Tuesday, November 28 2023


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Finally, the winners of the Purdy’s Chocolate Advent Calendar Draw:

As decided by Martha’s mom’s chocolate choosin’ hat, the calendars go to:

Santa’s Lodge advent calendar: Ali T

Braille advent calendar: Kaara S

Vegan chocolate advent calendar: Charles N

Winners: we’ll be sending you an email requesting your address. Thank you to everyone who entered – we’ve never seen such a response to a giveaway before.


15 Ottawa Organisations to support this Giving Tuesday

  1. Thanks to some generous donors, every dollar you spend at Parkdale Food Centre today will be worth two.
  2. Cornerstone Housing for Women is hoping to raise $40,000 to support and recover the cost of its food program. Every dollar will be doubled, thanks to a donation from the D.H. Gordon Foundation.
  3. Mini Tipi is donating 10% of today’s sales to Le Centre alimentaire Aylmer.
  4. Donations to the Ottawa Humane Society today will be doubled. The organisation is hoping to raise $180,000 by the end of today to provide food, shelter, and medical care to vulnerable animals.
  5. Ottawa Therapy Dogs provides training and assessment for therapy dog teams, who then visit more than 60 hospitals, schools and libraries, treatment programs, and long-term and palliative care facilities.
  6. Donations to Ecology Ottawa will be doubled up to $2,500.
  7. Kind Reads, a registered charity managed by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, supports Ottawa’s public libraries with fundraising. Thanks to the generosity of one donor, those who make a gift this week will be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card.
  8. If you donate stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to Music and Beyond, you will not have to pay capital gains tax on the investment and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the full value.
  9. Ottawa family firm Tanner Insurance will match any donation to the Ottawa Heart Institute, up to $10,000.
  10. The Ottawa Tool Library is a not-for profit that lends tools to anyone who needs one. This year the organisation is raising funds to buy some new nail guns, track saws, belt and disc sanders, and air purifiers.
  11. A gift of $48 to the Ottawa Food Bank will fill one fridge of food for a family of four for a day. Empire Company Limited are matching all gifts made today, to a maximum of $15,000.
  12.  Donations to The Ottawa Hospital will be tripled by Laurie and Michel Brazeau, to a maximum of $100,000. Funds will go towards research, treatment, and patient care.
  13. Ottawa Mission expects to prepare and serve nearly 17,000 Christmas meals from December 10 to 17. Dymon Storage will match donations made today.
  14. Extend Pharmacy, which provides cancer medication for patients taking treatment at home, will match donations to the Ottawa Cancer Foundation.
  15. The National Art Centre’s Under 30 program provides $15 tickets to young people.


Reader Steven noted that we misspelt Mississauga as ‘Missasauga’ yesterday. This is surely the first and only time a misspelling or typo has ever appeared in the ottawan, and for that, we apologize.

Steven did take this opportunity to note that the ‘Massasauga’ is the only rattlesnake found in Ontario and is currently on the endangered species list.

– Martha and Darren


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    • $5,400
    • – If the proposed City budget was divided by each resident, this is how much per person, for a total of $5.9 billion.  (Neil Saravanamuttoo in The 613

    Ottawan of the Day


    • We have seen little to no progress

    • – City auditor general Nathalie Gougeon lamenting alarming delays from city officials over a ‘high-risk’ cybersecurity issue. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Florida Panthers 5 last night


    What’s going on at City Hall

    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 am

    • Zoning By-law amendment – 480, 486 CitiGate Drive (formerly 575 Dealership Drive)
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 3745 St. Joseph Boulevard
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 3493, 3497, 3499 Innes Road
    • Zoning By-Law amendment – Part of 780 Baseline Road and 7 and 9 Hilliard Avenue
    • 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets – Planning and Housing Committee
    • Motion – Memorandum of Understanding with Katasa Group

    📋 Agenda


    ⚡ Battery Farms

    ⛏️ Mining Gatineau

    •  Gatineau homeowners have been told that the company that now has mining claims over their property will ask first. Homeowners in the Limbour and Bellevue districts north of Autoroute Guy-Lafleur were informed by letter that Montréal’s Beauce Gold Fields has staked claims for phosphate, which is used in battery manufacture. The area was mined previously for phosphate in the 19th century, long before residential streets were laid down. While Quebéc owns the mineral rights of private land, anyone can file a claim for $75. Actually digging up the stuff, however, usually requires the consent of the land owner. (Alistair Steele at CBC)

