Issue 667 Volume 3 Number 167

The Ottawan



It's Monday, December 12, 2022 and we just read this interesting history of Hintonburg’s original thrift store, Ottawa Neighbourhood Services, which lasted nearly 90 years.


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▪️If you’ve got planning devotées on your list, take note (sorry): Today’s the last call for Christmas delivery from STIL. That means you’ve got mere hours to select planner stickers, notebooks, and inserts that will be delivered in time for Christmas. 

▪️Darren the BC boy just murmured ‘It’s a shame that it takes an Ontario bakery to advance Nanaimo Bar studies’. He is referring to the delicious-sounding Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars from Ottawa’s Bread by Us. $24 for 6, available Friday through Sunday only. 

▪️Burrow Shop, the curated online grocery store of local products, has started same day deliveries and pickups, and they offer free shipping anywhere in Ottawa and parts of Gatineau on orders over $150. For difficult-to-buy-for friends and family, Burrow will also build you a custom box of local goods. Just pile ‘em in your cart and buy a Build Your Own Box option for $8. Your items will be bundled into a gift bag with a ribbon and gift tag. Easy. 

▪️Capture the holiday spirit this Thursday (December 15) with a free concert of music by OrKidstra. It’s free to attend in person or online. If you’re heading to the IRL show, please bring a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. 6:30pm at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ Today only, save 30% on the Shelf Bra cami by Numi

2️⃣ Save 20% on abstract art from Opposite Wall

3️⃣ Just for today, take 30% off the price of Kollontai’s Top 20 pieces (as determined by customers). Use the code 1222TOP20 at checkout to get the deal. 

4️⃣ The Ottawa 67’s have put all women’s clothing on sale today only. The hoodie and t-shirts are 35% off the regular price. 

5️⃣ Save 15% on the Core 24 pack by Calabogie Brewing. Use the code COREME until midnight on December 15.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌞 Sunny. High of -7°, low of -13°. 

Number:  7. The number of categories now opened for the 2023 Ottawa Arts Council Arts Awards. The deadline is Feb 10, 2023 at the de rigueur City closing time of 4:00 pm. The categories are Victor Tolgesy Arts Award for enriching the cultural life of the city, Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award, Emerging IBPOC Artist Award, Project X Photography Award, Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award for integrating technology and the arts, and the Community Arts Educator Award. [Ottawa Arts Council]

Ottawan of the Day: Sara Hyami. The Grade 12 student at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School won the game’s Most Valuable Player as her team took gold over Czech Republic at the 2022 World Ringette Championships in Finland. Fine, she did it for the US national team, but she's still from Barrhaven. [Barrhaven Independent]

Quote: ‘We were abandoned’ – Catherine McKenney testifying at the final hearing of the Ottawa People's Commission on the Trucker convoy siege. The former Somerset councillor said residents felt abandoned by the City, the police, and all levels of government. [CBC]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Nashville Predators 2 last Saturday OHL Ottawa 67s 5 – Guelph Storm 3 last night, Ottawa 67s 0 – London Knights 1 last Friday QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 7 – Charlottetown Islanders 3 last night, Les Olympiques de Gatineau 4 – Halifax Mooseheads 3 last Friday

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▪️Ottawa Police cut email access to officers on leave as precaution against leaks to the Trucker convoy last February. Police officials were so worried that its officers would leak information to the Convoy that its internal email access was cut to officers on leave. An email released to the Emergency Act Inquiry by an Ottawa Police officer said that officers had been ‘observed participating in the protests’. [CTV]

▪️Listeners of local radio could be hearing more English-language hits. The Canadian Radio–Telecommunications Commission had long limited the number of English-language hit songs that could be played on English-language stations in Ottawa, Gatineau, and Montréal to fewer than 50 per cent. The policy was intended to protect French-language broadcasters, who are required to broadcast mostly in French, from being financially overwhelmed by popular English-language music. The Commission has now given up and English-language stations in  Ottawa, Gatineau, and Montréal are now free to play the same 10 songs over and over ad infinitum. [CRTC Decision]

▪️Test your house for carbon dioxide with a gizmo from the Ottawa Public Libary. High indoor carbon dioxide levels can lead to fatigue, headaches, and poor health. Ideally, carbon dioxide should be under 600 parts per million. The library has 28 carbon dioxide readers to loan out to card holders for up to 21 days. [CBC] [Reserve your reader]

▪️One thousand people who believe that they are Algonquin may be removed from land claim deal. The Algonquins of Ontario enrollment officer has found that an early 1800s man, Thomas Lagarde dit St. Jean, was probably not Algonquin, despite his claims. That leaves 1,000 of his descendants, from a population of 8,000 Algonquins of Ontario, out of a a billion-dollar land claim agreement with the governments of Canada and Ontario. A final tribunal will make the decision next year. The land claim extends from the Québec border near Hawksbury to North Bay and encompasses the entirety of the City of Ottawa. [CBC] [Land Claim Map (PDF)]

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