Friday, November 12, 2021

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Craft Markets

After we published yesterday’s list of Christmas markets that are rolling out this weekend, several readers contacted us with details of events to add.  If we’ve missed your market please let us know We’ll list November 20th and 21st markets next Thursday. 

▪️Kemptville’s Outdoor Christmas Market - A Christkindlmarkt on Campuspromises a festive shopping event where you’ll find homemade Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts. The event runs Saturday November 13th and Sunday November 14th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Campus Greenhouse, 75 Campus Drive, Kemptville K0G 1J0.

▪️It’s not like we need an excuse to visit one of Hallmark’s favourite Christmas Movie shooting locations, but there’s a lot going on in in the town of Almonte this Saturday November 13th. First, the Holiday Makers Market at 308 Almonte Street will offer shopping with 11 vendors plus a holiday photo op against a festive backdrop (two edited photos cost $20). The event runs from 10:00 until 2:00pm. Have some lunch then head over to Cheerfully Made, (72 Mill street) where shopping hours will be extended until 9:00pm. After that, visit a pub, order a beer, grab a napkin, and start sketching out your plan for moving to this impossibly attractive town. 

▪️If you prefer shopping in your jammies to journeying to our region’s small towns, the Ottawa Artisans Happy Holidays Online Craft Market is for you. This ambitious event impressed us in 2020 with its huge number of vendors (more than 270 this year), flat rate shipping across Canada and the US, delivery within Ottawa, and pickup options. The sheer number of categories, the range of prices, and the quality of gifts could make this event your one-stop virtual shopping trip this festive season. But it’s only running until November 16th, so better get online. 


We’ve long been fans of Advent calendars, especially those that feature locally produced cookies, but Maker House’s version goes a step further: each of the 24 boxes houses a different item from a local producer. The boxes hold chocolates, art from Indigenous makers, food and drink items, bath and body products, ornaments, toys, and games, each wrapped up in a stylish Maker House Kraft box and tied with an elegant green ribbon. Every day from December 1st to 24th you’ll discover a new surprise. Quantities of this special calendar are limited and available for pickup on November 24th. $199.95.

Deal of the Day

Montéal decor company Station D is running a 20% promotion on its festive season collection. Use the code FESTIF to save on garland in your choice of French or English greetings, single use decals, a colouring Advent calendar, and more. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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It's the final few days of voting – the polls close at 11:59 pm on Sunday.

Who will be voted Ottawa's Best Burger? Where is the best place to take an out-of-towner?  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.


Weather: ?️ A few showers. High of 12°, low of 3°

Number: 25 to 49. The number of days that Ottawa can expect temperatures to be over 30° after 2051, as projected in a new Federally funded report. From 1951 - 80, Ottawa had an average of 10 days annually above 30°. [CityNews]

Ottawans of the Day: Michael Allen, Sadaf Ebrahim, Ian Faris, Barclay Frost, Jeff Hunt, Amanda Jetté Knox, Mark Kaluski, Pat Kelly,  Dr. Isra Levy,  Dr. Danielle Lussier,  HCoI Dan Mackay, Barry Padolsky, Ian Sherman,  Daljit S. Nirman, Grace Xue Xin. The 15 will be inducted by Mayor Jim Watson into the 2021 Order of Ottawa in a televised ceremony November 17. [Biographies of the Inductees]

Quote: ‘I'm assuming it wouldn't be running if it wasn't safe, so hopefully it's all good now – Passenger Isla Foss on the Confederation Line return to service this morning. The Confederation Line has been out for 54 days. [CBC]

Sports NHL Los Angeles Kings 2 – Ottawa Senators 0, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


605,846? 5989,921 ?5
? Eligible people with one dose88.6% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


432,991?71611,535 ?2
? Eligible people with one dose90.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated87.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

609 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

836,213 (91%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated805,599 (87%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,346?11223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 609,338

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


5900?9129 ?0
? 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



⭕ Health Canada has given the okay to for the Federal Government gradually reopen offices and workplaces. There are many caveats and codicils but assuming good COVID 19 measures, acceptable building layouts, and manageable local transmission rate, occupancy can return eventually to 100 per cent. [Ottawa Citizen] [Those Caveats and Codicils]

⭕ Health Canada also today approved the Moderna COVID 19 vaccine for third booster shots, joining the previous approval for the Pfizer vaccine. [Global]

⭕ The Ottawa Senators have nine players who have tested positive for  COVID 19, taking them out of play. [CBC]

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▪️The Montreal Gazette has a review of the Somewhere Inn near Calabogie. The the husband-and-wife owners Joel Greaves and Devon Vaillancourt have taken a mid-20th century motel and put a minimalist makeover on it. [Montréal Gazette]

▪️A suspicious package was found at the National War Memorial downtown yesterday. Removing the package delayed the arrival of the Governor General, New Edinburgh’s Mary Simon, and her guest house tenant, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Both of them were then forced to show up during the two minutes silence at 11 am.  The Mounties later cleared the package as not suspicious. [Toronto Star]

▪️Satirical website The Beaverton has the fake headline of the day: ‘Ottawa LRT restarts after taping 6 buses together

+ Related Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari on the Rob Snow show says that the Province will take further action on the City's oversight of the LRT. (Podcast) 

▪️A 54-year old man has been arrrested for impersonating a police officer. The man drove a vehicle which resembled an unmarked police car complete with flashing lights and siren and had pulled over at least one member of the public. Police are asking the public if anyone else had a similar experience. [CTV

+ Related: Years ago, Darren had a similar experience in Vancouver. He was driving downtown, and a guy stepped into the street holding a flashlight, held up a badge, and signaled him to pull over. A minute into the conversation, Darren asked to see the badge again. The guy demurred, so Darren drove off. 

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