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This morning, Ontario opened the doors to a few businesses and services.

If you don't have a car or a boat or a lawn, today's loosening won't be of much interest.

You can now buy a car – by appointment only.

You can get that car washed at a car wash.

You can pick up pre-ordered items from a garden centre. And if you are a lawn service or a golf course, you can take care of the grass. (Playing golf is still verboten, however.)

If you have a boat, you can get it serviced but you can't take it out of the marina.

For the rest of us, stay safe, stay sane.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Chance of showers, high of 15°. Possibly snow on Thursday!

Number: 20. The of people who rallied near Parliament Hill to demand COVID-19 restrictions be lifted [CFRA]

Ottawan of the Day: Matthew Rinfret, project director for the Centre Block Rehabilitation project in Ottawa, who raised $200,000 from construction businesses and unions for the new Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre prompt care clinic [Daily Commercial News]

Quote: This CERB thing was a slap in the face for everyone. It makes me feel like I don't matter because I'm no longer a working part of society … despite the fact that I've paid taxes my entire life, that I've always kept up with my bills, that I've always done what I had to to be a good, hard-working Canadian” – Angie Allard, disabled after a collision, who is inelegible for the $2000 monthly CERB and survives on the $1,169 monthly disability programme.  [Toronto Star]


There have been 1,483 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa and 92 deaths.

New research suggests that children may not be strong spreaders of Coronavirus [CBC]

Death toll at Madonna Care Community in Orléans hits 29 [CBC]

Two more residents at Peter D. Clark long-term care home test positive [CFRA]

Staff member at Centre d’accueil Champlain long-term care tests positive [CFRA]

OC Transpo operators will receive protective masks [CFRA]

Lawyers say care homes may be on the hook for lawsuits  [CBC]

Outaouais mayors worried that their towns will be overwhelmed by cottagers [CBC]

Spartan Bioscience’s rapid COVID-19 tests put on hold by Health Canada [CBC]

Ottawa's Chief Public Health Officer says City is "past-peak" [CBC]

Received a ticket for being in a park? Fight it, says lawyer [CBC]

Window visits to care homes permitted once again [CBC]

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Trillium Line O-Train closed for the next two years
Eight new stations will be built, including a link to Ottawa International Airport [CBC]

Ottawa swimsuit maker can't access wage subsdiy programme
TaggerWear hires sewers as contractors, not employees [CBC]

Western Québec School Board won't reopen their schools yet
The English language school board is worried about safety [CBC]

+ Related Schools have no choice says Quebec education minister

Premier Doug Ford doesn't want Feds to buy back guns
He'd prefer the money was spent on jails and border guards [CBC]

Mayor Jim Watson reminds commercial landlords that have taken a property tax deferral that they have to pass on the savings
Landlords who cross this would find the tax due immediately [CBC]

NCC to reopen Gatineau park trails next weekend
But only for locals.  [CBC]

Federal civil servants likened emergency benefit to 'Dunkirk' rescue
Civil servant agreed that it could not done through EI, as it was too fragile and in need of replacement [Toronto Star]


🥫 Want to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color small food businesses and avoid the big box stores? Apt13 has made a map [Apt13]

🎤 May The Fourth live long and prosper, Barrhaven band The Commotions has released a special Star Wars themed song for today.  [Barrhaven Blog]


Today’s gloomy skies have us thinking about cozying up with food (again):

🥐 Art Is In Boulangerie’s Assorted Pastry Box features croissants, pain au chocolate, and more yummy treats for Mother’s Day. Order online and pick up Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, and then let Mom enjoy them in bed on Sunday. [Art Is In]

🥧 If you’ve ever made a cheesecake from scratch, you’ll be familiar with the enormous amount of labour, patience, and cream cheese required. We guess there’s no better time than now to make one..but if you need a break from baking there is another option. Oh So Good Desserts in the Byward Market is still producing its incredible cakes (and pies, btw) for pickup. So, we’ll just leave these words here: Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. [Oh So Good]

🍪 For those seeking their next great bake, Bridgehead’s latest Pop-Up Bake Sale is selling 12-pack ginger cookie and chocolate cookie dough kits, as well as sourdough starters. Order from now til Wednesday to have items delivered Thursday or Friday. Delivery is free if you order the above with bags of coffee (in Ottawa only). [Bridgehead]

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