Issue 656 Volume 3 Number 156

The Ottawan



It's Wednesday, November 23 2022 and we are quite taken by NarCity’s roundup of seven romantic small towns around Ottawa.

Food + Drink Update

▪️Purdy’s Hanukkah offerings are plentiful. They've got minatures, chocolate coins, Love and Light Hanukkah Gift box, and more. 

▪️Beau’s has launched a Lug Lite lager, which uses the same malted barley and wheat as their popular Lug Tread, but it has an ABV of 4% and zero sugar. 

▪️Spark Beer is keeping last weekend's party going with a special until Sunday: buy any pizza and any beer and pay $20. 

▪️Brew Donkey has been busy curating some new beer experiences for Ottawa’s beer people. They’re combining forces with Drunken Cinema to create  The Final Draft Tour, which includes a ticket to Batman Returns, round-trip bus transportation to the cinema, a light snack, and two brewery tours (includes a beer sample), all for $85. They’ve also got festive Holiday Week Tours December 27 through 30, and coming up in February the Brewed to You Live Tour including a ticket to the Sloan show at Bronson Centre Music. 

▪️A belated congratulations to Broadhead Brewery Brewmaster Mark and his crew, who took Gold in the German Style Hefeweizen/Kristalweizen category at the Canada Beer Cup

▪️Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen tried out the new Coconut Lagoonand thinks that chef Joe Thottungal has reinvented refined dining.

▪️Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats has a terrific BBQ experience at Moe’s BBQ on Bank Street.

▪️An outgoing Carleton student from Toronto says these are the five Ottawa foods you must eat before you graduate: an Italian sub from Di Rienzo’s Grocery, a milkshake from Elgin Street Diner, poutine from Fritomania, the the signature ramen from Koichi ramen, and Earl Grey Shortbread ice cream from The Merry Dairy. 

▪️Sippin' Santa returns to The Standard tomorrow. The Christmas-themed cocktail bar is back for its third season. Mele Kalikimaka

Eight Ottawa bartenders compete Monday in the MADE WITH LOVE regional competition. Mixing are Georges Haddad (Jackalope), Dylan Renaud (Mati), Jovan Morales(Back to Brooklyn), Sheldon Jackson (Alora), Thobo Kebailele (Savanna Lounge), Sayed (Tom) Adnan (Ward 14), Drake Evans(Tavern on the Falls), and Wil Hanbridge (Fugazzi / Cold Room). Nov 28 6 pm Savanna Lounge, 145 Besserer St, K1N 6A7. Tickets $60.

Deals of the day

▪️Until November 30 you can save 20% site wide at Loftan with the exception of bundles. 

▪️Power of My People’s Power for Good sale starts at 9:00am EST tomorrow (Thursday November 24). 

▪️Receive 40% off past seasonal candles at Shy Wolf Candles of Grey Highlands Ontario. Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox are all included in the sale. 

▪️Shop the new collection of festive cards from local illustrator When Studio. Sets of six cards are 10% off today only, using the code LAUNCHDAY. 

▪️If you use the Dominion City Beer app, there’s a very quick deal going on right now: get 15% off only until 11:00am tomorrow (Thursday November 24). The discount code is in the app. 

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Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 2°, low of -7°. 

Number:  272. The number of affordable units to be funded by $91.85 million from the Federal and Provincial governments. $48 million of that will go to local developers Taggart as a low-cost loan to build 122 apartments in Little Italy. The rest will be split amongst four non-profit developers. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Andrew Cardozo. The founder of the Ottawa-based progressive think-tank the Pearson Centre has been named to the Senate. He was previously a Carleton journalism prof, a columnist for the Toronto Star and the Hill Times, and a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission commissioner. [Ottawa Citizen.

Quote: ‘[O]h yes, they are growing the public service’ – Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux on the Federal government’s stated spending plans, which will push the size of the civil service to about 409,000 jobs within five years. That’s up from 391,000 in 2020-21. [Policy Options

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The Inquiry has denied Convoy lawyer Brendan Miller’s request to call in the president of a public relations firm. Miller has a theory that the president was the man who carried around a Nazi flag during the Siege, and that it was at the behest of New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Trudeau. The firm, Enterprise Canada, has threatened to sue over the allegation, stating it is completely false. Miller also requested a photo of the license plate plate of a truck that had a Confederate flag, also insinuating it was to stir up anti-Convoy opinion.

▪️The Federal government is keeping the legal advice that it received over invoking the Emergency Act a secret. Justice Minister David Lametti says the Government will not waive soliciter-client privilege. 

+ Related Lametti also testified that his staff started preparing for the possibilty of using the Emergency Act a few days into the Siege.

The Rest

▪️Two hundred members of the public attended last night’s Ottawa Carleton School Board District meeting to state their opinions on student masking. The Board was set to debate on whether to make masking mandatory once again, inviting CHEO's chief of staff, Dr. Lindy Samson – who is in favour – to make a presentation. Some attendees shouted ‘shame!’ during her presentation. The Board eventually had the Ottawa Police clear the room, with no vote taken and no future date for debate set. New trustee Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth – famous for her COVID-19 jabapaloozas – is advocating mandatory masking. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The City wants to create an Airport Parkway that runs beside the new O Train to the airport. There is a virtual information session on it tonight, which hopefully explains why they want to encourage more traffic. [Virtual Session signup ] [Info page about the Airport Parkway]

▪️Premier Doug Ford has cancelled his initial meeting with Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe. The two were scheduled to meet yesterday, where Sutcliffe had hoped to discuss ‘fiscal shortfalls and some provincial housing initiatives’. Sutcliffe did get to meet with Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark. Ford gave no reason for the cancellation. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa and Gatineau’s downtowns are amongst the slowest in Canada to rebound. Out of 55 cities, Ottawa is 49th with 45 per cent of workers still avoiding the downtown. Gatineau is dead last, with 74.7 per cent staying away. [CBC]

▪️The report of the Provincial Inquiry in the O Train will be released next week as promised, says the Commissioner.  [CBC]

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