Ottawa’s restaurants, breweries, and food businesses offer myriad thoughtful, locally-made gift alternatives to big box store items produced thousands of miles away. Give something local and not only will you feel good, you’ll also make the producer’s day.
2️⃣ We already included the stylish Bar Robo coffee mug in our “8 Locally Made Stocking Stuffers” feature, but the “Bar Robo Peppermint Hot Chocolate for 2” kit is even better. The pack includes two coffee mugs, chocolate syrup, and peppermint syrup, so the only thing the lucky recipient needs to do is add the hot milk. $34.99
3️⃣ BREAKING NEWS There’s a very special Christmas collab brewing (sorry) between Brew Revolution and Dunrobin Distilleries. These spirits and beers gift boxes will be available in a choice of four sizes ($50, $75, $100, and $130) and will feature one bottle of either gin, vodka, or rye from Dunrobin Distilleries and between five and 10 Brew Revolution paired beers (depending on the size of box ordered), as well as Brew Rev swag, and cocktail recipes, and extras like bitters and glasses (with the $75 box and bigger), scented hand sanitizer from Dunrobin Distilleries ($100 box and bigger), and amber maple syrup (with the $130 box). The boxes will be available via the Brew Revolution site and in their taproom soon.
4️⃣ Serious foodies love receiving bottles of olive oils that you won’t find at the grocery store. Visit the Piggy Market to order a bottle of Terres De Llum premium organic olive oil, originating in the Castellón region of Spain. $25
5️⃣ Cats and hot sauce go hand in hand on the Meow! That’s Hot. classic black t-shirt in men’s and women’s sizes. $25. While you’re shopping, check out Meow! That’s Hot. sauces including “Fuzz on Fire! Dalhousie Food Cupboard Fundraiser” containing a fiery concoction of grapefruit, wine vinegar, jalapeño, sweet potato, strawberry, garlic, and salt. All proceeds will benefit the Dalhousie Food Cupboard.
6️⃣ Bicycle Craft Brewery’s “Holiday Beers n’ Bites Box” gift pack is next level. For $79, the lucky recipient will enjoy six unique beers, a 16oz Bicycle pint glass, Epicuria Ermite Cheese Bites, Thyme & Again Pita Chips and Dry Roasted Salsa, Hummingbird Chocolate Drinking Choco, and Yummy Cookies Holiday Short Bread.
7️⃣ The Covered Bridge Brewing “Holiday Gift Packs” allows you to choose the six pack, plus a 14oz glass or a snapback cap, or both. Nice. From $31.
8️⃣ Beau’s All Natural is offering Black Friday deals on apparel and accessories. From November 27th to 30th, their e-news subscribers get 50% off the regular prices. Non-subscribers only get 40% off! Subscribers can use the code EXTRA10 at checkout.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ❄️ Snow mixed with freezing drizzle. High of 0°
Ottawan of the Day: Taylor Jamieson-Datzkiw. The researcher at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute has been awarded the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – Indigenous for her work to to create new cancer-killing viruses. [Ottawa Matters]
Quote: “Wait, Terrance and Phillip, were they not in South Park?” – Rockcliffe resident Justin Trudeau realizing that he was being pranked by Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus. [The Guardian]
Public Health Reports:
There have been 8231 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 16 since yesterday, and 368 deaths, one new report.
There have been 3399 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 64 since yesterday, and 76 deaths, five new reports.
There have been 805 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of three since yesterday, and 30 deaths, one new report.
⭕ Hockey Canada temporaily suspends juniors camp in Alberta after two players test positive for COVID-19 [CBC]
⭕ Black Ottawans are seven per cent of the population but make a disproportionate 37 per cent of those tested COVID-19 positive [CBC]
⭕ Canada will not pay for any more repatriations from overseas over COVID-19 [CBC]
⭕ The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration has been cancelled but City Hall’s Christmas lights will illuminate December 1st. [City of Ottawa]
⭕ Since Canada no longer manufactures pharmaceuticals, we'll have to wait behind the countries that actually do, for vaccine deliveries [National Post]
🍁 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
▪️ The Police Services Board has approved a $13 million increase in the police budget. Only Councillor Rawlson King voted against. The full council will need to approve it. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ The City Auditor reports that city-owned buildings are being woefully mismanaged. Thirty-seven buildings have renovations planned that cost $14 million more than actually replacing them. Over 400 maintenance issues were emergency calls while 2,100 routine maintenance plans were deferred. Councillor Carol Anne Meehan called it ‘95 pages of horror stories.’ [CBC]
▪️Councillor George Darouze films himself texting while driving during committee meeting. Darouze started the Zoom meeting in his house but eventually got into his car, leaving his – we're guessing laptop – open on the passenger seat so he could continue to participate in the meeting as he drove. During the trip he started texting on camera. Darouze later apologized. [CBC]
▪️Citizen columnist Kelly Egan asks some hard questions about transit.Egan points out that OC Transpo is running a full service but has very few passengers. If the idea is to provide a subsidised transit service for people who need to get to work, doctors, or shopping, why not decrease fares to encourage more use rather than increase them as planned? Or, if that isn’t important, why not cut service to meet actual demand? And why is anyone on staff getting overtime pay? [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Students with disabilities, who are racialized, or who have diverse gender identities are more likely to be suspended by Ottawa-Carleton District schools. Additionally, English as second language learners and students in low-income neighbourhoods are more likely to be suspended. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Two years after rape accusation, Ottawa Police officer charged with discreditable conduct and insubordination charges under the Police Services Act. A female Ottawa police officer made the allegation against Constable Kevin Benloss to the Ontario Provincial Police in 2018, which declined to press charges although it found grounds that the rape had occured. The female Police Officer then filed an Ontario Human Rights complaint. The allegations against Benless have not been proven in court. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Tenants of Manor House protested in front of Mayor Jim Watson's house in Barrhaven yesterday. The tenants will also rally in front of CIty Hall this morning as the transportation commitee debates approving the planned route for phase 3 of the O Train, which will demolish the 120 low-income apartments of Manor House. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The CRTC is ordering a test of the emergency broadcast system today to mobile phones, TV, and radio. So when you get that deliberately irritating sound, your blood pressure need not soar. The sending time has not been divulged. [Ottawa Matters]
▪️Atlético Ottawa makes their first video game appearance, in Football Manager 2021. It's also the first year that the Canadian Premier League has been a built-in part of the game, rather than a optional add-on, like the Sens. [Canadian Premier League] [FM21]
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