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Top of the morning to you. It’s ☘️ St. Patrick’s Day, so you might be planning to wear, eat, or drink something green. If you drink beer, it’s also Stout Day. However you choose to celebrate (or not) we at the ottawan hope you’ll continue to support local businesses, especially food and drinks locations near you. Enjoy the sunshine; spring is coming!

▪️ Like St. Patrick's Day in 2020, Irish pubs will be much quieter places this year, but it’s not stopping them from hanging the green tinsel and shamrocks. All four locations of Heart and Crown pubs are planning live music to which customers may slap their knees but not engage in dancing, as well as patio and indoor seating (for groups of four, max). If an in-person visit isn’t possible you can still order food (Guinness Beef Stew!) and drinks to enjoy at home. 

▪️ Enjoy live music with zero cover charge at Deacon Brodies Whisky Barthis afternoon and evening. Ryan MacIntyre plays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and Alanna Sterling from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Alanna will also be live streaming. You’ll find $10 drinks at the bar all day, and they’ll also sell you a green beer if you absolutely insist.

▪️ Also green, but more prickly than shamrocks, a massive shipment of cacti has arrived at Robert Plante Greenhouses this week. They’re open 11:00am to 4:00pm Wednesday to Sunday at 4228 Navan Road.

▪️ Kichesippi Beer recommends their Cork Town Irish Dry Stout. The alc 4.4% stout, which celebrates the labourers from County Cork Ireland who worked on the construction of the Rideau Canal, features notes of coffee and chocolate. $2.97 at the retail store in Bells Corners, open 11:00am to 7:00pm.

▪️Beyond the Pale’s stout, meanwhile, has some added some heat. “Dark and Picante” gets its gentle heat from the Scotch Bonnet peppers, but also has layers of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. $7.96 for a 500ml bottle.

▪️ Milano Pizza has managed to make our least favourite pepper, the humble green, look appetizing on its Insta feed. We’re pretty sure it’s just for a St. Patrick’s Day photo op, because ew, green peppers, but they’ve got some other terrific looking pizzas on the menu. 

▪️ Les Moulins La Fayette in Hintonburg is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a green hot beverage. The Pistachio Latte blends pistachio syrup with expresso. Sounds quite yummy, to be honest. Get one at 1000 Wellington Street.

▪️ Big Rig’s St. Patty’s Day Mix Pack includes 4 x Shakedwon APA, 4 x Midnight Kissed My Cow Double Chocolate Milk Stout, one stout glass, and one Big Rig pint glass, all for $22.00

▪️ In Community Supported Agriculture box news, Rooted Oak Farm in North Augusta is now taking registrations for the 2021 program. They’re offering three share options this year, including a full 24 week season for $925. You’ll also be able to pickup either from the farm or in town from The Piggy Market on Winston Ave. CSAs tend to fill up fast, so if you want weekly farm fresh produce, you’ll need to act fast.

▪️ The Citizen looks at what options Ottawa has in Detroit-style and Chicago-style pizzas

▪️ And finally, positioned as we are on the very edge of the City of Ottawa, Martha and Darren were excited earlier this week to catch wind of a new café opening in Constance Bay. Opening May 1, The Bay Café is taking up residence at the pharmacy’s old location, 131 Constance Bay Road. We haven’t heard anything about the menu but fingers crossed it will feature locally roasted coffee and pastries.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ Increasing cloudiness. High of 9° 

Number: 13 years, 5 months. On Saturday. the length of time that Jim Watson has been mayor of Ottawa (including three years 1997–2000) making him Ottawa's longest serving chief magistrate. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: A 115 year-old shamrock. The shamrock in Barrhaven, which lives in a pot, was a present given to the current owner's grandmother. [CBC]

Quote: “You sort of hope when you launch it [that someone will get it], but afterward realize that the probability of it ever making it intact to someone is really low” – Alaskan doctor Nellie Nadeau. 25 years ago, as a 14-year-old girl living in Aylmer, she threw a message in a bottle into the St. Laurence River. It was found last autumn by an eight year-old boy in Cape Breton.  [CBC]


Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

1,243,132 doses have been administered in Ontario (85% of the doses available)

? At this rate, it would take 45 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 15,696 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 59 since yesterday, and 449 deaths, no new reports.

? 77,423 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
No change since yesterday


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6,670 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 167 deaths, no new reports.

? 19,983 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2997 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.

? 16,151 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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.

⭕ Ottawa will be in the red zone within the week says Dr Vera Etches [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Gatineau curfew hours remain the same, 9:30 pm to 5 am, but daylight savings means other areas in Quebec red zones mean curfew begins at 9:30 pm instead of 8pm.  [The Review]

⭕ COVID-19 cases grew 10 per cent last week, says World Health Organization  [Global]

⭕ New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in favour of 'vaccine passports' for travel but not for day-to-day use. [CityNews]

+ Related The European Union plans travel certificates for people who have been vaccinated

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▪️ Kanata North Business Association has been discreetly investigating ways to connect Kanata with Moodie Station. Local business people know that lack of light rail is putting Kanata at a disadvantage but the official plan puts an extention of the O-Train over ten years away. One idea, really, is autonomous buses. [Bulldog]

▪️ CIty Fidelia and artist manager Rebecca Dickson launch artist development programme. Called FRMULA, the programme will help Ottawa artsts build a network of resources to develop their careers. Official launch and application process to be announced. [Shifter] [Instagram]

▪️ Calls for inquest at Ottawa Jail after inmate dies from opiod overdose. The staff union says that naloxone, used to rescue people who overdoes, has had to be used 15 to 20 times in the last year [CBC]

▪️ Mediation between the City and councillor Rick Chiarelli fall through. Chiarelli had asked the courts to rule that the Integrity Commissioner report that he had harassed female staff members and job applicants was beyond the authority of the Commissioner. The court then asked the City and Chiarelli to try to work it out first. [Ottawa Citizen]


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