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Flags are at half-mast across the city after Prince Philip, husband to the Queen, died this morning at 99 years of age. The photo is of Philip and the Queen square dancing at Rideau Hall in 1951.

Weekend Events for the homebound

▪️ Dr. Jayanne English wants to tell people “what the astronomer is really keen about” at the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (via Zoom). Tonight, 7:30 pm. Pre-booking required.

▪️ Carefor is fundraising with two comedy events this weekend at the Crack-up Comedy Festival. Tête-à-tête is a Family Feud-style gameshow, hosted by Colin Mochrie, and pitting Carefor staff against comics John Wing, Jessica Holmes, David Brennan, Jennifer Candy and Patrick McKenna, comics captain. Carefor Zoomathon, a Jerry Lewis-style Telethon on Zoom, will feature live and taped performaces from Big Daddy Tazz, Mary Walsh (and Mrs. E!), Paul Rabliauskas, James Mullinger and hosted by Patrick McKenna! Tête-à-tête, tonight 8pm - 9:30 pmZoomathon, Saturday 8pm - 9:30 pm.

▪️ Two words: Birdhouse Blowout. Artisans and amateurs are building birdhouses (deadline today) to auction off April 12 - 23. Proceeds go to the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary.

▪️ Bluesfest has officially cancelled their 2021 event in the least surprising press release of the day. They plan to return in 2022 with famous blues act, um, Rage Against The Machine.

Tonight’s dinner

If you’re based in Stittsville you need to know that as of today, Smokin’ R&R’s snack van has opened for the season. Open seven days a week from 11:00am to 7:30pm, these BBQers offer pulled beef, pork, chicken, and fish as well as fries and incredibly loaded poutines. 1441 Stittsville Main Street.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide # 2

▪️ If Mom’s into jewellery, buy her some Canadian-made earrings from Ebb & Flo boutique (234 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa). Other homegrown products include the Ebb & Flo Sheer Illuminating Lotion, which promises to “replace youthful glow” ($29.99) and a collection of cosmetics and skincare products. Shipping is free on orders over $75.

▪️ Visit the Nat in the Hat Etsy store for stylish accessories that are made right here in Ottawa. The fanny packs, backpacks, hobo slouch bags, and shoulder bags are made with faux leather wax canvas, and fabric. We love the Shoulder Sling Bag, a crossbody bag that’s available in a variety of colours and patterns. $168 

▪️ Maker House has stocked up with local Gift Boxes to delight the mother in your life whether she’s a foodie, a self-care enthusiast (or needs encouragement to be one), a gardener, or a chocoholic. The boxes are filled with items by Canadian makers, and include a hand written card, all for $49.95. You’ll also find a load of individual items for Mom at the site.

▪️ Square Lemon is holding a Mother’s Day Online Market from May 6 at 6:00pm too May 8 at 4:00pm. They’re accepting vendor applications now. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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We've moved the stats back to the second slot – it really wasn't working as the first item.

Weather: 🌤️ Increasing cloudiness. High of 22°, low of 13°

Number: 36. The rank of Ottawa on Maclean’s annual best communities list. Halifax is number one. [Maclean’s]

Ottawan of the Day: Francis Plumbing and Heating. The plumbing company will provide groceries or run errands for people who cannot leave their house because of the pandemic. [CityNews] [Francis Plumbing and Heating]

Quote: “Third time around they got it finally right” – Natalie Peterman, owner of three Party Mart stores, who is pleased that big box stores can only sell essential items and not compete with closed small shops. [CTV]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 3 – Ottawa Senators 1, last nght. The Sens go to Toronto Saturday.


💉 2,834,784 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 21.3 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

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

📋 Public Health Reports:


😷 18,788 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 156 new cases since yesterday

♦️470 deaths, no new reports

💉 180,125 doses of vaccine have been administered (77% of doses available)

No change from yesterday


😷 8,593 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 165 new cases since yesterday

♦️175 deaths, no new reports

💉 66,612 doses of vaccine have been administered


😷 3,677 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

📆 63 new cases since yesterday

♦️84 deaths, one new report

💉 29,148 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ Ottawa residents 50 and over and who live in areas of high COVID-19 cases can now book vaccines. Those hot spots are postal codes K1T, K1V and K2V. Unfortunately, the City does not believe that it has enough vaccine doses to cover the demand. [CityNews] [Vaccine Booking]

+ Related Non-frontline health care workers can now book vaccines in Ottawa. Note that this is through Ottawa Public Health and not the Provincial system. [Ottawa Public Health booking]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford gets his AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot today [CityNews]

⭕ Canada’s COVID-19 infection rate is likely to exceed that in the US soon [Maclean’s]

⭕ 317,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived in Canada from the COVAX scheme. The COVAX scheme is designed for wealthy countries to share vaccines with lower income countries. [CBC]

⭕ Gatineau’s lockdown will be extended to April 19, due to the rise in a COVID-19 variant [CBC]

⭕ The OC Transpo union wants its staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 immediately. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ The Senate Tavern has added an outdoor pizza vending machine. Patrons can order it cooked or uncooked to bake at home. How does it taste? Stay tuned. [CBC]

▪️ Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways partially open to pedestrians and cyclists. The National Capital Commission says the stay-at-home order and unseasonably warm weather mean people need walking space. [CBC]

▪️ Police are investigating a report of child abuse at a city-run daycare, Charmian Craven Child Care Centre. A request to investigate was made to Children's Aid Society, and families were informed yesterday. [CTV]

▪️ The Ottawa Aces are looking for football players, hockey players, or just gifted athletes to play rugby for them. Those selected will have a five- to six-week paid trial period and those successful at the end will be awarded a full-time professional contract with the club for 2022. This trial will include playing in the Canada Cup versus the Toronto Wolfpack. Canadians only. [Toronto Star]

▪️ The Société québécoise du cannabis is opening a second location in Gatineau. The new location at 162 avenue Lépine, in Buckingham, will be open by the end of the summer. [Le Droit]

▪️ Friends and family can visit Ottawa virtually. They will start at the Shaw Centre, move to the Trillium Ballroom, have a a mixology demonstration with Greg O’Brien from Bar from Afar, who demonstrates the art of making craft cocktails at home, take a 15-minute break with yoga and movement teacher, Brittany Bryden, and visit to CrEATe Kitchen for a decadent treat for the whole family. [Conference & Meeting World] [Virtually Ottawa]

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