Issue 676 Volume 3 Number 176

The Ottawan



It's Wednesday, December 21, 2022 and we heartily recommend this happy video from Farmer Joe at Ottawa Farm Fresh.

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Shortest Day of the Year

It’s the Winter Solstice, aka the shortest day of the year! That’s right, from tomorrow, each day the amount of daylight we see will stretch a little longer. At the ottawan, we can really get behind this policy. Tonight is also, of course, the longest night of the year. Make sure you’ve got plenty of tea (Or Vodka! Says Martha), blankets, and movies to get you through. 

Martha was due to fly out to Vancouver yesterday to join Darren at his parents’ place for the holidays. The weather had other plans. Due to the massive snowstorm in Vancouver, Martha’s flight to the West coast was cancelled. This means she and Darren will be spending Christmas apart. Understandably, this made us sad. If you’re having a hard time of it this Christmas season, please reach out to family and friends and tell them how you’re feeling. 

Food + Drink Update

▪️ The Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts institute has been named North America's Best Culinary Training Institution by the World Culinary Awards.

▪️ Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen loves the dining at Raphaël Peruvian Cuisine, but the restaurant is leaving its Clarence St. former Clocktower Pub location for parts unknown in the New Year.

▪️ Algonquin College’s culinary programme is now teaching future chefs how to use all parts of the ingredients to save money. 

+ Related Algonquin College’s chefs present recipes for a full festive chicken dinner: roast chicken with natural gravy, roasted winter vegetables,  chicken or turkey pot pie, basic chicken stock, garlic mashed or whipped potatoes, quinoa salad and roasted root vegetables, and potato cakes.

Deals of the day

▪️ Ottawa artist Martha Kokkinos’ paintings are 20% off at Koyman Galleries, today only. 1771 St. Laurent Blvd. 

▪️ Due to the forecasted storm starting Thursday night, if you’ve got an order coming in from Ferme Juniper Farm, you can expect your delivery tomorrow instead of Friday. Here’s the deal of the day, though: if you visit the farm store on Thursday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm you’ll be treated to free apple cider and pumpkin donuts! 375 Chem. Shouldice Road, Wakefield, Que. 

▪️ Bags of Belgian Milk Chocolate Cashew Butter Crunch by Aurora, ON maker Fraktals are on sale for $5.95 at Maker House.

▪️ Get free express shipping to Canada and the US when you spend over $150, today only at Bather.

▪️ Tofino Towel has savings of up to 70% across the site.

We’ll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Chance of flurries. High of -1°, low of -11°. But expect a possible winter storm starting tomorrow.

Number:  93. The number of local music tracks playing on the City’s music-on-hold system for the 2023 City Sounds playlist. You can hear it by calling 311, but its probably better if you click the Soundcloud playlist [City of Ottawa]

Ottawans of the Day: Claudette Commanda, Rheal Labelle, Toni Jacob and Sophia Jacob, Sahada Alolo, and Kevin Ford. The six make up Ottawa magazine’s second annual Future List. [Ottawa Magazine]

Quote: 'Wages and social assistance rates haven’t kept up, and people rely on our network of food banks to make ends meet’ – Ottawa Food Bank CEO Rachel Wilson, after her organization made an emergency $500,000 grant to food banks in its network[Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Winnipeg Jets 5 last night

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▪️The lawyer preparing a class action against the Convoy siege wants to add five new defendantsPaul Champ has asked the Superior Court of Justice to add then-councillor for West Lincoln Township Harold Jonker, who claims to be the first to park a truck in the street during the siege and New Brunswick businessman Brad Howland, who donated $75,000 to the cause. We don't yet know who the other three are. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Here's an interview with Champ from earlier in the month about his civil liberties career.

+ Related Hero Zexi Li, who won the noise injuction against the seige despite the efforts of the CIty to oppose it, also has a long interview today.

+ Related The Canadian Press has declared the scamps of the Freedom Convoy as their Newsmaker of the Year

▪️CBC looks at where some Federal departments are on the hybrid work rule. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Department of Finance Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Statistics Canada already seem to have moved to a two or three day week in the office. The Department of National Defence says half of its staff never went remote in the first place. 

Departments that do not have previously well-developed plans and have work to do are Employment and Social Development Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, and the Department of Justice.

The Correctional Service of Canada has told employees who mostly work from home that they will have to work on-site three days per week. We can only assume that the prisoners will stop having to stop serving their sentences remotely as well and spend three days per week in the clink. [CBC]

▪️The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority says the water is rising; residents near creeks and rivers should keep watch. The weekend storm is expected to drop 40 mm of precipitation. While caution is warned, widespread flooding is not expected. [CityNews

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