Happy International Women’s Day. This year’s official theme is #ChooseToChallenge, and just like every other day of the year, today at the ottawan we are choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, and question stereotypes.

Most International Women’s Days, we could usually rely on protests and parties somewhere in the City. Not this year. But there are many virtual events today.

Some examples: Dr Vera Etches in conversation, a panel discussion on Gender diversity is a must for sustainable cybersecurity , and Three Chords and the Truth: A Conversation about Representation in Country Music.

Catherina McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities and member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, has a pragmatic message:

“I am challenging girls and women to run. Run as a school board trustee, run for your school president, run for council [municipally] or [run] federally. Whatever it is, get inspired and motivated to throw your hat in the ring.”

And would we be the ottawan if we didn't mention a few shops? 

▪️ 15% of all sales today at baby and kidswear company Mini Mioche will be donated to the Good to be Good Foundation’s Women’s Relief Fund.

▪️ Today only until 11:59pm Barefoot Venus, the women-created bath, beauty, and self-care specialists from the West Coast, are offering their Inspire Kit for free with any purchase over $60, today only until 11:59pm. Use the code BVINSPIRE. Or get the Muse Kit free with any purchase over $40 (use code BVMUSE).


It's also Commonwealth Day. If anyone at any of the 22 High Commissions across the city are reading this, we'd love to hear your about your experience of living in Ottawa.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0° 

Number: 23. The number of hectares of forest that people in Chelsea bought to protect it from developers. The community raised $850,000 to buy the property, which will now be owned by a land trust in perpetuity. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: The Colasantes. The Barrhaven family created a painting for The Ottawa Hospital Civic campus COVID-19 ward, featuring dozens of hospital staff. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “You’re scared. You’re wondering if you should fly home — for only a few months, right? Surely this will blow over by summer, by autumn, by 2021 — or if you should weather whatever this is in the crumbling walls of your Centretown shoebox” – Aly Murphy, writing A Letter To My Year-Ago Self’. [The Fulcrum]

Sports: Calgary Flames 3 – Ottawa Senators 4, last night. The Sens are in  Edmonton tonight.


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

890,604 doses have been administered in Ontario (87% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 68.1 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 15,110 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 160 since Friday, and 442 deaths, no new reports.

? 57,670 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6469 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 67 since Friday, and 163 deaths, two new reports.

? 13,306 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2870 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 68 deaths, no new reports.

? 9,617 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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.

⭕ We need three more months of physical distancing, says Dr Vera Etches. Even though the vaccine is being rolled out, stay apart. [CTV]

⭕ Refrew County moves into yellow zone, Toronto and Peel Region still strict but stay-at-home order lifted. [Huffington Post]

⭕ Over 60s should get their doses in May, over 75s in April, in a rejigging of the vaccination schedule. [Huffington Post]

⭕ Canadians will probably need ‘vaccine passport’ for international travel, says Dr. Theresa Tam [CBC]

 ? 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]

Stylish T-shirts

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

Printed in Canada.



And don’t forget: you can also buy official ottawan t-shirts


▪️ Clublink is appealing its courtroom loss over the right to develop its greenspace. A forty year-old agreement with the City says that Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club must remain greenspace as a benefit to the community. Clublink sued, arguing that the agreement was out-of-date as it wanted to develop housing. The court ruled in favour of the City two weeks ago. [CBC]

▪️ Orléans MPP Stephen Blais proposes law to remove municipal councillors who make serious violations of workplace harassment rules. Blais says he was motivated after the Integrity Commissioner found councillor Rick Chiarelli harassed former staff members and job applicants but there was no mechanism to remove him from office. Blais will propose the law at Queen’s Park on March 22. [CBC

▪️ Nominations open for the Second Annual Capital Music Awards. The Ottawa music scene has a unique sound and isn't dependent on what's happening in other music centres. Recognizing excellence is a part of a growing strength. This year, the Capital Music Awards are taking nominations for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Production and Arrangements, Impact Award, and Virtual Performance of the Year. Nominations are open until March 31. [Shifter]


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