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8 Kitchen Gifts from Local Makers

◼️ This Charcuterie/Cutting Board first caught our eye back when we were curating our Father’s Day gift lists, but really, it will make a gorgeous gift for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Available in walnut, maple, and bloodwood. $65. 

◼️ Personalized chrome and wood bottle opener. Hand turned in a Kemptville workshop by Custom Pens Inc. You can purchase it as is or add an engraved message. From $41.07

◼️ Tea Towel with retro illustration of bar cart accessories, made by Creationz By Catherine. Her illustration is printed onto linen-cotton canvas, which is hand cut and sewn. $38

◼️ We didn’t know we needed one of these, but how did we live without Johanna's Herbal Designs' Microwave Bowl Holderswhich help users avoid burnt fingers? Available in a variety of sizes. From $8

◼️ Another really useful item: the Hemp and Cotton Quarter Cloth Kitchen Towel  by Arty Chick Textiles. It’s bigger and lighter than a tea towel and has many uses, but our fave is that you can wear it as an apron (picture Audrey Hepburn when she’s whipping up some eggs in Linus’s office in “Sabrina”).

◼️ MoveOverMartha’s Mason Jar Utensil Holder comes in a range of vintage colours and will look fabulous on the kitchen counter.

◼️ Bhajan Pottery makes stunning bowls and mugs, and you can buy them by visiting the Freewheeling Craft Virtual Market running from November 28th to December 24th.

◼️ Polar Lumber’s functional and attractive made to order Magnetic Knife Boards are available in your choice of cherry wood or maple. $50

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -1°  

Number:  35. The number of ‘affordable housing units’ the Anglican Church is building on the Old Richmond Road location of its former clergy house. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Ottawans of the Day: David and Marion Rattray. The Barrhaven couple started Socks for the Homeless which literally gives socks to people who are homeless or at risk.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Socks for the Homeless]

Quote: “I always grew up in a Black Ottawa. Monday to Friday was white. But weekends were 100 per cent Black. – Teacher and CHUO broadcaster, Adrienne Coddett, the new head of social sciences and business at Woodroffe High School [Ottawa Magazine]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 7997 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 51 since yesterday, and 359 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3062 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 58 since yesterday, and 65 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 766 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 30 deaths, one new report. 

⭕ The first case of COVID-19 was recognized one year ago today, in Wuhan, China [South China Morning Post]

⭕ The Eastern Ontario Health Unit – everything east of Ottawa to the Quebec border – moves to ‘orange‘ restrictions from the more permissive ‘yellow’ [CTV]

⭕ The City of Ottawa is creating a COVID-19 vaccine task force, charged with the distribution of any future vaccine. The task force comprises the department of emergency services, Ottawa Public Health, and the Emergency Operations Centre [CBC]

⭕ It cost $54 million to send the military into long term care homes in Ottawa and Quebec earlier this year [CBC]

⭕ People who claim a medical exemption at Costco to avoid wearing a mask must now wear a face shield [Costco]

+ Related Anti-mask group Hugs Over Masks schedules 'Costco mass walk-ins'

 🍁 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.

📲 How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]

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▪️The City’s transportation committee has approved the plan by Gatineau’s transit authority to run a tram under Sparks street. The Committee also approved running trams down Wellington Street if funding can’t be found for a tunnel. The STO is working on creating a new light rapid transit system in Gatineau and wants to run the trams over the Portage Bridge to connect to Ottawa’s O-Train. [CBC ]

▪️CIty staff are not impressed with a plan to build 1,500 new homes on a Kanata golf course. Thirty years ago, the old independent CIty of Kanata and the original owners of the golf course had agreed that 40 per cent of the area would be green space – and the golf course counted as part of that green space. The current owners are now in court over the agreement.  [CBC]

+ Related Clublink’s plan 

▪️It will be months before commuter buses between Ottawa and far flung towns resume. Before the pandemic, Prescott-Russell, Hawkesbury, L’Orignal, Alfred, Plantagenet, Wendover, Hammond, and Cheney were all served by regular bus service to downtown Ottawa. These routes are now suspended with no date to resume service available. [The Review]

▪️University of Ottawa support staff strike ends with three year deal. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Sens have released their ‘reverse retro’ jersey and it’s, you know, okay. The reverse retro scheme is to take inspiration from previous branding and twist it, usually with current colours. Some of the NHL teams choices are fun. The Sens being the Sens, not so much []


Wednesday 18 November

▫️ Lights, Camera, Ottawa!

7pm The Ottawa Public Library is running a four-week long series on how to break into Ottawa’s live action and animated film scene.


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