Issue 623 Volume 3 Number 123

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, October 3, 2022 and we think that there is nothing nicer to do than to head to Carleton and float among the butterflies.

?️It's election day in Québec – don't forget to vote. Polling stations close at 8 pm. If you don't know where to go, use this tool.



VOTING HAS BEGUN. Vote for the best in Shops & Restaurants, Culture, Media, People and Place.

Polling ends next Tuesday.


Sad that the weekend’s over? Here are some Ottawa activities to raise the spirits tonight.

▪️Keep the good vibes going with Blue Grass Mondays at the Red Bird, featuring Bill White & White Pine. Doors at 7:00pm, $10. 1165 Bank St. 

▪️Release your inner diva at Karaoke Mondaze with Lance the Romance at Atomic Rooster. Sing, support your friends as they hit the stage, and enjoy half price wings from 10:00pm to 2:00am. 303 Bank St. 

▪️It's Shucktober at Big Daddy's Bourbon Street Bistro. From now until October 31 oysters are $1 each, while quantities last. 180 Cooper St. 


Deal of the day

▪️Save 15% on Blume caffeine replacement drinks, including flavours like Pumpkin Spice, Salted Caramel, Rose London Fog, Matcha Coconut, Oat Milk Chai, and more. Bundles and accessories like milk frothers are included in the sale. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 15°, low of 0°.   

Number: 16 per cent. How much of of the Federal public service has taken Indigenous training sessions through the Canada School of Public Service. Uniformed RCMP officers have the lowest take-up from all departments and agencies. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Christine Caron. Caron is a support group leader for people with post-sepsis syndrome and for people struggling to deal with their amputations. Caron lost an arm and both legs due to sepsis after a playful bite from her dog.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Symptoms of Sepsis]

Quote: ‘I wouldn’t say that embassies exaggerate their fears, but they are going to err, quite naturally, on the side of caution’ – Roy Norton, who oversaw the security of diplomatic missions within Canada from 2016 to 2019. Some Embassies in the City are more reasonable than others in their expectations of security from Canada. [CP24]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 19 – BC Lions 34 last Friday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Halifax Wanderers 1 last Saturday; NHL preseason Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 4 last Saturday; OHL Ottawa 67s 4 - Erie Otters 2 last night

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️The CBC has published the results of a questionaire sent to all 14 mayoral candidates. All 14 responded, which we think is a first.

▪️Mayoral candidate Bob Chiarelli promises to fight any zoning changes that would change single-family home neighbourhoods.

▪️Mayoral candidate Brandon Bay proposes $9 per hour parking downtown to raise money for transit.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe proposes that per hour parking downtown should not be raised.

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney has released "A Thriving, More Prosperous Ottawa" economic plan. [Full Plan]

▪️The Ottawa Arts Initiative is playing host to a Mayoral Town Hall this evening. Promising to appear are: Param Singh, Brandon Bay, Ade Olumide, Catherine McKenney, Mark Sutcliffe, Bernard Couchman, Mike Maguire, and Nour Kadri. People will be able to ask questions of the candidates.  6:00 pm Arts Court Theatre 2 Daly Ave, 3rd floor. 

? The Emergency Act Hearings

▪️Mayor Jim Watson would not talk to the Parliamentary Protective Service during the Trucker Convoy. Larry Brookson, the acting director of the Parliamentary Protective Service, testified to a joint committee that he tried to reach the Mayor and City Manager for three weeks. He was told repeatedly that the two were not available. Brookson said that the City and the Police granted permission to the protestors to park on Wellington Street, something that he opposed. [CBC

The Rest

▪️Gatineau will change the name of rue Amherst. It is named after the 18th Century chief of the British Army, Jeffery Amherst, who is alleged to have promoted distributing blankets infected with smallpox to Indigenous people in New France. Ottawa previously decided to retain the name of Amherst Crescent in Barrhaven as there is no evidence that it was named after the field marshal. Gatineau will consult with Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg First Nation on a new name. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Hundreds marched on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Friday in a bid to have its name changed

▪️The Ottawa RedBlacks have fired their head coach. This was the second season that Paul LaPolice had coached the RedBlacks. The team has lost all three of its matches so far this year. Special-teams co-ordinator Bob Dyce has been appointed interim head coach. [Sportsnet] [Statement from Paul LaPolice]

+ Related 88 tickets were issued after the Panda Game, with seven arrests. University of Ottawa Gee-Gees won 37-7 over the Carleton Ravens

▪️The seven most expensive houses for sale in Ottawa. The most expensive is $8.8 million in Dunrobin, the one closest to all of our’s price range is $3,950,000 in Cumberland. [CTV]

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