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Eight Gifts for babies, kids, and parents

1️⃣ Valley Child Clothing originates in the Whitewater region of Renfrew County, although some sewing is done in Ottawa. Constructed of soft bamboo fibres and available in a range of natural colours, the rompers, hats, headbands, and swaddles keep babies and toddlers in stylish comfort. Gift cards are also available. From $12.50 for bamboo knot headband. 

2️⃣ Precious Bloom makes doll clothes and baby accessories from organic cotton. During the Pandemic, Precious Bloom has also begun making stylish non-medical masks. Receive a 15% discount on orders of at least $30 until the end of November. From $15 for a doll’s blouse. 

3️⃣ This Little Piggy Toyspeg dolls and counting toys are available in a range of colours, and can be customized. From $22 for a set. 

4️⃣ Designed to offer children a positive daily image, the powerful graphics on the African American Kids Black Superhero pillows can also be found on t-shirts, socks, and other everyday items. $15.95 

5️⃣ Many toddlers like to run around in a well put together animal hat, and these crocheted ones by Au Petit Mouton won’t disappoint. They are available in a penguin, cat, or owl design. $21.85 

6️⃣ In 2020, leaving your Christmas shopping until the last minute means buying something you can download at home. These Printable Nursery Art prints by Belle Hanah Paperie only require a good quality paper, a printer, and a picture frame, and voila! a gorgeous piece of art for your friend’s new nursery. $6.87 

7️⃣ This crocheted Heart Hat from Mayalyn Creations is made from acrylic and is suitable for littles 12 to 18 months. $18 

8️⃣ Older kids who craft will love this DIY kit to make Scandinavian folded paper stars. $10

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of -3°  

Number:  $70,000. The amount of money Orléans Janitorial Supplies may have lost in a scam. Someone claiming to be with the Gatineau Hospital bought $99,000 (retail) of personal protective gear, giving the company an apparently certified cheque. The company provided the gear but the cheque turned out to be fake. The Gatineau Hospital confirms that it has not done any business wth the company.  [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Rich Loen. The tech entrepreneur has launched his design studio and – when we can visit such things – art gallery in an old tire shop on Carling.  [Apt 613]

Quote: “Do you know what can draw a man from across the room?' – City councillor Rick Chiarelli’s sleazy line asking female staffers to go braless,  according to former City worker Stephanie Dobbs. Dobbs is one of several women who have come forward and declined anonymity to emphasize Chiarelli’s offensive actions [CBC]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8215 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 40 since yesterday, and 367 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3335 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 71 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 802 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 29 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 reassigned the case to a different health authority.

⭕ Sixteen students and a teacher test positive for COVID-19 at École publique secondaire Omer-Deslauriers in Fisher Glen [CBC]

⭕ The odds of catching the coronavirus are about 20 times higher indoors than outdoors  [The Atlantic]

⭕ US/Canada border loophole: snowbirds are flying to the US and shipping their vehicles commercially [CBC]

⭕ New report says health care workers are burned out, stressed, and angry [CBC]

⭕ Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island have pulled out of the Atlantic bubble because of rising COVID-19 cases. Anyone arriving in those two provinces must now self-isolate for 14 days. [CBC]

⭕ General Rick Hillier appointed to lead Ontario’s vaccine task force [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

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▪️People are not happy with the Ottawa Police Service arresting and charging people at the Black and Indigenous Lives encampment. Twelve people were charged with mischief after blocking the intersection of Laurier Avenue and Nicholas Street for the past week. Last night, 90 people signed up to speak at the Ottawa Police Services Board on the topic of the 13 per cent increase in the police budget. Most of the 90 denounced the arrest and argued that this is an example of how the police are not listened to the community. The vote on the budget increase was postponed until today.

+ Related Co-chair of the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition no longer interested in meeting with police

▪️Almonte makes the New York Times for its small town America good looks, beloved by filmmakers. We have dozens of RSS feeds, even more Twitter and Instagram follows, plus Google alerts to ensure that the ottawandoesn't miss anything Ottawa. Then Darren’s mom phones from Vancouver: ‘Did you see Almonte in the New York Times last week?’ So embarrassing that we missed it. Hi, Mom! [New York Times]

▪️Crossing guards are starting a new two-step whistle system. Since crossing guards voices are now muffled – due to facemasks – they have been issued electronic whistles that sound like regular whistles. The new system: One blast, the guard is stopping traffic. Two blasts, the guard is in position and the kids can cross.  [Stittsville Central]

▪️Here are six places in Ottawa that you can drive past and look at a crazy amount of Christmas lights [NarCity]

▪️Tenants of Manor House will rally in front of City Hall tomorrow. Manor House is in the route of the planned phase three of the O Train and is expected to be demolished, forcing hundreds of people to find new homes. The rally is at 9am. [Ottawa Matters]

+ Related Carleton University has lauched a study to determine the best public housing types for youth


▫️Toy Mountain is looking for – wait for it – toysThe annual campaign collects new toys for kids 0 to 12 years-old who may not otherwise get a gift this year. The organizers are looking for 100,000 toys. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at these locations. (Don’t worry about sanitising, elves are in position) [CTV]

▫️The Ottawa Mission is looking for turkeysThe mission typically provides 2,500 Christmas dinners but expects to welcome 4,000 people this year. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Mission’s door at the corner of Waller and Besserer Streets. [Ottawa Matters] [Cash donations]


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