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Are you hungry? Because it's Canada Takeout Wednesday again.

I'm tired of supporting multinational fast food outlets. What else can I do?

Think outside the big delivery guys and support Love Local Delivery. This born-in-the-pandemic service charges participating restaurants $2 per order instead of the common 25-30 per cent demanded by the name brand delivery services. The customer pays a $5 delivery fee.

Contact each of the restaurants separately to order and arrange pickup or delivery.

Their website lists all participating restaurants by neighbourhood, but we’ve selected a few here:


🍕 Heartbreakers Pizza has just opened. These guys feature proper New York style pizza, by the slice and by the gigantic pie [Heartbreakers]


🐔 Baccanalle on Montreal Road has a range of dinners for one or three or more. Dive into a whole roasted Jerk Chicken, patties, plantain chips, chocolate banana cupcakes, and a host of other flavour-packed Caribbean flavours. [Baccanalle]

Old Ottawa East

🍛 Irene’s Restaurant Pub offers a range of frozen ready meals with comforting spice. A cozy dinner for two might include the Butter Chicken Curry Dinner (mmm tandoori) or the Thai-inspired Vegetarian Chickpea Curry Dinner, both of which come with Basmati and Naan. [Irene's]

You can also find local restaurants at Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 613, Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that will give you curbside pickup.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Mainly sunny. High of 14° 

Number: 50,000. The amount one family for three live on in Ottawa while facing food insecurity.  [Huffington Post]

Ottawan of the Day: Mischa, the Ottawa artist has recently released a new single in February, a collaboration with Dip Black this month, and has a new EP in July.  [Faces Mag] [Mischa YouTube]

Quote: When you need to feed your addiction, you need to get the dollar” – Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury, who wants the city to expand its safe drug supply as people who can no longer panhandle or take cash jobs are turning to petty crime to buy opiods.  [CBC]


There have been 1,692 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 178 deaths, an increase of 7.

Quebec Premier François Legault urges everyone to wear masks [CBC]

Most COVID-19 cases in Ottawa have now recovered [CBC]

Is it okay to visit the cottage? It's not clear what the Province thinks [Ottawa Citizen]

Queensway Carleton Hospital reports COVID-19 outbreak [Ottawa Matters]

Three more test positive at Peter C Clark long-term care  [CFRA]

There are 124 children of essential workers on the wait list for childcare [CBC]


🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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NCC announces three new parks along Ottawa River
Pangishimo, Mòkaham, and Tesasini parks will be on land formerly used by Donmar Paper [Apt613]

City staff excluded student housing and retirement homes from their intensification calculations
The city has a goal of of intensifying the urban area by 40%. Including students and retirees means the city has hit 50%, excluding them means the city is falling short at only 38%. Counting my fingers means I don't entirely understand how that math works. Determining what the right number is directly affects how much rural Ottawa will be suburbanized. [CBC]

University of Ottawa, and probably Carleton, will be online only this autumn
They join most universities in Eastern Ottawa going online only [CBC]

OPS want residents to report racist incidents
Report online at or call Detective Ali Toghrol of the Hate Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5453.[Ottawa Citizen]

Planned zipline from Ottawa to Gatineau postponed until next year
No word if you will be able to use a Presto card with it [Ottawa Citizen]

The Ontario Cannabis Store now doing home delivery
Priorities, eh? You have to line up for a health card but the government will deliver pot straight to your door [CFRA]


Right now, you have the best seat in the house

🎼 12pm Today's NAC Orchestra Lunch Break features classical music with Julia MacLaine and Louis-Pierre Bergeron [NAC]

🌊 Until May 18 Starring Fleabag's Hot Priest, Andrew Scott, and written by Simon Stephens, who adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the stage. Sea Wall is a uniquely intimate portrayal of humanity.  [YouTube]

💻 Until May 19 Every Thursday, Judy tries to talk to her daughter online. Judy calls from Islington, London; her daughter is in Palestine. Diana Quick stars in this smart one-woman play, Midnight Your Time by the Donmar Theatre [YouTube]

🖼️ Zoom zoom zoom. Branding and photography experts Dwayne Brown Studio is offering some seriously lush Ottawa-centric Zoom backgrounds, which are bound to lend your next meeting extra professionalism and gravitas. [Instagram]

🌼 The virtual Ottawa Flower Market opens this Saturday May 16 blooms from @roamflora, @riverwoodgardens, @gandengardens, @franktownhouse, @4thlineflorals, and @cityloveflowers. They’re celebrating by holding a giveaway to win a $25 gift certificate to spend at the Saturday’s market. [Instagram]

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