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Weekend Plans

▪️It’s Trivia Night at Brew Revolution in Stittsville tonight. Tonight’s theme is Brews and Tunes and the action starts at 7:30pm. Book now to play in the taproom or make an online purchase to receive a link to follow along at home.

▪️Saturday December 19th is the festive edition of the Ottawa Valley Coffee Market. There will be plenty of vendors and you won’t have to worry about delivery. Visit from 10:00 to 4:00pm at 239 Raglan Street, Renfrew.

▪️Visit Whiprsnpr Brewery on Saturday between 12:00pm and 4:00pm for not one but two festive activities. Wear your Christmas sweater and have your picture taken in the photo booth. Any dogs attending in festive clothing or antlers will be entered into a competition to win a pet portrait by White Dog Pet Portraits. Of course, there will also be plenty of beer on tap and in cans, food, and music.

▪️“I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight” is playing at 3:15pm on Friday the 18th and Tuesday the 22nd at the Mayfair Theatre. The Winnipeg-set romcom by Sean Garrity, about a romance between a Mennonite man and Filipino woman, has been gathering buzz during its opening across Canada. 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ Clearing. High of -10°  

Number:  63. The average number of charges laid each year in schools by Ottawa Police who are there as part of the School Resource Officer programme.  Chief Peter Sloly wants the programme to continue, opponents says some students fear the police are there to monitor them. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Al, Phil, Ray, and Tina Takahashi. The Takahashi family has been awarded the Mayor’s Cup for for outstanding contribution to sport in Ottawa for their leadership, dedication and performance in combat sports, mainly judo. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: “Right now, there are roadways on both sides of the canal. It’s a sad relic of the era when the car was king. It’s utterly unnecessary. The QED is only lightly used by vehicles; clearly it is not needed for cars, especially as the city pursues its policy of reducing vehicles in the core. – Jack Hanna, vice-president of the Centretown Community Association, who wants the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to be car-free year round. [Centretown Buzz


Public Health Reports:


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est

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

There have been 9159 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 41 since yesterday, and 387 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 4089 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 60 since yesterday, and 96 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1153 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 32 deaths, no new reports.

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

⭕ Cancer specialist worries about ‘tsunami of cancer’ as COVID-19 hinders screenings. [CBC]

⭕ Immunocompromised people must wait for the COVID-19 vaccine as studies have not been done on how it will affect them. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns that foreign spy services may be trying to disrupt the vaccine distribution chain. [CBC]

⭕ City councillor says a surge of Gatineau citizens could cross the bridge to Ottawa for Boxing Day specials, and suggests the two cities coordinate. [CBC]

⭕ The Indie music scene won't recover until 2023 and we need a CERB-like programme for culture workers says Canadian Independent Music Association. [NOW Toronto] [COVID Indie Music Report]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

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


We’ve made t-shirts of iconic Ottawa logos. They'll make great Christmas gifts for Ottawans young and old.

Printed in Canada and shipped well before Christmas if you order now. Its too late for Christmas but would make a great January gift.




And don’t forget: you can still buy official ottawan t-shirts


▪️The City has received $34.2 million as part of Ontario’s COVID relief package for municipalities. Municipalities in Ontario are not permitted to go overbudget or have deficits but the pandemic has prevented the CIty from collection millions of dollars in fees and transit fares. After adjusting the budget, the $34.2 million has put Ottawa on the same financial footing as if the pandemic had not happened. [CBC]

▪️The National Capital Commission is expanding its winter trails. Improved trails are:

  1. Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway lengthened by two kilometres.
  2. Ski Heritage East Winter Trail lengthened by seven kilometres.
  3. Britannia Winter Trail lengthened by two kilometres.
  4. Rideau Winter Trail lengthened by six kilometres.
  5. Kanata Nordic Ski Club lengthened by six kilometres.
  6. Orléans Nordic Ski Club lengthened by one kilometre. [CBC]

▪️OC Transpo says that it won't be replacing wheels like the Transport Safety Board says it should. The Board recommended changing the wheels as it suspected that preinstalled removable screws, used for maintenance, could be contributing to the wheels cracking. John Manconi, the city's general manager of transportation services, says they are waiting for equipment to modify the screws and that the system is safe. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Zolo realtors has released an easy-to-read guide to noise regulations for 10 cities in Canada. We hate to promote what is essentially an advertisment but really, this should be on City Hall's website. [Noise Regulations in Canada] [The bit about Ottawa]

▪️Burgers n’ Fries Forever has opened its first Toronto location. The new location will be in Toronto’s entertainment district, wherever that is. To celebrate, the original two smash burger provisioners at Byward Market and Centretown are having a ‘12 Days of Burgers’ promotion where random UberEats orders will contain a Golden Ticket for a free meal for two. [Newswire]

▪️The Citizen says Del Piacere, located in the former Stoneface Dolly’s in Little Italy, is a decent Italian joint [Ottawa Citizen]


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