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The City has produced a map of the 33 sledding hills in the city. It's still maximum of 25 people per hill. Mooney's Bay is not on the map as it it is closed, due to it being overcrowed. 

Not that it is a competition, but the National Capital Commission has an even fancier map that lets you choose your sport (skate, ski, walk, winter bike, dog walk, or toboggan) then zoom in to the closest place you can do that on NCC property. Stay on your side of the Ottawa River, though.

We'll see you on the hills, from a two metre distance.

Back Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ Mix of sun and cloud. High of -11° Frostbite warning.

Number: 10. The number of ways that Ottawa got more ‘Black’ in 2020. [Shifter Magazine

Ottawan of the Day: Fred Boulanger. The co-founder and CEO of Gatineau software firm Macadamian is leaving the company after 23 years, now that it has been sold to an American company. Macadamian has 150 employees and makes apps for health care companies and services. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Quote: “I think there’s an expectation that — okay, because the vacancy rate is higher, landlords will reduce the rents” –  Anne-Marie Shaker, senior analyst at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Don't be so silly, says the Corporation in a report. Although the Ottawa rental vacancy rate doubled in 2020, landlords haven't reduced rent – they have introduced incentives, like one month’s free rent or a $500 gift card  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Vancouver Canucks 4 – Ottawa Senators 1 yesterday. The Edmonton Oilers welcome the Senators on Sunday.


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

317,240 doses have been administered in Ontario (77% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 227 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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

? 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 13,153 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 81 since yesterday, and 420 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5792 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and 152 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2441 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 52 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 OC Transpo union says its members are front line workers and should be moved up in the queue to receive COVID-19 vaccines. [CBC]

⭕ International arrivals at Pearson Airport must take mandatory COVID-19 tests, announces Premier Doug Ford. Pearson is the only airport in Ontario that is currently accepting international arrivals. [CBC]

⭕ ‘Inside The Outbreak That Made Ontario Care Home “Ground Zero” For UK Variant’ [Huffington Post]

⭕ The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 66 per cent effective in trials, but only requires one dosage  [CBC]

⭕ One of the city's shelters is facing its largest COVID-19 outbreak, with 60 residents and eight staffers testing positve [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ A well-fitting mask is better than two masks that have gaps, say experts. But wearing two masks that fit well is awesome. [Huffington Post]

⭕ Ottawa nurse tests positive for COVID-19 days after taking the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. [Global]

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

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

How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]


We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos. 

Printed in Canada.



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▪️The Château Laurier unveils a new design for its expansion which is just as ugly as the previous designs. the ottawan has no clue what the business case for this is – people who stay at the Château Laurier want to stay in the grand hotel, patrons who are assigned the new section will be nothing but disappointed. The rest of us having a nice peramble on Major’s Hill will see what looks like a power station obscuring the view of the Château Laurier.  The City will consider the new design on February 5. If you have an opinion on it, let the City know before then – they have a team overlooking the project. [CBC]

▪️Innes ward councillor Laura Dudas has pled guilty to two charges from her 2018 election campaign. A resident complained that Dudas had reused campaign signs from her previous campaign without claiming the value on the new campaign. She also made t-shirts and a video before electioneering was permitted to begin. Dudas pled guilty to filing an incorrect financial statement and incurring campaign expenses before opening a campaign bank account and was assesed two fines of $500 plus a $200 surcharge. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Comicon has a virtual event tomorrow. Interviews with actress Emma Caulfield (WandaVision, Buffy) and artist Marco Rudy, auctions of comics and signed photos, and more. It's free and you can cosplay in your own living room. [Facebook]



The dry air of January’s been doing a number on us. We miss the humidity of July, when our hair was big and our skin felt fabulous. These Ottawa-based skin care makers offer their favourite body, face, and hands balm and moisturizer solutions for winter dryness.

▪️Aromariss’s Geranium SheaCoco Balm combines shea butter and cocoa butter for their emollient and softening properties. The scent is a heady mix of geranium, bergamot essential oil, and force floral wax. $8.

▪️Twenty20 Skin Care, which uses Shea Butter from Ghana in its products, recently announced an unscented version of their popular Shea Body Butter. It will be available from Friday February 5th. If you prefer a scented body butter, Twenty20 offers Lavender, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus Mint, and Hibiscus Rose options. All of the Twenty20 moisturizing butters can be used on body, hair, face, and lips, which means they’re also great for the wallet. $24.95

▪️The In Green Hand & Body Lotion Bar contains shea and cocoa butters, as well as Apricot kernel oil and Ricebran oil, for a portable moisturizing and repairing balm. Not recommended for the face, the balm is available in Bergamot, Lavender, or unscented. $10.00

▪️The Anti Wrinkle Organic Vegan Face Cream from Puraparm is an anti-aging cream containing Organic Raw Shea Butter, organic Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, and Lavender Oil, among other ingredients. $34.79

▪️Rustic and Classics’ Eczema Cream combines shea and cocoa butter with grapeseed oil, aloe vera, arrowroot power, olive oil, and avocado oil to create a cream that promises to relieve itching and soothe skin. $24.00


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