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Wednesday Food and drink roundup

▪️A stocking stuffer for hot sauce lovers: Meow! That’s hot and Beyond the Pale brewing have collaborated on “Fuzz on Fire!”, a zesty grapefruit and sweet potato based hot sauce. All proceeds from sales of “Fuzz on Fire!” will support the Dalhousie Food Cupboard food bank. $10 per bottle.

▪️Narcity has compiled a list of Ottawa food specialities. They say if you've tried at least nine of them, your status as a true Ottawa local is validated.

▪️Cumin and Pepper, who specialize in Chinese grill, have just introduced a festive seafood appetizer that will disappear after the New Year. Alongside shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari, the dish packs potato, enoki mushroom, konjac (a starchy herb), and quail eggs. Email the restaurant for ordering details. [email protected]

▪️If Christmas baking is not your thing, Moulins La Fayette in Hintonburg has mini and regular sized yule logs in some pretty spectacular flavours. We can’t decide between “Mixed Berry Cheesecake” and “Choco Caramel”. Check out their Insta photos, and then order by calling 613-680-5653 or email [email protected]

▪️Christmas is exhausting, even during COVID-19. Who wants to make an evening meal after shopping, wrapping, and standing in line at the post office? Charcuterie boards offer easy eating yet are also endlessly glamourous. 692 Coffee and Bar in Manotick has charcuterie for two people and four to pick up, each packed with locally sourced meat, jams, and cheeses. from $30.

▪️It’s Snowsuit Fund time again, and Overflow Brewing is supporting CHEZ106’s 10,000 Snowsuit Challenge. For every can of Limited Seasonal Final Bow Porter sold, Overflow will donate $2 to the Snowsuit Fund. So, porter lovers, you know what to do.

▪️Ottawa magazine says Mezbaan, Bacanalle, Hey Kitchen, and Mojo’s Chinese are the best new takeout joints in 2020

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of -14°  

Number:  2,500,000 kg. The mass of asbestos that has already been removed during the renovation of the Parliament Buildings. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Douglas Cardinal. The architect and activist for indigenous peoples applauded the Cleveland Major League Baseball team for dropping ‘Indians’ from their name. Cardinal filed a human rights complaint in 2016 to stop the team from using their Chief Wahoo image during a game in Toronto. [Toronto Star]

Quote: “It’s a 50-50 decision right now whether I run or not. – Mayor Jim Watson on whether he will re-run for mayor in 2022. In January, he will be Ottawa's longest serving mayor. [Ottawa Citizen


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 9118 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 387 deaths, one new report.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 4029 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 34 since yesterday, and 95 deaths, two new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 1134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 10 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.

⭕ Retirement homes ask Province for mandatory COVID-19 tests for staffers. It's mandatory in long-term care homes but not retirement homes, for some reason. [CBC]

⭕ Eastern Ontario Health Unit may move to Red Zone. But not this week. [CTV]

⭕ The Ministry of Health tells hospitals to cancel elective surgeries in antipation of needing 15 per cent of the beds for COVID-19 patients. [CBC]

 🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

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▪️Rideau Street reopens this weekend. Mostly closed to traffic for the past five years, car lanes have been reduced to two from four, new separated bike lanes have been added, and wider, patio-friendly sidewalks have been created. [CBC]

▪️Screws sticking out of the wheels may be the contribute to cracked O Train wheels. The Federal Transportation Safety Board stepped in last summer after transit staff found cracked wheels. The Board alledges that some screws, which are put in temporarily for maintenance purposes, have been left in place ultimately weakening the wheel. O Train will start daily inspections of wheels. [CBC]

▪️Multi-use building, designed to look like a train station, proposed for Stittsville Main Street. It would have a two-story office and restaurant space in the fake station bit with a four story, 33 apartment building behind The proposal is across the street from Quitters and the property used to house Louisiannie’s restaurant until the building burnt down. [Glen Gower]

+ Related 1973 picture of a train in Stittsville before the rails were covered up to create the Trans Canada trail. The red building on the left side – now burnt down – is where the proposed fake train station would go.

+ Related A mixed-use building on Sparks Street has rebuilt the 1875 facade

▪️Start-up success story Kinaxis in patent infringement suit. An Arizona company and rival, Wild Blue Yonder, says that it has amassed a patent portfolio in supply chain management and accuses Kinaxis of stealing their solutions. Kinaxis says they will defend themselves. [Ottawa Business Journal]


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