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Yesterday, we wrote that the kids TV show You Can't Do That on Television was the only Ottawa produced programme to reach international success. 

Our subscribers are not forgiving of such errors. 

The early 70s cooking show, The Galloping Gourmet, starring man-about-town Graham Kerr, was a worldwide success. Filmed at CJOH and broadcast on the CBC and globally, Kerr is still a celebrity chef to this day. 

At a stretch we could also include Strange Paradise, the CJOH-produced daytime serial that jumped on the gothic soap opera bandwagon initiated by the American show Dark ShadowsStrange Paradise aired over 39 weeks from October 1969 to July 1970, and thereafter was syndicated to Canada and the USA. 

We regret the error.


Latest jobs

▪️ Senators Sport & Entertainment requires a VP, Communications and Community Relations to develop the club’s communications strategies, serve as the club’s spokesperson, direct the club’s community relations efforts, oversee player relations, and more. 

▪️ The Web Coordinator at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction will use their certification in project management and knowledge of data visualization tools, design, and reporting, to develop the CCSA’s web presence. Select duties include developing and maintaining information architecture, creating and updating web documentation, and coordinating contracts with external vendors.

▪️ Archery Canada is looking for a bilingual Communications and Safe Sport Coordinator to implement the CSSC’s communications and marketing strategy, and to coordinate the administration of the Safe Sport program.

▪️ The Content Writer at seoplus+ will work both within teams and directly with clients to achieve deliverables. Types of required content include blog posts, press releases, long-form content, infographics, white papers, case studies, and interviews. Other duties will include the development and execution of the content marketing strategy and optimization of web content.


Mothers’ Day Gift Guide #3

▪️ Cheerfully Made’s (Virtual) Spring Market runs May 6 to 9, with an incredible 100 Canadian makers taking part. It’s easy to shop the market, with one checkout (no matter how many different vendors you buy from) and a flat rate shipping fee.

▪️ Trust Maker House to list the art you didn’t know you needed. The image of a moose in a canoe celebrates the Canadian wilderness in a charming way. We love this piece, by Ontario artist Carolynn Elshof, and we think your mother would agree that it belongs in the cottage or in the kitchen. $39.

Finally, to Muslims everywhere, Ramadan Mubarak. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Increasing cloudiness. High of 20°, low of 7°

Number: 10. The amount in dollars that it will cost to buy historic marquee letters from The Mayfair Theatre. The theatre has found a bunch of old letters that were used on their previous marquee and are selling them off for $10 each. Ratings: G, PG, PG-13, and R are $40 each. [The Mayfair]

Ottawans of the Day: Jean-François Tassé, Jonathan Fournier, and Sébastien Fournier. The trio have launched a Gatineau-based line of t-shirts, LaCovid, with messages like ‘C'est d'la Marde’, ‘Contagious’, and ‘I Miss My Friends’  [Le Droit] [LaCovid]

Quote: “Even though (shows) like Stranger Things and Critical Role gave a lot of people more knowledge towards the game, and I feel like the judgment is a little bit smaller, there’s still some judgment around it, which makes it even harder to find people to play ” – Luisa Werneck, a third-year biology student at Carleton University, who says that there is still a stigma around Dungeons & Dragons, even as its popularity has grown during the pandemic. [Capital Current]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 4 – Winnipeg Jets 2, last night. The two teams meet again tomorrow.


? 3,214,465 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 17.2 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:


? 20,073 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 348 new cases since yesterday

♦️476 deaths, one new report

? 218,368 doses of vaccine have been administered (89% of doses available)


? 9,204 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 290 new cases since Friday

♦️178 deaths, no new reports

? 81,987 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 3,807 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 107 new cases since yesterday

♦️88 deaths, two new reports

? 33,712 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ The City and the National Capital Commission may start enforcing capacity limits on parks after green space was swamped with people over the weekend. The City may also impose an 8pm closure on parks [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ottawa's wastewater seems to show that the lockdown is having a positive effect. [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa hospitals are receiving patients from the Greater Toronto area as that region fills its intensive care beds with COVID-19 patients. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ FYI: This article explains the how the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines work differently from the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines. Short answer: AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines use a harmless virus to teach the body to fight COVID-19, Pfizer and the Moderna teach cells directly how to fight COVID-19 spiky design directly. [CityNews]

⭕ Getting vaccinated does not break the Ramadan fast, say Islamic experts. [CTV]

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

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

How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]


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Printed in Canada.



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▪️ Schools will not reopen for in-class teaching after the break. Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday that all students would go to online classes in a bid to stop COVID-19 spreading. [CBC]

▪️ The chief administrative officer of the Ottawa Police, Jeff Letourneau, has been fired for allegedly using a police service vehicle as his own. Government workers who are allowed use of a vehicle are required to pay taxes on the benefit, which Letourneau allegedly did not. It's not even clear if Letourneau was authorised to have the car. [CBC]

▪️ Ottawa Police are setting up a ‘cold case’ squad to review 22 old homicides. The 22 cases are from the past 12 years in which young, racialized men died from gun violence and have a reasonable chance of being solved. The police do not actually like the term ‘cold case’ squad but did not come up with anything nearly as catchy. There are currently 56 unsolved murders in Ottawa since 1962. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Prince Philip will be memoralized at a private ceremony this Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral at 12:30 pm.  [TVA]

▪️ History maven Andrew King has two Ottawa-related stories about the Titanic. The first is about a sculpture in the lobby of the Château Laurier, a hotel whose owner was lost on the Titanic. The other is about the Allison House, just south of Ottawa. The 109th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is on Thursday.

▪️ Flair Airlines will start an Ottawa – Kelowna service this August. The ultra-low cost airline promises $89 one-way fares. [CTV] [FlairAir]

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