Wednesday, December 13 2023

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Best places for a Christmas cocktail

🍸 You’ll need a booking for the kitschy good times at Miracle on Elgin Street (at Elgin Beer Project). Need a last minute gift? You can also take home fun merch like Santa shot glasses and other glassware.

🍸 Enjoy a grownup seasonal tipple in the wildly Christmas-themed surroundings of Elf’s Pub Holiday Pop-up at the Chateau Laurier. You can’t make a reservation, so pop by between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm from now until December 31.

🍸 Tiki all the way to The Standard Luxury Tavern, where palms replace pines but the festive spirit is just as strong at Sippin’ Santa.

🍸 It’s hard to believe but Nan’s Parlour has upped its legendary cozy factor even further with tinsel, fairy lights, and elves hanging from the rafters. It’s open every day this month, and although they take reservations Thursday through Sunday, you can walk in if you go early enough.

🍸 Get cozy in your own living room, with a Ready to Drink cocktail by Dunrobin Distillery. Just add ice.

– Martha and Darren


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    • 20 hours
    • – The average length of time people had to spend waiting in emergency before an initial full physician assessment at the Montfort Hospital yesterday.  The hospital blames a rise in COVID and respiratory cases. (William Eltherington at CTV)

    Arnpriorinian of the Day

    • Leo Hughes
    • –  The 93 year-old reverend at Arnprior’s St. Andrew Presbyterian church is selling his lifetime collection of Coca Cola memorabilia to raise money for the Arnprior Regional Hospital to purchase a new CT scanner. 

      The way Hughes is raising the funds is interesting. Partnering with the Lions Club, the bottles, signs, hats, balls, and barbecues are all on display at the Arnprior Shopping Center and, in exchange for a donation, you can walk off with something of equivalent value. Hoping to raise $20,000, Hughes has already collected $10,000. (Dylan Dyson at CTV) (YouTube video of the collection)


    • I’m middle of the road on bird feeders

    • – Bernie Ladouceur, co-compiler of the Ottawa Christmas bird count. He notes that people installing birdfeeders has increased the number of Coopers Hawks, Northern Cardinals, House finches, and pileated woodpeckers around Ottawa while Canada jays, ruffed grouses, and goshawks have been pushed out. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)
    • The annual bird count across Ontario begins tomorrow, with Ottawa’s count occuring on Dec 18. Anyone can take part



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Carolina Hurricanes 4 last night


    What’s going on at City Hall

    No meetings tomorrow.



    🏢 World Ski Cross

    •  A sister and brother both won gold at the ski cross World Cup races yesterday. Hannah Schmidt won the women’s final after the three other competitors crashed into one another. Those three all received silver. Jared Schmidt came first in the men’s final. (CBC)

    🖊️ Federal Public Employees

    •  A former clerk and a former assistant secretary of the Privy Council have written about six things wrong with the Federal public service

      1️⃣ Realize that government has become too complex to manage effectively, with 22 regular departments, more than 80 departmental agencies and corporations plus 34 Crown corporations, the RCMP, and the military.

      2️⃣ There are too many public employees to operate effectively. At 360,000 civil servants, it has increased headcount by 95,000, or 36 per cent, over the last decade. 

      3️⃣ There are too many oversight bodies. Treasury Board, the Privy Council Office, the Public Service Commission, the Auditor General, departmental audit and evaluation committees, parliamentary agents, and Parliament itself all oversee different aspects with no coördination.

      4️⃣ There is no clear accountability.

      5️⃣ Nobody is measuring or managing public sector productivity.

      6️⃣ The management culture is too hesitant to change things.

      Kevin Lynch was the Clerk of the Privy Council and Jim Mitchell was a former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet in the Privy Council Office, both under Paul Martin. (Ottawa Citizen)

      ➕ Related Global Affairs Canada says that it may reverse ferret and reinstate two key staff foreign language training programmes that it had cut, assuming that money could be found in another department.

    💸 Horizon Ottawa

    •  Campaigner Horizon Ottawa has dropped its appeal of an election compliance audit after the City said it would come for costs if Horizon lostFormer Taggart developments executive Ted Phillips asked the City to audit Horizon because it promoted a festival, HorizonFest, before it was registered as a third-party advertising in the most recent civic election. As the free music festival featured local politicians, the City’s election compliance audit committee agreed. Horizon says its annual budget is $60,000 per year and in the event of a losing judgement, the City’s lawyers would ask for tens of thousands of dollars. (Joanne Laucius)

    ✉️ Post Deadlines

    •  CTV has done all the work for last minute Christmas shipping deadlines. Note that deadlines for Canada Post parcels regionally and internationally are pretty much all tomorrow. Last chance for Christmas cards to the coast is Friday. (Peter Szperling at CTV)


    Canada Post
    Priority and Xpresspost

    Local: Dec. 21
    Regional: Dec. 21
    National: Dec. 20

    Canada Post
    Regular Parcel

    Local: Dec. 19
    Regional: Dec. 14-19
    National: Dec. 8-18

    Canada Post
    Sending Cards

    Local: Dec. 19
    Regional: Dec. 18
    National: Dec. 15

    Shipping deadlines for sending cards internationally have passed.

