GOOD TUESDAY MORNING, OTTAWA
So it has come to this already: when do we reopen the world?
In Gatineau, the Province is allowing elementary schools and daycares to reopen May 11 but high schools and post-secondary will remain closed until late August.
In Ontario, the Province has created a document that outlines the stages. [PDF]
What is lacking in this roadmap are specific dates, which is as it should be.
Premier Doug Ford has said that stage one won't be implemented until COVID-19 cases consistently go down over two weeks, and all contact testing can be done within 24 hours, which is not the case right now.
We’ll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren
Weather: Sunny, high of 14°
There have been 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 44 since yesterday, and 59 deaths, an increase of 7.
Ottawa Public Health says outbreaks in care homes are driving new cases [CBC]
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam discussed what went right and wrong with Canada's response [CBC]
Tell us about PPE supply, say doctors [CBC]
10,000 businesses apply for Federal wage subsidy in the first 24 hours [Toronto Star]
IN OTHER NEWS
Today is the National Day of Mourning for for persons killed or injured in the workplace
$40,000 in mushrooms destroyed by Osgoode farm because of lack of markets
Pedestrian walk buttons won't change because City staff believe that drivers will complain
Mounties want new tools to mine individuals' internet use
Cop accused of planning ATM heist
LRT contractors may stop work citing ‘force majeure’
🎸 8 pm Open Mic by The Elgin live on Instagram. Free to watch, DM to participate (early!) [Facebook Events]
GET ORGANIZED FOR MOTHER’S DAY (MAY 10)
Wow! ottawan readers love their mums or have a lot of unresolved guilt! We haven't had such great click-through on the Things To Do section before.
So here are some more gift ideas, all sourced in Ottawa:
🧵For the sewing Mum, Canadian fabric shop Mulberry & MacNab has all the supplies she’ll need to create exclusive clothing, from chambray to Tencel. They’ve got gift cards, too. [Mulberry & MacNab]
🍩 Ottawa doughnut specialists SuzyQ mini doughnuts are available around town, for example, as an add-on to your Uber Eats order from Flapjack’s Canadian Diner, or you could give her a gift certificate to buy the doughnuts of her dreams once the lockdown is done. [SuziQ]
🕯️ If none of the above grabs you, Hintonburg’s Flamingo Boutique covers all the bases with Canadian-made soy candles, gift baskets in a multitude of themes, comfy loungewear, and more. Free shipping on orders over $49 or free contactless store pick up [Flamingo Boutique]