Issue 658 Volume 3 Number 158

The Ottawan



It's Tuesday, November 29 2022 and we have barely thought about putting our annual gift guide together, so why not look at this one Ottawa-made items compiled by Legal Nomad Jodi.


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9 Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Experiences

🎄You can cut your own or purchase cut trees at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm, which is open daily until December 24. They’ve also got a great selection of Christmas decor, ornaments, food, and gifts at the on site shop. 951 8th Concession South, Pakenham.

🎄McGowan’s Christmas Tree Farm in Kinburn is open Saturdays and Sundays for you to cut your own Balsam or White Spruce tree. They also sell ornaments, wreaths, and stands. 4611 Mohrs Road.

🎄Fallowfield Tree Farm is open daily 9:00am to 9:00pm until December 24. Weather permitting you can take a tractor or Clydesdale-drawn sleigh, and there is plenty for the littles to do to burn off their holiday energy. 6100 Fallowfield Rd, Stittsville. 

🎄Open from Friday to Sunday, visit Thomas Tree Farm to cut your own Balsam, Spruce or Scotch Pine. Once you’ve conquered your tree, warm up by a fire pit with hot chocolate and cookies. 6421 McCordick Road. 

🎄Hillcrest Tree Farm offers Balsam Fir, White Spruce, Norway Spruce and Scotch Pine trees to cut for your home. They also offer Fraser Fir or mixed-green wreaths that you can decorate yourself. 7357 Fourth Line Road, North Gower. 

🎄Mageau’s Tree Farm offers pre-cut or cut your own Balsam Fir, Frasier Fir, and white Spruce trees. It’s open Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm and Sundays 9:00am to 5:00pm at 4842 Anderson Road. Bring cash. 

🎄Ians Christmas Adventure Park offers eight different varieties of Christmas tree, and they helpfully list the qualities of each on their website. They also offer movie nights, evening walks down Candy Cane Lane, decorations to buy, and more. 804 Richmond Road, Beckwith. 

🎄Visit Laird’s Tree Farm for White and Blue Spruce trees and enjoy the fire pits after your hard work. Bring your own hand saw or borrow one on site. 2618 Manotick Station Road, Osgoode.

🎄Boisé Brabant is taking bookings for cut-your-own Christmas tree this year, and is open December 3, 4, 10 and 11 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 721 Martel Road, Casselman, ON. If you wish to buy a pre-cut tree from Boisé Brabant, visit the owners’ home at 602 St-Isidore St in Casselman from December 3 to December 24, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Payment for the precut trees is by exact amount in cash.

Giving Tuesday

We’re skipping Deals of the day in honour of Giving Tuesday. There are all sorts of worthy organizations that are looking for support today and every day, whether with monetary donations or volunteering. 

🌟 When you make a donation to Parkdale Food Centre today, Canada Helps will match 1% of the total donations. 

🌟 Inside Out festival’s fundraising initiative, Admit All, supports filmmakers, assists with accessibility at screenings and in films, and fosters outreach. 

🌟 Donations made today at Plenty Canada will support youth programming such as Truth and Reconciliation Training. 

🌟 Ottawa Therapy Dogs supplies dog and owner teams for calming visits to hospitals, libraries, and long-term care centres. 

🌟 Rogers is matching donations made to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa today. 

🌟 Support older people in Canada and around the world, with a donation to Help Age Canada.

🌟 Ottawa West Community Support/Service Communautaire d’Ottawa ouest is currently searching for volunteer drivers to take seniors to medical appointments. 

🌟 You can make a financial donation today or on Sunday December 11 bring a new toy or gift card to the Centre Richelieu-Vanier for the Creating Christmas Magic/Créer la magic de Noël

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of 0°, low of -3°. 

Number:  2 per cent. The drop in requests for service from the Ottawa Police between July 1 and Sept. 30,  as compared to the same period last year. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Mother Marie Thomas d’Aquin. The campaigner for educating women, and for Francophone rights, founded the Sisters of the Jeanne D’Arc Institute in 1919. A plaque has now been unveilled in ByWard Market to honour her accomplishments. [Capital Current

Quote: 'Every three days, four days, I come on the day of bliss and catch three fish, four fish and take them home and my wife makes them for the children’ – Omar Yahya Masri, who has been successfully catching carp and bass at Mooney's Bay for a major portion of his family's weekly diet[Capital Current

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Ottawa Playbook took a look at some of the texts and emails by officials that had been redacted originally but can now be seen:

Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Clow: 

Before: ‘Americans [REDACTED], impacts for protesters’ 

After: ‘Americans offering tow trucks, impacts for protesters.’

Mayor Watson:

Before:  [Redacted completely] 

After: Members of council have the votes to ask for the army. To intervene.’

And finally, finally, someone said it: Liberal MP Ken Hardie sent an email with the subject line to the Federal emergency caucus, asking if this is ‘Our 'just watch me' moment?’.

▪️On the first day of experts week, Queen's University political scientist Dax D'Orazio testified that social media was the key to Convoy organizing and fundraising, easily slipping around traditional media’s gatekeeping.

The Rest

▪️City manager Steve Kanellakos has resigned effectively immediately. The resignation came after yesterday's private City Council meeting over the O Train lawsuits but before tomorrow's release of the Provincial O Train Inquiry report. Kanellakos himself says that he feels the City will incur much of the blame and he thinks a new City Manager will be better suited to work through the fallout. He says that he has not seen a draft of tomorrow’s report. Kanellakos has been City Manager since 2016.  [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related The Report will be revealed at 11 am tomorrow. It can be watched live on the Inquiry website. Former Transit Commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert has been invited to chat about the report with Horizon Ottawa tomorrow evening at 7pm on Twitter spaces. Everyone is welcome to listen in.

▪️The first Police Service Board meeting with the new Chief ended early after disruption. An advocate for a financial audit of the Service and for continuing virtual delegations refused to leave leave his seat, resulting in Board chair Suzanne Valiquet declaring delegation time over and calling a break. After the break, another visitor played the theme from Titanic and and music from The Lord of the Rings on a tin whistle. One person was arrested for causing a disturbance. [CBC

▪️The Canada Revenue Agency union says proposals for new pay differences for working from home is a ‘slap in the face’. Proposed are having a lower rate of pay for those on overtime or standby and dropping the $12 overtime meal reimbursement, if they work from home.  [CBC

▪️The fake nurse – already convicted in Ontario – got her job in BC using a cheque altered with Liquid Paper as her only ID. Brigitte Cleroux, who was not a nurse, blanked out her name and wrote in the name of an unsuspecting actual nurse. This ID was then accepted by BC Children's Hospital to hire Cleroux. The Ottawa local has been convicted 67 times. [CBC]

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