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Weekend plans

▪️ Due to milder weather, several skateways announced closures for the season this week, and remaining opportunities for outdoor skating are slim. The RiverOak Skating Trail is open today (Friday February 26) from 11:00am to 8::00pm and tomorrow (Saturday February 27) from 8:00am to 12:00pm. After that time, they can’t guarantee that they’ll reopen at all this season. Reservations are necessary. 

▪️ Sunday February 28: Visit the Winter Market at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Pick up some of this year’s best maple syrup, grass-fed lamb, pasture-raised pork, cupcakes, dog and cat treats, tea, Kombucha, pasties and pies, and a whole lot more. The full vendor list is at the website. 

▪️ The Mayfair Theatre’s weekend movie listings include Our FriendJungle Fever, and Memories of Murder, the 2003 film from the director of Parasite.

▪️ The ByTowne Cinema, which closed in December due to the pandemic and the retirement of owner Bruce White, is briefly resurrected today until March 7, for the re-scheduled ‘Best of the ByTowne’ series that was canceled due to the shutdown in December. Highlights include Stop Making SenseBabette’s FeastTalk to Her, and The Artist

+ Related You can still get sweet ByTowne merch from the cinema’s shop

▪️ Get up and dance to classic old school hip hop. The 90s Hip Hop - Online Zoom Party on Saturday will feature live performances by DJ Wise Guy, DJ Griff, Suppa Natty, Fancy Prince, DJ Goggles, and DJ Rexx. It’s free, but registration is required. 

▪️ Missing Christmas? This weekend is the final chance to see the Magic of Lights drive through experience at Wesley Clover Parks. Open today and Saturday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, and on Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the per-vehicle tickets cost $20 in advance, or buy at the gate for $35 today and Saturday, and $30 on Sunday.  411 Corkstown Road. 

▪️ The no-cover-charge lineup at Deacon Brodies tonight features Ottawa musician Ben Coper from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Pints of Cracked Canoe and Polly Want a Pilsner will be just $7 and the Scottish Beer Battered Fish & Chips will feed you for $12.

▪️ Take a self-guided tour and do some organic produce shopping at the Juniper Farm in Wakefield, Quebec today from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and over the weekend from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Please note, dogs are not permitted on the site. 375 Shouldice Rd. Wakefield, QC J0X 3G0

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0° 

Number: 25. The number of feet that Robin Worling flew, on skates, at a million miles per hour, to make a slam dunk in this video. [NarCity

Ottawan of the Day: Charlotte Kwavnick. The eight year-old raised $950 in winter clothing and socks to donate to the Tom Brown Arena, one of Ottawa’s three Winter Respite Centres for homeless people. To donate, email [email protected] or call 613.809.1731 to set up an appointment for drop-off. [CTV

Quote: “We just don’t put the money in architecture and design the way we used to” – Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper on the City recognising five hydro substations as heritage buildings. All of the substations were built during the early 20th century. Leiper was one of the councillors who voted against the ugly Château Laurier design. [Capital Current]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 6 – Calgary Flames 1 last night. The two meet again tomorrow night.


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There have been 14,532 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 62 since yesterday, and 437 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 6230 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 21 since yesterday, and 159 deaths, no new reports.


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There have been 2769 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 10 since yesterday, and 67 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 CEO of the Canada Pension Plan flew to Dubai to buy a COVID-19 vaccination for himself. He resigned last night. [CityNews]

⭕ Health Canada approves the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. While the vaccine is not as efficient as others, it can be stored a room temperature and easily transported until the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive in Canada between April and June. [Global]

⭕ The Ottawa Hospital will be conducting human trials for Alberta’s Entos Pharmaceuticals vaccine as soon as Health Canada approves. [CBC]

⭕Some returnees from overseas have been skipping the mandatory three-day hotel stay and just taking the $880 fine, reasoning that it is cheaper than a hotel room and they can stay at home. [The Guardian]

⭕COVID-19 cases have been rising in Ottawa schools, tripling in the past three weeks, but still lower than last autumn. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ The Rideau Canal Skateway is closed for the season. We got 26 days this year, once of the shortest sessions yet. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Stittsville’s SmartCone Technologies has won a contract from the Department of Defense to track space garbage. The company will create a system to identify objects in space, natural or man-made, that may collide with satellites. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️ Ottawa’s bookstores have had varying degrees of success working through the pandemic. Shops that depend on student and prof trade are hurting but ones that had an existing online shop found that business increased. [The Charlatan

▪️ Ottawa house sales are leaning to higher priced homes. In 2019, the majority of home sales were under $400,000, last year, less than a third were in that price bracket. One theory: it's the higher income people who have kept their jobs. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️ The Federal Government is investing $3.2 million in Gatineau to bolster the city as a cybersecurity leader. The investment in three organizations joins previous investments in 16 other organizations to deliberately make Gatineau a leader in cycbersecurity and digital identity. [Le Droit]


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