Issue 644 Volume 3 Number 144

The Ottawan



It's Wednesday, November 2, 2022 and we love this TVO history of our City’s beleagured 1972-73 professional hockey team, the WHL’s Ottawa Nationals. Although they certainly outlasted the two week life of the Ottawa Civics.


Food + Drink Update

▪️Perch makes number four on the list of Air Canada's Top Ten Restaurants. If you thought it was hard to get a reservation today, oh boy.

▪️2022 Pumpkins for the Planet: Wondering what to do with your pumpkin, now that Halloween is over? Foodsharing Ottawa is looking for intact and carved pumpkins, which will be transformed into meals for people (intact pumpkins) and animals and soil (carved pumpkins). A full list of drop-off locations can be found at the Ottawa South Eco-Action Network Facebook page

▪️Try Overflow’s Forever Young lager at their 4th birthday party tomorrow (Thursday November 3, 5:30pm to 11:00pm). Cans of the lager go on sale at 9:00am if you can’t make the shindig but be warned: this beer usually sells out within hours of release. 

▪️Ferme Juniper Farm has produced its own Sriracha-style hot sauce, which utilizes organic fermented cayenne, ginger, garlic, and maple syrup to achieve its flavour. Green hot sauce is also available and each costs $10 per bottle. 375 Shouldice Road, Wakefield, QC. 

▪️Ottawa Farm Fresh’s Winter CSA is still taking registrations. You can also add items like eggs, milk, meat, and baked goods from the now-closed farm store to your order. 

▪️Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen notes the humble appearance and 90 minute time limit at Korean House but finds everything ‘uniformly delicious’

▪️Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats approves of Gatineau craft brewery À La Dérive’s elevated pub food like pogos with pork sausage instead of hot dogs, chicken wings served whole, and fish and chips made with locally caught walleye. 

▪️NarCity has found nine Ottawa restaurants where you can have dinner for under $20 each:  The ThirdAhora MexicanRun2PattyThe PrescottGitanes BurgerAtomic RoosterSi SeñorSaigon Boy Noodle House, and Farinella.

▪️Apartment 613 notes that Bibi’s Middle Eastern Kitchen has opened a new location in Hintonburg, in addition to the Beechwood home office.

More Made in Canada Advent Calendars

Pickle and Myrrh is Merrickvile’s artisan Sea Salt Caramel Shop, so you can rightly assume that their Advent Calendar is chock full of the sticky treats. You’ll find 24 flavours like maple, cupcake, coffee, caramel apple, and gingerbread. $40.

Deals of the day

▪️Solo Stove’s new Mesa tabletop fire pit brings a warm and cheerful smokeless flame to your outdoor gathering. It comes in a range of attractive colours, too. Right now it’s on sale for $109.99.

▪️Pure Balanxed has announced that due to current times, their prices must go up by between 6% and 11% on November 7. Now is the time to snap up Toronto-made, cosy jogger sets, tees, shorts, playsuits, and dresses at current prices. 

▪️Take 15% off all products at Quebec makeup brand Alphée, using the code ‘anniversaire’. 


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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 14°, low of -2°.   

Number:  #2. Where Ottawa lies on a list of the ‘Next 10 markets in North America to watch’ for tech company growth according to CBRE. Waterloo is number one, Columbus is number 10.  [Ottawa Business Journal] [PDF]

Ottawan of the Day:  Sylvio Desjardins. The former City of Vanier employee will finally have his name spelled correctly on the plaque memorializing the loss of his, and two other’s, lives. Desjardins, Rémi Hotte, and Gaston Joly drowned in the Rideau River in 1974 while blasting ice for the then-City. The current plaque records Desjardins’ name as Sylvain. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘A little girl is not born feeling guilty for being a girl. We learn it. And that's completely unacceptable. When I started becoming an older girl in an early adult stage, I realized that we often define “freedom” as a way to be free from the world, but it's really a way to be free in the world’ – New Edinburgh resident Sophie Grégoire Trudeau on the new podcast by Meghan Markle, Archetypes[Yahoo] [Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 4, last night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️A lawyer for the Convoy testified that sympathetic members of the Ottawa police, Ontario Provincial Police, and RCMP all tipped them off. Lawyer Keith Wilson said that information would come into the Convoy operation centre about such things as planned raids. He said that he thinks that police later provided fake information in an attempt to find out who was leaking. You may remember this as a plotline in The Departed.

+ Related Wilson advised protestors to stay downtown even after the Emergency Act was enacted. He testified that he didn't think force would be used against ‘non violent’ Canadians.

+ Related  A local resident compiled a list of many of the incidents that occured during the Convoy.

+ Related Wilson was onboard a charter flight that flew unvaccinated lawyers from Edmonton to Ottawa, with stops along the way, to advise the Convoy. Wilson says he doesn't know who paid for it.

+ Related ‘I got the distinct impression from some others that they were trying to get their hands on what at that point was $10 million in donations’ – Keith Wilson on the competing Convoy factions.


The Rest

▪️Dr Vera Etches warns that COVID-19, the flu, and RSV will be an issue this winter. The Chief Medical Officer of Ottawa said COVID-19 positivity is increasing and the first flu cases have come a month earlier than expected. Ottawa Public Health recommends that handwashing and ventilation are vital, as is getting booster shots. [CBC]

▪️Porter Airlines is building two new hangers at Ottawa International Airport. The propeller-driver airline will use the hangers for maintenance. as part of its increasing presence in Ottawa. Two hundred new workers are expected to be hired. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The firing of a Health Canada doctor who moonlighted at Queensway Carleton and a retirement home has been upheld. Dr. Norman Viner was a Health Canada clinical trials division chief who worked part time at in the geriatric department of Queensway Carleton Hospital. Health Canada fired him, saying that some of his outside employment was scheduled during his work hours. Viner said the ethics policy does not prevent outside work, and Health Canada knew he had worked at Queensway Carleton. The federal labour relations board sided with Health Canada. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Public hearings will soon be held on the Province's new housing legislation – just not in Ottawa. The "More Homes Built Faster" Act proposes to remove single-home zoning, allow triplexes to be built on a single lot without a hearing, and to reduce some permit fees. All public hearings will be held in the Greater Toronto area. [Ottawa Citizen] [Hearings]

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