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Mother’s Day Gifts and Experiences

▪️ Beyond the Pale Beer has come together with Lot 7 furniture and homewares and Roam Flora to produce a limited availability gift that’s sure to please Mom. The Mother’s Day Bundle with flowers, vase, and a four pack of BTP beers is available in two sizes.  $40 - $75.

▪️ The Love Tea and Chocolate Pairing Box takes tea and chocolate very seriously. Each box contains three bars of chocolate from Canadian chocolatiers, plus a series of teas curated by Ottawa’s World of Tea. $39.50 plus shipping (or choose curb side pickup).

▪️ Buyers and Cellars (327 Somerset)’s Mother’s Day offering is a nice bottle of Miss Valentine Rosé accompanied by three small desserts from Koala Baking ($60), available for pickup after 10:00am on Sunday May 9.

▪️ The Artery Community Roasters has three gift boxes for Mother’s Day. If your Mom loves coffee, she’ll appreciate one of these. Each box contains coffee, fair trade chocolate, mugs, and a personalized greeting card. Every purchase supports people with disabilities and helps coffee farmers get paid fair wages. 

▪️ We think the wow factor colour of the Prince of Orange Philodendron ($99) at Phulero Dola will please the plant loving Mom, and since it won’t die within the month like a bouquet, it will remind her of you all year round. 

Weekend plans

Overflow and regular food partner Meetings are taking it up a notch with combo specials for weeknights and weekends. The Weekend Special is available starting today (Thursday April 29) and includes a half back of pork ribs, mac ’n’ cheese, and signature slaw. Add 12 of your fave Overflow beers and you’re set. $75 plus delivery within Ottawa.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of 18, low of 8°

Number: 1,000. The number of bicycles stolen every year according to Ottawa Police. The service has formed Project Hot Wheels – to which we object, Hot Wheels implies stolen cars. It should be Project Breaking Away or Project Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – to combat bike theft. Project Hot Wheels has partnered with the 529 Garage app, which lets you register your bike and notify the bike riding world if it is stolen.[Stittsville Central] [529 Garage]

Ottawan of the Day: Rémi Thériault. The photographer has won a trifecta of awards this year.  [Ottawa Magazine]

Quote: “We think we would have noticed if 300,000 litres spilled in the house” – Orléans resident David Piscina was says he was charged an extra $1,020 on his water bill. Normally, the household's bi-monthly water bill is $100. The City has refused to cancel the bill but, mysteriously, after the family complained, the water bill returned to normal. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 6 – Vancouver Canucks 3, last night, taking the Sens out of last place in its division. The Sens visit Montréal Saturday.


? 4,907,203 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 12.7 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:


? 23,864 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 217 new cases since yesterday

♦️503 deaths, five new reports

? 293,516 vaccinated with one dose (33% of population)

? 26,908 vaccinated with two doses (3% of population)


? 11,169 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 92 new cases since yesterday

♦️194 deaths, one new report

? 133,323 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 4,349 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 12 new cases since yesterday

♦️101 deaths, no new reports

? 54,029 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ New City auditor general plans to audit the City's pandemic response  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The New York Times has two cool graphically enhanced articles: How Pfizer Makes Its COVID-19 Vaccine and How Safe Are You From
Covid When You Fly?
 The answer to the second one is, pretty safe, it appears. [CBC]

+ Related Air Transat will now start issuing refunds for flights cancelled during the pandemic

⭕ A week after promising “one of the best” paid sick leave programs in North America, Premier Doug Ford introduced a temporary, Provincially-paid three-day benefit for people with COVID-19 related issues. Freelance and gig economy workers won’t qualify. [Global]

+ Related US President Joe Biden announced his plan for a 12 week sick leave programme yesterday during his State Of the Nation speech

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️ Sixteen City councillors want golf courses, pickleball and tennis courts to be open. The group have written a letter to Premier Doug Ford asking for the outdoor facilities to be open, pointing out the general safety of the activities from COVID-19.  [Stittsville Central

+ Related What in the name of Samuel de Champlain is Pickleball (YouTube)?

▪️ Tourism Ottawa says invite your family and friends to the city this summerYou have to feel for the capital’s tourism organisations – every plan of theirs gets cancelled after one lockdown or another. Today, they are more blunt. saying ‘when travel is allowed, don't go anywhere, bring your family here’. [CBC]

+ Related We mentioned this last week, but it's official as of yesterday: AirBnB and VRBO rentals can only be offered at a primary residence or cottage, a permit must be obtained from the City, and there is a capacity limit of 10 people.

▪️ The Tuliip Festival is online only this year but visiting the gardens is okay – assuming everyone behaves. The National Capital Commission is planting the tulips on thirty gardens across the Capital but asks that people wear masks, stay apart, and don't travel to visit. [CBC] [Tulip Festival Map]

▪️ The Rise and Fall of a Double Agent. We try not to run Ottawa stories that are actually Federal government stories but this one is a cracker and the double agent lived in a ByWard Market apartment, chosen because he liked dining out. Close enough. [The Walrus]

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