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The Canadian Real Estate Association’s report that home sales nosedived in March will come as a surprise too nobody.

With national sales down 14.3 per cent and Ottawa’s down 7.9 per cent, we’re wondering where the drop will end.

After years of an incredible bubble, are we about to see a buyer’s market again? If you’re an Ottawa-area realtor, we would love to hear your thoughts on where the market is going. Get in touch via [email protected] .

We’ll see you tomorrow. — Martha and Darren



Weather: Rain showers or wet flurries high of 5°

Number: 30. Centimetres that the Ottawa River has dropped, ending the floodwatch [Ottawa Citizen] [River Forecasts]

Ottawan of the Day: Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien, who has been sued by Facebook after he asked the court to declare that Facebook broke Canada’s privacy law. [Global]

Quote: “I’ve seen so many guys that I know in the last 20 years who decided to invest in restaurants, and not one of them ends in a good story” – Restauranteur Richard Valente (Fratelli Kanata and Roberto Pizzeria) commenting on the NCC’s loss-making pop-up restaurants [Ottawa Citizen]



One piece of good news that we hear during all this is Ottawa's craft brewers are running out of beer.

Ottawans are supporting their local brewers through delivery and curbside pick up so much - they actually can't keep up with demand.

Which doesn't mean you shouldn't try. We need to keep supporting our local shops so there is something to come back to when all this is over.

These should help: The Last Ottawa-Gatineau craft brewery map you will ever need and Brew Donkey’s Ottawa craft brewery delivery list



There have been 857 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa and 25 deaths.

Canada isn’t doing enough testing says boffin [CBC]

Ottawa board of health running monthly $750,000 deficits [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa Board of Health holds public meeting today at 5pm. [City of Ottawa] You can watch it live on YouTube.

Laurier Manor was so short-staffed that they didn’t have enough people to get residents out of their beds and into wheelchairs [Ottawa Citizen]

Staff member at Garry J. Armstrong care home tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

Garbage in Capital, Knoxdale-Merivale, River and Alta Vista Wards will be one day later after two operators test positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

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Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and province reach a tentative agreement
These teachers were the last ones without a contract [CBC]

Seed sellers find business blooming
Everyone who can is planting a garden now. Enjoy today’s snow. [CBC]

Cofounder of group trying to bring CFL‌ team to Halifax is new president of business operations for the Senators
Nothing to worry about, he’s a former BlackBerry VP [CBC]

Ottawa receives $11.4M to spend on homeless intiatives
City will use provincial money for hotels and rec centres, among other programmes [Ottawa Matters]

Sunshine list of City employees paid over $100,000 released
901 cops, 501 firefighters, and 415 bus operators were paid more than 100k [Capital Current]



💃6pm Soul Stretch + Saucy & Sweaty LIVE! Suzan, artistic director to the Cultural Arts Studio teaches a 45 minute classes to the music mix of Mikey Wizdom of Caribbean Flavour on CHUO 89.1. [Facebook]

🎼 Toronto roots rock duo The Young Novelists recorded live to tape at the NAC. [NAC]



📽️ The Banff Centre has released a whole bunch of amazing outdoor documentaries [Banff]



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