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Still looking for a fun alternative to Trick-or-Treating?

▪️ Café Latte Cino in Orléans has Halloween DIY donut kits for kids and other donut lovers (*puts up hand*). The kit includes four donuts, icing, and toppings. Preorders are recommended. [email protected] or (613) 824-2466

Here are a few additional markets to put in your calendar, to kickstart your Christmas shopping. 

▪️ Ottawa Artisans “Happy holidays Virtual Market” November 12th 7:00pm to November 15th at 9:00pm Free Ottawa drop-off over $100. Free Canada-wide shipping over $150.

▪️ You’ll find local makers and creators at The Little Red Spade’s “Let’s Spread Some Joy Handmade Creators Winter Market” in Stittsville from November 14th to December 12th, 10:00am to 3:00pm. This is in-person shopping, so don’t forget your mask. 1563 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, ON K2S 1A5.

▪️ There will be loads of gift ideas at the Square Lemon “A Wicked Virtual Market” this weekend from Friday October 29th at 10:00am to Saturday October 31st at 6:00pm. Over the last 10 days the Square Lemon Insta feed has listed some of the great local items that will be for sale at the market, including jewellery, art, nail art, fashion, soap, cute masks, decor, pastries, and more.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 2°  

Number:  10. The number of ‘top reasons’ why O Train stations are not heated. We like #3: ‘The heaters wouldn’t have worked’ [Bulldog Ottawa]

Ottawans of the Day: The people of Richmond. Charlene Burnside sold $2,000 worth of cupcakes at the Richmond Farmers’ Market but a mistake using the Square card reader meant no money was paid. Market goers collected that plus extra, which she donated to Candlelighters and Roger Nielsen House  [CTV]

Quote: “I think they need to look at this not just as a transit link, but as a nation-building, capital-building project – Writer, consultant and former Capital Commission board member Bob Plamondon on the need to create a rail link that connects the downtowns of Gatineau and Ottawa on a big loop  [Ottawa Citizen


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 6636 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 76 since yesterday, and 317 deaths, one new report.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2264 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 40 deaths, two new reports. 

⭕ A ‘non-staff member’ at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre has tested positive for COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ 83 students have been fined $1,000 each for having a party in Chelsea. It’s 83 because police were not able to identify the rest.  [CBC]

⭕ Red zone restrictions in Quebec, which includes Gatineau, have been extended into November  [CBC]

⭕ Work Safe Twerk Safe, an association representing Ontario strippers, has applied to provincial court to have the closure of strip bars overturned.  [Ottawa Matters]

 🍁 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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▪️Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly pledges changes to the police services. During the Police Services Board meeting yesterday, Sloly said that the service is making changes to address systemic issues like mental health, gender and race. The Chief also said that he would also review non-official patches worn by officers like the 'thin blue line' and the challenge coin system, which has been brought up from the United States [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The Ottawa Police Services board will review the use of ‘dynamic entry’ which uses flash bombs to enter a residence

▪️The Province has provided $18 million for shelter funding. The money is expected to last until next April and is intended expand shelter space and to create new places for people to get out of the cold during the daytime. [CBC]

▪️Small town tracks down and unmasks person who defamed two councillors on Facebook. The Municipality of Cantley, QC won court orders to get the IP address from Facebook of the poster, then the name of that IP address user from Internet provider Vidéotron. The poster has publicly apologised.  [CBC]

▪️Carleton Place residents uneasy about people from Ottawa using their fitness passes in their zone. Carleton Place is outside Ottawa’s COVID-19 restriction zone, which has closed the gyms, but at 20 minutes beyond Kanata, it is becoming popular with people who don't understand the concept of isolating. [Inside Ottawa Valley]

▪️Ottawa Police Service may lose their contract to investigate Nunavut RCMP incidents. The Territory is exploring creating their own police review board to investigate shootings or deaths by police. Ottawa and Calgary Police Services currently have the contract to do this. [Nunatsiaq News]

▪️Torontonians have their knickers in a knot over a tweet by Ottawa Public Health. Sure, Ottawa has never won a game 7. And sure, in the last game 7 that Ottawa played, they lost against Toronto. But we won't stand making fun of the Sens by Toronto! That's our job. [Blog TO]


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