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Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup: Long Weekend Treats

▪️ PapaJack has thoughtfully put together snack packs to last the entire long weekend. Just For You is a box of 20 snack-size popcorn treats for $20, and you get to choose the flavours. The Ottawan would probably go with 10 Caramel Popcorn and 10 Salt and Vinegar, but you don’t have to be boring like us. With a list that includes Pink Popcorn, Orange Cheddar, Bacon, Ketchup, Dill, and Sweet and Salty, you’ll find something for everyone in your bubble.
They’ve also got 12-packs of retro Pop Shoppe soda for $19.99.

▪️ Rural south Ottawans will want to head to The Red Dot Café this weekend, where you’ll find takeout Sangria to add to your food order of fine country dining. You can choose Moscato Lemonade or a Red, White, or Rosé Sangria kit including a litre of wine and a litre of the café’s berries and juice blend, for $30. All you need to add is ice. If that’s too much work for a lazy weekend, try the Sangria Sampler kit for $20, and enjoy three pre-made 500ml mason jars of Sangria. Open for takeout from 4pm to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed stat holiday Monday). 

▪️ C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls knows what to do with a long weekend: their takeaway picnic boxes include sandwiches, salad, desserts, San Pellegrino to sip, and handy items like a Heritage Walking Tour Guidebook and Smiths Falls 2021 Welcome Guide. Call 613-284-0774 to order. 

▪️ Take your BBQ skills to the next level this summer, and add some spice blends from Ottawa’s own Spicetionary.  They make it easy with pre-mixed seasoning and spice packs. Even better, their blog helpfully explains the difference between rubs, seasonings, and spice blends. Shop on their website or visit them at the brand new York Street Famers Market this Saturday. 

▪️ If your weekend plans include starting a veggie garden, Saunders Farm in Munster can help with seed bundles. The Fresh Start bundle ($17) gives you eight packs of seeds for the price of seven, and includes summer favourites like cucumber and yellow bell pepper. The farm also sells fun home and garden decor items for a spring refresh. We like the Canada Flag Home Doormat for $35. 

▪️ Pandan Cake with Dulce De Leche. What else needs to be said?! Find this and other incredible takeaway Filipino-fusion treats like amazing brunches, at Tamis Café, 374 Bank Street.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 30°, low of 14°

Number: June 4. The final day that you can bid to be the first person to zipline between Ottawa to Gatineau on the new Interzip Rogers. Proceeds will go to a variety of worthies. The interprovincial zipline itself will open when enjoying such things is possible again. [Ottawa Citizen] [Bidding] [Interzip Rogers]

Ottawan of the Day: Alex Simon. Simon has launched Century Press, a book company reprinting classics using letterpress printing, handmade leather covers, and traditional bookbinding skills. First up: The Great Gatsby.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Century Press]

Quote: Because we know that if this doesn’t work, it may get worse. The ball is in our court now’ – Tim Scapillato of the ad hoc group National Capital Open Water Swimmers Alliance. The group is pleased that open water swimming is once again again allowed in Meech Lake, after being closed by the National Capital Commission due to noise complaints from neighbours. [Ottawa Citizen]


💉 7,064,815 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 8.3 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

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📋 Public Health Reports:


📆 50 new cases since yesterday

😷 26,161 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️538 deaths, two new reports

💉 446,949 vaccinated with one dose

💉 35,367 vaccinated with two doses


📆 26 new cases since yesterday

😷 11,883 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️208 deaths, no new reports

💉 217,149 doses of vaccine have been administered


📆 18 new cases since yesterday

😷 4,693 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️103 deaths, no new reports

💉 89,263 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ All 40,000 available appointments were filled within hours of Generation Z and Millenials becoming eligible. [CBC]

⭕ Jabapalooza 3 has been cancelled. The Glebe physician who had organised the previous two dose-a-thons says there is no guarantee vaccines will be available. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ontario has been doing fewer and fewer COVID-19 tests. [CBC]

⭕ The European Medicines Agency says that thawed, unopened vials of the Pfizer vaccine can be stored in a regular refrigerator – instead of a specialized low temperature fridge – for 31 days. The new rules can allow greater flexibility in transporting and distributing the Pfizer doses.  [CBC]

⭕ Ontario physicians want permission to administer the remaining 30,000 doses of AstraZeneca stored in provincial fridges. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ The City's finance committee has approved a $2.9 million tax break for a Porsche dealership. Mark Motors in Vanier had applied under the City's scheme for business improvement areas. The argument is the new building would be a magnet for other businesses on Montréal Road and, while the dealership would receive a grant, the City would come out ahead by $1 million in new property taxes. The full Council will vote on it next week. [CBC]

+ Related Satirical website The Beaverton had this headline: City of Ottawa announces $2.9 million housing program for Porsches

▪️ UofO lecturer has been ordered to stand trial by French appeals court. Hassan Diab was extradited to France in 2014 after being accused of involvement with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. Diab spent three years in jail awaiting trial until he was released when the case fell apart, after French investigators found that he was in Lebanon on the day of the bombing. Diab returned to Ottawa soon after. [CP24]

▪️ City Council had kept the lawsuit against its insurance company over the Rideau Street sinkhole a secret from the public – and now they want to find out who leaked it. The 2019 sinkhole happened during the construction of the Confederation Line. RTG, the line builders, wanted compensation from the City, the City wanted compensation from their insurance company. The insurance company, however, denied the claim. None of this was public knowledge untill a memo was leaked to the Ottawa Citizen and the CBC. [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related The City is suing Confederation Line builders RTG for $131 million after it handed over the line 15 months late

+ Related OC Transpo is thrilled that, at 19 per cent of its usual passenger load, it is providing 99% of its service, its best ever. 

▪️The first annual Small Biz Awards of Ottawa is looking for nominations with the winner receiving $5000 in cash. Voting will be by judges, rather than the public, and applicants will need to answer a 10 question essay-style form. Deadline is Friday. [Apartment 613] [Nominations]

▪️Here are a few pictures of the new main branch of the Ottawa Public Library / Archives of Library Canada building. Nothing we haven't seen before but bigger. [ArchPaper]

▪️Ottawa’s cat cafe is having a blow-out sale on kittens. Move ’em out – they can't stay here. [NarCity]

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