Weekly round-up: April 24

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all took comfort from the provincial government modelling projections: physical distancing is working. We need to stay committed to this marathon. I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words out, but for the love of everything that’s good in this world, please don’t inject yourself with disinfectants. Now that housekeeping’s out of the way, let’s dive into your weekly wrap-up.  

If you’ve made use of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway closure pilot, the NCC wants to hear from you. Those who live in the area have one last weekend try out the pilot.  

Recent provincial modelling suggests the province has peaked with COVID-19 but the numbers paint a startling picture of Ontario’s long-term care homes. This means we need to stay committed to physical distancing and self-isolation.  

The Métis National Council launched a new website. This includes key resources for sixties scoop survivors and veterans.  

Earth Week can be marked on all 52 weeks of our calendar year. I found a few safe ways you can appreciate our beautiful planet.  

Ottawa Public Health has updated its website with more resources offered in a variety of languages. You can now find tools in Inuktitut, Swampy Cree and more Indigenous languages.  

Now’s your chance to tackle that growing debris pile – the Trail Waste Facility is open again. You can make a stop Saturday. 

Elsewhere, you can watch Buffy Sainte-Marie and William Prince perform in Sunday’s Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble. The special is raising money for food banks across the country.  

What to watch, listen to, read and eat this weekend 

Watch: My best friend and I have started watching the Baroness von Sketch show together via speakerphone. The women’s sketches are biting commentary about our society and straight-up hilarious. Check out ‘Land Acknowledgement’ and Dry Shampoo’ to get things started. You can find the full series on CBC Gem.   

Listen: Catch Christine and the Queens live Sunday on their Instagram account. Their show gets underway at 5:30. 

Read: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow details his investigation into Harvey Weinstein that eventually birthed the Me Too movement in Catch and Kill. The lengths Farrow went to report the story are admirable, while the lengths the Weinstein crew went to bury the story wouldn’t seem believable if you read them in a Gone Girl style thriller.  

Eat: Gift a frontline care worker a meal by ordering a lunch box from Take Another Bite. You can pass along a personal message and two dollars from your purchase will go to the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. 

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