Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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Wednesday Food and Drink update

▪️4 Degrees brewing warns that they have limited “Merry and Bright” gift boxes remaining. The perfect prezzie for a craft beer lover on your list, the Deluxe Box contains your choice of six beers, a hoodie, BBQ sauce, nuts, and a beer koozie. Bonus: this box will be super easy to wrap. $75 + HST. 

▪️Yikes, you only have two days to order the Meetings Holiday Meal! The Holiday Feast offers a choice of smoked turkey (of course) or bacon wrapped pork loin plus lovely fixings. You can add on drinks and dessert too. From $175 for 4-6 people. Or keep it simple and order a whole smoked turkey for $100.00. Grab some small batch, Meatings-made eggnog while you’re at it. 

▪️The Beau’s Holiday Gift Pack With Scarf is exactly that - a box of three 473ml cans and a Beau’s branded scarf, all packaged in a festive box and available at LCBO locations. $19.95. 

▪️Every year around this time Darren starts threatening to cook a goose for Christmas dinner, rather than the looked-forward-to turkey by the entire family. If he had his way he would call the Piggy Market, because they have geese, ducks, Porchetta roasts, and yes, turkeys in their butcher shop. They also carry handy last minute stocking stuffers like hot chocolate packs and other gift ideas. We think the Piggy Market Soup Futures are a great idea. For $100 you get 10 1L containers of soup to pick up whenever it suits you. With your first soup purchase you’ll get your card, which will be signed each time you buy a litre. 

▪️We really need to give NarCity their own section. Since last week they have written:

9 Hidden Ottawa Coffee Shops You'll Want To Become A Regular At This Winter

Ottawa's New Christmas Bar Has Festive Cocktails That Will Get You On Santa's Naughty List

11 New Ottawa Restaurants That Opened In 2021 That You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

You Can Drink Coffee In A Cozy Bunkhouse Nook Inside A Red Cabin Near Ottawa

This Cheesecake Bar Near Ottawa Has 30+ Flavours & You'll Want To Eat Them All

▪️Hintonburg's Meat Press is going on hiatus but they say that they will return.

▪️The Wakefield Mill has heated translucent chalets where you can dine in the woods.

▪️People who were fans on Bank Street's Eldon’s Pantry – don't despair. They haven't closed, they have just moved to Carp (PDF. page 3).

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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In yesterday’s newsletter we told you about the launch of the Good Ideas Shop. It’s an initiative from Meta to turn the spotlight on six unique, online, local businesses and to help Ottawa shoppers find great gifts for the holiday season.

The Good Ideas Shop is actually a pretty cool window display of six online Ottawa businesses. Just like those lavishly decorated department store window displays of Christmases past, the Good Ideas Shop window showcases products by the six businesses, only with QR codes to take you to their online shopping experience. 

You'll find it at 56 ByWard Market Square.

Every day for the rest of this week we’ll tell you about two of those businesses.

? The BOX OF LIFE is a simple home composting solution in a stylish wooden box (or “Worm Studio”) that allows even high-rise apartment dwellers to convert their kitchen scraps into a healthy soil, and it promises to do so without odor or bugs. 

? Affordability and inclusivity are important to the retailer ST LYON, whose lounge and athleisure outfits are accessible to all. Available in a wide range of sizes and colour ways, these hardworking pieces also give back to the community. With every purchase, Saint Lyon makes a donation to the charity of the buyer’s choice. 

We're still taking names for the Gift Basket of items from all the shops. Martha picked it up yesterday, and wants to point out that ‘basket’ means a big box full of cool things not literally a Little Red RIding Hood-style wicker basket. If it matters. 

Email to us at with your name and phone number and we'll draw a name from a hat on Friday morning.*

* We won't sell your info or use it to market anything, it's only for the draw. We do need to tell our partner, Meta, who won and we'll print the winner’s first name on Friday.


Weather: ?️ Snow or freezing rain. High of -1°, low of 0°

Number: 90. The amount of Ottawa's most extravagant Christmas light displays in this Google map created by realtor Christopher Smith. [Ottawa Citizen[The Map]

Ottawan of the Day: Lisa Flewellyn. The Kinburn dairy farmer came in first place in the Ottawa Valley Farm Show photo contest with a portrait of her husband Jim. [First PlaceWinner - Farm Buildings] [Winner - Lay of the Land] [Winner - Looking at Livestock]

Quote: ‘I haven’t given that a whole lot of thought because it’s hard to apply for jobs when you’re the mayor of Ottawa’ – Mayor Jim Watson when asked if he would be sitting on non-profit boards or volunteering at the soup kitchen when he leaves office next year. [Global]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 8 – Florida Panthers 2, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


636,920? 1,80810,093?14
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)85.3% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.3%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)87.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.3%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

618 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

882,376 (88%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)818,167 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,997?55223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 643,790

As of December 10, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88.1%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


6319?9133 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)173,948 (84.8%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,887 (79.9%)
? Eligible people with booster shot16,568

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The Province will require all long-term care homes to test all staff and volunteers twice per week, beginning Friday. All guests must be fully vaccinated. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Inmates at the Brockville Jail are being moved to Ottawa and Lindsay after a COVID-19 outbreak. [Global]

⭕ Ottawa Public Health has started reassigning employees to COVID-19 immunization efforts and away from their regular duties. Public Health says 283,000 Ottawa residents over the age of 50 have not yet received their third dose. [Ottawa Citizen] [Vaccine Booking Portal (Welcome back)]

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▪️The Western Québec School Board said that it did not know a teacher wore a hijab when it hired her. The teacher was removed from the classroom and given other duties as a result of Bill 21, which does not permit the wearing of religious items by some high profile government workers. [CBC]

+ Related Students of the teacher and their parents are protesting her removal from her classroom

▪️Staff recommend that the City buy 14 acres of CP Rail land next to the Trillium Line train depot. The City has already leased 8.5 acres of the land since 2001 for train maintenance use. Buying the full 14 acres would cost $6 million and come from money the City has already earmarked to buy disused railway rights-of-way. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️This house in New Edinburgh is not allowed to have windows near the property line, so the architects use various tricks to bring the light inside. The story says that building codes won't allow it – we're not quite sure what they are trying to say. Maybe that the windows can't overlook the neighbours because it is set so far back? [Toronto Star]

▪️Ottawa Tourism is asking your opinion about living, working and playing in Ottawa. It's a form! [Ottawa Tourism]

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