Monday, March 7, 2022
No one will deny that small businesses in the Ottawa area have had more than their share of challenges over the last two months, let alone the last two years. That’s not stopping them from stepping up for the people of Ukraine. Many are taking donations, refusing to stock or sell Russian items, and creating special menus to raise funds for aid organizations such as the Red Cross, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, and others.
▪️C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls has a delicious plan to raise money for the people of Ukraine. On Thursday (March 10th) the bakery will become a pierogi operation, making dozens of the flavourful, potato and cheese dumplings available for sale on Friday (pick up at C’est Tout Bakery, 20 Beckwith Street North in Smiths Falls). Since the bakery announced this initiative two days ago, the pre-orders from the good people of Ottawa have sold out. That’s why C’est Tout has added two Fridays for pierogis orders: March 18th and March 25th. Head to the website to book your order or you can simply make a financial donation.
▪️The Moscow Tea Room on Sussex has removed all Russian vodka from its shelves and is exclusively serving the Ukrainian vodka Zirkova, a premium spirit started by two Canadians. Reserve a table for a romantic dinner. 527 Sussex Drive
▪️Cumberland Village’s Black Walnut Bakery is selling egg bread naturally and brilliantly coloured with turmeric and butterfly pea flower powder, which replicate the colours of Ukraine. All proceeds from sales of each loaf ($8) will go to the Canada Ukraine Foundation to provide assistance to refugees from Ukraine. The bakery is open Wednesday to Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm, and is taking preorders now.
▪️Ottawa Street Markets is donating 100% of the proceeds of any Camino Chocolate bar to the Canada Ukraine Foundation.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ❄️ Periods of snow mixed with ice pellets. High of 0°, low of -6°.
Number: 13 per cent. The number of Ottawa speeders caught on photo radar who got away with it due to delays at the ticketing centre. Ottawa contracts out ticketing to a system run by the City of Toronto. Tickets that are not sent within 23 days are tossed, as per Provincial guidelines. [Ottawa Citizen]
Ottawan of the Day: Elle Mills. The Barrhaven YouTube star has directed the new music video for Disney hearthrob Joshua Bassett, star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. No, that is not a typo. [Barrhaven Independent] [The Video]
Quote: ‘That should keep me busy until my retirement’ – Serge Blais, director of the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute, on the department's new study probeing the disinformation driving the 'Freedom Convoy' [Ottawa Citizen]
Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Las Vegas Golden Knights 2, last night
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.
This information has not been updated since Friday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information.
⭕ Ottawa Police join other major Ontario police services in maintaining their COVID-19 vaccination rules. Ottawa Police Services require all officers and civilian staff to be fully vaccinated. [CBC]
⭕ Canadian scientists want to study deer and other animals that get COVID-19 but the funding is not there. [The Narwhal]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Mayor Jim Watson says yes, the City did consult with the builders before launching the O Train. The builders, Rideau Transit Group, alleged last week that the City started service prematurely without consulting them. This City said/builder said stuff is over the Transit Group’s effort to stop a court from declaring that the Transit Group is in default over maintenance, which would cancel the contract with the City. [CTV]
▪️The Trillium line may open 17 months late, says City memo. Substantial completion – the memo's words – will be in 2023. Ottawa Bulldog correctly asks: Why was this memo sent out on a Saturday morning? [Ottawa Bulldog] [The Memo]
▪️The Provincial Inquiry into the O Train will be livestreamed from it’s Carleton University meeting space. The inquiry will be looking into the recent derailments, the procurement process, and the City's oversight of the project. The inquiry has a August 31 deadline to report back to the Province. The livestream will be in June, we'll update with a specific date when we know. [CBC]
▪️The guy who scammed $128,000 from the City in 2018 has been sent to prison for 12.5 years. Elvin Lewis Jr. faked the email of Ottawa's City Manager and sent an invoice to the City treasurer, who paid it. For fans of the Netflix show Ozark, a witness testified that the scam was part of a larger scheme of money laundering that worked just like the TV show. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The Trucker Siege data leak shows 84 addresses in Barrhaven donated to the protestors. The protestors used GiveSendGo to receive donations but the poor coding of that site allowed all the names of donors to be released. [Barrhaven Independent]
▪️The latest Apartment 613 Urban Walk: Bank Street North. [Apartment 613]
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