Issue 612 Volume 3 Number 112

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, September 16, 2022 and we really can't think of a better thing to do than watch The Room again. It's tonight at the Mayfair, playing once again, as it has year after year, for 10 years. 


7 More things for the Weekend

▪️The WOW Festival (Working on Wellness) brings together mental heath and physical health communities for dialogue, learning, and performance. Until 4:00pm today at Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall. 

▪️Heads up, sewing enthusiasts: It’s time to register for the Green Needle’s November and December classes

▪️Chill to the live music and enjoy the compact but delicious menu at the Point Lounge in Constance Bay, open all weekend (Darren and Martha especially love the pot stickers). Weather permitting, you can follow all that up with a walk along the beach. 346 Bayview Dr. 

▪️BIPOC women who are curious about beekeeping are invited to the BIPOC Womxn’s Beekeeping Experience from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday. Learn about bees and their lifecycles, and about the honey making process. $85, payable online or at the event. Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court. 

▪️On Sunday, Merry Dairy and the Ottawa Centre Refugee Action will bring an ice cream social to Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, to raise funds for three Afghan families. You can pre-order ice cream or buy a cone at the event (2:00pm to 5:00pm at 355 Cooper St). Merry Dairy is also taking pledges of up to $3 per cone sold (to a maximum donation of $500). They’ve already raised $5,000 of their $19,000 goal from advance orders of ice cream. 

▪️Cornerstone Housing for Women will be at the Elgin Street Market on Sunday. Chat with them at Boushey Square, 211-A Waverley Stret (at Elgin St) from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 

Guess who’s coming to (Thanksgiving) dinner? (Part 2)

▪️Maker Feed Co presents Thanksgiving To-Go! Order for pickup from 2607 Chemin Old Montreal Road on Sunday October 9. The dinner for two includes a slow roasted Cornish hen, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin spice carrot cake. $59.99. 

▪️Next’s Thanksgiving @ Home is an opportunity to join Chef Blackie (virtually) as he walks you through each step of an “over the top” feast. The meal is $59 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes a cocktail and canapés for each person, a bottle of wine, and a six course dinner. 

▪️Brookstreet Hotel’s Thanksgiving dinner will feed up to 10 people with a whole roasted turkey and all the trimmings. $350.

▪️The Take the Bone Home Thanksgiving 2022 Dinner in a Box from the Whalesbone is a meal kit feast for two people, ready to heat at home. Start with squash soup and salad, move on to the turkey (a brined and roasted breast and leg), cranberry compote, sausage and leek bread stuffing, Brussel sprouts, veggies, potatoes, gravy and buns. $72. 

Coming up

▪️On Tuesday September 20 the Institute for Research on Public Policy presents a conversation about Housing challenges and the rural-urban divide, 11:30am to 12:45pm online. Up for discussion: the Covid-related influx of urbanites to the countryside has raised house prices in rural areas. How should small communities respond? 

Deals of the day

▪️Get 25% off regularly priced Canadian-made furniture at Maison Corbeil, until September 25. 

▪️Spotted on ebb & flo: Canadian-made lipsticks in cute shades, on sale for $16.95 each (down from $23). 


From where we sit, we think that the world will largely shut down on Monday due to the Queen’s Funeral so even though we are not Federally regulated, we’ll be taking the day off. We'll see you again Tuesday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 19°, low of 10°.   

Number: $332,580. The amount of money donated to Pierre Poilievre’s leadership campaign by people who also donated to the Trucker convoy.  The total amount sent to Conservative Party candidates by Trucker convoy donees was $460,000, 72 per cent to Poilievre, 28 per cent to everyone else. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Patricia Boal. The CTV Ottawa News co-anchor is the new morning host on CFRA from 9 am to noon, starting Monday. She'll continue to co-anchor the TV news. [CTV]

Quote: ‘Her work is so strong and powerful, it speaks for itself — it draws you in even if you don’t know the subject matter’ – Wahsontiio Cross, Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada on photographer Katharine Takpannie’s striking images, in a new exhibit that captures the essence of dance. [Ottawa Citizen] [Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art]

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Monarchy News

▪️New Edinburgh residents Governor General Mary Simon and her houseguest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime ministers Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien, and Kim Campbell, former governors general Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston, and Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed, and President of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron will comprise the delegration to the Queen’s funeral Monday. Four Mounties will take part in the funeral procession.

Former prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson will attend the ceremony here.

▪️Ottawa Corgis will march in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, starting 3 pm Sunday. The route is from the Canadian Building Trades Monument at Major's Hill Park to the Royal Display for the Queen  at the Terrace of the Chateau Laurier.

+ Related CBC Radio interview

▪️The line-up on Monday is:

5 am – The funeral of Queen Elizabeth begins, and will be covered on every broadcast channel.

12:10 pm – A procession of the Canadian Armed Forces and members of the RCMP Musical Ride will depart Cartier Square Drill Hall, behind City Hall, past the War Memorial, and to the Parliament buildings, where 96 salvos will be fired into the air. The public is invited to come downtown and watch.

