All is not simple over the Lansdown Deal.
City staff has recommended [PDF] to council that the 30-year agreement with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group be amended to help the Group navigate the pandemic.
It involves giving the group access to a $4.7 million reserve fund of money meant to cover unforeseen maintenance, extending its lease an extra ten years – to 2054 – and maybe the crux of the thing, extending the $1 per year lease of the retail and restaurant area to 2066. The current deal says that the City will receive half of the profits from that part of the site starting 2056.
Councillor Shawn Menard is calling foul and says that the deal was done behind closed doors and benefits the group much more than the City.
To that end, Menard is organising a public meeting to discuss it over Zoom tomorrow at 6pm. You can RSVP here.
The City’s finance’s committee will vote on the proposal Thursday. If you'd like to speak, send an email to [email protected]
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 21°
Ottawan of the Day: Hailey Salvian. Salvian is the reporter assigned to cover the Ottawa Senators for the subscription sports site, The Athletic. [Faces Magazine]
Quote: “Ottawa has always been my favourite” – Alex Trebek, who considered Sudbury, Toronto, and Ottawa his hometowns. Trebek died yesterday at the age of 80 [Ottawa Citizen]
Public Health Reports:
There have been 7324 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 185 since Friday, and 341 deaths, seven new reports.
There have been 2770 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 124 since Friday, and 56 deaths, five new reports.
There have been 676 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since Friday, and 26 deaths, no new reports.
⭕ Due to social distancing, more opiod users are taking the drug alone and consequently, accidental deaths are rising [CBC]
⭕ Complacency and insufficient public health measures are why Canada is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases [CBC]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️César Ndéma-Mousa and Ketcia Peters have quit the Ottawa Police Service's community equity council. Ndéma-Mousa blamed a ‘failure of leadership” in the council over the acquittal of Constable Daniel Montsion in the death of Abdirahman Abdi for his resignation. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️To no one’s surprise, Whole Foods reverses ferret on staff wearing poppies. They don’t do poppies in the United States, home of Whole Foods’ head office, so they were probably completely blindsided on why Canadians care. The real priority may have been preventing staff from wearing Black Lives Matter masks. [CBC]
▪️National Capital Commission CEO Tobi Nussbaum is in favour of a big tram loop connecting the downtowns of Ottawa and Gatineau. It's important to note that this idea is not coming from either OC Transpo or STO, so it will require some buy in from either or both transport authorities [Ottawa Citizen]
+ Related Ottawa wants the planned extension of the STO to Ottawa to build a tunnel under Sparks Street, adding $500 million to the cost. The City of Ottawa is not on the hook for any costs.
▪️Nurses, nursing assistants, and attendants at the Hull and Gatineau hospitals are protesting the Quebec government. New rules say the health professionals can be moved from hospital to hospital at will, may be forced to change schedules last minute or pick up additional shifts and work in departments they may not be trained in [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The men's world curling championships will be moved from Ottawa to Calgary. The championships were scheduled to play at TD Place in April. The Scotties and the Brier, scheduled for Thunder Bay and Kelown respectively, are also being moved to Calgary, where they will play in a bubble. [CBC]
9 Locally made womenswear gifts
This gift list of Ottawa-designed womenswear is bound to bring joy on Christmas morning. Not only are these thoughtfully constructed garments stylish, but they can be traced back to a local, fair-paid sewing team or even a solitary designer-maker herself. Many of these designers make their items to order, and it doesn't get more slow fashion than that.
▫️ Underwear – made in Ottawa!
▫️ Midnight Knits hand knit toques, headbands, and mittens from cotton and wool.
▫️ Stephanie Davis is a womenswear and costume designer who makes many of her collection pieces herself. Her website and blog contain lots of useful information about fabric and its proper care. We love the “Stretchy Tucks Pant,” which is fitted, high-waisted, and stretchy. $189.
▫️ Blondie Apparel. Based in Almonte, you’ll find women’s dresses, tops, and accessories in cozy fabrics at Blondie Apparel. We bought the toque, which is one-size-fits-all and comes in your choice of four colours for $35.
▫️ Twiss and Weber. They closed their Sussex Drive bricks and mortar shop in October, but you can still shop online, where you'll find one of a kind, handmade womenswear that will travel from your 9am Zoom meeting to a quick trip to the grocery store.
▫️ Tangente. Think jersey tunics and knit kimono cardigans in dreamy florals (from $90). You can buy Tangente from their website, at Workshop and Flock stores (see below), or online.
▫️ Studio D clothing is designed and manufactured in-house in Ottawa. Top picks: the knee wrap dresses, cozy bamboo tunics, terry joggers, and stretch cord pants. Available online and at Flock Boutique.
▫️ Muriel Dombret [Clothes] The eponymous Muriel was born in Belgium but moved to Canada and opened her boutique in 1992. She says she makes "Timeless minimalistic designs for the modern woman.” We're saving up for the “Emily” cardigan with pockets, in grey $208
▫️ You'll discover sweatshirts with cute elbow patches, reversible bomber jackets, and personalized sweaters at Copious. Even better, until December 20 shipping is free on orders over $70 in both Ontario and Quebec .
▫️ If you want an in-person shopping experience, head to Workshop Studio & Boutique or sister store Flock Boutique, both of which stock fashion by designers from Ottawa and further afield in Canada. They also stock own-brand Christmas ornaments, jewellery, and prints. Workshop Studios + Boutique 242 1/2 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, K1N 7E2 Flock Boutique: 1275 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, K1Y 3A6
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