Thursday, January 4 2023


❄️ Light Snow
High 0° Low -8°
🌞 7:42 am🌛4:32 pm


⛅ Scattered Clouds
High -1° Low -7°
🌞 7:42 am🌛4:33 pm



The City has opened a survey on commemerative names.

Over 350 streets, parks, and facilities are named after individuals and the City would like to both update the way it names things and refresh the pool of possible eponyms.

Tell the City what you think here.

– Martha and Darren


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    •  City Hall Agenda
    •  What Ottawa is Talking About
    •  Events
    •  Deals of the Day


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      • 1 out of 6
      • – The number of times that snow removal companies have been out this year versus the number of times they usually would have. Most snow removal companies are paid in advance so they are not hurting this year. (Natalie van Rooy at CTV)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Susanne Kelly
      • –  The special constable with the Ottawa Police Service has organized winter clothing at the Ottawa Courthouse for over 20 years. Noticing that some people released from jail or from court at night or in winter have no warm clothes, Kelly has collected donations to ensure people don’t freeze. Donations of coats and books are currently being accepted at the Ottawa Courthouse, 161 Elgin St. (David Fraser at CBC)


      • I was at the storage locker for about a month before I got discovered

      • – John Grant Yusak describing where he lived after being evicted from his house. There are an estimated 218 people who live outside in Ottawa right now but Yusak believes the number is much higher. He describes people consistently living in cars in a Walmart parking lot, staying inside at the Ottawa International Airport, constantly riding a bus with a bus pass to stay warm, or in a corner at hospitals. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)



      What’s going on at City Hall

      No meetings until January 16.


      📽️ Mickey Mouse Film

      •  The new Mickey Mouse horror movie was filmed in OttawaMickey’s Mouse Trap, which looks absolutely terrible even for horror film lovers, was filmed at the Funhaven Arcade on Baxter Avenue. The interest in the film comes because as of Jan 1, the character of Mickey Mouse has entered the public domain in the United States (Mickey entered the public domain in Canada in 2017 due to differing laws).(Sheena Goodyear at the CBC)

      🖼️ National Museums

      •  The Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada will be closed from Monday until next Friday. The closure is for annual maintenance. The Museum of Agriculture and Food Museum of Science and Technology, and Museum Aviation and Space will remain open all week. (Lynn Saxberg in the Ottawa Citizen)

      🏎️ Speeding

      •  Resident says that City is measuring for speeding cars on the wrong side of the road. The City has removed traffic calming measures on section of Hunter’s Run between Beausejour Drive and Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard because it did not seem that cars were speeding. However, residents say the measuring equipment is counting the wrong direction. (Katelyn Wilson at CTV)

      🚊 O Train

      •  CTV says the City and OC Transpo continue to refuse to answer questions about the pieces of falling ceiling at the St Laurent tunnel. The O Train was stopped for seven hours on Tuesday after pieces of concrete fell onto the tracks. OC Transpo says it's a veneer and not representative of a serious issue. Several City councillors say they will be bringing up the issue at the next Transit Commission meeting. (Leah Larocque at CTV)

      🏠 CHEO Dream House

      •  Tanya Lalonde of Gatineau has won the prize in this year’s CHEO Dream House lottery. Besides the house, Lalonde also receives $100,000, bi-weekly home cleaning for a year, an electric 2023 Mustang Mach, a $5,000 Farm Boy gift card, 50 $100 gas cards, and moving services. Okay, you didn’t win the house and money and electric Ford Mustang but you can check your ticket here to see if you won that Moxies gift card. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      💸 Donovan Burey’s Weekly Grocery Review

      • Looks like the deals of the week are prosciutto at Adonis ($2.29 / 100 g) and onions/carrots at 97¢ for a 2 lb bag. (Reddit Ottawa)

      💸 Martha's Sticker Shock of the Day 

      •  I was able to buy a No Name frozen pizza for $2.99 but the same store (No Frills) wanted to charge me $4.61 for a single, mid-sized Butternut Squash, thus my New Year's resolution is fewer veg, more pizza. 




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      •  If you resolved to shake up your career in 2024, you should visit the careers page of Invest Ottawa. There are openings in Marketing and Communications, Operations, Venture Development, and more.

      •  Get a new perspective about happiness. Learn how to transform your mind in order to gain wellbeing at Happiness From A Different Source: How Meditation Changes Everything. The talk will be led by Gen Kelsang Thekchen, a Kadampa Buddhist monk. Tickets $20 (or $25 at the door). Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

      •  It’s Bingo Thursday at Broadhead Brewery. No reservations required.



      •  Albert Kaprielian Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Blues Sessions with Guest Host Jameson Mackay. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  SH-BOOM Vintage Instrumental / Vocal Funk, Soul, R&B, and Rare Grooves. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  Open Mic Night. Stray Dog Brewing



      •  If anyone knows something that's going on, please let us know


      •  Jamie Douglas. D’arcy Magee’s

      •  Southern Comfort (duo). Overflow Brewing

      •  Brent Dickie Duo. Black Donald’s Bar, Calabogie Peaks Ski Lodge

      •  SH-BOOM. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Mod Nite: 19602 Rock & Soul Dance Party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  White Rabbit: Trevor Walker, Rise Ashen, Rick Laplante. City at Night

      •  Nelson Colt Band. Brew Revolution


      Just Announced

      •  With the holidays winding down, it’s time to talk February 14. Gather your squad to take Côte Fleurs’ Galentine’s Day Workshop, where you’ll learn everything you need to know to make a personalised vase arrangement. Do the arrangement on its own ($85), or add on a hot drink or even a full high tea menu. February 4.

      •  Whisky Wonderland returns to Hammond Golf & Country Club on the weekend of February 22-24. Join other aficionados for classes, panels, shopping, live music, ice sculpting, and more.


      Get deals on bikes, accessories, and apparel in the Full Cycle Winter Sale.

      Select acrylic paints are 25% off at DeSerres. The deal ends on January 28.

      There are lots of deals to be found in the EMK Fall/Winter 2023 sale.

      Blueberry Blossom Honey by GeesBees Honey Company is 20% off this month.


      Michael Curran of the Ottawa Business Journal and Susan Richards of virtual bookkeepers numbercrunch have a new podcast on how artificial intelligence will affect the tech scene of Ottawa. They also interview executives from two artificial intelligence companies based here, Esprit-ai and 



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