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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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Food + Drink Update

▪️Bar Robo’s Jazz Night originally scheduled for tonight (Wednesday February 2nd) has been postponed to Tuesday February 8th. While the business remains closed it’s still possible to buy merchandise and tickets for upcoming shows. 

▪️Happy birthday to Chez Lucien. The ByWard Market bistro turned 18 years old yesterday. Beloved for its burgers, brunch, and great vibes, 18 years is an incredible achievement and Chez deserves hearty congratulations. 

▪️Brunch specialists Mazarine are closed at the moment, but you can order a special Valentine’s Day meal for one or two loveable people. The stars of the No One Stacks Up to You box ($32) are the two fluffy pancakes, which are accompanied by sausage, bacon, a croissant, a citrus-y fruit salad, and smoked salmon. Meanwhile, the We Are Bae-Goals + Wine ($45) has enough brunch favourites for two, including Granola Parfait, bagels, cream cheese, nibble-y vegetables, smoked salmon, fruit, jam, chocolate dipped strawberries, and more. You’ll also receive a 200ml bottle of Henkell Wine. Order until Friday February 11th and be ready to pickup your box on Valentine’s Day from 9:30am to 2:00 pm. 282 Kent Street, Ottawa 

▪️NarCity reckons that you can call yourself a true Ottawa Local if you've eaten at eight of these restaurantsHeart and CrownDi Rienzo Grocery & DeliChateau LafayetteZak's DinerKettlemans BagelBeavertailsSuzi Q DoughnutsShawarma PalaceGolden PalaceElmdale Oyster HouseElgin Street DinerThe PrescottPure Kitchen, and Bridgehead Coffee

▪️NarCity also has some coffee shop recommendations: Haus of Plants is a coffee shop that is ... full of plants. But if you are looking for a good place to drink coffee and read a book, they suggest: Ten Toes Coffee HouseBlack Squirrel Books & Espresso BarCafé Qui PenseHappy Goat Coffee Co., Equator CoffeeCafé PalmierHoney Coffee BarThe Owl Café, and Haus of Plants, which is more than just full of plants.

Local Shops Update

▪️Makers take note: It’s vendor application time at the Pride Not Prejudice Fair. The next virtual fair takes place April 21st through 24th, 2022. 

▪️Ottawa Tourism's Snowfest 613 is back for a second time, allowing Instagram and Twitter users to showcase their snowy creations. Choose your category (Most Creative or Snow Fun) and use the hashtag #snowfest613 in your posts. Your efforts could net you one of the prizes at Ottawa restaurants, hotels, or attractions. 

▪️They’re playing the Name Game at Fabrications, Ottawa’s fabric and craft store. Throughout the entire month of February the store is giving away a fat quarter to followers with the day’s name. Today’s name is Katherine/Catherine/Cathy/Kathleen/Kathy/Katy/Katie, and those with that name should head to the store to ask for their prize. 

February sales

Until February 6th you’ll find a very limited range of women’s and children’s winter items on sale at Montreal womenswear brand Noujica

The ongoing downtown chaos

▪️The Ottawa Police Service will attempt to explain what they are doing at 2 pm this afternoon. Reporters will not be permitted to ask questions but councillors and the Mayor can. Watch it on the City's YouTube,  or on Rogers Cable channel 22.

▪️City coucillors Shawn Menard (Not Mendes! Not Mendes!), Catherine McKenney, and Jeff Leiper have created an online form for residents who need assistanceduring the Convoy protest. People can ask for help getting groceries, accessing transit, or company if they feel unsafe walking. The form is here.

▪️A chef who makes meal kits at the Parkdale Food Centre has been unable to get to work because of the Convoy. Richard Stewart lives with ataxia, which affects motor skills, and has trouble finding transit which is mostly avoiding his area.

▪️Two Convoy protestors have been arrested. One for carrying a weapon, the other for something – unknown – that he did on Saturday but police say that they didn't arrest then to avoid a larger confrontation.

▪️The Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Canadian War Museum will remain closed until next Wednesday due to lack of access by the Convoy.

▪️The president of the Paramedics Union says that there was not a lot of advance planning to staff services during the Convoy protest, leaving it until the trucks were rolling into town.

▪️Policy wonks Cameron Bishop and Tim Abray will have a live discussion about policing, leadership and enforcement in Ottawa on Twitter Spaces at 7 pm this evening. We were not familiar with Twitter Spaces before but it seems to be some sort of audio listening thing. Link is here.

We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ Snow. High of 1°, low of -5°. Groundhog Wiarton Willie, who died last year, gave his Groundhog Day forecast this morning: he predicts an early spring from the grave.

Number: 50. The number of organizations on this list of Ottawa's Best Employers. This year, the criteria was less about salary and more about remote work. Like last year, most of the winners are pubilic service oriented rather than commercial businesses. [Canada's Top 100]

Ottawans of the Day:  Marika Morris, Lise Lebeau, and Andrea Colbert. The three women blocked a truck convoy on the narrow residential Cooper Street in an effort to prevent them from annoying their neighbours. [CBC

Quote: ‘Ottawa Police declare protest peaceful so long as public avoids it for their own safety’ – Satirical website, The Beaverton [Twitter]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – New York Islanders 4, last night

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,939? -152555? -13
1,039,825?3,90911,576 ? 67
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)83.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,730? -122204? -14
868,437?3,81613,336 ? 50
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)90.8%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)84.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
79? -1015? 2
cases changedeaths

700 ? 6

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

908,412 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)850,918 (86%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (18+)512,358 (61%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
33,255?89263 ?0

As of February 1, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 89%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.4%

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
48? 013? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -170 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)179,923 (87.7%)
? Eligible people with two doses (5+)168,121 (82%)
? Eligible people with three doses (5+)97,013 (55.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Gatineau can reopen its gyms and spas at half-capacity beginning February 14. Sports and artistic organizations can have up to 25 people.  [CBC]

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▪️The latest person to throw their hat into the civic election ring is David Hill. The 14 year Barrhaven resident, retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, plans to run for the Barrhaven West ward seat on a recover-from-Covid and improve transit platform. Incumbent Jan Harder is not re-running for the seat. [Barrhaven Independent

▪️Pop of local mom and pop business Shopify, CEO Tobi Lütke, has taken a second job as a director at Coinbase Global Inc. Coinbase is a cryptocurrency exchange, which is in no way like a 17th century tulip bulb exchange. [Ottawa Business Journal

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