Things have gotten real, Ottawa. The Province issued a new lock down orderon Friday and, aside from some push back, it's stricter than we have been used to.

  • Everyone must stay at home except for work, food, medical trips, or exercise
  • There are police checkpoints on all five bridges to Quebec in Ottawa, the Quyon ferry, as well as all highways on the Quebec and Manitoba borders. This morning, the traffic was jammed.
  • No social gatherings except people from the same household. People who live alone can join one other household.
  • Shops selling essential items with in-person shopping are reduced to 25 per cent capacity

But that push back. The order gave authority to police to stop any person or car and ask about their destination and their home address. 

The Ottawa Police, along with the majority of municipal police forces, have rejected this power and say they won't be stopping people randomly.

+ Related The Ottawa Police statement on the new powers

The order also closed all playgrounds, to the horror of parents with stircrazy childen. This was also recinded. Parks are still open but organized sports are still off.

+ Related The National Capital Commission will keep the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and the Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways open to pedestrians and cyclists on weekends 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅️ Clearing. High of 18°, low of 5°. But don't be complacent – Tues to Thurs will be cold, with lows of -2.

Number: Three. The number of years that a Riverside homeowner has featured coloured tires as planters in his front garden. Ottawa bylaw has told him to remove them as they deem the planters ‘mechanical parts’. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Kyle Bentley. Bentley has just published his debut horror-scifi-fantasy novel, The Nightmare Schematic. The virtual launch party will be on Friday at 6pm on Twitch [Stittsville Central] [Twitch]

Quote: “Workplaces are the most significant source of community outbreaks in Ottawa, and if we want to mitigate this source of transmission then we need to get serious about providing workers with the supports they need to stay home when they’re ill, such as paid sick leave” – Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendes! Not Mendes!) on the need for a made-in-Ottawa plan of vaccine rollout.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Montréal Canadiens 0 – Ottawa Senators 4, last Saturday. The Sens visit Calgary tonight.


? 3,644,038 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 15.8 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

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Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

? Public Health Reports:


? 21,835 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 869 new cases since Friday

♦️482 deaths, three new reports

? 254,410 doses of vaccine have been administered (82% of doses available)


? 10,281 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 458 new cases since Friday

♦️185 deaths, two new reports

? 100,290 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 3,994 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 34 new cases since Friday

♦️92 deaths, three new reports

? 37,889 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ Tomorrow the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available at pharmacies to all Ontarians over 40 years of age. Gen X – assemble! [CTV] [Major pharmacies booking system]

+ Related People over 55 have been rejecting the AstraZeneca vaccine and waiting for a chance to take the other vaccines

⭕ Moderna has cut its shipment to 650,000 from 1.2 million doses but Pfizer will ship 8 million addition doses over May, June, and July. [CBC]

⭕ Doctors are only days away before decided who gets life-saving care and who does not, says Ottawa triage author. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Premier Ford rejects offer of Red Cross help in administering vaccinations, saying what the Province needs is more vaccines. [CBC]

⭕ Federal government and some provinces promise to send health care workers to Ontario to help surging COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Nine staffers at Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Your Independent Grocer test positive for COVID-19. [CTV]

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▪️ Eight residents in a row of rooming houses on Osgoode street refuse to leave a ‘renoviction’Campaigners say the buildings were left to decay in order to demolish them. The eight elderly tenents have been offered 12 months of rent plus moving costs by the buildings’ owner. [CBC]

▪️ The Ottawa Airport is hoping that today's Federal budget will include funding for the airport O Train stationYOW has promised to pay for the $15 million station – but now has no money due to their limited flights. [CBC]

▪️ Before the Ottawa Titans have even played a game, the three Canadian teams in the Frontier league will compete as one team in the US. The Quebec Capitales, the Trois-Rivières Aigles, and the Ottawa Titans will play as a Quebec road team. [Frontier League

▪️ Casper opens a ghost kitchen – geddit – with four brands. Old's BBQ, Viet Fresh, Banh Mi Bros, and Fried Chicken for the Seoul all operate out of a shared York Street facility. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️ Mayor Jim Watson, Régis Labeaume, mayor of Québec, Valérie Plante, mayor of Montréal, and John Tory, mayor of Toronto write letter demanding high speed passenger rail The mayors say that the Federal governments desire for infrastructure projects could have no better solution than the Québec – Toronto route [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Sherry’s! bakery in WIlliamsburg is now making bacon butter tarts. It is a real stretch to find an Ottawa connection so we can mention this story, but Sherry herself is from Barrhaven originally. [Nation Valley News



Westend Ottawa

Two of today’s properties are located in Parkway Park, one of the neighbourhoods in College Ward. Darren and Martha are curious about the street names in the Parkway Park. The names Drury Lane, Highgate Road, Bloomsbury Crescent, and Lambeth Walk all gave us flashbacks to living in London, UK, and if anyone can tell us the history of these streets, we’d love to hear it.

1343 Highgate Road, Parkway Park

3 bed, 1 bath

Although there’s potential in this 1958 bungalow, the dearth of bathrooms might be unattractive to the 21st century family. The side entrance to the unfinished basement, however, could mean a money-making in-law suite in the future. 


2344 Drury Lane, Parkway Park

3 bed, 1 bath

Another cute late 1950s bungalow, this house is also under-bathroomed. There is again potential in the unfinished basement, which is accessible by a rear entrance. Meanwhile, vintage lovers will swoon at the current occupant’s blue braided rug and mid century coffee table.


Lyon Team

183 Kehoe Street, Britannia Village

2 bed, 1 bath

This original, 1920 cottage has been lovingly updated throughout and is loaded with charm. The black and white tiles and Belfast sink in the kitchen are just two of the stylish details. The lot includes lawn and a large detached garage.


Beverly Reid

30 Solva Drive, Crystal Beach

2 + 1 bed, 2 bath

The renovations and landscaping have been done for you at this 1965 bungalow. In addition to laundry on the main level, the amenities include a fully developed basement level that includes a 3 piece bath, a third bedroom, a den, and a utility room. 


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