Wednesday, December 6 2023


☁️ Broken Clouds
High -7° Low -17°
🌞 7:27 am🌛4:20 pm


☁️ Overcast Clouds
High -6° Low -18°
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At 8:00 am this morning, Ottawa broke its record with 59 hours of continuous snowfall.

Call 311 if you see someone who requires shelter from the cold. The City has a cold-weather page here.



The flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset tonight to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. December 6 is an opportunity to reflect on violence against women in our society and to remember:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

– Martha and Darren


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  •  In this Q & A with the mega rich founder and former chief executive of Canopy Growth Corp., Bruce Linton, he reveals that his two favourite places to eat in Ottawa are Cyranos and Pita Bell Kabab. He also reveals that his favourite thing about Ottawa is ‘the underdog extra effort that businesses in this city show’.
  •  Danielle Jeffery at Eat the Strip took a reader’s tip to visit My Thai Village in Kanata. One companion said the khao pad-sapparod with pork was a dish he had been seeking in Ottawa for years.
  •  Kiersten Vuorimaki at Apt 613 was ‘was totally blown away by the vermicelli’ at Saigon Boy, noting that ‘I’ve had my fair share of vermicelli in my time’. At Torta Boyz, she says that she shouldn’t tell anyone about the monthly birria night takeover. Reservations are hard to get and the star of the night is ‘the slow-cooked beef that is so tender it melts in your mouth, melty cheese in a taco shell, coated in sauce and pan-fried until crispy’. So, shhhh and watch the Torta Boyz Instagram-. She also liked Dumpling? Dumpling! on Bank Street.



    • 91
    • – The number of years that the Mayfair Theatre has been screening films on Bank Street, as of yesterday. (Mayfair Theatre)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • Yes, the reserves are going down, but by no means are they being used as a subsidy for the tax levy, and they’re exactly where we were planning them to be

    • – Ottawa chief financial officer Cyril Rogers to City Council on the proposed budget which Council had asked to be constrained by a no more than 2.5% rise. $227 million of the 2024 budget will come from the reserves. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

       Related The Citizen has a nice selection of graphs illustrating how the City’s money will be collected and spent in 2024.



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – New York Rangers 2 last night


    What’s going on at City Hall

    No meetings tomorrow


    ⛸️  Rideau Canal

    •  Stay off the Rideau Canal! says the National Capital Commission. It may be frozen over but its not safe for human weight yet. The depth of water beneath the ice varies from one metre (three feet) to 4.3 metres (14 feet). The Commission hopes that, unlike last year, the skateway will reopen this year, possibly mid-January. (National Capital Commission)

    🏆 Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

    •  The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has been honored with three awards from Children’s Healthcare Canada. CHEO’s Kids Come First Health Team received the award for Organizational Leadership, received the Leadership in Family and Person-Centred Care award, and CEO Alex Munter received the Individual Leadership award. Additionally, the Ottawa Citizen’s Bruce Deachman was given the Leadership in Online Media award for his story, ‘The logistics of a crisis: 11 hours behind the scenes at CHEO’. (CHEO)

    🚊 O Train

    •  A passenger forcing the doors and jumping out is what delayed the O Train this morning, says OC Transpo. The Confederation Line train had stopped on the track at 5:36 am while the operator waited for a repair person to come and fix it. A passenger then forced a door, jumped out, and walked down the track, requiring all trains to pause until the area was cleared. Normal service resumed at 6:54 am. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🏠 Carlington

    •  Residents in Carlington oppose a new supportive housing project proposed by the Shepherds of Good Hope. At a public meeting, residents brought up fears of crime and drug use. The Shepherds of Good Hope do not need permission or zoning changes to open its new facility that will house 70 people, the meeting was for communication with the neighbourhood. A building housing 57 people would be closed when the new one opens. (Shaun Vardon at CTV)

    🛫 Ottawa International Airport

    •  Winnipeg is the next city to be connected to Ottawa by Porter Airlines. Porter will fly daily between Winnipeg and Ottawa starting May 16. Outbound flights leave at 9:00 am, return flights leave at 11:40 am. (Newswire) (Porter Airlines)



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    •  Shop with Indigenous artists and makers at the Beandigen Café Holiday Night Market from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Of course you can also purchase great coffee and coffee-related gifts.

    •  Visit Stroked Ego’s Sale & Social event tonight and Saturday, and discover discounts, some special vendor friends, and all kinds of fun shopping. Tonight from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and tomorrow (Saturday December 9) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 131 Bank St.

    •  The Signaures Originals Christmas Craft Sale at the EY Centre brings more than 175 vendors under one roof for a thoroughly Canadian shopping experience. At the EY Centre until Sunday.

    •  Spend the day at Saunders Farm Country Christmas Days, where there’s so much to for the entire family. Shop, play in the snow, have a family photo taken, make something, and eat. Book a day between now and December 23.

    •  Make it a punk Christmas. Limited tickets are still available for The Flatliners, Gob, and A Wilhelm Scream play the Bronson Centre.

    •  Magic of Light continues at Wesley Clover Parks.


    •  Spencer Scarf and Friends. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  A Tyler Shaw Christmas. National Arts Centre Babs Asper Theatre

    •  Jamieson Mackay with guests Beams. Irene’s Pub & Restaurant

    •  Holiday Rocker: Hopper, The New Hires, Neon Ghosthouse. Rainbow Bistro

    •  GOAT! With Matt Luloff, Adeline, Class of 91. Avant-Garde Bar

    •  Boston Levi. Club SAW

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Mark the winter solstice and festive season with Ottawa Chamberfest’s Holiday Extravaganza: Let in the Light! concert on Friday December 15.

    •  More than 150 musicians will take the stage in the OrKidstra Centre Hub Holiday Concert on Tuesday December 19. Enjoy a mix of music, from holiday tunes to jazz and classical. It’s free to attend, and donations to OrKidstra are welcome. If you can’t make it in person, the event will also be livestreamed.

    •  Big Bang! Festival returns to the NAC February 17 and 18, 2024, and promises the usual enormous amount of fun. The line-up combines intimate micro-concerts in small rooms to the big sounds of Les Royal Pickles swing band, the entire family will enjoy the sonic adventure that is Big Bang! Festival.


    Use the code HOLIDAY to receive 50% off tickets to the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show January 18-21 2024 at EY Centre.

    Tickets to Saunders Farm 2023 A Country Christmas Holiday Light Stroll are discounted when you purchase online.

    Keep your feet warm this winter with the Made-In-Toronto thermal Merino Outdoors socks. They’re 40% off until December 11.

    Select bath products are 20% off at Barefoot Venus, until December 7.


    Linda Seccaspina has been writing her local history blog for years, but we’re fascinated by what seems to be her dairy week. Histories of local dairies in Ottawa and Almonte and so much more.



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