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Weekend Plans

▪️ The outdoor Lansdowne Market launches this Sunday May 2 with 55 vendors selling artisan goods and fresh produce. Running every Sunday until October 31 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, the outdoor market features vendors that must be based within 100km of the City of Ottawa. COVID-19 safety measures are in place, so bring your mask.

▪️ Flora Hall Brewing has launched a sidewalk BBQ featuring jerk chicken, ribs, cornbread, slaw, bacon and beans, and, obviously, access to the incredible beers produced on site. It might be the perfect time to try the brewery’s new Amarillo Sabro Double Dry-Hopped IPA, packing a mighty 7% ABV. In addition to the BBQ you’ll find daily food specials, like today’s curry beef samosas. Curb side pickup and delivery available.

▪️ A rainy Friday makes us hanker for comfort food, and we suspect that the Halloumi Fries ($10.95) and Chicken Burger with home made slaw ($9.25) from No Forks Given would deeply satisfy our need for a culinary hug. 

▪️ If it’s Fish and Chips Friday in your house, Bite Burger House in Orléans features potato-flaked haddock and they even include house tartar sauce and what the Brits call “mushy peas” (um, Pea Purée), just to make it even more authentic. $15.00.

Another Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Paper Hearts Paperie makes gorgeous cards and everlasting bouquets. The set of four incredibly realistic paper daffodils has wire in the stems so you can arrange as you wish. $60. 

▪️ There is a certain 88 year old mom and grandmother of our acquaintance who would absolutely rock the “Cool Mom” tee from Ottawa lifestyle brand Shop Oolong the Way. We think your mom - or you - would love it too. DM to order. 

▪️ Another cool tee, the Hipster Giraffe from HeapsHandworks is slim fitting with hand drawn artwork that is manually screen printed in an Ottawa studio. It’s 20% off right now.

▪️ Maker House has Mother’s Day gift boxes starting at $49.95, to please Mom no matter what her passions. Gardening, Cooking, Teaching, Chocolate Lover, I could go on. Or you can pull together a custom gift box from the amazing range of Canadian-produced food and homewares on the site. 

▪️ Check out the customizable Mother’s Day bundles at the Ottawa Artisans store. Ranging in price from $35 to $65, these bundles offer well considered food and self-care items from local producers, and will make Mom feel mighty special indeed.

A Clarification

Yesterday, the ottawan wrote about Ottawa Tourism’s suggestion that we all invite our friends and family to visit Ottawa (when it's safe). We Darren may have made it appear that Ottawa Tourism doesn't want you to travel. They do want people to travel (when it's safe)! We Darren apologises for mangling the message.

Ottawa Tourism DOES say ‘If every household in the city invited two people to visit Ottawa over a long weekend in 2021, that would inject more than half a billion dollars of spending into our local economy, and would support the equivalent of 1,500 full-time jobs. The individual ask of residents is modest but the cumulative effect is enormous!’

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ Rain with the possibility of snow tonight. High of 9, low of -4°

Number: 15. The number of ways that people in Canada can help India combat its third wave of COVID-19. [Maclean’s]

Ottawan of the Day: Jesse Jones. The University of Ottawa alum has been selected as the host of the new reality show, Bachelor in Paradise Canada.  [Shifter]

Quote: “The converted Alexandra Bridge could accommodate an ecological streetcar loop that would better connect Ottawa and Gatineau along a major tourist route that connects all of the nation's major destinations” – A statement from Heritage Ottawa, in opposition to the City of Ottawa’s plans to demolish the Alexandra Bridge in 2028. [Le Droit]


💉 5,139,984 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 12.7 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports:


😷 23,982 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 118 new cases since yesterday

♦️503 deaths, no new reports

💉 293,516 vaccinated with one dose (33% of population)

💉 26,908 vaccinated with two doses (3% of population)

No change since yesterday


Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Wastewater

Ottawa Vaccinations


😷 11,224 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 55 new cases since yesterday

♦️195 deaths, one new report

💉 139,368 doses of vaccine have been administered


Outaouais Public Health

Quebec Vaccinations



😷 4,373 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 24 new cases since yesterday

♦️101 deaths, no new reports

💉 58,396 doses of vaccine have been administered


Eastern Ontario Health



⭕ Everyone 55 and older in Ontario can now book the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines through the Provincial portal. Ontario intends to have everyone 18 and over to be eligible by the end of May.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Ontario Portal]

⭕ In Quebec, everyone 50 and over can book the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine as of today. Two weeks from now, Quebec intends to have everyone 18 and over to be eligible. [CBC] [Quebec Portal]

⭕ Why do some people have a stronger reaction to a vaccination than others?  [Maclean’s]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford asks the Federal Government to have land border travellers quarantine for three days just like air travellers. There have been reports of air travellers landing in the US then crossing a land border to avoid Canada's quarantine rules. [CBC]

⭕ Randy Hillier, the MPP for Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston, has been charged for violating COVID-19 regulations after organising an anti-lockdown party in Kemptville. Hillier says that the charges will not hold up in court. [CBC

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️ It's tax return day. It's not Ottawa specific – but if you forgot about it, file online today and you won't get a penalty. You have many options but we used Wealthsimple Tax, which is pay-what-you-like and files with Canada Revenue immediately. This is not a paid plug, we were just happy with the service. [CBC]

▪️ The World Exchange Plaza on Metcalf wants to install a giant video screenThe idea is crowds would gather to sit and watch major sports and news events, while noshing on items from the attached food court. Also, they want to plant more trees. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The National Capital Commission is expanding weekend bike days. The NCC will open the westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway from Vimy Place to Carling Avenue and  both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard from 8 am to 4 pm weekends until Thanksgiving. [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related Parks in Barrhaven and Gloucester-South Nepean, and Sheila McKee Park in West Carleton-March are now closing at 9 pm every day at the request of the local Councillors.

▪️ The Ottawa International Animation Festival is accepting submissions until May 31. They will, once again, be online only. The Fest is scheduled for September 22 to October 3. [Anime News]

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