Issue 657 Volume 3 Number 157

The Ottawan



It's Friday, November 25 2022 and any time Andrew King has a new story on Ottawa Rewind, we're all ears, err eyes. This time, King investigates an ‘out of place artifact’ found during a 1912 archaeological dig of an Iroquoian agricultural community of about 1600 persons from 500 years ago

More for the Weekend


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▪️Kindred Shop & Studio turns Black Friday on its head with an online sale that focuses on giving back. Everything is 25% off until midnight on Monday November 29, and a percentage of sales will support the Cat Rescue Network. That’s a win-win, people.

▪️Prokitchen Canotek is hosting a Festive Pop-Up today until 6:00 pm, featuring Top Shelf PreservesHungry Babe prepared vegan foods, and Michael’s Dolce (makers of small batch jam, sriracha, and BBQ sauce). 5370 Canotek Road, Unit 1.


▪️Visit local businesses at the Once Upon a Christmas in Downtown Perth. While you’re there, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through this improbably attractive town, sit by the bonfires, and check out the market on Gore street (which will be closed to traffic). 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

▪️Canada plays Croatia tomorrow at the World Cup, 11 am. Here are some places to watch it.


▪️The Idle Hands Art, Craft & Vintage Sale 2022 takes over St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall with a seven hour shopping experience featuring more than 50 indie craft and vintage vendors from Ottawa, Montréal, and Toronto. $5 entrance fee. 10:00am to 5:00pm at 523 Anthony Street. 


▪️Here’s a late entry for our list of Made in Canada advent calendars: the Ontario Craft Cider Advent Calendar from Savvy contains 24 ciders from across the Province ($119).

▪️Congratulations to Riverwood Acoustics, who have entered into a partnership with Costco. The retailer will sell Riverwood Accoustic’s Hudson speakers on its website

Deals of the day

▪️If you’re heading to Perth this weekend, stop by North Folk Café to buy a $50 gift certificate. You’ll also receive a $10 gift certificate back, to keep or to give away. It can be spent on anything in store, from coffee to pastries to Artizen Kombucha and their fresh soup of the day. 1 Gore St West, Perth. 

▪️Dominion City Brewing is throwing in a free toque or hat with every purchase of a case. They’re also dropping the prices on their merch by 30 to 50% off. 

▪️Items in the Muttonhead sales section are up to 70% off. 

▪️From right now until Saturday at noon, get 40% off your purchase at Stephanie Davis and donate 10% to the Ottawa Food Bank in one fell swoop. Use the code BUY1GET40+GIVE

▪️The Urban Botonist is offering 50% off DIY Workshop kits. There are some very cool kits in this collection. 

▪️Harlow Skin Co is offering a 40% discount on Harlow Skin Co products, and 20% off Atelier items. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌧️ 30% chance of showers. High of 6°, low of -3°. 

Number:  23:49. The amount of time, in minutes, that it took competitive eater Darrien Thomas to finish the Wellington Diner's Mac Daddy Burger Challenge. The 7 lb, 7,600 calorie meal consists of two Mac Daddy burgers, a Double Carnivore poutine, and a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake for $40 or, if you eat it within 40 minutes, it's free. A signed waiver is required. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Wade Redden. The former Sens defenceman is the second inductee into the team’s Ring of Honour, which will be recognized at a ceremony when his current team, the Anaheim Ducks, visits on Dec 12. [Montréal Gazette

Quote: ‘I certainly don’t approach it from a rivalry point of view. I’ve never met Ryan Reynolds. He’s from Vancouver, of course. He’s in gin, we’re in vodka — completely different categories. Bill Murray had a product out there a while back. I gave him some tips on what to do, how to get out there on the market. I wanted to help him with his, but other than that, not really.’ – Dan Ackroyd on the rivalry between actors and their ubiquitous booze brands. Ackroyd and his business partner own Crystal Head vodka. [St Catherine Standard

Sports: OHL Ottawa 67s 0 – North Bay Battalion 5, last night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The Governor-General was being bombarded with calls demanding that she fire New Edinburgh resident Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister. This was the beginning of Trudeau’s testimony to the Inquiry today, where he is the final witness.

▪️The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police wanted the Emergency Act to last for weeks. In notes created Feb 20 and released to the Inquiry, Brenda Lucki said they she wanted to finish what they started, and it would take two to three weeks. The Act was revoked after nine days.

▪️The Convoy lawyer who accused the president of a public relations firm of walking around the Convoy with a Nazi flag has been served with a notice of defamation. Brendan Miller accused the president of Enterprise Canada of carrying the flag to create a false impression that the Convoy would attract people who would carry around a Nazi flag. Enterprise and its president deny the story completely and point out the president was in Toronto at the time. Miller says the notice of defamation is an intimidation tactic.

The Rest

▪️After a heated debate, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board will not make masks mandatory in its schools. The vote by trustees was a 6 – 6 tie, which means the proposal fails. The Board says 10 to 15 per cent of students and teachers wear masks regularly. [CityNews

▪️The O Train inquiry has cost $14 million so far. Ten million has been spent by the Province, four million by the City. The report is scheduled to be released on Nov 30. [CBC]

+ Related City Council is having a special meeting on Monday to get an update on the legal issues of the O Train inquiry

▪️OC Transpo has a new plan for bad weather – cut service. On severe weather days, OC Transpo will switch to a Saturday schedule and remove all bendy buses from service. OC Transpo considers days where 30 cm of snow is expected as ‘severe weather’. [CBC]

▪️The Equity newspaper of Shawville has put up a PDF version of the Queen’s Coronation edition, published May 23, 1953. Linking to this really is apropos of nothing but old newspapers are inherently interesting and seeing ads like the one from the ‘Gatineau Power Company’ declaring ‘God Save the Queen’ can give one some sense of how things have changed. Also, it notes that Ottawa’s CBC TV station went on the air on Coronation Day. And at 139 years of age, The Equity is still publishing weekly. [The Equity Coronation Day Edition (PDF)]

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