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We're curating an Ottawa-Gatineau gift guide for Christmas. 

We already have a great list of locally made items and services that will make ideal gifts, but we want to hear from you. Where do you shop for locally made gifts and services?  Do you like to give goods, or do you prefer to pop gift cards in the Christmas stockings? Like our Craft Beer Map, we're pretty liberal about the definition of Ottawa-Gatineau: anywhere in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais is fine by us.

Please your suggestions to us at hel[email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Rain or snow. High of 3°  

Number:  400. The number of times that the Ottawa Ambulance Service has hit “level zero‘ this year, having no ambulances or crews available for 911 calls. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Ron Bickerton. The retiring Bickerton is the final postmaster of Edwards, a rural community in Osgoode Ward. The Bickerton family has run the post office from their inside their home for 110 years. There are 10 post offices in Eastern Ontario that are run from personal spaces. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: It started in Merrickville, moved to Ottawa, moved to Calgary. All the people across Canada who got involved in finding who it belonged to, flew it here and now it’s going to North Bay where it starts a new life” – Barrhaven’s Bonnie Donovan, who was pleasantly surprised to be reunited with her family’s long-lost 140 year-old bible, found in a Calgary abandoned home  [CTV


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

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OTTAWA: There have been 6560 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 264 since Friday, and 316 deaths, seven new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2249 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 86 since Friday, and 38 deaths, two new reports. 

⭕ The City-run Peter D. Clark Centre long-term care home is in the top ten per cent of of Ontario home with violations [CBC]

⭕ A parking lot beside the Ottawa Hospital will house a new 40 bed unit to help deal with over crowding  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The owners of Ottawa gyms, restaurants and a live-music venue had a rally on Parliament Hill to demand that they be able to reopen ‘responsibly’ [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Thirty-eight people received $240 from Ottawa Bylaws for not wearing a mask  [CTV]

+ Related 11 businesses have been fined for violating COVID-19 restrictions

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▪️Drug case tossed out by court after Ottawa Police are found to have ignored the defendant’s charter rights. The judge said the police had no grounds to search the defendant’s vehicle and continued to question him after he requested a lawyer. A police officer testified that the search happened because he had a ‘gut feeling.’ [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Constable Daniel Montsion, who was acquitted of manslaughter last week over the death of Abdirahman Abdi, has had his suspension lifted by Ottawa Police

+ Related Aust family hires Abdirahman Abdi’s family lawyer to represent them at the Special Investigations Unit looks into the incident where Anthony Aust fell from his 12th story window after Ottawa Police used a flash bomb to conduct a search in his apartment 

▪️A developer has submitted a proposal to the City to build 529 residences in Stittsville. The plan, near where Hazledean Road meets Stittsville Main Street, proposes 20 single-detached dwellings, 154 townhouse dwellings, 180 condominium units in five low-rise apartment buildings, and 175 units in a nine-storey mixed-use building. [Stittsville Central]

▪️Ottawa entrepreneur has created AirBnB of storage. Some people have too much stuff, some people have too much space, all that was needed is a middleman to take a small fee to match them up. [Ottawa Business Journal] [Shared Storage]

▪️Canadian embassy staff in Cuba were told to stay silent about ‘Havana Syndrome’. In 2017, 23 people associated with the Canadian embassy in Havana say they were overcome by a strange sound which resulted in concussion-like symptoms. Some staffers are suing the Federal Government and the embassy remains a post where family members are not permitted to accompany diplomats  [Global (Video)]

+ Related The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion (Hint: it may be microwaves)

▪️Le Château has declared bankruptcy and will be closing all stores, including at Rideau Centre, St. Laurent and Bayshore shopping centres in Ottawa and at Les Promenades Gatineau. Le Château founder Herschel Segal also co-founded DavidsTea Inc., which closed all its stores earlier this year. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️A Shopify worker blogs about their first six months with the local mom and pop business. They liked it. [Alex Danco]


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