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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Ottawan


Food and drink roundup

▪️The experts at PubStumpers Trivia will be pulling up at Clocktower Brew Pub Rideau tonight. Enjoy friendly competition and laughs - as well as $5 pints of 25th Anniversary Clocktower WIT - at 140 Rideau Street, Ottawa K1N 7B7 

▪️Those in the mood for serious seafood should dine at the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern, where they’re serving lobster boil for $45 and Shrimp boil for $30 tonight and every Wednesday.1084 Wellington St. W.K1Y 2Y5

▪️It’s almost time for the Parkdale Market to close for the winter. You can shop for pumpkins ($2 each) and other fall produce today through Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 366 Parkdale Ave, ON K1Y1G8

▪️Anyone who craved Toronto and Montréal's Chung Chun's Rice Dogs, rejoice. They are opening their first Ottawa location at 300 Earl Grey Dr. on November 3.  It's like a corn dog but with rice. 

▪️In return, Kettleman's is opening their first bagelry in Montréal in 2022. 

▪️The Ottawa Valley's best buttertarts will be decided once and for all, at least for 2021, next week in Renfrew at The Valley’s Best Buttertart Contest and Festival.

▪️La Buena Déjeune in Gatineau has a robotic cat to deliver meals. And by cat, we mean a thing that looks like a Segway with trays for hot meals careening down the aisle with a digital cat face. 

▪️Breakfast specialist Baker Street Café in Westboro has closed down. The building itself, owned by the same guy, is for sale at $2,000.000 and includes two flats above the resto. 

▪️Apartment 613 loves the Nepali dumplings at Momo Spot on Holland Avenue, which come in pork, chicken, and tofu with a selection of sauces. Take away or delivery only. 


Deal of the day

▪️The Comic Book Shoppe’s Bank location turns one year old this week, and they’re celebrating with a big sale until Friday. Tomorrow only (Thursday October 28th), graphic novels purchased off the website are 25% off between 12:00am and 11:59pm. It's the perfect opportunity to do some local Christmas shopping. 

Upcoming deals

▪️It’s the Big Fall Sale at Cherry Bobin, based in Longueuil, Que. From October 29th to the 31st you’ll find great discounts on Quebec-made women’s fashion. Even before the Big Fall Sale starts, find fabulously priced cooler weather items on the website’s sale page: the High Pyrola ribbed turtleneck sweater for $57 and the comfy fleece Arvada Tunic for $77. 

▪️On Friday (October 29th) Trillium Floral will be offering 15% off everything in the store. You’ve got to visit in person to enjoy the discount on cut flowers, plants, pots, and Halloween themed arrangements. Even spookier: if you arrive in a costume, you’ll receive a free flower. Nice. 329 March Road, Kanata K2K 2E1 

Personal, locally produced Christmas gifts are very on trend this year. They show that you’ve really considered the recipient, and they bypass the supply chain problems that are plaguing the delivery of items from further afield. Even better are gifts that benefit charitable organizations.

▪️The Avery Foundation animal rescue is the recipient of a fund raising effort by artist Alexandra Ekstrom. For a donation of $40 or more she will create a custom portrait of your pet, which will be sent to you digitally before Christmas. You’ll be able to print and frame it in plenty of time for your loved one to enjoy on Christmas morning. Have more than one fur baby? She’ll do a pair of portraits for donations of $70 or more.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 12°, low of 1°

Number: 200%. The increase in the size of the infestation of Lymantria Dispar Dispar moths in the areas surrounding Ottawa – and the critters are heading our way. The moths were found in 586,385 hectares in 2020, but in 1.8 million hectares in 2021. The moths eat leaves, killing trees. [Ottawa Sun]

Ottawans of the Day: The Formuly family. The extended family of 11 had four trips to the Kabul airport before a Canadian flight got them out at the end of August. The family is living in three rooms in an Ottawa hotel while they wait for permanent housing [CBC]

Quote: ‘Proponents of [Public Private Partnerships] claim that they are superior to public sector projects because they are less expensive, more innovative, speedier, and more transparent than public service delivery. In reality, however, the exact opposite seems to be true. Our LRT is a prime example of that, especially when it comes to cost and transparency. – Sam Hersh in The Leveller

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesteday


598,431? 3219,862 ? 10
? Eligible people with one dose88% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated84%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


423,813?47811,485 ?8
? Eligible people with one dose90.3%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated86.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

603 ?1

? Eligible people with one dose

829,861 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated793,474 (86%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,232?8222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 600,023

As of October 20, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 86.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83.1%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


5769?5123 ?3
? Eligible people with one dose166,242 (90.9%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated158,330 (86.5%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Hundreds of civil servants have organized as ‘Feds for Freedom’, opposing requirements to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to keep their jobs. They say they are organizing because their unions are not representing their interests. [CBC]

⭕ A man from Gatineau has been charged by Ottawa Police with selling fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates. [CBC]

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▪️The Grand Chief of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Tribal Council wants the City to removed Tewin from the City's official plan today. Tewin is the new subdivision proposed in South Ottawa far away from transit and City utilities. It was previously approved by the City as an act of reconciliation towards Indigenous people as it was sponsored by the Algonquins of Ontario. Subsequently, it has been learned that the land is mostly owned by a non-Indigenous developer, with only a minority owned by the Algonquins of Ontario. The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Tribal Council, which represents seven First Nations in the region, does not recognize the Algonquins of Ontario as legitimate. [CBC]

▪️The Confederation Line may not return to full service until December, says City Manager. In a letter to City Council, City Manager Steve Kanellakos reiterated that partial service may return in the first half of November but the vetting and safety process will delay full service. The Confederation Line has been out of service since an October 19 derailment. [CTV]

+ Related: Uh oh, they are discussing our O-Train problems in Toronto. The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO did a full piece last night

▪️The Province is asking residents of Eastern Ontario – that includes Ottawa in this case – about transportation issues. They ask about highways, pubilc transit, etc. And it is a form, so you know that they are serious. [The Survey]

▪️New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named a new Federal Cabinet yesterday, appointing Vanier member of Parliament Mona Fortier as the sole representative from Ottawa.  [CTV]

▪️Local band Violentene has released a new video of their ’80s-inflected synthpop, ‘Delusions’[Apt 613]

▪️Canada's ambassador to Mexico tweets a picture of his local Ottawa supermarket, proving it has a Mexican food section. There is no story here, it's just amusing. [Twitter] (h/t Politico Ottawa Playbook)

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