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HELLO OTTAWA

Ottawa City Council has a new councillor. 

Catherine Kitts won the Cumberland Ward byelection last night with 54 per cent of the vote, nearly doubling the votes of the second place candidate.

Kitts is a communications specialist and a former editor of the Orléans Star newspaper and, at age 32, the youngest member of council.

This is the first City election that has allowed mail-on ballots, which resulted in no issues, opening the door for future elections.

And as a resident of a rural part of Ottawa, Kitts has terrible Internet – possibly so bad that she can't properly take part in City Zoom calls. Rural residents of Ottawa may final have their advocate.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


#STATS

Weather: 🌦️ 40% chance of showers. High of 17°  

Number: 200. The number of homes to which the Ottawa Inuit association Tungasuvvingat Inuit provided traditional food, including maktaaq (whale blubber) and tuktu (caribou). [Eye on the Arctic]

Ottawan of the Day:  Abdirizak Karod. The executive director of the Somali Centre for Family Services is lauded for his work both in providing community services and in working to unite Ottawa's Black communities. [Capital Current

Quote: I feel like I got some clarity on stuff in my life. And it’s good to get back in touch with nature whenever you can, and to do difficult experiences and make sure that you don’t take life for granted” – Monika Szpytko, who was one of three kayakers who travelled from Kingston to Ottawa on the Rideau Canal system to raise awareness of waterway conservation  [Kingston Whig-Standard


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard


OTTAWA: There have been 4790 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 82 since yesterday, and 294 deaths, one new report.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1514 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Testing swabs from Ontario pharmacies are being sent to California for processing [CBC]

⭕ Police were called on two unmasked shoppers in a Chinatown convenience store. The two had dared onlookers to call the police.  [CBC]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches says celebrate Thanksgiving only with household members this year, even if the tofurky is served outside [CBC]

⭕ How Nunuvut stayed COVID-19 free – life at the isolation hub hotel near the Ottawa airport [Maclean's]

⭕ There are 83 schools, over the four school boards, with at least one case of COVID-19 in Ottawa [Ottawa Citizen]


🍁 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. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store]

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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT

▪️The City wants to include coffee pods in recycling, the Province wants coffee pods in recycling, the reality is a dumpster fireThe Province is in the process of changing the rules allowing municipalities to accept coffee pods but too many coffee pod makers are not recyclable yet. The City is currently in negotiations with its recycler about what to do with them. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Quebec is setting up police checkpoints between regions – but not between Gatineau and Ottawa. The checkpoints won't hand out tickets but are intended to remind commuters to not make unnecessary trips as COVID-19 cases surge. [CTV]

▪️Ottawa house sales and prices surged in September. Four hundred more listings were available in September over August, for a total of 2,900. The average house price is 28 per cent higher than last year, at $622,557. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Ottawa's new baseball team won't take the name Champions, nor will it be a transfer from Winnipeg. The co-owner of the team, also the owner of the Winnipeg GoldEyes, says that he will be organising a name-the-team contest and that the GoldEyes are staying in Winnipeg.  [Ottawa Matters]


#THE INSIDER

🏘️ LIVE HERE: TOWNHOUSES

410 Riverdale Avenue (across from Windsor Park, Old Ottawa South)

3 bed, 2 bath
Freehold end unit townhome with fresh paint, 9ft ceilings, and hardwood floors. The basement is fully finished. The house has loads of potential. 

$599,000

REW
 

3445 Paul Anka Drive Unit 7

Updates include new custom railing on stairs, new kitchen cabinets. Currently three bedrooms but could expand to four. Great outdoor space in back. Built in 1977.

$450,000

PAUL RUSHFORTH

1131 Millwood Court, Orléans
3 bed, 2 bath

End unit townhome with 1 car attached garage with inside entry. Retro sunken living room. No rear neighbours. Finished basement with rec room.

$339,000

TULIP TEAM

198 Birth Hill Private Unit 128
3 bed, 2 bath

Built in 1973 and requiring updating, this is an opportunity to either live a retro lifestyle or modernize and flip. End unit in an established neighbourhood.

$274,900

MCVEIGH REALTY

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