▪️Trust relentless innovators Zola’s to offer “Ottawa’s First Pizza Subscription”. They’re offering a stack of four, six, eight or 10 vacuum sealed frozen pizzas for delivery to your home once a month ($39 - $90). Meanwhile, their in-store shop can also supply you with pasta, meatballs, pies, and baked-fresh-daily semolina buns.
▪️You probably won’t be flying to Hawaii anytime soon, but Paradise Pokécan set you up with the flavours of the islands. Order heaping bowls of sushi rice, fresh veggies, and your choice of marinated protein, from Ahi Tuna and Atlantic Salmon to grilled chicken or organic tofu, and have them delivered by Love Local Delivery (who take a much smaller cut from the restaurant than the bigger delivery companies). $14.74
▪️Brew Revolution’s weekend special is the return of the incredible Lobster Mac & Cheese (they say: “We’re kinda famous for it!”). Available for dining in, pick up, and home delivery for enjoyment on Friday and Saturday. $18.00
▪️You’ll need something glamorous to drink with that mac & cheese, and the Brew Revolution Lunar New Year limited edition box is a stunner. You’ll get six cans of Haus of the Rye-sing Sun golden rye ale with limited edition labels by Ottawa’s Tatattoo Artist, one Lunar New Year Calendar, and one Lucky Red Pocket, which might contain £50 or $100 (or $0).
▪️St. Patrick’s Day is the next good-times occasion on the calendar, and this year it’s likely that we’ll be celebrating at home. Cocktails are therefore in order, and Top Shelf suggests its St. Paddy’s Day Irish Breeze Cocktail Kit. Each kit contains 750ml of Top Shelf’s Perth Canadian Whisky, 50ml of deep-infused mint bitters, two bottles of Fever Tree soda, and two Top Shelf Distillery shot glasses. Get yourself a lime, a cucumber and fresh mint for classy garnish and you’ll be all set. If you need another excuse, $2 from each kit will support GenNext East Ontario’s causes: mental health, youth homelessness, equitable employment, and diversity and inclusion.
▪️West Park Bowling lost its domain a few weeks ago, and the third party who bought it tried to sell it back at high markup. In response, the beloved Hintonburg 5-pin bowling joint has changed its domain, but it needs help getting back to the top of search results. The new link is https://www.westparkbowling.com/ and they need clicks to get back on top.
▪️The Citizen has a round-up of Ottawa's Somali restaurants
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ❄️ Snow. High of 1°
Number: $61 million. The approximate amount of money that the Federal government spent in the first six months of the pandemic for civil servants to work from home. This includes computers and office furniture, VPNs, and Microsoft 365 subscriptions. [CBC]
Ottawan of the Day: Alea de Castro. The artist has been running a business converting basketballs into planters, now she has been awarded an Awesome Ottawa grant to teach kids how to love and take care of plants. [Ottawa Start] [Pick and Grow] [Awesome Ottawa]
Quote: “[W]e thought that they would have lots of extra capacity but the number of people entering the shelter system has really increased quite rapidly” – Wendy Muckle, CEO of Ottawa Inner City Health, who says that even the CIty’s emergency overflow shelters are filling up with people who have nowhere else to go [CBC]
Sports: Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 4 last night. The Sens play host to the Calgary Flames tomorrow.
585,707 doses have been administered in Ontario (86% of the doses available)
👉 At this rate, it would take 134.1 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario.
🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
📋 Public Health Reports
There have been 14,429 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 25 since yesterday, and 437 deaths, no new reports.
There have been 6193 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 24 since yesterday, and 158 deaths, no new reports.
There have been 2721 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 67 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.
⭕ Ottawa is on the high end of the Orange Zone and could tip into the Red Zone very easily, which would mean a return to stay-at-home and essential businesses only [CBC]
⭕ Ottawa Public Health is looking for six passengers of a rideshare service plus the driver who travelled from Toronto to Ottawa on Feb 16. The seventh passenger has tested positive for COVID-19 and Public Health would like to contact their compatriots and have them isolate. The white van left the Yorksdale Shopping Centre in Toronto and dropped passengers off at Bayshore Shopping Centre, the CF Rideau Centre, and the St. Laurent Shopping Centre [City of Ottawa]
⭕ 10 per cent of the Canadian prison population has tested positive for COVID-19, compared with two per cent of the general population. [CBC]
⭕ Diplomats, their families, and consular couriers are exempt from the 72 hour quarantine-in-hotel rule. [CBC]
+ Related The list of approved quarantine hotels in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal has been released. Some surprsingly posh choices.
🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App
Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The City is having an online session about converting the Prince of Wales Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists. The project is already approved by the City so it has not created its ultimate tool of public engagement – the online form. The session will be on March 8. [City of Ottawa]
▪️The City worked out a bargain price from the Federal Government for land in Little Italy. The property was worth $25 million. But as the City wished to develop it for housing using Federal Government guidelines, the Feds knocked off $14 million. The City then wrangled $8.58 million from the Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation, bringing the price to $2.87 million. The land will be combined with existing property owned by Ottawa Community Housing to create a new community next to the future Corso Italia Station. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Today is Pink Shirt Day, the campaign against bullying. The Algonquin College Students’ Association is joining the Wellness and Equity Centre and Project Lighthouse for a conversation on bullying and to challenge it at 1pm today on Instagram Live. [Students’ Association] [Instagram]
▪️Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club is reading Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage this evening at 7pm. Editor and writer Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber (Metis, Cree, Scottish, and German) discusses the book live with playwright, director and dramaturg Yvette Nolan (Algonquin). The event is a partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and the National Arts Centre. [The Charlatan] [NAC]
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