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Actor Christopher Plummer died Saturday, and has been frequently mentioned, he began his professional career here in Ottawa with the three-man troupe, Ottawa Stage Society. Plummer, William Shatner, and another person.

And that's the problem – we have so little information about Ottawa's stage history. Who was the third player? What did they perform? Where?

As a girl, Martha's mom fondly remembers seeing Plummer in a play, in a theatre off of Sussex Drive. What was the play? What was the theatre? She can't recall.

Ask your mom and dad, ask your grandparents, about it. Asking them about their youth and their parent's youth is just good policy anyway but specifically, we want to hear about Plummer, Shatner, and the other guy in days gone by. 

Tell us at [email protected]

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ Mix of sun and cloud. High of -7° 

Number: 40 to 50. The number of Canada jays found in Algonquin Provincial Park, down from 85 in previous years. The reduction is blamed on climate change reducing the jays food sources. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Rachael Wilson. Wilson is the new CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank, an organisation that she first got involved with 30 years ago as a tween volunteer. [Ottawa Business Journal] [Ottawa Food Bank]

Quote: “I wasn’t impressed with it, I don’t need that in my mailbox” –  Aaron McCaffrey, one of the many residents of Beacon Hill-Cyrville who received an anti-vaccination screed in their mailboxes.  [CTV]

Sports: Montréal Canadiens 2 – Ottawa Senators 1 Saturday. The Sens meet Edmonton Oilers tonight.


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

372,666 doses have been administered in Ontario (85% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 400.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

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There have been 13,670 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 385 since Friday, and 424 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5942 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 60 since Friday, and 156 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2581 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 14 since Friday, and 60 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.

⭕ Five people test positive for COVID-19 at Canadian Blood Service’s Nepean facility. This will delay blood collection in Eastern Ontario for around a week. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The UK variant of COVID-19 could be the dominant strain in Ontario within weeks, says a member of Ontario's modelling table. The UK variant is considers more communicable. [CBC]

⭕ The first Canadian case of the Brazillian variant of COVID-19 has been found in Toronto, in a person who had just returned from that country. [CBC]

⭕ OC Transpo driver tests positive for COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]

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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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Separated at birth?

▪️The City’s planning committee gave the okay to the Château Laurier’s ugly and vista-blocking new addition design. According to this CBC story, the commitee is aware that most people in Ottawa are against the design, which largely blocks the view of the beautiful, heritage-designated hotel from Major”s Hill Park by placing two uninspiring blocks in the way. The committee passed it anyway. It will go to the full council for approval on February 24. [CBC]

+ Related Tell the City what you think of the proposed design

▪️The landlord of Barrymore’s Music Hall has locked out the club after pipes froze in the building. The landlord says that the club owner would not turn on the heat, which caused the pipes to freeze in a ground floor business. Barrymore’s owner George Syriannis says the heating units never worked properly. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Someone set fire to the Revenue Canada headquarters on McKenzie Avenue. The building’s sprinklers doused the flames but it suffered some smoke and water damage. A man turned himself in and was arrested for arson. [CBC]

▪️ A superb owl has been located in Shirley’s Bay and the National Capital Commission wants it to be left aloneWildlife photographers have been bringing buckets of pet store mice to entice the red morph screech owl into fantastic swooping shots. A tree has somehow been felled to get a better view. The word owlparazzi has been used. Ottawa, get a grip. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The issue of the controversial mayor of Arnprior has resulted in a recommendation of a reprimand – against a councillor who criticised him. Mayor Walter Stack has been clear with his belief that the town does not have a  systematic racism problem, and sent a pamphlet to every household explaining why this is so. Councillor Lisa McGee posted on the Facebook group What's Up, Arnprior that she believes the mayor blindsided council with his plans and posted he ‘turns his racist shovel into a backhoe.’ After an anonymous complaint, the town's intregrity commissioner recommends McGee receive a 30 day suspension of pay. [CTV]


▪️ Tonight at the Ottawa Public Library: Canadian Black History in the Making: Youth Panel, will explore the latest projects from three young leaders of Ottawa’s Black community. The event runs from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.


▪️ The seven most expensive homes in Ottawa [CTV]

Ottawa properties under $600K

46 Melvern Drive, Nepean

3 bed, 2 bed

Built in 1977 before open concept homes were the thing, this three bedroomed family home’s separate living spaces (including an office) offer plenty of opportunity for solitary working or self-care.


284 Avondale Avenue, Westboro

3 Bed, 1.5 bath

Built in 1917, this house may not have all the mod cons but there’s history in its bones, as well as parking for two. And is that a claw foot bathtub?!


Purple Bricks

875 Woodroffe Avenue

3 bed, 3 bath

Completely renovated 1960 semi retains the charm and detailing of the mid century while benefiting from contemporary hardwood floors, lighting, and central AC. Finished basement.



883 Greenbriar Avenue, Carleton Heights

3 bed, 2 bath

This 1971 end unit townhome has been thoughtfully updated with hardwood flooring and a kitchen countertops. Located close to the green spaces of Mooney’s Bay and Hogs Back Park.




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