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▫️The Valley Brewing Collective turns one year old today, and the five Ottawa area member brewers will be releasing a 12 beer mixer pack to celebrate. The Collective was started before the pandemic arrived, but as Flora Hall’s founder Dave Longbottom told us, the sharing of resources and ideas have been invaluable to all of the member businesses during this challenging year. 

▫️Buy the mixer pack from Braumeister BrewingCalabogie BrewingEvergreen Craft AlesFlora Hall Brewing, and Ridge Rock Brewing for $55 including tax. $5 from each sale will be donated to local food banks. 

▫️If you’re having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, head to Ashfield Farm on Thursday December 10th for a Christmas Craft Evening from 7:30 to 9:30pm. On the agenda: wreaths, cards, and ornaments. All supplies will be provided, as well as refreshments. It’s an indoor event, so you must wear a mask and keep two metres apart from those not from your household. $40 per person. Ashfield Farm, 8594 Franktown Road, Ottawa K0A 1B0

▫️Afrotecture is a venture by sisters Tracey Solomon and Resa Solomon-St. Lewis (Chef-Owner of Baccanalle Foods), which showcases black businesses of Canada. Located at 55 Byward Market Square, the bricks and mortar and online store features a curated selection of items by black artisans and businesses. Finds gift for everyone on your list and support local businesses at the same time. The store is stocked with gorgeous gifts for fashion addicts, foodies, and home decor enthusiasts, and those in a panic will find last minute gift boxes and stocking stuffers.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ?️ Mix of sun and cloud. High of -5°  

Number:  80. The number of mice who did not get a good night’s sleep, due to University of Ottawa researchers. The resulting study found that poor sleep can lead to depression in adolescents  [Eureka Alert]

Ottawan of the Day: Anouk Bertner, executive director of EcoEquitable. EcoEquitable helps newcomers to Canada build friendships and community and, ultimately, find employment through sewing with their training programme. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Quote: “You Albertans are killing yourselves by refusing to lock down – Amir Attaran, professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, who is getting grief from people over this statement. [CityNews]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8801 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 38 since yesterday, and 381 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3751 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 28 since yesterday, and 86 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 978 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 36 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.

⭕ 249,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is expected by the end of the month [CBC]

⭕ A staffer at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

 ? 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]


We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos: Nortel, Ottawa Valley Ale, Ogilvy's, Ottawa Xpress, and Ottawa Journal.

Printed in Canada and shipped well before Christmas if your order now.




▪️The RedBlacks and the 67s are guaranteed to stay in Ottawa until 2032 – for a priceThe Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has said yes to the City’s request that the two sports team remain in the Capital but only if the company receives the financial incentives it requested. The group asked for access to a $4 million fund meant for ongoing routine maintenance at Lansdowne and for the lease with the City to be extended for an extra 10 years, which means the group will not need to share retail store revenue with the City during that time. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa-based call centre Donna Cona Inc has been enlisted to help handle backlog of 'Sixties Scoop' survivor questions. Over 9,000 claims across Canada are still outstanding in a class action claim against the Federal Government. The 'Sixties Scoop' was a policy of the Federal Government, from the 50s to the 80s, to take tens of thousands of children from First Nations families and adopt them with white families. [CBC]

▪️Two Jenga-inspired towers for Bank and Lisgar request planning permission. The new fad is to build towers with floors pushed in and pushed out. The twist this time: we’d get two of them. As an added insult, the developers are actually requesting permission to use part of the building as public paid parking, further encouraging car use. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️The Ottawa Business Journal has launched their Ottawa Book Of Lists 2021. It’s free for a month and has things you can't properly Google like 'Largest PR firms', 'Oldest Family Owned Businesses' or who makes what in salaries [Ottawa Business Journal]

This story is from yesterday but had the wrong link: sorry. It's worth a read– it's such a strange proposal.

▪️A 54-storey self-sustaining residential tower in the centre of a 300 acre wilderness is proposed for Namur, Quebec. Namur, itself, is barely a village. The developer poses a question: what is better environmentally, 150 single homes or a single tower?  [Ottawa Citizen]


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