👀 Herzig Eye Institute announced this week that it will be paid by the Province to provide 5,000 cataract surgeries this year in Ottawa. 

Most people in Ottawa can receive cataract surgery within six months but the most complex cases can wait up to three years for the University of Ottawa’s Eye Institute brilliant eye surgeon Dr. Kashif Baig.

In addition to working at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Baig is the medical director of the Herzig Eye Institute.

The two directors of Herzig Eye Institute are longtime donors Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party. Sheldon Herig’s donations are hereCherry Tabb’s contribution is here

Herzig Eye Institute was a registered lobbyist in 2021, angling to ‘enable Herzig to provide surgical capacity for cataract surgeries in Ontario.’

If you have cataracts, get them removed. You won't believe the difference.

– Martha and Darren



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    • ❄️  Periods of snow. High of -2°, low of -7°.


    • – Where Deep River lies on a list of the Top 10 Best places to live in Canada with the Best quality of life – 2023, compiled by Moving Waldo. Edmundston, New Brunswick is number one. Houses in Deep River sell for $400,000, one bedroom rents are $1050 per month. Deep River is the municipality just beyond Pembroke and encompasses both Chalk River and the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory. (The List)

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    • I do not support the imposition of another emergency shelter on Montréal Road or in Rideau-Vanier ward 
    • – First time councillor for Rideau-Vanier ward, Stéphanie Plante, reopens the settled issue of a Salvation Army shelter and social servces hub on Montréal Road. Neighbours opposed the Army’s original plan a few years back, with the City approving a scaled back shelter last year. (Anil Jhalli at CityNews


    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Barrie Colts 1 last night


    🍖 You’ll never eat lunch in this town again

    🗞️ Ottawa Citizen Odds and Sods

    • We didn't think to mention this earlier but the Citizen lost its editor last monthNicole MacAdam was named editor in November 2019 and was no longer editor in December. Not wanting to pay for repainting the entire name on the office door, Postmedia named Nicole Feriancek as acting editor.
    • The Citizen editorial board wants to reopen Wellington Street even though talks between the City and the Parliamentary precinct have not happened. We note this because it's a strange stance: re-open it or keep it closed, both are reasonable but figure out who is in charge of the street first. (Ottawa Citizen)
    • Citizen columnist Mohammed Adam wrote an article yesterday entitled ‘Why Ottawans should care about secret police board meetings’. Bulldog Ottawa pointed out today that the column has gone missing from the Citizen website.  Again, just odd. Here is the cache of it in its entirety, which we recommend that you read.

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      • Learn to use silence in your performance, workspace, and more in the Silent Partner workshop with Velvet Wells. Tickets $11.98. in 3:00pm to 5:00pm Room 221 at the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. 
      • There are just a few spots remaining for the Dry January Cocktail Workshops at the Dominion City Brewing taproom. $70 per person. 

      • Congrego, Also Cool and Debaser present Congrego: Palingenesis, a one day festival of music and art. Tickets $38.61. 7:00pm to 2:00am at All Saints Event Space 330 Laurier Ave East. 

      • Happy Goat at 145 Main St. holds an Open Mic every Saturdaystarting at 6:30pm. Free. 

      • Ottawa Transit Riders will be holding online and in-person forums in neighbourhoods across Ottawa, asking locals about their transit needs. The first of these forums rolls out this Saturday January 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata. 

      • The Capital Wedding Show runs today and tomorrow at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road. 

      • Cold Snap, the current winter exhibition at the Ottawa West Arts Association, runs until March 10. CARDELREC Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road.

      • Fly Market pops up at Dom Polski Hall, with vendors, music by DJ Sacha Foster, and refreshments by Bar From Afar. 11:00am to 5:00pm at 379 Waverley at Bank in Centretown. 

      • The 9th Living Locally Fair, presented by the Russell & District Horticultural Society, arrives at St.Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, 1211 South Russell Road, Russell. Vendors will be selling baked goods, art, food, and more. It’s free to attend, but organizers will be gratefully accepting donations to the Food Bank. 


      • Did you know that you can bring your pup to the Stray Dog Brewing tap room every Sunday afternoon? Yappy Hour brings together dog and craft brew lovers, with $5 beers available for all. You don’t need to bring a dog to join in the fun. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans.
      • Visit 100 vendors at the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 10:00am to 3:00pm.
      • It's the final day of the Ottawa Home and Remodeling Show at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr. 


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      Pieces from the ERA collection are 25% off in the Pilar Agueci Friday Flash Sale. Use the code NEWERA25 at checkout. Earrings, rings, and necklaces from the ERA collection are all included.

      Get 30% off sweats at Bather, this weekend only. Some swim trunks are also included in the sale. Use the code COZY30 to get your discount, until 11:59pm on Sunday.

      If you’re missing the flavours of the Fall and Christmas, you can get Pumpkin SpiceGingerbread, and Candy Cane flavoured chocolate bars from Hummingbird Chocolate at a discount right now.

      Get a free bamboo tumbler with purchases of over $80 at Tease, only until tomorrow.


      Ottawa Public Health reports COVID-19 stats on Tuesdays and Thursday. This info is from yesterday.

      Ottawa wastewater is monitored constantly.

      We missed this story from November. Actor Will Ferrell had thrown his hat into the ring to buy the Ottawa Senators. His bid: $1,000.

      We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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