Monday, January 8 2024


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The Ottawa Business Journal is opening nominations for its annual Forty under 40 awards tomorrow. 

After 27 years, the Journal has recognized over 900 business leaders, most of whom have now shot past 40. Remind us sometime in the future that there is a glaring opportunity for an ottawan Forty over 40 awards.

Back to the Journal, nominees should:

  • Be 39 years or younger on June 30, 2024;
  • Spend the majority of their work time in Ottawa-Gatineau;
  • Be an owner, executive, manager, professional or person with significant business decision-making authority.

 Get the full information on nominations here.

– Martha and Darren


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


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  • 4
  • – The number of first-time species of birds found in the annual bird count. Making a winter visit to Ottawa were a Hooded Merganser in the Stittsville area, a Gray Catbird in Bells Corners, a Red-breasted Mergansers on the Rideau River, and a Peregrine Falcon in Richmond. In total, 91 different species were counted. (Leslie McKay at Stittsville Central)

Akwesasne of the Day

  • Cecelia King
  • –  The 74 year-old from Akwesasne was hired by Disney to translate a new episode of the Disney+ series What if … into the Mohawk language, Kanien'kéha. (Candance Maracle)


  • I will tell you this wasn’t necessarily on our opening list of cities. Gary was the first one who said ‘you ought to think about Ottawa’

  • – Professional Women’s Hockey League board member Stan Kasten credits National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman with Ottawa being considered for inclusion in the league. (CityNews)



  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – Edmonton Oilers 3 Sunday night


What’s going on at City Hall

No meetings until January 16.


🌬️ Ottawa River

  •  Man runs out of road and drives onto the Ottawa River. Dunrobin Road is a fairly major road that cuts across West Carleton and most traffic heading west turns off at Galetta Side Road. But for the unwary, driving at dusk in January, Dunrobin Road continues on merrily for another mile or so until it ends with dunk into the Ottawa River. We know this spot and it's nighmare fuel. In this case, the car broke through the ice but the driver was guided to safety by a bystander.

    Look at this picture from Google Maps below – it’s a wonder this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often. (Ottawa Citizen

🗂️ Advertising

  •  Former City Councillor fesses up to vandalizing advertising at Brewer Arena. David Chernushenko, who served on Council from 2010 to 2018, did not like a board ad from Climate Action Canada which read ‘Canadian Oil and Natural Gas is Part of the Solution’. Chernushenko altered it to ‘Oil and Fossil Gas is the Problem’, later, noticing it was peeling, he tugged the ad and it tore. Chernushenko paid the City $203.40 for his efforts. (David Chernushenko in the Ottawa Citizen)

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  • On Mondays, the Calabogie Brewing Kanata taproom welcomes parents and guardians for Bogie Babies from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You’ll receive 10% off your bill and the littles will enjoy their own menu of fruit juice and kid-friendly pizza and grilled cheese.

  • The Mayfair Theatre’s John Cassavetes Film Fest continues with screenings of Opening Night tonight and Wednesday (January 10). This film is essential viewing for Gena Rowlands fans. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie runs next week, followed by Gloria and Love Streams.


    The Mill Street Brewery comes alive with Salsa tonight. Take a lesson from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm then dance the night away. $10 per person.

  • Jazz Jam with The Beeched Wailers. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  • Bluegrass Mondays. Red Bird


    Ope Mic Night. Art House Café




  • You’re a creative and you need help building your brand - Digital Arts Resource Centre’s How to Build Your Creative Brand with Storytelling can help. The course runs four Tuesdays starting January 9.


  • Open Stage Tuesdays. Red Bird

  • Life Drawing. Art House Café

  • Ottawa Prog Ribs present Afterlight Takeover. Afterlight

  • Trivia Night. Barley Mow Westboro

  • Trivia Night. Moose McGuire’s Orléans


  •  Orléans Brewing Co’s Oyster Wednesdays are back.


  •  Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird

Just Announced

  • Canadian 12-piece Soul-Funk supergroup The Commotions will release their latest album on January 20 at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre.

  • It’s time again to reserve your Gees Bees Hive Share for 2024. At harvest time in August, you’ll receive a year’s supply of raw honey and an opportunity to meet the bees that made it.


If you’re enjoying Veganuary, grab Le Soyarie tofu burgers from the Ottawa Street Markets farm store. The burgers, which are made in Gatineau, are on sale for $5 per package.




Receive 15% of Aventure Outaouais’s Gatineau Park Nocturnal Snowshoeing Tour. Use the code PARK15OFF at checkout. This deal ends January 12 at 11:59 pm.




Save up to 50% in the Yoga Jeans Boxing Week Sale, which is ending at 11:59 EST tonight.




Princesse & Dragon’s flash sale means you can pick up the brand’s ILLUSION Merino wool scarf for 50% off the regular price, until 10:00 am tomorrow January 9. The scarf comes in three colour ways and is on sale for $90.





Randy Boswell in the Ottawa Citizen has a long read on the no-win situation of the Alexandra Bridge.

The National Capital Commission wants to replace it, but the rebuild team will need to consider 12 points including ‘1. Celebrate the engineering marvel that the original, 122-year-old structure represents, 2. Advance the cause of Indigenous reconciliation, and 3. Include features to commemorate a dark moment in the LGBTQ2+ history of Canada’.

Others argue that it's crazy to replace an icon and the existing bridge should be renovated for transit and pedestrian use.



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