Some readers did not appreciate yesterday’s subject lline on your daily ottawan.

If you recall, it read ‘Welcome back to work, Civil Servants’. 

Some readers read that ‘work’ as a verb, ‘Welcome back to work’, as in it's been a three year vacation at home but now get back to actually doing some labour.

One reader pointed out that even some in government have been using the phrase ‘return to work’ to try to convince the public that Civil servants have not been doing anything at home.

Of course, we didn't mean that. The subject line – which Martha and Darren regularly spend minutes dreaming up – referred to yesterday being the first day that many Federal civil servants were mandated to come back to the office for two or three days a week by the Treasury Board. 

We meant ‘work’, the noun, as in the place to which Federal civil servants now must spend time and money traveling.

But it's a fair comment. ‘Welcome back to the office grind’ would have been more accurate. 

– Martha and Darren



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    • ❄️  Periods of light snow with freezing drizzle. High of -6°, low of -5°


    • US $50 million
    • – The amount that former Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner has claimed he owes in his bankruptcy filing. (Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jonathan David 
    • The 23 year-old is the first foreign player to reach 40 goals with Lille in France's Ligue 1. The soccer team is in sixth place in France’s top tier league. (Neil Davidson in the Canadian Press)


    • The lessons that we can draw from the Ottawa project must guide us, 
    • – Mayor Bruno Marchand on news that his city is extending the deadline for bids on the Québec City tramway, stating that they will not cut costs or be rushed.  (QCNA


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – St Louis Blues 2 last night


    🏛️ Heritage Committee

    • The City has reconstituted its Heritage Committee. It will now report directly to City Council instead of being a mere sub-committee of the Planning and Housing Committee. The new rules are: the committee will only deal with issues that involve the Ontario Heritage Act, it will be comprised of five councillors (one must also sit on the Planning and Housing Committee, one on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and at least one councillor’s ward must encompasses a Heritage Conservation District) plus four members of the public, all of whom must have heritage experience and one must live in a Heritage Conservation District. (City of Ottawa) (The New Rules [PDF])

    🚊 East O Train Extension Meeting tonight

    • OC Transpo is having a virtual meeting tonight at 7 pm to discuss:
    1. Connectivity updates
    2. Station updates
    3. Noise wall updates
    4. Communication resources

      You don't need to live in the neighbourhood to take part. Click the Zoom link here. Passcode: 789523.  (City of Ottawa)


    💰 Canada Revenue Agency

    • The Union of Taxation Employees is looking for a 29.5 per cent increase in pay over three years. The ask is for an increase of 4.5 per cent the first year and eight per cent for each of the following two years. There would would also be a one-time nine and a half per cent increase on signing. The Canada Revenue Agency has not yet made their offer. The Union is planning to hold a strike vote after January 31.  (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    💗 Fundraiser

    • The son of the late CTV Ottawa anchor Max KeepingShane Holley, is in a medicially induced coma after surgery for ulcerative colitis. Friends have created the fundraiser to assist Holley’s wife Emily. Keeping died in 2015 after 38 years on the air. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen) (Go Fund Me)

    📣 Talk to your Councillor about the City’s Budget

    • We mentioned that the City wanted your opinion on what should be prioritized – and deprioritized – in the upcoming budget last week. It was one of our most clicked-through links ever.

      But you will also have the chance to hash it out with your Ward councillor in person. Almost all of them are have special meetings over the next few weeks to discuss the budget with their constituents. And half of them are new, so this is a great chance to make a good first impression.

      Ward 4 - Kanata North, Ward 6 - Stittsville, Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier, Ward 21 – Rideau-Jock, and Ward 23 - Kanata South have not scheduled meetings yet.


      Tuesday, January 17
      Metcalfe Community Centre, 2785 8th Line Road, 7 pm

          Ward 20 – Osgoode (Councillor George Darouze)

      Tuesday, February 7
      Heron Road Community Centre, 1480 Heron Road, 6:30 pm

           Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate (Councillor Jessica Bradley)
           Ward 16 – River (Councillor Riley Brockington)
           Ward 17 – Capital (Councillor Shawn Menard)
           Ward 18 – Alta Vista (Councillor Marty Carr)

      Tuesday, February 7
      West Carleton Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road 7pm

           Ward 5 West Carleton-March (Councillor Clarke Kelly)

