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Happy Second Pandemic Victoria Day Weekend. Celebrate the home-based weekend with good food and drinks, and mood setters from Ottawa’s excellent local businesses. 


▪️ Aurelius is holding a Victoria Day sale with many of its gorgeous olive oils and vinegars at least 15% off. The Dragon’s Breath Rub & Seasoning will sort out your grilling, baking, and salsa with smoky heat, and it’s just $5.95 right now. 

▪️ If you’re heading to the new York Street Farmers’ Market Saturday morning, please note that the operating hours have been reduced so as not to coincide with the planned anti-mask rally taking place in the same area. From tomorrow onward the York Street Farmers’ Market will run 8:00am to 12:00pm. 

▪️ Heat up your weekend feast with Royal Treasure’s Spicy Tingly Beef($15.49), a crispy beef dish tossed in sweet and spicy sauce. Or try their crispy half duck, which is accompanied by shrimp chips and salt dip for $16.95. Open Saturday and Sunday at 774 Somerset Street West.


▪️ Dominion City’s Civic Pilsner is a crisp and dry lager for hot weekends. $3.32 per can.

▪️ Small Pony Barrel Works is so excited about the long weekend that they’re offering a 10% discount in their online bottle shop. So if you’re in the mood for some sour beer this weekend (we love the sound of the tart raspberry-flavoured Jam Hands, $9.00 for 375ml), use MAY24 at checkout. 

▪️ There’s a Long Weekend Sale at Beau’s too. Get reduced-price 12-packs of 355ml cans at The Beer Store (check website for Monday opening hours) while the LCBO is offering $1 off the 6-pack and $2 off the 12-pack (FYI the LCBO is closed on Monday). 

▪️ Rhubarb. Strawberries. Beer. The Rhubarbara Anne fruited pale ale from Brew Revolution sounds so refreshing. $3.75 per can or $16.25 for a six pack. Pick it up in Stittsville. 

▪️ Beyond the Pale will be closed on Monday to give staff a well-deserved break. To enjoy BTP beer and Smoque Shack BBQ on Saturday and Sunday, visit the retail window at Unit 108 - 250 City Centre Avenue from 11:00am to 8:00pm (no deliveries this weekend). The Ottawan thinks it’s high time that we tried Pink Fuzz, BTP’s Grapefruit American Wheat beer (473ml can for $3.23).


▪️ If you’re without access to the great outdoors this weekend, set the mood with a gorgeous smelling soy candle from Campy Candles. “Afternoon in the Garden” for example, will send notes of peony and pear drifting throughout your living room. All Campy Candles are on sale for $15 at Almonte’s Cheerfully Made right now. 

We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅️ 30 per cent chance of showers. Sunny. High of 32°, low of 20°

Number: 39. The number of new pickleball courts that the City finds it needs in their first ever master plan for its parks and recreation facilities. The plan sees a need for more splash pads and skateboard parks but no more lawn bowling or wading pools. [CBC] [What the @£$%! is pickleball?]

Ottawan of the Day: Evelyn Arsenault. The Earl of March student has won a place on the Latvian National Soccer team. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: Sorry sir. I cannot do anything. But do you have a phone with you? ... Then you can call, place your order, and I'll be happy to pick it up for you. Here is a card with our number.’ – Le Droit columnist Denis Gratton’s recollection of buying bird seed curbside without having phoned first. [Le Droit]


💉 7,576,624 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 7.6 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:


📆 68 new cases since yesterday

😷 26,425 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️545 deaths, six new reports

💉 476,420 vaccinated with one dose

💉 39,201 vaccinated with two doses


📆 21 new cases since yesterday

😷 11,929 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️209 deaths, one new report

💉 224,898 doses of vaccine have been administered


📆 6 new cases since yesterday

😷 4,727 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️103 deaths, no new reports

💉 91,773 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ The Province has announced a three-phase reopening plan, with each phase spaced 21 days apart. Step '0' begins tomorrow and allows golf, tennis, basketball and other outdoor activities to restart.

Step 1 begins June 13, and, assuming 60 per cent of the Province is vaccinated, outdoor dining can resume and retail can reopen (25 per cent capacity for essential, 15 per cent for non-essential).

Step 2 increases the number of people who can meet, allows outdoor performances and fairs, and opens libraries.

Step 3 assumes 70 per cent of the population vaccinated, opens indoor dining, museums, and personal care services.

 [CBC] [Roadmap to Reopen]

⭕ Did we say Jabapalooza 3 was cancelled? Not any more, the vaccine fest will be back on June 5th. [Ottawa Citizen] [Pre-registration]

⭕ Ontario will resume using the AstraZeneca vaccine for second doses only. Ontario, like most provinces, has stopped using for initial doses due to a concern over blood clots. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Young people in Gatineau 12 – 17 years old can now get their vaccinations through drive-through clinics. (With their families – it's not like 12 year olds can drive.) As of Tuesday, they can use the provincial booking portal. [CBC]

⭕ The flight ban from India and Pakistan has been extended until June 21. The previous ban, issued April 22, was to expire tomorrow. The ban is an attempt to keep a COVID-19 variant surging in those countries at bay. [CBC]

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▪️ Gatineau cheese challenge has resulted in attempted murder charge. A ‘cheese challenge’ is a thing on social media where one person throws a piece of cheese onto another’s person’s face. Like this. In Gatineau, it resulted in someone getting beat up over it and the other person charged. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Man arrested in January for a ransomware attack has been denied bail. A Gatineau judge fears that he may have access to a fortune in cryptocurrency and has the technical skills to hide his identity and may be a flight risk. The man is fighting an extradition to the United States. [CBC]

▪️ OC Transpo may slow down its trains today due to warm weather. Calling sunny, warm days in Ottawa ‘sun kinks’, OC Transpo worries that the track may expand and buckle. Slowing down trains lessens the effect. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The City has closed its splash pads again due to the new Ontario Covid Reopening Plan. The City had decided on its own that the outdoor pads were safe and were slowly reopening them in the warm weather. But yesterday's announcement by Premier Doug Ford specifically mentioned the pads and the City must comply. Mayor Jim Watson says the City is asking the Province for an exemption. [City of Ottawa]

▪️EIghty cows have died in a barn fire in Kars. Ottawa Fire Services does not yet know the cause of the blaze on the south Ottawa farm.  [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police officer has lost some banked time after being caught looking up info for her boyfriend’s AirBnB. The officer looked up info about a tenant in the police database and gave it to her boyfriend. Two months later, Ottawa Police were called to a disturbance at the address and found that the database had been misused. [CBC]

▪️Hip Hop artist Swisha T has released a new music video No Days Off.[Shifter]

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