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Brunch in bed

Weekends call for sleeping in followed by a late breakfast. Unlike more posh restaurants that turn off the brunch spout in the early afternoon, most Diners keep breakfast available all day. Ottawa has its share of such places, in all four corners of the city, and some even do deliveries. The following list is just a sample. If we've missed your favourite, tell us [email protected]

▪️In the East End, Perkins Restaurant & Catering offers the standards at great prices as well as updates like their "California Avocado Benedict" for $16.99. They’re an American chain, so biscuits and pancake platters also feature prominently. Dine in, take out, or have brunch delivered.

▪️Elgin Street Diner named one of its big breakfasts the Hangover Breakfast, which substitutes poutine for home fries, $14.99. Sounds like the perfect cure for a painful morning after.

▪️With locations in the Byward Market, Elgin Street, and Kanata, Zak’s Diner features a wide range of brunch options, so if you’re craving a burger while your partner wants pancakes, you’ll do well here. Speaking of pancakes, you’ll get a stack of four in your choice of blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, or plain for $14.99. The 100% Canadian maple syrup will cost you an extra $1.99 though.

▪️If you’re craving an authentic, Montréal smoked meat sandwich, head to Dunn’s Famous on Dalhousie. This Ottawa outpost of the Montréal-based chain offers all day breakfast as smoked meat sandwiches, omelettes, poutine, and more. The Large Smoked Meat Combo includes 8oz of smoked meat on rye with yellow mustard, pickle, and fries for $17.99.

▪️Located near the Trainyards, the White Horse Restaurant is great if you’re on a budget. The 3 eggs combo includes bacon, ham, sausages, home fries, coffee or tea, and toast, all for $9.00. 294 Tremblay Road, K1G 0A4

▪️Father and Sons Restaurant near U of O is an obvious student favourite but many Ottawans of all ages are devoted to the place. Breakfast is served until 3:00pm on weekends and covers all the bases with poutine, breakfast specials, club sammies, omelettes, French toast, and more. The prices are affordable given that they’re aimed at students; even the glorious sounding “Hammy Scrambly,” a grilled cheese stuffed with Cheddar and Swiss cheese, scrambled eggs, and ham, costs under $10.

Outdoor Markets

This weekend: 

▪️The Metcalfe Farmers Market. 9am to 4pm this Saturday, November 21st.  Greely Community Centre 1448 Meadow Dr, Greely, ON K4P 1B1

▪️Outdoor Christmas Market at the Log Farm Saturday November 21st and Saturday November 28th from 10am to 2pm. 670 Cedarview Road.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 7°  

Number:  11. The number of of Ottawa Police Service officers who are currently suspended with full pay. Seven are related to serious criminal charges, three are related to workplace harassment. It’s not mentioned what the other suspension is for.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Lisa Bilow, who takes on Mayor Jim Watson on Zoom during last week's discussion on giving $4 million to Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Bilow accuses the mayor of refusing to speak to the residents of Manor Village, whose low-rent homes are planned to be destoyed in the building of the O-Train phase three.  [Twitter]

Quote: “You get really good service if you crash an airplane into the river. You don’t have to wait at the hospital – Peter Cameron, a seaplane pilot from Dunrobin who ditched his airplane into the Ottawa RIver last June after a mid-air collision with a Cessna. The Transport Safety Board has ruled no one was at fault. The Cessna landed safely at Arnprior Airport.  [Ottawa Citizen]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 7990 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 363 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3161 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 60 since yesterday, and 67 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 778 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 27 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.

⭕ Health Canada is updating their COVID-19 Alert App for the benefit of health workers. The new version will allow health workers to turn off the app but keep their phone on. Some health workers don't want or need to be informed if a person in their care has tested positive  but do need to keep their phone on while on duty. As of this morning, the link below does not have the updated version [CBC]

⭕ Quebec is allowing gatherings of up to 250 people for union meetings, university exams, board meetings, health-related community meetings, and diplomatic meetings. Weddings, trade shows, and conventions do not have a loophole – they are still restricted to 50 people [CBC]

⭕ Students will not get an extended holiday break says Minister of Education [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The US-Canada border closure has been extended to December 21 []

⭕ BC Premier wants Federal Government to limit travel between provinces for only essential purposes [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ Podcast: The seductive arguments for and the many, many reasons against herd immunity [The Big Story]

 🍁 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]

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▪️Transit commission ignores pleas to freeze or lower fares, and raises them 2.5 per cent. Presentations were made that the system is currently mostly used by lower income people without cars and a fare rise will hurt them disproportionately. The increase was based on the expectation that the service will return to 70 per cent of passengers. OC Transpo currently sees 28 per cent of its regular passengers. [CBC ]

+ Related Yesterday's morning rush hour on the O-Train was delayed because of train derailment

+ Related 10 people have been fined $240 each for not wearing masks on OC Transpo

▪️Barrhaven Petro Canada station served up diesel instead of gasoline. Car owners report repair bills from $670 to $2,000. Owner Suncor is taking names and promises to return calls. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The British High Commission is going to sell its building on Elgin Street. We previously noted that the High Commission is planning to build a new office on the site of the residence of the High Commissioner on Sussex Drive (the residence itself is safe, and well-cared for by the Brits). The Elgin Street building is in a prime location, across from the National Arts Centre and on the edge of Confederation Square. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️A report from a birdwatcher in the Ottawa area of what he has seen[Sherwood Park News


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