Monday, December 18 2023


🌨️ Rain + Snow
High 6° Low 2°
🌞7:37 am🌛4:20 pm


❄️ Light Snow
High 1° Low -4°
🌞 7:38 am🌛4:21 pm



Last minute gift ideas

  1. Go downtown and shop in person for locally made jewellery, hats, mitts and more at Eclection in the Byward Market. The shop is open seven days a week.
  2. Take your beer loving friend to a sipping experience in January or February. The Spark Beer Sippin’ Sessions will be a pleasant hour of sipping and stories as the brewers take you through the beer making process.
  3. Hop in the car and visit Ashton Brewing Company, where you’ll find very nice merch fit for every craft beer fan. 113 Old Mill Road, Ashton Ontario
  4. MacAusland Wool Blankets from PEI are on sale at Maker House.
  5. Your DJ friend will love the Wooden Record Ledge ($29.95) from M.H. Woodshop. Available at Maker House.
  6. Flowers Talk Tivoli has cute pins with sayings like “You Grow, Girl” ($7.50), plant stakes in cute shapes ($10..00), ornaments (various prices), and Canadian made chocolate (One More Cocoa, $12.50). They’re open for IRL shopping Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 282 Richmond Road.
  7. This week is your final opportunity to purchase the Taste of Local Gift Box from the Beechwood Market Farm Store (open 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 1805 Gaspé).
  8. For the friend or family member who loves getting stuck into a juicy tell-all book over Christmas, Secondhand Stories has a good selection selection of Memoirs and Biographies, none costing more than $5. They also have cookbooks, fiction, and more. Your payment supports Secondhand Stories’ animal sanctuary.

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      • 7,510
      • – The expanded capacity of The Arena at TD Place. Extra seats in the upper bowl were put on sale after the first ever league match of Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team sold out the regular 5,000 seats. The first match is Jan 2 against Montréal. TicketMaster has marked the night as sold out(Ted Raymond at CTV)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Lynn Roy
      • –  The Greely resident was name checked in the Provincial Parliament by Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari, who stated ‘Madam Speaker, Lynn is proof that there really are angels among us’.
      • Roy, who works at the LCBO, founded the Home for Alternative Learning and Motivational Strategies school which allows impoverished children living in the San Pedro, Philippines  garbage dump to attend school, and to also have breakfast and lunch every day. Roy has donated all her LCBO pay cheques to the school.
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      • It's definitely a labour of love, but there’s so much to learn from this

      • – Dr. Angela Crawley on her team of researchers at the Stop the Spread COVID-19 project. Crawley is lamenting the dwindling funding for COVID 19 research. (Trevor Pritchard at CBC



      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Vegas Golden Knights 6 last night
      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Dallas Stars 5 last Friday


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Nothing more until the new year.



      🚨 Israel – Hamas

      •  An Ottawa youth has been arrested on terrorism charges that allegedly targeted Jews. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police made the arrest but, because the suspect is a minor, are not releasing much information. However, the Mounties alledge that the suspect ‘instructed someone, directly or indirectly, to carry out a terrorist activity against “Jewish persons”’ and communicated ‘instructional material related to an explosive substance’. (Daniel LeBlanc at CBC)

        The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs wants police to investigate the suspect’s father’s posts on Facebook made in the wake of the Oct 7 Hamas attack. Translations from Arabic ‘refer to Zionists and Jews in a derogatory manner, while one says to get rid of all Israelis’. (Stewart Bell, Mercedes Stephenson, Mackenzie Gray & Mike Drolet at Global News)

        ➕ Related The provincial Special Investigations Unit has been called after an Ottawa Police Service officer shot at the driver of a stolen car. Before the shots, the driver reversed the car, hitting an officer; after the shots, the driver hit a police car. The police officer was uninjured, the fate of the driver is unknown.

