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Mother’s Day Gift Guide #4

Ottawa’s many florists don’t just offer bouquets for Mother’s Day. You can also purchase long lasting plants and accessories for indoor plants and gardens that your Mom can use all year, and when she does, she’ll think of you. 

▪️ Flowers Talk Tivoli has a range of sweet plant accessories for the Mother who lavishes love on her plants. The Colourful Glass Plant Mister in clear, amber, purple, or green is stylish and useful. $17.50. The Plant RX Plant Fortifier Spray is used just once on indoor plants to give them a year of good health. $25.

▪️ Check out the New Arrivals page at Flower to the People for cool pots, planters, and plants. We love the Eye Pot, which comes in a range of sizes. From $20. 

▪️ Bella Rosa is having a Mother’s Day Sale until May 7. Use the code MOTHERSDAY15 to receive 15% off all floral arrangements. 

▪️ If you’re only sending Mom a card, make it one that’s full of wildflower seeds that she can plant where she likes. The Good Card from Guelph, Ontario makes floral greeting cards that, once enjoyed, can be planted indoors or in the ground where they will release the Birds’ Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Catchfly, Snapdragon, and Sweet Alyssum seeds contained within the biodegradable paper. 

▪️ Scrim's Florist is now carrying Earth Medicine natural fertilizer, which contains dairy manure and straw. Available in a sample size for $16 and a growler for $40, the fertilizer has no shelf life, so this is gift that will last forever. Scrim’s also carries pet friendly plants like the Pilea Peperomioides or Chinese Money plant, for $25.

Virtual Markets

▪️ The Ottawa Handmade Mother’s Day Market starts today, and until April 30 you can shop for locally made items including jewellery, art, self-care, apparel, accessories, books, candles, and more lovely Mom-friendly stuff. Choose to have your purchases shipped, or you can pick up in Orléans and Kanata.

▪️ The Pride, Not Prejudice virtual fair runs April 22-25, and will feature over 60 progressive vendors, community groups, and workshops. There’s no admission fee, and a flat rate $15 to ship items across Canada (or pick up for free at four locations). 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Number: 1967. The year these aerial photos of Old Ottawa South were taken. [OSCAR]

Ottawan of the Day: Jae-Anthony Dougan. The former chef of the now-closed Tingz is one of the competitors of Top Chef Canada, broadcasting tomorrow. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “People are still going to be taking transit whether ridership is high or not, so we need to start treating transit like we would any other public service. If there was less fires in a given year, we’re not going to cut money from the fire department” – Sam Hersh, a board member with Horizon Ottawa which opposes cutbacks and route cancellations at OC Transpo.  [Capital Current]


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⭕ The Province fears the pandemic could reach 18,000 cases of COVID-19 per day by May. The cabinet is today discussing closing all non-essential businesses including curbside service. Non-essential construction, warehouses and manufacturing would also be closed. [CBC]

⭕ The Ottawa Hospital prepares for a surge of patients, expecting 220 COVID-19 patients. [CTV]

⭕ The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that it did not choose the ‘hot spot’ postal codes, saying the provincial government chose them. The K2V postal code in Kanata was selected as a COVID-19 hot spot that would receive priority access to vaccines despite it being a commercial area containing a Canadian Tire, not a residential area. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ Owner of Vankleek Hill salon Beauty on High refuses to shut down, says she needs the money to surviveThe shop was visited by bylaw and OPP officers this week but nothing happened. [The Review]

▪️ Canadian politics can go years without getting mentioned in overseas media but one Pontiac MP gets naked on Zoom and suddenly The Guardian and The New York Times are finding essential news is happening in the Great White North. Also, the question is now ‘who leaked the photo’. The original video was only seen by other MPs and Parliamentary staff, not the public. [New York Times] [The Guardian]

▪️ The Province has launched a consultation on whether judges can remove municipal councillors from office. Inspired by the councillor Rick Chiarelli case, the Province is looking looking at closing a loophole that councillors cannot be removed from office except for electoral fraud. You can tell that the Province is serious about public opinion as they have built a form.   [Ottawa Citizen] [Survey Form]

▪️ The former Shopify head office on Elgin is now a gigantic co-working space. TCC Canada has taken it over, renting out seats, offices, and floors, and renaming it Collaboration Centre. Shopify plans to have most of its 5,000 staffers working from home. [Ottawa Citizen] [Collaboration Centre]

▪️ Pot News: Four new cannabis stores have opened in the capital region. [High Tide in ByWard Market] [Stash & Co. in Stittsville] [Cannabis 228 in Renfrew] [Arnprior Cannabis

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