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A number of Ottawa restaurants are on hiatus for at least a week, if not more, while the high numbers of the virus rage through our region. Staff and owners alike need a mental health break, and a chance to feel safe while they regroup. 

Moose McGuires pub on 3320 McCarthy Road in Orléans, which offers classics like fish and chips, pizza, and wings, says it will reopen on May 7th. 

Corner Peach closed yesterday for two weeks. They’ll be selling off stock today and tomorrow (Thursday April 22) via online orders and curb-side pickup. Think lemon meringue pie, poutine, and lots of bottles of wine. 

Gongfu Bao (365 Bank Street at Gilmour) has decided to extend their current closure by one more week, which means you’ll need to wait a little longer for their freshly steamed, giant baos. 

Town (296 Elgin St) is now closed for at least one week, and will evaluate the closure each Monday, so there’s no confirmed date for reopening.

692 Coffee and Bar in Manotick (5546 Manotick Main Street) has also closed for the time being, and will reopen once the team feels it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile, they’re trying out new recipes, cleaning, and hanging out with the kids.

▪️If you’re in Kanata and considering your lunch options, Cruze Café, that cute little spot located in the Myers GMC dealership is offering Homestyle Chicken Noodle soup for lunch today. Which makes sense, given the grey skies and annoying flurries that have burst back into our lives. The menu also includes Chicken and Steak Tacos, and a Grilled Cheese + Small Soup for $7.50. Open until 2:00pm at Palladium Auto Park

▪️ Peter Hum of the Citizen took one for the team and ate the vending machine pizza in front of the Senate Tavern. His verdict: 1) It doesn't come sliced (but you can order an optional biodegradable knife) and 2) meh

Mother’s Day flowers: 

▪️ Capital Florist has now opened its Mother’s Day presale, and the bouquets are available in your choice of neutrals or “Mother’s Day Mix”, which features light shades of blues, yellows, purples, and pinks. Capital Florist is also closing curb-side pickup for now, and are only offering delivery. 

▪️ Belfiore Flowers has some glorious bouquets, but they also offer a package of loose flowers, accents and greenery that allow you to make an arrangement yourself. Ranging in price from $50 to $200, this bouquet will truly be one of a kind.

▪️ Maison Anthea warns that the shop will likely sell out of Mother’s Day bouquets before the cut off date of May 6th. This year’s collection ranges from simple and gorgeous tulips ($49.95) to a large table arrangement for $150. $3 from each order will be donated to Parkinson’s Canada.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of 0°, low of 0°

Number: $33. The price of an ounce of silver on the markets, but local coin dealers are doing a booming business selling it for 25 per cent more. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Ottawan of the Day: Kari Skogland. Skogland is the director of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series on Disney +, which finishes Friday. [Maclean’s

Quote: “I don’t believe they’re really aware of how great the need is” – Diane Bassett, who does research for seniors without Internet access. Bassett says the Ottawa Public Library has gone beyond the Provincial closure orders by not allowing access to computers and photocopying, a necessary requirement for people who do not have Internet access. [Centretown Buzz]


? 3,995,187 doses have been administered in Ontario

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? 22,224 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 186 new cases since yesterday

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? 10,501 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 111 new cases since yesterday

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? 103,567 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 4,128 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 25 new cases since yesterday

♦️94 deaths, one new report

? 42,372 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ Premier Doug Ford has put himself into isolation after coming into contact with a staffer who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ford himself has tested negative. [CityNews]

⭕ 49 year-old New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants his AstraZeneca vaccine, now that he is eligible for it. But even he is finding it tough to find somewhere that has it in stock. [CBC]

⭕ 2,059 patients have been transferred out of the Toronto area to other Ontario hospitals as that city runs out of hospital space. A clause of the most recent Provincial Emergency Order allows patients to be transferred without their consent, a first in the pandemic. [CBC]

⭕ The Province is now discussing passing a sick leave law to help deal with the increasing pandemic. Proposals include a 10 day sick leave paid by the Province while the pandemic is still on. The Government had been reluctant to provide for sick leave as it believed it was too hard on businesses but without it, people go to work sick, making the epidemic worse.  [CTV]

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▪️ There is a giant development on the west edge of Kanata planned – and it's rolling right through without much debate. The plan calls for two mixed-use blocks with heights up to nine storeys, 28 detached houses, 33 townhomes, two low-rise blocks, a park, a trail, and a block for a school. The area is currently farmland with no transit and the main road, the March Road, is two lanes. 

There is a public meeting on Zoom this evening at 7pm

Zoom ID: 94309026366
Password: 367091

Telephone: 1-438-809-7799

 [Councillor Eli El-Chantiry]

▪️ The Ottawa Police has stopped staffing 24 hour checkpoints on the Ottawa – Gatineau borderThe service will now set up checkpoints randomly to ensure people are only travelling for essential reasons. Mayor Jim Watson says the first 24 hour shift cost the City $113,000. [CityNews]

+ Related The Ottawa Police Service has cancelled its $100 million campus on Prince of Wales drive

▪️ The Ottawa 67s will not play their season this year after the Ontario Hockey League cancels playThe League was unable to work out a season that was COVID-19 safe for players and staff with the Ministry of Health.  [CBC]

▪️ The Ottawa Police officer caught on TikTok stating "Our days are done. White man's day is done" and showing amazement at multiracial couples has been suspended with pay.  He is the fourth Ottawa police officer to be suspended  in 2021. [CBC]

▪️ The West Ottawa Ringette Association is looking for board members. Play is off for now, but they want to be ready for their return. [Stittsville Central

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