Monday, May 2, 2022

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Mother’s Day

Whether you’re planning to spend time with Mom over brunch or by the barbecue, Ottawa’s local restaurants and businesses have your Mother’s Day sorted. 

▪️Bring Mom to Petit Bill’s Bistro (1293 Wellington Street West) for a divine Mother’s Day Brunch featuring Strawberry Pancakes, Eggs Benny, and Mimosas, between 9:30am and 2:00pm. Reservations are required. Call 613 729 2500. 

▪️If Mom likes a solid, tasty brunch menu, take her to The Belmont (1169 Bank Street), where the options run from BBQ Pork Benedict to Huevos Rancheros, all washed down with Bailey’s & Coffee. Mother’s Day Brunch runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm and you’ll have to reserve by calling 613 979 3663. 

▪️Meatings Barbecue is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch at Home for four with Pulled Pork Quiche, charcuterie, smoked beans, Hash au Gratin, and mini pastries ($100). Order cut off is May 5th and you can pick up from 5380 Canotek Road in Gloucester on the 6th or 7th. 

Deal of the day

▪️If brunch is off the table, give Mom a spa package or even a golf vacation from the Brookstreet Hotel. Right now spa experiences are 10% off the regular price, and you can book a “B On the Greens” golf package for 15% off. 

▪️Give Mom a jewellery bundle from Loftan. The Rebecca gold chain set includes a 21” necklace, bracelet, and earrings for $99. 

▪️Your Mum will love opening a Mother’s Day Gift Set by Twenty20 Skincarea kraft box of indulgent supplies for a relaxing day. She’ll receive a Shea Body Scrub (with spoon), Shea Body Butter, a Shea Butter Lip Balm, and a greeting card for $49.95 plus shipping. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 40% chance of showers or drizzle. High of 14°, low of 8°. 

Number: 760. The number of traffic tickets issued over the weekend in the downtown vehicle exclusion zone, making the Rolling Thunder convoy a damp squib. [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day: Jacob Sugarman. The Dunrobin man has devised a non-bitter, caffeine-free, avocado pit tea. [CBC]

Quote: ‘Ottawa is a tough nut to crack for newcomers. Perhaps it’s my own personal failings or my lacking a local university social network. Nevertheless, Ottawa has felt too reserved, cliquey, and insincere for my overly creative and feeling self’ – Anthony Imbrogno, writing about why he is leaving Ottawa for Alberta. In 2018, Imbrogno wrote about moving to Lowertown. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Philadelphia Flyers 2, last Friday; CPL York United 2 – Atlético Ottawa 2, last Friday

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Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to yesterday.


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
1,423? 13211? 24
1,261,655? 1,27512,842 ? 0
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)93.4% 
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)


? All people in Ontario with third dose49.2%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
2,170? -1278? 3
1,044,638? 90615,009 ? 3
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)91.1%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)87.4%
? All people in Quebec with third dose51.4%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
38? -25? 0
cases changedeaths
71,699? 317778  ? 1
? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (5+)915,737 (92%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (5+)879,628 (89%)
? Eligible people vaccinated with three doses (12+)572,200 (63%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


hospitalizationschangein icuchange
92? -46? 0
38,925? 54304  ? 3

As of April 28, 2022 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people vaccinated with one dose (12+) 88.2%
? Eligible people vaccinated with two doses (12+)86.2%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are reporting only selected information. 

hospitalizationschangein icuchange
10? 03? 0
active caseschangedeaths
-? -226 ? 0

Eastern Ontario Health Unit.   Daily Stats  



⭕ New Zealand has opened its borders to 60 countries, including Canada, for the first time after shutting the doors in early 2020. Visitors need to be fully vaccinated and take two rapid antigen tests after arrival. [Vancouver Sun]

⭕ The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that 10 per cent of people unvaccinated against COVID-19 are at risk for long COVID. [Ottawa Sun]

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▪️Independent review says Rideau Transit Group needs to improve their maintanence programme. The review had 100 recommendations but stated that the backlog of repairs alone should be a subject of its own investigation. The City has issued two notices of default to the maintenance company which could ultimately result in the Rideau Transit Group being replaced. [Ottawa Citizen] [The Review

▪️Trillium Line extension opening may be delayed by a year, the Western extension may be delayed by three months. The director of rail construction Michael Morgan reported to City Council that the delays by Rideau Transit Group are caused by lack of concrete and rebar. [CBC

▪️$38 Million Cultural Hub And Library announced for BarrhavenThe new centre will include a community centre, seniors centre, and a 25,000 square foot library. That library is what caused councillor Carol Anne Meehan to resign from the library board when she accidentally leaked news of it to the local business improvement association. The money will come from Federal, Provincial, and City funds. [Barrhaven Independent]

▪️A national monument dedicated to survivors and victims of the residential school system will be built in a ‘highly visible space’ in Ottawa. The Federal Government made an announcement last Friday that a committee will be formed by May to discuss the project. A national monument was one of the recommendations in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. [CBC

▪️That psychologist who said someone was impersonating him, then admitted that wasn't true, has had charges against him withdrawn. And since the charges are withdrawn, he can practise again. In 2007, an Ottawa police officer who lodged sexual harrassment complaints against the police was ordered to to undergo a mental fitness asessment. The officer had a suspicion that the man treating her was not a real psychologist. Finding a psychologist with the same name, both doctor and patient were recorded by the CBC that neither had met each other. After the psychologist reported he was being impersonated to Ottawa Police, he was later charged with public mischief, The police officer maintains that she has never met the (real) psychologist. [CBC

▪️ Anna and Olivia Melnyk take their places in the Ottawa Senators team photo. The two, daughters of the late Eugene Melnyk, now own the team. The two are the only female owners of a current NHL team and, as far as we can tell, the only ones ever to own a team in their 20s. [CTV]

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