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This week the focus is still on Valentine's Day, and Ottawa has so many sweet and savoury meal ideas for special meals for one or two. Dig in.

▪️The Piggy Market is offering Roasted Duck Breast with sweet potato and parsnip “risotto” and roasted broccoli for Valentine’s Day, with individual portions sold at $20. If you prefer something pickier, there are charcuterie and cheese boards for two people priced at $25 and $20.

▪️If it’s just dessert you’re after, from Thursday through Sunday 3 Tarts on Bank Street has gorgeous Valentine cookies, starting at $10 for three; Valentine’s Opera Cakelet (pickup only, $16); Pies for six people ($18), and a host of other delicate bakes to suit the occasion.

▪️Tennessy Willems’s Valentine’s menu is sweet and simple: the rich pizza is loaded up with Thai chilies, pine nuts, figs, goat cheese, prosciutto, rosemary and honey drizzle; the salad features spinach with pomegranate, watermelon, pistachio, and feta; and it’s all rounded off with that romantic dessert: Tiramisu. The whole shebang can be ordered after 4pm on Valentine’s Day, and costs $40 without wine or $75 with a bottle of red or white.

▪️Present your Valentine with something sweet from the Midnight Baker’range of bakes. Or go all in and order the Romantic Dinner for Two, featuring lasagna, Caesar Salad, Focaccia, and cupcakes for $50. No special someone? No worries. Order the Be Your Own Valentine dinner for $30, and keep both cupcakes for yourself.

▪️Maker House has tons of gift ideas (and easy curb-side pickup) if want to give something special to your person. Find everything from the "Chocolate Sampler" from Almonte’s Hummingbird Chocolate Maker ($27.95) to the “Maker House Valentines Gift Box,” a curated collection of lovely self-care items ($49.95). If you prefer to build your own gift box, the Custom Gift Box Creation page is easy and fun: just pick items from the Maker House collections and they’ll do the wrapping and boxing for you. Choose from categories like Bath and Beauty, Food & Drink, Men’s Grooming, Plants & Garden, and loads more.

▪️We’re excited to add a new brewery to our interactive beer mapGood Prospects Brewing Co. is based in the Vanier/Manor Park end of town and plans to offer four regular beers (Kolsch, IPA, Grisette, and Saison) plus seasonal specials.

▪️The Citizen reports that Central Bierhaus in Kanata has closed.


Winter Pride

Virtual Winter Pride launched on Monday and it will carry on until Friday (February 12) with webinars and performances. Today at 5pm the Capital Youth Committee & Dress for Success present the “Fierce! Virtual First Impressions” webinar, which will explain how to stand out in a crowd, how to find a job, and how to get noticed in a virtual world.

See you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of -7° 

Number: 4. The number of community centres that will be part of a pilot product for free menstrual products. Washrooms at Albion Heatherington, Overbrook, Sandy Hill, and Foster Farm community centres will have free tampons and pads when the public is again allowed to use the faciities. A similar project is planned for Ottawa Carleton DIstrict Schools but they can't seem to be able to work out the details until September 2022.  [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day: Artery Community Roasters. The coffee roastery is run by people identifying with living with a disability, and right now they are partnering with Run Ottawa, creating Tempo Blend, to raise money for ABLE2  [Ottawa Citizen] [Artery Community Roasters] [Run Ottawa]

Quote: “Getting the stuff for the nursery has been a nightmare. Everything we went to order has been sold out” –  Expectant mother Katie Walker who finds that pregnancy under COVID is a never ending series of hurdles. [Capital Current]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 3 – Ottawa Senators 2 yesterday. The Sens meet the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow.


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There have been 2597 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of three since yesterday, and 63 deaths, no new reports.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ The first case of the South Africa variant in Ottawa has been found. [CTV]

⭕ Self-employed people who were told by Revenue Canada that they must repay Canada Emergency Response Benefits because they reported gross, not net, income of $5,000 now get to keep it. The Federal Government initially made the Benefit available to people who made $5,000 in the previous year, but Revenue Canada retroactively changed it to $5,000 after business expenses, requiring thousands to repay the money. People who did repay the money will get it back. [CBC]

⭕ Manager at Stirling Park Retirement Community arranges for his wife to be vaccinated with dose meant for staffer. The manager has been suspended. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Baliffs padlock Gatineau gym after owner refuses to close. The owner of Proflex Gym initially thought she was in the clear by limiting it to 10 people. After police visited, she still welcomed customers but didn't answer the phone or door knocks. Proflex was investigated 11 times before a court order was granted and officers posted outside her door. [CBC]

▪️A Polish court orders Ottawa holocaust scholar to apologise over book passage. Jan Grabowski, a University of Ottawa history professor co-edited Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland  with Barbara Engelking, director of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw. In it, they referred to a recollection of a holocaust survivor’s testimony to the USC Shoah Foundation. That testimony said Edward Malinowski contributed to the death of a dozen Jews who were hiding in a forest and robbed a Jewish woman. That was in 1943. In 2020, Malinowski’s niece, Filomena Leszczynska, sued for libel, arguing that her uncle was a hero who saved Jews. Grabowski and Engelking plan to appeal. [CBC]

▪️ We always make a point here at the ottawan to point out that when the City REALLY wants input on an issue, they create online surveys and forms and arrange public Zoom calls, in both English and French. When the CIty doesn't want the info but must ask, they provide an email address.

So, contrast and compare. Today, the City wants your input on the future of municipal parks and recreation facilities. 

We quote: “We want to hear from residents, community associations, sports organizations, arts and cultural organizations, the homebuilders, residents interested in accessibility, equity and diversity and other recreation partners and user groups. Targeted stakeholder outreach with school boards, colleges and universities and the Nation Capital Commission (NCC) are also being planned.”

To participate, register on the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan page on for one of the following virtual bilingual consultation sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 9:30 to 11:30 am; Register here
  • Monday, February 22, 2021 from 1 to 3 pm; Register here
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 1 to 3 pm; Register here
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 7 to 9 pmRegister here
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 7 to 9 pm; Register here (see note below on session focus)
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:30 to 11:30 am; Register here


For those who cannot attend the live virtual sessions, you can have your say:

  • Two online surveys – on
    • Parks and Outdor Recreation Facilities survey: open now until Sunday, February 21
    • Indoor Recreation Facilities survey: open now until Friday, March 12
  • Email us:
  • Send us a note:
    • City of Ottawa c/o Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan, Attention: 26-51,100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2G 7E6

Wonderful! The City really seems to want input on the future of parks and recreational centres. Make sure you take part.


But what about the Château Laurier addition? Here is the City’s page for that.

You can participate in the consultation process in several ways:

  • Send an email to [email protected]
  • Contact the file lead, Allison Hamlin, at 613-580-2424, extension 25477
  • Submit written comments to or speak to the relevant Built Heritage Sub-Committee or Planning Committee meetings

Of course, that third one is no longer possible. It's up to the full City council now.


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