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Today’s Food and Drink roundup celebrates so many occasions: π Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and 2021’s Maple Syrup crop. 
▪️ The Maker House Winterruption Sale is your chance to sample some brilliant local and Canadian flavourful treats (as well as decor, accessories, and fashion) at reduced prices. Products by Antigonish, Nova Scotian chocolatiers Peace by Chocolate have now been added sale, which is news you should note. The Ottawan recommends Peace by Chocolate's chocolate covered pretzels, which were in a gift box from a family member last Christmas. They. Were. So. Good. And right now they’re just $5.95 per pack. Peace by Chocolate is the family business of the Hadhads, Syrian refugees who were sponsored by the Antigonish community in 2016. They make a chocolate bar for every occasion, and they ship all over the world.

▪️ Sunday March 14 is π Day, and Three Tarts bakery have created five mini pies to celebrate: The Infinite (Coconut Cream), The Transcendental (Lemon Cream), The Irrational (Chocolate Pecan), The Real (Raspberry Vanilla), and The Constant (Apple Pecan Crisp Crumble). These special mini pies will be packed into a π Day gift box ($24), available to order tomorrow, March 11th. 

▪️ The Merry Dairy’s contribution to π Day also tips its hat to St. Patrick’s Day. Pick up the Happy Go Lucky Pie, featuring Lucky Charms cereal, from 102 Fairmont, or have it delivered (restrictions apply). $20. 

▪️ Spring is truly in the air. We know this because the sap has started running, and maple syrup is turning up everywhere. Take Susie Sips Coffee, for example. She’s just rolled out her freshly roasted Maple Coffee, combining two of our favourite things in one cup.From $6. 

▪️ Craft butcher Wellington Butchery has launched an online store. Shop online or inshore, and choose next day curbside pickup or delivery (where applicable). In addition to fine cuts of meat you’ll find deli salads, beef, turkey, and chicken bone broth, and prepared foods to heat ad serve at home.

▪️ An amusements rental company in Dunrobin has found new lifewith gourmet cotton candy. Darren is down with the Chocolate Cherry one but is suspicious of the Pepperoni Pizza flavour.

▪️ The Citizen prefers dim sum night over the regular menu at The Belmont

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 12°

Number: 5. The number of Juno nominations that musicians associated with the Capital Region have received for 2021. Half Moon Run, up for Group of the Year, features Ottawa's Devon Portieje. Le Diable à Cinq, hailing from Ripon, is up for Traditional Roots Album of the Year for Debout!  Alanis Morrissette is up for the Best Adult Contemporary Album with Such Pretty Forks in the RoadBruce Cockburn is up for best instrumental album with Crowing Ignites. And Annihilator, founded by Ottawa's Jeff Waters, is up for best Thrash Metal Album for Ballistic, Sadistic. [Juno Nominees]

Ottawan of the Day: Jim Hurcomb. The broadcaster has written a new book, Rockin’ On The Rideau: Ottawa’s Golden Age of Rock and Roll about those years when the Capital was known as Liverpool North. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “I pass by that bridge everyday as I groom the snow. It just makes sense that I can just carry on and do the same thing on the Quebec side” – Dave Adams, head groomer of the Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail, offering to groom the Prince Of Wales bridge for cross-country skiers once it is transformed into pedestrian use. [Capital Current]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

943,533 doses have been administered in Ontario (87% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 63.7 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 15,207 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 40 since yesterday, and 444 deaths, one new report.

💉 63,576 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
This is unchanged since yesterday.



Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 164 deaths, one new report.

💉 13,306 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais
This has been unchanged since last Friday.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2913 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 68 deaths, no new reports.

💉 12,533 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.

⭕ Health-care workers will have a dedicated vaccination registration portal on Ottawa Public Health's website today. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Maclean’s asks “Why was Canada's vaccine task force kept secret for most of last summer?” [Maclean’s]

⭕ The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has manufacturing problems, making its delivery date to Canada unknown [CP24]

⭕ Canadian Constitution Foundation is suing the Federal Government over its mandatory three day hotel stay policy when returning from overseas. The foundation says Canadian's civil rights are being infringed. [CBC]

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▪️ The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board plans to remove 167 teaching positions next year. The board does not expect any layoffs, all positions will be removed after retirements and job changes. The board expects lower enrollment in future years. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The city is looking for a new Integrity Commissioner. Robert Marleau, who was the first person ever appointed to the position, in 2012, is stepping down in August. Marleau and the position became well known after his scathing report on the conduct of Councillor Rick Chiarelli this year. [The Bulldog]

▪️ Local mom and pop business Shopify is paying a BC business to remove its carbon from the air. Shopify will be Squamish-based Carbon Engineering’s first customer, with a contract to remove 10,000 tons of carbon from the air using direct-air capture technology. [Ottawa Business Journal

▪️ Ottawa Police have found a vehicle associated with the homicide of a man on a snowmobile trail in Richmond. The police had been looking for a a 2008 silver Nissan Altima four-door, which they have now located. There is no word on to whom the car belongs. [CTV]


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