Thursday, December 14 2023


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If you’re looking for a job, the City of Ottawa is hiring. 

The search for a new City Clerk begins today, as advertised on popular sites such as the Association of Municipal ManagersClerks and Treasurers of Ontario), Municipal Information Network NewsFederation of Canadian Municipalities, and LinkedIn.

Pay is between $161,728.84 - $204,529.78 and you will have to be bilingual. There is no requirement that the successful applicant must come to work on OC Transpo.

If this sounds like you, apply here.

– Martha and Darren


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    • 4.5 per cent
    • – The average amount that Ottawa house values will increase in 2024, believes Royal LePage. For the average-priced single-family detached home worth $850,000, that will be an increase in value to $888,250 next year. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • George Veitch
    • –  The City View homeowner was randomly chosen to be audited by the City for the Vacant Unit Tax declaration. Vietch, who had lived in the house with his wife and his son for four years, had declared the house occupied. 

      In the check, the City asked for any two of ‘seven or more months of utility bills; vehicle registration or insurance documentation; government-issued ID; or government correspondence with the occupant’s name and address on it’. Veitch considered the request onerous and wrote to the City that he would not be doing its work for them. He did suggest that a City official could drive by and knock on the door.
    • Eventually, the City relented. There are currently 1,524 other City audits.

       (Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • The odd time, you’ll find that one person that tries to steal

    • – Yalé Touzin, owner of the unstaffed Aisle 24 convenience store on Rideau Street. Open 24 hours, prospective customers must download an app, provide their credit card info, and take a selfie before entering. Once you're in, you scan your own items. An all-encompassing security system ensures that everything is paid for. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV) (Aisle 24)



    What’s going on at City Hall

    No meetings tomorrow.



    🍌 Israel – Hamas

    •  A juice bar owner has been getting harassed for inviting Mayor Mark Sutcliffe to a CHEO fundraiser. Some people consider Sutcliffe to be on the wrong side politically of the Israel – Hamas conflict. We're deliberately not going to describe which side in order to make a point. Juice Dudez on Richmond Road donated 100% of sales at an auction event last week to CHEO, the Mayor attended, now people are calling for a boycott and have been posting poor online reviews. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen) (Message from the owner)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Services Board

    •  The chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Dr. Gail Beck, has resigned with immediate effect. The board says that it is for personal reasons. The former chief of staff at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s appointment was met with approval at the time as someone outside the police and City was preferred because of the the high profile and responsibilities of Board chair. Vice chair Salim Fakirani will cover until a new chair is selected. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      ➕ Related The Ottawa Police Service’s pre-charge diversion programme is now permanent. In 2022, the Service trialled a programme that redirected adults charged with minor crimes out of the justice system. Over 200 people have been referred.

    🎙️ Elegy

    •  Radio broadcaster Ken ‘The General’ Grant has died, aged 88. Grant was hired by CFRA in 1961and spent 30 years with the station. Martha claims to know nothing of this, but apparently kids in the 60s, 70s, and 80s remember Grant telling students ‘Forward, Ho!’ on his morning show to send them to school complete with martial music. Grant is credited with being first in North America to promote the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy and for helping Ottawa become the first city to raise $1 million for that charity. After CFRA, he moved to Oldies 1310 and retired in 2001. A celebration of life will be held in the spring but donations to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County are welcome. (Lynn Saxberg in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🤑 Vacant Unit Tax

    •  The City’s portal to declare your vacant unit tax status opens today. Everyone who owns residential property must declare whether the property is occupied, vacant, or exempt by March 21 or else pay a tax equal to one per cent of the assessed property value. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



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    Find Ottawa’s most comprehensive list of Christmas Markets, Festivals, and Parades on our website.


    •  CBC Ottawa’s Project Give, the annual charity food drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, happens today at the National Arts Centre. Listeners are invited to come by and watch Ottawa Morning live from 5:30 am to 8:30 am (doors 5 am) and All In A Day from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It's free but a non-perishable food item for the food bank is welcome.

