WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️‘Freedom George’, one of the Trucker siege organizers, has pled guilty. Otherwise known as Tyson Billings, he sat in jail for 116 days before pleading guilty to a charge of counselling to commit mischief this morning. Charges of intimidation, mischief, obstructing police, and disobeying a court order were withdrawn. Billings was sentenced to time served and six months of probation. [Globe & Mail]
+ Related At the public hearing in Parliament on the Emergencies Act, both Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the police did not ask for the Act to be used.
▪️Construction has begun on the Gatineau Energy Centre. The Federal government has five centres in Ottawa and Gatineau that supply heating to 80 buildings and cooling for 67, including the Parliament buildings. When the entire project is completed, the system will have four centres – decommissioning one – that will provide a state-of-the-art low temperature hot water heating system. As it will be powered by Quebéc Hydro, the system should be carbon neutral. [Ottawa Construction News]
▪️The City is seeking nominations for the Order of Ottawa and for the Excellence in Coaching awards. The Order of Ottawa is awarded to those residents who have made significant contributions to Ottawa, the Excellence in Coaching award is pretty self-explanatory. [City of Ottawa] [Nominate Someone]
▪️Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre is accused of sending out a misleading email that increased his Conservative leadership chances. Poilievre, who polls indicate is the frontrunner in the leadership contest, sent out emails with the subject line ‘Membership status: incomplete’. Members of Leslyn Lewis’s leadership bid team say that email caused many Conservatives to pay their dues twice, the second time on Poilievre’s website, which would inflate the perception of his support. Poilievre’s team says that if people paid twice, they still only get one vote on the leadership. [National Post]