Issue 670 Volume 3 Number 170

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, December 15, 2022 and Darren is flying to Vancouver this morning, so it's an abbreviated, but earlier, ottawan today. We're back to normal tomorrow.

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Snowy Weekend Ahead 

If this weekend’s snowfall is as significant as the meteorologists are predicting, the following lineup of weekend plans might be moot. So, call the venue to confirm that the event is going ahead, and make sure the roads are safe enough to travel before you leave the house. Stay safe, and stay cozy.

All weekend

Restays Ottawa welcomes the Next Market to its courtyard for two days of shopping with 25 local vendors (Saturday December 17 - Sunday December 18). Expect music, cocktails and seasonal good times. Admittance is free, and the event is dog friendly. 101 Queen St. 


▪️Duffield Design in Almonte is holding a Client Appreciation Night from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 

▪️All Things Implied bring their Ugly Christmas Sweater Karaoke Partyto Mavericks tonight. You know what to wear.  221 Rideau St from 9:00pm to 1:00am.


Stray Dog Brewing Company’s Concert Series welcomes Mason’s Apron to the taproom for traditional Irish and Newfoundland music at 8:30pm. $10. 

Saturday December 17

▪️Square Lemon Ottawa brings 40 vendors and a Christmas ornament laser cut workshop to the Ho Ho Holiday Craft Market at Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave. 10:30 - 3:00pm. 


▪️There’s a lot going on during Candy Cane Day in Hintonburg and Wellington West (1:00pm to 4:00pm). Vote for your favourite holiday-themed merchant window, enjoy treats, and listen to live music. Donations and women’s socks will be gratefully received. 

▪️Small Pony Barrel Works is celebrating 6 years in business and waving goodbye to its current Kanata location (noon to 8:00pm). The new location will not have a public tasting experience area, at least not in the short term, so now is the time to gather and celebrate the fine sour beers of this Ottawa brand. 101 Schneider Rd.

▪️The ByTowne Cinema and Haunted Walks are teaming up to present An Evening of Haunted Holiday Stories. This one night only event starting at 9:00pm combines the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories to celebrate the holidays, with the screening of short classic films. $22/25. 325 Rideau St. 

▪️Fiddler and vocalist Anna Ludlow brings her Christmas Kitchen Partyto Studio Theatre Perth at 7:00pm. 63 Gore St E, Perth.

▪️It’s the cuddliest game of the season as the Ottawa 67s take on the Hamilton Bulldogs in the annual Teddy Bear Toss

▪️Bring your best singing voice to the HoHo Ho It Up Karaoke Party at Connors Pub. 9:00pm to 1:00am at 2401 St. Joseph Blvd, Orléans. 

Sunday December 18

▪️Dec 18 Sunday is the last chance to visit Christmas down on the farm at the Log Farm. Pick out a tree, enjoy hot apple cider, and visit Santa’s workshop. 670 Cedarview Road, Nepean.

▪️Stofa Restaurant’s annual Christmas Market returns on Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Parkdale Food Centre. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣  Ottawa’s own womenswear designer Cokanna is offering the Maxine reversible Tank in black for $42.50. This double duty wardrobe staple can be worn as either a v-neck or a round neck. 

2️⃣  Broadhead Beers’ 12 Beers of Christmas is on sale for $66.71 (regular price $109). Check their website for other beer deals. 

3️⃣ If this the year you try sustainable gift wrap, Furoshiki Wraps are on sale at Kate Austin. The organic cotton square cloths are available in a range of gorgeous prints for $15 each, or five for $50. You’ll find helpful how-to videos on YouTube. 

4️⃣ Save 20% on the Bessie Popover Blouse from Numi.



We threw a bad link yesterday for the a Hintonburg Pottery five week Wheel Beginner course. That one should work.


We’ll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Cloudy. High of 1°, low of -1°. There is a snowstorm alert for tonight, with 10 to 25 cm of snow expected.

Number:  2. Where Ottawa lies, out of 51, on a list of the Best Places in Canada to Raise a Family. Québec City is #1, Toronto is #7. [Clever Canadian]

Carleton Placer of the Day: Olga Ialovenko. Ialovenko came to Canada in May from Ukraine, and is now organizing Christmas cards to send to Ukrainian soldiers at the front lines. Those interested in sending a Christmas card are asked to drop them off at the Carleton Place Staples at 555 McNeely Ave., by Monday, Dec.19. [CTV]

While on the topic – Canada Post says tomorrow is the last recommended day to send cards nationally, Monday is the last recommended day regionally, and Tuesday the last recommended day locally. 

Quote: ‘If we progress with the Ottawa Senators I will be a frothy, rabies-infused fan the likes of which the NHL has never seen’ – Ryan Reynolds, speaking to Derek Monias of the Dennis Franklin Cromarty school radio club in Thunder Bay. [CBC]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Montréal Canadians 2, last night

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▪️Construction across the street from an elementary school is reaching an ear-blistering 95 to 120 decibels. The noise is coming from a build by Claridge Homes across the street from Devonshire Community Elementary School. For comparison, a chainsaw is 100 decibels. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa Citizen wants your comments on comments. We all know the rule: never read the comments under an article if you want to keep your blood pressure in check. The Citizen is asking for your well considered opinion on what you think their comment section is like. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️City Council freezes transit fares for 2023. City staff had recommended a 2.5 per cent rise in transit fares. Freezing the fares had been a campaign promise of Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s election campaign. 

