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Save the Date for Ottawa’s Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market





It was a morning, just like every other morning, when my husband and I visited Grow Studios in the heart of Westboro Village. We got ready, had breakfast with our kids, and put them on the bus.

But while the day started off like every other, we traded in our computers, grabbed the camera instead and headed out the door to learn more about the artists behind one of Ottawa’s favourite new holiday markets, Mistletoe & Ivy.

A Visit To Grow Studios 

We had the opportunity to step away from work and connect with some of Grow Studio’s talented individuals and craftspeople who were busy working on goods for the upcoming handmade market.

When I entered Grow Studios, I felt like I had snuck into Santa’s workshop. Everyone was carefully and meticulously crafting beautiful products, such as ornaments and jewellery, all in a welcoming, friendly environment. The light flowed into the open-concept space through the large windows and music filled the air. 

Meeting the Makers 

During our tour of the studio lead by John, one of the artisans, I had a chance to observe the workflow and process of making some of the goods and I was in awe at the magnificent craftsmanship that was on display!

I was moved by the artistry, kindness, and spirit behind these handmade products. It was obvious they were not only made with skill but heart as well.

Grow Studios | Zzzz Pot $14 | Holly Rose Gold Necklace $18 | Isabella Bracelet $28

With the Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market being just around the corner – on Saturday, November 24th – it’s clear the team at Grow Studios have been working hard to prepare for the special day.

My husband and I were lucky to get a sneak peek at some of the lovely handmade items created by Grow Studios that will be available for purchase at Mistletoe & Ivy, as well as works by other local vendors who will be participating in the event. To say I was impressed would be an understatement – it’s truly inspiring to see the incredible talent our city has to offer.

Snail Crafts | Quilt

The Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market is an Ottawa event not to be missed! It’s a wonderful way to ring in the season and begin your holiday shopping while supporting local handmade artisans and social enterprises.

Save the date!

Saturday Nov. 24, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00pm
allsaints Event Space (10 Blackburn Ave. Ottawa ON)
$2 Admission (16 and under are free)

Visit the Facebook event page here.

About Grow Studios

Grow Studios first opened its doors in early 2008. Since our beginning, we have committed ourselves to creating beautiful products, providing quality services, and opening doors for people who have barriers to employment. When you buy from Grow Studios you are not only making a meaningful purchase, you are increasing opportunities for people with exceptional needs.

Here’s a look at more of the items available for sale at Ottawa’s Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market 

Primrose Apparel | 3-6 months Plaid Raglan $30

Truly Charlotte | Panda Bear

Kricklewood Farm | Sunflower Infusions Boxed Set $26


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Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling





So, how’s it going with online school? Families reached by CBC Ottawa seem to have mixed reviews. 

Masuma Khan is a mother of two. Her seven-year-old, Hana Wyndham in Grade 2, is attending French immersion virtual school. Masuma is grateful it’s an option, but can’t help notice a lot of down time.

“There’s a lot of, ‘are you on mute?’ In terms of the amount of learning that’s actually happening, it does seem to be not that high,” said Masuma.

Parents who kept their children at home this fall are in the minority, but they still form a significant chunk of families in Ottawa.

In the city’s largest school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online.

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Top environment official urges Canadians to back Ottawa’s ambitious plans to tackle plastic trash





The second in command at the federal Environment Ministry challenged Canadians to continue to speak up about the problem of plastic pollution and push elected officials, scientists and businesses to do more.

Quebec MP Peter Schiefke, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, made the comments online at Vancouver’s annual zero waste conference on Friday.

He said most Canadians want solutions to curb the tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic garbage that ends up as litter each year on the country’s beaches, parks, lakes and in the stomachs of animals. 

“Making sure that message is heard with industry stakeholders, elected officials and make sure that they are constantly putting pressure on it … so we notice that this is something that Canadians want, the backing of Canadians to go and undertake these huge challenges,” he said.

Schiefke filled in for  Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson at the last minute after Wilkinson was called away to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass one of the most expensive fares in Canada





OTTAWA — OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass is one of the most expensive passes in Canada, and transit riders are facing another 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares on New Year’s Day.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Transit Commission meeting on the 2021 budget, CTV News Ottawa looked at the cost of a monthly adult bus pass at transit services across Canada. Ottawa ranks behind the TTC in Toronto, Mississauga’s “MiWay”, Brampton Transit and Vancouver “TransLink” Zone 2 access to the suburbs for most expensive transit fares in Canada.

The cost of an OC Transpo adult monthly bus pass is currently $119.50 a month.

The 2021 City of Ottawa budget includes a proposed 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares. If approved, an adult monthly transit pass will increase $3 to $122.50, while a youth pass will increase $2.25 to $94.50 a month.  The cost of an adult single-ride cash fare would rise a nickel to $3.65.

The TTC is the most expensive transit service in Canada, charging $156 a month for an adult fare. MiWay charges $135 a month, and the cost of an adult monthly pass with Brampton Transit is $128.

Metro Vancouver’s transportation network “TransLink” has three fare zones. The monthly bus pass cost for “Zone 1”, which covers Vancouver, is $97 for adults. The “Zone 2” fare, which covers Vancouver and the suburbs of Richmond and Burnaby, is $131 a month.

Edmonton Transit Service, which includes a Light Rail System with 18 stations on two different lines, charges $97 a month for an adult monthly bus pass.

An adult monthly bus pass in Calgary costs $109 a month.

The survey by CTV News Ottawa of transit fares across Canada shows Gatineau has higher transit fares than Montreal and Quebec City. The STO charges $99 a month.

A monthly adult bus pass costs $88.50 in Montreal and $89.50 in Quebec City.

The cheapest adult monthly bus fare is in Charlottetown, at $58.50 a month. A monthly bus pass in Whitehorse costs $62 a month.

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