The Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library has a long wish list of items for donation. If you’ve got unwanted Nordic walking poles, fishing rods, x-country ski equipment, and snowshoes lying around, the OOGL would love to hear from you. 


Wednesday Food and drink update

▪️ Taj Indian Cuisine is giving away two $50 gift cards to essential workers. Winners will be drawn on Monday May 17th. You can self-nominate or tag a deserving essential worker.

▪️ Although the last 14 months have seemed to crawl by in a fog of sweatpants, sourdough, and ennui, time is actually passing. That means it’s time again for the great Rhubarb Stalk Exchange at the Merry Dairy. This is a magical time of year, when you get to trade in your homegrown, cleaned and trimmed rhubarb and receive “Rhubcoins” to spend on products like Rhubarb Cheesecake ice cream and Rhubarb Ginger pies. Actually, it's more complicated than that, so head to The Merry Dairy for details. 

▪️ The Smoque Shack opens their new Carp location tomorrow (Thursday May 13) at 5pm. Visit 1016 Carp Road for hearty BBQ and good times. 

▪️ Le Donut Stop will be serving up its mini donut heavenliness at a new Barrhaven spot on Friday May 14. The 1 Tartan Drive location is in the heart of Old Barrhaven. Exact operating hours to be announced soon. If you can’t visit Barrhaven, Le Donut Stop will also be popping up at Hazeldean Mall in Kanata and at 6505 Jeanne d’arc Blvd in Orléans.

▪️ It’s Health Care Workers Appreciation Day at Boston Pizza in Orléans and Barrhaven, when those in the healthcare industries can enjoy 50% off their take-out meals. In Barrhaven call (613) 825-1414 for details, and in Orléans (613) 590-0881. Must have valid ID when you pick up. 

▪️ Get 25% off your online order from The Soca from now until Victoria Day Weekend. We’re thinking Crispy Haddock Tacos, bottled Passion Fruit Mojitos, and a sunny spot in the back yard. Use the promo code VICTORIA, only on the website, until May 24th. 

▪️ The Citizen is reviewing food trucks now? The revolution is complete and the hippies won. 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Number: $1,000,000. What kind of house can you purchase with that amount of money is helpfully answered by the Citizen. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Nicole V. Champeau, Danièle Vallée, and Éric Mathieu have all been nominated for Ontario's highest book award, the Trillium. [Ottawa Citizen] [Ottawa Creates]

Quote: “IronHell sounds and looks like paradise to me! ? Time to get after it Marcie!!” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to Marcie Stevens. Stevens, who had both legs amputated after the 2019 Westboro Station bus crash, had tweeted that her home gym looked like an ‘Iron Hell’. Johnson has famously (‘Says who?’ – editor) called his own home gym the ‘Iron Paradise’.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Twitter]


? 6,491,666 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 10.5 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

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

? Public Health Reports:


? 25,513 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 867 new cases since yesterday

♦️527 deaths, two new reports

? 399,017 vaccinated with one dose

? 30,118 vaccinated with two doses

No change since yesterday


? 11,700 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 27 new cases since yesterday

♦️205 deaths, no new reports

? 185,139 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 4,581 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 14 new cases since yesterday

♦️102 deaths, one new report

? 76,007 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ The AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be given out as a first dose in Ontario due to concerns of a rare blood clot. As of May 8, there have been eight cases of blood clots related to AstraZeneca in Ontario. [CBC]

⭕ A woman in her 20s has died from COVID-19 in Ottawa. She is the youngest person to have died from the virus in the city. Twenty people in their 20s have died from COVID-19 across Ontario. [CBC]

⭕ Indigenous people in Ontario who live in urban areas are now eligible for their second dose, three to four weeks after their first. This schedule is the existing one for Indigenous people who live on reserves.  [CBC]

⭕ Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams wants to see new COVID-19 cases come under 1000 per day before restrictions are lifted. 2,073 cases were reported in Ontario yesterday. [CBC]

⭕ Gatineau will have some restrictions loosened next Monday. Some non-essential businesses, including cinemas, boutiques and stores, and personal and esthetic care services, can reopen. High schools will also reopen. The evening curfew will move later to 9:30pm from 8pm [CTV]

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▪️ The City is suing an insurance company for $361 million over the Rideau Street sinkhole. The builders of the Confederation Line had made a claim for $230 million in losses from the City, expecting that insurance would cover it. The insurance company then denied the claim. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️ Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustees vote against adding French immersion to Chinatown school, possibly dooming it. Cambridge PS has only 55 students left in a building built for 323. Enrollment is so small, there is no Grade 4. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️ Bridgehead Coffee company makes a small profit, mostly on wholesale orders. It’s only $17,000 but every little helps. [Ottawa Business Journal

▪️ Tick season has not only begun but this year is expected to be worse than previous yearsthe ottawan knows from bitter experience how annoying these critters are. Keep covered in long grass and carry tick spray. [Stittsville Central] [UpTick]

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