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The Made in Canada Wardrobe

the ottawan’s 2021 New Year’s Resolution is to begin building a “Made in Canada” wardrobe. This will be expensive, so we're going to start small and search for sales and deals, and save for bigger ticket pieces. We’ve been researching for months and found so many fantastic Canadian brands that we’ll share with you in the months ahead. 

We’ve learned that many brands make you search long and hard for manufacturing information, and that the statement “Designed in Canada” often means that the garments are actually sewn 1000s of kilometres away. 

That's why we love brands who are upfront about their local manufacturing practices. Franc is one of our favourite brands: they produce gorgeous knit and jersey pieces in a women-owned factory outside of Toronto. We have our eye on the Scoopneck Jumpsuit, which is available in a charcoal solid or black stripe, and is currently on sale for $97. Reviewers call it a wardrobe staple that works year round: while great on its own with a pair of sandals or sneakers in the summer, it can transition to colder weather when layered with turtlenecks, sweaters, socks, and boots.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -4° 

Number: 3. The number of outdoor heaters that have been stolen from Best Of Ottawa Best Taco runner-up Ola Cocina in Vanier [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Chris Pignon. By day, he's a recruit trainer with the Ottawa Police Service, by night, he brews DoGood Kombucha. [Ottawa Citizen] [DoGood Kombucha]

Quote: “Ridership on the city’s public transit system has plummeted. Though on the upside, so are complaints about the light rail system!” –  Susan Sherring in her column [Ottawa Sun]

SportsVancouver Canucks 7 – Ottawa Senators 1 yesterday. The teams meet again tomorrow and Thursday.


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

280,573 doses have been administered in Ontario (68% of the doses available)

No change since yesterday

? At this rate, it would take 179.3 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 12,977 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 419 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5752 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 150 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2380 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 47 since yesterday, and 52 deaths, two 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.

⭕ Moderna vaccine found to be effective against the COVID-19 variant found in the UK but less so against the one found in South Africa [CBC]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford wants mandatory testing at Toronto's Pearson airport, to control the new COVID-19 variants [CBC]

⭕ Ontario’s state of emergency and the stay-at-home order has been extended to February 9 [CTV]

⭕ Ontario reports the fewest new COVID-19 cases today since mid-December. Cue the call to immediately re-open everything. [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]


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Printed in Canada.



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▪️Residents on Trump Avenue want a name change. The Central Park neighbourhood, located west of Merivale, has a smattering of streets named after things that represent New York City. At the time of its development, Donald Trump was a showboating developer and it amused someone to name a street after him. In 2021, residents are loathe to state their street address to merchants. [CTV]

▪️An undisclosed settlement has been reached with the family of Abdirahman Abdi due to the actions of the Ottawa Police Services. The family of Abdirahman Abdi had sued the Ottawa Police for $1.5 million after Abdi's death after a violent arrest. One of the constables was subsequently charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon and was acquitted. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The City wants to triple the number of e-scooters this summer. Surveys showed that last summer's trial was a hit with riders, and the City wants to expand the area of central Ottawa where the scooters are permitted. The National Capital Commission remains uncool about the whole thing and won't allow scooters on their property. Scooter season may begin earlier this year, in April. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️How an education assistant on a $56,000 salary lives in Ottawa. (Hint: her husband has a $150,000 salary). [Refinery29]

▪️9 Ottawa Apartments That Offer Free Rent To Get You To Move In. [NarCity]

▪️The Gatineau Olympiques are moving from the Robert-Guertin Center to the Slush Puppy Centre. This may be the best arena name in all of hockey. [Le Droit]




▪️Senior Marketing Manager

KPMG Family Office

Develop insights that support the overall strategy in providing independent advice to high-net worth individuals. Must have seven to 10 years’ experience in national campaigns.

▪️Digital and Social Marketing Strategist

University of Ottawa

Bilingual position that manages the digital and social marketing strategies for recruitment to national and international audiences. Must have strong teamwork mindset.

▪️Retail Launch Specialist


Retail onboarding specialist required for expanding team. You will develop launch plans for new merchants, lead training sessions (including webinars), and share learnings with the wider Retail Onboarding Team.

▪️Executive Assistant


This bilingual position acts as the primary support for the leadership team. A natural and proactive problem solver, the successful candidate will manage complex calendars, anticipate and execute travel requirements, and coordinate on-and-off-site meetings.


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