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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Wednesday Food + Drink

▪️Four Ottawa restaurants have made OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants in Canada list: AtelierBar LupulusNorth & Navy, and Riviera

▪️Meanwhile, Ottawa magazine introduces three new restaurantsGiuliaVivann, and Sans Façon 

▪️NarCity says these are the 11 best mexican restaurants in Ottawa

▪️NarCity also loves the new Saigon Restaurant: “it's the mix of cocktail bar and street food that we've been missing

▪️The Citizen like the prices at La Taverna, which features '75 per cent dishes'. We think that means that they are big small plates.

Let someone else cook Christmas dinner

▪️No roast turkey here: Taj Indian Cuisine has Christmas and New Years meals for carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and non-gluten eaters, all containing one appetizer, three mains, two rice dishes, three Naan, and dessert. From $95. Pre-orders are being taken now at 613-726-6955. 

▪️For a group: The Brookstreet Hotel’s Christmas spread to go will feed up to 10 people, fully cooked, for $350. The meal includes a 15lb roast turkey, stuffing, dauphinoise potatoes, veggie medley, cranberry compote, and gravy. You can pick up on December 24th or 25th, take it home and warm it up. 

▪️For two: Rather than an entire bird, you’ll get enough breast and leg meat for two people in the Whalesbone’s Christmas Dinner in a Box, $70. Sides include stuffing, cranberry compote, potatoes, cauliflower and cheese gratin, Brussel sprouts, rutabaga, gravy, and buns. Available for pickup on December 23rd and 24th. 



▪️Yesterday, we wrote about a Federally-owned corporation building housing near Dow's Lake. It's the Canada Lands Corporation, not the Crown Lands Corporation, which, as far as we can determine, is completely a fiction of Darren's imagination.

▪️Our links to the City of Ottawa's 15 Minute Neighbourhoods report may have crashed the City's computers. Sorry, City. Some time after we hit send, the report and maps were no longer available at those links.

However, afterwards, we found the same info placed by the City on Amazon AWS servers, which are far more robust and certainly can handle traffic from the ottawan.

Here is the report.

Here's the page with all the maps.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

?️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.


Weather: ❄️ A few flurries. High of -5°, low of -13°

Number: 92. The number of years that Ottawa’s last furrier has been in business. Flesher's on Cooper Street is closing up shop. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Kat Plouffe. Plouffe is the creator of Only ,a subscription-based organic period product supplier that delivers reusable and compostable items every month. [Ottawa Business Journal]

Quote: ‘It’s always great to see a stumbling, random weirdo completely disrupt an institution that loves to think of itself as proud and upstanding, and that’s exactly what the Senators, founded in 1992, do when they can sneak away with a win against a franchise that’s won the Stanley Cup 24 times – Lauren Theisen, in her Defector article Canada’s Funniest Team, The Ottawa Senators, Are Up To Their Old Tricks. [Q+A with Lauren Theisen of Defector]

Sport: NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – New York Islanders 5, last night

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


626,321? 1,00910,044?8
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)84.5% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.1%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.8%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.2%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

618 ?0

NOTE: Ottawa Public Health is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

872,183 (87%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)816,132 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,731?20223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 631,922

As of December 3, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 88%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)85.3%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


NOTE: Eastern Ontario Health Unit is now reporting 5 years +, instead of 12 years +

Cases and changes have not been updated since yesterday.

6147?39131 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)170,690 (83.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)163,410 (79.7%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Pfizer says that three doses of its existing COVID-19 is effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant. [CBC]

⭕ Over 45 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been contact traced back to a martial arts club in Barrhaven. [Barrhaven Independent

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▪️An Ottawa man has been charged for worldwide cyberattacks. The man is accused of running ransomware attacks on computer systems, catching the attention of the FBI, Interpol, and the Gatineau police. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️A couple has been running a taxi scam in Ottawa. Using a legitimate looking vehicle, the cab approaches people at shopping centres asking if they want a ride. At their destination, the operators say that COVID-19 rules mean that they can only accept a card. They then make a secret copy of the card's info and attempt to drain it later. the ottawan thinks that it should have been obvious as a scam the moment that a taxi operator said that their card machine was working.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Newly appointed Kanata North ward councillor Cathy Curry has been placed on most of her predecessor’s committees. Curry was appointed to council after Jenna Sudds was elected Member of Parliament. Her new committees are finance, planning, transit commission, IT sub-committee, and the board of Hydro Ottawa. A vote to appoint Police Board chair Diane Deans to the finance committee instead did not pass. [CBC]

▪️Developer plans to renovate – and move – an 1874 building so it can build a 21 storey building. The Old Registry Office, a one-storey brick structure, would be moved into a a shopping component while its prime location would be turned into a residential tower. [Ottawa Business Journal]

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