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What rhymes with orange? Prohibition-nge? No?

The Provincial Government is readying to place Ottawa and Eastern Ontario into an ‘Orange’ stage, downgraded from ‘Red.’ The rules will be finalized by Friday and come into effect Saturday.

An odd aspect of it is the new attitude to booze: no alcohol is to be sold after 9 pm, and no consumption of alcohol between 10 pm and 9 am. 

But it does mean that restaurants, gyms, cinemas, and event spaces can once again invite patrons indoors as of this weekend.

Some of the new general rules (PDF): 

▪️50 person indoor capacity limit
▪️Establishments must close at 10 pm
▪️Liquor can be sold or served only between 9 am to 9 pm
▪️No consumption of liquor between 10 pm and 9 am (you can still consume it at home!)
▪️Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
▪️Maximum four people seated together
▪️Gyms must must limit patrons to one hour 

▪️Strip clubs remain closed

🍽️ Wednesday Food, Drinks, and Restaurants round-up

▪️Canadian Armed Forces veteran Mike George’s boutique Aurelius Food sells exclusive olive oils and balsamic vinegars, sourced from his extended family in Italy. The olive oils are popular with Ottawa chefs and foodies alike, but the shop also sells own-brand spices, condiments, and pantry items. There are loads of stocking stuffers and bigger ticket olive oil and balsamic vinegar gifts for your Christmas gift list, available online and in the Wellington shop.

For the second year in a row, George has initiated his “Veteran Business Helping Veterans,” a campaign to raise money Warrior Adventures Canada, which provides therapeutic outdoor trips for veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD and Operational Stress. 5% of Aurelius Food sales will be donated to Warrior Adventures Canada between November 1st and November 11th and hopes to raise $12,000. George is looking for other veteran owned businesses to take part.

▪️The Midnight Baker is offering free delivery on purchases of over $15, for the entire month of November. One look at her Instagram feed will show you that she makes a dazzling array of breads, pies, pastries, and muffins.

▪️The Aux Delices Bakery, website already looks like a Christmas bakery fantasy. ByWard Market's oldest bakery offers many a seasonal treat, including the Mini Cookie Filled Snow Globe. It's an activity wrapped around eight mini gingerbread or Sugar Cookies, and we suppose it's probably meant for children, but we know many adults who would dive into this stocking stuffer. Regularly $20, it’s on sale for $18 right now. If you’re having a sh*&y year, you could buy one right now, eat the cookies, and make the snow globe to get into the Christmas spirit.

▪️Fratelli in Kanata is gearing up to reopen the dining room this Saturday at 12:00pm. Until then, you can still dine on the heated patio or get some takeaway. Saturday is always treat day at the ottawan, so maybe it’s time to try Fratelli’s Gnocchi Pomodoro or a wood fired pizza. For reservations and takeout call 613-592-0225.

▪️Ottawa magazine loves the old-school look and the old-school burgers of Shelby Burger in ByWard Market [Ottawa]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ Clearing. High of 8°  

Number:  $973. The average individual donation from Ottawa”s multi-cultural community to charity, according to the Multicultural & Newcomer Charitable Giving Study by Imagine Canada.  [Capital Current]

Ottawans of the Day: Caleb Ficner, Mercedes Ventura, and Brendan Burden. The three photographers are starting an eye-opening photography series: ‘Vanier Type: Capturing iconic signs in Ottawa’s storied east-end neighburhood.’ [Apartment 613]

Quote: “Our AI Polly is predicting a very strong win for the Democrats – Erin Kelly, CEO of Ottawa artificial intelligence firm Advanced Symbolics on Linked In yesterday [Bulldog Ottawa


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

There have been 7225 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 28 since yesterday, and 330 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2568 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 31 since yesterday, and 46 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 637 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of four since yesterday, and 21 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Ontario hit a record high of 1050 cases yesterday  [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa’s move into ‘orange‘ on Saturday will loosen restrictions but some experts say the rules to move back into ‘red’, if needed, are too high [CBC]

⭕ Province changes rules, will now allow school boards to make their own determinations on virtual, part-time, and full class schedules and which students are in each [Ottawa Citizen]


⭕ Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a palliative care & intensive care doctor based here in Ottawa, has an interesting interview with Dr. Stefan Baral of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. They discuss Sweden's COVID-19 response, why closing gyms and restaurants may be problematic, and how the coronavirus has affected poor and racialized people [Solving Healthcare Podcast]

 🍁 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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▪️The City will submit its draft budget for the next year this morning. Councillors and staff will analyse it until a vote on December 9. Issues include the collapse in OC Transpo revenues and the desire to change police services. The City also needs to plan what to do with services if the Province and the Federal Government do not provide extra funding like they did this year [CBC] [City Hall Budget]

▪️Access to telephone poles are the roadblock to better Internet access in rural areas says chair of Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission. Ian Scott says Internet companies complain that the owners of the poles – hydro companies and Bell Canada – make access hard. [Ottawa Matters]

▪️British High Commission will be moving from Elgin to Sussex Drive, next to the residence. The High Commission says the new building will use locally sourced recycled materials and will incorporate solar technology and charging stations for electric vehicles. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️A history of the building housing the Wellington Gastropub and Joe's Italian Kitchen from 1920 until now  [Kitchissippi Museum]

▪️Seven more Ottawa Public Library branches scheduled to reopen for pick-up and drop off. Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre: (Already open), Sunnyside branch (Nov. 16), Hazeldean branch (Dec. 1), Manotick branch (Dec. 1), Rosemount revitalized branch (Dec. 3), Rideau branch (Jan. 11), Rockcliffe Park branch (Jan. 18). The Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, Osgoode, Munster and Vernon branches will remain closed. [CBC]

▪️City sets rules for outdoor rinks. Rinks will be limited to a maximum of 25 people, and indoor changing areas will require mask wearing and recorded contact information. Rinks generally open in late December, and the City recommends 10 to 15 inches of snow and five to seven days of -10 temperatures. [City of Ottawa]


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