Monday, December 4 2023


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High 0° Low -4°
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☁️ Cloudy
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🌞 7:26 am🌛4:20 pm



Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway for tickets to the Signatures Christmas Craft Sale. We emailed the winners just prior to sending out this newsletter, so please check your spam folders. Congratulations to the winners. We hope you enjoy the show. 


10 Local Experiential Gifts for Hard-to-Buy-For Loved Ones

  1. Split Tree Cocktail Co. 2024 workshops include ingredients, instruction and good times as you learn how to make Tiki and modern cocktails or drinks for special occasions like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
  2. Digital Photography 1: Foundation from SPAO is a series of 10 Sunday classes from January to March, which cover the operation of your camera, to lighting and composition. You’ll also learn about basic file management.
  3. Learn how to make three cocktail syrups at Bee Savvy’s Dry January Simple Syrups workshop. Saturday January 6, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  4. Give a gift certificate to one of the City of Ottawa’s recreation programs.
  5. The Orléans Brewing Company 2024 OBC Club Membership is on sale for $120 right now, and it offers discounts on taproom pours, cans to go, cases, swag, access to event presales, and more.
  6. Make a Wood Hockey Stick with the Ottawa City Woodshop. January 4, 11, 18, and 25. Or craft your own traditional Five Board Bench, or simply learn the fundamentals of wood working.
  7. The Whiprsnapr Troublemaker One Year Membership runs from January to December, and includes perks like 15% off all draft and cans to go, snacks, keg purchases, and swag. You also get your own special night at the brewery.
  8. Don't forget self-care gifts: Kōena Spa - Thermal Experience has gift certificates for those who need a little taking care of. 
  9. Tickets to the Sausage Making Workshops by Valley Sausage Co, at Stray Dog Brewing in Orléans on Tuesday January 24, 2024 include everything you need to make your own artisanal sausages (you’ll get to bring home 4lbs), plus one beer from the host venue.
  10. Cooking courses at Maitland Manor, a grand house on the St. Lawrence River combine learning something new with feeling like the Lord or Lady of the manor. Not sure which course to book? Buy a gift certificate and let the recipient choose.

– Martha and Darren


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  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $3,000,000
    • – The amount of money that the Ottawa Library Board is asking for to pay for upgraded security. The current amount is $560,000. The Library says there have been six physical or psychological injuries to front-line library employees this year. (Mario Glass in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Catherine Sinclair
    • –  The chief curator with the Ottawa Art Gallery is upping sticks and moving down the street to the National Gallery of Canada, where she will be director of exhibitions, conservation and production. Sinclair served 18 years at the Ottawa Art Gallery. (Lynn Saxberg in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • I hope it's not a total loss. I don't think it is.

    • – Gatineau city councillor Jocelyn Blondin whose house burnt down yesterday. No one was injured and the cause is not thought suspicious. Blondin represents the Manoir-des-Trembles–Val-Tétreau district. (CBC)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Seattle Kraken 0 last Saturday
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Columbus Blue Jackets 4 last Friday


    What’s going on at City Hall

    Finance and Corporate Services Committee
    Tuesday, December 5 at 9:30 am

    • 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets – Finance and Corporate Services Committee
    • Report on 2024 budget expenses pursuant to Ontario Regulation 284/09
    • Restatement of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission employees' pension plan text and governance plan
    • Ādisōke project update
    • 2022 Business Improvement Area and Sparks Street Mall Authority – annual reports and audited financial statements
    • Motion - Luloff - Right of Way Land Exchange - 1015 Tweddle Road

    📋 Agenda

    Ottawa Police Services Board - Policy and Governance Committee meeting
    Tuesday, December 5 at 2 pm

    • Status update: 2023 Ottawa Police Services Board work plan
    • Draft 2024 Ottawa Police Services Board work plan
    • Updated policy draft: GA-16 dissemination of information from chair to board
    • Updated policy draft: GA-8 Legal Services
    • Review of False Alarm By-Law No. 1 of 2010
    • Enhanced orientation program for new board members

    📋 Agenda

    Ottawa Public Library Board
    Tuesday, December 5 at 5 pm

    • 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budget estimates and four-year capital forecast
    • Contracts requiring board approval: security services and the integrated library system
    • 2024 board continuing education plan and conference attendance
    • Urban Libraries Council (ULC) 2023 annual forum - Trustees Alison Crawford and Harvey A. Slack reports
    • In Camera Items:
      Security of the property of the board, to receive a cyber security update

