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Weekend Plans

▪️ Watch some films. The International Film Festival of Ottawa begins today and runs until March 21. The online festival lineup includes features and short films as well as speakers and workshops, and Patricia Rozema will be interviewed on Monday March 15. There are a number of ways that viewers can participate in the festival:

  • Films may be viewed with individual tickets ($12 per film) or multi-film passes. The IFFO Pass covers all screenings, IFFO Film Club hangouts, and Screen Summit Talks. $150.
  • The Screen Summit pass allows access to all panels, talks, and networking opportunities, including 1:1 meetings with film executives. $20.
  • The Capital Dinner & A Movie experience is a partnership with select Ottawa restaurants, who are offering special menus to enjoy before you view.
  • Viewers may vote for the IFFO Public Prize after viewing features and short films. 

▪️ Play a game. Pre-order the Top Shelf Distillers St. Patrick’s Day Adventure Game Kit, $79.95. Each kit contains one Drink Your Own Adventure Game Box including 120 cards for 2 to 10 players, one 750ml Limited Edition Shamrock Green Vodka, and two Top Shelf Distillers 1.5oz shot glasses. To be delivered in time for St Patrick's Day. 

▪️ Eat Hot Cross Buns, available every day until Easter at Art Is In Bakery. Visit 250 City Centre, Bay 112 Tuesday through Saturday and Lansdowne Farmers Market on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 

▪️ Try something newthe ottawan admits that we’ve never heard of black beer. Brew Revolution’s Black Lager “Who Wears Schwartz Schwartz” ($3.75 per can), described by the brewery as “dark in colour but not heavy,” sounds intriguing. They say that black beer, or “Schwarzbier” has been brewed since 800BC. 

▪️ Say “Happy Retirement” to Natural Blonde, which is being retired by Kichesippi Beer after 10 years. $2.74 per can. 

▪️ New Farmers Market alert: Ottawa Artisans is teaming up with St. Laurent Shopping Centre to offer a new craft and produce every Sunday from May 9 to October 3. The market will run in the parking lot of St. Laurent Shopping Centre and you can book a vendor’s spot now. 

▪️Buy your tickets to the Vintage Pop-Up 613 market on March 20 at St. Anthony’s Soccer Club. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they will allow you to shop in person for two hours during designated time slots. Tickets are only on sale until March 12, and they’re selling fast. $10. 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ 30% chance of showers. High of 14° 

Number: 120. The number of Francophone teachers that the University of Ottawa intends to produce from its new campus – in Windsor [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Jason Pino. Ten years ago, Pino noticed that there were not enough spaces in Ottawa for homeless youth. So he opened a new shelter, just for them. [Capital Current]

Quote: “Does anyone know when camp is starting. Or do I need to ask The Rock?” – Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Matt Nichols on Twitter. The Canadian Football League has announced that it is in talks with the XFL, the upstart American football league started by the CEO of the World Wrestling Federation and now owned by movie star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his ex-wife Dany Garcia. The talks have not leaked much info but speculation ranges from friendly collaboration to a full merger. Johnson is a former wrestler who also tried out for the Calgary Stampeders. [Globe & Mail]

Sports: Edmonton Oilers 7 – Ottawa Senators 1 last night. The two meet again tomorrow.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

987,797 doses have been administered in Ontario (90% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 61.3 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

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There have been 15,259 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 52 since yesterday, and 446 deaths, two new reports.

💉 69,187 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ottawa.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6,499 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 164 deaths, no new reports.

💉 13,306 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Outaouais
This has been unchanged since last Friday.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2933 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday, and 69 deaths, one new report.

💉 12,806 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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 pandemic was pronounced one year ago today by the World Health Organization. The City of Ottawa has lowered all flags to half-mast to commemorate the people who lost their lives to COVID-19. [City of Ottawa]

⭕ Ottawa Public Health’s phone lines are overwhelmed with people trying to book vaccinations. They are asking that people use the pre-screener on the website to see if they are eligible, first. Right now, Ottawa Public Health is accepting people 90 years of age or over. [CBC] [Pre-screener]

+ Related People in the Outaouais 70 years of age or older can now register for their vaccine booking [Outaouais Vaccine Bookings]

⭕ Denmark has paused using the AstraZeneca vaccine. Danish health authorities are investigating after some people were reported with blood clots after receiving the jab. [The Guardian]

+ Related The Province is testing out administering the AstraZeneca vaccine at drug stores in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington

⭕ New Edinburough resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told then-US president Donald Trump that that he had a nice country there, would be terrible if something happened to it because shipments of N95 masks to Canada were stopped [Toronto Star]

⭕ StatsCan says that areas populated by visible minorities have a much higher rate of people dying from COVID-19, 35 per 100,000 people compared to 16 per 100,000. [CBC]

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▪️ Former Ottawa mayor Bob Chiarelli and current Gloucester-Southgate councillor Diane Deans are both considering running for mayor. The civic election will be held in 2022 so get ready for the jockeying for position over the next year. Bob Chiarelli, FYI, is the second cousin of current City Councillor Rick Chiarelli. [The Bulldog]

▪️ Stay off the Rideau Canal ice says the National Capital Commission. The fact that we're going to have a high today of 14° should be incentive enough, but no, people are walking on the ice. Some parts of the canal are only one metre deep, other parts are three metres deep. The NCC counted 508,299 vistors on the Skateway during its 26 days of operation, over 19,000 per day. [National Capital Commission]

▪️ The man who crashed through the gates of Rideau Hall and went on a hunt to arrest the Prime Minister has been sentenced to six years in prison. Corey Hurren, a sausage maker from Manitoba and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces’s Canadian Rangers, was armed with multiple firearms before he surrendered to the RCMP. Hurren said he wanted to arrest the Prime Minister because of COVID-19 restrictions and new gun laws. [CBC

▪️ Ottawa City Council votes to remain ignorant of Trillium Line construction delays. News reports say that the line is nearly four months behind schedule, a fact not reported by the builders to the City. Councillors Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) and Diane Deans wanted to discuss the unmentioned delay but Council voted it down, 16 – 8. City manager Steve Kanellakos says the delay is actually 40 days.  [CBC]

▪️ Restaurant patios can remain open until 2 am. City Council approved the late night closings at yesterday's meeting. Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper, Somerset councillor Catherine McKenney, and Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury all voted against the late night hour. Fleury, Ottawa's NIMBYest councillor also tried to have the City use higher-level government funding to pay for three new bylaw officers to patrol the patios in ByWard Market but was voted down. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ Ottawa Valley Birdwatch If you hear the sounds of trucks backing up in the woods, it's probably Owls mating, ‘tis the season. [Belleville Intelligencer]


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