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Although our autumnal feasts will be smaller this year, we should still celebrate the final, naturally vivid colours before the onslaught of Christmas gold and silver. 


▪️Bring the outdoors inside by foraging in the woods. We recently wandered along the trails of the Morris Island Conservation Area, where we spotted fallen branches and pine cones perfect for centrepieces. If you’re unable to go far, pick up red and gold leaves from your yard, or buy dollar store fakes to create something simple and seasonal. Grocery store bags of decorative gourds add shape and texture to the florals. If you're stuck for inspiration, head down the Pinterest rabbit hole or visit your favourite crafting blog. 

Meanwhile, Ottawa florists can provide you with DIY kits or arrangements. 

▪️Flowers Talk Tivoli has DIY Kits with gourds, dried flowers, and succulents that you can plant later. $65.

▪️Riverwood Gardens has rustic floral arrangements featuring Dhalias, Chrysanthemums, and Asters, along with berries and gourds $95. They also carry a budget-friendly mason jar filled with late season blooms and grasses for $30. Online shopping only.

▪️The Thanksgiving arrangement from Talia Flowers features a pumpkin bursting with blooms, ranging from $60 to $90.

▪️Order a “Thanksgiving Flowers” bouquet from City Love Flowers ($50 - $70) by midnight tonight (Thursday) for pickup on Saturday October 10
from 11:00am to 2:00pm. The arrangement will include dahlias, zinnias, greenery, and more, all wrapped in kraft paper.

▪️Flower to the People 613 (formerly The Stalk Market 613) will do their best to include your choice of colours when you order their Designer’s Choice bouquets. They range in price from $35 to $100.

▪️Bloomfields takes the autumnal decor theme further with dried florals Harvest Wreaths for $85. They also have lush arrangements in simple glass vases, ranging in price from $100 to $200.

▪️Maison Anthea uses local and seasonal materials for their muted yet lush centrepieces, which range in price from $80 to $120. They’re also a go-to for simple olive wreaths and bunches.

In tomorrow’s newsletter: An afternoon drive to Burnstown, Calabogie, and White Lake.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 10°  

Number: $17.1 million. The amount of money the City collected from parking fees in 2019. The City is planning to renew the contract with Precise ParkLink for the pay-and-display meters. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day:  Jeremy Roberts. The Ottawa West-Nepean MPP has tabled a motion that would put Ontario on daylight savings time permanently. If passed, it would only go into effect if Quebec and New York also agreed to permanent daylight savings. [Ottawa Matters

Quote: I’m not seeing a lot of practical considerations for what people need” – Daniel Bailey, founder of Ottawa Street Medics, who says that insisting on no drugs or alcohol, or demanding a job search, is keeping people from being sheltered.  [Capital Current


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 4970 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 117 since yesterday, and 295 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1629 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 49 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Ottawa Public Health has been testing Ottawa's wastewater and found the evidence of COVID-19 in it is ten times higher than it was in June.  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Indoor Ottawa wedding resulted in 207 people self-isolation and 22 people testing positive for COVID-19.  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Brew Donkey halts craft brewery tours due to COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Lansdowne Whole Foods staffer tests positive for COVID-19  [Global]

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▪️City Staff have found 29 intersections that are deadly to cyclists that the City has chosen not to fix because of the costIt would cost $32 million to alliviate the danger to cyclists at these intersections. Another 44 intersections are already being changed incidentally during improvements for cars, or are the responsibility of the NCC. [CBC]

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▪️The Provincial police investigation unit has been called in after a man fell from a balcony in Gloucester. The 23 year-old man died after police entered the apartment using 'dynamic entry,' which involves flash bombs and has been previously criticized by the courts. The police were searching for drugs. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Maclean’s annual university survey was just published. The University of Ottawa came in 18th and Carleton came in 23rd, for best overall. University of Ottawa came in 15th and Carleton came in 24th, for highest quality. The University of Toronto generally got the top marks, followed by the University of British Columbia, then McGill. [Macleans]

▪️“Mini putt and alcohol” in the Prescott Tavern. The Preston street pub has added mini-putt golf in its basement. We thought you should know. [Ottawa Matters]




The Mel Gibson Christmas movie, Fatman, filmed in the Ottawa area now has a trailer. [West Carleton Online]


Wesley Clover Park 

Friday Pulp Fiction Saturday A Bug’s Life, Dr Strange Sunday Scream

Port Elmsley - This is the final weekend for 2020

Friday - Sunday Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade


The animated short film by Ottawa filmmaker Chris Dainty, Shannon Amen, will stream for free on the National Film Board website beginning tomorrow. To make the film, Dainty created icemation, a stop-motion technique to animate large ice sculptures  [Ottawa Citizen] [NFB]


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