Issue 613 Volume 3 Number 113

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2022 and now that Atlético Ottawa is number one, it's time to commence the bandwagon jumping. Check out this goal from Sunday


Get ready: we're opening nominations for our 3rd Annual Best of Ottawa awards tomorrow. We're looking for the best in Ottawa's food, cultural, and public service scenes – and we need you to make our nominations all encompassing. 

Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).

The link will go up tomorrow. We want you to ruminate overnight.


Cookies and Jazz

▪️The 2022 Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign will be donating $1 from the sale of the seasonal cookies to more than 500 charities across Canada. In Ottawa, $1 from each Smile Cookie sold will be donated to the Snowsuit Fund, which purchases warm snowsuits for kids 15 and younger from low-income families. Last year the Smile Campaign raised more than $207,000, enough to provide snowsuits for 4,100 children. It’s a great cause, and the cookies are yummy. Win-win. 

▪️Ottawa Jazz Festival is looking for three arts-passionate volunteers for its Board of Directors. 


▪️Ottawa Tool Library presents Home Plumbing Demo Night that cover everything from an overview of home plumbing systems to draining systems, pipes, and the tools you’ll need for home plumbing jobs. If you’ve ever wondered how to stop a leaky pipe, this is the demo for you. Bring your questions and your mask. 

▪️Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton U: FPA Currents Lecture: The Power of Hope in a World of Challenges at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre 355 Cooper St. The featured speaker, author and activist Maude Barlow will discuss her new book Still Hopeful, which pushes back on the prevailing pessimism of our world. 


▪️You can still get passes and single tickets for the Ottawa International Animation Festival, running September 21 through 25. The festival offers screenings, talks, and networking opportunities.

▪️Ottawa Tool Library is looking for Workshop Instructors. If you have wood working skills and the desire to make a bit of extra money, get in touch

Deals of the day

Bridgehead is offering free shipping across Canada on orders of $45 and over of coffee beans, pods, and grinds of your choice. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of rain. High of 17°, low of 7°.   

Number: 3.7. The multiple of the difference between the fine for for not having a transit ticket in Ottawa against the fine for not paying for your parking space. At $260, it is the highest fine in Canada.  Parking tickets are $70. [Passage]

Ottawan of the Day: Gabriela Dabrowski. The tennis star, with partner Luisa Stefani of Brazil, won her second women's doubles tennis title Sunday, the Chennai Open. [CBC]

Quote: ‘It’s bright; it doesn’t have a Soviet feel’ – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa board chair Mark Zekulin. Zekulin, the former CEO of pot provider Canopy, enthusing over the brand new Thrive Select Thrift store, whose revenues will help support the Big Siblings mentorship programmes. Thrive Select Thrift is at 1547 Merivale Rd in Emerald Plaza, occupying the former TD Bank. [Ottawa Business Journal] [Thrive Select Thrift]

Sports: CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Valour FC 1, last Sunday

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Eight of 11 of the candidates for mayor responded to the Lowertown Echo’s questions. Bob Chiarelli, Mark Sutcliffe, and Graham MacDonald did not bother to answer. These eight did.

▪️The Barrhaven Independent has interviewed mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe does not want to cut the police budget, instead he'd like to hire more officers. He says the the public wants better transit but doesn't want free transit and the Province and Feds should pay for it.

▪️That other capital, Washington DC, is also having a civic election this Autumn. One of the bills being brought to council is Metro for DC, a credit to top up everyone's transit pass to $100 each month. Trips in DC are $2.25 to $6.00 depending on time and distance.

▪️Mayoral candidate Bob Chiarelli has asked Ontario’s municipal affairs minister to delay approving the official City Plan so the newly elected council can reconsider the Tewin approval. Chiarellia argues that prioritizing Tewin will delay faster housing in Kanata North and West Carleton.

▪️Mayoral candidate Param Singh was interviewed by CityNews. His message is to improve transit through better routes and schedules, freezing fares, and ensuring the OC Transpo communications are transparent and proactive. 

▪️Ottawa Police say that it has received 14 reports of damages to election signs

The Rest

▪️St Brigid’s landlords and the United People of Canada found no resolution at yesterday's court hearing. The landlords want to evict the United People, the United People say they have a valid agreement to buy the building. The judge has reserved her judgement until September 27. [CBC]

▪️The Russian Embassy is angry that someone threw something at their building, maybe. The Russian ambassador says a lit bottle was thrown onto the grounds last week. Nothing was damanged. The embassy says that Canadian police are turning a blind eye to the compound's security. The Mounties say that they'll get right on it. [CBC]

▪️The short list of the Ottawa Book Awards has been annouced. The awards recognize books written by local authors, in French and in English. Each catergory winner wil receive $7,500, the other finalists $1,000. The winners will be announced October 19.

English Fiction

  • Emily Austin – Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead, Simon & Schuster Canada
  • Jacqueline Bourque – Repointing the Bricks, Mansfield Press
  • Mark Frutkin – The Artist & The Assassin, The Porcupine’s Quill
  • Wayne Ng – Letters from Johnny, Guernica Editions Inc
  • David O’Meara – Masses on Radar, Coach House Books

English Non-Fiction

  • Nathan M. Greenfield – Anything But a Still Life: The Art and Lives of Molly Lamb and Bruno Bobak, Goose Lane Editions
  • Mike Blanchfield and Fen Osler Hampson – The Two Michaels: Innocent Canadian Captives and High Stakes Espionage in the US-China Cyber War, Sutherland House
  • Diana Nemiroff – Women at the Helm: How Jean Sutherland Boggs, Hsio-yen Shih, and Shirley L. Thomson Changed the National Gallery of Canada, McGill-Queen's University Press
  • Brodie Ramin – The Perfect Medicine, Dundurn Press
  • Barry K. Wilson – Sir Mackenzie Bowell: A Canadian Prime Minister Forgotten by History, Loose Cannon Press

French Fiction

  • Véronique-Marie Kaye – Marjorie à Montréal, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Éric Mathieu – Dans la solitude du Terminal 3, La mèche
  • Blaise Ndala – Dans le ventre du Congo, Mémoire d’encrier
  • Michèle Vinet – Le malaimant, Éditions L’Interligne

[Ottawa Book Awards]

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