What Ottawa is Talking About – 29 March 2022

29 March 2022

▪️Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has died at age 62. Melnyk had come down with an unspecified illness. He had spent the last few years living in Barbados, where at $1 billion, he was one of the richest people in the country. Melnyk made his fortune from his former pharmaceutical businesses in Toronto. He leaves two daughters. [CBC]

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▪️The City is looking for someone to redevelop its property in ByWard Market. The property, 70 Clarence Street, is home to six shops and four levels of parking. The City is looking for someone to create a destination experience for the market. [City of Ottawa] [Police Tweet] [Docs]

▪️The Province will permanently increase the speed on two parts of Highway 417 – that's the  Queensway to you and meThe new permanent speed limit will be 110 km/h from 1 km east of Anderson Road (we think – that's where it starts now) in East Ottawa to the Quebéc border. In the West, the increased limit will be from Kanata to Arnprior. Nothing actually changes – those bits have been 110 km/h as a trial project since 2019. [CBC]

▪️An Ottawa Police Officer and a Tow Truck operator have had their charges stayed because the prosecution waited too long to to go to court. The two were charged as part of a kickback scheme by Ottawa Police officers to accept bribes from tow truck companies. Six people in total were charged, and now that the case has ended, only one person was convicted:  an Ottawa Police officer, who received a conditional discharge. [Ottawa Citizen


Entertainment

▪️Heartlines at the Great Canadian Theatre Company has a good review at Apartment 613. The play runs until April 3. [Apt 613

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