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Six Gift Sets

Most of these gift sets are from Ottawa businesses, but we've also included a couple from a little further afield. 

1️⃣ Cheekbone Beauty's The Sustain Lipstick Collection is a stunning new set of three lipsticks in colours to flatter a wide range of skin tones. The collection is a collab with Métis artist Christi Belcourt and $5 from every sale is going back to Belcourt's charity Onaman, a collective which looks to connect Indigenous youth to the land, to traditional knowledge, to language, and to Elders. $125

2️⃣ Birch Jewellery makes delicate, nature-inspired pieces for both everyday wear and occasions. Their popular pine cone necklace is available in gold or silver finishes, and can be purchased in a set with a pair of matching earrings. $60.00 

3️⃣ Located just outside the Ottawa city limits in Arnprior, Ontario, Bee SavvyHoney’s recently open shop has a wide selection of local gift ideas for the foodies as well as the beeswax lovers in your life. Their Candles + Bath Collection is packed with self-care items from Zoe’s Corner and Lucky Clover Candles, as well as own-brand products including lip balms, a lotion bar, and of course, honey. $54.95 

4️⃣ Perth Brewery’s 12 Beers of Christmas is a variety pack for beer lovers. $45 

5️⃣ Give your bubble (or significant other) a party in a box. Ridge Rock’s “Pub Party in a Box!” includes beers, a music list, swag, trivia questions, and more. From $59

6️⃣ Happy Goat “Coffee Connoisseur’s Gift Pack” includes four varieties of coffee, 340g each. $65

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ Mainly sunny. High of 9°  

Number:  40,000. The number of people who used e-scooters last summer in Ottawa. And they did that on only 600 available scooters.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Leigh Reid and Karen Nielsen. For the past 10 years, the duo have run highjinx, a used goods store and communal kitchen where all profits are returned to the community [Apartment 613] [highjinx]

Quote: “I also remember reading articles about four years ago that mentioned Janelle Monae, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar inviting artists into remote, isolated places to craft musical projects. I was inspired because I know that Ottawa doesn’t have opportunities for artists to engage themselves, or each other, in this way – Artist Jamaal Jackson Rogers who is opening the Black Rhino Artist Retreat in Kinburn, the region’s first four-season artist retreat  [Ottawa Business Journal]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 7634 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 27 since yesterday, and 349 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2831 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 59 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 743 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 32 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly says a planned new law, Bill 218, will make suing long-term care homes for negligence over COVID-19 almost impossible [CBC]

⭕ Ontario had another record-setting day of new cases – but Ottawa is quite low [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee will be having a full debate over the Lansdowne deal this morning. Staff had recommended access to a maintenance fund and a free 10-year lease extension to help Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group keep the Lansdowne retail area and TD Place going. Others argue that it is a taxpayer giveaway to a private company.  City Councillor Shawn Menard (Not Shawn Mendes Not Shawn Mendes Not Shawn Mendes who has a new album dropping December 4) has a backgrounder on it. [Council Live on YouTube ] [Backgrounder]

▪️The National Capital Commission wants your opinion on replacing the Alexandra Bridge. This is a funny thing about surveys like this – they already assume that this 100-year old bridge will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge with more car lanes and does not include rapid transit. They just want to know do you want a modern design or a modern design? And how excited are you? Very or very very? Maybe it's just us but the bridge is fine as it is, we don't need more cars, and we could use rapid transit between Ottawa and Gatineau. [Questionaire]

▪️The Ottawa (or awattO) sign has competitionThe Glebe now has a Glebe sign at the corner of Bank Street and Chamberlain Avenue.  [CTV]

▪️Something to keep in mind for later: the bits of the garbage collection that the City runs overran its costs by $4 million. The City has five household garbage collection zones. Two are done by city staff, the other three are put out to tender to private companies (Miller Waste Systems won all three contracts). The City bits were more expensive than budgeted, the contracted-out bits get the same amout of money regardless of their finances. The City has extended all the contracts 2023 but this will become a big issue then with debates over taxpayer money, union vs non union staff, and quality of service. Just a head’s up. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Bridgehead Coffee puts Toronto on hold. The Ottawa-based chain, now owned by the owners of Second Cup, are holding back their expansion plans because of COVID-19. Kiosks at the Trainyards and at Carleton University will still open. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️The carillon in the Parliament Buildings played the theme to Jeopardy last Tuesday, as a tribute to Alex Trebek. Tomorrow’s line-up also looks great with a Friday the 13th inspired set: Tubular Bells, Steve Wonder’s SuperstitionLuck be a Lady Tonight from Guys & Dolls, and Black Cat Serenade [Apartment 613] [Parliament Carillon Live]


▫️ The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival has four live performances over the weekend at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave). Tickets in advance, of course. [Ottawa Jazz fest]

▫️The European Union Film Festival lauches online tomorrow [EU Film Fest]


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