Issue 630 Volume 3 Number 130

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, October 13, 2022 and we're delighted by this short interview of two local hidden secret purveyorsLaura Byrne Paquetand Julia Weber.  Each give some good tips, but both agree on the Morris Island Conservation Area for a good walk.

IT’S THE FINAL DAY OF VOTING. Vote for the best in Shops & Restaurants, Culture, Media, People and Place. 

Voting ends 11:59pm tonight. Best poutine won't choose itself!

All Weekend

▪️Festival of Small Halls Fall Series continues with shows tonight through Sunday as well as next weekend. Tonight, hear the Barra MacNeils at DACA Community Centre, Dacre, Ontario. Saturday’s shows include Kellie Loder with Willie Stratton at The Matawatchan Hall, in Griffith, ON and Irish Mythen at Marble Arts Centre in Tweed. On Sunday at 2:30pm Ashley MacIsaac plays Joshua Bates Centre in Athens, ON, while Cassie & Maggie and Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra stop by Maberly Community Hall, Maberly ON.

▪️The Fresh Meat Theatre Festival begins tonight and runs all weekend, and next weekend. Ottawa theatre makers were invited to create short boundary-breaking works – for example, RAVE MOMS:‘Think Sunday school ministry meets Adidas tracksuits and glitter.’ 

Friday October 14 

▪️Alliance Française Ottawa, ByTowne Cinema, and Alcolé & Cie present Right in the Eye (En plein dans l’œil), a cinematic experience showcasing the films of Georges Méliès. During the screening of 12 Miélès films, three musicians will create a live soundtrack using over 50 different instruments. 7:00pm.

▪️Get out of town. Local musicians Herb & George take the stage at the Windmill Brewery taproom, 5 Newport Drive, Prescott, ON. 

Saturday October 15

▪️The Mayfair Theatre’s Saturday morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party is back for a 24th session. The fan-favourite event features three hours of classic cartoons starting at 10:00am, with retro commercial breaks. There’s a cereal buffet for everyone who attends. Bring your down spoon and bowl, and wear your PJs for the most authentic experience. $10 for member, $14.50 for non-members.1074 Bank St. 

▪️Head to the Blondie Apparel Annual Sample Sale, which will offer discounts of up to 60%. The sale features samples, damaged items, end-of-lines, slightly used pieces, and overstock. In person from 11:00am to 3:00pm at 2394 Dwyer Hill Road and online at 7:00pm. If it rains, the sale will be online only. 

▪️Ottawa Street Markets presents its final pop up market of the year at Carlington Coffee House (917 Merivale Road). Expect lots of fresh local veggies, bread, apples, and prepared food, as well as the Carlington’s usual bangin’ coffee. 

▪️ Catch rising star Naledi Sunstrum (OK Naledi) at The Queer Afro Music Showcase at Red Bird, with Strange Roots and MusicbyJayel. Pay What You Can tickets ($10 minimum plus fees and taxes). 1165 Bank Street Ottawa.

Sunday October 16

▪️Head to Farmgate Cider’s Open House to sample and mulled cider, take an autumnal walk through the orchard, and view the new barn. 11:00am to 3:00pm. 4547 Mohr’s Rd, Kinburn. 

▪️The very peaty Laphroaig Lore tops the list of whiskys on offer at Deacon Brodies' Sweet and Thrilling Scotch Tasting at 4:00pm Sunday. 

▪️The Barley Mow Westboro and Kana Leaf Cannibis present a Comedy for Clean Water Fundraiser, with Rachelle Elie, Mike Dambra, and Bobby Knauff. Proceeds will benefit Water First. 

▪️Build a Worm Studio and learn about Vermicomposting with Ottawa Tool Library and The Box of Life. 

Coming up

Bif Naked will appear at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre on Friday November 4. Tickets $34.83. 211 Bronson Ave. 

Deals of the day

▪️Ottawa Vintage Show returns to the Carleton University Fieldhouse next Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23. Expect the usual impressive number of vendors selling antiques and vintage clothing and vintage décor. Regular admission is $12 but if you head to the show website now there’s a link for a $2 discount. 

▪️Save up to 30% on bee decor, housewares, gardening tools, and more at the Gees Bees Honey Company Sale

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Showers. High of 16°, low of 6°.   

Number: 40 km/h above the speed limit on max 80 km/h roads or 50 km/h on others. The reckless speeds that define a charge of stunt driving. A driver of a Para Transpo bus was so charged over the weekend, although it was easier because he had no passengers. [CTV]

Gatinois of the Day: Pony Girl. The band is releasing their first album since 2015, Enny One Wil Love You, in a listening session tomorrow at 6 pm, The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington St. Free. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘Many people in Ottawa felt like they were prisoners of their own home’ – Lawyer Paul Champ in an opening statement to the public hearings on the the invocation of the Emergency Act. [Globe & Mail]

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidates Catherine McKenney and Bob Chiarelli want the Police Services Board to hold off hiring a new Police Chief until after the new council is seated. Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe says neither council nor the mayor pick the Chief, so he has no issue with it.

▪️Barrhaven West ward candidate David Hill was seen on camera removing opponent’s flyers and throwing them onto the ground. Hill has apologized.

▪️For Francophone Ottawa, Mayoral candidates Mark Sutcliffe considers himself bilingual, Bob Chiarelli said he is close to bilingual, and Catherine McKenney claims ‘beginner French’.

+ Related Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe has released a platform for issues affecting Francophone residents


The Rest

▪️After two years, Queensway Carleton has closed its patient unit in Kanata’s Fairfield Inn & Suites. The hospital used 56 beds in the hotel for COVID-19 safety, to separate patients who were not in emergency situations. Queensway Carleton now has a facility in a former retirement home and the hotel is reopening for travellers. [Ottawa CItizen

▪️A personal support worker and her family are all being held in an immigration detention centre for deportion. The retirement home employee, her husband, and two children fled to Canada three years ago after after her spouse was jailed over Rwandan politics (he escaped). While Canada had a programme to give health care workers residency, it ended before the Overbrook worker had taken up the job.   [Ottawa Citizen]

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