1 pm – Adrienne Clarkson and Brian Mulroney will make addresses at Christ Church Cathedral. Rufus Wainwright, Ginette Reno, violinist David Baik, playwright, producer and director Tomson Highway, vocalist Patricia Cano, and saxophonist Marcus Ali will perform, and there will be a tribute from Ottawa's English poet laureate and Algonquin Spiritual Advisor, Albert Dumont. The service ends with a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter jets flypast.

▪️The City has published a list of the street closures and bus reroutings for Monday.

?️ The Civic Election

▪️Tracey Lindeman writes in Ottawa magazine about the city’s continued sprawl and how candidates should be addressing transit and development.

▪️The Citizen asks three mayoral candidates about single family residential zoning, called R1. Nearly half of Ottawa is zoned R1, and the Province has been told by its own housing task force that it should be removed, allowing multi-unit buildings to be built in single family home areas. Catherine McKenney says the City should get ahead of the Province but would not use the expanded mayoral powers to force it through. Candidates Mark Sutcliffe and Bob Chiarelli are both against removing R1 zoning.

The Citizen also published in-depth pieces on those three candidates. We won't summarize them, but here they are: 

▪️ The latest poll by Mainstreet Research conducted for iPolitics (Paywalled) shows Ottawa voters would choose for mayor:

  • Catherine McKenney – 34.4 per cent
  • Mark Sutcliffe – 19.8 per cent
  • Bob Chiarelli – 11.2 per cent
  • Nour Kadri – 5 per cent
  • Celine Debassige – 0.8 per cent
  • Param Singh – 1.2 per cent
  • Mike Maguire – 1.5 per cent
  • Brandon Bay – 0.4 per cent

The poll also shows that the issues that are important to voters are:

  • Creating affordable housing – 31 per cent
  • Improving transit – 24 per cent
  • Decreasing taxes – 16 per cent
  • Roads/infrastructure – 15 per cent
  • Improving services – 15 per cent

Finally, 62 per cent disapprove or strongly disapprove of outgoing Mayor Jim Watson.

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.5 per cent at the 95 per cent confidence level.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe says 100,000 housing units will be built in Ottawa over the next decade if he is elected. One thousand of those units will be community housing each year. Sutcliffe says that he would waive or reduce development charges – such as those for pipes, transit, and community centres – if 20 per cent of the units are affordable.

▪️8,500 people have requested vote-by-mail ballots, around one per cent of the electorate. This is the first Ottawa election to offer vote-by-mail, although a 2020 mid-pandemic (which we're still in – please don't email us) byelection in Cumberland also had mail-in ballots. The deadline for applying to vote-by-mail is 4:30 today.


The Rest

▪️A landlord in Gloucester is demanding $3,000 from tenants in a retroactive rent increase going back to 2019 . Q Residential, the landlord, retroactively increased the rent and says it is because of necessary balcony work. Tenants in the low rent building – Capital Towers at 1244 Donald Street – are expected to pay the $3,000 by November 1st.. [CityNews]

▪️Wth the stock price declining, staff at mom-and-pop business Shopify have been given the option to take cash instead. The new plan will let employees choose between a mix of cash, restricted stock units, and stock options – and the stock can be cashed out immediately. The previous mix was fixed by the company and staff had to wait at least a year before selling out. Employees will get an extra 5 per cent if they choose stock over cash. [Bloomberg]

▪️The speed limit on Queen Elizabeth Driveway and part of Colonel By Drive will be reduced to 40 km/h. The National Capital Commission says it will ‘make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the Rideau Canal and surrounding pathways’. The new speed limit begins Monday. [CBC]

▪️An 82 year-old woman with a broken back spent eight hours in a Gatineau ER chair. The woman had been convinced by paramedics to avoid Gatineau Hospital, which was thought to have a six hour wait in the ambulance before even entering the hospital. Instead, the woman went to Hôpital de Papineau. She spent three days there, the first two in a bed in the corridor. The hospital said there was an abnormally high rate of patients. [CBC]

+ Related Across the river, CHEO also says that it is also seeing an abnormally high rate of patients.

▪️National Public Radio in the United States has broadcast a story about the Ottawa safer supply site. The reporter seemed impressed by the set-up, which he did not believe was available, or even permitted, anywhere in the US. Safer supply, as opposed to supervised injection, is where someone who is addicted to a harmful drug can medically be supplied with something less harmful. In an interview, ‘Max’, who is addicted to meth, was injected with Ritalin at the clinic. He gets the same high but has less risk to his life. [NPR Podcast and written transcript

▪️The City has opened up nominations for the 2023 Ottawa Heritage Awards. These awards recognize architectual works that have improved the heritage buildings between 2019 and 2022, it's not a ‘wow, cool old building’ award.

Project awards may be presented in seven categories:

  • Restoration: Returning a heritage resource to its original form, material and integrity.
  • Adaptive Reuse: Adapting an old building for a new purpose while retaining its heritage character.
  • Infill: New construction in a historic context.
  • Addition: New additions to historic buildings.
  • Government: Awarded to a restoration project at a public sector property.
  • Heritage Grants: Awarded to recipients of funding under the Heritage Grant Program for Building Restoration.
  • Other: This category will change depending on the projects submitted in a given year. Projects could include engineering projects (i.e. bridge restoration) or landscaping projects (i.e. restoration of historic gardens or parks).

The deadline is November 4.

[City of Ottawa] [Details]

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