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Craft Brewery Christmas Shopping

If you enjoyed our feature about Black Friday brewery deals last week, don't miss these great Christmas gift ideas from some of the region’s fine craft breweries:

▪️4 Degrees Brewing in Smiths Falls is offering Holiday Gift Boxes in two price points: the $40 box includes a branded toque and pint glass as well as a six pack of beer; while the $70 box includes all of the above PLUS a 1/2 pound bag of Mighty Valley Coffee, a bottle of MissFortuneS Rum Runner BBQ sauce courtesy of Valley Custom Cutting, Inc., and an exclusive Smiths Falls mug.

▪️The Beau’s Holiday Gift Pack is available in LCBO stores in Ontario and select retailers in Quebec. It’s a three pack of Beau’s beer accompanied by a very stylish limited edition toque and it's just $19.95.

▪️Dog House Brewing is offering 10% off all merch right now. Use the code WARDOG10 at checkout. 

▪️Dominion City’s got three, count ‘em three gift boxes in $50, $85, and $150 price options. 

▪️From Nita Beer comes the “Happy Holidaze - Craft Beer Mix Pack”, a gift box of 10 lovely beers as well as two branded glasses and engraved coasters. $50. 

▪️Waller Street is making it custom with gift boxes that you can fill as you like. If you want the decision made for you, they also have ready-made boxes. Prices start at $30.

▪️The Whitewater Collection is four cans of the brewery’s best sellers including Farmer’s Daughter Blonde Ale, and three seasonal brews. Pick it up from LCBO stores. $13.95.

+ Related Find the Ottawa region’s craft breweries with our interactive Craft Brewery Map 

Finally, congratulations to Beau’s Brewing Co and Dunrobin Distilleries on their win at the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade’s Best of Business (BOBs) awards last week. Beau’s and Dunrobin Distilleries’ hand sanitizer, which won the Social Entrepreneurship award, has been supplied to hospitals and many area businesses. It’s available for both personal and industrial applications and in a lavender scent or fragrance free. 

Weekend Christmas markets

▪️Saturday December 5th is the final day of the Orléans United Church 2020 Christmas Market. There are lots of knitwear, woodworking, and quilted products, all made by volunteers. We’ve spotted some true bargains. Pick up in Orléans. 

▪️The Virtual Holiday Market  presented by Shopify runs this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. There's an impressive lineup of Ottawa businesses involved, including Chakou, who make African black dolls and doll clothing, fashion, and accessories; Mila Vardí jewellry; Poppy's Pompom knitting kits; and many more.

▪️The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (CNAGA) is hosting the virtual Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair from now until December 25th. It’s essentially a convenient catalogue of local designers and makers. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☁️ Overcast. High of 4°  

Number:  2,500. The number of glass incandescent Christmas lights used by a Stittsville family to make their house resemble the one in the 1989 film, Christmas Vacation. They have even parked a 1980 station wagon, Christmas tree complete with roots on top, out in front. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Nigel Romick. The Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman/special teams player has spent his downtime training as a volunteer firefighter at Station 53 in Orléans. [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: “They are armed, uniformed officers. Just having that atmosphere of being watched, having that atmosphere of distrust, it promotes a feeling of being like a prisoner in your own school. – Grace Ayoo, co-founder of the Asilu Collective, which has launched a petition to remove police officers from Ottawa schools  [Ottawa Citizen] [Asilu Collective]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8567 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 46 since yesterday, and 378 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3594 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 14 since yesterday, and 81 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 891 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 17 since yesterday, and 31 deaths, no new reports.

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.

⭕ Ottawa’s COVID-19 turnaround is unique in the world [CBC]

+ Related We’re good but not loosening restrictions good, says Dr Vera Etches

⭕ Outbreaks in senior’s homes straining Outaouais health system [CBC]

⭕ Pure Country 94 DJ Jeff Hopper hospitalized with COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

 🍁 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: Nortel, Ottawa Valley Ale, Ogilvy's, Ottawa Xpress, and Ottawa Journal.

Printed in Canada and shipped well before Christmas if your order now.




▪️The City’s Transportation Committee votes to spend $28 million to widen Bank Street and Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven only a month after the Transit Commission voted to increase bus and train fares. The committee also reported that it believes that it will be $500,000 under budget in road snow clearing. City Council earlier raised the budget for road snow clearing from $73,000,000 to $78,000,000. [CBC]

+ Related The City has set up a form to get your opinion on snow clearing priorities: roads, walkways, cyclepaths, etc.

▪️Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden proposes law be changed to allow city councillors to be removed between elections. Harden’s private member’s bill is in reaction to City Councillor Rick Chiarelli’s conduct against female city employees, which the Integrity Commissioner deemed as ‘incomprehensible acts of harassment’. The Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister is not in favour of changing the law. Chiarelli denies all the allegations. [CBC]

▪️Confederation Boulevard is lit from 5:30 pm to 1 am every night as the Pathway of LightsThe walk circles the National War Memorial, the Garden of Provinces & Territories, and gives views of the Alexandria Bridge [Faces Magazine]

▪️Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller does not seem impressed with Ottawa Police Services dismissal of a Mountie in a truck knocking down a man. An Ottawa Police Service investigation in Nunavut declared that the Mountie knocked down the man unintentionally and the subsequent arrest was lawful. Miller said: “I saw what I saw.”  [CityNews] [Video of the incident]

▪️BroadwayWorld Ottawa is running awards recognising the best Ottawa theatre in the past decade. This is your reminder that thanks to COVID-19 we have all been spared best-of-the-decade round-ups 2017’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is currently in the lead. [Vote Here]



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