    ⚽ Atlético Ottawa

    •  Buy a season ticket to Atlético Ottawa and be entered to win a 55" television. Anyone who buys a season ticket before Dec 23 at 5pm is eligible, including those who have already bought their tickets. Annually, the cheap seats are $319, the posh ones are $749. Under 12s can have a seat next to an adult ticket holder for $169. (Atlético Ottawa)  

    🪓 Red Pine plantation

    •  Depite a 20,000 name petition, the Ottawa Airport continues to clearcut the red pines on Hunt Club Road. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

      ➕ Related The Ottawa International Airport is not a faceless entity. The board of directors who approved this decision are appointed mostly by local groups:

      Code Cubitt, Chair
      Nominated by: Invest Ottawa

      Vanessa Pilotte
      Nominated by: Chambre de commerce de Gatineau

      Dick Brown
      Nominated by: Ottawa Tourism

      Mario Cuconato
      Nominated by: City of Ottawa

      Lisa Stilborn
      Nominated by: City of Ottawa

      Michèle Lafontaine
      Nominated by: City of Gatineau

      John Proctor
      Nominated by: Ottawa Board of Trade

      Shane Bennett
      Nominated by: Government of Ontario

      Bonnie Boretsky
      Nominated by: Federal Minister of Transport

      Laurel Murray
      Nominated by: Federal Minister of Transport

      Bruce Lazenby
      At Large

      Kevin McGarr
      At Large

      Deanna Monaghan
      At Large

      Marc Joyal
      At Large

    🛻 Convoy News

    Convoy co-organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are currently on trial for mischief and intimidation, amongst other things, over the Convoy occupation.

    •  Tamara Lich’s lawyer argues that there has been no direct evidence presented that links her to unlawful activities. 
    •  The defence jointly argue that evidence that only applies to one defendant must not be used against the other. (Liam Fox in the Canadian Press
    •  Unsealed texts show that Lich and Barber communicated with each other about logistics and fundraising for the Convoy before they each arrived in Ottawa but ceased upon arrival. (David Fraser at CBC
    •  The Ottawa Citizen is live blogging the trial.



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    •  Create a Christmas decor piece that you can display with pride: The Ottawa Tool Library’s Christmas Tree Workshop will teach you to use the jointer, the planer, and the table saw to fashion a table top wooden Christmas tree that you can paint or stain and decorate as you wish. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    •  Ottawa Artisans site will be closing permanently on December 31. The organisation's final Virtual Holiday Market ends tonight at 9:00 pm. As with previous markets, you can compile all of your purchases into a single pickup or delivery option.
    •  The European Union Film Festival continues with On the Water (Vee peal) from Estonia.

    •  Jazz Fusion Nite with Carleton University Fusion Ensembles 1 and 2, and Wayne Eagles’ Trio. House of TARG
    •  Kiran Ahluwalia. National Arts Centre
    •  Midnite Hellion. Brass Monkey
    •  Open Mic Night. LIVE on Elgin



    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  The Ottawa Arts Council’s LUCK! Art Draw, which combines cocktails and socialising with a lottery, is fast approaching. On Tuesday, December 12 guests will win a piece of artwork while enjoying a reception with other patrons, artists, and sponsors. From 6:00 pm at Arts Court.

    •  Late Night host Seth Meyers will tell jokes at the the National Arts Centre’s Babs Asper Theatre on March 8. Tickets available this Friday at TicketMaster.



    Vodkow is extending its Black Friday special until 11:59 pm tonight. Receive a free 250ml bottle of Eggnog Cream on orders over $90.

    It’s time again for the Winter Wonderland Ground Beef Sale at The Shop at Harmon’s. Choose from Beef grounds (Grass Fed Australian Ground and Dry Aged Ground Beef are $7.50 per pound and Wagyu Ground Beef is $15 per pound), Dry Aged Beef Patties (get a four-pack for $15), and Wagyu Beef Patties (two for $15). All are on sale until Saturday December 2 only in the store at 283 Elgin St.

    Use the code BFEF30 to receive 30% of regular price items at Eliza Faulkner, until tonight.

    Equator Coffee Roasters’ Cyber Monday deals continue with 25% off coffee and deals on espresso machines, brewing machines, and grinders.


    We highly recommend that you go to Little Italy and trek the SPAO photo walk. Twenty-two name photographers have their works publicly displayed on the streets, making for a great afternoon stroll.



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