Thursday, November 16 2023


☀️ Clear sky
High 8° Low 1°
🌞 7:02 am🌛4:32 pm


🌧️ Moderate rain
High 12° Low 2°
🌞 7:04 am🌛4:31 pm



Timing is everything, except maybe for Ottawa City Hall.

The City is asking, and we quote, ‘Do you have ideas on how the City of Ottawa can improve our services and save money to reinvest into other priorities? If so, we want to hear from you!’.

We’re sure many residents have an idea where the City could save hundreds of millions of dollars, and which services have been woefully underfunded.

However, every three months, the review will focus on one of these four priorities:

  • Has affordable housing and is more liveable for all (autumn 2023)
  • Is more connected with reliable, safe and accessible mobility options (winter 2024)
  • Is green and resilient (spring 2024)
  • Has a diversified and prosperous economy (summer 2024)

The survey is open now for priority number one: affordable housing.


Christmas Gift Guide

As we do every year, we're putting together a guide to locally-made gift items for everyone on your list. 

We're busily putting it together again but we would love your suggestions to ensure we don't miss something great. Food items are always popular; services which offer gift certificates are good, too. Physical items are the platonic ideal, and thus the hardest to find. 

Send your nominations for a locally made item to ''.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  Christmas Markets
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


Want to hit the Christmas Markets this weekend? We’ll give you a whole bunch of them to visit on Saturday:

 In Stittsville area, you have your choice of Christmas Markets:

 Get on the road:


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    • $1.21 
    • – The increase of the donation requested from the public by the Ottawa Mission for each meal it provides. The new price-per-meal is $4.68, up from the $3.47 it has operated at since 2017.  (Josh Pringle) (Donate)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Emmanuelle Zeesman
    • –  The actress – and 2010 Capital Critics Circle winner – performs in the current touring company of Hairspray, channelling Edith Prickley in the roles of jail matron, gym teacher, and Penny’s mother. We enjoyed her performance when we saw it on Tuesday night but didn’t catch her Ottawa bonafides until we read Lynn Saxberg’s review in the Ottawa Citizen.


    • It was a beautiful tracksuit. It’s that crushed velvet velour … You feel magical

    • – Ottawa hip hop pioneer Stephen Leafloor on the loss of his 1980s blue and red Fila tracksuit, which was stolen from the Ottawa Art Gallery exhibition 83 til Infinity: 40 years of Hip Hop in the Ottawa – Gatineau regionLeafloor performed as Buddha in b-boy dancing group the Canadian Floor Masters. (CBC)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Ottawa Police Services Board’s Finance and Audit Committee meeting
    Friday, November 17 at 9 am

    • 2024 Draft operating and capital Budgets: Delegations

    📋 Agenda


    Special City Council Meeting
    Friday, November 17 at 1 pm

    • A closed-to-the-public update on Light Rail Transit legal matters.

    📋 Nope. Not for public eyes. Very mysterious.


    🔥 The Ottawa Hospital's General campus

    •  A woman has been arrested over gasoline poured inside the Ottawa Hospital. Spilled gasoline and messages regarding the Israel – Hamas conflict were found in a clinical area last Thursday. The woman has been charged with attempting to commit arson to endanger human life, attempting to commit arson to damage property, possessing incendiary material for arson, and two counts of mischief. She was also charged with disobeying a court order and breaching her probation for an unknown conviction. (CBC)

    🎲 Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  The new chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School board was elected in an unusual tie-breaking fashion: she drew the high card. Lynn Scott and previous chair Lyra Evans were tied in the vote by school trustees for chair for the next year.

      School board rules state – really! – that if a vote for chair is tied in two ballots, ‘the members involved shall draw cards to determine the results, using Bridge Convention to determine ranking of cards’. The Board did not report which card each trustee pulled.

      While trustees are elected every four years, the board selects its own chair annually. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    •  The Ottawa Police Service have created an interactive map to view crime reports across the city. Its developers have grouped reports to the nearest corners to preserve privacy – your neighbour on the corner is not actually Al Capone. We haven’t had much time to play with it but if it is accurate, it’s quite interesting: you can select by ward, by day of week, by type of crime, and more. (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen) (Ottawa Crime Map)

    🚌 Ottawa School Transport Authority

    •  The operators of the region’s school buses say it is down to only 118 bus run cancellations. Ottawa School Transport Authority has 30 vacancies for bus drivers and currently has 38 drivers in training. When last updated, Oct 24, there were 50 vacancies and 216 bus runs cancelled. In October, the Authority agreed to inform the public every two weeks on the status of drivers. (William Eltherington at CTV)




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      Stock up at The Piggy Market’s Freezer Sale, where you’ll find all sorts of comfort meals at reduced prizes. When you buy $100 you’ll save 10%, spending $200 will save you 20%, and you’ll save 30% when you purchase at least $300 Pot pies, Shepherds Pie, Lasagna, and Meatloaf. The deals will end on November 19.

      Save $5 on red stripe Giving Camping Socks from Calgary’s Local Laundry. For every pair sold, the brand donates a pair to a homeless organisation in Canada. Oh, and the socks are made in Canada, natch.

      There are lots of deals on hot weather pieces at Katrin LeBlond, so this could be the perfect time to plan next summer’s wardrobe. Everything is designed and sewn in Québec. Also, toques and neck warmers are currently Buy One, Get One for 50% off.

      EMK is offering 25% off Made-in-Winnipeg tops until Sunday November 19. The discount will be applied automatically at checkout.


      Carl Meyer in The Narwhal has a story on the tensions between the Museum of Nature soliciting sponsorship money and fossil fuel companies’ desires to manage the Museum’s exhibitions on climate change.



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