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Number: 10. The number of businesses fined for COVID-19 violations over the Easter weekend, including a barber and someone who didn't wear a mask in Costco. [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: “Ottawa's a good place for vintage clothing because it's a market still largely untapped. There's still a lot of great pieces in a lot of closets” – Carol Kelly, co-owner of Bellwethers Vintage. [CityNews]
Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup
After a year, we’re all pretty adept at finding fun things to do at home during lockdown. Here’s just a sampling of food and drink to enjoy safely, and when you order you're helping Ottawa's beleaguered food and drink businesses to keep going.
▪️ Fun for those who like a dram: The 56 Years of Highland Park flight from Deacon Brodies pub features a winning lineup of the distiller’s best, ranging from 10 to 18 year-aged whisky. $70. Email [email protected] to order and to arrange pickup.
▪️ Our idea of self care includes a nice cup of tea shortly after lunch, so of course our ears pricked up at the sound of The Vanitea Room’s Afternoon Tea Box for 1. Imagine opening a box of goodies like jam and scones, bite-sized sweet and savoury treats, and tea. And a Mimosa. $65.20. Available for pickup only, from Wednesday to Sunday 11:00am to 3:00pm, and when you arrive, wish them a happy 5th anniversary!
▪️ We’re a day late in celebrating the USA’s National Caramel Popcorn Day, but PapaJack Popcorn doesn’t mind. They’ve put both the caramel (from $1.25) and chocolate caramel ($7 for 405g ) flavours on sale for for a limited time. Pickup or have it shipped.
▪️ The Citizen has once again aligned their food reviews with ours, thank you very much Peter Hum. This week, they are looking at Portuguese, Filipino and Haitian bakeries.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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📋 Public Health Reports:
⭕ It’s assumed that Ontario will issue a stay-at-home order for tomorrow, closing all non-grocery and drug stores except for curbside pickup [CBC]
⭕ Wouldn't it make more sense to vaccinate essential workers first, then vaccinate by age? asks expert [Maclean’s]
⭕ COVID-19 variants are only weeks from being the majority of cases in Ottawa [CBC]
⭕ The Toronto public health officer has used their authority to close all Toronto schools [CTV]
⭕ Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has opened its intensive care unit to adults to help the city cope with increasing COVID-19 needs [Toronto.com]
⭕ Queensway Carleton hospital cancels non-urgest surgeries due to rise in cases [CityNews]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ Spartan Bioscience declares insolvency, looking for buyer. The Nepean firm had launched a quick-test COVID-19 system last year, had to withdraw it from the market, then re-released it but has now run out of money. The company is laying off 60 employees, 70 per cent of the total. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Citywide ban on fires begins today. The vegetation is too dry, says Ottawa Fire Services, banning camp fires, brush pile burning, and agricultural fires. The ban may be lifted when the new growth starts. BBQs are not included in the ban. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Ottawa restauranteurs irked by patio ban. They notice that people can gather in parks and other public spaces legally but not at restaurants where staff actually monitor safety. [Ottawa Citizen]