Issue 672 Volume 3 Number 172

The Ottawan



It's Friday, December 16, 2022 and a reminder that the Ottawa Mission expects so many people at its Christmas Dinner on Sunday, that it will require 650 turkeys. The mission appreciates any help in making that happen.

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All Weekend

▪️ Take a break from the Christmas stress with the live screenings of emerging Ottawa filmmakers at Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival at Cour des Arts Court 7


▪️Despire the weather, the 613Flea Holiday Market is carrying on as usual inside the Aberdeen Pavilion from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. It’s a great time to do some last minute Christmas shopping. 

▪️ Right outside Aberdeen Pavilion, wander the Ottawa Christmas Market with its wooden huts and festive atmosphere. 


Gallery 101 presents Sounds From Great Dismal Swamp, a multi-sensory experience imagining the swampland on the border of North Caroline and Virginia, where escaped slaves and Indigenous peoples found safe haven. 6:00pm to 9:00pm at 280 Catherine St. Featuring art, food, and soundscapes from six collaborators. 


Watercolour Workshop: Holly Fox. This 3 hour workshop is for painters of all levels. $67.09 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Wallacks’ Art Supplies & Framing, 231 Bank St.

5 Fabulous New Year’s Eve Take Home Dinners

▪️Pelican Seafood Market & Grill’s New Year’s Eve Lobster Dinner to Go $79.99 per person. It’s a feast including shrimp cocktail, Mac ’n’ Cheese, Smoked Salmon Tarragon Coquille St. Jacques, Canadian lobster, and a dessert of White Chocolate Pot de Crème with Cranberry Coulis Topping. For delivery on December 31st. 

▪️Red Apron multi course dinner order for pickup or delivery on December 31. Available for 2 ($99.95) or 4 people ($189.00). Lobster, Osso Buco, House Made Liver Paté, Truffled Orangic Mushroom Risotto, and chocolate mousse. 

▪️Save on the SOCA Kitchen’s New Year’s Eve dinner by ordering through the website. Use the code TAKEHOME30OFF to receive 30% off the regular price. 

▪️Up the glamour factor of your own dining room with the NeXT  NYE@Home meal, made for two people or more. $90 per person. 

▪️Red Wine Braised Beef is the highlight of Brassica’s New Year’s Eve meal for two, but you’ll also enjoy salad, arancini, gnocchi, and a chocolate Budino dessert. $150. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ Flash sale alert: Get 10% off until 4:30pm today when you shop Aurelius Fine Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars. Use the code HOST22 to receive your deal, which includes oils, vinegars, charcuterie boards, and more. 

2️⃣ Pants are 30% off at Kollontaï, where everything is made in Montréal. Use the code J8PANTS at checkout. 

3️⃣ The Share the Spirit bundle by Barefoot Venus is on sale for $40 (down from $55). 

4️⃣ Pokoloko’s Gift Card flash sale means you’ll get 10% off the regular price until Sunday. Use the code holiday10 at checkout for the discount. 

 5️⃣ Buy one pillow cover from Morai Home and receive 20% off the second. This weekend only. 

6️⃣ Save 15% on the Anne Mulaire Winter Survival Gift Set. You pay $189 for leggings, bum warmer (aka a very short skirt), neck warmer, headband, and scrunchie.

🕎 We wish a Happy Hanukkah on Sunday evening, an we’ll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌨️ Snow, at times heavy. High of 0°, low of -1°. Significant snowfall is expected until tomorrow morning.

Number:  $100 million. The amount of money since 2007 that the City has paid developers who build on contaminated land. Council has now paused the programme to determine if the City has been subsidizing developers, or if they will be better served under other redevelopment encouraging programmes. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Vanessa Chiapetta. The Carleton University athlete has been chosen as the 2022 RBC Future Olympian for women’s rugby. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: ‘This is wonderful – our world needs multicultural, multi-religion approaches. We have to come together for each other’ – Angela Davis, an organizer of the ’Out of the Cold’ Sunday suppers served at the former St. Margaret Mary Church in Old Ottawa South. The former church has been purchased by a Sufi Muslim collective of 25 combined worship and community centres across Canada, which has invited current and new users to continue working in the building. [Old Ottawa South Community Association]

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Don't get us wrong – we'll still take the order but there is no guarantee that it will arrive before Christmas. Please don't order one for Christmas delivery.

But it would make a great gift to ring in the New Year, after the fact.

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▪️There is an overnight parking ban on all Ottawa streets from 7pm  tonight to 7am tomorrow morning for snow plowingSix park and ride locations have opened up overnight parking if you need to park your motor somewhere. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Here it is: the Treasury Board mandates a return to the office 2 or 3 days per week by March 31. Federal civil servants will be transitioned to a hybrid work model that requires 40 to 60 per cent of work to be done in the office. Each department head has flexibility to determine the exact per centage. The new system will begin January 16, until it is fully in effect by March 31. The Federal civil service unions are appalled at the idea, the lack of notice, and being left out of implementation. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Findlay Creek woman gets her stolen Jeep back after putting an Apple AirTag in the spare tire. The woman’s neighbour told her that some men were showing interest in her 2021 Jeep Wrangler, prompting her to drop in the low cost tracking device. A week later, the Jeep was stolen. Ottawa Police used the woman’s iPhone to locate the Jeep a few kilometres away. Police says 85 per cent of stolen vehicles are not found; of 1,200 stolen vehicles stolen this year, only 173 have been recovered. [CBC]

+ Related There is a fully-insured 2010 Ford Fusion on the street with no AirTags or other trackers installed. Just saying.

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