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White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits. It's the first of the month.

Thanksgiving 2020 will be a small affair. Dr Vera Etches has declared that this year we should be spending Thanksgiving with just the people in our household, or if we’re on our own, we might add one or two to the table. It's likely to be a low-key affair, but we can still celebrate with local food and drink supplied by hard working, neighbourhood businesses.

First up: visit your local butcher to ask about fresh turkey. Most are taking orders right now. 

As for side dishes, farms and other community-supported agriculture suppliers have loads of autumnal veg on hand to dress your table. For some of us the absence of tradition-loving extended family means we can experiment with new side dishes. So, if your Thanksgiving meal traditionally includes mushy peas and overcooked carrots, this might be the year to roast some fresh, local parsnips with a drizzle of honey and and a pinch of fresh thyme, or to cook Brussels Sprouts with bacon, or to try mashing celery root (the latter is also a winner for low carb enthusiasts).

If you don’t feel like shopping, many Ottawa restaurants are preparing take out boxes with all the fixings for delicious meal that you cook at home. Others will actually cook the feast for you. We reported about a few of these local businesses in yesterday’s newsletter but you’ll find many more with a quick Instagram search. 

Some examples:


 The Whalesbone has a Thanksgiving Dinner for two people for $50. They'll post more details to soon. 

 Craft butcher and deli The Piggy Market is taking pre-orders for turkeys from 12 to 21lbs, for you to roast at home. They also have a limited number of fully cooked meals for easy reheating. 

 The Green Door Restaurant’s vegan “Heat at Home Thanksgiving Meal” will feed four to six people and includes local squash soup, rice and chick pea Tabouli, lentil loaf with mushroom gravy, chocolate peanut butter truffles, and a whole lot more. $160.

 The festive takeout meal for eight people from The Smoke Shack includes a BBQ turkey that's paired with local veggies, mashed potato, stuffing gravy, and apple crisp for dessert. $192.


 Baker the Compassionate Rabbit makes boxes of gorgeously iced cookies, as well as naked cookies with DIY decorating kits for amusing the littles.

 Ottawa scratch bakery Life of Pie has an entire menu of pies available for Thanksgiving, from pumpkin to Blackberry Hazelnut Crisp to Bumbleberry.

 Carben has a sophisticated 8” Pumpkin Spice Latte pie complete with pastry art, made to order with 24 hours notice.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 60% chance of showers. High of 16°  

Number: 12. The number of RCMP Musical Ride horses up for auction. The specially-bred horses are being auctioned because they are not the required colour: black. For the music completist, a musical ride horse clearly outranks a vinyl collection. [CTV] [Canada Surplus]

Ottawan of the Day:  Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming for the Inside Out Film Festival. The 2020 edition of the festival will take place entirely online starting today. [Apt613] [Inside/Out Film Festival

Quote: It is hard to keep hearing, ‘Why is the testing taking so long?’ when no one is really asking us our side” – Melissa Coenraad, who works as a medical laboratory technician at the Eastern Ontario Regional Lab Association. Coenraad says that the COVID-19 testing labs are underfunded and understaffed. [Ottawa Citizen


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 4322 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 64 since yesterday, and 287 deaths, five new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1355 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 27 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Starbucks closes all dining rooms and patios in Ontario and Quebec due COVID-19 preparations [CTV]

⭕ A rapid COVID testing device has now been approved by Health Canada. ID NOW can produce results in 15 minutes. [CBC]

⭕ 20 to 29 year olds currently have the highest number of active and resolved cases of COVID-19  [Capital Current]

⭕ Court rejects father's attempt to stop his kids from attending in-person classes. The father claimed that he and his wife were at risk they have asthma  [CBC]

⭕ 15,000 surgeries in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais are still backlogged because of the pandemic [CBC]

⭕ Nearly one in five schools in Ottawa has reported a person testing positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Staffer at Larga Baffin, which provides healthcare for Nunavut Inuit from the Baffin region, tests positive for COVID-19 [Nunatsiaq News]

⭕ Restaurant e18hteen temporary closes as staff self-isolate after one worker tested positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters

⭕ Bank and McLeod LCBO employee tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

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▪️Owners of the RedBlacks are laying off 40 per cent of their staff. Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which also owns the Ottawa 67s, TD Place, and the commercial areas at Lansdowne, blame the COVID0-19 restrictions limiting the amount of people who can attend events. Staff on the sports teams are not affected.  [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police Service has hired Toronto lawyers to investigate sexual and workplace harassment on the force. The lawyers will spend six months taking anonymous complaints before making their recommendations.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️We have found out why actor Fran Drescher was eating at Mamma Teresa Ristorante, as we mentioned yesterday. She's starring in the Lifetime Channel's first LGBTQ Christmas flick, The Christmas Setup, which is being filmed in Almonte, Smith's Falls, Arnprior, and the Glebe. The film is directed by Ottawa native and former You Can't Do That On Television actor Russ Mills. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Fitzroy Harbour is worried that Canada Post is going to take away its post office. The far-West Ottawa community worships the Fitzroy Harbour General Store, which also houses an LCBO, a pizza place, as well as the post office. The problem? The new general store owner is not bilingual so Canada Post wants to change the postal arrangements, possibly merging the post office with another miles away. [Community Voice (PDF)]

▪️Corel has a new CEO. Christa Quarles, the former CEO of OpenTable, has taken the job. No idea if she sent her résumé in WordPerfect. [Ottawa Business Journal]


▫️ The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival is seeking Indigenous filmmakers for their festival next month [Apt613

▫️ The Faithful, a collection of photos and films from Moyra Davey, a Canadian artist living in New York City, opens today at the National Gallery of Canada [Ottawa Citizen Review] [National Gallery]

▫️ Drive Ins

Wesley Clover Park Friday The Expendables; Saturday RatatouilleHereditary 

Port Elmsley Friday, Saturday, Sunday Kung Fu Panda, The Great Outdoors


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