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Weekend Roundup

There’s another busy weekend ahead, both online and IRL. 


▪️Starting this evening at 6pm and going until Sunday November 22nd at 4pm, the Cheerfully Made annual Ottawa Etsy market is going online. The Etsy Market is a safe online shopping event that will introduce you to some of Ontario’s best makers. 

▪️Almonte shop Blondie Apparel is running a promotion during the Etsy event: their popular Hillside sweater will drop  in price to $65. The sweater is loved by customers for its long body, roomy pocket, and cool Pearl Blue colour. They’ll also drop the shipping charge if you use the code ETSYMARKET at checkout. Sounds like a deal. 

▪️The Social Market is launching their first pop-up today until December 21, featuring chocolate, coffee, spices and sauce selected for their social impact.  Find them at 989 Wellington St West. Spoiler alert: the teens running it are todays Ottawans of the Day, below.


▪️Doing a little online shopping this weekend? If you’re like us and planning to decorate for Christmas a little earlier this year, don’t forget a wreath. Ottawa maker BohoChicbyJC features restrained, pared-down wreaths that won’t break the bank, available in her Etsy shop. 

▪️Sustainable gift wrapping combined plus crafting equols a day well spent: Mad About Patchwork in Stittsville has a tutorial for making a draw string fabric gift bag on its Mad About Makers Facebook group. Join the group, buy the pattern, then sew along. 

▪️Up in Renfrew, soon-to-launch Ottawa Valley Coffee is holding the first of three markets this Saturday, November 21st (the other two will be on December 5th and December 19th). Visit 239 Raglan Street, Renfrew, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The market will showcase local vendors selling jewellery, Kombucha, bath and beauty items, macrame, pottery, kids wear, and wood designs.


▪️Are Montréal-style bagels on your Sunday shopping list? It’s Staff Appreciation Day at Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli this Sunday (November 22). All bagel sales that day will be distributed to staff. 1321 Wellington St. W. Ottawa.

▪️The Dress Shop in Carleton Place is stocked with 100% Canadian Made designs, most crafted in-house by designer Dominica Maazur. Her comfy slow fashion dresses, tunics, tops, and leggings are crafted from hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton. Purchases can be made in person, over the phone, or by e-transfer. Or shop in perso 10-:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 14°  

Number:  44. The number of of items on the new tasting menu at Atelier. Chef Marc Lepine is scrapping the old-style 12 item tasting menu with the ‘rapid fire’ tastings. We figure that's about one per minute.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: The teenagers at Thirteen. Thirteen is run by the Parkdale Food Centre, teaching teaching basic business and entrepreneurial skills to new, teenaged immigrants to Canada. Having started with running a spice business, the thirteen members of group will be running a Christmas Market on Wellington – called The Social Market — featuring other small food businesses. [Ottawa Matters] [Thirteen]

Quote: “Oh, you’re still in business? I thought you guys went bankrupt – Gord McMillan, CEO of ad agency McMillan, which filed for creditor protection last year but is now thriving.  [Ottawa Business Journal]


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health Dashboard

Ottawa Wastewater Dashboard

There have been 8027 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 37 since yesterday, and 363 deaths, no new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 3183 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 68 deaths, one new report.


Eastern Ontario Health Unit dashboard

There have been 783 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of five since yesterday, and 28 deaths, one new report.

Sometimes the number of cases or deaths are lower from one day to the next. This is usually because the powers-that-be reassigned the case to a different health authority.

⭕ Rockcliffe resident Justin Trudeau will be at his front door again today, giving an update on COVID-19 as modelling shows Canada could reach 60,000 cases per day in December  [CBC]

⭕ Quebec has set their Christmas guidelines: up to 10 people between Dec 24 and Dec 27: don't sing, and avoid physical contact with grandparents  [CBC]

⭕ Chartwell Domaine Notre-Dame in Gatineau has Quebec’s largest COVID-19 outbreak [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Community Laundry Co-op in Vanier gets reprieve from closure. The co-op has existed since 1999, offering cheap laundry for residents and running a volunteer-run commercial laundry service as a revenue generator. Ottawa Community Foundation and the City are now working with the co-op to fill their $60,000 funding gap. The coop offers $2.00 clothes washing, including soap, drying, and a cup of coffee [CBC] [Community Laundry Co-op]

▪️The Confederation Line will be closed on Sunday Nov 22 and Sunday Nov 29 as crew install heaters on the tracks. The new gas powered heaters replace electric ones which did not successfully unfreeze track switches last year. The Trillium line has always had gas powered heaters. [CBC]

▪️Councillor Scott Moffatt wants to change the name of the ward he represents, Rideau-Goulbourn. The ward is named after Henry Goulburn, who enslaved people in Jamaica in the 19th century. Goulburn was a popular British politician at the time but had nothing to do with Ottawa or Canada, never having been here. Moffatt is now refering to his ward by its number, Twenty One. [Ottawa Citizen] [Team Twenty-One]

▪️Justice for Abdirahman Coalition disappointed Crown will not appeal acquittal of Ottawa Police Officer. Constable Daniel Montsion was deemed not guilty in court last month over a charge of manslaughter in Abdirahman Abdi’s death. The lawyer for Abdi’s family says they can now move forward on a $1.5 million civil lawsuit against the Police Service Board and the officers involved. [Global

▪️Uniforms for 911 staffers scrapped after Union insists on dry-cleaning costs. The Police Services Board spent $23,000 on golf shirts and fleece jackets for 911 staff, who do not have a standard uniform. Afterwards, the Ottawa Police Association pointed out a clause in the collective agreement that gives anyone required to wear a uniform $350 per year to cover dry cleaning. For 150 911 workers, that would be $52,000 each and every year. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Actual City of Ottawa press release headline: ‘City to celebrate start of operation of the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel’. Yes, we’re all going squirrely with the lack of local live entertainment and arts but this is... Nope, we‘ll take it, we’re desperate. Yay, new sewer! Watch the fun live at 2pm [City of Ottawa YouTube]

+Related New Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel will keep sewage out of the Ottawa River 

▪️Christmas on Wheels, filmed in the area last summer, premiers tonight on the W Channel. The Hallmark Christmas movie is apparently about a woman who leaves a high-powered job in the city to return to her hometown, where she gets involved in some activity that brings the spirit of Christmas back to her neighbours, learns something about life and love, and hooks up with her small town ex/the guy who helps her. Arnprior, Ontario stars as Robinsville, Washington.  [Christmas On Wheels Trailer

▪️Locally headquartered Farm Boy opens their largest store at the Trainyards [CTV]

▪️Local mom and pop business Shopify partners with largest Chinese payment company Shopify customers in the US can now accept payments from Alipay, which has one billion users in China.  [Ottawa Business Journal]


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