Issue 656 Volume 3 Number 156

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, November 24 2022 and we are intrigued by Dominion City Brewing’s new Conservation Society ‘a new group open to all with a mission to bring good people together around a beer, united in their love of the outdoors, interested in getting outside with like-minded friends and motivated to learn more about the actions we can all take to protect our natural inheritance.’ It launches tomorrow, 7 pm at the taproom, 5510 Canotek Road. $5.

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▪️Capital Pride will host a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs. Join other mourners at The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, 220 Elgin Street, beginning at 5:00pm. 

▪️Support local businesses at the Almonte Winter Night Market on Mill St 5:00pm to 9:00pm 

▪️The Magic of Lights drive through experience is open nightly at Wesley Clover Parks until January 7, 2023. 

All Weekend

▪️The Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival runs until Saturday with programming available online, and at select branches of the OPL, the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, and the Centre Jules-Léger. 

▪️The Ottawa Rock N’ Gem Show brings Crystals, Minerals, Beads, Fossils, Gemstones, and Jewelry together under one roof. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. 

▪️One of the biggest Christmas Markets of the season rocks up to the Canadian Museum of History today through Sunday. Shop from more than 80 vendors. Entrance is free. 

▪️The OHS Auxiliary will be selling high quality handmade crafts at its Christmas Craft Sale at ‘The Spot’ in Carlingwood Mall, (between Bentley and Laura Secord). All proceeds go to support the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society. 2121 Carling Ave.

▪️Planner addicts should take note of the Made in Canada Planner Collab Sale, a virtual marketplace on the web, Facebook, and Instagram, starting Friday and running until Cyber Monday (November 28). Find discounts on stickers, Washi, and notepads, all of which have been handcrafted in Canada. 

Friday November 25

▪️SPAO Open House. 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa. The event is a chance to explore the space, view the exhibitions, and enjoy live music. There’s also a holiday sale where you can purchase prints from graduates. 

▪️Rebecca Rose Beauty is installing a Holiday Market in the lounge. 981 Wellington St. West, Suite 300. 

▪️The Ottawa Christmas Market returns for another month-long extravaganza of European Christmas Market style shopping at Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne. Until December 23. 

Saturday November 26

▪️Saturday’s weather is looking good for The Riverside South Community Association Toy Mountain Parade.

▪️Santa’s Parade of Lights will walk through the heart of Orléans, starting at 6:00pm.

▪️Saunders Farm is rolling out A Country Christmas, most weekends between now and December 18. There’s a lot on the schedule but highlights include bonfires, visits from Santa and his elves, a miniature Christmas Village, and a tree lot where you can buy fresh cut trees and wreaths. 

▪️When you get weary from shopping the attic treasures, books, and decorations at St. Andrew’s Scottish Tea & Christmas Bazaar, you can always sit down with a nice cup of tea. 

Sunday November 27

▪️Head Office welcomes The Winter Holiday Craft Market, featuring 25 vendors selling crafts, pet accessories, art, artisanal food, candles, jewelry, children’s clothes. 12 pm – 6 pm. 430 Hazeldean Road, Unit 6, K2L 1T9

▪️Enjoy foot stomping traditional music as well as contemporary tunes at the Còig Celtic Christmas at the Joint at Rideau Carleton Casino. Coig is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist Celtic group from Cape Breton. The concert is bookended by tunes from a live DJ and food and drink will be available. 

▪️Freewheeling Craft presents the Holiyay Craft Market from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the NAC. What you need to know: it’s free to attend, there’s plenty of paid onsite parking, and you’ll find 80 local vendors across two floors. 

▪️Tired of Christmas already? Need a burger? Head to Gitanes Burger to help them celebrate their birthday. They’ll be joined by Torta Boyz, so expect tacos, Ceviche, and carnitas too. 

Deals of the day

▪️Perth Brewery Loyalty Club members can receive up to 50% off merch in store, and 10% off online purchases of the stylish sweaters and t-shirts. 

▪️If you’re in a position to make a major furniture purchase right now, enjoy the feel good factor as well when you buy Canadian Made. On the Mikaza site, the sale pages helpfully highlight beds, modular sofas, occasional chairs, and recliners that are made in Canada.