Council also set a property tax increase goal of 2.5 per cent for the draft budget. The budget itself will be decided in February. [CBC]

▪️City Council appointed the new chairs and members of its various committees yesterday. Two things of note: Mayor Mark Sutcliffe has new powers under the ‘Strong Mayors Act’ and could have appointed everyone unilaterally. He did not and he said that he left the decisions to council. The second is that some previous councillors have been accused of being 'with' Mayor Watson and those who were not were ignored. The committee compositions seem to be inclusive of all councillors.

Standing Committee appointments approved include:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee: Chair George Darouze, Vice-Chair Clarke Kelly, Councillors David Brown, Catherine Kitts and Matthew Luloff

Audit Committee: Chair Cathy Curry, Vice-Chair David Brown, Councillors Marty Carr, David Hill, Allan Hubley, Wilson Lo, Theresa Kavanagh and Catherine Kitts

Built Heritage Committee: Chair Rawlson King, Vice-Chair Stéphanie Plante, Councillors Clarke Kelly, Jeff Leiper and Ariel Troster

Community Services Committee: Chair Laura Dudas, Vice-Chair Jessica Bradley, Councillors David Brown, Marty Carr, Steve Desroches, David Hill, Theresa Kavanagh, Rawlson King, Wilson Lo, Stéphanie Plante and Ariel Troster

Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee: Chair Riley Brockington, Vice- Chair David Hill, Councillors Jessica Bradley, Steve Desroches, Sean Devine, Laura Dudas, Allan Hubley, Laine Johnson, Clarke Kelly, Matthew Luloff and Stéphanie Plante

Environment and Climate Change Committee: Chair Shawn Menard, Vice-Chair Marty Carr, Councillors Riley Brockington, David Brown, Cathy Curry, Sean Devine, David Hill, Theresa Kavanagh, Rawlson King, Matthew Luloff and Tim Tierney

Finance and Corporate Services Committee: Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, Vice-Chair Catherine Kitts, Councillors Riley Brockington, Cathy Curry, George Darouze, Laura Dudas, Glen Gower, Rawlson King, Jeff Leiper, Matthew Luloff, Shawn Menard and Tim Tierney

Planning and Housing Committee: Chair Jeff Leiper, Vice-Chair Glen Gower, Councillors Riley Brockington, Cathy Curry, Laura Dudas, Laine Johnson, Theresa Kavanagh, Clarke Kelly, Catherine Kitts, Wilson Lo, Tim Tierney and Ariel Troster

Transit Commission: Chair Glen Gower, Vice-Chair Cathy Curry, Councillors Riley Brockington, Marty Carr, David Hill, Jeff Leiper, Wilson Lo, Shawn Menard and Tim Tierney

Transportation Committee: Chair Tim Tierney, Vice-Chair Catherine Kitts, Councillors Jessica Bradley, George Darouze, Steve Desroches, Sean Devine, Laura Dudas, Glen Gower, David Johnson, Wilson Lo, Matthew Luloff and Ariel Troster

Light Rail Sub-committee: Chair Steve Desroches, Vice-Chair Cathy Curry, Councillors Glen Gower, Theresa Kavanagh, Jeff Leiper and Tim Tierney

Committee of Revision: Councillors David Brown, Steve Desroches and Clarke Kelly

Other appointments approved by Council today include:

Ottawa Police Services Board: Mayor Sutcliffe, Councillors Carr and Curry

Ottawa Public Library Board: Councillors Bradley, King, Kitts and Luloff, with Council recommending Luloff as Chair

Ottawa Board of Health: Councillors Carr, Dudas, Gower, Kavanagh, King and Kitts, with Council recommending Kitts as Chair

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.: Councillor Dudas for Mayor Sutcliffe and Councillor Curry

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation: Mayor Sutcliffe and Councillors Carr, Gower, Kavanagh and Plante, with Council recommending Kavanagh as Chair

Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation: Mayor Sutcliffe and Councillors Johnson, Kelly and Leiper

Crime Prevention Ottawa: Councillor Hill for Mayor Sutcliffe and Councillor Hubley

City of Ottawa Superannuation Fund: Councillors Brown, Carr and Darouze

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority: Councillors Curry, Gower and Kelly

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority: Councillors Kavanagh, Lo and Menard

South Nation Conservation Authority: Councillors Darouze and Kitts

Ottawa Film Office: Councillor Devine for Mayor Sutcliffe

Shaw Centre Board of Directors: Councillor Plante

Members of City Council appointed to various municipal organizations include:

Association of Francophone Municipalities of Ontario: Councillor Plante
Canadian Capital Cities Organization: Councillor Dudas
Rural Ontario Municipal Association: Councillor Kelly
Ontario Good Roads Organization: Councillor Desroches

Councillor King will serve as the Council Liaison for the City’s Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Initiatives, Councillor Troster as Council Liaison for Women, Gender Equity and 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs, Councillor Luloff as Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Issues, and Councillor Bradley as Council Liaison for the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation Civic Cultural Protocol and Implementation Plan.

[City of Ottawa]

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