Issue 582 Volume 3 Number 81

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, August 3, 2022 and we've been reading the latest Farmers’ Almanac. It says this winter is going to be unreasonably cold and snowy, unlike last year.

Food + Drink Update

▪️Already well known for their Wakefield, QC operation, ZUPS opened in the ByWard Market over the long weekend. Describing themselves as a “reimagined, modern, high-tech, take-away Québécois food experience and French Canadian mini grocer,” there are lots of reasons to check them out: they sell local artisanal goods from Quebec and Ontario, they’re paying their staff a living wage (and bilingual staff get a bonus), they’re open from 10 to 10 every day, and… poutine. Check them out in the ByWard Market Building, 55 ByWard Market Square. 

▪️It’s Trivia Night at Ridge Rock Brewing Co. Show off your general knowledge from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for a chance to win Ottawa RedBlacks tickets. 

▪️Enjoy another Rare Groove Wednesday with DJ Andrew tonight at Atomic Rooster. The tunes will be spinning from 10:00pm to 2:00am, and the kitchen is open until 1:00am. 303 Bank Street. 

▪️Fraser Café in New Edinburgh has updated hours. Enjoy lunch Wednesday to Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 7 Springfield Road. 

▪️Job Opportunity: The Second Harvest Food Rescue App is searching for a Full-Stack Software Engineer. The focus will be on the web application and database integration. Salary $80-90K per year plus benefits. 

▪️The BeetBox Co-Op Farm store has loads of fresh local produce this week: Jalapeño peppers, eggplant, herbs, lettuce, garlic scapes..everything you need for a flavour-rich summer meal. The store is open Thursdays 3:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm at 230 Davidson’s Side Road. 

▪️NarCity points out six restaurants that have opened this summerLavender GrillTirwekaStolen Goods Cocktail BarLil Z’s PizzaQuanJuDe Peking Duck, and Lexington Smokehouse and Bar

▪️Dunrobin Distilleries’ Artisanal Gin entry in the Best Gin (Micro Distillery) category at the UK Spirits Business Gin Master's Competition brought home a Gold medal and in the Best Flavoured Gin category, while their Dunrobin Earl Grey Gin brought home Silver. At the International Whisky Competition in the US, Dunrobin Canadian Rye Whisky came in second place in the Canadian Rye category. 

▪️The Citizen tried out the BBQ stylings of Orléans’ Brine & GrillSatisfied but noth thrilled would be the verdict.


Deals of the day

▪️There are deals galore right now at Victoire Boutique. Get some new threads to enjoy this summer, which still has lots of life in it yet. We love the swingy and colourful Dagg and Stacey Linwood Skirt for $84 (regularly $150), the Meemoza Angulaire cardigan is $55 (down from $99), and the Bodybag Tofino top in lilac linen, $98 (regularly $122). 

▪️Get 20% off purchases of $40 or more at Soap So Co., the Edmonton, AB maker of gorgeous soaps that are almost too pretty to use. You’ll get the discount by using the code FLASH20 at checkout. 

▪️Need a new swimsuit? Use the code HEATWAVE to save 20% when checking out at Fortnight. The entire 22 Swim Capsule collection is included in the sale. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 26°, low of 22°.   

Number: 400. The number of new arrivals who have enrolled in the Making English Easy for Ukrainians programme at Algonquin College. [Algonquin Times]

Ottawan of the Day: Bruce Deachman. The journalist for the Citizen and the Sun has an exhibition of his photography, featuring abandoned buildings in the Ottawa Valley. Ghosts of the Highway runs until August 31 at the Concave Gallery in Perth. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘We don’t know what happened with the footage, we don’t know what they heard, we don’t know if they recorded anything… we just don’t know’ – Ottawa resident Jas Grewal on his family’s discovery of a camera in the AirBnB where they stayed in Brampton. [CityNews]

SportsFrontier League Ottawa Titans  3 – Tri-City ValleyCats 12 last night. Good lord, the Frontier League has some silly names for their teams. 

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▪️The United People of Canada – the one buying St Brigid’s Church – are planning a private security force. In this post here, the People describe ‘The United People of Canada and the private security force that we are developing can help improve neighbourhood safety for the benefit of all people of all backgrounds, beliefs, religions, and creeds’. [The Cookie Lady]

+ Related Vancouver billionaire Chip Wilson’s – he of Lululemon fame – organization donated to the Trucker siege. Wilson created the Pacific Prosperity Network which is currently involving itself in local BC elections but previously donated to the Convoy.

▪️An amphibious bus that promises to ‘let you appreciate Ottawa’s historic scenery from every possible angle’ drove into the gates of 24 Sussex Drive this morning. There were no passengers beyond the driver and no one was injured. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and family have been living in Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall as the official residence is uninhabitable. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related A person drove into the Parliament Hill gates at 3 am this morning. The driver has been arrested. Wellington Street has been closed to all traffic since the Trucker siege.


▪️Sections of the O Train will close at 8 pm daily from Friday, August 12 to Thursday, August 25. The closure is for maintenance in preparation for winter and other repairs. A rail replacement bus will operate between stations. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The total trip time from end to end on the Confederation Line is now five minutes longer due to the investigation into an axle hub failure. The trip usually takes 25 minutes.

Today’s Ottawa Home Office

Yesterday, we asked for pictures of your home office to share with our readers. And we're thrilled to say that you delivered.

First up is author and former ‘Ottawan of the Day’ Michael Blouin:

My most recent novel ‘I am Billy the Kid’ (a protofeminist revisionist history) launched last month at Overflow Brewery, and the plot passes through Ottawa on its way to Lanark, and here is my office (in photo). At the start of the pandemic our house burned down (great timing!) and so this is the office rebuilt. Most of the furniture subsequently was purchased online due to conditions but many of the items (all of which relate to books I have written or am in the process of writing) come from local antique stores, primarily Gallery 15 in Smiths Falls. Most of what you can see in this angle relates to either Billy the Kid or the upcoming moon launches. The other angle would show Elvis Presley and astronaut John Glenn (you can see a baseball signed by Glenn in this photo), both from my novel in progress.

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