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Something for the weekend

▪️Turns out not even a pandemic can stop the January sales from coming. Check out these discounts on cool Canadian-made clothes for women, men, and kids, plus deals on fabrics for the home sewer.

▪️Shop for the whole fam at 18 Waits, the Toronto lifestyle brand whose clothing is made in Canada and the USA. Right now there are some amazing deals on mens shirts, pyjamas, and shorts, with many at 50% the regular price. Grab a women’s graphic t-shirt for $20, and mini versions of many adult designs on their kids wear site, Hopper Hunter.

▪️Spotted on sale at Workshop Boutique: WFH classics like leggings and fleece sweaters, and the hot, hot, hot “Wren” kimono-style cardigan by Ottawa’s Tangente Clothing, available in yellow or teal, now priced at $76.50. Workshop also has "Cissy" High Waisted panties by Moovment, made with bamboo in Quebec, for $21.75 a pair.

▪️Speaking of Tangente Clothing, from now until January 31st (or until supplies run out), they’re also selling off fabric remnants and yardage from previous collections. So if you like to sew your own wardrobe, these deals are for you.

▪️Sew-ers should also take note of the sale at Darrell Thomas Textiles, based in Almonte. Remnants, patterns by Burda, and back issues of “Threads” magazine are all on sale (the latter for $5 per issue). If you would like to learn to sew, or want to skill up, look for sewing classes to resume post lockdown.

▪️While many of the sale items at Stephanie Davis have now sold out, there are still bargains to be found. With its asymmetrical hem the Ottawa designer’s Neo jacket is like an über-stylish mashup of motorcycle jacket and blazer. It’s on sale now for $97.50 and will look great in the spring, lockdown or not.

▪️If your wardrobe needs something a little extra, or if you’re just a little tired of loungewear, head to Meemoza for the final days of its womenswear sale. The Canadian fashion retailer designs and manufactures its collections in Montréal, with a focus on sustainable practices and a “casual chic” vibe. This weekend, selected merchandise is 20% - 60% off, and there’s free delivery on orders over $149. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -5° 

Number: $1,856, $1,117. The average price of a one bedroom apartment in Ottawa and Gatineau, respectively, according to a back-of-the-envelope analysis of Kijiji "for rent" ads [Apartment 613

Ottawan of the Day: Jake. A Newfoundland mix dog, who was found alone in the Dunrobin area with a chain embedded into his neck. Ottawa Humane Society veterinarians saved his life but he is still in critical condition. [Ottawa Citizen] [Donation Website]

Quote: “Many of the languages are losing speakers. It really only takes two people to save a language — one to learn and the other to teach” –  John Kelly, an adjunct research professor in journalism at Carleton University, who says that universities in Canada should offer Indigenous language courses where the school is situated. (Carleton would include Mohawk, Algonquin and Anishinaabemowin, for example) [Capital Current]

SportsWinnipeg Jets 4 – Ottawa Senators 1 yesterday. The two meet again tomorrow, then the Sens take on the Canucks Monday.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

253,817 doses have been administered in Ontario (92% of the doses available)

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There have been 12,674 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 180 since yesterday, and 415 deaths, six new reports.


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There have been 5669 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 147 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 2297 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 48 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.

⭕ New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has talked on the phone with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla about the COVID-19 vaccination shortages. Similarly, Premier Doug Ford spoke to Pfizer Canada CEO Cole Pinnow about the same. [HuffPost]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford releases video in which he tells people to ‘Stay Home’ in 22 different languages  [CTV]

+ Related Parody of Doug Ford speaking 22 different languages

⭕ Ontario will fund free training to 300 personal support workers to work in  Ottawa long-term care homes. [CTV] [Willis College]


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▪️The Governor General quits after a report eviscerates her management skills. Fifty employees at Rideau Hall, which is located in the New Edinburgh neighbourhood, told consultants that Julie Payette was prone to tantrums and acts of humiliation upon staff. Some staff say that they were quizzed on space questions by the former astronaut: how many planets in the solar system? (Easy! And Pluto is still a planet in our heart), what's the distance between the sun and the moon? (umm... Hey, Google?) Payette will receive a full pension. [CBC

+ Related Julie Payette's full statement

+ Related The Chief Justice of Canada, Richard Wagner, becomes the 'Administor of Canada' while Her Majesty the Queen looks for a new Governor General. That's just showbiz, of course. Payette's tenant in her guest house, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will actually choose her replacement.

+ Related Bulldog says the best choice for a new Governor General is already in Ottawa: Mayor Jim Watson. “His Worship loves a parade and nobody does a parade better than Watson. He loves ceremonies … he just loves them. He loves uniforms. He created his own Order of Ottawa … imagine him in bliss awarding the Order of Canada.”

▪️City Council will look at a $129 million rejuvenation of ByWard Market at next week's meeting. The plan would close streets for pedestrians and widen sidewalks for outdoor seating, replace the parking garage building with public washrooms, and demolish the underwhelming pedestrian underpass at Sussex Drive and Rideau Street. [CBC]

▪️The National Capital Commission is in favour of a street level tram, a new path through LeBreton Flats, and spreading out Gatineau Park vistorsThe NCC board likes the Gatineau transit authority's plan for a tram down Wellington Street, as it would make a downtown Ottawa to downtown Gatineau loop more viable. Ottawa prefers a tunnel under Sparks Street but is not entirely against the idea. The NCC also approved multi-use pathways across LeBreton Flats, which is in the process of being redeveloped. The Gatineau Park plan is to create more paths and trails to encourage vistors to stop congregating near the entrance. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Godiva Chocolates at CF Rideau Centre and Tanger Outlets are closing in March. [NarCity]


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