Thursday, November 11, 2021

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Ottawa Weekend

Buying vintage and locally made Christmas gifts is all the rage, and Ottawa’s Christmas markets have you covered this weekend. Stay in town or hit the road for a day trip to a small town festive event. Our list isn’t exhaustive; if we’ve missed your market please let us know

▪️Saturday is the final Christmas in November event at the Carp Farmer’s Market. This outdoor market is free to attend (with free parking) and features over 50 local vendors. It’s pet friendly too. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. 3790 Carp Road. 

▪️Taking place in arguably the cutest of the small towns outside Ottawa, the Merrickville’s Makers Markets Christmas Market 2021 priomises more than 70 vendors selling hand-made wares. The market runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Fairground.

▪️The first 50 adults to arrive at Christmas Shopping at the Arena in Winchester will be given a free coffee and cookie, care of No Go Coffee and Simple Baked Catering. You can also expect balloon art, a visit by Santa, a 50/50 raffle, and of course, Christmas shopping with 25 vendors. Joel Steele Arena, 577 Main Street, Winchester. 

▪️If you miss this Saturday (November 13th) you’ll have four additional chances to attend the Kars Christmas Market at the Community Recreation Association, 1604 Old Wellington St in Kars. It’s free to attend and there’s plenty of free parking. 10:00am to 3:00pm. 

▪️Closer to home, you can expect over 50 vendors at the Holiday Craft Fair 2021 at the Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa. It’s free to attend but organizers will gratefully accept donations to H.E.L.P. (Heroes Equine Learning Program). Saturday November 13th, 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday November 14th 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission and parking are free. 

▪️The Hot Wench Market at Carlington Coffeehouse will feature eight lovely vendors selling vintage clothing, books, and other great gift ideas. 917 Merivale Road from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

▪️The Metcalfe Farmers’ Christmas Market at 1448 Meadow Drive in Greely, Ontario, K4P 1B1 promises over 50 “locally grown” vendors. If you can’t make it on Saturday November 13th from 9:00am to 2:00pm, you can try again at the same venue on Saturday December 18th. Free entry and parking. 

▪️Roll out of bed on Sunday November 14th for a road trip to Perth, where you’ll find the Ecotay Country Christmas Market. Over 50 vendors will be there, as will be BBQ food, a licensed bar with drinks care of Perth Brewery and Top Shelf Distillers, and even Santa himself. The event runs 10:00am to 4:00pm and is free to attend, but donations to For the Table Community Food Drive will be gratefully accepted.133 Menzies Munroe Side Road, Perth, K7H 3C5. 

▪️Find 170 vendors (you read that right) at the final Original Navan Market of the year on Sunday November 14th. You’ll have from 10:00am to 3:00pm to work the market, which takes place at the Navan Fairgrounds. 

▪️This Saturday also marks the official launch of the Robert Plante year round greenhouses. This event promises plants, of course, but also loads of Christmas decor items for inside and outside your home Ifor example, locally produced wooden deer come in not one, not two, but three sizes!). The launch will include prizes, giveaways, and food trucks, and even better, all live plants will be 25% off. 4228 Navan Road, 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

▪️And finally … if you’re fed up with shopping at the end of Saturday, head to Live on Elgin for its Voilà: Vintage French Pop Dance Party, where DJs will spin French 1960s pop, Yéyé, disco, and New Wave tunes. $5 to enter. 200 Elgin St. 

▪️Voting ends Sunday in our second annual Best of Ottawa Awards! Our awards celebrate Ottawa’s businesses and people, and your votes count. Head on over before 11:59pm Sunday November 14th

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Who will be voted Best Burger? Where is the best place to take an out-of-towner? Where? Where? Where is Ottawa's best place to grab a coffee. Only you can decide. Vote before someone decides for you.


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


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Number: $240 million. The investment, in US dollars, that Ottawa tech firm-for-doctors Fullscript has received from American funds, valuing the firm at $1 billion. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Herieth Paul. The super model is back in her home town to celebrate the birthday of the agent who guided her career. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘It happens to all of us. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little kernel of truth in the story. I will leave it up to the reader and future historians – Author Suzanne Evans on separating fact from fiction on her book of women who survived Second World War Japanese prisoner of war camps. Her book, The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany and her Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook, won an Ottawa book award last month. [Ottawa Citizen]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


605,248? 6429,916 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.6% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


432,275?66311,533 ?4
? Eligible people with one dose90.7%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

609 ?3

? Eligible people with one dose

835,564 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated804,447 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,335?13223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 608,582

As of November 9, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 87.5%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5891?18129 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose167,532 (91.6%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated160,878 (87.9%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ For those who live a more colourful lifestye, Ontario has pressed the pause button for at least 28 days. Strip clubs, sex clubs, and bathhouses will remain at 25 per cent capacity due to rising COVID 19 rates. Venues that have dancing will also remain restricted to 25 per cent capacity. [CTV]

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▪️The newest City councillor for Ottawa is former school board trustee Cathy Curry. Curry was chosen in the first round of voting by City Council from 20 applicants. The City chose to save money asking Kanata North residents who they would like to represent them and instead chose to appoint a councillor to replace Jenna Sudds who vacated the seat after being elected Member of Parliament. The next civic election will be October 2022.  [CBC]

▪️The Provincial Transportation Minister says that she may call a Judicial Inquiry into the Confederation Line. After the City had, for the second time, voted against a public, open inquiry into the programes of the Confederation Line, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney said province is "increasingly concerned" about the City's ability to handle the issues. [CBC]

+ Related  The independent consultants hired by the City agree that Confederation Line service can resume tomorrow

▪️Over 300 trees from the Experimental Farm will be cut down for the new Civic Hospital parking lot, up from 119. ReImagine Ottawa – which is opposed to the new Civic Hospital plan – say the planners have worefully underestimated the tree devastation. ReImagine says the parking lot will cover five acres outdoors. [Capital Current]

▪️A commemorative plaza honouring the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) will be built at the corner of Robertson Road and Northside Road. The Province has provided $100,000 to build the plaza, recognizing the Canadian Armed Forces unit which was first raised as the Bells Corners Infantry Company in 1862. [CTV

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