Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Food and drink news
▪️Due to a staff shortage, Citizen is closed for dining in today (April 20th). The bottle shop at sister outlet Town is open 5:00pm to 8:00pm (296 Elgin St).
▪️Open Mic Night returns tomorrow night (April 21st) to the British Hotel in Gatineau. The stage welcomes performers on a first come, first served basis between 8:00pm and 11:00pm. Make a table reservation by calling 819-682-3000. 71 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec.
▪️The Ottawa Asian Night Market will return July 22-24 after being sidelined by the pandemic. If it’s anything like 2019, there will be music, dance, shopping, and of course, amazing food. Interested vendors should contact [email protected].
▪️The Citizen thinks that the new Gray Jay Hospitality will easily make Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list, next year if not this year.
▪️NarCity says Rooftop Ottawa has the best view in the city. There are no details. No info other than the address, 54 York Street, in the Market.
▪️Mezzanotte Bistro is looking for servers with banqueting experience. Must have weekend availability. Send resumés to [email protected]
▪️Meal kit kings Goodfood says it is hiring 200 people in Ottawa, now that it is in the grocery delivery business. (Job openings)
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and cloud High of 8°, low of -2°.
Number: 5.8. The per centage of marginalized people in Ottawa who felt safer after an encounter with Ottawa police. A new report from the University of Ottawa, Troubling Encounters: Ottawa Residents’ Experiences of Policing, interviewed 251 people between 2019 and 2021. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawans of the Day: Jackson Gourgeon. Gourgeon is the leader of a team of Algonquin College students who created a device that allows wheelchair users to wear and access a backpack. [Algonquin Times]
Quote: ‘If we don’t need as many buses on that trip as we had, then let's take some and put them into Kanata, Stittsville, Barrhaven, Orléans’ – Transit Commission chair Allan Hubley, mooting the idea to take unused buses from downtown routes and create new suburban ones. [CTV]
Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Vancouver Canucks 3, last night
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ It is the University of Ottawa's turn to reverse ferret on its mask mandate. The University will now keep its mask mandate in effect until May 31. It was scheduled to end May 1. [Ottawa Citizen]
+ Related The University of Ottawa will drop its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy May 1
⭕ OC Transpo is also extending its mask mandate, despite the Provincial rule ending April 27. OC Transpo will require all passengers and staff to wear masks until further notice. [Ottawa Citizen]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Amazon says it will open another warehouse in Ottawa – this one with robots. Amazon says that it will open four new warehouses in Ontario, creating 4,000 jobs. 1,500 of those jobs will be in Hamilton – they didn't say how many the robot-staffed Ottawa location would employ. [CBC]
▪️Apartment 613 is looking for the 2022 Garden of the Year. Launched last year, it was so successful that the Apt 613 guys want to trudge all over Ottawa in search of the most sincere flower bed all over again. New this year is the balcony garden category. Apt 613 doesn't seem to know what the prizes are this year – last year it was a $250 gift card for Robert Plante Greenhouses. Nominations open May 4. [Apt 613]
▪️OC Transpo has cut its electric bus order to a third after the Auditor General told them they had not done enough testing. OC Transpo has been testing several electric buses but had made an order without a year's worth of data. Do they work well in summer? Winter? Who knows?, pointed out the AG. Twenty-six buses are now on order, rather than 74. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Knoxdale-Merivale ward councillor Keith Egli won't run again for City council in October. Egli gave the classic ‘I want to spend more time with my family’ excuse, however, as he has been elected three times during his 12 year stint, this seems like a legitimate statement. [CBC]
▪️The first cannabis drive thru in the city opens Saturday. ShinyBud has taken over an old Tim Hortons at 2200 Carling Avenue, complete with drive-thru windows. The store will give away free coffee – no purchase necessary – and a charity bar-b-que with proceeds to Cannabis Amnesty. [Newswire]
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