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If you are on the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), then you should apply this week for the second payment, which covers April 12 to May 9.

Like last time, today is for those born Jan/Feb/Mar, tomorrow is for Apr/May/Jun, Wednesday is July/Aug/Sept, and Thursday is Oct/Nov/Dec. People born in any month may apply Friday through Sunday.

The money isn’t intended only to ensure you are fed and keep a roof over your head, it’s also an injection into the economy to keep from from imploding. But that plan won’t work if everyone buys their goods through Amazon.

There is almost nothing that we need that can’t be sourced locally, and your neighbours need the business.

Shop Ottawa is a search engine for items that you can still buy locally

Local Eats Ottawa has an up-to-date list of restaurants with food delivery or pickup.

Apt13 has a great curated list of 62 Ottawa restaurants offering delivery and takeout during COVID-19 features locally produced food and beverages from the Ottawa region. Mostly restaurants but some retail

Brew Donkey has an updated list of Ottawa Craft Brewers that do pick up and delivery

And lastly, some techies have created this Grocery Store Wait Estimator. Using data from Google, you can locate grocery stores with the shortest wait time. Spooky but useful.

See you tomorrow. — Martha and Darren



Weather: Rain with a high of 16°

Number: 60. The per centage of all job losses that fall upon women, who only hold 43%‌ of all jobs. [Behind The Numbers]

Ottawan of the Day: Jordan Harding, who works 9 to 5 in a tech company, then 5 to midnight bottling sanitizer to give to those who need it, free [Ottawa Citizen] [HandSan]

Quote: “I know there's no such thing as people helping this year [because of] the virus. So you know, I think it would be pretty tough to save our property this year if it came down to it” – Shannon Groves, whose Buckham's Bay home required 30,000 sand bags to protect it from the rising Ottawa River in 2019 [CBC]



There have been 561 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa and 11 deaths.

Montreal Rd McDonald’s closed after employee contracts COVID-19 [CBC]

OC‌ Transpo transit cop tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

Airbnb and other short-term rentals banned during pandemic [Toronto NOW]

Justin Trudeau’s speech to children, done in Lego [YouTube]

Five new COVID-19 deaths at pair of Ottawa-area care homes [CBC]

Ontario orders closed child care centres to stop collecting fees, freeze places on the list [CBC]

+‌ Related The Ottawan’s Guide to Navigating COVID‌ 19


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Hydro Ottawa coverup!
For some reason, Hydro Ottawa neglected to mention that a wild turkey caused power outage [Ottawa Citizen]

Pontiac residents confined to their region
Residents of Pontiac will have to quarantine if they leave the region, even within Quebec [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa area farmers at risk
Wholesale and restaurant sales have dried up [Ottawa Citizen]

Canadian Forces to be pulled from Iraq
The military was there on training missions [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa Arts Council hands doles out grants
$20,000 in grants have been given out a month early, rather than wait until the date of their cancelled gala [Ottawa Citizen]



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✏️ 6:30pm Ottawa’s Ladies Virtual Drawing Night on Zoom Tonight's theme is “movies” [Instagram]


📻 Die Nasty improv radio show from Edmonton [YouTube]

🎓 2 pm Algonquin College presents “Avoiding Plagiarism” an online workshop for PR and Communications professionals and other content creators, but everyone is welcome. [Zoom]

🏢 Office Ladies by Jenna Fischer (“Pam”) and Angela Kinsey (“Angela”) is full of laughs and shouts and behind the scenes gossip from the beloved sitcom (2005-2013) [Podcast]

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