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Farmer's Markets

Gardeners are probably in the thick of planning and seeding, indoors anyway. But those who prefer to buy fresh produce from local farmers should mark their calendars for May, when the new York Street Farmers' Market launches. The market will be open Saturdays through to October, and will offer nutrient-rich produce and meats from local farmers and producers. The latest vendors to sign up to the new market offer a rich selection of meat and produce:

▪️ In addition to participating in the York Street Farmers’ Market, Vintage Soil Farm, a woman-owned, horse-powered six acre agriculture business in Kemptville also offers CSA shares.

▪️ The Rutabaga Ranch from Brinston, Ontario offers veggie CSA boxes to be picked up from Arlington 5 in Ottawa (farm pick up has already sold out for 2021). 

▪️ Ferme L’eau du Ruisseau raises free-roaming, grass-fed beef and grows fresh vegetables, and in 2020 started a high diversity fruit orchard on its 200 acre property in Low, Québec. 

▪️ Lilliput Farm in Oxford Station, North Grenville is a membership farm that raises organic, antibiotic-free grass-fed chickens and turkeys as well as vegetables via weekly deliveries. 

More Maple

▪️ Continuing yesterday’s rundown of Ottawa region sugar bushes, Ma Cabane á la Maison is a new initiative supporting nearly 70 of Québec’s maple syrup businesses and sugar shacks with home kits of repeatable or ready to cook meals. How it works: choose a sugar shack from the list, select a meal from the menu, and decide whether to pick up directly from the sugar shack or have it delivered (where possible). Participating Metro grocery stores in Québec also provide pickup points. The menus are varied but most are offering meals for one to four people with items like French Canadian pea soup, ham and pork dishes, pancakes, baked beans, sugar pie, and of course, maple syrup. 

▪️ The Little Sugar Shack in Woodlawn is taking preorders for maple syrup via its social media pages. Customers can choose by grade - Amber, Dark, or Very Dark - and by quantity. Customers will be notified in April of pickup time and payment. Pickup points will be in Woodlawn and Kanata. 

Base Layer Shopping

▪️ Sure, it’s going to be a mild and sunny weekend, but we all know that winter is likely to return for a final blast before spring truly arrives. Right now, Stanfield’s is offering 20% off winter base layers so it’s the perfect time to stock up on cozy, Made in Canada basics. The women’s Two Layer Wool Blend Base Layer  is now $44, while the men’s Superwash Wool Base Layer is a mere $56. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Sunny High of 3°, low of -5° 

Number: 600. The per centage increase in hate crimes against Asian people reported to the Ottawa Police in 2020. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: William Laurin. The musician wants to boost the morale of seniors in long term care homes by bringing them drums.  [CityNews] [Go Fund Me]

Quote: “My friends and family, even on my reserve, they can't wait to get that needle, and they're like, 'Bring it right now, I'll inject myself’” – Veldon Coburn, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa's Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, says is no evidence that Canada's history of colonialism has made Indigenous people any more hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than the general population. [The Pique]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

1,359,453 doses have been administered in Ontario

🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


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There have been 15,840 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 83 since yesterday, and 450 deaths, no new reports.

💉 82,896 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 34 since yesterday, and 168 deaths, one new report.

💉 21,740 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 3036 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 17 since yesterday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.

💉 16,335 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
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.

⭕ Ontario will now vaccinate everyone 75 years of age and older. The AstraZeneca vaccine will also be available at pharmacies for people aged 60 and older within the next two weeks [Le Droit]

⭕ The Outaouais is now vaccinating people 65 years of age and older  [Le Droit]

⭕ The UK and the EU clear the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, ruling out the vaccine as the cause of blood clots. [CBC]

⭕ 25 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are in their 50s, an age group that is down the line for vaccinations [CBC]

⭕ Some Ottawa hospitals are at 100 per cent capacity – not from the virus but because people wait until they are extremely ill before hospitalization.  [CBC]

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▪️ The Ottawa International Animation Festival is looking for submissions. The deadline is May 31, 2021. [The Review]

▪️ Kanata based software company Fusebill bought by American company. Florida-based Fattmerchant has bought a majority share of the subscription billing and management platform. [Ottawa Business Journal

▪️ People staying at the Ottawa Mission can get free tax returns by H&R Block. While people who earn less that $13,000 don't necessarily have to file a tax return, doing so releases quarterly GST rebates and Trillium beneits, up to $1000 per year. [CTV]


▪️ Cartoonist Seth presents Carleton University's annual Munro Beattie Lecture, enitled ‘Inkwell’s End‘, tomorrow at 7pm. Seth is known for his comic Palookaville and his work in the New York Times MagazineMcSweeneys Quarterly, and the cover of The New Yorker. [Free Registration]

▪️ Montréal musician Yves Desrosiers is not only doing a live gig tonight in Gatineau, he's singing all his songs in Esperanto. Esperanto is a constructed language, created in the 1800s, that was hoped to unite all the world. [Le Droit] [Tickets] [ Esperanto]


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