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🥕 Weekend Food


▪️ To make it easier to know where to dine out, we’ve created an Ottawa Heated Patio mapIf we've missed your favourite heated patio, tell us at [email protected], and feel free to share the map. 

▪️Are you planning a cosy dinner for two at home this weekend? The Whalesbone on Kent Street has some fabulous suggestions to suit both those that want to cook it themselves and folks whose energy extends to heating up. Purchase and pick up oysters, fish, steak, or meal kits to prepare at home. Or order one of their fully formed meals for two. Meanwhile, over at the Elgin Street location, the patio is still open for dining.

▪️Parma Ravioli has “Oven Ready” meals for two or more to heat at home. Choose from Lasagna, Meat Cannelloni, Crispy Cod Nuggets, Gnocchi, Chicken Pot Pie, and many more.

▪️According to their Instagram feed, Pudgy Boy’s mini doughnuts is launching a Gloucester location today (Friday October 16). Pudgy Boys are available for home delivery from Skip the Dishes, etc.

✨Weekend Fun

▪️Paint-it-yourself-ceramics studio The Mud Oven has private painting pods, so you and your bubble can reserve your space and get creative in safety.

🚜 More Farmers’ Markets

The Carleton Place Farmers’ Market got in touch overnight to confirm that they’re open this weekend.

Visit the market from 8:30am to 12:30pm at Market Square, 7 Beckwith St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2T1.

The Log Farm is holding its final Farmers’ Market of the season this Saturday October 17th, with approximately 20 vendors taking part. 9:00am - 2:00pm, at 670 Cedarview Rd.

⏰ Coming soon

Art Haven in Barrhaven (102-200 Kennevale Drive) is holding a reservations-only Pumpkin Painting Event from 6:00pm tp 8:00pm on Friday October 23. $26 per person includes the pumpkin, paints, and tools and there are only seven spots available.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 10°  

Number:  12 am. The hour that Algonquin College Introduction to Canadian Healthcare Studies student Basic Kavangumpillil starts his schoolday. Kavangumpillil takes his classes from Kochi, India.  [Algonquin Times]

Ottawans of the Day:  Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Donald Ross Bradley, Dale Craig, Dr. Rouba Fattal, Sylvio A. Gravel, Paul Hindo, Barry J. Hobin, Barbara MacKinnon, Fiona McKean, Bob Monette, David H. O'Malley, Bruce G. Roney, Bharat Rudra, Vineet Srivastava and Joe M. Thottungal have all been inducted into the Order of Ottawa. [City of Ottawa] [Inductee Biographies]

Quote: I really don't think they work” – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin’s comment that police checkpoints could return on the bridges to limit COVID-19 transmission  [CTV


For up-to-date info:

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 5800 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 93 since yesterday, and 298 deaths, one new report.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1925 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 41 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Ottawa’s joint COVID-19 task force is asking people to not use the emergency rooms if they need a test  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Long-term care home staffer charged under the quarantine act after going back to work without completing a 14 day self-isolation. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ University of Ottawa professor and epidemiologist says most scientists think attempting herd immunity for COVID-19 is a bad idea [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ Five football players at the University of Ottawa test positive for COVID-19  [3 Down Nation]

🍁 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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▪️Local resident appears to threaten Hong Kong-based Canadians. As reported in The Guardian, Cong Peiwu, the ambassador from the People’s Republic of China to Canada, said:

“If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport holders in Hong Kong, and a large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes.”

When asked if his words were a threat, Cong reportedly replied: “That is your interpretation.”

The Rockcliffe resident made the comments at a news conference yesterday in regard to Canada offering refugee status to pro-democracy protestors fleeing Hong Kong.  [The Guardian

▪️Ottawa company Fullscript is number two on fastest-growing companies in Canada list. Fullscript, which is an online dispensary for natural health products such as vitamin supplements, grew 32,000 per cent over five years. Number one was a Toronto real estate concern that grew 57,000 per cent.  [Ottawa Business Journal] [Canadian Business]

▪️The Broadway play Jagged Little Pill, inspired by the music of Ottawa native Alanis Morrissette, is nominated for 15 Tony Awards. Twenty-five years ago, Darren was invited to a listening party in Vancouver organised by the record company for teen-pop shopping centre singer Alanis and completely missed the significance of the album then, spending his time at the open bar. He won't make that mistake twice. [Ottawa Matters]

▪️City council increases Ottawa Police Services budget. A motion by City Councillor Shaun Menard to take some of the increase and divert it to public health was defeated 20 to four. [CBC]


🎧 Podcasts

▫️ North & Navy (Best of Ottawa 2020 Award winner for Best Italian Restaurant) chef-owner Adam Vettorel has an Ottawa restaurant scene podcast, At The Pass [Apartment 613] [At The Pass]



🎞️ Cinema

▫️The Mayfair Theatre continues their stay-in-business fundraising with the sale of two original prints [Mayfair Theatre]

▫️Wesley Clover Park Drive-In

Friday Goldfinger Saturday Captain America – The Winter Soldier Sunday Hocus Pocus, Friday the 13th (1980)


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