It's Darren's birthday today. 

He's looking for suggestions on where to have a birthday dinner that is the complete Ottawa and/or Gatineau experience. Food truck or mortage required, it doesn't matter.

You've got a few days – Darren is still in Vancouver, while Martha is holding down the fort here in Ottawa. 

Send your ultimate Ottawa/Gatineau experience to

– Martha and Darren


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    •   40% chance of drizzle or showers. High of -1°, low of -4°. 30% chance of flurries in the evening.


    • 22 out of 23
    • – Where Ottawa lies on CNN Travel’s ‘Where to travel in 2023’ list. We just beat out Uganda. Poland was number one. Ottawa is the only Canadian location to make the list. (CNN Travel)

    Ottawa Valleyans of the Day

    • Josh Murphy, Anthony Leroy, and Tys Burger
    • The trio are making a documentary on the history of oil in Canada. The first oil wells in North America were in Petrolia and Oil Springs in Lambdon County, in 1866. (Pembroke Observer) (Kickstarter)


    • We don’t want to strike. That's not our objective 
    • – Marc Brière, president of the Union of Taxation Employees. Brière says negotiations are stalled with the Treasury Board of Canada on a new contract. 56,000 Canada Revenue Agency staffers are looking for a 4.5 per cent wage increase in the first year, then eight per cent for the remaining two years. (CityNews)


    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 – Le Titan d'Acadie-Bathurst 1 last night


    🚗 Electric cars

    • An electric car designed by Carleton University and Ontario Tech University in Oshawa is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Project Arrow, named for the doomed Avro Arrow jet, is a concept car that has been entirely manufactured and designed in Canada.

      If you want to know anything about the car – how far it can go on a charge, does it use standard chargers, how many cupholders, etc – none of that is forthcoming.  (CityNews) (Project Arrow)

    🚲 eBikes

    • There have been at least three fires in the past three monthscaused by the batteries on eBikes or scooters. Lithium-ion batteries are safe if they are well maintained and are not damaged, but can short circuit and burst into flames if pierced. This goes for things like electric toothbrushes and smartphones as well. (CBC)

    🚊 O Pain

    • Thirty-seven people were left stranded after ice stopped two O Train cars. The passengers were stuck for an hour between Rideau and Blair stations. OC Transpo says the power line had ice buildup, stopping the trains. (CBC

    ⛪ The Convoy-affiliated group still wants St. Brigid's church 

    • Despite being evicted in September for non-payment of rent, the United People of Canada want a court to set aside their ousting. Last summer, the United People had made an offer to buy the property and arranged a rent payment schedule, which the court deemed they had missed. The landlord has confirmed that he has received the notice of appeal. The United People have opened ‘consulates’ on Wellington Street in Toronto, Prince George, BC, and an unknown location in Vancouver.  (Ottawa Citizen)

    🌋 Seismic activity

    • A minor earthquake, three on the Richter scale, was recorded between Manotick and Greely on Tuesday.  (Barrhaven Independent)


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    • Cold Comfort, the new exhibition featuring artist Ella Morton opens at SPAO. Morton specializes in experimental analogue photographs examining climate change in the Arctic. Opening reception January 13. 
    • January 6 at Stray Dog Brewing, Tim Loten with special guest Emma Houlahan. Both musicians were born and raised in Lanark County. From 8:30pm, tickets $12. 


    • Drop-in Animal Petting. Does your child want a pet but your family does not? Come and meet all things furry, feathered, scaly and more, up close and personal. 1-hour show at 10am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.  Julian of Norwich Anglican Church, 7 Rossland Ave Nepean. $10.


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    Get a free pack of Salted Caramel with orders of over $100 from Blume, until Sunday. Use the code FOREVER at checkout.

    Save $4 on the General Admission price to the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show 2023 at the EY Centre, January 19-22. 

    Canadian brand Fortnight Lingerie has marked some items down to 60% off the regular price. 

    If your wardrobe could use some additional cozy basics head to the Franc End-Of-Season Sale, where there are good discounts on many items. 

    Made in Canada PJ sets are 30% off at 49th Apparel.


    You don't have to suggest shawarma. Darren loves shawarma, Darren has had plenty of Ottawa shawarma. Suggesting shawarma is just saying 'A special Ottawa birthday dinner for Darren? Just have what you had yesterday.’

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


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