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The Christmas markets continue this weekend, with IRL and virtual events celebrating local makers. 

TODAY to December 24

The massive “Holiyay” virtual market by Freewheeling Craft launches tonight at 6pm (November 26th) and will feature 70 vendors as well as a $15 flat delivery rate for all your purchases. They’re literally taking on Amazon by offering same day delivery if you order before noon. The market runs until December 24th. 


Eganville based Fifth Chute Coffee’s Virtual Christmas Market will introduce you to handmade gifts including farm produce, Kombucha, apothecary, fresh and dried floral arrangements, pottery, photography, tea, art, jewelry, soap, hand rebound books, kids’ fashion accessories, honey, baked goods, and wood-fired maple syrup.


There's another Log Farm Farmers' Market on Saturday November 28th from 10am to 2:00pm. Last week was extremely busy, so be prepared for a line up. 670 Cedarview Road.

Square Lemon’s “A Very Covid Christmas” market gets underway at 10:00am on Saturday November 26 and continues until 6:00pm on December 2nd. Look for another fantastic line up of local vendors. 

Ottawa decor destination LD Shoppe has been running a series of Saturday Pop Ups at its Trainyards location. This week (November 28th) you’ll find knitwear by Lee and Evelyn and Katy Landry jewelry. 26-110 Trainyards Drive, Ottawa K1G 3S2

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We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Periods of rain or drizzle. High of 55°  

Number:  16. The number of stray cats and kittens left hungry after their caretaker, Jonathan Hammell, was murdered in Chinatown. Hammell’s friends are fundraising to feed and re-home the cats. The man arrested for Hammell’s murder also left behind a dog, which has been adopted but needs to be neutered. [Ottawa Matters]  [Go Fund Me]

Ottawan of the Day: Renée Michaud. Michaud is a volunteer director of The Rolling Barber, who provide haircuts for people of low income.  [Capital Current] [Rolling Barber]

Quote: “The important thing is to hire the right people, and we’ve been able to do that here in Ottawa – Syntronic Canada senior vice-president Darrell Wellington. Syntronic Canada is hiring 150 people for the company which ‘designs and tests hardware and software for customers in the telecom, automotive, industrial, defence and medical sectors’ [Ottawa Business Journal]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8254 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 23 since yesterday, and 372 deaths, four new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3426 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 27 since yesterday, and 76 deaths, no new reports.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 818 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 30 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.

⭕ Ontario's auditor general was not kind in her report on the Ford Government’s COVID-19 response, citing slow testing, cumbersome leadership, and outdated emergency planning [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches asks us to avoid Toronto and Montréal for the holidays [CBC]

⭕ The Outaouais, with about 40 per the population of Ottawa, has nearly the same number of COVID-19 cases as Ottawa [CBC]

⭕ 21 doctors and 12 engineers have sent a letter to the Province, urging that guidelines over indoor transmission of COVID-19 be changed, stating that being indoors is much more risky [CBC]

⭕ Carlingview Manor, where 60 residents have died during the pandemic, is one of 29 long term care homes receiving funding from the Province in a plan to add an extra 3,000 beds [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Pick-up hockey will be banned in Gatineau when outdoor rinks open.  [CTV]

 🍁 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.

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▪️Osgood ward councillor George Darouze turned himself in to Ottawa Police for texting while driving. Darouze was seen texting in his car by everyone watching Tuesday’s audit committee Zoom meeting, in which he was participatng by a camera on his car's front seat. Ottawa Police say the Deputy Mayor was issued the standard ticket with a $615 fine. [CBC]

▪️College Ward councillor Rick Chiarelli has had his pay suspended for the next 15 months. In response to the intregrity commissioner’s report, which call Chiarelli’s actions "offensive and disreputable", CIty Council also asked staff to report back on ways Chiarelli can be barred from city property. Chiarelli denies all allegations and is suing the Intregity Commissioner over the contents of the report.  [CBC]

▪️Federal Government wants its vehicles to be 80 per cent electric or hybrid within 10 years. Unsurprisingly, tanks, fighter jets and ships will be exempt, but RCMP patrol cars are not.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The CitySounds playlist has dropped. Last February, the City asked for tracks from Ottawa musicians to play as the hold music and in O Train stations. Rather than anondyne muzak, the idea was to reflect the City’s music scene as it is, appointing people with taste to make the selections. [City of Ottawa] [Soundcloud]

▪️Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink and Lansdowne Park Skating Court open tomorrow. City Hall’s Rink of Dreams and Centrepointe’s Ben Franklin Skating Rink are expected to open next week. Skating is first-come, first-served and COVID-19 distancing rules apply. [City of Ottawa] [Skating Rinks Page]

▪️City Council approves the Barrhaven route for phase 3 of the O-Train. The City has not budgeted any money for phase 3 and expects it to be funded entirely by the provincial and federal governments, which have not currently done so. Council also approved–in–principle the plan for Gatineau’s transit authority to run a tram into downtown Ottawa.  [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related City Council voted against saving 120 units of low-income housing, proposed by Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney. The phase 3 route goes straight through Manor Village.

▪️Algonquin College launches Centre for Victimology Reseach, a first in Canada. College president Claude Brulé says the centre ‘produces groundbreaking research... studying victimization and the experience survivors have with the criminal justice system.” The centre will focus on victim services and vicarious resilience, male survivors of intimate partner violence, and community response to homicide. [Algonquin Times] [After Candace: The Art of Healing]

▪️The Citizen admires the haute cusine of Aiana Restaurant Collective, saying it befits Ottawa’s status as a capital of a G7 country. [Ottawa Citizen] [Aiana]


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