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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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Wednesday Food + Drink

▪️Shifter magazine has published their Top Five Afro-Caribbean restaurants in Ottawa. (Number one, Soleil Des Iles)

▪️People in Ottawa are the second most-likely in Canada to say 'Thank You' to their food delivery drivers. People in Gatineau are the sixth biggest tippers but ninth pickiest in special orders. Ottawa did not make the top-10 for healthy food ordering cities. So says Uber Eats, anyway. [Cravings Report]

Brewery update

▪️Smiths Falls’ 4 Degrees Brewing has posted its new hours: Wednesday to Sunday 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Head there for a great selection of beer, merch, and even Mighty Valley fair-trade coffee.

▪️Lots of news out of Flora Hall this week: first, we hear that the chef is about to mix things up with a new menu; also, we’ve spotted a gorgeous Christmas prezzie in their merch lineup that will thrill coffee and beer lovers. It’s a Flora Hall “Coffee” mug! It’s not only stylish but it’s got a cheeky message on the side (“Could be Beer”). $19.78

▪️Here’s a chance to win round trip tickets for two anywhere Porter Airlines flies: it’s the Beau’s Porter Getaway Contest. Unique entry codes are located in specially marked six packs of Beau’s Lug Tread beer. 

▪️Stray Dog Brewing is offering #movember participants a little extra incentive: For every $350 you raise, you can redeem a a 14oz beer or flight, and a brewery t-shirt. All you have to do is send the brewery your Movember page details so they can track your progress. 

▪️Spark Beer Night Markets will bring local makers and beer fans together for festive shopping events on Friday November 19th and Friday November 26th, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The events will unfold in the back “Sparking” lot at 702 Somerset St W. 

▪️The menu’s been updated at Carp’s Ridge Rock Brewing, so if you’re headed out for a day trip take your appetite. Personally, we would keep it hearty with a Winter Squash Salad followed by a Skor cheesecake, but that’s just us. 


Deal of the Day

Mimi and August Christmas cards are designed and printed in Montréal and come in a variety of cute designs. They cost $6 but for a limited time you can get six for $28.99. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

? Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.


The competition this year is KEEN. There are so many more nominated businesses this year than in 2020, and the choices themselves are so much harder. The nomination round created a much broader and deeper bench of deserving local businesses that are craving your vote. 

We don't envy your work this year.

But it's work that you must do.


On social media, please pass around the link and use #BestOfOttawa2021. Poll is open until 23:59 November 14.


Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 9°, low of -3°

Number: $111,563.60. The annual rate of pay for the lowest rank in the Ottawa Police Services by July 1, 2024. The Police Board and the Police Union have resolved all outstanding issues in the collective agreement, paid retroactively to January 1, 2020. [Agreement]

Ottawan of the Day: Apollo the Child. The poet will be taking part in VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, next week. [Ottawa Citizen] [VERSeFest]

Quote: ‘I am nervous that the one-stop service that I think users of the Tom Brown Arena have become used to is going to get broken up again – Kitchissippi ward councillor. Jeff Leiper on winding down of respite centres. The centres are City-run facilities to allow safe spaces for seniors and shut-ins to break isolation and find companionship but are being closed as Provincial COVID 19 funding runs out. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Boston Bruins 3, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


604,52? 4419,903 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.5% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


430,940?54511,528 ?6
? Eligible people with one dose90.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

606 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

834,916 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated803,302 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,316?22223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 607,646

As of November 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5873?22127 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose167,357 (91.5%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated160,477 (87.7%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Health Canada is adding a warning label to the COVID 19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Both jabs have been associated with immune thrombocytopenia, an autoimmune condition that can cause easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. [Global]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches asks everyone to be more cautious – wear masks, stay distant – because COVID 19 cases are slowly rising in Ottawa [CBC]


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▪️City Council will pick the councillor for the Kanata North ward today. The seat was vacated when Jenna Sudds was elected MP for Kanata – Carleton. Twenty wannabe councillors nominated themselves to finish out the final year of the term. At no point have the people of Kanata been consulted about who their representative will be. [CBC]

▪️More than a dozen delegations asked the Police Services Board to deny an increase in the police budget. The Police are requesting a minimum of a $14 million raise in their budget. The board had previously promised to look for ways to reduce or freeze the budget. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Confederation Line will return Friday. Assuming nothing goes wrong, the service will return with half of its fifteen trains running. The bus replacement service will continue to run, just in case. [CTV]

▪️The National Capital Commission says that a sixth river crossing won't do much to reduce truck traffic. The commission says that regional transportation planning is required, rather than piecemeal decisions made independently by two provinces and several municipalities. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Ottawa Transit RIders group is looking for new board members. The group advocates for transit riders and represents them to the City and to OC Transpo. [Ottawa Transit Riders]

▪️The National War Memorial will again allow spectators at tomorrow's Remembrance Day ceremony. Physical distancing and wearing masks will be required. [Ottawa Citizen]

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