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Bon appétit, it's Canada Takeout Wednesday. 

We have some suggestions for today or this week or something for mum on Sunday.

🍓 Eat this. According Foodland Ontario, local rhubarb and asparagus should be available at stores and via virtual farmers’ markets now. Also available: apples, carrots, potatoes, radishes. You’ll also see the following, from the greenhouse: cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes. [Ontario Farm Fresh]

🍺 Beer news. As of today, Vimy Brewing has restocked their online store with cans of Vimy Red ale and Vimy Pale Ale varieties. [Vimy Brewing]

🍨 We’re all screaming for it. Britannia’s Beachconers make dreamy ice creams from scratch, in crowd pleasing flavours like lime basil smash, peanut butter and chocolate, and maple. Non-dairy options are also available. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Britannia Coffee House, 273 Britannia Road. [Beachconers]

🐑 Not a baa-d idea. Pinelopi’s Greek Kitchen features a lamb burger with tzatziki sauce every “take-out Wednesday.” It comes with fries, or you can pay $2.85 extra for “Feta Oregano French Fries” to max out your Greek flavours [Pinelopi]

Don't forget, you can find local restaurants doing delivery or takeaway from Canada Takeout Restaurant Finder, Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 613, Together Apart and Remember: the name-brand delivery services take 30 per cent of the restaurant's money, so if you can, go direct.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren

PS For the past month, we have often linked to the excellent Ottawa website Apartment 613. But we kept calling it Apartment 13. Reader Ted wrote in asking why we did that. We did it for no reason at all! Just a brain freeze. Our apologies to Apartment 613.


Weather: Clearing, high of 13°. 

Number: 55. The per cent of income that grocery store workers in Ontario earn compared to the average worker. [Behind The Numbers]

Ottawan of the Day: Solano Mejías. The Class of 2020 student at Earl of March Secondary School wrote a song for those missing out on grad [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: You have a whole bunch (of the medical officers of health) – half of them – really exceeding expectations, then you have some others that just aren’t even putting the work in, as far as I can see.” – Premier Doug Ford, feeling around for where the buck stops.  [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,535 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 138 deaths, an increase of 11.

Demands grow for national long-term care strategy [CBC]

MPPs want Provice to take over Orléan’s Madonna Care Community [Ottawa Citizen]

OC Transpo asks passengers to wear masks on buses and O Train [CFRA]

Lab technicians ask to be part of the provincial $4 per hour pay increase [CFRA]

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson tired of Gatineau checkpoints [CFRA]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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Half the number of homes sold last month compared to last year
But house prices increased. [Ottawa Citizen]

Alexandra Bridge was closed due to 'significant flaw' in the load bearing beams
A routine inspection caused the bridge to be closed immediately to traffic [CFRA]

City set to approve new towers along LRT lines
City staff expect a need of 92,000 new homes [CBC]

Silencer was used in shooting AirBnB man last January 
Police asking public if they have any information on a gun with a silencer, you know, as differentiated from all the other guns we see day in, day out  [CBC]

CBC uses same poll as Toronto Star that claims Canadians are okay with easing COVID-19 restrictions
the ottawan pointed out yesterday, it's an Internet poll that cannot state a margin of error. It's worthless. [CBC]

City councillors call for opening up Bank Street
The idea is to close lanes to cars and open them up to pedestrians and cyclists [CBC

+ Related Those councillors also want park restrictions loosened up as well

+ Related NCC considers extending pedestrianization of Queen Elizabeth Drive past next weekend

Lyft introduces 'wait and save' option at a lower rate
Lyft has reinvented the 'pre-book'  [CFRA]


🖼️ View Ottawa-based artist Guillermo Trejo’s West Coast Series paintings virtually at Studio Sixty-Six [Apt613]

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