Issue 621 Volume 3 Number 121

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, September 28, 2022 and we're still in denial, so we are not interested in these seven hiking trails around Ottawa to look at the changing leaves, which cannot be changing already.

Nominations are over. We'll tabulate the responses and start the actual voting tomorrow.

Eating + Drinking

▪️The Reconciliation Dinner at this weekend’s Tagwàgi Festival will feature an exclusive menu designed by Inuk Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe. The tickets, which cost $150, include a complimentary ticket for a survivor of Residential Schools, Day Schools or 60s Scoop and their family. Arctic Char Ceviche, Traditional Corn Soup, Three Sisters Salad, Elk with a BBQ Squash Sauce, Roasted Potatoes, and Bannock and Wild Rice Pudding are on the menu. Friday night (September 30) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 WestHunt Club Road. 

▪️Celebrate the humble carrot with the third annual Carrot Fest at Ottawa Farm Fresh Organics. On Saturday October 1, join other community members in the harvesting of 6000lbs of carrots from 10:00am to 3:00pm, while listening to live music from local musicians. There’s free yoga, too. 

▪️Orléans’ Stray Dog Brewing Co has released a special 5th anniversary brew, the High Five Double IPA, a double-dry hopped beer with very citrus-y flavours. 

▪️100% of the sales of Strawberry Blonde Bakery’s Every Child Matters vegan sugar cookies will be donated to the Downie Wenjack Fund.

▪️If you’re in the Cumberland area, check out Maker Feed’s Wednesday and Thursday table d’hôte menu, a comforting culinary experience of cheese tortellini with bay scallops in a lobster brandy cream, with seared pork belly. You’ll also have a choice of salads and desserts. $45 per person. 2607 Ch. Old Montréal Road. 

▪️Eating takeout from Wandee Thai,  the Ottawa Citizen says put aside the pad thai and appreciate the funky, spicy, earthy charms of pad kee mau instead.

▪️Capital Eats went to Mr. Kaak and loved the eponymous savory sandwiches, created with homemade cheese.

▪️Aiāna Restaurant Collective on O'Connor Street has dropped tipping – saying that it provides a living wage, adjusted annually.

Free screenings

The ByTowne Cinema will be screening three films in honour of the Ottawa Korean Film Festival. Tonight, enjoy Sunset in My Hometown, tomorrow (Thursday September 29), catch Kokdu: A story of Guardian Angel and on Sunday, enjoy Love, Lies. You can also catch online screenings from October 1 and October 10. 

Deal of the day

Save $5 on purchases of $40 and over at Mint & Honey Tea & Gift Emporium, until midnight on September 30. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☁️ Cloudy. High of 14°, low of 7°.   

Number: 11 hours and 17 minutes. The length of time that someone had to wait in the CHEO emergency department yesterday. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day: Briana Kim, Eric Chagnon-Zimmerly, and Justin Champagne. The three chefs won gold, silver, and bronze respectively in Ottawa's Great Kitchen Party competition. Kim, head chef of Alice, will represent the National Capital Region at the Canadian Culinary Championships next February in beautiful, hmm, Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘It's one of those things that you only realize afterward what a good idea it is’ – Alex Johnston, founder of the Outdoor Bears group which organizes weekly nature walks around Ottawa.  [CBC]

Sports: NHL preseason Ottawa Senators 3 – Winnipeg Jets 5, last night

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?️ The Civic Election


▪️The Ottawa Citizen discusses the difficulty of being a mayoral candidate when you are not Catherine McKenney, Mark Sutcliffe, or Bob Chiarelli

Brandon BayBernard CouchmanCeline DebassigeGregory GuevaraNour KadriGraham MacDonaldMike MaguireAde OlumideParam Singh, and Jacob Solomon are also running.

▪️Mayoral Candidate Bob Chiarelli says that he would hand over responsibility for creating a Green House Gas Reduction Plan from the City to Hydro Ottawa, deeming the City-owned utility the experts.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe wants Ottawa to be a renowned ‘music city’. Sutcliffe pledges to work with Ottawa Tourism, create a music liaison office, and host live music in City spaces. [Candidate statement]

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney wants to make the City budget easier to read and understand. McKenney pledges to consult with the public earlier and, also, to create the position of Chief Architect for the City.

▪️Mayoral candidate Nour Kadri has released his housing platform. Highlights include exempting any development of 10 units or less from public consultations, allow secondary suites, and build 160,000 housing units over the next decade with 25% being affordable housing.

The Rest

▪️The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre no longer has its CEO. The Centre had been swirling in controversy after it fired four healthcare workers without cause, resulting in an overwhelmed staff. Later, the Centre was accused of spending money meant for housing services on other programmes. The Centre says Christopher McIntosh is ‘moving on’. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The City has launched its new swimming lessons, the replacement for the Red Cross’ historic programme. The new City swimming lessons will have four streams:

  1. Swim Tots (under 3 years) contains three levels
    • Little Dippers 1
    • Little Splashers 2
    • Little Jumpers 3
  2. Swim Creatures (3-5 years) contains five levels
    • Mikinàk/Turtle 1
    • Omagakì/Frog 2
    • Màng/Loon 3
    • Nigig/Otter 4
    • Amik/Beaver 5
  3. Swim Colours (6-14 years) contains 10 levels
    • Yellow 1
    • Coral 2
    • Red 3
    • Magenta 4
    • Purple 5
    • Navy 6
    • Aqua 7
    • Seafoam 8
    • Green 9
    • Lime 10
  4. Adult/youth swim courses contain three levels
    • Sw'imtroduction 1
    • Sw'immersion 2
    • Sw'improvement 3

The Red Cross is ending their nationwide swimming and lifeguard training after 75 years.

[City of Ottawa]

▪️The City Auditor General has set down her rules for reviewing the City and Police response to the Freedom Convoy last February. Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon says that she does not want to duplicate the work of other agencies investigating the event.  

Her focus will be on:

  1. "The City's actions leading up to, during, and post the convoy protest. More specifically, the audit will focus on the approximately two-month period, starting in early January 2022, when the Freedom Convoy publicly announced their intention on converging in Ottawa, to when the mayor lifted the state of emergency on Feb. 24, 2022."
  2. "The [Ottawa Police Service]'s collaboration with City of Ottawa staff prior to and during the convoy protest as well as their communication with the [Ottawa Police Services Board]. The audit will also examine the [board]'s oversight role leading up to and during the convoy protest."

Gougeon says her office received 1,800 responses from the public.


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