Issue 567 Volume 3 Number 64

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, July 8, 2022 and your ottawan correspondents are on day four of a cross country drive. Today’s newsletter is from Thunder Bay, home of the World’s Largest Curling Rock and from Winnipeg, where a defunct cement company left behind a prairie Stonehenge

And no, you did not miss two days of the ottawan – that drive from Sudbury to Thunder Bay to Winnipeg is draining and we decided it was just too late in the day to send one out.

Today's local brew is 360 Pale Ale from Sleeping Giant Brewing in Thunder Bay and Especial Dark Amber Lager from Good Neighbour Brewing, an all-female owned brewer in Winnipeg. 

We‘ll be back to normal next Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Mix of sun and cloud. High of 27°, low of 11°. 

Number: 6. Where Ottawa lies on a list of cities with best work-life balance in the worldThat's up from number 7 last year. Oslo is No. 1. Toronto is No. 14. [Faces Magazine] [The List]

Ottawan of the Day: Scatterbee. The prolific poster and mural artist has illustrated her first children’s book, True Stories of Animal Heroes: Talala from UK publisher Quarto Group. [Apt 613]

Quote: ‘Mayor is loosing his mind’ – A WhatsApp message from former City transit general manager John Manconi to transit director Troy Charter over the hundreds of complaints that he was receiving over O Train testing errors, filed to the LRT Inquiry. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 101 – Saskatchewan Rattlers 50, last Tuesday Frontier League Ottawa Titans 2 – New Jersey Jackals 10, last Tuesday

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▪️A proposal to tie millions in tax dollars for the airport with saving trees has been thwarted. River ward councillor Riley Brockington proposed a plan that gives the Ottawa International Airport tax breaks to develop surrounding land be tied to saving a red pine forest on Hunt Club Road. City staff opposed the suggestion, and City Council voted against it. [CBC]

▪️If you think your living room is too small, there is a church in Old Ottawa South for sale. St. Margaret Mary Church at 5 Fairbairn, built between 1914 and 1918, is on the market for offers. The sale would also include the house next door for a total of 14,000 sq ft of land. The marketers are suggesting that it can be torn down and 40 new units built, which is such an Ottawa attitude. We suggest that it be renovated into apartments, like this. [OSCAR] [The Listing]

+ Related Developers complain that a City proposal to require that new developments provide 10 per cent of the land to parks, or make a payment in lieu will somehow make their desirable property less palatable.

▪️Free mulch from downed derecho trees is now available from six locations.Bring your own shovel and container, and there is no limit how much you can take.

The piles of mulch are available 24 hours per day at:

  1. Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Rd.
  2. Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave
  3. 29 Hurdman Rd.
  4. 2145 Roger Stevens Dr.
  5. 4244 Rideau Valley Dr.
  6. 1655 Maple Grove Rd. [Ottawa Citizen]


Convoy Part II

Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall provided strategic advice to the organizers of the Trucker siege. Wall continued advising them even after the state of emergency had been enacted.

+ Related Trucker Siege co-organizer Tamara Lich will have her bail case decided today. Lich was arrested last week on suspicion of breaking her bail conditions by associating with another Siege co-organizer at an awards ceremony.

The Inquiries

? LRT: The O Train builder’s CEO says that better decisions would have been made if the company had not been so financially constrained. Rideau Transit Group CEO Nicolas Truchon said the company was racking up bills but was not receiving payment.

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