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Thurs, March 31, 2022

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Check your local Ottawa/Gatineau bakery for the Easter bread treat, Hot Cross Buns. They have just the right amount of fruit, glaze and chewy bread, and while they’re no longer sold “One a penny/Two a penny,” they’re a delicious seasonal splurge.

▪️Nat’s Bread Company sells 6 for $12
▪️Aux Delices Bakery’s buns are available as singles for $2.50 or in packs of six ($15) or 12 ($25)
▪️Première Moisson in Gatineau sells six buns for $7.80, and they’re ready for pick up 24 hours after you buy them online.
▪️Hot Cross Buns are baked daily by 9am Wednesday through Sunday at Bread by Us. You get six for $13.00 and you can specify the day you want to pick them up.
▪️Life of Pie makes Hot Cross Buns every Friday and Saturday morning. Order by email [email protected] or phone 613 693 1853
▪️Get the beautiful buns for $7.65 at Bread & Roses Bakery.
▪️Strawberry Blonde Bakery sells the buns individually for $3.85 each, in bake-at-home packs of four for $13.50, or in half a dozen packages for $23.10.
▪️Choose a single sourdough bun for $3.50 or a six pack for $20 at Almanac in Gloucester

Deal of the Day

▪️Outdoor furniture is 15% off the regular price at West of Main until April 4th. Welcome patio season with a new arrangement of concrete chairs, mold-resistent rugs, reconstituted stone stools, and faux rattan side tables. 

▪️There are mere hours left in the Quartz sale, offering up to 40% off luxury Canadian winter outerwear. 



We wrote that new Beechwood Street South Asian restaurant Dhruvees was located in New Edinburgh. Reader Anastasia writes to note that she was annoyed at this because Dhruvees is clearly the pride of Vanier. In our defense, we merely repeated The Citizen without thinking. But, good heavens, we don't want to restart the where-is-the-New-Edinburgh-border wars of last year – the emails lasted a week.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60% chance of showers. High of 16°, low of 2°. 

Number: $2,000. The price you need to pay if you woud like one of Victoria Barber Shop’s famous barber chairs. The nearly 100 year-old shop has been patronized by Prime Ministers and MPs, Supreme Court justices, and the odd athlete. The shop is selling the chair as the landlord – the Feds – is redoing the floor and they don't actually need three chairs. (The story says $1,000 but public interest has increased the price to $2,000) [CBC] [Facebook Marketplace Ad]

Ottawan of the Day: Catherine McKenna. The former MP for Ottawa Centre has been appointed chair of a new United Nations panel that aims to to examine the credibility of corporate and local-government plans on climate change.  [CBC

Quote: ‘My diet is the same because I’ve been diabetic, for like two years. They need to provide more things to the people who have special needs and special diets, which they don’t ... I've tried to talk to them, (about accommodating a specialized diet for diabetes) and they said, no, what they get is what they get. When I left there, I had peanut butter, they had no brown bread, so I had some peanut butter, I have a pound of beef, and they gave me three cans of lentils. They had no brown rice, I got a cantaloupe, and I think that was just about it. Like I walk over there, I'm like,“Jesus, I wish that I wouldn't have gone”’ – A participate in a survey for the research paper, More food for thought: a follow-up qualitative study on experiences of food bank access and food insecurity in Ottawa, Canada. The report concludes that food security for vulnerable people cannot be delivered by food banks. [BMC Public Health]

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


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
807? 29166? 1
1,162,609? 3,13912,433 ? 6
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)89.7% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose48.4%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,238? 3866? 6
967,769? 3,31914,365? 12
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.6%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.1%
? All people in Quebec with third dose50%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
9?10? 0
cases changedeaths
66,179?197763 ?1

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)

914,500 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)876,951 (88%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)563,182 (62%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
7? -32? 0
36,484? 89293 ? 0

As of March 25, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 88.4%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.2%

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
8? -10? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -215? 2

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ Quebéc’s interim public health director says that he is not ruling out maintaining mask mandates or possibly reimposing some health measures due to rising COVID-19 cases. Quebéc is scheduled to drop mask mandates in two weeks. However, Quebéc’s Health Minister says that changes to the plan are unlikely. [CBC]

⭕ Carleton University has joined the University of Ottawa in dropping mask mandates for the next term. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Despite a drop in ridership, OC Transpo will be increasing fares May 1. Ridership has dropped to 50 per cent of use before the pandemic. In an unrelated report, a survey by the Ottawa Transit Riders group fround that people took transit more often during last month's free service and that ParaTransit users had no choice, so their transit use was exactly the same. [CBC]

▪️The Ottawa Senators may play five games in Quebéc City. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman initiated conversations with the Quebéc (the province not the city) government about playing there in January. If it were to occur, Quebéc City would purchase the games from the Senators. [Montréal Gazette]

▪️The Ministry of Labour has denied compensation to a newlywed nurse attacked by a bat at the Civic Hospital. Although the bat was caught, no testing was done and it was released. The nurse was asking for $8,000 in lost fees from her cancelled honeymoon and $2,500 for the extra staff her husband had hired for cover at his restaurant. Rabies is almost always fatal without a regimen of shots, which takes place over two weeks. The Civic did not report the incident to the Ministry when it occured. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Fans of Topshop will be pleased to know that the ASOS-owned British brand is returning to Ottawa. The fast fashion leaders left Canada a few years ago when former owner Arcadia ended their deal with the Hudson's Bay Co. The new store-within-a-store will be at Nordstrom's, located at Rideau Centre. [Retail Insider]

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