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Today is another Canada Takeout Wednesday. Where does the week go?

We wrote about this two weeks ago but we're changing our stance a little bit.

Support your local restaurant but unless you have a reason for delivery, make it a takeaway. The major delivery people — UberEats, DoorDash, SkipTheDishes, etc — take up to 30 per of the bill, leaving the restaurant with almost nothing in profit.

Instead, use the Canada Takeout Restaurant Finder, Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 13, Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that will give you curbside pickup.

A little extra effort today will help guarantee that your favourite restaurants are still here after this is all over.

Bon appétit — Martha and Darren



Weather: Chance of showers, high of 16°

Number: 300,000. The number of people who won't be enjoying BluesFest this summer, as it has been officially cancelled. (Err, surprise?) [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day:  Christina Jahn, an Ottawa prisoner with a mental illness and cancer who was kept in solitary confinement for over 200 days. Her case has resulted in a review of solitary confinement by an independent judge.  [Toronto Star]

Quote: This is the hardest one we've ever endured. The smoking bylaw would be the closest second to it, for the severity of an overnight change.” – Deef Labelle, manager of Château Lafayette, Ottawa's oldest bar, which has survived many hardships since 1847.  [CBC]



There have been 1,221 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 67 since yesterday, and 71 deaths, an increase of 12.

Carlingview Manor long-term care home has 131 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. They have 303 beds. [CBC]

Trudeau warns against dropping our guard [CBC]

Quebec Premier promises to open many businesses in May [CBC]

Staffer at Peter D. Clark long-term care centre has tested positive [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa scientists receive $250,000 from Shopify founder to work on COVID-19 vaccine  [Ottawa Citizen]

Numbers show that epidemic is slowing in Canada [Ottawa Citzen]

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Man receives $880 fine for taking phone call in park
Ottawa Bylaw officers say that they believe the man was having a picnic in Strathcona Park [CBC]

More fatal fires in past three months than in any of the past three years
Possibly because people are home for much longer periods [CBC]

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario has opened new clinic to vaccinate babies and toddlers
The special clinic is to ensure that the bairns don't miss their routine vaccinations. Older children who have not received their first rounds of vaccination are also welcome.  [CBC]

Police chief to investigate photo collage circulated by cops
The image has the faces of 13 officers, mostly men of colour, with the caption 'Ottawa Police Service — We're always hiring...anyone'. Several of the officers are facing charges or have been convicted. Others pictured have worked against racism in the force.    [CBC]

Federal departments using pandemic to delay Freedom of Information requests
Some departments have already delayed answering for three years. [Ottawa Citizen]

NCC called upon to open up its parks and trails for exercise
The suggestion is to keep parking lots closed to ensure that people walk or cycle to the trails [Ottawa Citizen]

Groper grabbed by cops
Man has been charged with sexual assault of several women downtown [Ottawa Citizen]

Hintonburg Heritage House for sale at $3.2 million
The building has largely collapsed but, as it is heritage, you'd need to keep it if you buy it [Ottawa Citizen]

Third straight transit commission meeting cancelled
Some transit commissioners are not happy about this [CFRA]



📺 We’ve been on the lookout for some groovy Zoom meeting backdrops. Ottawa creative agency Banfield has vivid, downloadable scenes ranging from a stylized Shakespeare theme to a 21st Century take on Sherlock Holmes (btw, what’s on Watson’s ‘phones?) [Banfield Agency]



Never say we don’t recognise a good thing. So here are some more gift ideas, all sourced in Ottawa:

🍪 Strawberry Blonde Baking is preparing lots of treats to order for Mother’s Day, but they’re available next week only. We love the look of the Mother’s Day sugar cookies. Pick up and delivery available. [Strawberry Blonde]

🐝 Ottawa beeswax maker The Wax Studio offers “Reimagined pure beeswax candles made by hand.” Visit their Etsy shop for a wide range of candle and wax products, from elegant tapers to floral-shaped candles, and aromatherapy jars. [Wax Studio]

🧶 Something knotty for Mum. The Knotty Makers’s Instagram feed is full of bespoke handmade macrame pieces to wear and display. If Mum’s decor needs a lift, ping a DM to Emily to order an original wall hanging or plant hanger. [The Knotty Maker]

💐 Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals in Perth, Ontario, is offering Mother’s Day bouquets and boxes of fresh spring flowers like daffodils and tulips. For payment, delivery and pick up details  [Sylvia's 4th Line Florals

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