Issue 557 Volume 3 Number 55

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, June 20, 2022, Summer Solstice Eve, and did you know about these garage cat sculptures?  


▪️The Ottawa Fringe Festival is in full swing and there’s a total of nine shows you can see tonight for half price. All of the shows venues are located within Arts Court at 2 Daly Avenue. 

▪️Ottawa Tourism has granted special museum status to many Ottawa festivals, restaurants, and attractions to promote the city’s cultural hotspots and to attract visitors. It’s also a way for Ottawans to find hidden hotspots they might have missed. The list of 76 Unofficial Museums includes food brands, restaurants, breweries, RBC Bluesfest, coffee roasters and cafés, markets, and even a cheesemonger. 

▪️Meatings presents the Smokin’ Meat & Sippin’ Whisky tasting, hosted with Top Shelf Distillers, on Thursday June 23rd. Each ticket includes tastings of four meat and whisky pairings, and a cocktail featuring the Meatings 10 Year Anniversary Whisky. Limited tickets are available and they must be purchased by tomorrow (June 21st). 


For the first time since 2019 the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 21st through 26th) will combine in person programming with virtual screenings, workshops, and educational features. The festival opens on National Indigenous Peoples Day (tomorrow, June 21st), with stage performances starting at 4:00pm. Everything is free to attend, but you must register for a timed entry.

Deals of the day

▪️Use code SOLSTICE20 at Tofino Towels to receive 20% off site wide, until the sale ends on June 26th. 

▪️St. Catharines, Ontario womenswear brand Lousje & Bean’s Summer Solstice Sale takes 20% off a select number of tops, jackets, and leggings from the collection. 

▪️Mini Mioche has a different deal every day this week. Today save 20% on shorts for the littles in your life. The sale ends at 11:59pm. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 24°, low of 11°. 

Number:  3. The number of Ottawa hospitals that ranked in the bottom 12 of longest wait time to be seen in an Ontario emergency room. CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus were tied for worst, at 3.4 hours, the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus was 2.5 hours, and Montfort Hospital patients were above the provincial average of 2 hours at 1.8. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Richard Brzozowski. The former Ottawa Police detective, now 76, tracked down the identity of his birth father after 40 years, thanks to the DNA on an ancient toothpick. [Globe & Mail]

Quote: 'Do you like feet? Would you like a free brain scan and 90$?’ – A post on Ottawa Reddit by University of Ottawa clinical psychology PhD candidate Allison Leeming seeking subjects for a study on foot festishes, amongst other things. [CBC]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 12 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19, last Friday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – FC Edmonton 1, last night; CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 78 – Niagara River Lions 89, last Saturday; Frontier League Ottawa Titans 7 – New Jersey Jackals 4, last night; AUDL Ottawa Outlaws 15 – New York Empire 21, last Saturday

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▪️Swoop airlines is now flying to Winnipeg and Halifax. The ultra cheap airlinewill fly to Halifax daily, and to Winnipeg four times per week. [CTV]

▪️Quebéc is planning a new biodiversity reserve along the Noire and Coulonge rivers. The 822 square kilometre protected area would bar industry along the rivers but still permit recreational activities, including whitewater rafting. [CBC]

▪️The Province Inquiry was told that the City wanted the O Train built on schedule despite the Rideau Street sinkhole. The former CEO of Rideau Transit Group, which built and maintains the O Train, said that he informed the City that it would delay completion by months but the City insisted on working around the delay. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related City Council is being asked for an additional $60 million for Stage 2 of the O Train construction. $35 million is for the costs of moving utilities that were not previously anticipated, the $25 million is to add to the contingency fund so the project won't have to ask Council for more money.

▪️Neighbours burst bubble of proposed inflatable water park on Petrie Island. City Council approved the idea last week, which involves placing inflatable slides and barges on the river. Neighbours, now aware of the idea, mobilized opposition to it. The company that planned to operate it says it will be put off until next year. [CBC]

▪️The National Capital Commission wants your opinion on the Sussex Courtyards. The Sussex Courtyards are five enclosed areas in ByWard Market behind Sussex Street containing businesses and residences. The Commission wants to renovate the area but preserve the heritage aspect. [National Capital Commission]

▪️The foundation stone of Ādisōke was set today. The new joint Ottawa Public Library – Library and National Archives Canada building will open in 2026. Laying the foundation stone were Mayor Jim Watson,  Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, Councillor Matthew Luloff, chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Grand Chief Savanna McGregor, Algonquin Anishinābeg Nation, and Councillor Dan Kohoko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related The Ottawa Carleton District School Board plans to name its new elementary in Stittsville Shingwaakon Public School. Shingwaakon means ‘little pine’ in the Algonquin language.

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