Issue 660 Volume 3 Number 160

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, December, 2022 and we may not have any snow but the Ottawa Film Office has helpfully compiled a list of the 16 Christmas movies filmed in the area in the past year, so you can see what it would look like if we did have the white stuff. 


The Weekender

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All Weekend

▪️Marché De Noël/Aylmer Christmas Market takes over Centre d'exposition L'Imagier this Friday (4:00pm to 8:00pm), Saturday (10:00am to 8:00pm) and Sunday (10:00am to 4:00pm. This is a heated, indoor affair. 9 rue Front, Gatineau

▪️Osgoode’s Christmas in the Village event begins with a Parade of Lights on Friday evening followed by a day of fun programming on Saturday.

Friday Dec 2

▪️The Christmas Cheer Breakfast is back, tomorrow morning at the Shaw Centre. 

▪️It's the Light Up the Night 30th anniversary this Friday at 6:00pm in downtown Almonte. This year the event is hosted by Wayne Rostad. 

▪️The Manotick Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade down Manotick Main Street will be followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting & Carolling at Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson St. The action starts at 7:00pm. 

Saturday Dec 3

▪️The Pakenham Santa Claus Parade will leave the Stewart Community Centre at 1:00pm and make its way along Highway 29. 

▪️It will be very festive in Constance Bay this Saturday. The Santa Claus Parade leaves from the General Store at 1 pm, finishing up at the Community Centre (262 Len Purcell) at around 2:30pm for hot chocolate and photos with the man in red. Meanwhile, the Christmas Market will run at the Community Centre from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Food bank donations will be accepted. 

▪️Help the Being Studio celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Snow Day Shop, where you can buy paintings, prints, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more. It’s free to attend. 10:00am to 3:00pm at Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Room 304. 

▪️Beechwood Market and Manor Park Community Council team up for the Holiday Night Market, where you’ll find more than 20 vendors, local food, mulled wine and craft beers, and warming bonfires. 5:00pm to 9:00pm at 1805 Gaspé Ave, Manor park. 

▪️The Holiday Pop-up Art Sale is a tour of three Perth-area artists' studios. Purchase locally crafted art, ceramics, fieldwork, and paintings. Get the details in the Humm.

▪️Watch the North Dundas Parade of Lights and then do some Christmas shopping at the Vendor Fair. 577 Main St. North Dundas.

▪️The North Gower Farmers’ Market presents its 27th Christmas Market. Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower.

▪️Catch the holiday spirit as you watch the parade of festive floats along Stittsville Main Street, in the Stittsville Parade of Lights (6:00pm to 9:00pm). 

▪️The Moth Project multimedia show plays Great Canadian Theatre Company for one night only. 1233 Wellington Street West.

Sunday Dec 4

▪️Expect mulled beer, live music and 24 vendors at the Stray Dog Brewing Co Holiday Gift Market. Noon to 4:00pm at 501 Lacolle Way.

▪️Nita Beer will be taking part in the Peace Love and Local Holiday Market by Inner Soul Yoga. From 11:00am to 2:00pm at 190 Colonnade Rd S #19, Nepean

The Jack Frost Fair by the Kemptville Farmers' Market will include photo ops with Santa, and Christmas music. 200 Sanders Street, Kemptville (B&H parking lot)

Coming up

On Tuesday December 6, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra returns to performing live with “Joy to the World” with the Seventeen Voyces choir. Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre at 7:30 pm.

Deals of the day

1️⃣ The Fireplace Center & Patio Shop has deals on electric fireplaces, patio sets, outdoor heaters, gas stoves, and propane BBQs.

2️⃣ Today only, purchase a pair of select mukluks or boots from Manitobah and receive a free pair of Raven’s Tail Mitts

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 0°, low of -7°. 

Number:  $669,447. The amount of money provided by the Province to the Ottawa Police for the new Automated Licence Plate Recognition technology. The gizmos are installed on police cars and automatically scan any licence plates they come across, notifying the police of stolen cars or suspended drivers. [Stittsville Central]

Ottawan and Gatinoise of the Day: Andrew Grosvenor and Sandy Vance. The two, members of GREATHUNTER and Teenage Fiction, respectively, have created an Ottawa Gatineau Mixtape of local bands as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank. The compilation launches tomorrow for $5. [Apt 613

NB It's not literally a cassette. You download it.

Quote: ‘We can’t get a wheelchair up the hill’ – Emma Hadeed, a teacher at Chelsea Elementary School. The school is raising $20,000 to create a playground for its students in wheelchairs, with mobility problems, or on the Autism spectrum. The school does have a nice playground already, but at the top of a hill. [Ottawa Citizen] [Online Silent Auction]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – New York Rangers 3 last night

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🚊 The O Train Inquiry fallout

▪️Wendy Stephanson is Ottawa’s new Interim City Manager. The City’s Chief Financial Officer, Stephanson takes over the job from Steve Kanellakos, who suddenly resigned on Monday despite not knowing that yesterday’s O Train Inquiry report would eviscerate his character and blame him for misleading City Council. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe vows to implement the 103 recommendations from the O Train Inquiry. Top of the list is transparency and honesty with City council.

▪️Premier Doug Ford congratulated himself for instigating the Inquiry. ‘We saw Mayor Watson not being transparent with his councillors. We saw the city manager having to step down. It was just absolute in shambles, and stunk to high heaven.’

▪️Ottawa NDP MPPs Joel Harden and Chandra Pasma write that the O Train inquiry proved that Public Private Partnerships are disastrous and result in conflicting interest from partners.

▪️Former City Councillor Diane Deans is calling for Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley to resign. Hubley was head of the Transit Commission during the final stages of O Train construction and testing. Deans also calls on Watson to apologize.

The Report included WhatsApp messages between Hubley, former mayor Jim Watson, and Kanellakos in which lowering the testing standards was discussed and withheld from Council. By lowering the testing standards of the O Train, the line was permitted to enter service with the public.

+ Related Former civilian Transit Commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert reminds everyone of the time in 2019 when Hubley asked his fellow Commissioners to shut up because they were ‘helping to destroy any remaining confidence our ridership has in the system’.

+ Related Horizon Ottawa is asking for Hubley’s resignation as well.

▪️The Rideau Transit Group, the consortium that built and maintains the O Train, has released a statement over the shellacking it received in the Inquiry report. The Group says that trains are complicated and ‘We acknowledge that all parties, including RTG and its subcontractors, have work to do to restore the public’s confidence in the city’s light rail system’.

Read the full report here.

The Rest

▪️The City is looking for residents to join its myriad committees and boards. 

Vacancies are on:

  • Ottawa Board of Health
  • Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Ottawa Public Library Board 🔺
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Built Heritage Sub-Committee
  • Property Standards and License Appeals Committee
  • Shaw Centre – Board of Directors
  • Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority
  • Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority 🔺
  • South Nation Conservation Authority 🔺
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority 🔺
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Para Transpo Eligibility Appeals Panel

You need to be a resident of Ottawa, 18 years of age or older, and not a City employee.

Deadline for most applications is January 23, 2023 at 4:30 pm. The ones with the🔺 mean the deadline is earlier, January 3, 2023 at 4:30 pm.

There will be an in-person information session Monday, December 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Main Lobby and a virtual one Monday, December 19 at 6 pm (you'll need to register at the link for that.)

All the details can be found at the City’s Join a committee or board page.

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