What Ottawa is Talking About – 7 September 2021

7 September 2021

▪️The sales listing for the Mayfair Theatre has been taken down. Fans of the Mayfair – as well as the Mayfair owners – were shocked by a real estate ad listing their building for sale, and noting that the cinema could be redeveloped. After an uproar, with many noting that the cinema is heritage listed, the listing has been removed. [Global]

▪️City committee recommends that Ottawa recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation day. The Finance and Economic Development Committee voted this morning to recognize the day each September 30 by an official proclamation and, at sunset, the Heritage Building and Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall and the OTTAWA sign in the ByWard Market would be illuminated orange to recognize the impact the residential school system has had on Indigenous communities. Council will make the decision September 22. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Ottawa Police are conducting a use-of-force review after a new video surfaced. A man was arrested in an apartment building May 25 for, amongst other things, possession of crack cocaine, assaulting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and breach of probation. An anonymous person has released surveillance that shows the man was punched 15 times and kneed four times. [CBC]

▪️Councillor Rick Chiarelli’s office says Twitter account was hacked. A Chicago comedian reported getting direct messages on Twitter from Chiarelli’s account last week, offering to take her to Europe and visit topless beaches. Chiarelli’s office says that some of the messages were sent when the Councillor had no access to his phone, such as when was in the receiving line at his father-in-law's wake. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Railfans have released a video discussing the Gatineau tramway project, the eventual rapibus conversion, the tramway insertion into Ottawa, and a 6th crossing between Gatineau-Ottawa.

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