Issue 566 Volume 3 Number 63

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2022 and your ottawan correspondents are on day two of a cross country drive. Today’s newsletter is from Sudbury, where, one mile below us, is the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, the world's largest human-made cavity. 

Today's local brew is Just Peachy from 46 North Brewing

Our newsletter service will be spottier than usual this week.We‘ll be back to normal next Monday and we'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Chances of showers. High of 20°, low of 15°. 

Number: 1.8 metres The allowed width of a walkway beside your driveway – void if you park your car on it. Residents have been ordered by Ottawa bylaw to remove too-wide walkways or face a fine. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Dr. Ian Showalter. Showalter lived varied life as an roboticist on the Canadarm, sound engineer at the House of Targ, and recordist of many prominent – and not-so-prominent – Ottawa bands. Showalter died peacefully at Kensington Hospice on July 1st. He was in his 50s. [House of Targ] [Google Scholar]

Quote: 'As they became involved in the aquatic field, they found other jobs’ – Raynald Hawkins,executive director of the Lifesaving Society, who says that trained lifeguards are spoiled for choice in jobs. 50 learn-to-swim classes and some public swims have been cancelled in Ottawa public pools. [CBC]

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▪️The City is looking for voluntary beancounters for the election audit committee. Election Compliance Audit Committee members are charged with reviewing requests for auditing the finances of candidates after the upcoming civic election, and reviewing reports regarding apparent contraventions of contribution limits by contributors. Applicants must have a thorough understanding of the municipal campaign finance rules under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and have no involvement with any municipal election campaign. Members will receive an annual retainer of $600 plus a per diem of $175 per hour for meetings, to a maximum of $1250 per day. [City of Ottawa] [Detail Page]

+ Related Bluesfest is looking for voluntary team members.

▪️Former People’s Party of Canada candidate loses defamation case from her Carleton professor. Chelsea Hillier, daughter of colourful former MP Randy Hillier, must pay $97,485 for wrongfully accusing her prof of drugging and sleeping with her students. The court also ordered Hillier to post a retraction. [National Post


Convoy Part II

The Canadian soldier who marched from Vancouver to Ottawa, arriving in time for Canada Day, over vaccine mandates is facing a court martial. Warrant Officer James Topp criticized the mandates while wearing his uniform, resulting in two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

+ Related The Crown says that Trucker Siege co-organizer was arrested because she is accused of communicating with another organizer, Tom Marazzo. Lich accepted an award in Toronto for her Siege work, which Marazzo also attended. Not communicating with other organizers is a condition of her bail release.

The Inquiries

? LRT: The Independent Certifier testified that she did not interfere in disagreements between the City and the O Train builder. She testified at the inquiry that the role of the certifier was to look at paper reports but not to be investigative. 

+ Related Train carriage builder Alstom theorizes that the August 2021 derailment of an O Train is that the components came under high stress on sharp curves.

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