Thursday, January 25 2024


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Oooh, it was testy at City Council yesterday.

As mentioned before, Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard worked out a deal with a developer to donate $300,000 for traffic calming and social housing in Capital Ward.

Orléans East-Cumberland ward councillor Matthew Luloff said ‘I have it on good authority that this developer felt pressured by this councillor’. Menard responded, ‘Don't say those things unless you have evidence to back that up beyond what's been already provided to councillors in a legal letter because it's egregious’.


Ultimately, Council worked out that there was no policy at all over developers donating to wards for specific projects so the $300,000 will be divided across all 24 wards until a policy is created.

But that wasn’t the last word. Said Menard, ‘If you're that developer and you've negotiated to say that it’s going to that ward … you've got to think that they might reconsider. I hope they don't.’



Coming up in tomorrow's edition of The Ottawan: More Valentine's Day gift and date night ideas including a dinner-sized Charcuterie board (and you get to keep the locally crafted board), beeswax candles in romantic shapes, vegan comfort food with seitan fried chicken, and a "Dragontine" meal that throws Lunar New Year onto the menu. We'll see you tomorrow. 


– Martha and Darren


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


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      Ottawans of the Day

      • Merv Sabey (1971-75), Rod Lee (1990-93), Clarence Porter (1990-95), Josh Gibson-Bascombe (2005-10), Warren Ward (2008-13), Johnny Berhanemeskel (2010-15), Mike L’Africain (2011-16), and Caleb Agada (2012-17)
      • –  The eight legendary players are the first to be inducted into the University of Ottawa GeeGees Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame. (Martin Cleary in Ottawa Sports Pages)


      • I’m not seeing a lot of evidence of Board members with a background in public finance or who are digging deep on the police budget.

      • – Former G20 chief economist for global infrastructure Neil Saravanamuttoo on why he has nominated himself for the vacant Ottawa Police Board seat. (Neil Saravanamuttoo in The 613)



      • 🏒PWHL Ottawa 2 – Boston 3 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      No more meetings this week.


      🛻 Convoy News

      •  Former Ontario solicitor general Sylvia Jones says invoking the Emergencies Act was vital to protect infrastructure. Jones, who is now health minister, was responding to a question over a court  declaring that the Federal government was unconstitutional when it used the act. (Katherine DeClerq at CTV)

      ⛸️ Rideau Canal Skateway

      •  Easy come, easy go, the Rideau Canal Skateway is closed to the public once again due to warmer weather. The closure is until further notice. Over 60,000 people went skating between Sunday and last night. (Ottawa Citizen)

      🚨 Ottawa Police Service

      •  An Ottawa police officer has been found guilty of discreditable conduct after a kerfuffle with teenagers. While off duty and on medical leave, Constable Pierre Fournier saw teens on motorbike on a gravel pit near Greely. The judge said that he detained at 15-year-old in violation of his Charter rights and that he should have acted as a witness and called police if he believed a crime was being committed, rather than placing himself on duty. (Kristy Nease at CBC)

      🗳️ Gatineau Elections

      •  One third of Gatineau residents will be able to vote online in the next civic election. Élections Québec is running a trial in 21 municipalities to vote online. Gatineau is divided into three electoral districts, one of which will be testing the new system. Which electoral district will use the system has not yet been decided. The next civic election in Québec is in Autumn 2025. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

      ⚕️ The Ottawa Hospital

      •  The world’s smallest camera is being used to treat strokes at the Ottawa Hospital. The technique was used for the first time in the world on a patient who had multiple strokes on the same day. The MicroAngioscope, which is the width of a hair, is small enough to examine the blood vessels in the brain. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)

      🛒 Donovan Burey’s Weekly Grocery Review

      • Every week, local citizen Donovan Burey goes through all the supermarket flyers and publishes the deals on Ottawa Reddit. Some highlights: Bocconcini  - $3.44 for 200 g at Adonis and Bacon - $2.22 for 375 g at Giant Tiger. (/Ottawa)



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      All Weekend

      •  Eliza Faulkner is bringing all sorts of fashion goodies to the Sample Sale at Victoire (Friday January 26 through Sunday January 28). Meet Eliza herself on Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.

      •  Greely Winter Carnival runs through Sunday January 28.

      •  Tour a farm, try your hand at darts, and enjoy a beer while catching Hockey Night in Canada on a big screen Pakenham Frost Festival. (until Sunday January 28)

      •  On Saturday visit a dairy farm, watch Hockey Night in Canada on a big screen, and dance the rest of the night away at the Pakenham Winter Carnival (on right now, until Sunday January 28).

      •  It's difficult to choose one event but the Flintstone curling bonspiel could be the highlight of the Carlsbad Springs Winter Carnival. 

      •  LA-based Troupe Vertigo joins the NAC Orchestra for three nights of circus and dance with live music in Cirque España. Tonight through Saturday January 27.


      •  Ottawa Story Tellers explore loss in Good Grief - The Heart of the Matter. In person at the Black Box Studio, Arts Court or buy an on-demand ticket allowing you to unlimited viewings for a week.

      •  Amber Lounge and Eatery’s Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting and Dinner includes a four course meal, poetry, and music.

