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It’s ? Canada Takeout day, and we’ve turned to our readers to recommend their favourite Ottawa meals. Thank you for continuing to support local businesses throughout this latest lockdown. #canadatakeout

▪️ Holly recommends the Crab Spaghetti, at Gitanes (361 Elgin St.). Expect “Spaghetti, rock crab, white wine calabrian chili sauce & pangratatto.” $24.

▪️ One of reader Marilyn’s favourite Ottawa meals is the Pollo Pizza from Juluca’s in Barrhaven. Available in three sizes from $16, toppings include chicken, onion, green peppers, and mushrooms.

▪️ The Pesto Mac at Dreamland Café (262 Preston St) leads reader Noah’s favourite local meals. Described on the menu as the “perfect blend of cheese and herbaceous flavours” this mac 'n' cheese is nut free and vegetarian. $14.50

▪️ Marc loves the Fish & Chips at the Cheshire Cat pub in Carp (2193 Richardson Side Road, Carp). Order one piece of fish for $18 or two for $25, and you also receive house slaw, house tartar sauce, chips, and lemon.

▪️ Our readers know that Shawarma Palace (five Ottawa locations) was the big winner in shawarma category in last fall’s Best of Ottawa awards. Reader Amber chooses the chicken sandwich (Shawarma $7.75, Kabab $8.00) and fried garlic potatoes (starting at $5.75). Order from Uber Eats.

▪️ Chris suggests the pasta with a pecorino nest from Giovanni’s (362 Preston St), and while Chris’ selection didn’t seem to be on the takeout menu, we did find a mouthwatering selection of platters for six people. A homemade lasagna tray is $85, or go fancy and order the Creamy Baked Lobster Lasagna Tray for six, $125.

▪️ St. Martha’s Brasserie in Orléans (3095 St Joseph Blvd) gets a shout out from Barb, who loves the Beef Bourguignon $26. It won’t be the same as sitting in a fine brasserie and experiencing professional French service, but we think “Large cut beef stewed in red wine demi with cipollini onions, mushrooms and carrots served with duchess potatoes in a hot skillet with warm baguette” sounds amazingly comforting (although we suspect it doesn’t arrive in a skillet if you’re taking it home).

▪️ Reader Avinash’s favourite meal is the Biryani from Karara the Indian Takeout (four locations across Ottawa). We counted nine varieties including Beef, Lamb, Chicken, and Cauliflower, so be prepared to make decisions. Most cost in the $13.05-$14.94 range and should feed two people.

▪️ It’s not actually the signature deep dish pizza but the charcuterie Board at Bar Lupulus (1242 Wellington St. W) that gets a win from reader Rick.  It’s available on the takeout menu as a board for two, and features Smoked Duck Prosciutto, Lomo (pork), and Gravlax, as well as three impressive cheeses (Etorki, Klatbach Gruyere, and Plain Lune). Rounding out the board are pickled beg, fruit compotes, and crackers, all for $45.

▪️ Cabot says his favourite Ottawa meal is the Grilled Teriyaki Salmon & Sushi Bento box at C’est Japan À Suisha (208 Slater St). It’s on the takeout menu and includes miso soup, chef’s choice sushi, salad, and rice for $25.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ Periods of rain. High of 9°, low of 5°

Number: 3. The number of new sustainable office buildings that are planned for the Zibi development on the river waterfront. [Rent]

Ottawan of the Day: Jamal Alsharif. Every year, Alsharif spends Ramadan cleaning the streets of his neighbourhood, one per day for 30 days. [CBC]

Quote: “This was an unfortunate error” – William Amos, the MP for the Pontiac region, after he was caught on the Parliamentary video feed stark naked. While he could be seen by other MPs and staff, Amos was not asking a question at the time so he was not shown on the public feed.  [CTV]

Sports: Winnipeg Jets 3 - Ottawa Senators 2. The Sens go to Montréal Saturday.


? 3,422,974 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 16.6 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

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? Public Health Reports:


? 20,596 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 329 new cases since yesterday

♦️479 deaths, three new reports

? 236,163 doses of vaccine have been administered (85% of doses available)


? 9,656 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 207 new cases since Friday

♦️180 deaths, two new reports

? 87,644 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 3,899 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 57 new cases since yesterday

♦️88 deaths, no new reports

? 35,873 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ Ottawa Public Health pleas for for public’s help in reducing COVID-19 cases. Staffers believe there could be 200 people hospitalized next week, the previous high was 63. Stay home. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ It's not safe for special needs students to attend in-class schools, say four school board unions. They cite the fragile health of some students, and the inability of some to wear protective gear. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ottawa’s mandatory mask requirement has been extended to August 26. [CTV]

⭕ Councillor Glen Gower is asking the Ministry of Health why the K2V postal code in Kanata was selected as a COVID-19 hot spot that would receive priority access to vaccines. He points out it's a commercial area containing a Canadian Tire, not a residential area. [Stittsville Central]

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▪️ The City has received the results of its survey of the public on snow maintenanceTo sum up: people are generally happy with the snow maintenance system in Ottawa, but would like sidewalks to be better taken care of. Also, people don't want to pay more for the service. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The City is asking the Province to stop CNL and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission from accepting nuclear waste from other provinces. The City also wants access to monitoring data as Chalk River is upstream on the Ottawa River, the source of our drinking water. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️ Did you save a man’s life on March 28, 1994? He'd like to talk to you about it. Dave Murphy, who now lives in Calgary, is looking for the paramedics who saved his life outside an Ottawa shopping centre after being stabbed in an altercation with three men. Murphy hopes the conversation will bring him closure. [CBC]

▪️ The Ottawa Guitar Trio has released a video of their rendition of ‘Laura’s Theme’ from Twin Peaks. [Apt 613]

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