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It’s only ten weeks to Christmas. We're not reminding you of this because we're horrible people but because shipping is going to be slow this year and, we're afraid, it's not looking good for large Christmas get togethers. Acting early is the smart thing to do.

Nine locally made decor gifts

▪️One of our readers tipped us off about Lonely Nights Lights, who makes gorgeous resin night light shades. These intricate shades are available in a range of designs, from abstract to tiny landscape photographs. $62 each.

▪️These upcycled vintage jewellery boxes will complement myriad decorating styles but will look especially great in a little girl’s bedroom. From $52.

▪️Authentically Amy Designs offers wood blanket ladders, shelving, and other wood decor items for the contemporary home or cottage. Blanket ladders start at $80.

▪️Santa Garden Gnome 4 inch beeswax candle is a spot of contemporary kitsch, in non-toxic coloured beeswax. Made by The Wax Studio in Ottawa. $19.00. 

▪️Diane Sullivan is a Carp-based potter whose work ranges from bee-adorned bowls ($11) and mugs ($42) to decorative urns (from $240) and animal sculptures (from $60). Right now she is offering free delivery to within Ottawa and the suburbs.

▪️Here’s a Christmas heirloom in the making: A wooden Christmas Eve box personalized with your child’s name, ready to be filled with gifts. $25 each but they’re going fast. Pick up in Orleans. By MadKat Signs & Designs.

▪️All Your Buddies Studio creates “Bookshelf Prints,” an original artwork of the spines of your favourite books. Just send the author and titles, and your desired background colour. $45. Also available: stickers, greeting cards, and custom house prints.

▪️A stained glass window or decorative item not only dresses a window or door, but it casts vivid tones of light into a room. At Stained Glass Stuff on Richmond Road you can purchase ready made pieces or enrol in a stained glass or fused glass course. Either of which, by the way, would make a thoughtful gift.

▪️Ordinary Dutch Studio makes decor and Christmas decorating items with a Nordic feel. The felt star and wooden bead garland will dress the mantel in a subtle grey, black, or white ($16.65), while the personalized stockings constructed from reclaimed wooden blankets ($49.50) are available in a range of subtle colours.


We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 18°  

Number:  $10. The rent per year that the Aggarwal family is charging the Ottawa Mission Food Service Training Program to use the former Rideau Bakery kitchen. The programme, which teaches restaurant skills, will move in May. [CFRA]

Ottawans of the Day: Nadin Kara, Sharon Bosley House, and Abbis Mahmoud. The three found their careers torpedoed by the coronavirus – and instead launched Noor Food Market in Westboro, a Middle Eastern-inspired food-for-health grocery store. [Kitchissippi Times] [Noor Food Market]

Quote: “The quality of learning that I am getting online is not as good. I don’t feel like I am learning; it is more about meeting deadlines and I don’t think I am retaining any information – Justine Moses, a Carleton University undergraduate, who is worried about the quality of education she is getting online with no break in tuition  [Capital Current


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

There have been 7324 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 51 since yesterday, and 334 deaths, four new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2646 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 51 deaths, three new reports.


Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 668 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 26 deaths, five new reports. 

⭕ Experts say lack of strictness in schools resulted in Quebec’s surge of COVID-19   [Ottawa Citizen]

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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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▪️Whole Foods Market opens a world of pain for itself by banning the wearing of poppies by its employees. Mayor Jim Watson has weighed in, and now Premier Doug Ford is promising legislation to ban the banning of poppies. Unsaid by Whole Foods but the usual reason that companies in general ban poppies is to ban the wearing of so-called political buttons: Black Lives Matter, unions, wage equality etc. It's hard to ban things permitted by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms if you permit poppies. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa-Carleton School Board is already announcing that Grad 2021 will be virtual.  They plan pre-recorded valedictorian speeches and a profile page of each student [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Aces drop out of play for 2021. The professional rugby club had planned to play in England’s League One but the uncertainty of UK-Canada travel led to their decision [Sky Sports]

▪️Parliament will increase security to Ottawa homes and public appearances after threats to MPs. Currently, MPs who feel the need for better security must ask the RCMP, who will make a decision on whether to protect the person. The new security will be done by the Parliamentary Protective Service [CBC]

▪️Capital Current has a nice interview with Catherine Kitts, the newest member of Ottawa City Council, representing Cumberland Ward [Capital Current

▪️Mad Radish is launching a pizza brand and a burrito brand [Ottawa Magazine] [Revival Pizza] [Luisa’s Burritos & Bowls]


▫️ The Mayfair Theatre reopens tomorrow with its usual unusual fare. Over the next week, they will screen The UntouchablesThe NestMarnieThe Return of the Living Dead, and El Topo

▫️ Cineplex Odeon cinemas have no plans to reopen in the near future


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