What Ottawa is Talking About – 13 December 2021

13 December 2021

▪️Three people have nominated themselves as Ottawa's next mayor: Diane Deans, Catherine McKenney, and Bob Chiarelli. Deans and McKenney are current City councillors. Chiarelli was elected mayor in 2000 – the first mayor of the amalgamation – reëlected in 2003 but lost in 2006. He's related to, but a completely different guy from, that other Chiarelli. Mayor Jim Watson announced last Friday that he will not run again in next October's civic election. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa West Winter Trail will extend an extra 16 km. The extention will run along Watts Creek, extending the trail from Carling Avenue to March Road. The trail can be used by for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers, and hikers. [CBC] [Map and Info]

▪️The City has opened up applications for career firefighters. Eighteen years of age or older? Good physical condition? Not actually starting fires yourself? That plus a successful completion of National Fire Protection Association 1001 Level 1 & 2 and NFPA 1072 or 472 Operations level can get you an interview. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Les Emmerson has passed away at age 77 from COVID-19. The founder of the Five Man Electrical Band, who was double vaccinated, had a hit in 1971 with Signs. [CTV]

▪️Amazon is opening a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Hawthorne Industrial Park.  One hundred new jobs are expected to be created. [Newswire]

▪️The CBC has a twenty-minute audio features on Brigitte Cleroux, the woman who pretended to be a nurse here in Ottawa, then moved to Vancouver and did the same thing there. [CBC]

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