Issue 608 Volume 3 Number 108

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, September 12, 2022 and we have learned that the University of Ottawa has been running a lab to study the nectar habits of Monarch butterflies, which they require for the 4,000 km trip from here to Mexico and back every year.



▪️Sept 12 - Oct 1 A Company of Fools’ new season of Shakespeare in the Park was meant to launch this evening at the Canadensis Garden at the Experimental Farm, however the performances from tonight through Wednesday have been canceled. 

▪️Until Thanksgiving, you can pick your own apples from 8:00am to 5:30pm, seven days a week at Hall’s Apple Market in Brockville. 2930 Concession 2 Rd, Brockville, ON 


▪️Start the day right with networking and listen as a panel of local busines leaders discusses "Business community priorities for the next term of Council" at the Mayor’s Breakfast from 7:00am to 9:00 am. Ottawa City Hall - Jean Pigott Place 110 Laurier Ave West.

▪️The Nepean Centrepointe branch of Ottawa Public Library is holding a Genealogy Drop-in tomorrow and Tuesday September 27 at 2:15pm. Over 60 minutes, you’ll learn how to use the Library’s resources to work on your family tree. 

Coming Up

▪️Mayfair Theatre’s fan-favourite event, the Saturday morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party is back. On Saturday October 15 at 10:00am, enjoy three hours of classic cartoons and retro commercial breaks as well as a sugary cereal buffet. Bring your own spoon and bowl, and wear your PJs for the most authentic experience. $10 for member, $14.50 for non-members. 1074 Bank St.


Deals of the day

▪️Bkind is offering a free body scrub with all orders over $120. The scrub, valued at $34, exfoliates, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin, and is available in two invigorating fragrances. 

▪️Get a free Pure Balanxed Effortless V-Neck Tee for free with purchases of over $160 (before tax). Offer ends September 14 at 11:59pm.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Mainly cloudy. High of 26°, low of 18°.   

Number: 69%. That portion of Ottawa’s 8,479 streets on which Hintonburg resident Alain Vermette has run. Vermette started Jan 1, 2021 and intends to run every single street, at about 16 km per day. [Kitchissippi Times]

Ottawan of the Day: Pierre Poilievre. The Manotick resident and MP for Carleton is the new leader of the Conservative Party and, therefore, leader of his Majesty’s loyal opposition. [CBC]

Quote: ‘They like to feed on burgers, on stuff we like to eat as well’ – Robert Caron, Ottawa area manager with pest removal company Orkin. Many people believe that there has been an increase in wasps right now over previous years.  [CTV]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 19 - Toronto Argonauts 24, last Saturday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Pacific FC 1, last night; Frontier League Ottawa Titans - Québec Capitales 1 - 1 last night, 3 - 4 last Saturday, 3 - 0 last Friday – and that's it until next year for the Titan’s season.

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Monarchy News

New Edinburgh resident Governor General Mary Simon and her guesthouse tenant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a meeting of the Privy Council recognizing Charles III as the new King of Canada. They later came outside to hear the official proclamation read on the steps of Rideau Hall.


The Rest

▪️Federal civil servants marched through downtown Ottawa to protest an ‘insulting’ pay rise offer. The Treasury Board has offered a 1.75 per cent increase in pay per year, the Public Service Alliance of Canada wants 4.5 per cent. Mediation talks begin today. [CTV]

▪️The West Carleton Rivermen have left Ottawa for Arnprior. The Senior ‘A’ Amateur Mens hockey team has left their home ice of the Cavanagh Sensplex for Arnprior’s Nick Smith Centre. They have also adopted the name of their new town, the Arnprior Rivermen. [CTV]

▪️The response by the United People of Canada to their eviction hearing has been published on Twitter. The group, which was trying to buy the former St Brigid’s Church, was taken to an eviction hearing by the landlord two weeks ago. The judge at that point agreed to postpone the hearing until Sept 19. In a Twitter feed, here is the response that the group originally provided to the court.

▪️A cartoon mystery that began with a 90s Ottawa family photo has ended after six years. This is weird Internet stuff so it’s complex to explain, but here we go. Six years ago Emily Charette – she’s the girl in the centre in the picture below – submitted the 90s-era family photo to her office photo guessing contest. The question: from what show is the TV clip of the elf man? The contest moved online, involving thousands of people on Tumblr, then Reddit, then Twitter as social media tastes changed. No one had a clue.  Years went by.

Until now.

Two brothers in Wisconsin owned a VHS tape that had the answer: the 1991 Canadian animation The Soulmates: The Gift of Light, starring Al Waxman. Internet, right?  [CBC] [Full film on YouTube]

▪️Don't be too concerned if an Ottawa fire fighter shows up at your door. Every day until the 19th, fire fighters will be knocking on doors, offering to check your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. They will be in uniform and you are not required to let them in. [City of Ottawa]

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