Issue 642 Volume 3 Number 142

The Ottawan



It's Monday, October 31, 2022 and we’re fascinated by this Twitter thread by pop of local mom and pop business Shopify, CEO Tobi Lutke, who argues media in Canada writes negative stories about the company due to ‘tall poppy syndrome’. He says that American coverage is much more sympathetic.


Happy Hallowe’en

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▪️Use the 613 Halloween Map 2022 to explore the neighbourhoods who take this day extremely seriously. 

▪️You can choose to eat all of your leftover candy, or you chop up your leftover chocolate bars, candy corn, or candy-coated chocolate, and use them in the Halloween Candy Blondies recipe from Metro. They look scarily delicious. 

▪️St Louis Bar & Grill on Elgin has pitchers for a creepy $14.99 each. Whoa! 

▪️Take in the photo of a Victorian hair wreath at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Yes, it’s a wreath made of the hair of a deceased loved one. They did that back then. 

▪️Café Palmier in Chelsea is selling boo, scary! ghost cookies from Red Door Provisions today, and they are looking good. 40 Chemin Scott, Chelsea, Quebec. 

Theatre, darling

If you’ve ever experienced a British festive season Pantomime, you know that it’s raucous entertainment for the entire family. Get your tickets now for The Lakeside Players’ production of Jack and the Beanstalk this Thursday through Sunday at the Ron Kolbus Centre.This community theatre production promises an affordable night of jolly fun for the whole family. 

Deals of the day

▪️Anne Mulaire is offering 20% off until 11:59pm on November 3. Use code HUG20 to get your discount. 

▪️Birch Jewelry is offering a free gift to everyone who places an order today (October 31). If your order is over $50 you'll save a little with the code TRICKORTREAT. 

▪️Save at Huha with Spooky Singles: select your size and preferred coverage, and they’ll send you a surprise pair of undies for $21 (regularly $28). 

▪️Jocktober continues at Stroked Ego. Get 20% off mens’ underwear and socks today only. Use the code TREAT20 to get the discount. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌤️ Mainly cloudy. High of 13°, low of 8°.   

Number:  $1,088. How much it costs to feed a family of four per month in Ottawa, according to the Nutritious Food Basket analysis. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  Dean Steacy. The Gatineau man had been lobbying his local Rexall drugstore to introduce ‘talking’ prescription labels, a technology that allows a smartphone to read out information on drug labels like dosage, instructions, warnings, and the number of refills. Rexall has been dragging its feet for five years now but Shoppers Drug Mart has started providing the service, with a 48 hour waiting period. [CBC]

Quote: ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!’ – What you must say after turning your car headlines on and off three times when you want to see a ghost on a haunted road near Round Lake. For best results, some say you need to turn the car to the direction you came from. [CBC] [Map*]

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Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Florida Panthers 5, last Saturday CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 16 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23, last Saturday OHL Ottawa 67s 6 – Soo Greyhounds 1, last night, Ottawa 67s 3 – Peterborough Petes 5, last Friday CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – Hamilton Forge, last night. Thus ends the CPL season. 

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🗳️ The Election

▪️Mayor-elect Mark Sutcliffe won 19 of the City’s 24 wards. The urban centre – Capital ward, Rideau-Vanier, Kitchissippi, Somerset and Rideau-Rockcliffe – all went to Catherine McKenney.

🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Former police chief Peter Sloly testified that then-police services board chair Diane Deans phoned him up and asked, ‘have you thought about resigning’ during the convoy.

▪️The Mounties searched on the Kijiji classified ads website for tow truck drivers, they were so desperate to find them.

The Rest

▪️The body of a 39 year-old Inuit woman has been found at a a Deschamps Avenue construction site. Mary Papatsie had been reported missing for five years. [CBC]

▪️A man injured by an explosion at Eastway Tank in 2008 had sued the company. The claim was dismissed because the law says it should be handled under the provincial worker’s compensation board. Six Eastway employees died after an explosion last January. [CBC]

▪️A summit for Nunuvut artists will be held in Ottawa this week – because there is no space up North. The Qaggiavuut annual performing arts summit which brings together Inuit and Northern musicians, actors, dancers, and storytellers will meet at Club SAW from Nov 3 to 7. Organizers says it is much cheaper to run the summit in Ottawa as opposed to hotel and theatre tech required in Nunuvut. [CBC]

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