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Wednesday Resto Roundup

If the arrival of the cold weather has you mentally or literally hunkering down under the duvet, these comfort food ideas offer the culinary equivalent of a warm hug. 

▪️A pound of buttermilk chicken ($20), corn bread ($7), and slaw ($4) from the BTP Smoque HouseDon't forget the beer from Beyond the Pale while you're ordering. 

▪️Alfredo Pasta from Dreamland Cafe: a big bowl of fettuccine bathing in the most comforting of pasta sauces, $12. A side order of garlic bread would go nicely ($1-$3). Get it all from Uber Eats or order for pickup.

▪️Flapjack’s Canadian Diner combines Poutine with brunch, with its Breakfast Poutine: homefries, curds, hollandaise sauce and a sunny side up egg. $15.99. Add a side of onion rings for $5.99.

▪️What’s more comforting than a bowl of soup? Kanata Soup makes it easy to make a warming bowl at home. The Veteran-owed business offers classic mixes in a bag, from dried beans or peas to stock, spices, and herbs. All you have to do is boil the water. Or you can add your own chicken, ham, beaf, or veggies for an even heartier meal. They have gluten free, vegan, and extra spicy options. From $5.99 

▪️Ice cream and cake certainly are reliable comfort desserts, but with Christmas on the horizon there are so many seasonal baked treats to try. Nat’s Bread Company’s rum raisin stollen, chocolate rum balls, and “Walnut Spirals” sound delicious. From $12.

▪️The Citizen says Indian food fans should try Vivaan on Preston Street 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -5°  

Number:  3. The number of underwater pipes the National Capital Commission hopes is sufficient for the downtown portion of the Rideau Canal Skateway to freeze this year. The canal has two existing pipes that moves drain water from the skating part to the centre of the canal, stilling the water and making it easier for ice to form. The NCC is now installing a third pipe. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Kelly-Marie Murphy, who has received the 2020 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her winning composition was Coffee Will be Served in the Living Room, inspired by artist Lee Krassner’s reaction after her husband, Jackson Pollock, threw a tantrum in front of guests.  [Apartment 613]

Quote: “Pair up with a roommate, or two, and start splitting off the cost and making sure you have those monthly costs shared between three, or even four people, versus just you on your own – Taylor Bennett, a broker with Bennett Property Shop Realty, giving advice to Millennials on how they can buy a house in Ottawa. Bennett bought his first house with a down payment from his parents. [CTV]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 7968 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 361 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3101 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday, and 65 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 770 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of four since yesterday, and 29 deaths, no new reports.

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

⭕ Ottawa Public Health does not agree with Ontario plan to extend school holiday [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa’s first recorded case of COVID-19 was March 11, but it appears that it was in the community for weeks before that [CBC]

⭕ Alberta points out that the Federal Government will dole out vaccines – when they arrive – to the provinces by population, not by number of seniors or health care workers, or other vulnerable groups []

⭕ Ottawa cases have been dropping but it’s ‘too soon to celebate’ says Dr Vera Etches []

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▪️The year without a shopping centre Santa Claus. Kris Kringle will be skipping Bayshore, Rideau, St. Laurent, and Place d'Orléans shopping centres for COVID-19 reasons this year. [CBC ]

▪️The House of Commons has invited Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to visit Ottawa and for Biden to address Parliament. It's been tradition – for Canadians anyway, Americans don't seem to know about it – for the new US president to make their first foreign visit as chief executive to Canada.  [Macleans]

▪️The City’s Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management made some tree, energy, and divesting from fossil-fuel decisions yesterday. The size of trees that can be cut down in urban areas without a permit has been reduced; the CIty will spend $3 million to make energy conservation changes at its facilities; and staff have been asked for authority to allow the City to sell any investments in fossil fuels. All decisions need to be approved by the full Council. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related At the same meeting, curbside garbage pickup was increased by $10 to households and water rates were increased by $37. Rural residents, who are not connected to City water, will get a $7 increase in their water bill to pay for stormdrains and such.

▪️OC Tranpo buses have been running overnight in cold weather. Because of the lack of heated garages, OC Transpo staff sometimes leave buses running all night long to keep the engines warm and to remove snow and ice from the windows. In Ottawa, it's illegal to let a vehicle idle for longer than two minutes, to prevent excess emissions. [Ottawa Magazine]


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