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Thursday, November 4, 2021

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Happy Diwali to the Capital. The Hindu festival of light begins today and will be celebrated for the next five days.

Made In Canada Christmas Stationery

Regular readers of the ottawan know that we’re big champions of goods that are Made in Canada. We love hunting down fashion, grooming, accessories, and decor items that are manufactured right here in this country, because it allows us to support and celebrate homegrown makers. It feels good to answer “Where did you get that?” with “It’s made in Canada.” Today we present a list of Canadian-made gift wrap, cards, and tags to provide the finishing touch to your Christmas prezzies. 



Twin brothers combine forces at Rolling Designs to make little ceramic animal magnets, pins, and stickers. Their gift tag range of happy cats in sweaters will make the animal lovers in your life giggle because, “Ooh, I love that sweater, put it on me, put it on me!” said no cat, ever. The tags are also available in wiener dogs, farm animals, rabbits, and more. $12 for 12, $17.86 for 24.


Toronto artist Jennifer Lindup’s Bright Limelight range of gift wrap and cards are created in glorious watercolours, and feature seasonal icons like deer, cats on Christmas trees, snow shoes, skiis, and lots more. The Mix and Match Holiday Wrapping Paper set is your choice of three, five, or eight sheets of high quality, brightly coloured paper ($33.60 for three).


Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, FibreMountain’s fabric envelopes and bags will allow the recipient to pay it forward next year when they're wrapping their gifts. The envelopes are available in festively printed fabrics in a variety of sizes, and the set of three Christmas gift bags is a handy multi-size pack to answer your last minute wrapping panic. 


Ottawa’s Greenaway Creations makes paper products featuring high quality paper, twine, and colourful accents that will lend a quiet elegance to your holiday gift packages. The packages of six cards cost $28, are available in a range of seasonal designs, and are delivered free within Canada. 


Orangeville, Ontario based maker Dino and Doll’s range of cards, gift tags, and bookmarks are perfect for an understated Christmas in classic colours of red, green, black, white, and gold. 


A boxed set of Party Mountain Paper’s Season’s Eatings cards will make your foodie friends feel all warm and gooey inside. Designed and printed in Toronto, this fun range also celebrates cats’ fascination with Christmas trees, hip hop, Jolly Saint (Stevie) Nicks, and more. There’s even a “Hope you have a pretty, pretty, pretty Good Hanukkah” Larry David card. $6.25 for a single card, $24 for a box of six. 

Sparkley stickers

If you like to zhuzh up your gifts before placing them under the tree, the Christmas-y holographic snow globe stickers by Waterloo, Ontario’s Bartlett Blossoms, will add the right touch of sparkle ($7.49). If the recipient has a Bridgerton fascination, you’ll also find a set of stickers celebrating the hit show. We love the “Deer motion card” that allows you to move the deer across the bottom of a wintery forest scene ($8.49).


Do a “Made in Canada” search on Holt Renfrew’s website and you’ll be rewarded with a selection of high end, Canadian made gifts to make the recipient squeal and your wallet weep. Highlights include Anzie jewellery from Montréal, Canada Goose parkas, Smythe women’s blazers, and Hiso tailored coats, but what really got us excited was the gift wrap. Exclusive to Holt Renfrew, the range of Canadian-made Eighty Seventh St. wraps will look adorable under the tree. $17 per roll. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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The competition this year is KEEN. There are so many more nominated businesses this year than in 2020, and the choices themselves are so much harder. The nomination round created a much broader and deeper bench of deserving local businesses that are craving your vote. 

We don't envy your work this year.

But it's work that you must do.


On social media, please pass around the link and use #BestOfOttawa2021. Poll is open until 23:59 November 14.


Weather: ☀️ Sunny High of 4°, low of -6°

Number: $717,600. The average sale price of a house in Ottawa in October, up from $603,000 in October 2020 and $483,000 in October 2019. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Natasha Bakht. The University of Ottawa law professor has been awarded the Huguenot Society of Canada Award for her book In Your Face: Law, Justice, and Niqab-wearing Women in Canada. The Huguenot Society of Canada Award is an annual award for the book or article that brings public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought. [Canadian Lawyer]

Quote: ‘We feel that when you've declared a climate emergency, you need to be making transit much more attractive, much more reliable, much cheaper – Kari Elliott, who represents the advocacy group Ottawa Transit Riders, on OC Transpo raising fares by 2.5 per cent as of January. [CBC]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


601,524? 4389,891 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.2% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.7%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


427,472?52511,510 ?8
? Eligible people with one dose90.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

604 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

833,515 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated800,305 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,273?11223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 604,216

As of November 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5834?4127 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose167,062 (91.3%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated159,902 (87.4%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ 95 per cent of Federal workers have been vaccinated against COVID 19. Federal civil servants were required to be vaccinated by last Friday but this has been extended until November 15. Federal workers who are not vaccinated after that point will be placed on unpaid leave. [CBC]

⭕ Ontario will not require hospital workers to be vaccinated against COVID 19, fearing that the putting the unvaccinated on unpaid leave will create more health care problems than it solves. Individual hospitals are free to make their own mandates. [Global]

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▪️OC Transpo has submitted its budget, and wants an additional $21 million. The system expects that it will return to 82 per cent of its pre-pandemic passenger levels, which will result in $41 million less in fares. The system also expects $7.7 million less in Provincial gas taxes. [CBC]

▪️The Afghanistan ambassador to Canada has not spoken to the Taliban. Hassan Soroos, who was already in position as Ambassador to Canada when the Taliban took over his country, has continued to provide consular services and represent the Islamic Repubilc of Afghanistan from the Argyle Street embassy despite being cut off financially. [CBC]

▪️Air Transat refused to fly Ottawa family's dogs from Cuba because their credit card reader was broken. The family was returning from Cuba in October, with dogs in crate and paper work prepared when Air Transat refused the transport because their machine would not work. The flight itself was in 20 minutes. A friend in Cuba took the dogs, the family returned to Ottawa and because of COVID 19 quarantines, nobody can retrieve them until at least November 13. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson says that he will answer if he is running again for mayor by the end of December. The next election for mayor and council will be in October. Watson also said that he would not resign over the O-Train problems. [CTV]

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