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      • $1,500
      • – The amount in fines received by ‘No Christmas as Usual’ marchers Saturday from Ottawa ByLaw over the noise from loudspeakers and megaphones. Three tickets were issued to the protestors, who were calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to Canadian arms sales to Israel. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

      Ottawan of the Day


      • Sooner or later, content is going to have to be king again

      • – Rick Morrison, president of Big Jump animation, who has noticed that the industry has cut back productions after the highs of the Pandemic. (Matthew Kupfer ·at CBC



      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Pittsburgh Penguins 4 last Saturday


      🚨 Ottawa Police Services Board

      •  The Ottawa Police Services Board has accepted a recommendation from the City’s auditor general over sharing information. During the Convoy siege, board members complained that the Board chair was not relaying all the information she received to the other board members. The new rule means the Chair must provide a formal report or briefing at a Board meeting.  (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen)

      🎭 Elegy

      •  Geoff Gruson, president of the Ottawa Little Theatre, has died aged 56. Besides serving on the Board, Gruson had acted in 51 Little Theatre plays and directed 24. His most recent role was as Ebenezer Scrooge in this December’s sold out run of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley. Outside of theatre, he worked as a management consultant for clients such as IBM, Federal departments, and for Interpol. A celebration of life will be held at the Ottawa Little Theatre on Saturday, January 13th at 2:00 pm. (Ottawa Citizen)



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      Today (December 27), Tomorrow (December 28), Friday (December 28)




      •  EP Release Party: Gregor Sneddon & The Heaters. The Rainbow Room

      •  Laugh, please. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Irene's Blues Sessions. Irene's Pub & Restaurant




      •  Nebula Organ Trio Record Release with The Golden Egg Band After Party. Irene's Pub & Restaurant

      •  Internet Celebrities. Montgomery Scotch Lounge


      Just Announced / now booking

      •  OttawaMusicals is back after a three year absence with Sleeping Beauty: An Annual Panto (tonight through January 7). Tickets are going fast, with the best availability January 2 through 7.


      The Ottawa Public Library has released the annual list of its most requested books. This year, the most requested titles were:

      Adult (English)

      1. Spare by Prince Harry
      2. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
      3. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
      4. Happy Place by Emily Henry
      5. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
      6. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
      7. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
      8. Ducks by Kate Beaton
      9. Meet Meat the Lake by Carley Fortune
      10. Everyone Here is Lying by Shari LaPena

      Teen Fiction (English)

      1. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
      2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
      3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
      4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
      5. If He Had Been with Me by Nowlin, Laura


      Teen Graphic Novels (English)

      1. Demon Slayer (series) by Koyoharu Gotoge
      2. One Piece (series) by Eiichiro Oda
      3. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
      4. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
      5. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

      Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction (English)

      1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney
      2. Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West
      3. Minecraft (multiple titles and authors)
      4. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
      5. Bad Guys (series) by Aaron Blabey

      Picture Books (English)

      1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh by Mo Willems (and other Pigeon books by Mo Willems)
      2. The Sour Grape by Jory John (and other books in the Food Group series)
      3. Pete the Cat series by James Dean
      4. The Class Trip by Robert Munsch
      5. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

      Adult (French)


      1. Que notre joie demeure by Kevin Lambert
      2. Rose à l’île by Michel Rabagliati
      3. Veiller sur elle by Jean-Baptiste Andrea
      4. Qimmik by Michel Jean
      5. La vie de ma mère by Nathalie Petrowski
      6. Les angoisses de ma prof de chinois by Jean-François Lépine
      7. Je ferai le tour du monde by Alexandra Szacka
      8. Psychopompe by Amélie Nothomb
      9. L’Arabe du futur by Riad Sattouf (BD series)
      10. Les vents contraires by Louise Tremblay d’Essiambre

      Teen Fiction (French)

      1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (series)
      2. Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (series)
      3. Le prince cruel by Holly Black
      4. Juliette à Boston by Rose-Line Brasset
      5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

      Teen Graphic Novels (French)

      1. La rose écarlate by Patricia Lyfoung (series)
      2. Naruto by Mashashi Kisimoto (series)
      3. Princesse Sara by Audrey Alwett (series)
      4. Bone by Jeff Smith (series)
      5. La vie compliquée de Léa Olivier by Alcante (series)

      Children’s Fiction and Non-fiction (French)

      1. Les Méchants by Aaron Blabey (series)
      2. Le club des baby-sitters by Ann. M. Martin (series)
      3. Défense d'entrer by Caroline Héroux (series) / Nutshimit: Un bain de forêt by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, illustrated by Élise Gravel
      4. Le petit prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry
      5. Alerte: culottes meutrières: fausses nouvelles, désinformation et théories du complot by Élise Gravel

      Children’s Graphic Novels (French)

      1. Les Légendaires by Patrick Sobral (series)
      2. L'agent Jean by Alex A. (series)
      3. Super chien by Dav Pilkey (series)
      4. Le club des baby-sitters by Various authors and illustrators (series)
      5. Ariol by Emmanuel Guibert (Series)

      Picture Books (French)

      1. Le voleur de feuilles by Alice Hemming
      2. J'aime l'automne by Kim Dean
      3. Le nuit de l'Halloween by James Dean
      4. Cinq petites citrouilles by James Dean / Le monstre des couleurs va à l'école by Anna Llenas / Une montagne de feuilles by Robert Munsch
      5. C'est mon corps! by Élise Gravel



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