Issue 666 Volume 3 Number 166

The Ottawan



It's Friday, December 9, 2022 and we recognize a good idea when we see one. Gatineau police have set up special ‘neutral zones’ in two parking lots where people who have bought and sold items online can meet, monitored by video camera. The two sites are 590 Gréber Boulevard and 777 de la Carrière Boulevard.

More for the Weekend

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▪️613flea brings the Holiday Market to Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Paviliontonight, where they’ll promising we’ll find something called Hot Chocolate 👏Topped 👏with 👏Sponge 👏Toffee (👏 by Martha). This sounds utterly glorious. 5:00pm to 10:00pm at 1015 Bank St. 


▪️Afrotechture presents a Holiday Pop-Up, where you'll find Afro-Caribbean businesses selling textiles, skincare, jewellery, and food and drink. This is a kid-friendly event. 1805 Gaspé Ave. 

▪️To mark International Human Rights Day (Saturday December 10), Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and the Canadian Federation of University Women–Ottawa will march to the Human Rights Monument in solidarity with Afghan women. Meet at 80 Wellington at Metcalfe at 12:45pm. The march will begin at 1:00pm.

▪️Do your shopping to the sounds of a live band at the Mavericks Rockin Christmas Market. 5:00pm to midnight at 221 Rideau St. 


Next week

Book your tickets to Breakfast with Santa, a hearty pancake feast to aid OSEG Foundation’s sports programs for kids and youth.The later brekkie is sold out but you can still book the 8:30am to 10:30am slot. $15 for children and $20 for adults. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ Bicycle Brewery’s Neighbourhood Holiday Beer N’ Bites box is a collaboration with other great small businesses. Find goodies from Pickle and Myrrh, Eipcuria, Thyme & Again, Little Victories Coffee, and Hummingbird Chocolate alongside the delicious beer, all for $110. When you order, you’ll also receive 10% off any merch you add to your cart. 

2️⃣ Use the code SHOPLOCAL at Muttonhead for 25% off regularly priced hoodies, crews and sweatpants. 

3️⃣ This weekend, get a free candle in one of five fragrances with the purchase of two pieces from the Détente collection at Mandala. 

4️⃣  Tate & Yoko’s Cashmere Blend Denim is 20% off this weekend only. 

5️⃣ There’s a flash sale on select earrings, pendants, necklaces and cuffs at Cyntia Miglio this weekend. Use the code FLASH40 to receive 40% off.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌞 Sunny. High of -1°, low of -10°. 

Number:  90. The number of years that the Mayfair Theatre has been screening films, debuting with The Blue Danube on Dec 5, 1932. [Glebe Report]

Ottawan of the Day: Sridaya Srivatsan. The performing artist has released a new video of her demonstration of the South Indian art form, Natyam, at the Dominion Arboretum and the Rideau Canal Locks.   [Apt 613] [YouTube]

Quote: ‘The Ottawa Treaty is an important part of Canadian diplomatic history’ – Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, at a commeration of the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty to Ban Landmines. In 1997, representatives of 22 countries came to Ottawa and signed the pact to ban anti-personnel landmines. Since then 30 countries that were heavily mined are now free of the weapons. [Carleton University]

Sports: Last night NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Dallas Stars 4 OHL Ottawa 67s 3 – Windsor Spitfires 5 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 4 – Cape Breton Eagles 3 

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▪️Former mayor Jim Watson accepts 'full responsibility for the project's shortcomings'. The O Train Inquiry blamed the Bay resident for keeping Council in the dark about problems with the light rapid transit build accused him of pressuring the system to be opened before it was ready. In a written statement, Watson had a special thank-you for former City Manager Steve Kanellakos ‘for his steadfast leadership, professionalism and integrity’. The Inquiry found that Kanellakos made a ‘deliberate effort’ to mislead council.  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related OC Transpo passengers are at 58 per cent of pre-pandemic ridership.

▪️An Ottawa Police superintendent has been criminally charged with allegedly grooming and sexually assaulting a woman. The superintendent is charged with one count each of sexual assault, sexual assault while in a position of trust, power or authority, and breach of trust against a woman who he recruited to the Service after meeting her in a gym. The case has not yet been heard in court. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Kerfuffle at the press gallery. Ottawa-based publishers Blacklock’s Reporter claim that the Ottawa Press Gallery has kicked them out of the National Press Building, escorting managing editor Tom Korski out by ‘armed police’. The Press Gallery president says that he received complaints and that an arbitration process did not work out. He also says that the ban applies for only 90 days, it applies to the Press Gallery offices only, and as Korski is a member he can still enter the houses of Parliament as a journalist. Blacklock’s Reporter points out that it is the only publication eligible for Federal journalism funds that refuses to accept said funds. Le Droit’s Hélène Buzzetti says the issue is over the Blacklock’s Reporter reporter not wearing headphones in the collective workspace. [Blacklock’s Reporter]

▪️Porter Airlines is now flying to Toronto’s Pearson Airport. While young urban creatives should be happy that the design-friendly boutique airline will still fly its propeller-driven Dash 8s to Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop City airport, the new Ottawa to Pearson route will feature new fangled 90-ish seat Brazillian jets. The new jets will also create new Toronto to Vancouver and Montréal routes. The new destinations begin in February, and as always, Porter features free WiFi. [CTV]

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