      •  Dig into traditional Neeps ’n’ Tatties (iykyk) at the All Things Scottish events as the Royal Oak Pubs on Kent, at Centrepointe, Blair Road, and at Hunt Club celebrate Robbie Burns.

      •  Another Robert Burns celebration: dig into traditional Neeps ’n’ Tatties at the All Things Scottish events at Royal Oak pubs.

      •  Spark Beer takes you behind the curtain to learn about the brewing process in the Spark Beer Sippin’ Sessions. Learn what goes into making Spark Beer’s superb sours with a five samples and a full pour. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 702 Somerset St. W.

      •  Carleton University’s Author Meets Readers series features Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities by Carleton University School of Journalism Professor and CBC radio host Duncan McCue.


      •  Stand up Comedy. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  Bells Corners’ Funnest Trivia. Whiprsnapr Brewing

      •  Jane’s Party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Comedy Night. Pour Boy

      •  Free Play Karaoke with David and Grace. House of TARG

      •  NOBRO Party Through the Pain. Club SAW

      •  Joke-A-Oke. The Hintonburg Public House

      •  Trivia Night. Beyond the Pale Brewery

      •  Blues Sessions. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Release the Bats! Goth night. Cafe Dekcuf

      •  The Broken Bridges. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Karaoke. Atomic Rooster


      •  Comedy Instagram account turned live show debuts at Brigid’s Well, 310 St. Patrick Street, 5:30 pm. $25.

        ➕ Ashley Newall at Apt613 explains what it is all about.

      •  Bruce McCulloch, arguably the least aged Kid in the Hall, brings his one-man show Tales of Bravery and Stupidity to Algonquin Commons Theatre.

      •  Go for the beer, stay for the poetry and music as Beau’s Brewing celebrates Robert Burns.

      •  Let the moon guide you as you Snowshoe Under the Stars in Gatineau Park on Friday nights until March 29. These evening excursions are guided by experienced nature interpreters from Friends of Gatineau Park, and no snowshoeing experience is necessary. $20 for Members, $25 for non-members.


      •  Wonen’s Comedy Night. Yuk Yuk’s

      •  Friday I’m in Love Indie Pop Dance Party. The 27 Club

      •  Ryan Begin. Broadhead Brewery

      •  80s Dance Party. House of TARG

      •  Teenage Fiction, Hannah Big, Touch Grass, Zeelle. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Sing a Sea Shanty. Beyond the Pale Brewing

      •  Wonderstruck - Ottawa’s Magic Experience. The Prescott

      •  CHEO Concerts! Rock 4 Kids Saturn Sunrise, The Vice Parad, Parliament of Owls. Cafe Dekcuf

      •  The Playlist. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Claude Munson, Crop Circle Catalysts, Chime of Wrens. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Valvehead, Galaxy Brain, Vulcan GPO. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Afrobeats. Mavericks


      •  Learn about the decision-making process that led to much of the Ottawa River shoreline from Mechanicsville through LeBreton Flats being built from our garbage from historian Dave Allston. Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium. 1:00 pm. Free.

      •  More than 60 vendors are taking part in the Robert Plante Greenhouses 1st Annual Winter Market. Wander the greenhouses, shop from the craft vendors, enjoy a tipple from Stray Dog Brewing or Vignoble Clos du Vully, and even get a knife sharpened. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 4228 Navan Rd in Orléans.

      •  D’oh! It’s Classic Simpsons Trivia night at Whiprsnapr Brewing. Reservations are required. 14 Bexley Place, Bells Corners.

      •  Coconut Lagoon and Thali’s Joe Thottungal pops up at Dominion City for one night only (4:00 pm to 8:00 pm). There are no reservations so get there when you can for an evening of delicious curry and beer. If you can’t make it to the brewery you can order curry by the kilo (deadline Friday at noon) for take out and pick it up at the brewery store.

      •  Toronto’s Kelvin ‘Bacardii’ Bacani leads the ‘Waacking Workshop & Mini Dance Battle with Bacardii’, presented by Moov Ottawa Dance.

      •  The Carleton Cup aims to use skating, running, and drinking (alcoholic or otherwise) to raise $10,000 for the Ottawa chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Organisers say the event will go ahead without the skating component if the Rideau Canal isn’t open.

      •  Enjoy classics as well as contemporary music at the Young String Performers Foundation's first concert of 2024. First Unitarian Church of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave.

      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • Piggy Market has brought back its a Super Bowl Slider Kits for four, eight or 12 people. Convenient! Order now for pick up on February 10.  

      • Strut Jewlery’s classes will teach you how to make two silver stacking rings or a pair of silver textured stud earrings. Spaces are limited.

      • Canadian folk-rock legends the Paperboys are coming to Bar Robo for the first time in four years. Saturday February 3.

      • Presale passes and single tickets to Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 21 - 30, 2024) are on sale until January 31.

      • Understand climate change in three hours at a fun and informative workshop at Thyme & Again, 1255 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, K1Y 3A6. Registration $15.



      Gift Sets are 25% off during the Aurelius Winter Sale. Fill the pantry with tasty Balsamic oils and fine olive oils at a reduced rate.

      Head to the EMK End of Season Sale for deals on gorgeous womenswear that’s designed and made in Winnipeg, MB.




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