Issue 674 Volume 3 Number 174

The Ottawan



It's Monday, December 19, 2022 and Toy Mountain is making a final push for donations to give gifts to kids in need. The Salvation Army plans to distribute 27,000 gifts, 5,000 more than last year. Cash donations can be made here or or new, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at one of 42 locations until this Friday.

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Deals of the Day

1️⃣ Endy mattresses are 15% off in the Boxing Week Sale. Plus, you’ll receive a mystery gift worth $20 with each mattress purchase. 

2️⃣ Get up to 75% off in the Alicja Confections Online Chocolate Warehouse Sale, today only. 

3️⃣ In stock accessories are 20% off at The Modern Shop

4️⃣ Ottawa RedBlacks have also started Boxing Week early, with game packs at special prices

We’ll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -1°, low of -9°.

Number:  $2,047. The average cost of a rental in Ottawa, up 14 per cent from December 2021. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Erica Howe. The firefighter was selected as an all-star player – goalie – for the Canadian Tire Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association All-Star Weekend. The match is one several across North America drumming up support for a professional women’s hockey league. As a teen, Howe was the only female member of the Cumberland Barons. Billie Jean King dropped the ceremonial puck. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Quote: ‘The sales aren't there anymore. The vinyl is back, and that's fine, and we do very well with vinyl, but it's not enough to carry the entire store.’ – Mike Foster, proprietor of Glebe via Westboro head shop Crosstown Traffic, on his impeding closure. While Crosstown Traffic has sold pot smoking paraphenelia since 1992, it did not apply for a cannabis licence after legalization. [CBC]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 - Minnesota Wild 4 last night, Ottawa Senators 6 - Detroit Red Wings 2 last Saturday OHL Ottawa 67s 3 - Kingston Frontenacs 2 last night, Ottawa 67s 1 - Hamilton Bulldogs 3, last Saturday, Ottawa 67s 5 - Oshawa Generals 4 last Friday QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 7 - Le Drakkar de Baie-Comeau 2 last night, Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 - Le Drakkar de Baie-Comeau 1 last Saturday

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▪️Are you ready for the SoPa district? Local restauranteurs Scott May, of Bar Robo, and Adam Vettorel, of North & Navy, are two members of the group that want to promote the South of Parliament area – geddit? – as a distinct entertainment district. Job number one was to create a map. [CBC]

+ Related Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe is in favour of giving policing jurisdiction of Wellington Street to the Parliamentary precinct.

▪️The O Train was back running at 6 pm yesterday after a cable failure the night before. Around midnight Saturday night, the overhead power cables near Lees Station had a failure, knocking out service between Hurdman and Rideau stations. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Police said there was a ‘serious need’ for a disussion on the future of the Panda Game. After rowdiness and arrests for the second year after the annual match between the Carleton and University of Ottawa football teams, interim chief Steve Bell emailed council and senior CIty staff on the need to discuss the future of the game. Carleton University says the match adds $42 million to the local economy. [CBC]

▪️Black federal civil servants say their mental health plan is being stymied by racism from senior officials. The Federal Black Employee Caucus wrote the email to the Treasury Board Secretariat, outlining their experience of toxic workplace culture and microagressions. The mental health action plan was intended to counteract blocked career advancement opportunities faced by Black civil servants. [CBC]

▪️The Ottawa Fire Services water rescue team rescued a deer that fell into the Ottawa River at Shirley’s Bay Saturday. The deer rudely ran off without saying thanks. [CBC]

▪️The president and CEO of the Royal has stepped down with immediate effect. No reason was given for Joanne Bezzubetz’s departure. [Ottawa Citizen]

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