants free transit in Ottawa all year round. Free transit on the O Train and some downtown routes, given as a mea culpa for botching the Trucker siege, will end Saturday.  [Capital Current]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – New York Islanders 3, last night

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


Hospitalization data is not available today

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
639? 88179

? 2

1,140,865? 1,44712,343 ? 7
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.5% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose48.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,034? -950? 4
949,000? 2,11114,274 ? 2
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.5%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87%
? All people in Quebec with third dose49.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
7? -11? 0
cases changedeaths
65,065? 93

760 ? 1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

914,249 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)876,057 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)560,571 (61%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
8? 02? 0
36,001? 54291 ? 1

As of March 18, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.8%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
3? -10? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -210 ? 1

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos says that he does not have a date for removing Federal COVID-19 restrictions. He argues that it is ‘complicated’ and he is worried about the Omicron variant BA.2.  [CityNews]

⭕ Island Park – Wellington Village, Old Ottawa South, and Rockcliffe  Park have Ottawa's highest per centages of people with third doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Ledbury – Heron Gate – Ridgemont, Parkwood Hills – Stewart Farm, and Bayshore – Belltown are the least third dosed. [CTV]

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▪️Zexi Li received the Mayor's City Builder Award today for her ‘extraordinary commitment to making Ottawa a better place’. Li, a University of Ottawa student who lives in Centretown, has led the multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against the organisers of the Trucker siege. Her actions, including arranging an injunction against honking, embarrassed City and Police officials, who were unable to make any headway until the Federal government stepped in. She's a great candidate for Ottawan of the Day, but we already did that a month ago. [CBC]

▪️If you have something to say to the public inquiry on the O Train, registration is open. The inquiry will hear from members of the public on May 26 and 27. Deadline for registering yourself is May 20 at 5 pm. [CBC] [Register to speak]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson has asked the Federal Treasury Board to bring civil servants back to the office. Watson told Board president Mona Fortier that Ottawa has the country's highest vaccination rate, so it is totally safe (if one is to paraphrase). The Mayor wants the Federal government to bring its workers back to the office to help downtown businesses. [CTV]

▪️It's time to find Ottawa's favourite crossing guard. The Ottawa Safety Council has opened nominations until April 29. The winner will receive $500 and the Marie Armstrong Crossing Guard Award. The schools that makes the most nominations will receive a $300 Canadian Tire gift card. [Stittsville Central] [Nominations]

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