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Today's ottawan is dedicated to the mothers. Our mothers, your mothers. The ones that are no longer with us, the ones that we wish we knew. The ones who become our mother, deliberately or by default or through some unreasonable and unthanked effort of their own. The ones who are mothers, or who want to be, or who wish they still were. They are loved, whether they know it or not.

We'll see you Monday — Martha and Darren


Weather: Are you kidding us? Chance of flurries or rain showers or ugh. High of 5° 

Number: 1,500,000. Amount in dollars that the Ottawa Food Bank has spent in the first five weeks of the Coronavirus [CFRA]

Ottawan of the Day: Daniel McGlinchney, a patient at Ottawa Hospital, who completed his first marathon by walking its hallways  [CFRA]

Quote: Ottawa is actually a great place to raise an Inuk child because there are a lot of resources here, like community centres and the playgroup. It’s a shame we’ve had to stop going. It was really nice to be in an environment where people were speaking Inuktitut around her.” – New mom Jessica Ruano, who has adopted a baby from Nunavut.  [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,579 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 21 since yesterday, and 141 deaths, an increase of 2.

Province says no regions will get special Cornonavirus treatment [CBC]

Staffer at Madonna care home in Orléans dies from COVID-19 [CBC]

+ Related Family accuses Madonna of negligence in father's death

Ottawa firm pivots from construction to COVID-19 swabs [Ottawa Citizen]

Two more residents at the Peter D. Clark Centre test positive for COVID-19  [Ottawa Citizen]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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Greyhound has stopped all bus routes across Canada
No more riding the dog to Toronto or Montreal. Greyhound ceased service in Western Canada two years ago [CBC]

Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College still unsure about autumn openings
Open? Close? Online only? They are still debating [CBC

Ottawa cop charged with drunk driving
He was off duty at the time [Ottawa Citizen]

The new US Postmaster General will call Ottawa home
...if you squint. Louis DeJoy, a top Republican fundraiser, is the husband of the new US ambassador to Canada.  [Macleans]

Black bear strolls through Barrhaven parking lot
It was in the Fallowfield VIArail park and ride but was probably unaware that VIA service is severely curtailed [Narcity]


🍻 Wood Brothers Brewing in Glen Robertson, Ontario opens its online shop at noon today. [Wood Brothers]

🍻 Tooth and Nail Brewing Company have restocked their virtual shop with Vim and Vigor pilsner and Fortitude stout. [Tooth And Nail]


☕ Stittsville stalwart Quitters Coffee, which has been closed during the pandemic, is reopening from 11am to 3pm this Saturday May the 9th for a Pop-Up Mother’s Day Sale. Although there won’t be coffee, last minute shoppers will find all sorts of Mother’s Day cards, gifts, and pastry boxes on offer. The Pop-Up will be running out of the shop’s back porch. [Quitters Coffee]

✉️ This one is an I.O.U. tucked into the Mother’s Day card that you’ll be leaving on your mum’s porch over the weekend. Ottawa illustrator Alexandra Finkledey’s bright prints and cards offer a dose of animal whimsy for these dark, at home days. Visit her Etsy shop for gift ideas or commission a piece just for you. [Etsy]

🎈It may be impossible at this point to find a bouquet for Mum, so it’s time to get creative. Balloons could be the answer. Bangin’ Balloons allows you to choose the quantity and colour of your balloons, so just ask for mum’s favourite hues and voilá, you’ve won Mother’s Day. Pickup and delivery are available, but if you pick up, good luck sneaking them into the house before Mum sees ‘em. [Bangin’ Balloons]

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