    •  Adàwàning: Indigenous Women’s Art Market is a shopping event with Métis, Inuit, and First Nations makers and artisans. You’ll find plenty of gift ideas from jewellery to mittens and coffee. NAC Atrium O’Brian today (3:30 pm to 9:00 pm) and Saturday (10:30 am to 4:00 pm)

    •  Tonight’s your penultimate opportunity to shop with 613Holiday Night Market inside Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This market is brought to you by 613Flea, so you know you’ll find lots of cool gift ideas.

    •  Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival is a jam packed weekend (today through Sunday December 17) of more than 50 short films produced by Ottawa filmmakers, as well as panel discussions, workshops, and networking.  

    •  Take a road trip to Smiths Falls today (3:00 pm to 7:00 pm) or tomorrow (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) for the Christmas Market at Artisan Village.

    •  Juno nominee Miss Emily will bring her blues stylings to First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa for A Miss Emily Christmas in Ottawa. Find out for yourself why musicians from Rob Baker (of the Tragically Hip) to KISS's Gene Simmons are impressed with her voice.

    •  In the mood to belt out Christmas carols? We’ve got just the event for you. You’ll get to sing outside and enjoy hot chocolate and treats by the fire pit. Donations for the Blair Court Community House Food Bank will be gratefully received.


    •  Samuel Cousineau. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Blingo Night. Pour Boy

    •  The Powergoats Annual Holiday Show for the Snowsuit Foundation, with Hot Jupiter. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Share the Band Live. Café Dekcuf

    •  Latin Friday. Mavericks

    •  Pleading with the Devil. LIVE on Elgin

    •  The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster


    Incredibly, this is the final weekend of relatively relaxed shopping before the blind panic shoppers will be feeling on Saturday December 23. Where has December gone?!

    •  In Ottawa, head to the Real Fly Market or Adàwàning: Indigenous Women’s Art Market, or immerse yourself in country life at Saunders Farm.

    •  The Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library will be giving away native seeds at the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

    •  Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival continues until tomorrow (Sunday December 16).

    •  It’s going to be fiercely competitive, highly creative, and possibly sticky at The Standard this Saturday afternoon, (December 16) at the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The winning team of up to 4 people will win a $100 gift card to the Standard as well as Tiki Christmas Mugs. Reserve your team now

    • Or start the car and choose a road trip from our list below.

      Road Trips:

      🛷 One of the final Christmas markets of the season is located in the town of Maxville, an hour Southeast of Ottawa in North Glengarry Township. You’ll find the Maxville & District Chamber of Commerce Christmas Market and Craft Show at the Maxville Sports Complex from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

      🛷 Russell High School (982 North Russell Road) welcomes the Russell Flea for the final time before Christmas (9:00 am to 3:00 pm) This is definitely the place to find Christmas gifts for the hard-to-buy-for people on your list. Think: antiques and vintage, locally made skincare and beauty items, clothing and accessories, and food. Lots of food.

      🛷 The Christmas Market at Artisan Village in Smiths Falls continues from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.



    •  Slowcoaster! With Aurora’s Reef. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Lynn Miles and the Crusty Mittens. Irene’s Pub & Restaurant

    •  Marven James. Atomic Rooster

    •  Sherri Harding. Queen St. Fare

    •  Garry Elliot Trio


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    Ottawa Valley Grain Products is offering free local delivery until December 22 when you use the code FREESHIP. You could surprise your foodie loving friends and family with some fresh local flour, whole grains, or Holiday Bundles, but the brand also sells very cool merch.


    Every Thursday, St Laurent resident Donovan Burey compares prices from grocery stores across Ottawa and publishes the best deals on Reddit. It’s actually pretty eyeopening – we’ll probably start linking to it every Thursday. $1.97 pineapples from Giant Tiger? Let's go! (Benjamin Lopez Steven in Capital Current)



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