WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
👑 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.
▪️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]