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Lunar New Year Weekend Plans

Get ready for the Year of the Ox! Ottawa’s got plenty of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year through food this weekend. 

▪️For Chinese food, the family-run Royal Treasure is open for takeout Wednesday to Sunday from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and they offer 10% off orders over $50 (before tax). They cover the Szechuan favourites like Whole BBQ Duck ($32), Spicy Prawns ($19.95), and General Tao Chicken or Beef ($15.49), but you can also order Cantonese dinners for two, four, or six people (from $51.95). Call 613-237-8827 or order online for pickup. 

▪️Kochi Ramen has plenty of options if you’re craving dumplings, ramen, and edamame bean snacking. The Hakata Tonkotsu is southern Japanese style pork broth ramen, with bamboo, bean sprouts, green onions, and kikurage mushrooms ($13.45). Add Vegetarian Gyoza dumplings ($7.95) and Agedashi Tofu (deep fried, $6.95) and finish off with a slice of Green Tea Cheesecake ($4.45).

▪️Darren and Martha have enjoyed the so-good Korean fried chicken at Maroo several times since it opened last summer ($30 for a whole chicken, $18 for half), but they also serve Korean miso soup and Bulgogi sandwiches and bowls. We always pick up in person but you can also order through Uber Eats and Doordash. 710 Gladstone. 

▪️For Vietnamese flavours hit Somerset St. W and try My Hang for Bánh Mi subs 613-237-8808), New Pho Bo Ga La for a warming bowl of Pho or Cô Châm for vermicelli bowls (613-567-6050).

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -10° 

Number: 44. The per centage increase of calls to 211. Most of the increase is from people looking for mental health information, followed by food, financial, and housing requests. [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawans of the Day: Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon. The Manotick residents are performing an intimate evening of virtual song and storytelling on Feb. 14 to raise money for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. McCann is a former member of Great Big Sea. [Ottawa Citizen] [Tickets]

Quote: “It is not the role of Ottawa’s City Council to adjudicate internal disputes between Algonquin communities” –  Mayor Jim Watson on approving the Tewin Project over the objections of Algonquin First Nations that aren’t part of the Algonquins of Ontario, in the name of reconciliation. [Ottawa Citizen]


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

412,119 doses have been administered in Ontario (94% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 224.2 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 13,759 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 428 deaths, one new report.


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There have been 5968 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 156 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 2613 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 63 deaths, no 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.

⭕ Canada passes 21,000 deaths from COVID-19. [Worldometre]

⭕ An ‘ugly’ third wave is inevitable in April, says University of Toronto expert. [CTV]

⭕ The provinces have millions of unused rapid testing kits sitting on their shelves. Ontario comes out the best, having used 18 per cent of its stock. Alberta has used only 0.89 per cent. [CBC]

⭕ Prince Edward County has made it official: no outsiders. People who cannot prove that they live in the County will not be provided service at restaurants, hotels, or gyms now that they are in the Green Zone. [CBC]

⭕ Wearing two masks is twice as effective against COVID-19 says the US Centre for Disease Control. [Huffington Post]

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▪️Residents of Mechanicsville oppose creation of a diplomatic strip in their neighbourhood. The National Capital Commission owns a patch of green space facing the Ottawa River and has been planning to develop it into six embassies since 2015. Residents say the land is valuable green space for the neighbourhood and development of the fenced-off land would hinder access to the river and to transit. The ward councillor, Jeff Lieper, is opposed to the development. [CBC]

▪️Small plane crashes near Carp Airport, killing the sole occupant. There is no information yet if the pilot was using the airport. This happened yesterday, hours after the City exchanged all rights to the airport with the private owner in exchange for $4 million and a promise that it keep operating for 40 years. [Inside Ottawa Valley]

▪️The Tewin project proposed by the Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart Group has been approved by council. The 445 hectare project near Carlsbad Springs will create a development of 45,000 people miles from City services and transit. City Council approved it, ignoring their own policies on limiting urban sprawl and voting down a request to let staff study it longer. [CBC]

▪️Also at City Council, the City has approved an expanded e-scooter program [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Ultra-low fare airline Flair plans to fly from Ottawa this May. The airline, famous for charging for all checked bags and for switching departure times before flights, expects non-essential travel to be socially permitted by summer. [CTV] [Flair]

▪️Delice Royal bakery in Orléans will close Sunday after 25 years [CTV


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