We have a very local item to kick off Black History Month. Launching today on Instagram, Black Hair Force is an “info-cultural platform (that) wants to create a safe space where black people can gather and talk about their journey and experiences.” Creator Sarah-Divine Kalunga wants Black Hair Force to provide a space for the Black community to gather to discuss issues as well as accomplishments, and she will be promoting her line of locally made unisex, vegan hair products. Kalunga says the website will launch in mid-March.


❤️ Galentines, Palentines, or Valentines. 

Whatever February 14th means to you, there are lots of ways you can celebrate, even if we’re still under lockdown (which, I mean, who knows??). Even if lockdown is lifted, restaurants will likely be restricted to 25% capacity, so reservations will be challenging to procure. For that reason, we suggest ordering in (or picking up). 

▪️The Indian feast for two from Ishina has everything you need for a cozy night in. Available on February 13th and 14th, the four course meal includes soup, appetizers, your choice of lamb shank or stuffed eggplant main and a rose flavoured Shahi Tukda to finish. Orders accepted until February 11th.  613 721 1067

▪️EVOO Greek Kitchen says their pre-orders for Valentine’s Day Weekend are selling fast, so fans of Greek feasts should get in now. The Valentine’s Day Menu for Two includes dips, house Spanakopita, salad, lamp chops, a half chicken, greek sausage, pork souvlaki, fries, and dessert for $125 (seafood feast also available for the same price). EVOO has even taken care of the decorations, with options for adding feathers, confetti, or balloons to your order for an additional $25.

▪️Cabottos Italian’s Valetines menu is a challenging one, as you’ll have to choose from an extensive list of rich classics. Lobster ravioli, filet mignon, and Osso Buco are serious dishes for big occasions. We think this one will be especially appropriate for those planning to pop a question that is quite popular at this time of year. Order online, for pickup between 2pm and 9pm on February 14th.

▪️Sweet lovers will want to check out the assortment of heart shaped cookies in gift boxes of six ($14.95) or 12 ($29.95) from Cafe De Luxe. Order online for delivery or pickup.

▪️If breakfast is the most important meal of the day even on Valentines day, Morning Owl Kanata has you covered. Their Breakfast Board for two includes breakfast items and your choice of Pink Hot Chocolate, Pink Undertow Coffee (we don’t know what that is but we want one), or a Valentine Cocktail. Order by February 12th for pickup on February 14th. (613)-518-0021

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of -8° 

Number: $2.5 million. The amount of money that fines resulting from speed cameras paid into the City’s coffers, making it harder to wean the City from a car-first mindset. That $2.5 million was only six months worth, from July to December 2020. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Dean Sherratt. Sherrat received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer/Administrator from the Ottawa Sports Awards for his work in supporting wrestling.  [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: “It's disappointing to see that the government isn't even taking basic energy-saving measures, like turning off lights in government buildings when no one is there” –  Federal NDP environment critic Laurel Collins on dozens – hundreds? – of Federal Government buildings being fully lit all day even though the vast majority of civil servants are working from home  [CBC]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 8 – Ottawa Senators 5 yesterday. Senators meet the Oilers again tomorrow. For those that can look between their fingers, that's one win, seven losses.


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

339,644 doses have been administered in Ontario (83% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 243.3 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 13,336 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 153 since Friday, and 422 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5837 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 45 since Friday, and 153 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2472 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 31 since Friday, and 52 deaths, 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.

⭕ Inspired by – get this – Margaret Atwood, a consortium of Canadian companies, comprising 350,000 employees, is organising rapid COVID-19 testing. [NY Times]

⭕ Newly arrived air travellers to Canada will be required to pay $2,000 or more for a three-day hotel stay while they wait for their COVID-19 test results. If they pass, they can self-isolate at home for the remaining 11 days. If they don't, they get to stay as guests of the Federal Government in isolation free of charge. [The Guardian]

+ Related The Canada Border Services Agency has turned away 30,000 people at the land border

⭕ Pfizer says that Canada can get six doses out of a vial of vaccine, not five. This seems to be true 50 - 75 per cent of the time [Maclean’s]

+ Related There are only 253 doses of COVID-19 vaccine left in Ottawa’s cupboard. But more should be coming this week.

⭕ All four Ottawa shelters have stopped accepting new residents in order to combat COVID-19 outbreaks. The City has opened the Tom Brown Respite Centre, 141 Bayview Road, as a place to stay warm during the day. The City says call 311 if someone needs a place to stay overnight. [CTV]

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

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▪️The Rideau Canal skateway has opened a new 5.7 km section. The newly opened section runs Bronson Street (including Dow’s Lake) to Delaware Street, just southwest of the University of Ottawa campus. The initial 2.4 km stretch, Pretoria to Bank Street bridges, remains open. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Hudson's Bay Company is laying off 600 employees across Canada permanently. Most are sales and middle-management in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. [Huffington Post]

▪️Ottawa Carleton District schools will provide free tampons and pads to girls through the washrooms. We mentioned this before but it hadn't been approved. Now it has, for an unhurried implementation by September 2022. [CBC]

▪️The City has 70 jobs for students 16 years and over. Applications are being taken until February 26 for lifeguards, swim instructors, and camp counsellors. Bilingualism is helpful but not always necessary, and some positions invite applicants who would be great with working with people with special needs. [City of Ottawa]


Properties under $300K

51 Sumac Street Unit 7, Gloucester

2 bed, 1 bath

Mystery surrounds this condo listing, where its affordable price, its “centrally located” locale, and its dearth of interior photos have our curiosity piqued. The fact that it was built in 1971, makes us suspect this is a fabulous diamond in the rough, for the right buyer. 


4036 Eady Court, Gloucester

2 bed, 2 bath

We were intrigued by the word “quaint” in this townhouse listing; you don’t hear it often. Built in 1984, this condo has a renovated kitchen and bathroom and open concept living. There are few photos, so we can only imagine the fireplace in the basement recroom. 


Ottawa Home Sales

158B McArthur Avenue Unit 505

2 bed, 1 bath

No mystery here. This condo in the Vanier area was built in 1972, so the laundry facilities are located outside the unit, but that’s where the downsides end. There’s an indoor pool, a gym, an underground parking space, a 33’ balcony, AC, and many more amenities. Perhaps the unit needs a bit of updating, but with the bedrooms described as “generous” and the living area as “entertainment sized,” we’re intrigued. 


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