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Today we've got a general round up of news about Ottawa small businesses, from anniversaries to job postings, and even dinner ideas for watching the Canada vs US World Junior Championship final tonight. 

▪️Rebel Soul Jewelry celebrated its fourth anniversary in late November 2020. In an era when news seems perennially bad, we're sending hearty congratulations to Rebel Soul and wish them many more years of success. Check them out: they’re having a sweet sale on limited items right now. 

▪️Lusa Bakery is hiring bakers, pastry chefs, cooks, and cashiers at both of its Ottawa and Gatineau locations. Send your resumé to [email protected]

▪️In other bakery news, C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls is doing a fun thing: Owner Amy Rensby is inviting customers and followers to ask her anything about the baking world. Ask by email [email protected] or via the Insta feed or DM, and she’ll answer in weekly videos. She’s promising guests too. The first video will be posted this Friday (January 8th).

▪️Many households (like ours) enjoy a weekly Taco Tuesday feast, and we’re pretty stoked about the selection at Carp’s Ridge Rock Brewing. They’ve got Korean Beef, Spicy Crispy Chicken, Curried Cauliflower, and Fish tacos for take out. Hello, get in my tummy! Call 613-470-2337

▪️Cheerfully Made is having a massive sale of 35% off everything until January 10th. If, like me, you forgot to develop your creative skills during the first lockdown, this is your chance. Think ahead to next Christmas with the Cross Stitch Ornament Kits or indulge your inner builder/designer with the Simon's Coffee DIY Miniature Dollhouse Kit. Or just buy one of many amazing handcrafted products. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☁️ Periods of light snow. High of -2°

Number: 1947. The year Gilles Bergevin was born. Diagnosed with a severe form of spina bifida, Bergevin lived through the terrible years when it was common practice to separate persons with disabilities from their familes and send them into large, concentrated institutions. Bergevin has died at age 73.  [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day: Marie-Cecile Nottaway. Nottaway is preserving and restoring traditional Algonquin recipes through presentations and her catering company, Wawatay. [BBC]

Quote: “This is insanity and it’s coming here soon if you don’t wake the hell up” – Donald Trump Jr on the the subject of yesterday's Quote of the Day, Mathieu Tessier. Tessier was arrested by Gatineau police after allegedly hitting an officer, who was there to break up a party which contravened COVID-19 lockdown rules. [CTV]


💉 Vaccination tracker

We've changed to the vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada) as it has more information.

48,920 doses have been administered in Ontario (33% of the doses available)

👉 At this rate, it would take 410.5 weeks to administer one dose to each person in Ontario. 

📋 Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

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Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

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

There have been 10,472 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 104 since yesterday, and 393 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 4984 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 65 since yesterday, and 119 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 255 since yesterday*, and 34 deaths, one new report.

* Delays in holiday reporting caused this jump. The daily rise is serious in Eastern Ontario but it's not 255 per day serious.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be have reassigned a case to a different health authority.

⭕ A bunch of elected and appointed officials across Canada have been relieved of duty because they took foreign holidays this Christmas, amid general head smacking by the rest of us.  [The Guardian]

+ Related Constituents in Alberta MLA Tracy Allard’s riding placed ‘Welcome Home. #AlohaAllard’ on her office 

⭕ Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre long-term care residents will be the first in Eastern Ontario to be vaccinated against COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Canada crossed 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 yesterday. [Nora Loreto

⭕ Government and tech employees working from home kept Ottawa COVID-19 rates down, Christmas gatherings blew it [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa resident studying in Scotland is having trouble returning because mandatory COVID-19 testing and flights within 72 hours won't match up [CBC]

⭕ On average, Canada is vaccinating daily 0.3 people per 100; the US is 1.3, the UK is 1.4, and Israel is 14 people per hundred, the best in the world  [CityNews

⭕ Quebec considers a nightly curfew to control COVID-19  [CBC]

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▪️John Muckler, general manager of the Ottawa Senators from 2001 to 2007, has died aged 86. Muckler was on staff for five Stanley Cups in his career, none, obviously for the Sens – although he did get them to the finals in 2007. [CBC]

▪️The Outlaws biker gang clubhouse in Hintonburg is for sale at $575,000. There is no kitchen but there is a working bar. Out back is an outdoor pool and another bar. Perfect for an upcoming hipster biker gang that wants to move into Ottawa and create a turf war. [Ottawa Citizen] [Realtor]

▪️Tingz, home of jerk chicken poutine, has legally stopped its former chef from opening a pop-up in Ottawa. Chef Jae-Anthony Dougan-Holderhad resigned from Tingz earlier this year and had been promoting his ghost kitchen restaurant – a restaurant that only exists on delivery services – but has been shut down by the owner of Tingz in court. Dougan-Holder had previously signed a 24 month non-compete agreement with Tingz when he worked there – an agreement that he had his own lawyer draft up.  [Mondaq]


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