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 🧁 Ottawa Bakery Update

Somehow, we neglected to include a “Best Ottawa Bakery” category in our inaugural Best of Ottawa Awards earlier in the month. We won’t make the same mistake next year. Meanwhile, we take a look at just a few of the city’s favourite baked goods spots:

▪️ The Midnight Baker With no storefront (but an industrial kitchen), the family-run Midnight Baker takes online orders and deliveries within Ottawa. You’ll find everything from baguette to Focaccia, muffins, scones, sugar cookies…I could go on. Starting this Saturday, you’ll also find them at a popup shop at the Square Lemon Artistic Association headquarters from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 877A Boyd Ave (at the corner of Boyd and Dobbie).

▪️ Back in 1980, Trillium was the new kid, but they’re still going strong in 2020. Their “Our History” page is a great read, with its stories of baking bread with a brick oven, finding a perfectly good pizza oven on the trash heap, and that time they opened second shop for 18 years. They currently sell bread, cookies, pastries, and frozen savoury pies to reheat for dinner, from 1181 Bank Street. 

▪️ Another family-run enterprise, the Black Walnut Bakery features handmade pastries and breads from scratch. The Cumberland-based bakery is still giving out free sourdough starter, and you can pick up preorders at the window. 979 Cameron St. Cumberland.

▪️ Strawberry Blonde Bakery ensures that those with food allergies and restrictive diets can enjoy sweets. It offers vegan, nut-free, kosher and gluten-free tarts, cookies, cakes, bars, scones, and more. They also offer “take and bake” pie shells so you can create your masterpiece without the headache of making the pastry. They’re open seven days a week or you can order online. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Periods of rain. High of 10°  

Number:  $11,000. The amount of money the staff of Johnny Canucks split on Sunday. The restaurant tweeted that all sales last Sunday would go to the staff, resulting in a flood of takeaway and delivery orders. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: The Centretown Buzz. The non-profit community newspaper has been reporting on the Centretown neighbourhood for 25 years. Yesterday, Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed it 'Centretown Buzz Day in the City of Ottawa'. We suggest a celebratory pastry from Three Tarts. [Centretown Buzz]

Quote: “It wasn’t that desirable. We went in at $450,000 and it sold for $50,000 higher. Crazy.” – Renfrew realtor Sherri Cobus on house-buying mania in the Ottawa Valley by downtown workers who know that they are not going back  [Ottawa Business Journal] 


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 6088 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 52 since yesterday, and 303 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2063 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 35 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Vittoria Trattoria in Little Italy fined $880 for having enclosed tent  [CBC]

⭕ New York City, with 1.1 million students, is finding superspreading is not happening in their schools, and is possibly a template for other districts  [New York Times]

+ Related One in every 700 students at Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have tested positive

⭕ Ontario’s chief medical officer doesn't want trick or treating in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel Region, or York Region [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ethanol plant in Johnstown is investing $75 million to expand their facilities so they can produce 100 million litres of hand sanitizer per year, which is just under half the amount of ethanol they make per year.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

⭕ Counterfeit Daily Shield hand santizer may have been sold by Dollarama. [NarCity]

⭕ Canada extends US/Canada border closure to November 21st. [Twitter]

🍁 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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▪️Ontario releases plans to make manufacturers responsible for recycling. The proposed system would have producers of recycleable material pay for the cost of collecting blue boxes, sparing millions of dollars of expnses from municipalities. The Province is accepting comments until December 2.  [CBC] [Comments]

▪️The University of Ottawa is in turmoil over the 'N' word. A professor used the 'N' word in class as an example of something offensive that has been reclaimed by a community. Students complained and the professor was suspended. Thirty-four other professors sent a letter decrying the insult to academic freedom, stating the need to be able to discuss difficult issues without repercussions. Now students have sent a letter decrying those professiors, stating that the 'N' word can never be used because of its inate harm. The offending teacher has been reinstated after an apology.  [CBC]

▪️Sixteen story building proposed for the edge of the Glebe. The mixed use building would have 251 residential units and commercial space on the ground floor. The site is a vacant lot at the corner of Bank and Isabella streets, which once had a five-story building before it was torn down years ago. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Ottawa physician says she was never consulted on the Province's supervised opioid consumption site survey despite being appointed as an expert. Dr. Lisa Bromley questions how the Province could make their recommendations if she and her colleagues were not consulted. Besides legitimate experts, the Province also appointed an anti-abortion group executive, a moderator of an anti-supervised consumption site Facebook group, the director of a Toronto business improvement area and Ottawa police union president Matt Skof as opioid experts. [QP Briefing]


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