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What Ottawa is talking about

🐘  Ice Age

  •  The preserved remains of a baby wooly mammoth may be coming to Ottawa. The 30,000 – 35,000 year-old mammoth, named Nun cho ga, was discovered in Dawson City, Yukon in 2022 and will be sent to the Canadian Conservation Institute, a Federal government agency. Nun cho ga means ‘big animal baby’ in the Hän language. (Paul Tukker at CBC)

🚨 Ottawa Police Services

  •  The Ottawa Police Services Board has made a settlement with a family over a breach of privacy by a constable on a quixotic COVID theory. Constable Helen Grus is currently suspended with pay and in the middle of discreditable conduct proceedings after she improperly accessed records of deceased children to find out their COVID vaccination status. Grus was a member of the sexual assault and child abuse unit at the time. The amount of money was not disclosed and the Service did not admit liability. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    ➕ Related Ottawa Police are looking for information on a man who pulled a knife on a bus passenger at an OC Transpo shelter in the 1600 block of Scott Street. He is described as Caucasian, 40 years-old ish, five feet six inches (168 cm) tall, with reddish brown hair, and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black varsity style jacket with a black hoodie underneath, sunglasses, dark jeans, black Converse shoes, and a black baseball cap. 

⚕️ Opioid Crisis

  •  The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation have declared an opioid state of emergency. Before COVID, the community saw five opioid-related deaths a year but in the first six months of 2023, there were 12. In Ottawa, there were 93 opioid related deaths in the first six months of 2023, an all time high. A declaration of a state of emergency opens new resources and funding for the Nation from the province. (Joseph Tunney at CBC)

    🪚 Ottawa International Airport

    •  Save the Hunt Club Forest group would like the now-clearcut red pine forest preserved as a park. The Airport clearcut the old telephone pole farm last week, arguing that the neglected land was dangerous. The Airport has indicated that it would like to develop the land for an industrial park. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏠 Home Design

    •  A new custom built house shows why West of Main and Art & Stone Group won so many design awards. It’s not a bad looking pile. While it is brand new, it looks very traditional. And, of course, pics. (Anita Murray in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  The trial of Convoy co-organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber has been adjourned until January. It was originally anticipated the entire trial would have ended by Oct 13. Aside from an organizational day on Jan 4, the resumption day has not been set. (Canadian Press)



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    Ottawa Christmas Markets, Festivals, and Parades

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    10 Locally Made Foodie Gift Ideas

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    Made in Canada Christmas Gift Guide

    For Foodies, For the One With Cold Hands, For the Craft Beer Lover, For the Interior Design Enthusiast, For the Darts Player, For the One Who Loves to Throw a Party, For the Chocoholic, For Your Unclassifiable Friend, For the Teen Foodie, and For the Hat Lover.

    Advent Calendars

    We’ve compiled our 2023 list of calendars that are sold – and mostly manufactured – in Canada.

    Our annual reader survey of the best that Ottawa and area has to offer.

    food + drink

    The latest food and dining news in the Capital.

    Weekly Food + Drink update for 6 Dec

    Where does the former CEO of Canopy Growth Corp eat,  a trip to My Thai Village, and Saigon Boy, Torta Boyz, and Dumpling? Dumpling! 


    Ottawa-Gatineau Craft Brewery taproom map

    See 30+ Breweries on Map

    locally made podcasts

    Discover a local podcast from our constantly curated collection

    deals of the day

    Friday December 8, 2023

    Save 10% on Perth Brewery’s 12 Beers of Christmas, until Sunday December 17.

    Thursday December 7, 2023

    It’s already time for the End of Season sale at Maison Corbeil. Get up to 50% off floor model and in-stock furniture.

    Today only, a selection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and even a necklace are priced $20 or less at Horace Jewelry.

    Wednesday December 6, 2023

    Select bath products are 20% off at Barefoot Venus, until December 7.

    Keep your feet warm this winter with the Made-In-Toronto thermal Merino Outdoors socks. They’re 40% off until December 11.

    Tickets to Saunders Farm 2023 A Country Christmas Holiday Light Stroll are discounted when you purchase online.

    Use the code HOLIDAY to receive 50% off tickets to the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show January 18-21 2024 at EY Centre.

    Tuesday December 5, 2023

    Loftan is offering free shipping today only.

    Calm down. Bridgehead’s Darn Tasty Decaf is 25% off today only.

    Monday December 4, 2023

    Today only, holiday dresses for little partiers in organic cotton are 20% off at Mini Mioche.




    • Where Ottawa lies on the list of the Globe & Mail’s list of Canada’s Most Livable Cities. Victoria, BC is #1. Halton Hills (North of Toronto) is #100. Toronto is #64 and Montréal doesn’t make the cut. At #18, Burlington is the top rated city in Ontario. (Mahima Singh and Chen Wang in the Globe & Mail)

    ottawan of the day

    Jared Schmidt

    • Schmidt received the gold medal in World Cup ski cross this morning in Val Thorens, France. Schmidt was the second to cross the line but French skier Youri Duplessis Kergomard was disqualified for contact with another skier. (CBC)


    We are sorry

    • Ryan Weiss, Canada Life’s vice-president of national accounts, to Federal public service employees who've had a poor service experience these past months. (Matthew Kupfer at CBC)


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