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Is anyone watching Senators games? Help us out here.

Cable television is not available at stately ottawan Manor, so we don't receive sports channels like TSN. We watch hockey the way Mother Nature intended, on the CBC. But with Sportsnet and TSN having the rights to the NHL games, this rarely happens.

Today we watched this video, where the Senators’ fan in downtown Ottawa was not able to watch a Senators game on TSN because he was in the Toronto Maple Leaf's region. TSN explained to the fan that the Senators region is everything east of Ottawa but not Ottawa itself.

If you look at the NHL Live app, you'll see that most (not all, but most) Senators games are blacked out here.  

We understand that home games are often blacked out to encourage ticket buying but that, of course, is not possible in this timeline.

So, help us out here: are you watching Senators games? If you are, how are you doing it? If not, why not? Email to us at [email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -13° 

Number: $30,000. The amount that City-owned utility Hydro Ottawa donated toward youth mental health at CHEO. [Newswire

Ottawan of the Day: Lindsay Eastwood. The Kanata born-and-raised hockey player scored the first goal ever for the Toronto Six, the newest club and only Canadian team in the nascent National Women's Hockey League [CTV]

Quote: “He was leaving the province; he wasn’t entering. I don’t understand where the logic in all of this is” –  Jason Laverty, whose son was returning home to Ottawa at 8:12pm and stopped one stoplight before the provincial border where he was fined $561 for breaking Quebec’s curfew law [CTV]

Sports: Vancouver Canucks 5 – Ottawa Senators 1. The two teams meet again tonight.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

305,330 doses have been administered in Ontario (74% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 213.7 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


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There have been 13,072 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 72 since yesterday, and 420 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 5774 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 14 since yesterday, and 151 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2432 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 33 since yesterday, 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.

⭕ The mandatory mask bylaw has been extended to April 29 by Ottawa City Council. [CBC]

⭕ Mayor Jim Watson has criticized the Province, demanding that small businesses be allowed to reopen or that big box stores be limited to essential items only. Small businesses, which have been legislated to curbside service only, complain that big box stores that sell food are able to sell everything else normally [CBC]

⭕ The retired general in charged of the Ontario vaccine rollout has taken a second job advising an Ottawa defence company how to boost international sales  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ottawa elementary and secondary students will be going back to class Monday [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The report into former Governor General Julie Payette's toxic workplace has been released. Although redacted of personally identifying information, the report notes that 43 employees called the New Edinburgh workplace at Rideau Hall ‘hostile or negative’, only 10 said it was ‘positive or neutral’. [CBC]

▪️Chief William Commanda is having a good week – he has had a street renamed in his honour, and the Prince of Wales bridge may also bear his name. Yesterday's City Council meeting agreed to rename Langevin Avenue to Commanda Way. Mayor Jim Watson also proposed that the Prince of Wales Bridge, now closed but slated to become a pedestrian and cycling superhighway next year, be renamed to Chief William Commanda Bridge. The proposal now goes into a consulting process to see who objects. [CBC]

▪️Gatineau mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin is not seeking reëlection. Pedneaud-Jobin has served two terms as mayor and previously served a term as a councillor. The next Gatineau election is November 7. [CBC

▪️Gatineau man arrested  for his role in a worldwide ransomware scheme. Emotet was a virus that infiltrated the computer networks of businesses and governments, rendering all the work computers unusable until a ransom was paid. The system was run out of Eastern Europe and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars for the organisers, who generally kept up their end of the bargain and released the computers once the ransom was paid. The FBI is requesting extradition for Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins and has seized $454,000 US in cryptocurrency.  [CBC]

▪️A French appeal court has ordered an Ottawa sociology professor to stand trial over a 1980 synagogue bombing. Hassan Diab was extradicted to France in 2015, 22 years after becoming a Canadian citizen, to answer for a bombing of a Parisian synagogue in 1980. After three years awaiting trial, a French court released him due to lack of evidence and he returned in Canada. Diab has subsequently sued the Canadian government for violating his rights. Supporters of Diab maintain his innocence and say he was in Beiruit at the time of the bombing. [CTV]



Whether you’re a crafting pro or a beginner, you’ll find a plethora of Ottawa-produced kits for delivery and download on Etsy. 
▪️Stephanie Peltier is a Francophone First Nations artist currently living in Ottawa. Using art and sewing skills passed down from her grandmothers she makes stunning beadwork jewellery, worn by everyone from Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to Mary Walsh and Jean Harper (of Cheekbone Beauty). Since 2015 she has been producing kits so that others can make them too. The kits arrive with everything required to make a pair of stud earrings. $34. 80 plus shipping.

▪️Like sourdough bread making, hand embroidery has experienced a surge in popularity throughout the pandemic lockdowns. The HipsterStitcher sells completed pieces, pattern downloads, and kits that arrive with materials and tutorials. $42.00

▪️Cross stitchers will love the “Deer by Maud Lewis” PDF pattern from Stitched Lizard. It’s a way to enjoy the Canadian folk artist’s work and satisfy your artistic urges. The download costs $10.80

▪️Jennifer Wright of Canoes and Creativity makes birch wood “slices,” discs featuring burned in animals or flowers that you can paint at home and then hang on your wall or turn into a magnet. The kit comes with the wood slice, paints, brush, and instructions. $30.00

▪️If you’ve just started crocheting, the beginner-friendly, downloadable patterns from Yarn Twist are for you. You’ll find everything from mini flowers for broaches to baby blankets and rugs. The patterns are for those who already have yarn and a hook. From $1.20.

Craft Market update

▪️Freewheeling Craft’s first big virtual market runs February 11th to 14th and offers delivery, pickup and Canada-wide shipping. Applications for The Big Love Craft Marketplace are now being accepted. 

▪️Ottawa Artisans’ Here Comes The Sun Virtual Market is massive, with nearly 400 vendors and 10,000 products. The market will run March 18th at 7:00pm to March 21st at 9:00pm. Only artisans from the Ottawa Valley may participate. To be involved, just create a shop on the organization’s website, and register to take part in their five virtual markets (a $50 + tax cost applies).

▪️Byward Market and Parkdale Market are now accepting vendor applications

▪️Visit the indoors Ottawa Farmers’ Market Winter Market at the Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, this Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 1000 Exhibition Way Ottawa 


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