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▪️ Right now until Sunday March 14, the Freewheeling Craft’s Womens’ Day Market celebrates the women crafters and enjoyers of the craft lifestyle. You’ll find everything from DIY embroidery kits to chocolate, pottery, and bath and body products made in Ottawa and across Canada.

▪️ If you skated this winter, chances are you visited B Sharp Ottawa to get your blades taken care of. To say thank you to their customers, B Sharp Ottawa is holding a swag giveaway. Just head to their Instagram feed between now and Sunday and comment on the giveaway post for your chance to win a toque, a tee, blade covers, and more. 

▪️ Winter Brewfest isn’t happening this year so organizers have pivoted to create a local delivery box, “Maple in a Box,” containing a four course meal including Mac and Cheese, Maple Lamb & Waffle, Maple Poutine, and Crispy Pork Rinds from Le Rituel restaurant in Gatineau, and two craft beers from Brasserie Gallicus and 5e Baron, plus special surprises. Only 600 boxes are available, and they can only be picked up in person on March 19 directly from Le Rituel.

▪️ Spark Beer is celebrating the warmer weather with the return of two hoppy treats, available for pick up and delivery: Double Activities is a double IPA created with Strata, Mosaic and Citra hops, is described by the brewery as “an herbaceous, weedy and citrusy delight”). $4.25 per can.

Meanwhile, Ominous Whooshing with its trifecta of Citra, Simcoe, and Strata hops is hazy, juicy, and smooth. $3.95 per can.

▪️ Mark the calendar for next Thursday March 18, when Ottawa Artisans launches the “Here Comes the Sun Virtual Market” at 7:00pm. Nearly 200 artisans from Ottawa and across Canada will be participating. There will be free, Canada-wide shipping on orders over $150, and free local Ottawa delivery on orders over $100 (or $10 flat rate). Free local pick up is also available, at the Ottawa Artisans storefront in St. Laurent Shopping Centre and at Aux Délices Bakery. RSVP now and watch for giveaways starting Monday.

▪️ We've added three craft brewers to The last Ottawa-Gatineau Craft Brewery Map you will ever need

In Gatineau, Microbrasserie 5e Baron. In Westport, Westport Brewing Company. And at the edge in Gananoque, which is about as far as we want to go on our map and still be Ottawa-Gatineau focussed, is Gan Brewing Company.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ 60% chance of showers. High of 5° 

Number: 2nd. The place on a list of the top 10 areas to buy a house that Orléans finds itself, according to Google. Cannington, in the GTA, is number one. [TRNTO]

Ottawan of the Day: Mayur Tailor. The pharmacy student has organised fellow proto-pharmacists in a drive to collect PPE, blankets, and personal hygiene items for homeless people. Single-use and reusable masks; hygiene items like deodorant and razors; cleaning supplies such as brooms, mops and toilet cleaning brushes; blankets, comforters, bath towels; plastic gloves; and hand sanitizer can be dropped off at the University of Ottawa, Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur Private between 9 am and 5 pm tomorrow.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “I know she wanted to document it in a very objective way. It wasn’t about her at all. She used her family as subject matter but I didn’t get the sense it was about her having to tell her story. It was just about making sure this information wasn’t lost” – Carla Ayukawa on her mother Michiko Ishii, who secretly and illegally kept a photo album of life during the forced Japanese-Canadian internment in British Columbia. Ishii’s photos are at the centre of an exhibition at the Canadian War Museum, Forever Changed. [Ottawa Citizen] [Forever Changed]


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

1,019,407 doses have been administered in Ontario (94% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 58.5 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 15,338 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 79 since yesterday, and 446 deaths, no new reports.

? 69,187 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
This is unchanged since yesterday.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday, and 167 deaths, three new reports.

? 13,495 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2943 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 10 since yesterday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.

? 13,514 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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.

⭕ Maclean's reckons that Canada needs to vaccinate 241,500 people per day to ensure everyone has one dose by Canada Day. That's about the same rate  (per capita) as the US is vaccinating. [Maclean's]

+ Related The CEO of The Ottawa Hospital says everyone in Ottawa can be vaccinated by summer if vaccine shipments hold

⭕ Canadian health authorities reiterate that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe. Denmark stopped using the vaccine this week and the European Medicines Agency is investigating. [Ottawa Citizen]

 ? 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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▪️ City of Ottawa sued by former staffer of councillor Rick Chiarelli. The woman, who was a City employee, is claiming damages for loss of salary, denial of the opportunity to earn income and loss of earning potential. She was one of the women who came forward to the Integrity Commission with complaints of harassment and sexual harassment. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Reservations to camp in Gatineau Park open Monday. But only households can camp together – and no group campsites this year.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Camping Booking Page]

▪️ The intern at Ottawa Public Health who screwed up the Super Bowl tweet has been outed. Actor and former Ottawa resident Ryan Reynolds has confessed in a video that he is Bruce and he apologises for the screw up. [Q107


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