▪️ Update your jewellery. Birch Jewellery has marked down pieces to make way for new designs. Plus, you can get an addition 15% off your entire order of $50 or more when you use the code SPRING.
▪️ Book a staycation in April. Waterloo native and CEO of New York based Lola Media Group, Lola Plaku will be hosting a series of music and comedy shows that are only accessible via your hotel room in Ottawa. The Room Service Concert Series: An Ottawa Hotel Exclusive is a project by Ottawa Tourism and RBC Bluesfest. The concerts will run over eight nights between April 9 and 30, and are only viewable on the TV in your room at 20 participating Ottawa hotels. The shows start at 7:00pm and run for approximately three hours. The concerts are free to the hotel guests and include live chat and the opportunity to submit questions to the artists. The shows aim to increase visitor spending in Ottawa in a safe way.
▪️ Paint something. The Mud Oven has lots of spring-themed ceramics to paint in the studio or at home. Choose from decorative items to useful items for the home and garden, all of which can be painted by you to become one of a kind.
▪️ Plant something. Ottawa Tool Library presents an evening demo all about seed planting. Learn the pros and cons of starting your seedlings indoors, which materials you’ll need, and more. Book your ticket now for Monday March 29 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets cost $6.66.
▪️ Register for a virtual Easter egg hunt. Square Lemon will be “hiding” eggs on its website, and hunters will have the chance to win a prize pack of items from local Ottawa makers. The Egg-cellent Online Easter Egg Hunt takes place from 6pm on April 2 to 2:00pm on April 4. It’s free to take part, but you must sign up by 6pm March 26 (tomorrow).
▪️ Visit a famers market (safely). The Ottawa Farmers’ Market will be open as usual at Aberdeen Pavilion on Sunday March 28, for fresh produce, maple syrup, baked goods, and Easter goodies like the chocolate covered dates by Bisou Dates and bunnies by Hummingbird Chocolate.
▪️ Shop Canadian made. Almonte’s Cheerfully Made is having a flash sale of 13% off your order, until Friday night at midnight. Shop in person Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, or online 24/7.
▪️ You know about Moneyball? How about Moneypuck? Carleton University is playing host to some of the most progressive thinkers in the hockey analytics world with the sixth Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference. Speakers include Meghan Chayka, co-founder of Stathletes; Carnegie Mellon’s Brian MacDonald, Mike P. Johnson of TSN, Sarah Morris, PhD, biostatistician at Datalys, Jack Birch of the Winnipeg Jets, and Micah Blake McCurdy, creator of HockeyViz. Free.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌦️ 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 19°, low of 9°
Number: 1. The place on the list of Ottawa’s worst roads that Carling Avenue finds itself. [CTV]
Ottawan of the Day: Mike Nemesvary. Twenty years ago, after becoming a quadriplegic in a trampoline accident, Nemesvary drove around the world to raise money for for spinal cord research. Now, he's raising money again. [CTV] [Donate]
Quote: “We’ll probably make a song and then cry, because it’ll be over 30 years since we made our first songs together” – Ottawa realtor Greg Campbell who was part of the rap duo Organized Rhyme with Tom Green. [Organized Rhyme]
Sports: Ottawa Senators 2 – Calgary Flames 1, last night. The Sens meet the Leafs tonight.
1,676,150 doses have been administered in Ontario
🆕 Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
📋 Public Health Reports
There have been 16,332 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 80 since yesterday, and 457 deaths, no new reports.
💉 99,886 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.
There have been 7,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 64 since yesterday, and 171 deaths, no new reports.
💉 28,991 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais
There have been 3201 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 45 since yesterday, and 69 deaths, no new reports.
💉 19,443 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.
⭕ Yesterday, we mentioned that the City has opened pop-up clinics in rural areas. It turns out you must call the City's phone number – 613 691 5505 – to make a booking. You cannot use the Provincial Government system which is used to book the existing vaccinations. [City of Ottawa]
⭕ Today marks the anniversary of the first death from COVID-19 recognized in Ottawa. All City flags are lowered to half-mast until Sunday evening in commemoration of the 457 Ottawans who have died. [City of Ottawa]
⭕ Mayor Jim Watson wants pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccines. He argues that Ottawa Public Health does not have enough staff to cover the City's far flung neighbourhoods. [CBC]
⭕ Dr Vera Etches may order that only people of the same household can sit together on patios. This is the case inside but Provincial rules are unclear about outside. [CBC]
⭕ Long-term care homes have an average of only 65 per cent of their staff and residents vaccinated against COVID-19. Some are as low as 55 per cent. [CBC]
⭕ Quebec says people who have had COVID-19 already only need one dose of vaccine. [CityNews]
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Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ The City has launched its spring flooding page. The Ottawa and the Rideau Rivers will start rising with melting snow. In 2017 and 2019, the spring thaw was devasting to many homeowners in low-lying areas. At the moment, the page is not predicting anything unusual but it does list the locations of where sandbags can be picked up, just in case. [City of Ottawa]
▪️ Carleton University architecture students presented seven proposals to fix 24 Sussex Drive. The official residence has been largely abandoned as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes it uninhabitable for a family. Trudeau and family live nearby at Rideau Cottage at Rideau Hall. The proposals have been given to the National Capital Commission, which is responsible for the house. [CTV]
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