Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we aren’t having our usual January thoughts of a home refresh. Whether your heart desires a big ticket furniture purchase or some new picture frames, you’ll find treasures here in Ottawa and in other cool Canadian places. 

▪️Adorn your walls with some art. Orange Art Gallery represents 28 local artists, whose work ranges from sprawling landscapes and intense portraits to steel sculpture. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm, or buy online anytime. Shipping is free to Canada and the USA.

▪️Considering wallpaper? Visit Montréal’s WYNIL (Wall You Need Is Love) of Montréal. They carry the collection designed by artist Kate Golding of Prince Edward County, Ontario, who is inspired by nature. Think patterns of lily pads, swans, daisies, and bluejays. The wallpaper is manufactured in Montréal, which is another reason to feel good as you gaze at gorgeous new wall. $7.50 for a 8” x 11” sample; $145 for a 26in x 9ft strip.

▪️Go vintage, or go home. Wiseman & Cromwell’s expertly curated collection of vintage lamps, glassware and decor items will fit any budget. If your drinks trolley requires an ice bucket, they’ve got a Danish teak mid century one in good condition for $150.

▪️We can’t travel, but we can pretend we’re in a boutique hotel with 330 thread count 100% Egyptian duvet cover set from Le Germain Hôtels and Simons Maison. From $175 for the twin size. Designed and manufactured in Canada. 

January Sales

▪️Wallacks is holding a Winter Back to School Sale so even if you’re not headed back to school, this is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for your projects.

▪️Valentine’s Day shopping alert! Birch Jewellery is holding a massive sale. Everything on the website is now up to 30% off. Sale ends at 11:59pm on Friday January 15th. Discount codes: SAVE10 (on purchases of up to $50); SAVE15 (on purchases of up to $75), SAVE20 (on purchases of up to $100), and SAVE30 when you spend $150.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of drizzle. High of 0°

Number: $1.45 million. The price of the General Store in Pakenham, which is for saleIf you buy it, you'd be the 13th owner since it opened in 1840. Comes complete with house next door. [CTV] []

Ottawan of the Day: Alex Dorward. The entrepreneur has promised to raise money for charity by completing a physically challenging feat each month this year. [Ottawa Business Journal] [12beCause]

Quote: “There's no confusion. Stay home.” – Premier Doug Ford, for anyone who is confused about the rules and regulations of the new COVID-19 lockdown. [Ottawa Citizen


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

144,784 doses have been administered in Ontario (74% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 172.6 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

? Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 11,747 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 89 since yesterday, and 398 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5393 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 37 since yesterday, and 137 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2004 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 38 deaths, no new reports.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

? The head of Radio-Canada, Ottawa resident Michel Bissonnette, spent December at his Miami condo [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related from before: President of CBC lives in Brooklyn

⭕ Breast augmentations and Brazilian butt lifts (liposuction and fat transfer to their buttocks) are still performed in Quebec surgeries even as other elective surgeries are postponed. Why? It's good money. [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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▪️The Province has released the details of the stay at home order. It does clarify a lot, which should help keep police and bylaw officers from making specious decisions. Interesting items among the rules: it specifically does not apply to homeless persons and you can visit your cottage if you spend less than 24 hours there or 14 days or more. [Ottawa Citizen highlights] [The Order]

+ Related The Province has paused residential evictions during the state of emergency

▪️Court tells councillor Rick Chiarelli, the City, and the Integrity Commissioner to work out their differences among themselves before falling back on a court hearing. The Intregity Commissioner had found that Chiarelli had breached the City's code of conduct with ‘incomprehensible incidents of harassment’. Chiarelli had asked for a judicial review and argues that the Integrity Commissioner did not have authority over the matter. Should the three parties not reach an agreement, it will go back to court. [CBC]

▪️Except for the thin ice, the Rideau Skateway is a go for the National Capital Commission. Skaters need to wear a mask, stay two metres apart, and concession stands and fire pits will remain closed. Because of the warmer weather, the Skateway isn't actually open yet – but when it's safe, skate on. [CTV]

+ Related Mud Lake, owned by the National Capital Commission, is a victim of its own success. 

▪️Owner of Zak’s Diner, Zak’s Cantina, The Grand, and Metropolitain Brasserie has taken over the former Fish Market Restaurant in ByWard Market [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️NarCity has 11 winter walks around Ottawa [NarCity]


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