Thursday, December 7 2023


☁️ Broken Clouds
High -6° Low -17°
🌞 7:28 am🌛4:19 pm


☁️ Overcast Clouds
High -4° Low -7°
🌞 7:29 am🌛4:19 pm

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Call 311 if you see someone who requires shelter from the cold. The City has a cold-weather page here.



🕎 Chag Hanukkah sameach, Jewish Ottawa and Gatineau. Hanukkah begins at sundown today, which is, looking at the above item, 4:19 pm.

Anyone who would like join in with something traditional, Kettleman’s Bagels has latkes by the half-dozen. As for sufganiyots, Strawberry Blonde in Westboro and Kanata has them, as well as definitely non-traditional Hanukkah cupcakes.

💅 BKIND Giveaway

We’re excited to announce that we’re giving away a $100 Digital Gift Card to BKIND, the wonderful Made in Quebec beauty brand that offers vegan nail polishes in brilliant colours, hair and skincare for everyone, and even household fragrance products. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is tell us the answer to this question:

‘Of which material are BKIND’s 100% biodegradable shipping peanuts made?’

You’ll find the answer on the BKIND website.

Send your answer to by Sunday at 6:00 pm. Martha’s mum will draw the winner’s name from her choosin’ hat and we’ll announce it in Monday’s newsletter.

We thank our friends at BKIND for this fabulous offer.

– Martha and Darren


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    • $467,375
    • – The amount of fines issued by Ottawa ByLaw for violating the parking ban last Monday. Parking was banned from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm to allow for snow ploughing, resulting in 3,739 tickets of $125 each. (Josh Prignle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jacques Martin
    • –  At 71, the winningest coach in Sens history has been brought back as a senior adviser to head coach DJ Smith. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun)


    • We didn't expect it to happen so much, so quickly

    • – Alexandre Gallant, a co-ordinator homeless advocacy group Collectif régional de lutte à l'itinérance en Outaouais, on the death of another man at a homeless encampment near the Robert-Guertin Centre in Gatineau. This is the second death at the encampment and third in Gatineau in recent weeks. (CBC)



    What’s going on at City Hall

    Election Compliance Audit Committee
    Friday, December 08, 2023 at 11:00 AM

    • 4.1 City Clerk’s report with respect to an apparent contravention of contribution limits under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2022 Municipal Elections – Janet Foley
    • 4.2 City Clerk’s report with respect to an apparent contravention of contribution limits under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2022 Municipal Elections – Jennifer Kwong
    • 4.3 Appointment of external licensed auditor to conduct an election compliance audit of Candidate Doug Thompson of Ward 20 Osgoode from the 2022 Municipal Elections
    • 4.4 Appointment of external licensed auditor to conduct an election compliance audit of Third Party Advertiser Horizon Ottawa from the 2022 Municipal Elections
    • 4.5 Report from the City Clerk with respect to the review of contributions to candidates and registered third party advertiser’s supplementary financial statements filed under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2022 Municipal Elections

    📋 Agenda


    💰  Ottawa Budget

    •  City Council has approved the 2024 budget. No changes were made except for an increase in spending on affordable housing units. The proposed budget said $15 million, City staff recommended an increase to $24 million, but Council approved a $30 million. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

       Related City Council also approved the $415.5M police budget, with its increase of $13.4 million over last year.

    🚊 OC Transpo

    •  Ottawa City Council voted against freezing fares for 2024. Despite transit being a service with customers that have been let down greatly over the past two years, Council instead approved a 2.5% fare increase starting Jan 1.

      Voting to increase fares were: Cathy Curry, Catherine Kitts, Marty Carr, David Brown, Wilson Lo, David Hill, Glen Gower, Allan Hubley, Clarke Kelly, Laura Dudas, George Darouze, Steve Desroches, Matthew Luloff, Tim Tierney, and Mayor Mark Sutcliffe.

      Voting against were: Jessica Bradley, Jeff Leiper, Sean Devine, Laine Johnson, Stéphanie Plante, Ariel Troster, Shawn Menard, Riley Brockington, Rawlson King, and Theresa Kavanagh.

      (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🍸 Liquor Control Board of Ontario

    •  Ottawa has not jumped on the tequila bandwagon, unlike the rest of Ontario. In a year-end report from the LCBO, tequila purchases had gone up everywhere in Ontario – but not here. Instead, we prefer New Zealand whites, coolers, and mainstream beers proving that, as far as the LCBO is concerned, we’re basically teenagers. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      🏠 House Sales

      •  A Nepean townhouse was put up for sale at $469,000, sold four days later at $490,000. That’s it, that's the story. (Sydnia Yu in the Globe & Mail)

      🛫 Ottawa International Airport

      •  The Manitoba Métis Federation is incensed that the Ottawa International Airport have cancelled its billboards at the behest of the chief of the the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community. The Federation has had the large paid advertising signs at the Airport for the past 13 months, with a tagline identifying it as the National Government of the Red River Métis. The Airport says the Chief told them the sign was political and offensive, and thus against Airport advertising rules. (Daisy Woelk at Global News)



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      Our Christmas Markets, Festivals, and Parades page is continually updated. Check it often to make a plan to do some festive shopping.


      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •  Canada Centennial Choir’s Festive concert Magnificat opens the choir’s 56th season. Tuesday December 12 at Woodroffe United Church.

      •  Have a foot-stomping good time at The Fitzgeralds - A Canadian Christmas, at the Oakfield Rugby Park in Perth Ontario. This family of Ottawa Valley champion fiddlers and step dancers bring incredible energy to their shows. Thursday night December 14 at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30).

      •  Aventure Outaouais’ new Nocturnal Dog Sledding Tour adds a little night time magic to the adventure. You’ll sled through the Saint-Sixte Valley in the safe hands of a third generation musher.


      Today only, a selection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and even a necklace are priced $20 or less at Horace Jewelry.

      It’s already time for the End of Season sale at Maison Corbeil. Get up to 50% off floor model and in-stock furniture.


      The 2023 Best Ottawa Business Awards winners have been released – and there are so many innovative local businesses that we’re not going to bother to list them as we usually do: just watch the video.

      Okay, fine, the winners are <deep breath> Amsted Design-Build, BeaverTails, Calian, CBRE, CF Rideau Centre, CLV Group, Dancia Susilo Services, Esprit-ai, Fullscript, Genesislink, Hot Shoe Productions, InterRent REIT, Kids Can Swim, Nokia, Ottawa International Airport Authority, Ottawa Senators, Ottawa Tourism, Pleora Technologies, Porter Airlines, Quantum Lifecycle Partners, Siemens Healthineers, Solink, Spiria, The Ottawa Hospital, TryCycle Data Systems, and Youth Ottawa. Here are some pictures, too.



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