Issue 675 Volume 3 Number 175

The Ottawan



It's Tuesday, December 20, 2022 and we’re intrigued by the news that the 5.5 km Le Sentier Du Petit Pingouin skateway on a Gatineau golf course may be open by Christmas

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It’s now or never: Shop in Ottawa

Are you willing to gamble that your purchases will be delivered by Christmas? If not, you can find many of Canada’s coolest brands in Ottawa’s own stores. Or how about a spa gift certificate? Pull on your boots; we’re heading into town. (Links go to shop locators)

🎁 Selv bath, shower and body products are handmade in Montréal. The branding is simple and elegant, and will elevate any bathroom. 

🎁 Bkind produces vegan, cruelty free nail polish, hair and skincare products, and laundry and dish soaps. Produced in Montréal. 

🎁 Rocky Mountain Soap of Canmore BC is more than soap. The handmade products, which are tested on humans, include bath bombs, scrubs, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, and more. r

🎁 Shop natural skin and bath care made in Ottawa at Zoē’s Corner, 5470 Canotek Road Unit 26. 

🎁 Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea delivers wellness experiences such as thermal baths, saunas, and massages. 

🎁 Kōena Spa - Thermal Experience is just across the river in Aylmer, but it feels worlds away. Its 40,000 sq ft of treatment areas offer a getaway from the usual busy day. 

🎁 Uppliva’s 2.5 hour Sauna & Steam Circuit offers a choice of steam rooms, a cold plunge pool, and spa treatments. 


Settle the stresses of the season with the Christmas with Music and Beyond concert, Wed Dec 21 starting at 7:30pm at the Centre Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. You’ll hear the music of JS Bach, Handel, Tchaikovskey, and many more. Please note: Due to illness, Quebec soprano Karina Gauvin will not be performing. 

We’ll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of -2°, low of -9°. But expect a ‘flash freeze’ on Friday.

Number:  10. The Ottawa Public Library has released its 10 most requested books for 2022 list. Number one is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The Library also worked out the 10 most requested books – in both English and French – by teen, children’s fiction, and picture books for children categories. [Ottawa Public Library]

Ottawan of the Day: Naila Moloo. Moloo was named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network  and as Woman of the Year by Toronto Metropolitan University’s business incubator, DMZ. She's 16. [Maclean’s] [TedX talk. When she was 15.]

Quote: ‘I don’t even want to think of the options should we not be able to get this fixed and the damage continues to worse.’ – Navan resident Melany Armstrong whose family still lives in a damaged home after the derecho storm last May. [National Post]

🎄It's too late to order a Historic Logo t-shirt for Christmas delivery

Don't get us wrong – we'll still take the order but there is no guarantee that it will arrive before Christmas. Please don't order one for Christmas delivery.

But it would make a great gift to ring in the New Year, after the fact.

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▪️Ottawa Police say there will not be a repeat of the Convoy siege. The new police chief, Eric Stubbs, has written a letter to Ottawa’s mayor and to the chair of the Police Services Board that says protest vehicles will not be permitted downtown or near areas of national significance. The founder of Canada Unity, one of the groups involved with the Convoy Siege last February, has made an invitation for a reunion next February. [CityNews]

+ Related Stubbs presented a new public delegation proposal to the Police Services Board yesterday. The new procedure would be entirely virtual, limited to 12 delegations at 5 minutes each (with an option to reduce the time to three minutes to fit in more people), and priority given to people who have not spoken in the past quarter. The policy will be discussed in February, after the new police budget has been worked out.

▪️After 150 years, St. Luke's Anglican Church in Chinatown will disband its congregation. A fire in October sent St Luke’s parishioners elsewhere for Sunday service but dwindling membership has caused the congregation to disestablish itself. The 100 year-old building is currently being cleaned and will remain a community hub. [CBC]

▪️James Derouin will remain coach of the Ottawa BlackJacks for the 2023 season. [CityNews]

▪️Take a look at this beautiful rendition of a McIntosh apple by agricultural artist Mary Daisy Arnold. Between 1886 and 1942, the United States Department of Agriculture hired artists to document fruit varieties. The McIntosh apple was developed in South Dundas in 1811. The drawing is in the public domain – maybe we'll make a print of it. [McIntosh Painting] [Slate article]

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