A Freedom Convoy-positive show is opening at the Art+ Galerie next week

Fringe is 50 portraits, hand-crafted black and white carbon prints based on Polaroid originals, of last February’s trucker siege, from the perspective of the truckers and trucker-adjacent.

Montréal photographer Paul Ozzello spent three weeks getting to know the participants and invites people to chat with him at the opening January 26th, 5 pm

– Martha and Darren


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  • ❄️  40 per cent chance of periods of light snow. High of 0°, low of -11°


  • $97 million
  • – The amount of income that Carleton University has earned from research last year, a 79 cent increase over the past four years. (Carleton University)

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  • Kai Edmonds
  • The Toronto Metropolitan University student from Carlsbad Springs is a goalie for Team Canada at the FISU 2023 Winter World University Games in Lake Placid. At the time of writing this newsletter,  Team Canada, which is 4-0 since the competition started last week, is up 2-0 vs Czech Republic and will be in the semifinal.  (TMU)


  • This plan is at risk of being overridden by car-centric sprawl 
  • – Transportation engineer Matt Pinder, who argues that the rare opportunity of transit being built before housing near the new Limebank O Train station is about to be squandered by the City approving big box stores in the area. (Twitter

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  • The former department store Zellers will return as a pop-up shop inside the Bay locations at Rideau Centre, St. Laurent Centre, and Les Promenades Gatineau later this month. Twenty-five pop-up Zellers will open across Canada.  (Megan Gillis in the Ottawa Citizen)

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  • Stay off the ice! says the National Capital Commission. Despite the facts that workers are on site, it's still dangerously thin. There is still no word on when this year’s opening will be but the warmer weather expected this week isn’t good news. (CBC)

🏗️ Proposed Zoning Changes

  • The City’s Planning and Housing Committee has approved a complex of four six storey buildings, with a total of 326 apartments. The build is on St. Joseph Boulevard, east of the Tenth Line Road on-ramps to highway 174. The plan does not include any retail for the occupants or neighbours. The change was required because the current zoning does not permit residential buildings(City of Ottawa report [PDF])
  • The Committee also approved two two-storey semi-detached homes are northeast of Granton and Bassano avenues. Eight residences would be created. Current zoning does not allow semi-detached homes. (City of Ottawa report [PDF])

    Both recommendations need to be approved by the full Council next Wednesday. 
  • Related The Ottawa Citizen has a Q & A with Kitchissippi ward councillor Jeff Leiper, chair of the Planning and Housing Committee. Nothing jumped out to us as something interesting other than Leiper thinks creating the Planning and Housing Committee is somewhat of a branding exercise.

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  • It’s been whispered in our ear that there are actually a few tickets left for tonight’s premiere of ‘Great Gatsby! It’s Murder’ at the NAC’s Fourth Stage, even though the show website says it’s sold out. Call Arya Landers at Paper Picture Productions on 1 647 300 2792 to access the tickets.

  • Ottawa Tool Library presents How to Plan for a Home Reno. Featuring Steven Schuhmann, a licences architect and project manager. From $23.17. 7:00pm to 8:30pm art OTL, 877a Boyd Ave.

  • 27-36 year olds are invited to head to Beyond the Pale for some speed dating and beer flights. Tickets are $49.97. 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 106.



  • If you like dark chocolate, Discover the World of Chocolate at JoJo CoCo. The tasting experience featuring dark chocolate from around the world starts at 7:00pm, with tickets costing $20. Buy them in the store or call to purchase over the phone. 613 435 7722


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Visit Full Cycle to receive a 20% on Norco Bigfood VLT fat bikes, perfect for exploring Ottawa’s winter bike trails.

Save 30% at Dominion City Brewing when you purchase a 12-pack. Not only that, but when you purchase either the Lager Pack or Hoppy Pack, you'll also get a cool 20oz DCBC glass.

Blondie Apparel’s East End Sweaters are on sale until January 22, with a 10% discount on one, 15% on two, and 20% when you buy three.

Past collections are up to 70% off at Annie 50, and you’ll also save on the winter 2023 series.

Save 20% on wall decals, wallpaper, and picture frames Station D. The discount will be applied at checkout.


rare 170 year-old Canadian stamp is up for auction on Saturday. The 12 Penny Black features Queen Victoria and cost 12 cents in 1851.  If you have $250,000, the 12 Penny Black will be auctioned 9 am Saturday at 1770 Woodward Dr.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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