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▫️Eldon’s has reopened and is now available for takeout lunch from 11:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Order through UberEats.

▫️If you want someone else to take care of your festive season meal, Parlour x DISH is offering two Christmas dinners ($120 for two to four people and $190 for four to six people), a Hanukkah Feast ($150), extras like Lobster Bisque (from $26), and seasonal sweets menus. Only available via pre-order, and you must choose from specific delivery dates. The deadline to order online is December 17th.

▫️We love the “one for them, one for me” vibe of “Gift Certificate Blitz” at Zola’s. On Saturday, December 12 only, buy a $50 gift card and get a bonus $25 gift card for yourself. Buy a $100 gift card and get two $25 gift cards for yourself. The deal is only available this Saturday, in person or online.

▫️Baccanalle has put together “Holiday Turkey Meals” with a Caribbean vibe. Choose from meals for one, family style, Halal, and gluten free festive meals featuring Jerk-spice or Apple-spice roasted turkey and a variety of sides. Prices start at $25 for the meal for one, to $210 for a Whole Roasted Turkey dinner for eight people. From You can select curb side pickup or delivery, but either way you must order by December 18th.

▫️Ridge Rock Brewing is raffling an awesome keg fridge, which is outfitted with two taps and will be loaded up with 20L of the winner’s choice of beer. The winner will also receive a signed Calvin de Haan Blackhawks jersey. The total value of the package is approximately $1250. To be in with a chance you must buy a branded Ridge Rock fridge magnet for $20 by December 23rd.

▫️Morning Owl Parkdale is taking care of grilled cheese lovers this month: on each Wednesday in December you’ll will find a new twist on the classic sammy on the menu. Today (December 9) features the “Alpine” with L’hercule Challerhocker Swiss cheese, apple mustard, applewood ham, and greens. If you miss today’s special, order ahead for next Wednesday's “Not Cow” with Ricotta Etorki Champs Classic and fig chutney. 229 Armstrong St., Ottawa K1Y 2W5

▫️Thanks to COVID-19 some a number of beloved Ottawa restaurants and event venues have permanently closed their doors. Narcity has listed them.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌨️ Periods of snow or rain. High of 2°  

Number:  109. The number of social housing units that the Federal Government has announced for Ottawa. 77 are for single men and women who are homeless, with a special focus on Inuit, First Nations and Métis people. 29 units are reserved for women. Another 32 units will be built for families in the emergency shelter system [Global]

Ottawan of the Day: Al Page. The Santa of Billings Bridge Shopping Mall for the past 31 years is retiring, to the North Pole, we presume. [CTV]

Quote: “For years they’ve been able to just go about their job without really worrying about public sentiment. I think that’s changing. – Kari Glynes Elliott, co-founder of  Ottawa Transit Riders. City Council will vote today on whether or not to raise transit fares. [Capital Current]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8819 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and 381 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3769 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and 87 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 987 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since yesterday, and 31 deaths, no new reports.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ Quebec orders two-thirds of beds to be freed up for COVID-19 patients;  50 per cent of elective surguries have therefore been cancelled [CBC]

⭕ Two longterm care home operators paid $74 million to shareholders; they also received $157 million in aid [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa Public Health will run a pop-up COVID-19 test site at St. Catherine elementary school in Metcalfe tomorrow [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ontario plans show vaccine distribution will go to ‘hot zones’ Toronto and Peel Region first, then 'red control' York, Hamilton, Windsor, and Durham, then 'orange control' Ottawa. [I Heart Radio]

 🍁 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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▪️Councillor Rick Chiarelli, whose actions were deemed creepy by the Integrity Commissioner, can still come to work. City staff have reported back that as an elected official and a resident of Ottawa, Chiarelli cannot be barred from City Hall when it reopens. Besides having his pay docked for 15 months, Chiarelli no longer has any authority over staff or office expenses. Council will debate today whether Chiarelli must have at third-party sit in during any in-person City business and for his own staff to communitcate only through the official email system. [CBC]

▪️Today’s City Council meeting is the final one of the year yet has enough topics for a month. Besides putting Rick Chiarelli on the naughty step, Council will debate increasing money housing and social programmes by $13 million to match the same increase to the police budget; deciding whether to extend the Landsdowne deal with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment; make a decision on whether to have 23, 24, or 25 wards at the next City election; and discuss cutting $10 million from transit services while raising fares. Forget Netflix, watch it all on the City’s YouTube. [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related The City also needs to hire a new Auditor General but there is a bun fight about the position being bilingual, limiting qualified candidates

▪️Venture capital is harder to find for Ottawa tech companies. Ottawa companies raised only $8 million between July and September, while they raised an average of $14 million per month between January and June. [Ottawa Business Journal]


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