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Number: 150. The age in years of pines felled by the 2018 tornado in Trend Arlington Park, Nepean. The trees are being harvested to construct an open-air pavilion next to the community centre. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Sunny, the long-haired ginger tabby. Catnapped from his front porch – where he put up a fight – Ottawa Police used security video to track down the culprit. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “I’m all for burial of hydro wires, don’t get me wrong” – Kanata North councillor Jenna Sudds, who says that residents should pay a special levy to bury lines. Capital councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) had wanted some lines in his ward buried but was told that the City has a policy aganst taxpayers paying for that. Council will consider the issue next week. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 4 – Ottawa Senators 2. The two teams meet again tonight.

Welcome to stay-at-home lockdown number three. We all know the drill.

  • Shops and restaurants are curbside service only
  • No-one should leave home except for food, medical reasons, exercise, or work
  • Maximum of five people outside

But there are a few new things this time.

  • Big box stores can only sell essential items – they can't continue to compete against closed stores
  • Shopping centres can stay open if they have a 'curbside pick-up' area
  • Gardening centres are now essential
  • Playgrounds, parks, and trails all remain open

CTV has a pretty complete list here.


Have you thought about tonight’s dinner?

▪️ The Wellington Pub has serious mains like Braised Lamb Shank, Seared Scallops, and Gnocchi, with a selection of beers and wine. This month the pub is featuring the wines of Emma Garner. You can also buy a $1 donation to MEALSHARE, which supports youth in need. 

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 9

Hopefully by then the Stay-At-Home order will have been lifted, but most of us will still be away from our mothers. Your mom is probably as Covid-fatigued as the rest of us, and will be thrilled to accept delivery of spring flowers, but there are lots of other ways to celebrate your mother. Just turn to some of Ottawa’s incredible small businesses for inspiration.

▪️ The Ottawa Handmade Mother’s Day market launches on April 16, and will be a perfect launching point to hunt for jewellery, art, textiles, and greeting cards. 

▪️ Drop off a nice bottle of wine on mom’s porch. La Bottega has received a shipment of whites and red from Tenute Orestiadi, from Sicily. La Bottega recommends sipping on a sunny afternoon, whilst grazing on olives and arancini. $25 per bottle. 

▪️ It’s a fact that all mothers appreciate their offspring’s art attempts, no matter how unpolished. If you plan to give your mother a piece of your own handiwork, Wallack’s offers very fast delivery including same day (within 30km of a store). 

And finally

 We recently reported on the Ottawa Tourism initiative Room Service Concert series. Unfortunately this series has now been postponed, due to the Stay-At-Home order. People who have booked a hotel stay to enjoy one of the concerts should follow up with the hotel. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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? 2,726,221 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 24.2 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:


? 18,632 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 196 new cases since yesterday

♦️470 deaths, one new report

? 180,125 doses of vaccine have been administered (77% of doses available)


? 8,428 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 178 new cases since yesterday

♦️175 deaths, one new report

? 62,989 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 3,614 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 48 new cases since yesterday

♦️83 deaths, no new reports

? 28,280 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ 43,000 people aged 60 and over booked a vaccine appointment yesterday [I Heart Radio]

⭕ There are now 69 people in intensive care for COVID-19 in Ottawa. The previous high was 63 people in April 2020.  [CTV]

⭕ Vaccine passports could bring us back to normalcy but Canada isn't ready [Maclean’s]

⭕ School staff, daycare workers, police, prison guards, and people who work in slaughterhouses will start being vaccinated in Quebec. People with chronic diseases will also receive the vaccine. [CBC]

 ? 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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▪️ Ottawa Police officers are caught on video bemoaning the fate of the ‘white man’. One of them is shocked – shocked, we tell you – to see mixed-race couples, walking around, probably eating ice-cream. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The CEO of the Canadian Museum of History retires two months early. Complaints were made last summer of workplace harassment by staff at museum. An investigation was made and a report given to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault but has not been made public. [CBC]

▪️ City Hall staff tells councillors that there are not enough resources to explore a new bike sharing system. While privately run bike shares have operated in Ottawa over the years, the City itself has never run one. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Here's your monthly update that house prices are cuckoo. House prices were up 35 per cent in March over the same month in 2020. The average price for a home is now $758,802. [CTV]

+Related Refrew waterfront house sold for $1.1 million over asking. Asking was $1.5 million.

▪️ Ottawa magazine has a photo walkthrough of a ‘modern farmhouse’ in Stittsville. No cows? No farm cats? No thresher to slowly drive on the side road? Pass. [Ottawa Magazine]

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