Issue 651 Volume 3 Number 151

The Ottawan



It's Tuesday, November 15, 2022 and we’re in agreement with Citizen columnist Brigitte Pellerin who would like Ottawa’s kids to name the city’s snowplows, like they do in Scotland (Spready Mercury) and Michigan (Betty Whiteout). Pellerin suggested ‘Byplow Market’, we'd go with ‘Plowin’ Reynolds’. 

7 Made in Canada calendars to give and to keep

▪️The gorgeous images of local birds in the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre calendar ($25) were selected in a photography competition.

▪️The pages of the Garden Blooms 2023 Wall Calendar ($29.95) are adorned with rich illustrations of flowers, and feature Canadian and American holidays. Printed in Port Moody, BC. 

▪️Toronto artist Alisha Davidson’s 12 Months of Wild Womxn includes phases of the moon and important dates in the pagan calendar ($28). Available at Victoire. 

▪️View 12 different richly coloured landscapes by Perth-based artist Katherine Muir Miller in her 2023 wall calendar ($25), available for
pre-order from her gallery.

▪️The vivid depictions of animals and humans in the Indigenous Collection 2023 Wall Calendar with Jim Oskineegish Artworks are painted in the Shamanistic Woodland Style ($18.99). 

▪️Photographer Chris Kelly has created a letter sized calendar of Nova Scotia landscapes and birds ($27). 

▪️When you’re finished using the 2023 Buoys Modern Wall Calendarby Mezza Luna Studio ($23), you can use the mid-century modern inspired images as 4X6 postcards or wall art. 


Pretty Woman: The Musical sashays into the National Arts Centre tonight for am eight-performance run. 

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Number:  3. The number of family doctors who were found to be accepting new patients in a CBC Ottawa investigation. No, the physicians were not identified. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario lists 1,246 family doctors in Ottawa on their website. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day:  Barbara Ann Giroux. The teacher at Holy Family Catholic School is the 2022 recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her winning school project was to ask her students: do all children in Canada have the same rights? And if not, why? [CityNews]

Quote: ‘Longevity comes from staying abreast of what the customer needs and providing them something in an environment they enjoy coming back to’ – Giant Tiger CEO Paul Wood last year. Wood has been replaced after two years by interim CEO Gino DiGioacchino. [Ottawa Business Journal

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – New York Islanders 4, last  night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Documents and testimony from Federal officials show that American officials were concerned about cross border trade disrupted by the protests, and other governments were worried about the safety of their diplomats.

+ Related Global Affairs Canada was worried that the Canadian flag was being exported around the world as a symbol of ‘defiance of the law’

▪️The then Federal deputy minister of Public Safety was told by Ontario Provincial Police inspector Marcel Beaudin that a meeting between Federal and City officials with the Convoy might convince them to leave.  Rob Stewart had his doubts but did bring it up with the Federal  cabinet which did not organize a meeting.

The Rest

▪️Protestors say that locating the new Gatineau police station in the parking lot of a homeless shelter will result in the shelter’s users being fined and overly monitored. The Gatineau police need a new headquarters because their existing one is being expropriated for the new Gatineau hospital. The Robert-Guertin Centre, which houses the shelter, a supervised injection site, and a kitchen is itself being expropriated for a new hockey arena, requiring everyone – including the new police station – to leave eventually. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa’s new mayor and council were sworn in this morning at 10:30 am. In the past, swearing in was followed by a swanky dinner but today they are having a nice lunch in a room at City Hall. [Ottawa Citizen] [Watch the Video]

▪️The newly-elected trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will discuss mandatory student masking this evening. Yesterday, the Province’s chief medical officer recommended masking during all indoor activities. [CTV]

▪️The Provincial fall economic statement mentioned Ottawa only nine times in 174 pages. 1) Increased speed on the Queensway (enacted last April) 2) Promise to build Queensway from Arnprior to Renfrew 3) Support of the new Ottawa Hospital campus near Dow's Lake 4) The Ottawa Hospital getting 12 new inpatient beds for its Stem Cell Program Project 5 - 9) Schools and daycare space. [Ottawa Citizen] [The Statement]

▪️There is a new bus service running between Ottawa and Toronto starting next month. Alberta’s Red Arrow is launching Dec 4, with two daily trips to Toronto, stopping in Kingston and Scarborough. The company promises WiFi and complimentary beverages for a $97 one-way trip. Buses leave from the Ottawa ViaRail station. [ToDo Canada] [Red Arrow]

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