    📋 Agenda


    ⚡ Battery Farms

    •  A company that wanted to place a battery farm outside rural Ottawa is pausing because of pushback and a death threat. This isn't the company that wanted to place the batteries in West Carleton and Mannotick. Baseload Power wanted to build in Elizabethtown-Kitley 100 kilometres south of Ottawa. After a rambunctious meeting and little support from the town, it has pulled out. (Guy Quenneville at CBC) (The proposal)

    ⚕️ Ottawa Public Health

    •  Ottawa Public Health is laying off most of its COVID staff and wrapping up its immunization programmes. The Ontario government will stop reimbursing health units for extraordinary costs related to the pandemic by March. In January 2022, Ottawa Public Health had 4,400 employees. This autumn, it had 1,100. This January, it will have 105 COVID related staff out of 511 employees. (Elizabeth Payne in the Ottawa Citizen)

      ➕ Related More people find out that they have been removed from the Ontario family doctor waitlist because the Appletree walk-in clinic has rostered them.

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    •  Ottawa Police officers have been cleared for ignoring unresponsive man in their custody. Despite at least two check-ins by officers, a man arrested for assault was lying unresponsive on the floor of his cell for over an hour. When an officer noticed his laboured breathing, he was sent to hospital where he died five days later. The Special Investigations Unit said there was no basis for criminal charges. (CBC)  

    🛫 Ottawa Airport

    •  Lynx Air is the latest discount airline to fly from Ottawa Airport. Starting next May, Lynx will be flying to Calgary and Vancouver. Using the discount code OTTAWA, we see that a one way trip is as low as $119. Darren flew Lynx from Vancouver to Toronto once and it was fine. (Lynx Air)

    🗳️ Ottawa Centre

    •  Residents of the Federal Ottawa Centre riding get to keep their Member of Parliament, Yasir Naqvi.  Naqvi had been running for leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, which announced the winner Saturday. The current mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, is the new provincial Liberal leader. Naqvi came in third. (The Canadian Press)

    🏠 Property

    •  Ten houses one could buy in Ottawa for $1 million. This monthly link is always a crowd pleaser. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🪧 Parliament Hill Protests

    •  Buses booked to take Torontonians to a rally on Parliament Hill to show support for Israel against Hamas failed to show up. The seventeen buses were booked and paid for in advance. The operator has not said why. The rally is at 1:30 pm today. ( John Paul Tasker at CBC



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    •  The Signaures Originals Christmas Craft Sale at the EY Centre brings more than 175 vendors under one roof for a thoroughly Canadian shopping experience. At the EY Centre until Sunday.

    •  Meet Chipewyan Dene artist John Rombough at Beaded Dreams (430 Bank St) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    •  Magic of Light continues at Wesley Clover Parks.


    •  Hope and Elegy Doors Open for Music (12:00 pm) Southminster United Church

    •  Holiday Drag Show: Frostbite. Bronson music Centre

    •  A Swinging’ Christmas with the Prime Rib Band. Irene’s Pub & Restaurant

    •  Jazz Nite with 45 North Jazz Group. Queen St. Fare

    •  Broadway Nights. Red Bird Live

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    Aurelius is having a flash sale today: purchase at least $60 in fine olive oils and Balsamic vinegars and you’ll get free shipping. Use the code SHIP23 when you’re checking out. They’ve got loads of gift ideas, from stocking stuffer mini sets to full sized bottles of delicious oils and vinegars.

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


    Josh Pringle at CTV has 10 suggestions of free things to do in Ottawa this season:

    1️⃣ Skating – there are 5 free outdoor rinks

    2️⃣ Cross-country skiing – there are at least 5 free groomed trails (but don’t forget to donate)

    3️⃣ Go for a hike – Hiking is free in Gatineau park and they groom the trails

    4️⃣ Swim Saturdays – If you are a kid, swimming is free on Saturday at most public pools

    5️⃣ National Arts Centre – The Centre has some free events

    6️⃣ Museums – All the great national ones plus the Ottawa Art Gallery have free admission during certain periods this December

    7️⃣ Parliament of Canada Tours – You need to book but it’s free

    8️⃣ Parliament: The Immersive Experience – Same deal, you need to book but it’s free and, bonus, it is indoors.

    9️⃣ Rideau Hall – The guided tours are free.

    🔟 Horse-drawn carriage rides – Cundell Stables is giving free rides Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.




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