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the ottawan will continue keeping your up-to-date with what's happening in Ottawa-Gatineau next week but expect much smaller editions. What we know, we'll let you know – but we expect next week to be pretty quiet.

What we know right now is that the two of us wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 

We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ 60 per cent chance of rain. High of 8°

Number: $500. The amount of money that Guy Lamarche says it would cost to build ‘tiny houses‘ for homeless people. He's building his own, complete with wood burning stove and bed, in Carp.  [Inside Ottawa Valley

Ottawan of the Day: Wilhelmina Ross. Ross has crocheted a white star to place on a tree outside her home on Campeau Drive in Kanata, one for each person in Ottawa who has died from COVID-19. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: “Have the vision in front of you and don’t look back – Rapper and motivational speaker Cody “Coyote” Purcell, who grew up in Pineview. [CTV]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

There have been 9448 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 390 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 4396 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 48 since yesterday, and 101 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1251 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 28 since yesterday, and 33 deaths, one new report.

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.

⭕ Nepean MPP and Minister for Sport Lisa MacLeod says ‘don't cross into Quebec for skiing or hiking' during lockdown  [CBC]

⭕ Canada bans flights from UK until January 6, due to the new strain of COVID-19 discovered there [Toronto Star]

 🍁 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]


We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos. They'll make great Christmas gifts for Ottawans young and old.

Printed in Canada and shipped well before Christmas if you order now. It's too late for Christmas but would make a great January gift.




And don’t forget: you can still buy official ottawan t-shirts


▪️New secure bike storage installed at Greenboro, Strandherd, St-Laurent and Fallowfield stations. Cyclists can register for the reserved spot beginning January 1st. Each locker is glass enclosed and montored by 24 hour video. The price is $10 per month plus $6 one-time for the key. Free, open-air, unmonitored bike parking is still available. [Ottawa Citizen[Bike Secure]

▪️Health department shuts down free Christmas dinner after 12 years. Volunteers in Arnprior had been preparing the dinners for 200 people but this year the Refrew County Health Department took issue with the turkeys. As they have done for the past 12 years, the turkeys have been cooked by volunteers in their home kitchens but the Department has now demanded that the turkeys be tossed out. [CTV]

+ Related Where to enjoy a free Christmas dinner


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