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Getting in the Christmas spirit in 2020 is a little challenging. Giving to those in need can help, as it takes us outside our own heads (and COVID bubbles) and reminds us that there we’re not alone. 

▪️The Salvation Army Toy Mountain is getting ever higher, but they still need help in reaching their goal of making sure that every child in Ottawa has a gift to open on Christmas morning. In particular organizers hope to receive toys for kids in the 0-2 and 11-12 categories. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys until December 18th at the following locations. Or you can donate money.

▪️At the Ottawa Mission, $150 will feed 143 people.

▪️The Ottawa Humane Society has a list of “lifesaving gifts” that you can give in a loved one’s name. These include spaying/neutering small animals, foster care for dogs and cats, and community care projects. Your loved one will receive an eCard notification on the date you choose.

▪️The Ottawa Food Bank has a number of donation ideas to suit budgets of all sizes. 

▪️Interval House offers shelter for women and families fleeing domestic abuse. The charity houses 10 families and their pets, and provides access to support to break the cycle of violence. In addition to financial donations, the charity is in need of new toys, diapers, baby shampoo, and reusable masks.

▪️The Good Companions eldercare charity wishes to deliver 300 gifts to isolated seniors this Christmas. $100 will sponsor gifts for three seniors in the community.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of drizzle or showers. High of 5°  

Number:  32. The number of non-profit agencies that have split $2.9 million in Provincial recovery grants. [Ottawa Citizen] [Who got what]

Ottawans of the Day: Hannan Alhelwa, Meeriam Al Samaan, and Elias Al Samaan. The family arrived in Canada four years ago as refugees from the Syrian conflict and have started volunteering at Care Centre Ottawa food bank as a show of gratitude to the country that welcomed them. [CBC]

Quote: “We have to remind the city all the time that there’s a real loss happening on our streets – Catherine Boucher, of the Dalhousie Community Association, on how many long-term residents can no longer afford to live in their communities. This trend is detailed in the new report from the Somerset West Community Health Centre, Building Community Together. [Ottawa Citizen] [Building Community Together]


Based on this Ottawa Citizen story, we have added Ottawa school information below.

Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 8894 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 75 since yesterday, and 383 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3833 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 27 since yesterday, and 89 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1057 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 30 since yesterday, and 32 deaths, one new report.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ Make sure your Canada COVID app is up-to-date because it may have a bug. Older versions may not actually be checking in with other people's apps. The developers say 'open it up, see if it works’. The newest versions work, they say. [CBC]

⭕ City Hall plans to shift hundreds of City workers into vaccine distribution duties [CBC]

⭕ COVID-19 restrictions have seen a surge in cannabis sales  [Capital Current]

⭕ Driver with Para Transpo tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

⭕ Federal government expects to vaccine everyone who is not a conspiracy theorist by the end of 2021 [Maclean’s]

 🍁 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]


We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos. They'll make great Christmas gifts for Ottawans young and old.

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▪️You know who is not the Ottawan of the Day? The president of the CBC. Catherine Tait, the president and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which is headquartered here, is required to have a residence in the capital. Which she does. But she's mostly been running the CBC from her home office in Brooklyn, New York. [Canadaland]

▪️Someone has been trying to scam singer-songwriters in Ottawa and elsewhere. The scammer contracts the songwriter to make a special birthday song for their son and, seemingly accidently, overpays via echeque. They then ask the songwriter to pay back the difference in cash or Paypal. In reality, the original payment was a stolen email, which will be reveresed in time. The cash or Paypal payment is real. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The ByTowne Cinema should be part of Lansdown says writer. It’s strictly a flight of fancy by The Bulldog but if they want Lansdowne to be a desirable place to go, putting the ByTowne there is a pretty good idea. [The Bulldog]

▪️Federal Government gives private company $100,000 to provide paid-for electric vehicle chargers down the valley.  Some of the 23 new level 2 fast chargers will be in Almonte, Cobden, Killaloe, and Pembroke. [Newswire]

▪️Ottawa restaurants thrilled that they are allowed to continue delivering alcohol. Parochial rules preventing alcohol delivery pre-pandemic were thrown out under emergency legislation but as things normalise, it was feared it would be prohibition all over again. The deliveries are now permanent. [CTV]

​​​​​​​▪️The Citizen continues to be happy with the food from the Wellington Gastropub [Ottawa Citizen] [Wellington Gastropub]


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