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Black Friday Deals of the Day

All week, we’ve seen messages and posts from local and Canadian manufacturers, talking about how Black Friday doesn’t really work for them. On Black Friday, small businesses have to compete with much larger brands that have much larger margins.

You’ve probably noticed that the ottawan only ever lists Ottawa and Canadian brands in Deals of the Day. That’s been our policy since we launched on April 1, 2020, and it won’t change. Today, we’re bringing the Deals of the Day to the top of the newsletter.

🎁 Buy a $150 Gift Card for e1ghteenThe Clarendon, or Sidedoor and receive an additional $50 card for free.

🎁 Take it easy, and book a staycation at the Metcalfe Hotel over the next few weeks. Save 25% when you book dates between now and the end of December.

🎁 Sewing and crafting specialists: You’ll flip over the deals at Mad About Patchwork. Even seasonal fabric is on sale.

🎁 Save up to 70% on swim trunks and other beachwear at Bather.

🎁 Turn your bedroom into the hotel room of your dreams: The Québec-made St. Germain Hotels bedding collection is on sale at up to 30% discount at Simons. Duvets and duvet covers, pillowcases, and sheet sets are all included.

🎁 Kaela Kay combines brilliant Ankara textiles with the talent of Toronto seamstresses, to produce fashion for the boardroom, weddings, and fabulous occasions. Use the code VIP25 to get 25%.

🎁 Stock up on those gorgeous vegan skin and beauty products at BKIND in their 20% off EVERYTHING Black Friday sale. Even items already on sale are included.

🎁 Black items are 30% at Londre Bodywear when you use the code BLACK30.

– Martha and Darren


PS A fun thing to watch is local mom and pop business Shopify’s live Black Friday dashboard.


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


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    • 81.7%
    • – The portion of hourly employees and managers at Bridgehead Coffee that voted to cease sharing tips with management. The Ottawa-based company started including managers in the tip pool when the province raised the minimum wage in October. Managers would have gained more money but the hourly workers’ net income would have remained the same as before the minimum wage hike. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Franco Spagnoli
    • –  The Osgoode farmer has called it a day for his family selling apples at the Parkdale Market. The Spagnoli family has been selling apples at the market since 1969, and Franco himself has been doing it for 30 years. (Charlie Senack in the Kitchissippi Times)


    • It’s a tragic story, a sub-Saharan animal that will likely freeze or starve to death in the Ottawa Valley

    • – Michèle Hamers, wildlife campaign manager with the World Animal Protection charity in Toronto. Just over a month ago, a serval cat named Gizmo escaped from Waddles ‘n’ Wags in Eganville and has yet to be found. (From a press release emailed to the ottawan)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Audit Committee
    Monday, November 27, 2023 at 9:30 AM

    • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – Investigation of Allegations Related to Planning Activities for the Conservancy Development
    • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – 2024-2025 Audit Work Plan
    • Appointment of an external auditor for a five-year term
    • 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets
    • Based upon the rationale set out in the legal implications section of the report, the report entitled “Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – Audit of Cybersecurity” will not be reported out

    📋 Agenda

    Ottawa Police Services Board
    Monday, November 27, 2023 at 4:00 PM

    • Update on Board Strategic Plan: Final Draft for Approval
    • Approve the Ottawa Police Service 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budget.
    • Delegation of Special Constable Status Approval
    • Telephone Maintenance Services for the Ottawa Police Service
    • Workforce Management Report – Third Quarter 2023
    • Financial Status Report – Third Quarter 2023
    • Report on SIU Investigation 23-OFI-071
    • Report on SIU Investigation 23-OVI-211

    📋 Agenda


    🪚 Hunt Club Road Pines

    •  Civic staff do not want the City to buy the red pine plantation threatened with clearcutting by the Ottawa Airport. Staff argue that it would be too expensive to buy the property, survey it, and make the necessary changes for recreation trails. They argue that years of unattended management of the trees make a risk for falling trees and for a die out due to lack of biodiversity. The four hectares were originally planted for use as telephone poles. (Ottawa Bulldog)

    🚊 OC Transpo

    •  The 12.5 km of track for O-Train Line 1 east extension has been completed. The next step for the line, which runs from Blair Station through Orléans, Blackburn Hamlet, and Beacon Hill, is to install the overhead catenary system. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      ➕ Related All OC Transpo buses, the O-Train, and Para Transpo buses will be free on New Year’s Eve, starting at 6:00 pm.

    📺 Elegy

    •  Longtime CJOH reporter Norman Fetterley had died, aged 74. In his 45 years on air,  Fetterley was also a parliamentary correspondent for CJOH and CTV News and host of Gallery Talk, the political panel show. (CTV)  

    🏗️ Ottawa Official Plan

    •  City Council has approved keeping the Province’s taller building rules and asking staff to investigate fourplexes. The Province had increased the allowable height of apartment buildings when it unilaterly changed the Official Plan to extend into the greenbelt. Now that the Province has made a reverse ferret, building heights would have shrunk. City Council voted to keep the taller buildings on minor corridors.

      The Federal government has made it clear to municipalities that housing funds will be connected to density, so Council has also asked staff to investigate creating a new bylaw to allow fourplexes on single family lots. (Elyse Skura at CBC)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    •  The Ottawa Police Service is again collecting items for its annual Purse Project. Each year the Service collects purses and bags full of  pads, tampons, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, new underwear, socks, hats, and mittens for women who cannot afford it.

      Donations for the Project can be made starting tomorrow and until Dec 10 at:
    •  Police stations on 211 Huntmar Drive, 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard and 474 Elgin Street during hours of operation
    •  Shoppers Drug Mart locations at 174 Bank Street, 702 Bank Street, 1080 Bank Street/Sunnyside, 181 Greenbank Road, and 3781 Stranherd Drive
    •  The Citron Hygiene warehouse located at 150-2855 Swansea Crescent between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday

      Collected items will be distributed to women’s organizations across Ottawa, including Youville Centre, St Joe’s Women’s Centre, Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Corporation, and la Maison d’amitié.

      Besides women’s hygiene items, shaving products for men are also accepted.

      (Alex Black at CityNews)



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    Not so much of a story but a mystery: one of Ottawa’s FM radio stations is for sale. is a website where mostly small time broadcasters buy and sell TV and radio stations across North America, which is where we found this intriguing item – Nation's capital FM FOR SALE (Ottawa, not DC). Which station is it? For what it is worth, if you’d like to buy it, the price is around $4 million.



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