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? Ottawa Calling

When we decided to explore Ottawa’s podcast scene, we didn’t know what to expect. We thought there would be lots of shows about the Sens (there are), about the real estate market (ditto) and maybe about politics (um, crickets), but we were shocked to discover the sheer number of pods that that cover the most niche topics. There are too many to include in one edition of the ottawan, so we’re going to post the list on our website, and will update it frequently. If we’ve missed your favourite, please let us know on our Facebook page or email to us at [email protected]

? Sports

▪️ Of the myriad sports shows produced here, the Front Office Podcastfound itself trending across Canada recently. In the latest episode the team welcomes the show’s new sponsor BTPSmokeshaque, and discusses the ill-fated Super League of football.

▪️ A member of the Locked On Podcast network of local sports podcasts, Locked On Senators is a daily, fan-produced podcast for Ottawa’s NHL team.

▪️ The Dynes Sports Podcast covers the latest news in the world of sport. The latest episode features an interview with MMA fighter Jon Fitch.

▪️ Fifth Liners. In addition to dissecting Sens games, the show occasionally interviews people off the rink. 

? Health

▪️ Pulse is the The Ottawa Hospital Foundation podcast, and its episodes cover the stories of the hospital’s doctors, patients, scientists, and researchers. Episode 34 explores Parkinson’s research and the power of philanthropy.

▪️ Positively Happier Pod uses interviews with people from all walks of life to answer then question “What exactly makes people happy?” 

Real Estate

▪️ The Medow View with real estate agent Andrei Medow looks at the market, trends, mortgages, and everything property, but the pod also occasionally features interviews with Ottawa entrepreneurs. 

? Technology

▪️ The University of Ottawa’s Make the Future podcast covers the technical sector. The podcast is led by Jacques Beauvais, the Dean of U of O’s Faculty of Engineering, and features interviews with leaders of Ottawa’s thriving tech scene.

? Lifestyle and Entertainment

▪️ Big Little Books is a podcast for books, book clubs, and even book covers.

▪️ The affable hosts of Down to the Beat discuss music and the wider world of contemporary culture, and are hugely supportive of Ottawa’s music scene. 

▪️ Since its first episode back in June 2019, the It’s Not That Deep Podcastby Deepak Sharma explores the journey to personal success by speaking with Ottawa business people and creatives. The show won the ottawan Best of Ottawa award for Best Podcast in 2020.

▪️ The weekly Mayfair Theatre Podcast goes behind the scenes of the venerable movie theatre with discussions about film. The latest episode examines the true popularity of cult movies like those of Neil Breen, and asks how profitable cult flicks are for the theatres that show them.

▪️ Unsurprisingly, Time for Your Hobby is about the ways people spend their “me” time, whether it’s collecting typewriters, home improvement, stargazing, juggling, bowling, or anything in between. 

↗️ Up and Comers

▪️ Boringtastic was started by a husband and wife 30 somethings and true to its name it’s both boring and fantastic. Each episode only around a 20 minute commitment though, and you can spare that.

▪️ On the Line explores the hip hop scene in Ottawa and beyond. Future episodes will examine mental health, addiction, and the wider arts scene.

▪️ The Rap Music Plug Podcast is a review show that recommends the best rap and hip hop to add to your playlist.

▪️ The animation scene in Ottawa is hot, and Filler Academy is about all things filler anime (fillers are episodes that divert from the original manga storyline).

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 16, low of 3°

Number: 100 per cent. The increase in purchases of houses in Gatineau by people from Ottawa. The most popular area? Aylmer.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: William Bourgault. The Algonquin College student formed Footwear 4 Kids, a charity that gives free shoes and boots to kids that need them. [Ottawa Citizen] [Donate Footwear

Quote: “It actually can work, it’s not science fiction!” – Carleton chemistry professor Maria DeRosa on the possibilty of creating a fertilizer that listens to a plant at the moment the plant needs nitrogen and then release its nutrients at the exact critical growing time.  [Carleton University]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 3 – Vancouver Canucks 0, last night. The two teams meet again in Vancouver tomorrow.


? 4,266,802 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 14.2 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:


? 22,686 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 281 new cases since yesterday

♦️486 deaths, two new reports

? 284,597 doses of vaccine have been administered (85% of doses available)

No change since yesterday


? 10,737 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 135 new cases since yesterday

♦️187 deaths, one new report

? 112,132 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 4,224 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 34 new cases since yesterday

♦️96 deaths

? 47,115 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ New Edinburgh residents Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have somehow found a pharmacy that has the AstraZeneca vaccine and will be taking it today. [CTV]

+ Related The first Canadian case of a blood clot after a person took the AstraZeneca vaccine has occured in Ontario

⭕ Dr Vera Etches says that curbside pickup is low risk for tranferring COVID-19 but she is concerned about COVID-19 transferring between staffers in a workplace. [Stittsville Central]

⭕ Passenger flights between Canada and India or Pakistan are suspended for 30 days after rising cases in those countries. Passengers who travel through a third country will need to get a negative COVID-19 test before their final leg. Cargo flights continue. Canada receives much of its COVID-19 vaccines from India. [Maclean’s]

⭕ Pregnant women in Ontario can now book vaccinations through the Provincial portal. [CBC] [Provincial Portal]

⭕ Quebec has started mixing vaccinations for the second dose. The Health Ministry considers the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine largely the same and considers having a second dose more important than waiting for matching products.  [CTV]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford has apologized for fumbling the lockdown rollout, in particular for extendinng stop-and-search powers for police and for closing playgrounds. He also promised that Ontario will introduce sick leave for workers. [Ottawa Citzen]

 ? 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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▪️ The National Capital Commission has shortlisted three project teams for LeBreton Flats. The development next to the new library will have 7,500 people living in 4,000 units, plus 700,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 of retail. [CTV]

+ Related The NCC has also approved the new library design, clearing the path to build the combined Ottawa Public Library/Library & Archives Canada building. The City has already approved the design.

▪️ The CFL has released three games from the 2010s in which Ottawa competes for the Grey CupOttawa made the final in 2015, 2016, and 2018. The CFL Grey Cup on Demand is free, and has games going back to the 1940s. [CFL] [Grey Cup on Demand]

▪️ Canadian North Airlines cancelled all passenger flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit yesterday in order to ship cargoA combination of bad weather and an outbreak of COVID-19 in Iqaluit has resulted in bare shelves in the Nunavut capital. Passengers have been rescheduled for other days.  [Nunatsiaq News]

▪️ It's Canadian Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow. The only Ottawa bookstore officially taking part is World of Maps but you can support Octopus BooksBooks on BeechwoodLe Coin de LivreLibrairie du SoleilBlack Squirrel BooksBarely Bruised Book ClubComet Comics, and Perfect Bookson an unauthorized basis. [Bookstore Day]

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