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It’s the weekend, and many of Ottawa’s Craft Breweries have reopened the taprooms.

▪️Whiprsnapr Taproom has reopened but tonight is pretty much booked solid! They have space anytime before 5:00pm though. DM to book a spot tomorrow or Sunday. 

▪️Conspiracy Theory Brewing in Bells Corners has reopened the tap room room, and take out is available from 11:30am. The menu’s packed with burgers and pizza, and we’re loving the sound of the Conspiracy Theory Burger: maple candied bacon, caramelized onions, worcestershire aioli, and lettuce for $13. Wash it down with a Grassy Knoll Belgium Wheat beer. 2172 Robertson Road, Nepean.

▪️Until the end of the day on Sunday February 21st, Kichesippi Beer is offering 24% off the Taproom 24 Pack, which includes four each of the following beers: Logger, Stony Monday, Warrior Woman, Natural Blonde, Cheshire Cat, and Three Little Birds. Buy online or at the retail store. Usually $72.44, the packs are available now for $55.05.

▪️Ottawa Markets has launched the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour initiative, which aims to help remove barriers preventing BIPOC farmers, growers, gatherers, hunters and fishers from participating in their markets. The initiative includes a free seasonal market stand at the upcoming York Street Famers’ Market, which will launch in May 2021. 

▪️Big changes are afoot at two Ottawa businesses. First, Square Lemon is giving up its lease at 877A Boyd Avenue, and becoming an online resource - for now. They’ve started scouting for a new bricks and mortar location for the future, after restrictions are lifted and life settles into a new normal. 

The new tenant at the old Square Lemon location will be the Ottawa Tool Library, who lost their home at Maker Space last year. Ottawa Tool Library’s membership can borrow tools and learn new skills, and the non-profit will now have 2,400 square feet from which to run their programs. OTL is looking for other non-profits who need 250-350 square feet of space to co-locate. They’re also looking for donations to help in their upcoming move. 

▪️Tomorrow Martha and Darren are walking 5km in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. We’re supporting Cornerstone, the charity that assists women and their families in accessing temporary shelter and affordable, permanent housing.

We smashed our fundraising target of $250 yesterday. Thank you so much to our donors! We’re really grateful that you helped us to reach our target. If you would like to donate, there’s still time. Yesterday we posted the wrong link to donate (thank you to those who managed to find our Fundhub page and donate anyway!) so here’s the correct one.

We’re at $370 right now, it would be amazing to hit $400 by tomorrow morning. Either way, you’ve really made our week, and we look forward to walking the walk tomorrow.

Thank you again, Ottawans. We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow. High of -7° 

Number: 49. The number of pieces of art created by West Carleton artists. Karen Wynne Mackay, Catherine Gutsche, Judi Miller, Kathryn Bossy, Mario Cerroni, Lynn Dubinsky, and Jo-ann Zorzi were selected to take part in an artists’ residency on Toronto Island last spring, subsequently cancelled by COVID-19. The seven then worked together, each creating seven new art pieces. [West Carleton Online] [7 Works Collective]

Ottawans of the Day: Jennifer Conley, chief advancement officer at Carleton University; Anjali Dilawri from Logan Katz Chartered Professional Accountants; Jennifer Reynolds, the founder of Fresh Legal; and Heather Desjardins, founder of Open Door Educational Services. The four were selected as Ottawa Businesswoman of the Year. (There were four categories) [Ottawa Business Journal

Quote: “I'll be putting myself into debt even before I get home and lose all my savings” – Emma Besseau, who must return to home to Ottawa because her work visa for the UK has expired but will be required to pay $2,000 to a hotel while awaiting a COVID-19 test. Besseau wants visa expiries to be exempted.  [CBC]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 3 – Toronto Maple Leafs 7 last night. The Sens welcome the Montréal Canadiens Sunday.


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There have been 14,151 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 46 since yesterday, and 435 deaths, one new report.


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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.

⭕ Two air passengers returning from Mexico to Montréal have been fined $10,000 and $7,000 for presenting misleading COVID-19 test results [CTV]

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▪️ Toyota and Lexus brands are the most stolen vehicles in Ottawa. And Crystal Beach, Kanata, and Orléans are where most vehicles are stolen. Police says thieves reprogramme the keys then send the vehicles to Montréal, where they are shipped overseas to be sold. [CBC]

▪️Horse herpes is terrifying Pontiac farmers about their animals. EHV-1 has killed two horses and infected a dozen more. Social distancing also works for horses, but requires 11 metres instead of two.  [CBC

▪️Councillors have been itching to talk about the CIty’s use of private hotels and apartments to shelter families but they have been put off until March 2. On that date, Councillors will have a much larger, big-picture discussion of homelessness. Some councillors feel that people being sheltered don't have the security of tenancy that they should have, the City is paying too much for what is received, and the quality of some residences is poor. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The City has updated its policies on its emergency shelters and how it will improve service for clients with disabilities, independent youth, children, LGBTQ2S clients and Indigenous clients

▪️Annie Pootoogook Park is one step closer. The community and protective services committee agreed to rename Sandy Hill Park after the late Inuit artist. Pootoogook lived in the neighbourhood and residents had been campaigning for the change. The full City Council will need to make the decision official. [Nunatsiqaq News]

▪️City Fidelia takes time from his music director job at CHUO to release a new single. ‘Drugs and Loaded Weapons’ excoriates police brutality and racial injustice. [Shifter Magazine] [YouTube]

▪️At 33 floors, The Dale will be Ottawa's tallest rental building. The Tunney's Pasture-adjacent  building features an outdoor pool, multiple lounges, a gym, a yoga room, a multi-purpose room for parties, and a rooftop terrace. Vanier’s Red Door Coffee will open a second location on the bottom. [Ottawa Citizen]


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