Issue 643 Volume 3 Number 143

The Ottawan



It's Tuesday, November 1, 2022 and we're sad to see that Nettleton’s Jewellers is closing after 106 years. The fourth generation of Nettletons, who have run the store in Westgate Shopping Centre, are retiring.


Made in Canada Advent Calendars

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▪️The Advent Calendar from Stubbe Chocolates Ottawa is perfectly lovely ($33), but their Chocolate Truffle Box is next level decadent. It’s literally a box made of chocolate, filled with chocolate truffles. Available empty or filled with alcohol or other delicious centres, prices start at $38 for 12.

▪️Perfect for cold winter mornings, the Bonne Maman Limited Edition 2022 Advent Calendar has 24 adorable mini jams, jellies, and marmalades. Available at Papa Jack popcorn for $48.99. 

▪️A feast for the baked treats lover, the Aux Délices Advent Calendar is available now at a discount. Pay $70 for a box of 24 individually wrapped gingerbread and sugar cookies and pick up the box on November 25, 26, or 27. 

▪️The Nita 2022 Craft Holiday Beer Collection features cans from 22 breweries from across Ontario.

▪️Sugarfina has compiled an Advent Calendar of with tiny tastes of caramels, cookies, and candy in fruity and seasonal flavours. $69 

▪️It’s easy to see why the Maker House Advent Calendar is a consistent sell-out. It’s a big ol’ box of Canadian made food and drink, decor, bath and body products, ornaments, and more. $229.95 

▪️Squish Candies of Montréal offers a Vegan 24 Days of Candy, filled with plant-based dummies. $46.99 

▪️The Fine Chocolate Advent Calendar from Chocolats Favoris is a box of 24 compartments, each filled with one artisanal chocolate made in Quebec. $36.99.

▪️DavidsTea makes sure that tea drinkers, including those who do not consume caffeine and those who prefer matcha, are looked after, with three gorgeous Advent Calendars ($55 each). 

▪️Purdys Elf Village Chocolate Advent Calendar is one for the kids (of all ages, that is, for $26). Meanwhile, the Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar is a stylish green tree-shaped box with 24 drawers of bite-sized dairy-free treats. $30. 


Chamberfest Concert presents Dido Reimagined with soprano Dawn Upshaw and Brentano Quartet, tonight at 7:00pm. Carleton dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St. 


Montréal designer Eliza Faulkner will be visiting Victoire Boutique tomorrow (Wednesday November 2) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. If you purchase a piece from her collection you’ll have a chance to win a $250 gift card. 1282-B West Wellington.

Coming soon

Crafters take note: Cheerfully Made’s first in-person Holiday Marketsince 2019, which returns to Almonte on December 10 and 11, is now taking applications. Due to space restrictions, the organizers will be carefully curating a different group of 35 vendors to participate in each day of the market. Applications are due before November 6. 

Deals of the day

▪️Ridge Rock Brewing in Carp offers 1/2 price bottles of wine and BOGOF wings on Tuesdays. 421 Donald B Munro, Carp. 

▪️Milk Jar of Calgary has launched their new holiday range of candles and diffusers. Buy a Holly-Day Party Bundle and save $18. Each bundle contains all three of the candles and diffusers and a limited edition tote bag for $153.

▪️Mint & Honey is offering free shipping on orders over $150. Valid until November 30, use the code SHIPFREE at checkout. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 16°, low of 5°.   

Number:  $190,000. The fundraising goal for Carleton University radio station CKCU FM 93.1. [Donate]

Ottawan of the Day:  Ashley Newall. The musician, historian, and graphic artist has been colourizing historic photos of Ottawa, breathing new life into them. [Apt 613] [Photos]

Quote: ‘With the team on the upswing, there will likely be quite a bit of interest. My hope is that a local group will take over and I've spoken with a few who may participate’ – Founder of the Ottawa Senators, Bruce Firestone, commenting on a rumour that the Sens are for sale. A US website says Galatioto Sports Partners has been hired to flog the team, owned by the daughters of the late Eugene Melnyk. [CBC]

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Ottawa Police used an artificial intelligence public relations service to determine how they would communicate with citizens over the convoy. Yes, really. Former chief Peter Sloly testified as such.

The Police contracted with Advanced Symbolics Inc. in ByWard Market to use their ‘Polly’ system. 

Polly told the Police that directing the Convoy to appropriate locations would have low negativity, but stating that they were providing information for safe driving routes would have ‘zero negativity’ from the public. Taking Polly's advice, the Police told the public they were only providing information, but did in fact direct trucks downtown.

Later, the Police asked Polly what would happen if they took action against the Convoy. Polly replied that 10% of Centreville would approve but 50% of the residents outside that area would disapprove.

Polly generally works by analysing social media. Sloly said that Polly did not factor into his decision making.


▪️Otherwise, Sloly criticised the heads of the Mounties and the Federal Minister of Emergency Preparedness, testifying that they would not provide him with the resources he needed. Documents show that the two were questioning Sloly over what he would do with the resources, and asking about his never articulated plan.

+ Related Sloly also testified that he did not read his emails. His executive assistant did that for him.

▪️Convoy co-organizer Chris Barber testified that he personally was not in favour of overthrowing the Federal government, like one of the factions, Canada Unity, proposed. Barber said that there was a power struggle amongst the Convoy groups for leadership.

▪️Premier Doug Ford’s attempt to avoid testifying in front of the Inquiry began today in a Toronto court. His lawyer argued that forcing him to testify about how the Convoy occupied Ottawa streets for weeks on end while his police stood by would cause irreparable harm to the rule of law.


The Rest

▪️Flags have been lowered to half-mast at the Nepean Client Service Centre in honour of Frank Reid. Reid was an 11-year member of Nepean City Council – the Client Service Centre is the old Nepean city hall – and later served six years on the almgamated Ottawa-Carleton Regional Council. In 1973, Reid helped bring the Grey Cup home as a player for the Ottawa Roughriders. Reid passed away on Oct 20. [City of Ottawa]

▪️O Train's Stage 2 Western expansion is now 17 months behind schedule. The 11 station route from Tunney's Pasture Station west to Moodie and to Algonquin College was expected to open in 2025, it will now be late 2026. Ottawa's rail director Michael Morgan says that many big projects are delayed these days. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️An air ambulance heading towards an Ottawa-area hospital was hit by lasers twice. The Ornge air ambulance was hit by a blue laser when it was taking off with a patient in Alfred, east of Ottawa. As flew across the city, it was again hit by lasers, this time green, from a location east of the Central Experimental Farm. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Landlords with empty residential properties need to buy a permit as of today. Properties that have been empty for 120 days or more now require an annual $1,507 permit, as encouragement for owners to rent out the space or at least keep them in good repair. Exemptions are available for primary residences, compassionate grounds, or for acts of nature. The money raised will go to pay for bylaw officers to enforce the fees to pay for themselves. [CBC] [Vacant Property Permit]

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