    Canada Post
    International Xpresspost

    (Expedited Parcel deadline is Dec. 13)

    USA: Dec. 15
    UK: Dec. 14
    Netherlands: Dec. 14
    Switzerland: Dec. 14
    France: Dec. 14
    Germany: Dec. 14
    Japan: Dec. 14


    Next-day to Canada or United States: Dec 21

    Purolator Ground to the US:  Dec. 13
    East Asia (including China, Japan and Thailand): Dec. 15
    Australia, Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America: Dec. 18
    Western Europe (including the United Kingdom, France and Germany): Dec. 18


    Within Canada to most metropolitan areas:

    FedEx First Overnight / FedEx Priority Overnight: Dec. 21
    FedEx Standard Overnight: Dec. 21
    FedEx 2Day: Dec. 20
    FedEx Economy: Dec. 19
    FexEx Freight Priority: Dec 13

    Canada to US

    FedEx First Overnight / FedEx Priority Overnight: Dec. 21
    FedEx International Economy: Dec. 19
    FedEx Freight Priority: Dec. 13

    Canada Domestic:

    UPS Expedited: Dec. 20
    UPS Express: Dec.21, (Dec. 22 with Saturday Delivery option)
    Shipments to certain destinations may require an earlier ship date

    Canada to the US

    UPS 3 Day Select: Dec. 19
    UPS Expedited: Dec. 20
    UPS Express: Dec. 21



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    Project Give

    CBC Ottawa’s Project Give, CBC Ottawa's annual charity food drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, is happening on Friday, Dec. 15 at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1.

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    Find Ottawa’s most comprehensive – and ever-expanding – list of Christmas Markets, Festivals, and Parades on our website.

    •  🕎 Day seven of Hanukkah. You can donate to the 5th Annual Rabbi Bulka Chanukah Toy Drive here
    •   Tickets are now on sale for Ashley MacIsaac shows at Red Bird on January 13 and January 14 2024.
    •  Groove to the jazzy seasonal tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas as they’re played live by the Rousso Quarter. This candlelight show is at the Gladstone Theatre.

    •  Enjoy an evening of board games at the Prescott.


    •  Jazz Nite with SH-BOOM. Queen St Fare

    •  Tarot Night. Nan’s Parlour

    •  Spark Trivia with Geoff Paquet. Spark Beer

    •  Left to Suffer, Chamber, Tracheotomy, Mouth Breather. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Rare Groove Wednesdays. Atomic Rooster

    •  Spark Trivia with DJ Geoff Paquet. Spark Beer

    •  Pretty Good, Maybury, Talia Aoude, Corduroy Moon, Franki. House of TARG

    •  Eden Moore’s Slay Bells. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Holly Cole: A Swinging Chrismas with the NAC Orchestra. NAC South Hall

    •  Tyler Keeley’s Urban Campfire (December Edition). Red Bird Live

    •  The Follow Ups, the Valveenus, Audio Visceral. Avant-Garde Bar

    •  Climate Pub(lics). Irene’s Pub & Restaurant

    •  Trivia Night. Pour Boy



    •  Take a road trip to Smiths Falls today (3:00 pm to 7:00 pm) or tomorrow (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) for the Christmas Market at Artisan Village.

    •  Juno nominee Miss Emily will bring her blues stylings to First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa for A Miss Emily Christmas in Ottawa. Find out why musicians from Rob Baker (of the Tragically Hip) to KISS's Gene Simmons are impressed with her voice.

    •  In the mood to belt out Christmas carols? We’ve got just the event for you. You’ll get to sing outside and enjoy hot chocolate and treats by the fire pit. Donations for the Blair Court Community House Food Bank will be gratefully received.


    •  Blingo Night. Pour Boy

    •  The Powergoats Annual Holiday Show for the Snowsuit Foundation, with Hot Jupiter. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Share the Band Live. Café Dekcuf

    •  Latin Friday. Mavericks

    •  Pleading with the Devil. LIVE on Elgin

    •  The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  It’s going to be fiercely competitive, highly creative, and probably quite sticky at The Standard this Saturday afternoon, (December 16) as the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest gets underway. The winning team of up to 4 people will win a $100 gift card to the Standard as well as Tiki Christmas Mugs. Reserve your team now

    •  General admission tickets go on sale at 10:00 am Friday (December 15) to AEW Collision’s event at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday March 16.


    Today only, The Road Years by Rick Mercer is 25% off in person and online at Books on Beechwood.


    Nine projects were recognized at the Ottawa Urban Design Awards. The categories were: 

    • Urban Infill, (low-rise and mid to high-rise), for a building or group of buildings, of high architectural standard, that achieves quality urban spaces and enhances the urban fabric of the neighbourhood
    • Public Places and Civic Spaces, for spaces that feature sustainability while enhancing the accessible public realm
    • Urban Elements, for design elements that contribute to the unique character of the neighbourhood at a human scale
    • Visions and Master Plans, a forward-looking category for inspiring ideas and guiding plans for the future
    • Student Projects, for theoretical or studio projects submitted by university students

    And the results are ... meh? Take a look at the photos. We aren’t terribly excited. 



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