Issue 594 Volume 3 Number 94

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, August 22, 2022 and we love the story of the the Elvis Sighting Society, which was headquartered at Moe’s World Famous Newport eatery in Westboro. The society installed a red Elvis Sighting hotline in a booth and renamed the lane outside as Ruelle Elvis Lives Lane. Although the co-founder, Ottawa Sun columnist Earl McRae, said he was told by the man himself that he would call to prove he was alive, Elvis never did.

It’s true that into each ice some rain must fall, but the wet stuff won’t keep Capital Pride from delivering a huge range of activities and events every day this week.


The coming of age classic “But I’m a Cheerleader” screens tonight at Ottawa Art Gallery as part of Capital Pride Week. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and you can choose your seat. 6:30pm in the Alma Duncan Salon. 10 Daly Ave / 50 Mackenzie King Bridge

?The Jack Purcell Community Centre welcomes a youth Clothing Swap from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Free to attend, it’s open to people 25 and under. 320 Jack Purcell Lane.

▪️Watch the best of the best golfers at The CP Women’s Open, launching today with practice rounds, the Golf Canada Foundation Monday Pro-Am, and the Monday Qualifier. General Admission and Heritage Seating day tickets and weekly passes are available online and at the main gate 

Later this week

Ottawa Tool Library presents the Free Pride Week Sewing Circle, for 2SLGBTQIA+ makers of all levels of sewing experience. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by Wednesday. 10:00am to 12:00pm at 877a Boyd Avenue.

Old school flip phone makers Nokia and Ericsson are hosting a 2SLGBTQIA+ Movie Night over in the Nokia Lobby  on Thursday. The event is free to join and all are welcome. 600 March Road, 6:30 pm.

Deals of the day

▪️Get up to 50% off selected Tilley hats, some of which are made in Canada. 

▪️Toronto’s Stop and Smell the Candles’ Flash Sale is your opportunity to buy summer scents and less than perfect items at generous discounts.

▪️Stylish, made-in-Québec shoes and boots at a 20% discount? Yup, Martino’s is offering you-need-them-now styles for work and school at lower prices, until August 29. There are limited sizes available.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 23°, low of 17°.   

Number: $0. The price of naloxone kits in Ottawa, which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on opioids. The kits are free to anyone who could be vulnerable to an overdose or are in a position to help. [CityNews] [Where to get a kit]

Ottawan of the Day: Brendan Fraser. The actor will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for his performance in The Whale. [Deadline]

Quote: ‘He got to go out on his own terms. He's going to get a nice pension that is more than he ever paid me to work for him. And it's just, it's very upsetting in that respect’ – Former Rick Chiarelli staffer and one of his formal complainants, Stephanie Dobbs, on news that the College Ward councillor will not run again. [CBC]

SportsCFL Ottawa RedBlacks 12 – Edmonton Elks 30, last Friday CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Calvary FC 0, yesterday. This puts Atlético in first place in the league.  Frontier League Ottawa Titans  – Québec Capitales 6 – 1 last night, 0 – 6, last Saturday, 0 – 6, last Friday

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▪️The ‘Strong Mayors’ bill would empower the chief magistrate to veto bylaws, reorganize the city’s structure, directly hire department managers, and choose committee and board heads.That also means choosing the heads of the police and health boards.  Council, by a two-thirds vote, could overrule a mayor’s decision. The ‘Strong Mayors’ bill will only apply to Ottawa and Toronto but Premier Doug Ford has said it could be extended to other cities. [CBC] [Bill 3]

▪️The United People of Canada say that they have done nothing that affects St Brigid’s heritage status. The landlord of St Brigid’s accused the group of non-payment of rent, not having insurance, and of altering the building, which has heritage status inside and out. The group denies making any alterations, except painting the front door which does not require a permit. [CBC Tweet]

+ Related The eviction order against the United People is expected to be carried out on Thursday at 12:01 am.

+ Related Some videos of the United People having Sunday Service at St Brigid's

▪️The City has placed a water fountain powered by a fire hydrant in Chinatown. The fountain, which can also fill water bottles, will be relocated throughout the city every two weeks until the end of October. Should it go well, the City will create more next year. If you are wondering, water for fire hydrants and for household taps come from the same pipes. [CBC]

▪️An Ottawa Police officer charged with breach of trust has resigned after he pled guilty in court last Friday. Constable Sundeep Singh has been on paid leave since February 2021 after he was accused of breach of trust with a 19 year-old woman. Singh was assigned to help a woman in distress in the early hours, putting her in an ambulance. He later called her cellphone where she invited him to pick her up and he took her home, leaving her cellphone in his police vehicle. The same morning, he returned with the phone and the two had sex. [CBC]

▪️A customer died at the Trail Road Waste Facility In Richmond last Saturday. Details have not yet come forth but the memo sent to City Council reads ‘The Public Works Department sends its condolences to family, friends, and loved ones of the customer fatally injured in the incident’.  [Mannotick Messenger]

▪️A passenger was stuck between two floors at Parliament station and had to be rescued by rappelling fire fighters. The elevator stranded the passenger around 8 pm last night. After 9 pm, she was hauled out – by rope – to safety. The passenger has no injuries. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa Public Library wants your opinion on where it should build new libraries, what kind of physical access vs online access is desired, and what libraries should contain. They actually call it a ‘Facilities Framework’ survey, a wording that seems intended to discourage people from responding but it's all important high-level information. And it's a web survey, so you know the Library wants to record the info. Still, the City is good at communication and when something gives a ‘go away’ vibe, it's often because the decisions have already been made. [The Survey] [The Facilities Framework Plan(PDF)]

▪️Here’s a long piece about Rockcliffe resident David Cohen, the US ambassador to Canada. Nothing about our City in it and Federal stuff is outside our remit so we won't summarize,  but an interesting look at one of our neighbours. [Politico]


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