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🚜 Weekend Ready

We’re nearing the end of the farmers’ markets season, and the stalls are packed with soup-friendly seasonal veg and fruit right now (here at the Ottawan we’re partial to a bowl of vivid purple beet, fennel and ginger soup). Be sure to head to one of Ottawa’s many markets this weekend. Most are shutting down at the end of the month, so it’s time to stock up on locally produced, long-lasting squashes and root veggies, such as:


Bok Choy

Brussels sprouts











Sweet Potatoes

▫️ Carp Farmers’ Market

Saturday, 8:30am - 1:00pm

3790 Carp Road

▫️ Kanata Farmers’ Market

Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

745 Kanata Avenue, Kanata

▫️ Main Street Market (Old Ottawa East)

Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

210 Main Street, K1S 1B3


▫️ Ottawa Farmers’ Markets (OFM)

Orléans Farmers' Market (OFM)

Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ray Friel Recreation Complex


Westboro Farmers' Market (OFM)

Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

McKellar Park (539 Wavell Ave)


Lansdowne Farmers' Market (OFM)

Sunday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lansdowne Park


Ottawa Farmers’ Market: Barrhaven (OFM)

Sunday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nepean Woods Park & Ride

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ 60% chance of showers. High of 18°  

Number:  1,000,000. The number of pounds of ground beef donated to be sold to the Ottawa Food Bank by local farmers for Food Aid Day.  [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  David Chernushenko. The former City Councillor wrote a thriller on climate change. [The Mainstreeter]

Quote: When you’re ten, 15, 20 years into being a business owner and you’re basically washing dishes again” – Laura Twiss, co-owner of locally sourced women’s wear shop Twiss & Weber. They are closing their Sussex Drive shop and working online only [Ottawa Magazine] [Twiss + Weber


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 5707 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 45 since yesterday, and 297 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1884 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 54 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Congrats, Ottawa. We have the worst per-capita rate of COVID-19 in Ontario  [CBC]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health says trick or treating is off. Kids should stay at home. [CBC]

⭕ WestJet's Ottawa-Halifax route has been cancelled for the foreseeable future [CBC]

⭕ Staffer at Ottawa Courthouse tests positive for COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Some people are getting false alerts on the Canada COVID Alert App [Sault St Marie Star]

🍁 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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▪️Students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board won’t need to study for final exams. Both school boards have cancelled the year-end exams as too stressful and will grade students based on course work. [CBC

▪️Quebec plans to build 600-bed ‘mega hospital’ in Gatineau. It's not mentioned in the linked story but the ottawan believes this could be a radical change: many people who work in the Capital region don't choose to live in Gatineau because of the lack of medical facilities. The Quebec medical plan does not cover Ottawa hospitals and people with serious health issues currently must go to Montréal instead. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly says the service will continue to review using flash grenades on search warrants. Anthony Aust fell from his 12th story apartment two weeks ago after Ottawa Police raided his apartment using a flash grenade, looking for drugs. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The new Ottawa baseball team is looking for a name. Suggestions will be accepted until October 28 and bilingual names are encouraged. [Ottawa Sun] [Ottawa Professional Baseball]

▪️The Mayfair Cinema sold out all naming rights to seats – now it's selling plaques on the wall. The cinema isn't allowed to open to moviegoers, so it needs to raise money in some innovative ways.  [Global] [Mayfair Cinema]

▪️That Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk interview in full. Sure, we heard that Melnyk said that the Senators would win the Cup within four years, but did you know he owns the top selling fragrance in Sweden and South Korea, Clean Beauty Collective? Or he actually lives in Barbados? [Financial Post]


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