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Christmas. We're bringing this up because shipping is most likely going to be an issue this year – and while it seems really early, we're just over eight weeks away – a mere blink in Canada Post time. If you think we're too early, sorry. If not, consider this heads-up as part of the value you get from your subscription.

We’re starting this week with some suggestions to shop in a physically distanced, masked way in Ottawa.

▪️ Thrift, consignment, and antique stores are great for Christmas shopping, if you have collectors or fashion addicts in your life. The winner of The Ottawan Best of Ottawa Awards “Best Thrift Store” category, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift, is packed with deals on clothing, kitchenalia, dinnerware, glassware, Christmas stuff, books, and loads more. They often have cool sales, too. Visit their two locations: 1620 Merivale Road and 1273 Wellington St. West. 

▪️ The Best Thrift Store runner up, Ragtime, is an Ottawa stalwart where you’ll find loads of fashion at reasonable prices. 

▪️ If your gift recipient is a serious fashion addict, check out Clothes Encounters of a Second Timea consignment shop where you’ll often find like-new designer clothing. 67 Beechwood Ave. 

▪️ Over in the far West End, on the edge of Kanata North, My Sister’s Closetis a friendly shop packed with women’s and children’s consignment clothing, plus toys and a small range of decor items. You can also buy directly from the shop’s website.

▪️ The Mission Thrift Store in Bells Corners has loads of Christmas decor as well as clothing and gift ideas. 1826 Robertson Road.

There are lots more thrift stores, and we'll cover as many as we can in future editions.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren



▪️Looking ahead to next week, Flora Hall celebrates its third anniversary on Monday (October 27), and since there won’t be an in-person celebration they’ve put together a cracking “FloraFest 3 at Home” feast bundle for two. First up, the beer: Mango Lassi IPA and 2020 Barrel Aged Blackberry Sour. Both sound absolutely brimming with flavour and both will pair beautifully with the food options. There’s a meatless version as well as a meaty one, and both feature strong curry and jerk flavours. Stout cupcakes with sabayon icing finish the meal, and it’s accompanied by some pretty cool swag. The bundle is $130 including tax and delivery, and it will arrive at your door between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday. 

▪️A new Ottawa distillery created by wife and husband team Riti and Sandeep Gupta, is offering free delivery of their tequila, Cada Dia. Order by DM via Facebook or Instagram. [Ottawa Magazine]


Weather: 🌤️ Clearing. High of 21°  

Number:  100. The number of extra beds that the Ottawa Mission will require this winter. COVID-19 restrictions have mean four people are in a room that once slept eight. [Ottawa Matters] [Ottawa Mission]

Ottawan of the Day: Billy Khoo. The chef of Centretown restaurant Fauna, has won the Ottawa edition of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party. [Ottawa Citizen] [Khoo’s Menu (Click on his picture)]

Quote: Canada’s mental health care institutions continue to consistently fail Black people. Amnesty International is echoing the Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition’s calls for greater transparency and accountability in our law enforcements, as well as increased mental health supports” – Amnesty International statement on verdict of Abdirahman Abdi’s death [Amnesty International

+ Related Written judgment of the acquital of Constable Daniel Montsion


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

Ottawa Wastewaster Dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 6296 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 70 since yesterday, and 309 deaths, one new report.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 2163 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 32 since yesterday, and 36 deaths, one new report. 

⭕ All Saints High School and Ecole elementaire catholique Montfort declare COVID-19 outbreaks  [CTV]

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▪️Ottawa Police has announced a new strategy for dealing with mental health calls. In a process that will work out over three years, the OPS suggests adding a mental health professionals in the 911 call centre, improving community resources so the police don't need to return after a call, and increasing training of officers. Next week, City Council will debate creating a mental health response service outside of the police. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Building the Barrhaven LRT from Algonquin College to Barrhaven Town Centre would cost $3.5 billionThe line would create seven stations, including converting four bus stations. The City expects that any new light rapid transit lines will be funded by higher levels of government, which means there are no current plans to actually build it. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Toxic microplastics are harming the Ottawa River. These are plastic that has broken down so small that they get past the water treatment filters and escape into the river. The plastic toxins then poison wildlife. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️City hopes that people will let neighbours park in their driveways on snow parking bans. Councillor Keith Egli had asked the General Manager of Public Works and Environmental Services Department what people are supposed to do on overnight parking bans when so many people are working from home now. Some municipal parking lots will be made available free as well. [CTV

▪️The 2015 Federal election campaign for Karim Rizkallah, a candidate in the riding of Ottawa-West Nepean, has resulted in charges for the Bridge Party of Canada. The Bridge Party, started by David Berlin, the founder of The Walrus magazine, had utopian ideals including a 20 hour work week before it imploded. Berlin is charged with ‘causing an official agent to provide false or misleading information about expenses to the chief electoral officer’. Rizkallah had a lot of press coverage last year when he and five friends bought a $1.3 million house together in Toronto to live in. [Ottawa Matters]


▫️ The Mayfair Theatre has created some new ways to support them during their mandatory Tier-3 closure: put a plaque on the projection booth toilet, the mannequin mascot, and the poster boxes or put a message on their marquee


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