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ssue 595 Volume 3 Number 95

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, August 23, 2022 and we’re just dying to know who the real life counterparts are in Jim McEwen’s roman à clef of West Carleton and the Ottawa Valley, Fearnoch.

Capital Pride continues with Cafe Au Gay coffeehouse, a chance to hear spoken word and accoustic music from 7:00pm to 9:00pm tonight at Happy Goat Coffee. 35 Laurel St. 

? Capital Pride, The United States Embassy Ottawa, and the Welsh Government in Canada present the Canadian première of Donna, a documentary about transgender rights activist Donna Personna. 6:00pm at the Alma Duncan Salon at Ottawa Art Gallery. 560 Mackenzie King Bridge. 

Tommi B Coyote’s Zach (she/her), is at the NAC until Sunday, with performances at 2:30pm and 8:30pm. It’s a musical story about an adopted trans girl on a journey from Calgary to Vancouver to find her birth parents. 

▪️There are only a few days remaining to view Figure Figure, a group exhibition at Studio Sixty Six features works exploring the contemporary figure. 


Deals of the day

Broadhead Brewery’s Price Pack 24 is back. It’s a rainbow pack of Amber Ale, American Wheat, Blueberry Blonde, Lager, NEIPA and Tangerine IPA. $10 from every case sold is donated to Ten Oaks Project, supporting children, youth and families in 2SLGBTQ+ communities. $84.44 for a pack of 24. 

▪️Wool and wool/silk scarves with slight imperfections are on sale at Princesse & Dragon until August 25. 

▪️Get mid-season printed leggings for 40% off the regular price at Anne Mulaire

▪️Hate to say it, but there’s a whiff of Fall in the air today. If you need new pjs for the cooler season, head to the outlet pages of Au Lit, where the 100% cotton, 220 thread count, made-in-Toronto pyjamas are half price. 

▪️There are lots of made-in-North America bargains to be had in the Muttonhead Warehouse sale

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ A few showers. High of 23°, low of 16°.   

Number: 2,400. The number of Ottawa students who don't have a school bus to catch. A shortage of 27 drivers means that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will need to cancel routes. Parents can sign up for email notifications to stay updated. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day: Anil Arora, Karla Briones, and Roda Muse. The three were honoured as among Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants 2022 by Canadian Immigrant magazine. [Canadian Immigrant]

Quote: ‘I have been concerned about this possibility for many years. If it comes back, I am afraid it will come back with a vengeance because it is quite prolific’ – Syed Sattar, emeritus professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. Ottawa’s coronavirus wastewater monitoring programme will start testing for polio now that it has been found in the US, UK, and Israel. Canada was declared polio-free in 1994. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Someone stole an original Karsh print of Churchill from the Château Laurier and replaced it with a copy. The famous image of a scowling Winston Churchill, taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1941, has been reproduced worldwide but only a few prints from the original negative – by the photographer himself – were ever made. The Château Laurier’s print was one of these, gifted to the hotel in 1998. The director of the Karsh estate says that he viewed the print on the wall in 2019, and it was an original print at that time. The hotel itself thinks that it disappeared over the break last Christmas, thanks to photos shared by the public. The swap was noticed Friday by a hotel staff member who observed that the frame was different from those of other prints on the wall. [National Post]

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney is releasing donor names before election day. All candidates are required to release the names of anyone who donated $100 or more but only after the election is over. McKenney will be voluntarily releasing the names as they come in. McKenney has previously said that the campaign will not accept donations from developers. [CityNews] [McKenney Campaign]

▪️Federal civil servants won’t get a bilingualism bonus for speaking an Indigenous languageFederal employees who work in a position that requires both English and French are paid an $800 per year bonus. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, representing 120,000 Federal workers, proposed extending the bonus to those who spoke an official language and an Indigenous language. The Treasury Board discussed and ultimately nixed the idea. [Globe & Mail]

▪️Here are the 10 best places to work in Ottawa, as determined by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Board of Trade

The votes were tabulated from the employees themselves. Eligible firms had to be be at least one year old, have an Ottawa office, and have at least 15 employees. The party will be in October. [Ottawa Business Journal]

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