Monday, November 13 2023


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Slay Society, the charitable organisation that raises awareness of and funds for caregivers of patients with Glioblastoma brain tumours, is doing something extremely cool: they’re selling raffle tickets to win one of five Adult Advent Calendars that are valued at more than $2000.

Each calendar is comprised of 24 shoe boxes full of items donated by Ottawa businesses; each of these shoe boxes is pre-wrapped so you can re-gift something if it’s not your vibe.

Tickets are $25 each or two for $40 and will be sold until November 25.

– Martha and Darren


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    • 7,359
    • – The number of speeders caught in its first two months by the new camera installed on Cedarview Road, near Cedarview Middle School. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Nathalie and Laurel
    • –  The two Sens fans were married in a ceremony before last Thursday’s match against Vancouver. The women had their first date at a Sens match. Even the officiant wore a Sens tarp. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


    • I think it’s no accident that many of (Shopify’s) new executives are not based in Ottawa because that's what it takes to attract the talent

    • – Rick Watson, founder of RMW Commerce Consulting in New York, on Shopify’s continuing distancing from Ottawa.  (Tara Deschamps in the Canadian Press)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Calgary Flames 1 last Saturday


    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Transit Commission
    Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 am

    • Presentation - OC Transpo update – Rail, bus, and Para Transpo
    • OC Transpo bus route review
    • 2024 Draft operating and capital Budget – Transit Commission
    • Delegation of authority – Contracts awarded for the period January 1 to June 30, 2023 for Transit Commission
    • Status update – Transit Commission inquiries and motions for the period ending November 2, 2023

    📋 Agenda


    ✡️ Ottawa Hospital

    •  Gasoline and antisemetic messages were strewn about a clinical area of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. Gasoline had been poured but the content or method of the messages was not disclosed. The hospital describes the messages as ‘an escalation of the level of hate and the level of antisemitism in the community’ but Ottawa Police said ‘there is no evidence to indicate that this is a hate-motivated incident’. No one was injured but some appointments needed to be reschedlued. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🚌 OC Transpo

    •  OC Transpo deep cleaned three buses for bedbugs but didn’t notify riders. A resident noticed in October that OC Transpo was spraying for bedbugs and asked CBC to look into it. OC Transpo admitted to the bedbugs but won’t say which buses, routes, or dates other than the buses were removed from service immediately. (Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang at CBC)

      ➕ Related Entomologist Yasmin Akhtar on how to spot bedbugs, the buggiest cities – Ottawa is number 5 in Canada – and how bad the problem really is. Spoiler: it's kind of bad.

    🏗️ Lansdowne 2.0

    •  Ottawa Bulldog has a few useful questions to ask City Council over both the now-approved Lansdowne 2.0 plan and the ongoing O Train problems. 
    1. Is there a provision in any contract between the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group which says that should either of the two parties pull out of a Lansdowne agreement that the city must reimburse OSEG for some or all the money the company has poured into the project and any losses that OSEG might or might not have incurred during the course of that contract or contracts?
    2. Is OC Transpo running single-car trains because of the lack of riders or it is concerned about not finding replacement parts due to availability issues because of the trains’ propensity for incurring damage to axels, hub assemblies and bearings?
    3. If the design fix by Alstom of its hub, bearing and axel assemblies on Ottawa’s light-rail trains fails, will the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo be forced to replace the rolling stock, its related infrastructure and the current tracks? And will municipal taxpayers alone be forced to foot the bill to replace these hundreds of millions of dollars of items?
    4. What contingencies is city staff preparing if the aforementioned Alstom redeslgn doesn’t work?
    5. Are the people who have been lobbying at city hall for Lansdowne 2.0 registered lobbyists? (Ken Gray in Ottawa Bulldog)


    🗳️ Matt Luloff

    •  Now that the Lansdowne 2.0 vote is over, Orléans East-Cumberland ward councillor Matt Luloff is running for a federal seat. The Conservative Party announced Luloff as its candidate for Orléans in the next federal election. After voting ‘yes’ to Lansdowne 2.0, Luloff says that he is looking forward to ‘reining in wasteful spending’ federally. Unless he wins a federal election, he will retain his council seat. (CBC)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Services

    •  An appeal court has overturned the Ottawa police union's demand to be paid for symbolic holidays. The Ottawa Police Association had previously convinced an arbitrator that the day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth’s death counted as a holiday for overtime pay purposes. The Police Board appealed, arguing that it was absurd that every time the Federal governent declared a symbolic day, it would count as a statutory holiday. The appeal court agreed, and charged the Association $10,000 in costs. (Arthur White-Crummey)

    🏘️ House Prices

    •  Nine houses that you can buy for Ottawa’s average price of $721,600. This feature is always a hit for CTV. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  Tamara Lich spoke at a summit last week identified as ‘Leader of the Freedom Convoy Movement in 2022’. The World Freedom Initiative Summit was held in Paris and featured a hodge podge of US Republicans, far right European politicians, think tanks that fund these folk, and Lich. Lich gave her speech virtually as she is currently defending herself in a trial in Ottawa as not leading the Freedom Convoy. (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress)



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    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Get ready to get down at the Rainbow Bistro’s 70s disco extravaganza this Saturday night (November 18). The Electric Company experience invites you to wear your best polyester shirt, gold chains, and bodysuit, and Hustle the night away in support of the Snowsuit Fund. Tickets are $17.50 online or $20 at the door.
    •  Baccanalle and Afrotechture present Sparkle & Spice, a Holiday Eat and Shop experience, featuring a night market with products by Afro-Caribbean artisans. November 25 at Oakwood Centre (865 Taylor Creek Dr).
    •  Canadian actor R.H. Thomson discusses his new non-fiction book Ghost Light: Wars, Memory, and Families. His book focuses on those of his relatives who sacrificed their lives in the First World War, or who returned forever changed. Tuesday November 28 at the Library and Archives Canada Alfred Pellan Room. Free admission but seating is limited.
    •  Maker Feed Co’s next event heads to France, at least in a culinary sense. Le Vin, La Bouffe, La France on Thursday November 30 is a tasting menu of five courses, paired with French wines, led by Chef Michel Gaumond and Sommelier Benoit Jean. $149.99 per person.


    Ottawa’s own Calita Intimates is offering 20% off site wide until 11:59 pm tonight. Use the code BREEZE20 to save.

    Do some extremely local Christmas shopping with Ottawa’s Ash & Posy. Their Holiday Bundles of skincare products are currently 10% off.

    We checked out the ‘Sale’ and ‘Last Call’ pages at Muttonhead where there are lots of deals to be found. From Made in Canada wirebound journals with vivid covers ($17) to clothes for the entire fam (some of which are made in the USA), it’s worth a visit to check out the savings.

    Festive gift boxes from Purdy’s Chocolatier ship for free within Canada.

    Save 30% at Loftan Indigenous Made jewellery, until November 17. (Specially priced gift sets are not included in this deal.)


    Ashley Newall at Apt 613 has a great history of Ottawa’s hockey arenas from the 1880s to the present: the Royal Rink on Slater, the first Dey brothers’ rink at the north-east corner of Laurier Avenue and the Rideau Canal, the Rideau Rink on Laurier Avenue, the second Dey’s rink at Gladstone Avenue and Bay Street, Dey’s Arena at Conferation Park, the final Dey’s arena on Argyle Avenue at O’Connor Street, TD Place Arena, and Canadian Tire Centre. It’s much heavier on the past than the present.



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