WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
?️ 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]
▪️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]