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▪️ From 5:00pm to 6:30pm today, the Network of Black Business & Professional Women and the Lotus Movement present “A Panel Discussion on Maternal Mental Health”. The event will include conversations with postpartum depression survivors and mental health practitioners.

▪️ Lovers of comfortable, sustainable, and Canadian-made fashion will want to head to the “Virtual Witching Hour” with Miik, who make stylish collections for every woman's body shape, tonight at 8:00pm on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. They’ll be featuring key pieces of the womenswear collection, modelled by both a 20-something and a 50-something. There will be a gift with purchase for event attendees. 

▪️ Habitat for Humanity Steel Toes and Slippers 2020 Virtual Gala raises money towards building safe and affordable housing for local families. The usual black tie gala is going to be a more comfortable, virtual affair this evening. Hosted by CBC Ottawa’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, tickets are $25 and will include community presentation, musical performances by Kathleen Edwards and Mia Kelly, and an appearance by Ottawa’s own Anne Frances of “Schitt’s Creek”. 

Ending soon

▪️ Save a Potcake Ottawa, The Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue, is holding a Macmillan’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser until November 2nd. Order frozen cookie dough, muffin batter, desserts, soups, and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to the charity, which rescues and finds forever homes for feral dogs from Caribbean islands. Orders must be received by November 2nd.

▪️ The Caring and Sharing Exchange has had to cancel their flagship Corporate Hamper Packing Day, which provides 400 families with festive food hampers each year. The charity is hoping to find sponsors, donors, and fundraisers to help replace the loss of support from the cancelled event. If you’re able to help, please do. 

Next week

▪️ It’s (probably) the final @vintage.pop.up.613 “Parking Lot Pop-Up” of the year on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Visit at least 12 local vendors for some Christmas Shopping and seasonal love. Venue: the parking lot behind Bread by Us (1065 Wellington St. West, Ottawa).

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries. High of 5°  

Number:  16-22. The age range of people that the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation is seeking to sit on its inaugural Youth Leadership Council. The foundation is the rebirth of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, which severed its relationship with the club earlier this year. [CTV] [Ottawa Gatineau Youth Foundation]

Ottawan of the Day: John Reid. On behalf of the Hunt Club Community Association, Reid is trying to bring a branch of the Ottawa Public Library to the neighbourhood. With a population of 30,000, the area is larger than Almonte, Arnprior, Carleton Place and Perth combined but is served only by a bookmobile. [Capital Current]

Quote: “I expect dog behaviourists are going to be very, very busy in the next two years – Linda Anglin of Canadian Doodle Puppies in Barrhaven, who bemoans people who get a dog while they work at home and who will be abandoning it all day when they go back to work  [The Guardian


By request, we have added the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which encompasses the areas east and south of Ottawa, to the daily update

For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard

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Ottawa River Wastewaster Dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 6772 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 78 since yesterday, and 317 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2331 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 43 since yesterday, and 41 deaths, no new reports. 

EASTERN ONTARIO: There have been 571 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of one since yesterday, and 18 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Please don't take your kids trick-or-treating in Gatineau, asks Ottawa mayor Jim Watson [CBC]

⭕ Inmates at the Ottawa lockup are not required to wear masks past a 14 day quarantine, but maskless court appearances are endangering that [CBC]

⭕ Mandatory mask wearing in public spaces has been extended to 2021 by Ottawa City Council  [CTV]

⭕ IKEA employee tests positive for COVID-19.  [CTV]

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▪️Flu shots are available at Ottawa Public Health clinics as of today. The shots are free but you must book ahead – no walk ins. [Ottawa Public Health]

▪️City Council backs Ottawa Police Service plan to reform mental health response. Last week, Councillor Shawn Menard had proposed the City discuss forming a new response unit separate from the police to respond to mental health issues. Subsequently, police chief Peter Sloly announced his plans to 'rebrand' the Ottawa Police Services mental health capabilities with new training and embedded mental health professionals. Yesterday, Mendard re-wrote his proposal to support the OPS efforts, which gained unanimous support from the Council. [CBC]

▪️Francophone civil servants are having a hard time in Zoom meetings. They argue that virtual meetings are generally held in English but fear retribution if they complain.  [CBC]

▪️The City proposes renaming two O Train stations. Gladstone Station would become Corso Italia, in recognition of its location in Little Italy. Carling Station would be renamed Dow’s Lake Station, because it's so much nicer. The City says that the public will be consulted over the name changes but for the life of us, we can't find a link. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Mayor Jim Watson on a train in a big loop between Ottawa and Gatineau downtowns: Meh. I'd rather have trains to Kanata and Stittsville first

▪️Local mom and pop business Shopify exceeded profit expectations this morning. The virtual shopping cart reported profits of $1.13 for each share, while analysts had predicted only 52 cents. Total revenue for the three month period was $767.4 million. Shopify remains Canada's largest company on the stock market.  [Bloomberg]


▫️The Shillow Beer Company is opening a brewery and tap room on Cyrville Road. Shillow Beer has been brewing out of Toronto's Junction Brewery for some time but brewmaster Jamie Shillow and her husband and company president Ben Shillow have now moved to Ottawa. The brewery is planned to open in the spring. [Canadian Beer News]


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