Issue 592 Volume 3 Number 92

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, August 18, 2022 and here is a picture of a bear snacking on a birdfeeder in Katimavik last night.

This  Weekend

▪️The 178th edition of the Vankleek Hill Fair is now underway, offering classic country fair entertainment for the entire family. In addition to the midway, there are animal agricultural animal parades and shows, a roving magic show, Agri-Education presentations, and even a horse pull competition. The fair runs until Sunday, and tickets are available at the gate. 

▪️If you’re planning to take part in this year’s Cleaning the Capital fall campaign between September 15 and October 15, it’s time to register your project. 


▪️Ottawa Mic’s City Sounds, a series of 40 free concerts around town this summer, pops up at George St. Plaza in ByWard Market with Chyme at 7:00pm and Badda at 8:00pm. 

▪️From now til Sunday at 4:00pm, visit the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for a Farm Animal Tour. Entry is inlcuded in the regular admission to the museum. 2940 Old Montreal Road in Cumberland. 


▪️Coffee lovers, take note: enjoy free samples and learn everything you need to know about your favourite cup of Joe at Ottawa Coffee Fest. Held at Dominion City Brewing, 5510 Canotek Road Unit 15, you can buy regular tickets cost $9.55, or cough up $20.33 and enjoy the Coffee Lover Kit, which includes your festival admission plus a special mug and a City Seltzer from Dominion City Brewing. 

▪️Ottawa Mic and Glebe BIA present two more free City Sounds shows, this time at Aberdeen Plaza at Lansdowne Park: YARNS at 7:00pm and Treus at 8:00pm. 

▪️The Green Needle presents a Clothing Swap and Alterations Workshop from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, at 3033 Carling Ave. Suite 204. Bring clothing that you want to keep but that is in need of repair, and bring clothing you no longer want, that you'll swap with others (don't forget accessories, jewelry and shoes). Participation costs $30 per person. 

▪️Shop from more 10 local businesses at the Heart of Hintonburg Sidewalk Sale, from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday. 

▪️Curious about tiny homes? Visit the Humble Creek Homes open house at 10:00am. 3119 Carp Road 3119 Carp Road. 

▪️Pride Night Market at Parkdale Market offers shopping from 2SLGBTQIA+ small businesses, entertainment from DJs, and fun for everyone. 5:00pm to 9:00pm at 366 Parkdale Ave. 


▪️The annual Farm to Table dinner at Saunders Farm will feature a Pig & Corn Roast, a cash bar, and local beer and wine. $45 for adults, $30 for children, plus booking fees. 

▪️The final City Sounds shows of the weekend will roll out over the afternoon at Westboro’s Winston Square. Ottawa Mic and Westboro Village BIA present the free performances from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 

▪️Dominion City’s Pride Patio Party is the ultimate Pride warm up. From 12:00pm to 5:00pm enjoy tunes, food by Farinella, Merry Dairy, and Almanac Grain, great beer, and a tie dye station to build your outfit for Capital Pride next Sunday. 5510 Canotek Road. 

Deals of the day

▪️Until 11:59pm tonight, grab a final deal in the Betty X Bow Summer Sale on womenswear. 

▪️Get a free travel tumbler from Tease Tea when you order more than $80 from the website. That’s a $35 value. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 26°, low of 14°.   

Number: 8.4%. The per centage of people in Ottawa who spoke French at home in 2021, according to the most recent census. This is a drop from 10% in the previous census. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Dona Bowers, Kathy Crowe, Mary Alice Henry, and Norah McMahon. The four are pioneers in co-housing: they are building a home in Vanier which has four private areas built into one shared structure. [Ottawa Citizen] [Ottawa Co-housing]

Quote: ‘Maybe [Melanie Joly’s] staff might want to send a message to the parents/employers of these giggling, cackling, diplomatic brats as they tried to stifle free speech on Free Ukraine St. Tonight. I called them war crime supporters.’ – Speechwriter and former journalist Peter O’Neil on catching three Russians spray painting over the yellow-and-blue bike in front of the embassy. [Kyiv Post] [Twitter]

Sports: CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Halifax Wanderers 2, last night

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▪️The group attempting to buy St. Brigid's Church was nearly evicted last night. Details are hazy but it appears that a baliff was sent by the property owner to change the locks. A crowd of United People of Canada supporters blocked the baliff until the Ottawa Police arrived, who sent him away. The United People of Canada are attempting to buy the former church but have not yet done so. The group appears to be renting it at the moment but has not said if the rent is in arrears or not. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Journalist Justin Ling has looked into the business of William Komer, the London businessman who is thought to be financing the purchase of the church. Ling’s assessment: ‘Very little about the company screams it “has $6 million to spend on a church.”’

▪️New French-language sports radio station BPM Sports will launch August 31. It'll be on 96.5 Gatineau-Ottawa, which currently has a pop music format as VIBE 96.5. The station will be simulast with sister broadcasters in  Montréal and Québec City. [La Presse]

▪️OC Transpo has a new unit to practice putting your bike on and off a bus rack. The Rack and Roll tester is at Hurdman station. [Ottawa Transit Riders]

▪️The Federal Treasury Board says no to a ‘blanket exemption’  for Indigenous civil servants from learning both official languages. An Access-to-Information report shows that senior officials deliberated a request from the Indigenous Federal Employees Network to exempt the requirement to speak both English and French if the employee spoke an Indigenous language. The ultimate decision was no change to the requirements of bilingualilsm. [CityNews]

▪️Quebéc copper smelter is going to cut back its arsenic emissions to exceed only five times the provincial maximum. The Glencore smelter in Rouyn-Noranda, that's 500 km north of here, is currently releasing arsenic into the air at 33 times the provincial standard. The Province has told Glencore it must be reduced to 15 nanograms of arsenic per cubic metre of air – that's five times the standard – or be shut down in 2027. The company says that will cost $500 million and it is seeking government funding to make the changes. [CityNews]

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