      🚨 Ottawa Police Services Board

      •  Remember when Ottawa Police Services board chair Gail Beck resigned on Friday for ‘personal reasons’. Those personal reasons turned out to be the fact that her son was arrested over what the Ottawa Police called the ‘Largest Drug Bust’ in Ottawa’s history. (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress)

      ⛺  Encampments

      •  A private developer will be installing heated tents for people without houses in Gatineau starting today. Twenty-eight tents will be erected in front of the Robert-Guertin arena in Hull. Camping beds, a source of electricity, toilets, and heated showers will be available. The site will be created by by Devcore Construction and managed by campaigners Itinérance Zéro. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      🛠️ Planning Department

      •  The City has a new interim general manager of Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development, replacing the previous interim general manager of Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development. Civil engineer Vivi Chi has spent 35 years with the City in its two forms, Region of Ottawa-Carleton, then the amalgamated City of Ottawa. The previous interim general manager, Don Herweyer, is retiring after 36 years. Chi will hold the position until a permanent general manager is hired. (Ottawa Construction News)

        ➕ Related Two proposed residential towers are on pause after the Province rolled back its greenbelt expansion. The Province had unilaterally increased building heights on minor road corridors as part of opening part of the greenbelt to development. After rolling back the greenbelt reduction, the building heights were also reduced. The two developments are at 725 Somerset St. West and 1495 Heron Road.

      ⚕️ Matthew Perry

      •  The actor Matthew Perry's death is being blamed on ‘acute effects’ of ketamine. Perry, whose mom was press secretary for then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, drowned in a pool at his Los Angeles home in October. The Los Angeles county medical examiner said that he had not abused drugs for 19 months but a combination of ketamine, which can be used to combat depression, and buprenorphine, which can be used to treat opioid abuse disorder were at ‘general anesthesia’ levels while he was in the pool. (Jenna Benchetrit at CBC)



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      •  Tonight, take in a Canadian supergroup’s festive show. A Lunch at Allen’s Christmas features Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan performing the hits they wrote for themselves and other bands.
      •  You know everything there is to know about the Harry Potter movie universe. Bring that knowledge to Boston Pizza Barrhaven (1681 Greenback Road) for the Prisoner of Azkaban trivia night.
      •  The Magic of Lights continues at Wesley Clover Parks.

      •  Bluegrass Mondays featuring Open Stage with the House Band. Red Bird

      •  Open Mic Night. Art House Café

      •  Karaoke Mondaze. Atomic Rooster


      •  Free soup: Students from Chef Ric’s Food Services Training Program will be joined by members of the Byward Market District Authority in serving free hot soup on the George Street Plaza in front of the market building from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

      •  It’s not often that you get to hear 150 young musicians play holiday tunes, classical, and jazz favourites. Hear some feel good music for free at the OrKidstra Centre Hub Holiday Concert (donations are welcome). 6:30 pm at 355 Cooper Street.

      •  Settle in for the stories as Bear & Co present Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (& Carol Sing). At GCTC until December 21.

      •  The Magic of Lights continues at Wesley Clover Parks.


      •  Crisis Party, Passenger Princess, Lazy Brats, Big Now. House of TARG.

      •  Open Mic Night. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Open Mic. The Brass Monkey


      •  The Magic of Lights continues at Wesley Clover Parks.


      •  Laila Biali. National Arts Centre

      •  Trivia with DJ Geoff Paquet. Spark Beer

      •  Jennifer Castle. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Jazz Jams with the Peter Hum Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •   If a roast chicken is your ideal Christmas dinner, Maker Feed Co has a Christmas dinner for two you’ll want to hear about. It’s a half slow roasted chicken with all the trimmings, and all you’ll need to do on the big day is reheat it in the oven for 10 minutes. Order it now for $69.99 (for two) and pick up between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on December 24. If your group is larger you can order more portions.

      •  Think ahead to Boxing Day. You’re feeling a little let down after the excitement and food of the past few weeks. You need a distraction. How about an electrifying live music performance, charting the rise of legendary band The Temptations? Ain’t Too Proud brings the hits and Tony-award winning dance numbers to the NAC December 26 through 31.


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      Save up to 80% in the Melissa Nepton Boxing Day Sale. You don’t need a code; discounts will be applied at checkout.

      Save up to 70% in the Arctic Bay Christmas 2023 sale.


      Ottawa Urbanism Book Club organizer Derrick Simpson made a trip to Toronto to last week and had some positive things to say that Ottawa could learn from.



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