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If you are one of our many Federal civil service workers,  you will be in for a terrible shock by Wednesday morning. TikTok will be automatically erased off your government supplied phone.

The reason is pretty sensible: that same TikTok algorithm that is incredibly accurate in serving up just one more video to keep you online is also completely opaque: who knows what it is learning about or what it is siphoning off your phone. TikTok may or may not be sending it all to the company’s headquarters in Beijing where strong privacy laws are non existent. 

On the other hand, you will now have an extra 14 hours a day available.

Correction: Last Friday we mentioned the Canadian Association of
Physicians for the Environment were going to use the Health Protection and Promotion Act to fight pollution from trucks travelling through downtown. We said it was regarding the planned new downtown truck route, however, the Association has written to us to clarify that the pollution is happening now and they are fighting the existing truck route.

 Snow: We're expecting 15 cm overnight. Govern yourself accordingly, preferably with hot toddies, a thick cardigan, and the couch.

– Martha and Darren



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    • ☀️  Sunny, snow this evening. High of -6°, low of -5°. 


    • 43%
    • – The per centage of Ottawa murders in 2022 in which the victims were female. There were 16 murders in 2022, of which seven were femicide. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen

    Honorary Ottawan of the Day

    • Terrence Floyd 
    • The brother of the late George Floyd made the keynote address at Ottawa’s Black History Gala, held at the Canadian Museum of History last Saturday. (Jackie Perez at CTV)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 2 last Saturday
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Carolina Hurricanes 4 last Friday
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Oshawa Generals 5 last night
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Mississauga Steelheads 1 last Saturday
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 6 – Windsor Spitfires 1 last Friday
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda 1 last night


    ⏱️ Opioid Ottawa

    • Marcus Gee of The Globe and Mail has a full feature on the opioid crisis in Ottawa from the shelters to the markets. In the early 2010, there were an average of 36 overdose deaths per year. In 2021, it was 130.

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    • Kitchissippi resident Michael Baine has died of prostate cancer at age 74. The retired Lester B. Pearson High School vice principal, St. Paul High School principal, and Ottawa Catholic School Board superintendent had raised over $66,000 for the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre in recent years. A celebration of life with will be held at the Nepean Sportsplex from 10 am to 2 pm this Friday. (Charlie Senack in the Kitchissippi Times)

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    • Bar Robo’s Happy Hour Trivia runs every Monday at 6:30pm. Queen Street Fare, 170 Queen St. 
    • Bluegrass Mondays at Red Bird Live feature a house band, but you can bring your own instrument too. $10 cover.1165 Bank Street in Old Ottawa South.


    • Invest Ottawa’s Exporting 101 workshop will examine the roles and responsibilities of the exporter as well as the other players involved in exporting your goods and services abroad. Free. 
    • Great Canadian Theatre Company presents The Unplugging, which follows the journey of two women cast out of their village in a post apocalyptic future. Tickets range from $26 to $55. February 28 to March 12.


    • The Pink Box Drag Show by Paper Picture Productions is hosted by Jade London from Enter the Drag Dragon. It’s an all ages drag show, and the stage is open to performers of all skill sets At Arts Court, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Tickets $15. 
    • Avi Granite 6 launch their new album Operator at Spark Beer. $20 suggested donation. 702 Somerset St. W.

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    • Vanier Museopark presents the 16th annual Soup(e) Splash, a culinary competition between Ottawa restaurants to create original soup recipes featuring maple syrup. This annual compeition has been a take-out affair during the pandemic, but this year’s Soup(e) Splash will be an in person experience. So far, Cuisine TradPlusDhruveesEpicuriaFraser Café, and Le St-Laurent have confirmed their participation. Tickets are $30 each and include a welcome reception, a tasting of eight original soups featuring maple syrup, a bun from Bread & Roses, a voting card to determine the “Public’s Favourite” soup, and maple taffy for dessert. The cash bar will feature beer by Orléans Brewing Co. Monday March 27 at 5:30pm at the Kiwanis Hall at the Richelieu-Vanier Centre (300 des Pères-Blancs Ave).
    • A 2:00pm performance on Saturday April 15 has been added to the NAC’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert series
    • Craft Market Application Alert: The Cheerfully Made Spring Marketwill run May 6-7 at Almonte’s John Levi Community Centre, offering a local shopping experience with 100 vendors each day. Applications are now open, and you’ll need to apply before March 10. $150 + HST per day.
    • Ottawa Artisans is recruiting exhibitors for The Artisans & Small Business Expo on April 30th at the Bell Sensplex. They are looking for vendors who offer products and services to other small businesses. If you supply packing materials, business cards, printing solutions, and other items of interest to crafters and makers, this is the show for you. The deadline to apply for space at the show is March 1.


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    Are you still hankering for the sweet smells of Christmas? Barefoot Venus is offering products in the Ginger Snap range for 30% off.

    In the Sheertex end of season sale, you’ll save up to 75% on best selling items.

    It’s Customer Appreciation Week at Zöe’s Corner, where you’ll receive 20% off all orders using the code THANKYOU20. Plus: receive a complimentary bath bomb for every $25 spent.

    Today is the final day of the Great Canadian Sox Shop’s Flash Sale, which applies a 20% discount on anything you buy site wide. No code necessary. Many of the styles of men’s and women’s hiking, boot, and ankle socks are ade in Canada. 

    NUMI’s Florence T-Shirt Blouse is on sale but only for 24 hours. Use the code 20OFF to receive a 20% discount on the machine washable, stain resistant, blouse that comes in a range of six colours. 

    As Mimi and August prepare to launch an expanded collection of swimwear in May 2023, they’ve put their current pieces on sale for 50% off. The discount is applied automatically at checkout, and these pieces are final sale.


    As Black History month draws to a close, The Narwhal  has uncovered the history of 10 Ontario rivers. Jacqueline Scott notes that Solomon Northup wrote about looking for work building the Rideau canal in his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave. Unfortunately, this part didn't make it to the movie.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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