Tuesday, November 21 2023


❄️ Snow
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🌞 7:09 am🌛4:27 pm


❄️ Snow
High 1° Low -1°
🌞 7:10 am🌛4:27 pm



The House of PainT is in jeopardy and needs financial support.

This year‘s 20th Anniversary Festival celebrating and elevating hip hop was curtailed in August due to flooding and an event that normally draws thousands saw hundreds instead.

To return in 2024, House of PainT is hoping to raise $20,000. You can help the young artists here.

Chocolate Advent Calendar Giveaway

Purdy’s Chocolates have given us three boxes of chocolate-y Advent Calendars, each of which we’re going to give away to a festive ottawan reader. We’ll let Martha’s mom pick three winners from her drawing hat on Friday morning.

One is Santa's Lodge: email to get into the draw.

One is a Braille Calendar: email to get into the draw. (We're not going to limit this to braille readers only by the way)

And one is an advent calendar of vegan chocolates: email to enter that draw.

– Martha and Darren


🎄Ongoing Christmas Reminders


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $96 million
    • – The amount the City plans to remove from its reserves this year to balance its budget. Last year it removed $131 million. (Neil Saravanamuttoo in The 613)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Patrice Dagenais
    • –  As co-captain, Dagenais and Team Canada are competing in wheelchair rugby at the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games. A gold will guarantee a spot at the Paris 2024 Paralympics. (Emma Zhao in Ottawa Sports Pages)


    • Hopefully these people realize they aren't only taking my personal life for a hell of a ride but the new homeowners who have every right to move into their home

    • – Glebe landlord Patrick Lecours who is upset that his tenants won’t leave after he sold their residence under them. Lecours gave the tenants 60 days notice to leave, which they have refused. The landlord’s next option is the Landlord and Tenant Board, which has room for a hearing next April. (Jackie Perez at CTV)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Ottawa City Council
    Wednesday, November 22 at 10 am

    • Application to alter the former Hintonburg Pumping Station, 5 Onigam Street, a property designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • Designation of the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • 2023 City of Ottawa Community Improvement Plan Program Review
    • Stage 2 LRT Contingency Funding and General Operational Budget
    • Updated Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation Name, Mandate, Policies and Procedures
    • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment - 384 Arlington Avenue
    • Amendments to the Corporate Business Case and Project Management Policy and Framework
    • Acquisition of 170 Colonnade Road
    • Application for demolition and new construction at 110 York Street, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the ByWard Market Heritage Conservation District
    • Zoning By-law Amendment - 253, 255 and 257 York Street and 78 and 80 Nelson Street
    • Winter Maintenance Quality Standards Review
    • Councillor Leiper – Installation of All-Way Stop Control at Intersection of Spencer and Huron
    • Councillor Leiper - Wellington Village 30km/h Gateway Speed Zone
    • Councillor Kavanagh - Implementation of 30 km/h Gateway Speed Limit in Belltown
    • Councillor Dudas - Installation of a protected left turn phase at the intersection of Innes and Viseneau
    • Barrhaven Centre Park-and-Ride Lot Removal

    📋 Agenda


    ⚕️ University of Ottawa

    •  University of Ottawa resident doctor suspended for social media posts on the Israel – Hamas conflict. Without naming the doctor, the Faculty of Medicine says a person was suspended for violating the College of Phsysicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s professional standards. People who say that the doctor was censored for his pro-Palestine views have launched a petition. Someone else who accuses the doctor of anti-semitism has captured his Instagram posts in an article here. (William Eltherington at CTV)

    🚲 Percy Street underpass

    •   Neighbours in Centreville hope that an underpass closure to cars will become permanent. The underpass at Percy Street and the Queensway has been pedestrian and cycle-only since the bridge was replaced in October. Resident Jamie says of the increased number of cyclists, ‘If you make a street safer to bike on, more people will bike on it’. (Alayne McGregor in Centretown Buzz)

    🪚 Ottawa International Airport

    •  The Ottawa International Airport will start clear cutting a forest on Hunt Club road. The four hectares at 400 Hunt Club Rd is made up of deliberately planted red pine intended for use as telephone poles, The airport says the trees must be removed for the safety of the plot as it has been neglected over the years. There are no safety concerns over airport operations. (Nicole Williams at CBC)

    💰 Tourism Growth Program

    •  FedDev Ontario has a few million dollars to spread around on tourist development in the region. Eligible businesses – anything supporting tourism except restaurants and hotels really – can apply for no-interest loans, or if they are non-profit, no payback loans. (Ottawa Festivals)  

    🛻 Convoy News

    Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are on trial for their role as co-organizers of the Convoy.




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      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •  The Ottawa Fringe Festival in partnership with Playwrights Guild of Canada presents New Play Tuesday - Play Connect Reading, taking place during undercurrents festival (February 7-17 2024). Submit a French or English play of up to 90 minutes for the chance to have it performed at a reading. The deadline to apply is December 1.
      •  It’s also time to apply to perform at the 2024 Ottawa Jazz Festival. Musicians in Ottawa and Gatineau are invited to apply by January 15, 2024.


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      As Ottawa Bulldog puts it, ‘one of the greatest love affairs in pop music history was that of folksinger Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash of the Hollies’.

      ‘The two iconic musicians first crossed paths when The Hollies performed in Ottawa. After the show, they got acquainted, and Mitchell played some of her material to Nash, immediately capturing his attention. He once described the evening as “magical on so many different levels” and revealed she treated him to 15 pieces from her songbook.’ 

      Joe Taysom in British culture mag Far Out writes about it.



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