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Ottawa TV update: Reader Rhys reminds us that Ottawa is not just known for live action television series but also for animatation. The Raccoons was created and animated here and was a worldwide monster success. 

Wednesday Food + Drink Roundup

▪️ Dominion City Beer is ringing in the spring with two new beers. Expect caramel and nut malt character in the Avian Principality American Brown Ale, and aromas of apricot, papaya, and piney hops. Animal City IPA is brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops in the California style. Oh, and today is your last chance to get a sweet deal on Dominion City merch, at their Spring Cleaning sale (we love the vintage hockey sweater, now $170 down from $225).

▪️ New bar alert: The Gilmour will be opening in a few weeks at 313 Bank Street (in the former Connor’s Gaelic Pub location). Expect a neighbourhood joint with a retro Canadiana vibe, and a small plate, comfort food menu. The beer lineup with include local craft vrews and some beers from further afield in Canada. 

▪️ The Hintonburg Public House has added raffle tickets to its menu. The winner of the raffle will receive three items fro their choice from the HPH Heat at Home Freezer menu, BBQ sauce, pickled beets, beer, a colour your own card pack and a colour book for the kids. Entries cost $5 for one, $10 for three, and $20 for 10. 

▪️ Playback Ottawa sports bar has created the Game Night Package to enjoy at home with your bubble. Available for two, three, and four players, the package includes a choice of food, a board game, and pop. We’re not talking about Scrabble here; the games include Hanabi (build the perfect fireworks), Cockroach Poker (we’re not sure but it sounds like fun), Push, No Thanks! Exit, Codenames, Sushi Go! and Coup. 

▪️ When we first noticed Mont Tacos had opened on Carling last year, our eyebrows were raised. Mon dieu, French tacos? This seemed a combination that was … unlikely. But after reading this week’s New Yorker article on French tacos  domination of Gaul, we need to order one tout de suite.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 30% chance of showers. High of 18°, low of 2°

Number: Feb 1, 2020 – Apr. 13, 2021. The date range in which people can now receive refunds from flights cancelled by Air Canada due to COVID-19. The airline had been hanging on to the money but is now making refunds thanks to a bailout by the Federal government. [CBC] [Refund site]

Ottawan of the Day: Gwen Madiba. The president of Equal Chance, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization that supports low-income and homeless Black families, is fundraising for headphones so kids can focus on their studies, even if they live in cramped quarters. [Ottawa Citizen] [Equal Chance]

Quote: “Granting a river rights moves away from a colonial mindset of resource management that typically asks, “What do we want from the river?” to a place where we ask, “What do we want for our river?”” – Meredith Brown, founding executive director of Ottawa Riverkeeper and George Brown, Ottawa Riverkeeper co-founder, on giving the Ottawa River legal rights. [Ottawa Citizen]


? 3,310,157 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 17.7 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:


? 20,267 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 194 new cases since yesterday

♦️476 deaths, no new reports

? 218,368 doses of vaccine have been administered (89% of doses available)

No change since yesterday


? 9,449 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 245 new cases since Friday

♦️178 deaths, no new reports

? 84,409 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 3,842 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

? 35 new cases since yesterday

♦️88 deaths, two new reports

? 33,713 doses of vaccine have been administered


⭕ A woman in Quebec is the first person in Canada confirmed to have a blood clot in relation to taking the AstraZeneca vaccine. Experts put the risk at between one in 100,000 and one in 250,000. [CBC]

⭕ Surprisingly, work-related purchases of COVID-19 personal protective equipment are not tax deductable. MPs are calling for this to change.. [CBC]

⭕ Gatineau’s curfew and closure of all-but-essential businesses has been extended to April 25. [CBC]

⭕ CHEO will start accepting adult patients for the first time in its 47-year history to take pressure off other hospitals [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Health minister says selection of Kanata post code with few COVID-19 cases as a ‘hot spot’ was not politically motivated. Hot spots get priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. The K2V is represented by Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️ Ottawa Library Board approves design of new library. The new library at the edge of LeBreton Flats is a joint project between Ottawa and Library and Archives Canada. The next step is approval by the National Capital Commission, then sharing the designs with the public. The new library is expected to open in 2024 or 2025. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Re-Think Your Receipts is a contest to redesign receipts, invoices, and bills of sale. And there is a $1,000 prize. The Re’Imagine contest is organised by Project Project Collective, a new Ottawa transdisciplinary group. [Apt 613] [Re’Imagine]

▪️ Ottawa RV dealers are running low on supply. Rather than retirees, people with young families are the prime buyers these days. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️ A driver has died after crashing into a Elmvale Acres homes. The 37 year-old driver died at the scene. No one inside was injured but the house itself was severely damaged. [CTV]

▪️ Jobless rate in Ottawa – Gatineau stays steady at 6.5%. [Ottawa Business Journal]

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