Issue 584 Volume 3 Number 83

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, August 5, 2022 and we wonder if we could ever come with with a event name like the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Water and Dirt Festival ourselves? It's in the Pembroke and Petawawa area this weekend.

All Weekend

▪️This weekend marks the 75th Navan Fair. This year’s fair packs a lot into the four days. There are alpaca, cattleman’s and horse shows, antique machinery to view, truck and tractor pulls, and 4H. There’s even a baby show, during which we’re pretty sure much hilarity will ensue. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $3 for children 4 to 12. No charge for kids under 3. 8:00am to 11:00pm today and tomorrow, and 8:00am to 4:00pm Sunday. 1279 Colonial Road, Navan. 

▪️Celebrate 30 years of Festival Country Gatineau this weekend. Buy single tickets or tables of four near the stage. You’ll find food and drinks on site. Friday night’s headliner is Maniwaki’s own Matt Lang, and on Saturday enjoy Morning Day, while Sunday’s main event will feature a tribute to Quebec country star Patrick Norman.
Robert Guertin Arena 125 Rue de Carillon, Gatineau, QC. 

▪️It’s the first weekend of Ottawa Greek Festival, today through Sunday from 4:30pm to 10:00pm. Enjoy classic Greek food, watch the Odyssey Dance Troupe perform traditional dances from Greece, enter the r50/50 raffle, and on Saturday at 7:00pm take the tour of the Formation of the Virgin Mary church. 1315 Prince of Wales Drive. 

▪️The Classic Theatre Festival is back at the Arts Court Theatre, and this summer’s production The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog, chronicles 35 years of a marriage (played in the original production by real life couple Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn). Tickets range from $25.20 to $36. 


Tonight’s performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by A Company of Fools will take place at Raven Park in Carlington. The show starts at 7:00pm and runs for 90 minutes. Admission is Pay What You Can. 


▪️Carp Farmers Market celebrates garlic season with the first of four Garlic Festival days. From 8:00am to 1:00pm shop from over 60 vendors, many of whom will have fresh Ontario garlic for sale. 3790 Carp Road, Carp. 

▪️Great Fires/Grands Feux festival celebrates 25 years this month. Tonight, enjoy fireworks from France from your chair or blanket (bring your own). Your ticket gets you access to the lawn from which you can view the fireworks, enjoy immersive experiences for the whole family, and buy food from the onsite food trucks. Or purchase a picnic to enjoy while you watch the fireworks. Tickets can only be purchased online. 

▪️A Company of Fools’ production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest shows up at Clare Gardens in Westboro. The show begins at 7:00pm and runs 90 minutes. Admission is Pay What You Can. 

▪️Hey, how about dinner and a show? Oh Canada Eh? is a musical comedy tribute to Canadian music, ranging from traditional folk songs to radio hits from Paul Anka, Celine Dion, and many more. Dinner’s at 6:15pm and the show begins at 7:00pm. Royal Canadian Legion - Montgomery Branch 351, 330 Kent Street. 

▪️Create a glass painting for your home with the Beginner Rude Glass Painting workshop by Square Lemon. This beginner level workshop from Moonstoned Alternative will have participants customizing a “Bitch Please” statement that will make a great conversation piece. Limited tickets are available. 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Square Lemon Artistic Association 2350 Stevenage Drive Unit 14. 

▪️The Ottawa Mystic Market returns. You'll find them at Cloud Forest Coffee + Pokoloko, 339 Richmond Rd from 10 am to 4 pm. 


▪️Comedy for Clean Water hosted by Kana Leaf Cannabis, at the Barley Mow Westboro.

▪️The Nepean Night Market is on between 5 pm and 9 pm, 1442 Baseline Road.  

Deals of the Day

▪️Get 10% off in Birch Jewellery’s Necklace Flash Sale. Enter the code NECKLACE10 at checkout, until 11:59 on Sunday. 

▪️Use the code SUMMER22 for 22% off site-wide at Muttonhead. Stock up on comfy and stylish basics for adults and kids. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 28°, low of 17°.   

Number: 170. The number of bus trips cancelled yesterday by OC Transpo. 324 bus trips were cancelled the day before. OC Transpo blames drivers out sick or on holidays. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: John W. Egan. The Stittsville author has published his sixth novel, Spring of 1813Spring of 1813 is the second part of Beyond 1812, which deals with an alternative result of the War of 1812. [Stittsville Central]

Quote: ‘It's our understanding that the Freedom Convoy had a stage on the street. Perhaps that might have been seen as more appropriate if somebody had booked a venue space down the street.’ – United People of Canada director William Komer says, to whom Politico quips ‘A venue space like an old church, perhaps.’

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▪️A pair of MPPs are asking why two family physicians, a nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse were laid off from the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. Ottawa West-Nepean’s Chandra Pasma and Ottawa Centre’s Joel Harden have written to the Provincial Minister of Health asking that she investigate management of the Centre. The Centre previously said that the layoffs were part of a restructing that would allow it to provide service to more people. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa Police Services Board is officially accepting applications for its new chief. The help wanted ad says the board is  ‘seeking a transformational leader who models the values of honour, courage and service and champions a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion’ and ‘will increase efforts to respond to the findings of race-based data, including increasing outreach efforts to marginalized and racialized populations and focusing on neighbourhood policing’. It notes that ‘With a vibrant technology sector, and high median household income, Ottawa is a great place to live, work, and play’. Sounds like you? Send your résumé to by August 31. [Help Wanted – Police Chief]

▪️The investigation into Ottawa Police Officers donating to the Trucker convoy was supposed to end in June. It hasn't. At least six Ottawa Police officers and 20 Ontario Provincial Police officers donated to the Trucker siege. [CBC]

▪️Gatineau judge gives conditional discharge to man who assaulted his wife because jail sentence may cause him to lose his City of Ottawa job. The Crown had asked for a six-month jail sentence for the maintenance work, who pled guilty. The judge said a criminal record would prevent the man from visiting his sister in the United States. [CBC]

Today’s Ottawa Home Office

We asked for pictures of your home office to share with our readers. 

Today is reader ‘Joe’:

I like a space that is neat, bright and not too cluttered looking. Facing a bright window just suits me fine as I don't care for dark spaces.

The chair with the blue pad on the left is where my cat sometimes whiles away the time sleeping or watching me at my play.

The cabinetry was ordered through Masse in Cornwall, the desk through Wayfair and most of the rest of the "stuff" through Staples, Amazon, etc. 

I've always liked to surround myself with things that remind me of some happy memories, some of my interests and things that I find humorous. 

Now that I have retired, I can take the time to enjoy life and do things without being pressed for time. It is my space and just the way I like it. 


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