Tuesday, April 12, 2022
6 Locally-Made Easter Bunnies
With so many artisan chocolatiers in Ottawa and Gatineau, we are lucky that we don't have to shop for Easter sweets at big box stores. #shoplocal from one of these fine makers.
▪️The stylish Origami Bunny by Anna Stubbe Chocolates will look the part on a minimalist table. Choose from milk, dark, or white chocolate ($5.75). 500 Hazeldean Road.
▪️The Hummingbird Chocolate Benny Bunny is available in milk or dark chocolate ($7.99). As for mini eggs, you’ll be choosing between caramel, hazelnut praline, and peanut butter ($7.99). 476 Ottawa Street in Almonte or check their website for your nearest retailer.
▪️The extremely cute Bunny Shirt by Rochef Chocolatier wears either a green sweater (the milk chocolate variety) or blue (dark chocolate) $6.99
▪️Stubbe Chocolate’s 4 Bunnies Carrying an Egg is exactly that, and you can choose from milk or dark chocolate ($17). 1224 Wellington Street West.
▪️No two of the One of a Kind Handpainted Solid Chocolate Bunnies from Alicja Confections are the same. The brilliantly coloured bunnies - which arrive in equally stunning boxes - are available in milk, dark, or white chocolate ($29). 303 Richmond Road.
▪️Produced in Quebec, The Allergen Free Craft Easter Chocolate bunny by Olivia Chocolat is made organic cocoa and coconut cream and is free from most allergens ($21.45). Available at Jojo Coco 499 Terry Fox Drive
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 17°, low of 2°.
Number: 110 years. The age of Moore Farm, the urban farm in Gatineau owned by the National Capital Commission, which now has a new tenant. Restaurant La Commune has signed a long-term lease, agreeing to keep it as a working farm, open to the public. [CBC]
Ottawan of the Day: Norm Robillard. Robillard is being honoured today with a Mayor’s City Builder Award for his work with Ottawa's Senior Pride Network. [City of Ottawa]
Quote: ‘It was something that I found super inspiring. Everybody loves that they live here. And it’s kind of their own home, although they (may) not (be) from this city’ – South Korean artist Sujin Lim, whose public art project, Home, will create a fanciful gate and cloud outline as part of for Centretown road reconstruction. [Capital Current]
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore higly recommends that everyone should wear masks in indoor settings. He also says that plans to remove mask mandates on public transit and hospitals at the end of the month are being reconsidered. [CTV]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Treasury Board is considering turning some of its downtown office space into housing. Treasury Board president Mona Fortier says that hybrid work is here to stay, and the Federal civil service will not need so much office space. When? Who knows, this is left unanswered. [CTV]
▪️The weekend birdnapping spree in Gatineau has ended. Last Friday, a man stole a conure from La Niche & Moi, later the same man – presumably – stole a bird from Aqua Zoo. Both feathered kidnappees have been returned safely. Maddeningly, there is no word about the birdnappers’ motivation. [TVA]
▪️City staff want to add the green bin programme to downtown apartment buildings that use the municipal garbage service. This option has not previously been available to people in apartment buildings. Building owners themselves have the option of contracting private companies rather than the municipal service for trash. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Suspected abuse of a resident by a staff member at the Peter D. Clark Centre long-term care home has been turned over to the police. The City-owned facility investigated the allegation on its own initially after a family member complained on March 28. [CBC]
▪️A new programme is encouraging people to film police interactions on Ottawa and send their videos to the Red Coalition. The Red Coalition intends on creating a database of cases where people's rights are being breached. The Coalition asks that people add 438-505-2640 as RCWATCHDOG on their WhatsApp to keep it handy. Citizens have the right to film police as long as they’re not interfering with their work. [Global] [Red Coalition]
▪️Suspended deputy Ottawa Police chief received over $500,000 in pay before negotiating settlement during the Trucker siege. Uday Jaswal was suspended with pay in March 2020 over sexual harassment allegations. His settlement on Feb 26 this year was reached a week after Eli El-Chantiry was named Ottawa Police Services Board chair. [CBC]
▪️If you think there is no better idea than cruising up and down the Ottawa River in a Hawaiian-style Palapa Hu, then you'll want to watch Dragon's Den next month. Ottawa Palapa Tours will be on the show May 9, trying to raise money for their river excursions. [Newswires]
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