▪️The Ridge Rock Brewery sale takes 15% off online orders of $20 or more. 

▪️Yoga Jeans is offering 50% off selected styles. 

▪️Now is a great time to pick up Made in Canada basics from Reigning Champ

▪️Province of Canada is taking 20% off orders over $100, and offering free shipping. Use the code CYBER20. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Cloudy. High of 2°, low of -4°. 

Number:  15. The number of murders in Ottawa in 2021, up from 12 the previous year. Ottawa is ranked 9th in Canada for murder-per-capita. Regina is Canada's most murderous city. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa Vallian of the Day: Bob Dobson. The Cobden farmer has planted 40,000 trees since he started in 1971. [Inside Ottawa Valley

Quote: ‘Urgh’ – How Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino refers to the Incident Response Group, the cabinet committee that handled, amongst other things, the Convoy siege. [Ottawa Playbook

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Las Vegas Golden Knights 4, last night QMJHL Gatineau Olympiques 1 – Sherbrooke Phoenix 4, last night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland testified that she was worried that the United States would bring in protectionist measures against Canada after a phone call with Brian Deese, director of US president Joe Biden’s national economic council. Freeland said that Deese feared that blockading the Ambassador Bridge would lead to American plant closures, leading to the possibility that American politicians would use that as an excuse to exclude Canadian parts from a preferred US tax credit on electric vehicles.

▪️In the days before the Convoy’s arrival, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police increased security for Federal cabinet ministers and Canada's chief medical officer, Theresa Tam. Documents released to the Inquiry don't explain the reason for the heightened security.

The Rest

▪️A 37 acre farm that the Province unilaterally granted clearance to develop was purchased only last year for $12.7 million. Upon approving the City’s official plan, the Province added an additional 654-hectares of urban sprawl. The newly incorporated company that bought the farm from the long-time farming family share the same five directors as the Verdi Alliance group of concrete companies in Toronto. The five collectively donated $12,315 to the Progressive Conservatives in 2020 and 2021.  [CBC]

+ Related Kitchissippi ward councillor Jeff Leiper and Stittsville ward councillor Glen Gower are playing host to a virtual Q&A over Bill 23, the Province’s More Homes Built Faster Act. They will also have a panel of experts on hand. The Zoom meeting will be at 6 pm. [Zoom details]

▪️The Ottawa Carleton District School Board will debate masks again this evening – without the public. The debate is whether or not to make masks mandatory again in District schools because of RSV. The meeting the other night decended into chaos, with police escorting out vocal members of the public and debate cut off early. The meeting will be held virtually at 6 pm. [Ottawa Citizen] [Virtual Meeting Info Page]

▪️Bookmark Feb 17 to 21, that's when Convoy 2.0 is being planned. James Bauder, who founded Canada Unity, an anti-vaccine mandate group, posted a Facebook event inviting the clownshow to return in an ‘Olive Branch’ edition. Bauder is currently barred from downtown Ottawa, having been charged mischief to obstruct property, disobeying a lawful court order, and obstructing a peace officer during the Siege. [CTV]

▪️Over 20 groups have expressed interest in buying the Ottawa Senators. Aside from the Hamilton billionaire, the Oshawa millionaire, the Toronto Star guy, and Ryan Reynolds – all of whom we knew about – there is no information about who these groups may be. [The Score]

▪️Ottawa Police are collecting personal hygiene products for women until December 11. The Purse Project began in 2016, and since then the Service has collected 8000 ‘purses’ of pads and tampons, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo. Donations can be dropped off at the Police stations: 211 Huntmar Drive, 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard, and 474 Elgin Street between 8am and 6 pm; at Shoppers Drug Mart: 174 Bank Street, 702 Bank Street, 1080 Bank Street/Sunnyside, 3781 Stranherd Drive, and at 181 Greenbank Road, and the Citron Hygiene warehouse: 150-2855 Swansea Crescent, Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm. The donations will be distributed to the Minwaashin Lodge, Youth Services Bureau, Nelson House, and Cornerstone Housing. [Ottawa Police Service]

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