      Thursday, February 9
      Virtual session 6:30 pm – link will be posted at Engage Ottawa when available
      6:30 pm

           Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe (Councillor Rawlson King)

      Saturday, February 11
      Place d’Orléans, 110 Place d'Orleans Drive 9:30 to 11:30 am – drop-in meeting

           Ward 1 – Orléans East-Cumberland (Councillor Matthew Luloff)
           Ward 2 – Orléans West-Innes (Councillor Laura Dudas)
           Ward 11 – Beacon Hill-Cyrville (Councillor Tim Tierney)
           Ward 19 – Orléans South-Navan (Councillor Catherine Kitts)

      Wednesday, February 15
      Virtual session 7pm – link will be posted at Engage Ottawa when available
      7 pm

           Ward 14 – Somerset (Councillor Ariel Troster)
           Ward 15 – Kitchissippi (Councillor Jeff Leiper)
           Ward 17 – Capital (Councillor Shawn Menard)

      Thursday, February 16
      Virtual session 6:30 pm– link will be posted at Engage Ottawa when available

           Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe (Councillor Rawlson King)

      Thursday, February 16
      Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive 7pm

           Ward 7 – Bay (Councillor Theresa Kavanagh)
           Ward 8 – College (Councillor Laine Johnson)
           Ward 9 – Knoxdale-Merivale (Councillor Sean Devine)

      Tuesday, February 21
      Virtual session 6:30pm – link will be posted at Engage Ottawa when available

           Ward 22 – Riverside South-Findlay Creek (Councillor Steve Desroches)

      Wednesday, February 22
      Virtual session at 6:30pm

           Ward 3 – Barrhaven West (Councillor David Hill)
           Ward 22 – Riverside South-Findlay Creek (Councillor Steve Desroches)
           Ward 24 – Barrhaven East (Councillor Wilson Lo)

      (City of Ottawa)

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    • February courses are open for registration at Ottawa City Woodshop. They sell out very fast, so book as soon as you can.

    • We’ve just heard that after a decade in business, Canadian slow fashion brand Fortnight Lingerie is shutting down so that owner Christina Remenyi may her young family. Check the website for current inventory.

    • Have you ever wondered about a career with the RCMP? Have your questions answered at the RCMP Career Presentation at 1:00pm at the Community Employment Resource Centre, 415 Hazeldean Road.

    • Elevate your Samba dancing with a Kizomba class, which celebrates the dance craze founded in Angola in the eighties. Presented by TOCA, the classes happen at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave).
    • There’s a free screening of Buster Keaton silent films (The Electric House (1922) and Sherlock Jr. (1924) at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe. 7:00pm at 217 First Avenue. 


    • It’s been whispered in our ear that there are actually a few tickets left for tomorrow’s premiere of ‘Great Gatsby! It’s Murder’ at the NAC’s Fourth Stage, even though the show website says it’s sold out. Call Arya Landers at Paper Picture Productions on 1 647 300 2792 to access the tickets.

    • Ottawa Tool Library presents How to Plan for a Home Reno. Featuring Steven Schuhmann, a licences architect and project manager. From $23.17. 7:00pm to 8:30pm art OTL, 877a Boyd Ave. 

    • 27-36 year olds are invited to head to Beyond the Pale for some speed dating and beer flights. Tickets are $49.97. 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 106. 




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    Slipacoff’s Premium Meats online butcher has Lean Ground Beef, Stewing Beef, and Chicken Wings, for $7 per pound this week. They offer free delivery in Ontario and Quebec on orders over $250.

    There are plenty of bargains to be found at the Maker House Winterruption Sale. Brouse locally made clothing items, home decor, food and drinks, candles, skincare ranges, and DIY craft kits from Canadian makers.

    Save 20-70% on shorts, leggings, hoodies, and beanies in the Rose Buddha Winter Sale.

    Shop discontinued items in the Province of Canada Winter Sale

    Receive 30% off winter Heavy Weight Wool Toques at Stanfield’s when you spend $100 or more, until Thursday at midnight. 

    When you shop the Almost Perfect Sale at Numi, you’re selecting garments that have little imperfections, like streaks, micro tears, or old labelling. You are also getting in the items for an amazing price. 


    We don't know what will lead to the demise of society’s brain cells faster, the National Capital Commission creating a TikTok or the ottawan linking to one but here's the Rideau Canal Skateway people being sarcastic to an impatient skater.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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