Welcome back to the real first week of the new year. We're happy that all that excess chocolate is finally gone, we’re less happy that the world has stopped being in holiday mode and gone back to the grind.

This leads to next Monday, known as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. 

We're open to suggestions: What can we – and you – do this week to turn Blue Monday into a brighter colour. Let us know

– Martha and Darren


ottawa historic logo t-shirts

Ottawa Journal T-Shirt

The Ottawa Journal began in 1885, edited by the legendary William Dafoe, later of the Winnipeg Free Press. It was closed in 1980.

Help support the ottawan by buying one of our historic logo t-shirts. 




    • ❄️  A few flurries or rain showers. High of 1°, low of -13°


    • 150,000
    • – The approximate number of people in Ottawa who do not have a primary doctor. (CityNews)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Toon Dreessen, David Allston, and Centretown Citizens Association Anti-Racism Group
    • The two residents and the Group have all received awards from the Federation of Citizens' Associations in Ottawa. The City Builder Award for Dreessen, Excellence in Community Media Award for Allston, and the Achievement Award for Centretown Community Association Anti-Racism Group. (Federation of Citizens' Associations [PDF])


    • I remember when I first joined, I didn’t know how to tell a male from a female hairy woodpecker or a male from a female northern flicker 
    • – Kanata resident David O’Neill, who volunteers for Feeder Watch. Twenty thousand people across North America pick a spot and count birds every year. ( Maryann Enns in Capital Current)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Seattle Kraken 8 last Saturday
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 5 – Owen Sound Attack 1 last night; Ottawa 67s 4 – Niagara IceDogs 1 last Friday
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 3 – Les Remparts de Québec 4 last Saturday


    🚊 O Pain

    •  OC Transpo has hired STV Inc. to ’closely monitor’ maintenance of the O Train a month after the provincial Light Rail inquiry recommended that a monitor be hiredThe Inquiry found that the monitoring was necessary after, among other things, it found that former City head of Transporation, John Manconi, misled City council on the readiness of the system before launching. Manconi retired a day before the Inquiry released its report.

      Now working in private industry, John Manconi is the senior vice-president of STV Inc. STV says that its senior vice-president won’t be involved in its work with OC Transpo. (Michael Woods at CTV)
    • Disruptions on the O Train will continue tomorrow as some carriages are still stuck on the tracks. Three dozen passengers were stranded last week as ice caused three carriages to stop between stations. Later, after the passengers were evacuated, the engineers tried sending trains with ice scrapers, further damaging the overhead cable. A replacement bus runs between the closed uOttawa and Tremblay stations. (Trevor Pritchard at the CBC

    🤼 New Hires in the Mayor’s Office

    • Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe is filling out his office. Former ByWard Market Business Improvement Area executive director Kalin McCluskey is now director of policy; public relations strategist Daniel-Guillaume Stringer is now principal secretary; former student politics activist Liam Harrington continues as special assistant, community relations; and food entrepreneur Tej Dulat is the new director of community relations. We previously mentioned that director of policy to former Mayor Jim Watson, Robyn Guest, has been hired as chief of staff. (Taylor Blewett in the Ottawa Citizen

    🗓️ These are the days of the Week

    ⛪ St Brigid’s

    • The owner of St Brigid’s Church in Lowertown says the building needs fixing after ousting the United People of Canada, and that some items are missing. The owner says a lighting system was dismantled and sleeping areas were built in various parts of the building. He also says that his sound system has been removed. The United People say they had permission to remove or sell itemsinside the church. (Ted Raymond at CTV)
    • Incidently, the Irish Pub inside the Church, St. Brigid’s Well, has reopened.

    Click here to feature your event


    • We heard yesterday that Carlington Coffee House is starting a bi-weekly book club. DM the Merivale Road coffee joint for details. 
    • Glebe Central Pub could possibly see some love connections this evening, at the Ding Dong Dating Ottawa event.This special, curated dating event features fun and games, and also happily coincides with the pub’s 1/2 Price Wing Night. $27 per person. 779 Bank St.


    • Practice drawing the human form on Tuesdays at Art House. From 7:00pm to 9:30pm you’ll have the chance to draw nude models. Bring your own drawing supplies. $12. 555 Somerset St. 
    • Dig into that big collection of pop culture knowledge in your brain, with a visit to Trivia Night at Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill Lansdowne. Free of charge. 425 Marché Way. 



    the ottawan t-shirt


    Wear the only belogoed t-shirt authorized by the ottawan itself.


    There’s a beer sale on at Broken Stick Brewing Company. Receive 20% off selected beers throughout January. 

    Get a free gift with orders over $120 from Bkind

    Yoga Jeans’ Boxing Sale ends at 11:59pm tonight. Save 20% on new items site wide, on orders over $150.


    Darren suggests painting the cats red with food colouring as doing something cheerful. Martha suggests if Darren did so, then his taking a test walk on the Ottawa river ice would brighten her week.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


    🗣️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.

    ⏩ Was this edition of the ottawan forwarded to you? Sign up here.

    ❓ Missed a number? View our archive here.

    More from the ottawan