Monday, October 23 2023


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We've spent the weekend tabulating the nominations for the ottawan 2023 Best of Ottawa Awards and franky, we're amazed by some of the nominations this year. Nominated businesses come from a much wider spectrum across the City and many more Gatineau suggestions than we’ve seen in previous years.

Get ready to start voting tomorrow.

– Martha and Darren


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  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $4 million
    • – The amount that Via Rail wants from its lawsuit over the 2013 bus-train crash. Six people were killed when a Via Rail train struck an OC Transpo bus near Fallowfield in 2013. Via is suing the City of Ottawa and the estate of the bus driver for loss of business and damage to the train due to negligence and breach of duty on the part of the City.
    • The City is countersuing the two engineers on the train, alleging negligence. This is the last of 39 lawsuits related to the accident. The City has paid out at least $9.7 million.  (CBC

    Wendover of the Day

    • Lucille Groulx
    • – The truffle farmer in Wendover, an hour’s east of Ottawa, has discovered a new variety of the fungus. While Groulx had imported Burgundy truffles for her farm, the new one is native to the soil. She describes it as ‘distinguished by smoky notes, reminiscent of bacon’. Also, she did check with a laboratory at the University of Florida if the new truffle was toxic. They said no.  (CBC)


    • We have asked for temporary lighting in the meantime. That has not come to pass.

    • – Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) on the vast swaths of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway that the National Capital Commission has allowed to go dark. Only 83 of 229 streetlights are operational.  (Alistair Steele at CBC)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Detroit Red Wings 5 last Saturday


    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Ottawa Police Services Board
    Monday, October 23 at 4 pm

    • National Capital Area Crime Stoppers: semi-annual report
    • Chair’s verbal report
    • Chief’s verbal report
    • 2024 Ottawa Police Services Board meeting schedule
    • New board policy – communications and information sharing within the board
    • Board staffing strategy
    • Request for Auditor General to conduct an overall risk assessment audit of the Ottawa Police Service
    • Attendance at the Canadian Police Association and Canadian Association of Police Governance shared governance summit: "Pressures on Policing - A Shared Perspective"
    • RCMP special constable appointments and delegated authority: 1 Million March 4 Children events
    • Lease agreement for unit 107, 55 Rideau Street
    • AXON – replacement of VideOversight
    • Renewal of memorandum of understanding between the Ottawa Police Services Board and the City of Ottawa (Transportation Services)
    • Safe workplace program – annual update 2023
    • 2023 Workplace Investigations Office – annual report
    • Complaints report – part V, Police Services Act – third quarter 2023
    • Performance report - second quarter 2023
    • Legal Services report: third quarter 2023
    • Board monitoring requirements status report: third quarter 2023
    • Outstanding board inquiries and motions: October 2023
    • Letters of commendation – October 2023

    📋 Agenda

    Community Services Committee
    Tuesday, October 24 at noon

    • Update: Social Assistance modernization and Employment Services transformation
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Mary Tsai Park
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Crain Park
    • Motion of which notice has been previously given – geographically equitable distribution of access to resources and social services
    • Motion of which notice has been previously given – community garden action plan review and update
    • Motion of which notice has been previously given – Lowertown Community Resource Center relocation

    📋 Agenda


    🤕 The Ottawa Hospital

    •  Two units at the Ottawa Hospital’s General campus have been found to have water with legionellosis. Legionellosis is the bacteria that includes Legionnaire’s Disease and Pontiac fever, which, while causing sickness, is generally not life threatening. Legionellosis was also found in the hospital two years ago. (CBC)

    🛷 2024 Snowsuit Fund

    •  Donations are currently being accepted for the Snowsuit Fund. Over 6,000 snowsuits have been provided so far this year by the Fund, which usually expects to supply 16,000 of them to cold kids. The fund asks for donations of $45 to buy the suits, and charges eligible parents $10. (Jackie Perez at CTV) (Donate)

    📺 CJOH, Here’s to You

    •  Congratulations to CTV Ottawa for being recognized with two journalism awards Saturday.  The Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada awarded the Breaking News Large Market gong in the digital category for coverage of the Convoy and the TV Newscast Large Market award for coverage of the 
      derecho storm
      (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    💸 Lansdowne 2.0

    •  The Lansdowne 2.0 project may not even make it out of committee, says Ottawa Bulldog. The Bulldog is basing their info on a third party’s secret poll and is not naming any names, so take all of this with a grain of salt. But by The Bulldog’s reckoning, the November 2 special joint meeting of finance and planning committee would have 10 ‘no’ votes to seven ‘yes’ votes, which would prevent the Lansdowne 2.0 proposal from even making it to a Council vote. If it did make it to council, Bulldog’s unnamed tipster says the vote would be ‘15’ councillors voting no and ‘10’ (with the mayor) voting ‘yes’. (Ken Gray in the Ottawa Bulldog)

       Related The Bulldog points out that a report for Friday’s light-rail subcommittee says the Trillium Line has been pushed back to 2024, with no month or even season given, leaving the possibility that it could stretch into 2025. (The Report)

    🛻 Convoy Trial

    Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are on trial for their actions in the Convoy siege.

    •  The testimony of Ottawa Police Service constable Nicole Bach was paused after the defense asked how text messages from that period  had been deleted from her phone. Bach said she received an email that she was due to upgrade her phone but didn’t know that it would delete data.

      The defense had previously believed that only one other officer, Constable Isabelle Cyr, had information deleted by an upgrade. The defense is asking for the unredacted emails from the Ottawa Police Service to both officers about the upgrade.
    •  Unlike the CBC, the Canadian Press did not describe what Bach was wearing.
    •  The trial will resume Thursday.

      (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)



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    Ottawa Tourism has released a new niche itinerary:  How to have the best bachelorette weekend in Ottawa. They do get into specific locations – way too many for us to list – but your bachelorette and bachlorette-adjacent weekend would consist of: Day 1: Brunch, spa, and a night on the town, Day 2: High tea, manicures, and wine, and Day 3: Drag brunch, wellness, and dinner. That's a three day weekend, Ottawa Tourism, and we don’t get many of those. On the other hand, whatever, just call in sick.


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