Issue 661 Volume 3 Number 161

The Ottawan



It's Friday, December 2, 2022 and we're intrigued by this new book from the German publisher Emons, 111 Places in Ottawa That You Must Not MissIt’s not a tourist guide, more of a backstory book.


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We have another Eggnog Latte update: Happy Goat locations will be serving an Oat Nog seasonal drink, which will include oat milk and eggnog syrup. Yum!

All Weekend

▪️613Flea brings its massive Christmas market of 200 vendors to Carleton University this Saturday and Sunday. Expect locally crafted goods, food, antiques, and collectables all under one roof. The Fieldhouse at Carleton University, 85 University Drive (Bronson and Sunnyside). 

▪️The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne welcomes Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market each Saturday and Sunday until December 18. Shop from local artisans, food and spirits producers, and crafters from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 

▪️Meanwhile, outdoors in Aberdeen Square, take in the wooden chalets and entertainment of the Marché de Noël Ottawa Christmas Market


▪️Reader Sue told us about the HBS Holiday Pop Up at Mansfield Shoes in Manotick, featuring tri-fold Christmas cards and comfort packs by Handmade by Sue. 1160 Beaverwood Rd, Manotick.

▪️Bicycle Craft Bwerery’s 8th annual Holiday Toast is a great place to take a break from Christmas shopping. Enjoy new beers, donate non perishable food to the Ottawa Food Bank, check out the merch at 15% off, and please, please taste the Beer Nog for us. 2:00pm to 5:00pm at 850 Industrial Ave #12.

▪️Today marks the launch of seasonal choral performances by Ottawa Markets. Each weekend choirs will be singing festive songs at the George Street Plaza in front of the heritage building at 55 ByWard Market. Today the Northern Stars Chorus will be performing at noon; tomorrow Hypatia’s Voice Choir takes the stage. 

While you’re there, checkout the urban tree farm pop-Up from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This is also where you’ll also find local artisans and businesses selling holiday goods. 

▪️Cumberland Village will be taken over by the annual Christmas Market, featuring more than 100 vendors. 9:00am to 3:00pm.

▪️The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods in downtown Carleton Place is celebrating the season with a Chocolate Party, where you’ll find all sorts of gifts and samples of the sweet stuff. 107 Bridge Street, Carleton Place.


▪️Shop from more than 55 local artisans, enjoy live cello and violin music, and sip a hot cocoa at the St. Elias Christmas Market. From 11:00am to 8:00pm at the St. Elias Banquet Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave. 

▪️The choirs of Woodroffe United Church and St John the Evangelist Anglican Church present a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria and carols for the Christmas season, starting at 2:00pm. 207 Woodroffe Ave. $20. 

▪️Experience Christmas in a farm setting at the Just Food Community Farm’s Local Flavours Holiday Market. From 11:00am to 2:00pm, sample food and drinks form local growers and crafts from makers. 2391 Pepin Ct, Gloucester. 

▪️The University of Ottawa Choir presents Spotlight on Canadian Composers. $15-25. 

8 Canadian Made Stocking Stuffers

🧦 Wood Chip Decor magnets (Elmvale, ON) ($19.99) 🧦 

🧦 Bag of coins by Stratford, Ontario’s Rhéo Thompson. Six milk chocolate coins in a reusable organza bag. $5.95 

🧦 Socks by Province of Canada. In range of lengths, materials and cute styles. Oh, and it’s buy one, give one; they donate a pair to a Canadian homeless shelter. 

🧦 Lavender, Cedar & Wintergreen Mist for air and fabrics ($20), made in Quebec by Belle à Croquer. Other fragrances are available. 

🧦 Peony and Olive Leaf Sparkling Milk Bath Cube by Montréal’s Dot & Lil ($8.50) 

🧦 Stocking Stuffer beer and glass from Whitewater Brewing $12.95 

🧦 Trinket dish by Emri Home, of Orléans. ($8) 

🧦 Wood Block Candle Holder from Ottawa’s Morai Home (from $15). 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ Just for this weekend, copper, Stirling silver, and 24K gold maple leaf tree ornaments by Birch Jewellery are 25% off. Use the code OHWHATFUN until 11:59pm on December 4. 

2️⃣ Soak your stress away: Barefoot Venus is offering 20% off all bath products. 

3️⃣ Quilters and crafters: buy one bundle from Mad About Patchwork, and get a second at 75% off. Use the code Fabric FOMO before you check out. Only valid on Designer print bundles.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Showers. High of 8°, low of 1°. 

Number:  3. The number of days that the Westboro Food Bank is operating per week, now that it has added an extra day due to demand. [Kitchissippi Times] [Donate]

Ottawan of the Day: Valérie Grenier. Four years after breaking her leg in several places during a training run, the skier plans to make her World Cup return in super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise. [CBC

Quote: ‘My preference would have been for them to be on foot and to park their trucks off-site. I think that would have been better. But that said, I think, overall, the reason we had these protests and all of this disruption was because of an unnecessary and very disruptive vaccine mandate.’ – Leader of his Majesty's Loyal Opposition, Barrhaven resident Pierre Poilievre[Ottawa Playbook]

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🚊 The O Train Inquiry fallout

▪️Train carriages for the O Train were delivered late because the manufacturer, Alstom, could not find enough qualified workers in the Ottawa area. The Province had insisted that its funding was contingent on at least 25 per cent of the manufacturing and labour be done in Canada. The company ended up sending locals to New York for training.

Read the full Inquiry report here.

The Rest

▪️The councillor for West Carleton-March has hired the mayor of Arnprior as his new assistant. Clarke Kelly, the new councillor for Ward 5 has picked Mayor Lisa McGee of Arnprior as his new assistant. McGee was elected mayor for the first time on the same day as Kelly. It's not the strangest choice – McGee previously did the same job for the outgoing councillor, Eli El-Chantiry, several years ago. At $37,000 per annum, the mayor of Arnprior, like the rest of its council, is not paid a full-time salary. [Inside Ottawa Valley]

▪️The interim director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada has tried to explain the firings of senior staff. Angela Cassie says ‘[t]ransformation is necessary, and I recognize that for some, that understanding about this need for change is not shared.’ Asked about having exiting staff sign non-disclosure agreements, Cassie said she was ‘not at liberty to begin discussing individual agreements.’ [CBC]


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