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  Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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Wednesday Food + Drink Update

▪️Thanks to the recently announced capacity reductions Mati Ottawa (428 Preston Street) is now closed for indoor dining until the New Year. Take out is still available, and you can per order online or call in with your request. /

▪️La Roma (430 Preston Street) is also now closed for indoor dining, but they’re open for food and wine takeout. Head to the “Prepared To-Go” tab for heat and serve meals, kits, snacks, and bottles. 

▪️Irene’s Pub (855 Bank Street) has had to close until after Christmas, as multiple guests in the pub last Friday December 17th started exhibiting symptoms of Covid over the weekend and are now confirmed positive. The staff member who served the group is also exhibiting symptoms. If you were at Irene’s last Friday between 9:00pm and 12:00am please self monitor and get tested if you started to exhibit symptoms. All live music is also cancelled at the pub, until January. 

▪️Restaurant E18hteen (18 York Street) is remaining open for indoor dining, however, because capacity must now remain at 50% there will be time caps on tables according to the demand for the date of the reservation. 

▪️Nan’s Parlour cocktail bar (73 Clarence Street) will be open from 5:30pm on December 25th for anyone who needs a bit of Christmas cheer.

▪️The Province is finally reducing wholesale prices of alcohol for restaurants by 20 per cent on January 1. Maddingly, the Province has been charging restaurants the same price for booze as anyone else who walks into an LCBO.

And what the other guys are writing about:

▪️Ottawa magazine looks at how SocaRed ApronFarinellaCorner Peach all expanded their restaurants over the past year. Bonus Ottawa article: 5 wines recommended by local bottle shops.

▪️NarCity is raving about the Filipino cuisine at Lola's Kitchen

▪️The Citizen walks down memory lane over the best food they ate last year

▪️The Ottawa Playbook newsletter asked the Citizen’s Bruce Deachman for a cocktail recipe. He contributed the SO31, with bourbon, maple syrup, and orange juice.

Last minute gift shopping

▪️Find all sorts of Made in Ontario beauty , skincare and food items at Terra 20

▪️Zolas Restaurant has created stocking sized jars of Zambal Chili Crunch, which they say is excellent on eggs, pasta, and pizza. $8.95, available online and at the pasta shop. 

▪️Cheerfully Made in Almonte is offering 15% off select holiday items until midnight on Boxing Day. Their range includes cards, clothes, and fun things made in Canada and the USA. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0°, low of -15°

Number: 35. The number of years that the Christmas Train Store has been in business. The 79 year-old owner is retiring, and the Christmas Train store – which specialises, unsurprisingly, in model trains – will close for good in February. [Ottawa Citizen] [Christmas Train Store]

Ottawan of the Day: Larry Matschke. The Stittsville resident has received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Governor General Mary Simon for his decades of service, including 24 years of playing Santa Claus. [Stittsville Central]

Quote: ‘It’s easy to say it’s an overkill, but let me tell you something, it’s not overkill to the person that gets COVID-19’ – Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on the NHL's pause in play over COVID.  [Ottawa Sun]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday


661,563? 4,38310,133?10
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.1% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.6%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


? Eligible people with one dose (5+)88.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.5%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

620 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

887,547 (89%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)818,028 (82%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


15,710?142223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 665,939

As of December 17, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 95%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)92.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


6641?122134 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)175,728 (85.7%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)164,237 (80.1%)
? Eligible people with booster shot29,223

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ The Federal Government is changing the rules for Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. As written, people who lost work could only claim a benefit if their area was in lockdown, however most Provinices, including Ontario, have only restricted capacity. The new rules will allow close that loophole. The Lockdown Benefit pays $300 per week. [CBC]

⭕ Thirty Ottawa paramedics and support staff tested positive after attending an event at a restaurant last week. The City has around 700 paramedics. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Removing the canopy at Westboro Station that contributed to three people losing their lives in a bus crash is 'not cost efficient' . A third-party review of the station says the another crash into the canopy would be a one-in-250-years event. The same review said that reducing speeds of buses at the station would be ‘unreasonably low’. The entire station will be closed and refitted for use with the O Train expansion in 2022. [CBC]

+ Related The City's auditor general has put her investigation into the O-Train problems on hold while the Province conducts its own inquiry. Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon says the two audits are covering the same ground.

▪️The City is looking to regulate the reversing 'beep beep' sound from vehicles doing muncipal work. Apparently, this is considered annoying by some people as the vehicles work at night, especially with snow removing. The proposal is to replace the ‘beep beep’ with something not as noticeable. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The National Capital Commission has approved a new dock has  on an old steamboard landing. The Hill Docks, on the Ottawa River below Major’s Hill Park, will welcome boaters who have come down the Rideau Canal to stay overnight and see the City. The Docks will also allow local boat owners to to have access to the water. The facility will be run by private operators. [Capital Current]

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