Issue 659 Volume 3 Number 159

The Ottawan



It's Wednesday, November 30, 2022 and you would think that Christmas Market season would be over. Oh, but you would be wrong; the December list of markets and craft fairs is impressive.  Luckily, Apartment 613 compiled a list to make it easy for you. 


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Food + Drink News

▪️Eggnog latte update: Ministry of Coffee locations are serving Eggnog as well as Oatnog lattes this year. 

▪️Recover from hump day with Wine Down Wednesday at Barley Mowlocations, where you’ll find select bottles of red and white for $25 all day. 

▪️The retro aesthetics of Spark Beer’s Chinatown taphouse – featuring pizza – has won over Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats.

▪️Kettleman's Bagels will teach Montréal what a Montréal-style bagel is with a new shop at 1285 des Canadiens-de-Montréal Ave in January.

10 Terrific Craft Beer gifts

🎁 The Whiprsnapr Troublemakr Club offers two different membership levels.

🎁 Perth Brewing’s 12 Beers of Christmas Variety Pack is a mere $49.

🎁 When you order the 12 Beers of Christmas from Whitewater Brewing Co., you can choose delivery or pickup options. $68.00.

🎁 There’s a Dominion City Brewing Co’s Holiday Gift Box for every beer drinker on your list. The boxes are available in $50, $80, or $150 versions. 

🎁 The branded Camping Bowl from Flora Hall will make an elegant receptacle in which to keep your keys ($39.55). 

🎁 Broadhead's Classic Eight bundle includes eight “easy drinking” beers, a t-shirt, a pint glass, and two tours and tastings at the brewery for $65. 

🎁 The 12 cans in the The Kichesippi Cheers to the Season 12 pack ($41.35) are wrapped in festive patterns, and they come in a decorative box. Imagine how nice that will look under the tree.

🎁 Perfect for the beer lover who has everything, the 2023 Orléans Brewing Co Club Membership includes invites for you and a guest to an exclusive party in January, a birthday pint, $1 every pint, 10% off in-house food items, and more, for $75. 

🎁 For an extra $7, Stray Dog Brewing will turn your beer and merch order into a festive gift basket. 

🎁 Ridge Rock has limited quantities of cute tree ornaments in your choice of blue or red. They're only $10 each but they’re going fast!

Notes for tomorrow

▪️Head to Equator Coffee’s original location in Almonte for a Christmas Open House where you’ll experience festivities like live music, cookie decorating, and games for the kids. 6:00pm to 9:00pm at 451 Ottawa St, Almonte. 

▪️Maker Feed Co’s Wine Discovery workshop ($129) is for wine lovers of any level of knowledge. You’ll taste five different wines with tapas. Attendance also gives you membership in MFCo’s Wine and food Club. 6:00pm at 2807 Ch. Old Montréal Road, Cumberland. 

▪️Roam Flora is putting over 15 varieties of dahlia tubers on sale tomorrow at noon. If you’re away from your desk at that time, you’ll have another opportunity to purchase the tubers on March 30, 2023.

And finally: Get your skates on

Today is your final chance to buy River Oak Skating Trail passes at the Early Bird Discount. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ West of Main’s sale of up to 80% off ends tomorrow. Find deals in lighting, furniture, accessories, and art.

2️⃣ Tate + Yoko’s biggest sale of the year ends today. 

3️⃣ Save up to $100 at Covers & All

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌧️ Periods of rain. High of 8°, low of -2°. 

Number:  500,000. The number of comics kept in stock by Myths, Legends & Heroes on Bank Street. [CityNews]

Ottawan of the Day: Lin Dickson. The retired teacher has been sewing aprons, tote bags, and mitts from recycled and repurposed materials to raise money for food banks. Dickson has raised $10,000 so far from her creations. No website but email to find out where her goods will be next. [CTV

Quote: 'I cannot get involved in those things’ – Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez yesterday when asked about the firings of four senior staff at the National Gallery of Canada and the letter sent to him by former staffers asking the Ministry to pay attention. [CBC

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🚊 The O Train Inquiry

Oh boy, Bay Ward resident former Mayor Jim Watson and former City Manager Steve Kanellakos are in hot water. 

The Inquiry found that Kanellakos kept information from City council over the problems in the launch of the O Train and held back information that the City lowered its standards in order for the system to pass its safety checks. The Inquiry also said that the Mayor was aware and did not inform council.

This is directly from the report:


Most troubling was the deliberate effort by Steve Kanellakos, the
City Manager, to mislead Council on the decision to lower the testing criteria and on the testing results

The Mayor had accurate information about trial running and the decision to change the testing criteria, but failed to provide that information to Council. Thus, the conduct of senior City staff and the Mayor irreparably compromised the statutory oversight function of Council.’

This evidence from Mayor Watson, [former transit head John] Manconi, and Kanellakos does not withstand scrutiny, and the Commission does not accept it as a truthful explanation of what motivated the failure to communicate with Council.’

The Inquiry also found that the City and the builders had lost focus in being responsible to the public. So much so that the Inquiry recommends that oversight be taken from City staff and given to a new body. The Inquiry suggests that the US company that was hired this year to oversee safety and maintenance could be acceptable as that oversight body.


▪️Former Transit Commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert points out that City staff has recommended that civilians should be removed from the Transit Commission, resulting in a councillor-only board.

City Council will vote on that proposal at its Dec 7 meeting.

▪️Horizon Ottawa reminds everyone that councillors  Laura Dudas, Tim Tierney, Glen Gower, Catherine Kitts, Matthew Luloff, George Darouze, and Allan Hubley all voted against having an O Train inquiry. The Inquiry was eventually imposed upon the City by the Province.

▪️Before the report was released, Kanata South ward councillor Allan Hubley said he liked dealing with Kanellakos ‘because you knew you were getting the straight goods from him’. Kanata North ward councillor Cathy Curry said ‘They don’t make men like Steve Kanellakos anymore. He is a man of the highest integrity and he’s thoughtful and he’s smart.’

Read the full report here.


🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️On the second day of experts week, two former directors of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service testified that what the service deems as a national security threat is not relevent to the Federal government’s decision making in invoking the Emergency Act. The two directors said that the definition of an emergency in the act should be rewritten to include economic threats and climate change.

The Rest

▪️Two minor hockey coaches in Gatineau have been suspended for life due to a violent altercation. The event, at Gatineau’s Slush Puppie Centre occurred on Nov 20, where the two coaches were accused of fighting with a third coach during an under-15 A game between Jets 1 La Lièvre and Remparts Gatineau. [CBC

▪️The University of Ottawa has been denounced for banning cameras at an event with the Ambassador from China. Ambassador Cong Peiwu spoke at China and the World: Development, Trade and Governance in the 21st Century Monday where he demanded that cameras be banned. TV camera people were removed from the room. New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Bloq Québecois leader Yves-François Blanchet, and New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh all condemned the move. University president Jacques Frémont later tweeted an apology to the media.  [CBC

▪️The City has introduced its new registration system for recreation programmes. The old one had been subject to constant complaints of being unreliable and creaky. The new one promises to have better search features and allow residents to put programmes on a wish list. The City advises residents to register their account in advance which will make it easier to sign up for programmes later. [CityNews] [Register]

▪️If you are looking for a future project, the Province has asked for proposals to build the new Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll have $2 billion to build the 641 bed hospital and 50 acres of former farmland to do it on. If you do take it on, may we suggest that you figure out a way to connect it with the O Train station nearby. [CityNews] [Request for Proposals]

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