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Yesterday’s dump of snow, as attractive as it was, made us yearn for spring. The days are getting longer and we’re growing weary of our winter uniform of layers, layers and more layers. There’s less money for updating the ottawan’s closet right now, so we’re planning a few carefully curated pieces that will build outfits for upcoming seasons.

▪️ Power of My People are the expert shirt makers our wardrobe needs. We’ve been searching for a well-fitting, hardworking white shirt, and POMO’s The Tailor, an Oxford weave in Better Cotton Initiative-approved 100% cotton, is opaque, structured, and gorgeously fitted. $188. Made in Richmond, Ontario.

▪️ While it will soon be mild enough to pack away the puffer jacket, we’ll still require a lighter spring coat. The Ellie tweed trench coat at Daily Story is a polyester/wool mix with a bold tweed pattern that will suit fall as well as spring. Even better, it’s on sale right now, for $71.99. 

▪️ During yesterday’s snow storm Martha flounced around the ottawan office in a dress, crewneck sweater, tights and boots. Why? Because she was so tired of the jeans, long sleeved tee, and sweater combo that’s been her go-to outfit for months. If you’re experiencing a similar moment of rebellion, Flock Boutique has a gorgeous Diane Von Furstenberg-inspired dress, complete with a cinched waist and tie belt, for $158. Made in Canada.

▪️ Many stylish people like to welcome the warmer days with a Breton style top. Meemoza’s version has a boat neck and elbow length sleeves, in a choice of white stripes, navy stripes, or solid peach or black. $89. Made in Canada.

▪️ In Ottawa, we know that transitional pieces need to be hard working. Winter will carry on for least another month, and once it arrives spring will be interrupted by the occasional cold snap and snow fall. Ottawa designer Stephanie Davis' latest blog post highlights blazers, joggers, and garments that will work with tights as well as bare legs, as transitional pieces for our volatile climate.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of -3° 

Number: 5. The number of Black Ottawa Senators players on this list who have changed the franchise's history. [The Hockey Writers

Ottawan of the Day: Gerda. The two year old cat was found near death freezing on a porch. Ottawa Humane Society saved her life but had to amputate her tail and hind leg. [Ottawa Citizen] [Fundraiser for Gerda's surgery

Quote: “How is there not a shawarma festival in Ottawa?” – Devon on Twitter asking a really good question. We're the Capital of Shawarma. [CBC]


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

No change.

585,707 doses have been administered in Ontario (86% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 134.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


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There have been 14,470 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 41 since yesterday, and 437 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6209 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 159 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2759 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 38 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.

⭕ Canada will receive 1.3 million doses of the Moderna vaccine in March, says New Edinburgh resident [CBC]

⭕ People over 80 years old who live in the high-risk neighbourhoods of the Ledbury, Herongate, Ridgemont, Emerald Woods, Sawmill Creek, and Riverview will start being vaccinated March 5. The City will explain how to reserve vaccinations next week. 80-and-over-year-olds in the rest of the City will start being vaccinated during the third week of March.  [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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▪️ Annie Pootoogook Park is the new name for Sandy Hill Park. City Council approved the renaming at yesterday's Council meeting. Pootoogook was an Inuit artist from Kinngait who lived in the neighbourhood but perished in the Ottawa River in 2016. A naming ceremony will be held on a future date. [Nunatsiaq News]

▪️ Federal and Quebec funding has ensured that the cottage community of south Lac Pemichangan has received excellent Bell fibre Internet service. Yet, none of the the surrounding villages have been wired. Local officials in this area, north west of Darren's password inspiration Kazabazua, are completely puzzled and may ask Bell CEO Mirko Bibic, who has had a cottage on Lac Pemichangan since 2004, what is going on. Lac Pemichangan received the fibre service in January, the same month Bibic became CEO. [CBC]

▪️ City Council has approved the ugly addition to the Château Laurier, despite the overwhelming objection of the public. The City hopes this puts an end to years of wrangling over the design. It won't, of course – it isn't built yet. We can expect years of mocking write-ups on tourist websites and design magazines. [Ottawa Citizen

The councillors who voted for ruining the view were: Jenna Sudds, George Darouze, Jan Harder, Eli El-Chantiry, Jean Cloutier, Catherine Kitts, Laura Dudas, Tim Tierney, Allan Hubley, Keith Egli, Matthew Luloff, Scott Moffatt, and Glen Gower. Mayor Jim Watson also voted in favour.

The councillors who opposed this ugliness were: Catherine McKenney, Carol Anne Meehan, Shawn Menard, Rick Chiarelli, Theresa Kavanagh, Jeff Leiper, Diane Deans, Rawlson King, Brockington and, unsurprisingly, Ottawa's NIMBYest councillor Mathieu Fleury. 

▪️ The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticulture Society have announced the winners of their photo contest. Pretty, pretty flowers. [Stittsville Central]


▪️Living with coyotes. Councillor Glen Gower and Nick Stow, Senior Planner, Natural Systems and Rural Affairs with the City, are running a Zoom meeting on March 1 about how to live with the creatures. [Stittsvile Central


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