We somehow missed this earlier – and we apologise for that because it's actually a pretty good opportunity.
The City is developing its budget for 2021 – police, parks, arenas, air quality, patio dining, and a hundred other things that affect you directly.
What is amazing is that each councillor is having a Zoom session for the people in their ward to discuss what is important and what is not. How often do you get to debate with your councillor about on what the City should spend its money?
Do it. Councillors have no idea about what you care about until you tell them.
(And so sorry, we did this so late that half the wards have already had their Zooms. But bug your councillor anyway – maybe they will do it again.)
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
▪️Flora Hall has a new takeout and delivery menu (or enjoy it on the heated patio from Friday to Sunday, weather permitting) and it's loaded with warming dishes with a West African and Algerian spin, as well as comforting classics, all of which go great with beer. We’re big fans of harissa, so we want to try the “Maakouda - Algerian potato fritters.” Of course we also demand avocado at least once a week, so we’ll be trying the “Flora Dog”, which is a beef dog loaded with bacon, avocado creme and salsa verde, mustard, pickled peppers, all enveloped by a sourdough bun. Yes, please.
▪️Meanwhile, shenanigans will ensue at Whiprsnapr this Sunday October 25th. Their Bells Corners-wide Scavenger Hunt begins at 11:00am, when the treasure map will appear on their social media feeds. Search for 10 purple envelopes containing cool prizes. After the fun, visit the brewery to try two new brown ales: Beeree Crisp (think Coffee Crisp and dark roasted coffee) and Twicks or Tweet (chocolate, caramel, and biscuit notes). You can also reserve a table to carve a pumpkin, with the suggested $5 donation going to FAMSAC, which provides emergency food assistance to families. You must reserve a table to carve a pumpkin so DM them now.
▪️Overflow’s new fall line up includes Oatmeal Stout, Dunkel Weizen, and India Pale Lager, all of which we can imagine sipping by a fire as the fall evening closes in. Or enjoy it on the patio with a bowl of their Porter based Brisket Stew.
Weather: 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 13°
Ottawan of the Day: Katherine Takpannie. Takpannie has won this year’s Scotiabank New Generation Photography award and will display her photos of Inuit culture at the National Art Gallery. [CTV]
Quote: “Theatre and theatre houses may have to morph for a while into other forms, and it’ll be interesting to see which pieces of that evolution stick and what actually comes back in a similar form to what it was” – Geoff Gruson, president of Ottawa Little Theatre [Capital Current]
For up-to-date info:
OTTAWA: There have been 6226 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 60 since yesterday, and 308 deaths, four new reports.
OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2131 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday, and 35 deaths, no new reports.
⭕ WestJet has reversed ferret and is now refunding tickets to its customers whose flights the airline cancelled [CBC]
⭕ Dance classes can reopen in Ottawa but gyms cannot. Gym owners are lobbying to change the rules [CTV]
⭕ ‘15 ways cities can emerge better than ever after COVID-19’ [CTV]
⭕ Canadians removed from the EU’s list of permitted visitors due to rising COVID-19 cases [CBC]
🍁 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.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Councillors Catherine McKenney and Shawn Menard want the City to create a non-police led response team. Next week’s Council meeting will debate their idea, which would see mental health or substance-abuse calls met with a new dedicated team not associated with the Ottawa Police Service. The two argue that these calls require a social response not an armed one. [CBC]
▪️Our winter-adverse train system will be waiting for track heaters. The Confederation line, as built, has track switches that get stuck in the worst winter weather. The Trillium Line doesn't – because its switches are kept warm by gas-powered heaters. But new heaters for the Confederation line won't arrive until late November or early December. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️OC Transpo buses to get hard protective barriers for drivers. Not because of COVID-19 but because passengers have physically abused the operators. [CBC]
▪️The Ottawa Book Awards were presented last night. Henry Beissel received the award for English fiction category for Footprints of Dark Energy. Beverley McLachlin received the award for English non-fiction for Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law. Véronique Sylvain received the award for French fiction for Premier quart. Ben Ladouceur received the 2020 Archibald Lampman Award for Mad Long Emotion. Mireille Messier won the the Prix AAOF de littérature jeunesse 2020 for Trésor. [City of Ottawa]
▪️Family of teen who jumped from Prince of Wales train bridge to sue city. Vimy Grant drowned after jumping from the bridge for a swim in the notoriously dangerous part of the Ottawa River. The bridge has signage warning of the danger and is enclosed by a fence. The 140 year-old bridge has been unused for for years and has been kept in hope of creating a pedestrian bridge or use in rapid transit. [Ottawa Citizen]
▫️ Attention makers, crafters, and artisans: the “Holiyay (Virtual) Craft Market” by Freewheeling Craft, is now accepting vendor applications. The market runs from November 26 to December 24 and the organizers are handling all the headache-y parts, including fulfillment and delivery. All you need to do is create. The great news for customers is the same or next day delivery (Take that, Amazon). The deadline to apply as a vendor is October 28th
▫️ Casa Di Moni in the Byward Market is holding free pizza tastings from 1:00pm to 4:00pm until October 28th. Head to 51 York Street to take part.
▫️ In a pivot away from pumpkins, the JoJo’s Pizzeria DIY Hallowe’en Pizza Kit allows you to make a pumpkin or ghostly shaped pie that you decorate with the meat, cheese and sauce.
▫️ Today 1pm - 4pm. Child Care Now Ottawa is asking people to post photos on their social about why they love and value their educators, as part of a campaign to demonstrate how quality, affordable child care is needed in Ottawa
▫️ Saturday - Sunday Red Trillium Studio Tour Ten West Carleton artist studios open their doors for visits: real life and in person, as they have done for the past 42 years [West Carleton Online]
▫️ Saturday - Sunday Carleton University Radio CKCU FM 93.1 is running its 2020 fund drive this weekend, looking to raise $150,000 [CKCU]
Saturday Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows (Pt1) Sunday Halloweentown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)