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Welcome to the Orange Zone

The stay-at-home order for Ottawa has now passed and life has returned, well, maybe not to normal, but at least to what was normal 28 days ago.

What has not changed?

Social distancing rules of two metres and a requirement to wear masks indoors has not changed. Don't mix households and if you live alone, mix with only one other household.

What has changed?

▪️Restaurants and bars can reopen with a maximum of 50 people, no more than four people per table. No alcohol sales after 9pm and everyone is out by 10pm.

▪️Gyms and fitness centres can have 10 people in a class or 50 people in the equipment area. Outdoor classes can be 25 people. There is a 90 minute limit on crushing it.

▪️Shops in general can reopen if they can maintain a two metre distance between customers.

▪️Cinemas and performing arts spaces may have 50 people inside and 100 people outside.

▪️Public pools and public skating can reopen

▪️Barber shops and hair salons can reopen as long as everyone does not remove their mask

[Full rules from the Ontario government]


Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday…

Whatever they call it, many Ottawans will be feasting today before Lent begins tomorrow and continues for 40 days.

Maybe you enjoyed a stack of pancakes for breakfast today, or you’re planning to break out the fancy crêpe maker for dinner tonight. If you prefer takeout or delivery, you have options, Ottawa. Many options.

🥞 Go savoury with Luna’s Crepes & Cafe in Kanata, who’ve got Crepe Lasagna or 12 beef tacos for $40. Pre-order for pickup at 4pm today. 613-254-5551. The crepes on their regular menu cover all the sweet bases, wth flavours like Nutella Strawberry Banana ($11), Cookies ’n’ Cream ($10) and Mixed Berry ($13). 129 March Road, Unit 110. 

🥞 Cruze Café will be offering pancakes from 8:00am to 2:00pm today. Three buttermilk pancakes for $5.50 sounds like the best deal you’ll find all day. Add sausage and you’ll pay $7.00 And since the café is located within a car dealership, you can kick some tires after you’ve finished eating.
Myers GMC (Palladium Auto Park, Kanata)

🥞 Elgin Street Diner (374 Elgin Street) offers pancakes in plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip versions, all served with real maple syrup (from $11.99). Available for delivery through Skip the Dishes, or head to 374 Elgin Street to pick them up. Call 613-237-9700.

🥞 We counted 13 sweet and savoury varieties of crêpes on the menu at Allô! Mon Coco, in the College Square Mall. The “modern breakfast” specialists are open for breakfast and brunch daily, from 7:00am to 3:00m. Visit 1377 Woodfroofe Ave, Unit A, or use Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes to order for delivery. 

🥞 Get a stack of thick buttermilk pancakes from FlapJack’s Canadian Diner, 354 Preston Street. FlapJacks also has magical, pancake-y items like Pancake Brownie Bites: brownies rolled in pancake batter, deep fried, and smothered in caramel sauce; and - brace yourself - Battered Bacon: “4 pieces of thick cut apple wood smoked bacon, battered with fresh buttermilk pancake batter and dip fried.” *swoon*

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ❄️ Snow, at some times heavy. High of -8° 

Number: $1,395. The value of a donated Canada Goose coat stolen from the window of the Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Westboro. [Ottawa Citizen] [Saint Vincent de Paul donations]

Ottawan of the Day: ‘Groomer Dave’ Adams. Adams leads the team of volunteers who have transformed the trail beside the Ottawa River into the SJAM Winter Trail. [CTV]

+ Related Mill Street Brewing has released a pale ale, SJAM Trail Ale 2.0

+ Not Related The Tragically Hip are suing Mill Street Brewing, claiming that their 100th Meridian Beer is trading on the band's goodwill

Quote: “It’s hard for us to invest in things like closing streets so that people can walk freely if you don’t know that’s what people want” –  Michelle Groulx, the new executive director of the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas. Note that the ‘people’ in that quote are her members, not residents or the general public [Ottawa Business Journal]

Sports: Ottawa Senators 6 – Toronto Maple Leafs 5 last night. The Sens are in Toronto again tomorrow.


💉 Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

467,626 doses have been administered in Ontario (89% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 174.9 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

🆕 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

📋 Public Health Reports


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 14,007 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 192 since Friday, and 433 deaths, five new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 6056 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 67 since Friday, and 157 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 2635 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since Friday, 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 more contagious variant of COVID-19, first discovered in the UK, is now found in every province. [Huffington Post]

⭕ Ontarians 80 years-old and over will be priority in the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations, possibly the first week of March. [CBC]

⭕ Providence Therapeutics in Calgary has begun human trials for its made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine. [CBC]

⭕ COVID-19 travel rules don't apply to truckers, the largest group that crosses the border [CBC]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]

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▪️Do we want Toronto sidewalks in Ottawa? Or do we want rollercoasters? Today is the final day to let the City know what kind of sidewalks you prefer. The current style is rollercoaster: the sidewalk is flat, until it gets to a driveway, then it dips down to street level and back up again. Toronto style is to have a flat sidewalk all the way, with ramps leading up to the driveways. [Centretown Buzz] [City page about proposed changes

▪️New owner of the former Greyhound station plans multi-use space featuring luxury rental condos, office space, hotel buildings, restaurants, and retail stores. The real estate group Birgil says it will invite firms to an architectural competition for their new complex. Current planning allows developments up to 27 floors. Greyhound has stopped service due to the pandemic and has not said where a new station would be if it resumes. [CBC]

▪️The Canadian War Museum will re-open tomorrow at 10am. The usual safety rules and tickets must be pre-booked. [Ottawa Citizen] [War Museum]

▪️Bats and bedbugs don't find the empty Federal buildings enticing. Back in the old days when Federal workers worked in Federal building, bedbugs, bats, and mice infestations constantly made the news. Today? They're gone, mostly. Pest control has had unfettered access to the working areas and bats are choosing to live in new bat boxes in the streets. [Le Droit]

▪️Part of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway is being closed off to pedestrians and cyclists. The National Capital Commission is closing off the wildly popular route between Somerset Street and Fifth Avenue for people and sending cars down the route instead. [CTV


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