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Today we launch our curated Made in Ottawa and the Valley Gift Guide with our first list of Stocking Stuffers. Go local with these thoughtful fashion accessories, home decor items, skincare, and hot sauces.


▪️Splattered Hippo Arts makes jewellery and home decor items from resin and a selection of natural and faux materials. From $12.

They’ll be at the Home for the Holidays online shopping event on November 5th at 7:00pm.
▪️Zoe’s Corner makes handmade skincare and beeswax candles in Ottawa. The French Vanilla lip balm makes a perfect stocking stuffer, and it’s made with local beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower oil. $5

▪️Ottawa’s cutest coffee cup: the Bar Robo coffee mug from the eponymous coffee and cocktail joint at 170 Queen Street (inside Queen Street Fare). $12.50 (Technically, this one's probably not made locally, but as it supports a local business we're including it).

▪️The Saucy B range of hot sauces takes inspiration from multiple cuisines, from Jamaican (“B a Jerk”) to Indian (“B’ollywood”), to Thai (“Mango B’ango”). But it also includes “Baby B-sting,” a non-hot hot sauce made with sweet peppers, for those that like it mild, and then there’s the medium hot, award-winning “B-Sting,” made from 13 different kinds of peppers and other natural flavours.

5oz bottles are $10 each or get three for $25.

▪️There are lots of options for parents of fur babies on your list at Naish Fyke Designs. The cat mom or dad will appreciate the handmade catnip toys ($15) while dogs will look uber stylish in the range of bandanas. Until December 20th, 2020, Naish Fyke Designs will donate $5 from sets of matching dog bandanas and owners masks sales ($23) to Freedom Dog Rescue.

▪️Scented Home makes soy candles in dreamy scents like Candy Cane, Lavender, and Spiced Orange. $12.

▪️Tish’s Bath & Suds uses soy and beeswax to create sweet air fresheners that will easily slip into a Christmas stocking. Scents include Coconut Paradise, Mountain Rain, and Coastal Cottage. $5.

▪️The Clean Canadian Soap bar by Good Neighbour Soap & Supply Co is moderately sudsy and scented with cedar wood; it will fill any bathroom with a clean, woodsy fragrance.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 1°  

Number:  18. The number of hours it takes to receive the results from high-priority COVID-19 test in Ottawa, down from 22 hours [Ottawa Matters]

Ottawan of the Day: John Healey. The photographer collects plastic from the Great Lakes and St Laurence as the subjects of his art. Plastic Beach is on now at the Ottawa Art Gallery. [CTV]

Quote: “You know what really sucks? When your daycare centre shuts down in the middle of a pandemic – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to the House of Commons during Question Period. The Garderie Tunney's Daycare, a non-profit daycare, closed after being hit by a rent increase to $14,000 per month by its landlord, the Federal Government.  [CTV


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

There have been 6830 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 58 since yesterday, and 321 deaths, four new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2371 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 40 since yesterday, and 41 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 30 since yesterday, and 19 deaths, one new report. 

⭕ Testing of Ottawa’s wastewater indictates COVID-19 is not rising as fast  [CBC]

⭕ A Thanksgiving dinner in Renfrew County became a super-spreader event, leading to a dozen cases of COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Stay away from Ottawa, says the chief medical officer for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District   [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Two per cent of Ottawa COVID-19 cases are blamed on bars and restaurants; in Toronto, it's 14 per cent  [CFRA]

⭕ Staffer at McDonald’s on Stonehaven Drive, in Kanata, has tested positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford promises “surgical approach’ about modification to the COVID-19 rules in Ottawa, Toronto, and the Peel Region, meaning that some rules may be lifted in different areas at different times [CFRA]

 🍁 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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▪️1,300 striking support staff at the University of Ottawa reach tentative deal. Staff will return to work until a vote can be arranged. The strike was initiated over health benefits and prescription reimbursement. [CBC]

▪️The City is looking to rename two parks and a wood, and wants the public’s opinion. Sandy Hill Park on Somerset is proposed to be renamed after artist Annie Pootoogook. A currently unnamed woods would be designated Hermas Saumur Family Forest after First World War veteran Hermas Saumur. Meanwhile, Décoeur Park on Décoeur Drive would be renamed the Hunsdeep Rangar Park after the broadcaster and businessman. [City of Ottawa] [Details of each proposal]


▫️Wesley Clover Drive-in

Final Weekend: Fri Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 Sat Halloween (1978) Sold Out Sun Shrek

▫️Bad Movie Night

Fri 6:30 pm Watch George Romero's undead films with your ghoulfriends on Twitch. [Meetup]


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