Wednesday, November 22 2023


❄️ Rain and Snow
High 2° Low -1°
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🌧️ Light Rain
High 2° Low -5°
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Sorry, usually on Wednesdays we do our Food + Drink roundup but we must dash out to pick up a turkey to celebrate Yanksgiving with our visiting American cousins. We‘ll do the full foodie roundup tomorrow.

Chocolate Advent Calendar Giveaway

We‘re sorry to report that your chocolate Advent calendar chances are getting smaller every hour. (It turns out that if you want to explode your inbox, just give away treats.) 

Martha‘s mom will draw one name each for the following Purdy’s chocolate advent calendars on Friday morning.

• Santa's Lodge Advent Calendar: email

Braille Advent Calendar: email

• Vegan Advent Calendar: email

– Martha and Darren


🎄Ongoing Christmas Reminders


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  Food + Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • 179,000
  • – The number of trips taken by e-scooters this year, double the amount over last year. (CBC)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Shawn Kenny
  • –  The Carleton professor of geomechanics leads a team that has created Snow Bot, a family of robots that may help keep ice on the Rideau Canal. The Snow Bots may clear snow, compact snow, or drill holes in the ice where it is unsafe for humans to do so. The first tests will be on Dow’s Lake. (Jack Hannah in Centretown Buzz)


  • We definitely want to see the federal government continue to be part of our future

  • – Mayor Mark Sutcliffe on the Federal government’s fall fiscal update which includes finding $15.4 billion in public sector funding cuts. The update did not say how this would be found. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



What’s going on at City Hall.

No more meetings this week.


🚒 Service de Sécurité Incendie de Gatineau

  •   Forty per cent of the firefighters in Gatineau have been prevented from working if they require a mask. Quebec’s workplace health and safety board has not approved all of the masks firefighters use, which must be tested every two years. Of the approximately 250 firefighters, 103 cannot use them and have been told to avoid emergencies where they are needed. (CBC)

🗑️ Garbage News

  •  Ottawa cannot send its garbage to a planned incinerator in Pontiac because of Québec law. While Ottawa has a deadline looming over the impending closure of Trail Road landfill in ten years, an planned incinerator in Pontiac wants to take Ottawa’s trash. However, Québec does not permit interprovincial trash transfers. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

🚨 Human Trafficking

  •  Three women and one man were arrrested for human trafficking after a ten month investigation. The four – aged 22 to 26 – were charged with multiple offenses involving a young girl exploited across Québec and Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Police say there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to call 1 888 310 1122. (William Eltherington at CTV)  

⚡ Battery Storage

  •  Gatineau’s Evolugen has a plan to build rural battery storage in Manotick. The same company has plans to build a battery storage facility in West Carleton. The idea is to buy electricity cheap at night and sell it back to Hydro One during peak hours. A public meeting will be held 6:30 pm Tuesday Nov. 28 at  the Manotick Arena, 5572 Dr. Leach Drive. (Manotick Messenger)


  •  Last night’s KISS concert at Canadian Tire Centre was cancelled as the doors were opening. A tweet from the band says it was due to an illness ‘in the band party’. We only mention this because this is the final tour by KISS and, unless there is an unlikely rescheduling, the band will never visit Ottawa again. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



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Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  It’s incredible but next Thursday November 30 the Rainbow Bistro celebrates its 39th anniversary, with a show that’s absolutely going to sell out. Ricky Paquette of The Sheepdogs has been playing the Rainbow since he was 12 years old, and is now a bona fide star. 
  •  Parlour’s Not Another Market, runs 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays in December. Imagine yourself wandering among the vendors, visiting a bottle shop, holding a lovely cocktail in your hand, and listening to tunes, and you’ll get the idea. Be a dear and bring a donation to the Parkdale Food Centre with you. 1319 Wellington St. W. Starts Sunday December 3
  •  Five course meal with NAC resident chef Paul Toussiant. January 11, 2024.
  •  TALK will be performing at Ottawa BluesFest (LeBreton Flats July 4-14, 2024)


Equator coffee has deals on coffee (25% off, plus a free tote with your order), equipment (from grinders to coffee scales and all the AeroPress things), merch (the 25th Cyclist jersey is badass), and even teas.

The Ottawa RedBlacks are offering a 5 game Half Season Pass that combines one pre-season with four regular season games, for $149.99

Calbogie Peaks’s Black Friday sale means 30% of hotel rooms and condo rentals, but only until 11:59 pm on Monday (November 27).

Get a free 250ml bottle of Eggnog Cream Liquor when you spend more than $95 at Vodkow.

Get up to 80% off Lifestyle items at Pink Tartan (pink Pickleball, anyone?).

The Mulberry and MacNab closing sale continues with deals on fabric. In the Black Friday Closing Sale you’ll find bigger discounts the more items you buy. No discount code is required. Buy .5meters to 6.5 metres of regularly priced fabrics and receive 15% off. When you buy 7 to 14.5 metres, the discount rises to 25%. Purchase 15 or more metres of regularly priced fabric and receive 35% off.


The City has closed the Chief William Commanda Bridge for winter. The incredibly popular pedestrian crossing over the Ottawa River between the Bayview transit station and the southern tip of Gatineau Park opened last summer. The City’s public works and recreation department said of the 143-year old former train crossing, ‘Due to the bridge’s steel structure and timber plank surface, the City is unable to safely undertake any plowing, salting or grit operations’. 

On Twitter, @DvdHam asks if anyone has the grant application to Infrastructure Canada from the City for funding, as the motion asking for it said the bridge ‘would serve as an interprovincial link for commuting and recreational cyclists, cross-country skiers and visitors...’

So, Federal employee ottawan readers, does anyone have the William Commanda Bridge Bridge reuse project (ICIP PTIS project 59795) application? Send it @DVDHam and to us at ‘’.



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