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Get ready for December

Tomorrow is the first of December. It’s also #givingtuesday, a global giving and volunteering campaign initiated 2011 by the now-closed non-profit Mary-Arrchie Theater Company in Chicago and launched by the 92nd Street Y in 2012. 

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for lots of people to give donations of money and time to many organizations, all in one day. It’s a day to reflect on the people and planet around us, and to offer help where we can. It’s no accident that it rolls out after consumer spending extravaganzas of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

In Canada we can choose to participate via or just do a search under #givingtuesday and donate to a cause that’s meaningful to you. At the ottawan we’ll be donating to the Parkdale Food Centre.

Also happening tomorrow: A Facebook Live “Christmas Growler Painting!” night with Whiprsnapr. The kits are $10 and include a one Whiprsapr glass growler bottle, four paint colours (red, green, white, gold) and brushes. Follow along with the tutorial starting at 6:30pm. (To purchase a kit, order online and pick up from the brewery when they reopen tomorrow.)

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☔ Rain. High of 5°  

Number:  1,000,000,000. The age in years of the oldest artifact held by the at the Ingenium Centre: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. It’s  water, found 2.4 km underground near Timmons, contained in a vial.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Laura Clark. Clark has founded a charity, Barn Buddies, that drills holes in insulated coolers and puts them in places where feral cats could use a warm respite from the cold. [CBC] [Barn Buddies]

Quote: “A lot of people started collecting vinyl during this because there were a lot of people stuck at home. I cannot think of many better things to do than sit by the turntable, listen to some tunes – Mike Pilkington, owner of record store The ODDS and SODS Shoppe  [Ottawa Showbox]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8458 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 180 since Friday, and 374 deaths, two new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3554 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 99 since Friday, and 80 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 835 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine since Friday, 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.

⭕ University of Ottawa prof offers way for Federal Government to take control of COVID-19 without angering the premiers  [Macleans]

⭕ International travel restrictions extended to December 21, except for athletes who may be given permission to enter the country [CBC]

⭕ Researchers are not testing wastewater from individual longterm care homes for COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Beechwood Avenue Metro staffer tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

 🍁 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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▪️Consultants hired by the City have come up with a new proposal to change ward boundaries. In this version, an additional councillor would be created, making 24 wards. The new ward would see Barrhaven and Riverside South have three councillors instead of two. [CBC]

▪️Good news: the Confederation Line has been running well with few complaints. Bad news: it’s much easier to avoid complaints when no one is riding the service. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa airport can't afford its O-Train station. In better times, YOW was ready to pay a station on the new Trillium line, becoming one of those great world airports that have rapid transit to downtown. They are asking the Federal Government for $13 million.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️You have until December 23 to give your opinion on the horrible design of( the extention to the Château Laurier. When the City wants opinions, it uses a form, asking specific questions. When it doesn’t really want opinions but is required to ask for them, it gives an email address. The City has provided [email protected] [City of Ottawa Château Laurier Proposal]

▪️The City of Ottawa wants your opinions on e-scooters, which completed its first trial this summer. The City has provided a detailed survey form for this. For what it is worth, the ottawan is entirely in favour of escooters. (Please don't unsubscribe.) [City of Ottawa eScooter Survey]

▪️New nine-storey mixed-use building in Westboro is going to incorporate the 1930s gas station on site into its design. The former Champlain Oil filling station was built in 1934. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Ottawa family says they were wrongly evicted by house owned by Saudi diplomat. The family alleges that they were kicked out at the end of their lease because they would not agree to a $500 per month increase. The diplomat says that he wanted to move into the property himself. It all gets messier when it appeared on Kijiji for rent and even later for sale. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Service Ontario is booking appointments for in-person visits. [CTV]

▪️Office vacancies will remain the second lowest in Canada, says report. Ottawa is expected to have a 7 per cent vacancy, compared to Vancouver with 4.6 per cent. This is taking into account plans by major tech companies and the Federal Government to keep staff working from home. [Ottawa Business Journal]


Latest Ottawa Sales and Markeing jobs

▫️ Car-On Automotive Group
Marketing Coordinator

This is an entry level, Monday to Friday role that involves photographing new inventory and updating descriptions. 

▫️ Business Development Representative

This position is focused on developing lists of qualified leads for the North American Sales Team. 

▫️ Bakery Category Manager
Farm Boy

Analyze sales history and trends, research food trends, and prepare presentations for the Senior Director, Category Management.

▫️ Enterprise Sales Executive, Federal Sector

The Robotic Process Automation specialists are searching for an analytic sales professional who can leverage the value selling approach to achieve targets.

▫️Retail Sales Associate
Mister Safety Shoes

The speciality retailer has an opening at its St. Laurent location for a part-time associate. Salary is $15.50 per hour, plus paid bonuses.


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