Issue 626 Volume 3 Number 126

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, October 6, 2022 and we're listening to the spooky new podcast series The Other Path from Odyssey Theatre.

IT’S DAY FOUR OF VOTING. Vote for the best in Shops & Restaurants, Culture, Media, People and Place. 

Something new we asked this year was to write in what category should we add next year – and the results have been great, including best trail, best dog park, best bike shop, and, our favourite, best season.

Although even that opens a can of worms, as Darren and Martha prefer to accept Kurt Vonnegut’s notion that there are actually six seasons: Summer, Autumn, Locking, Winter, Unlocking, and Spring.

Okay, we're off topic, please just vote.

Polling ends next Tuesday.


Your Weekend


▪️The Birdsong New Music Foundation Anti-Stigma Concert Fundraiserwill support the new charity organization that seeks to empower musicians living with mental illness. The evening will include dinner by Chef Risa of Baccanalle and performances.  Dom Polski Hall, 379 Waverly St. 

▪️Huma, Spa Sur Le Toit presents an Immersive Conference. Learn the benefits of facial self-touching through the use of products and techniques. The three hour experience ($69) includes a one hour workshop and two hours in the thermal spa.Today at 6:00pm. 10 Allée de Hambourg, 4th floor, Gatineau, QC.

▪️The Festival of Small Halls (“Big Music in Small Places”) returns to cool little rural venues for three weekends in October. Tonight’s shows are sold out but you can still get tickets for most of this weekend’s performances in Chaffey’s Lock, Dunvegan, Morrisburg, and Brockville.

Friday October 7

▪️Barrhaven BIA presents Family Fun day about Mental Health in Barrhaven. Why is it on a Friday afternoon, you ask? Because at least some kids in the area have a PD day.

▪️Kindred Shop and Studio presents a magical Hunter Moon evening of yoga and tarot. 45 minutes of yoga will be followed up by meditation, tarot reading, and a warming cup of yogi tea. 

▪️The final screening from Capital Pop Up Cinema is The Lost Boys, at the ByWard Market on William Street. The film starts at 7:00pm, and it’s getting chilly, so bring your own chair and blanket (or rent a chair for $5). 

All weekend

▪️Ottawa Parent & Child Expo appears at the Nepean Sportsplex on Saturday and Sunday.

▪️Everyone’s invited to “Romp, Chomp, and Stomp” at the Mississippi Mills Art Romp on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll visit studios, heritage buildings, local businesses, a craft brewery, and a Christmas tree farm, all the while meeting artists and learning about their work and process. The event is an amalgamation of existing experiences: The Crown & Pumpkin, The Maple Run and Art in the Attic, and while making your way through the route you’ll visit the commuities of Pakenham, Cedar Hill, Clayton and Almonte. 

Saturday October 8

▪️Pick-your-own flowers is over for the year, so Roam Flora is holding free tulip planting demonstrations at 10:00am and 11:00am. They’ll also be selling 45 varieties of tulip bulbs for you to plant at home. 107 Mantil Side Road, off of Upper Dwyer Hill Rd. 

▪️The Hot Wench Market will bring six vendors to Carlington Coffee House for good times and shopping. 10:00am to 4:00pm at 917 Merivale Road. 

▪️Square Lemon Artistic Association presents a Gorgeous Burlap Wreath Workshop.

▪️Head to Overflow Brewing for SOS – the Abba Experience at 8:00pm. Online tickets are $25, at the door they’re $30. Oh, and while you’re there, pick up a 24 Special Mix Pack, with four each of Roger That, Final Bow Porter, Rearview Pilsner, Bangkok Crosswalk, and Forge Ahead Amber. $65, only available for pick up at 2477 Kaladar Ave. 

▪️The Multicultural Artists’ Coalition presents Art + Fall Workshop, which will offer space for artists to exchange ideas, while learning tips for writing applications for the City of Ottawa’s cultural grants. The workshop runs from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Artengine, 67 Nicholas St.

Sunday October 9

▪️Up for a challenge? Try the Wedding Dress Dash, a 1K run for all genders, ages, and abilities. The rule is simple: you have to wear a wedding dress with your running shoes. It’s taking place just before the Fall Colours marathon. Cumberland Village Museum, 2940 Old Montréal Road. 

▪️Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the Oiseau Bleu Marché Café at the Motel Chelsea. $30 per person for turkey and all the fixings. Make a reservation between 5:00pm and 8:00pm by emailing

Deals of the day

▪️Save 20% on KIP Sleepwear with code THANKS20.

▪️The Fall Sale at Bella Women’s Consignment Boutique runs in-store only, so visit 2039 Robertson Road, Unit 9 in Bells Corners, for savings of 15% on consignment fashion and accessories, 20-30% off new lines, and 30% on home decor. Only until Saturday. 

▪️Today only, take 30% off Shy Wolf Candles

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of rain. High of 22°, low of 11°.   

Number: 5 and 6. Where Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are found on the list of Canada's Best Comprehensive Universities and Canada's Best Medical Doctoral Universities, in Maclean’s annual survey. 

Ottawan of the Day: Maggie Cogger-Orr. The Ottawa ex-pat will be the referee at the inaugural match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand Saturday. [CBC

Quote: ‘Let’s say you . . . take your dog for a walk. You can stop at the park, have a moment to yourself and just contemplate life or contemplate the reason behind this project’ – Catalina Clifford, who has received a grant from the David Suzuki Foundation and the National Healing Forests Initiative to create a Healing Forest in Navan. The organizations also funded the Birch Path Healing Forest in Gloucester. [Capital Current]

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Advance voting is open tomorrow from 10 am to 8 pm at your usual voting place. A second advance voting day will be on Oct 14.

Don't know where your usuall voting place is? Click here

Darren just checked his address – this is his first time voting in an Ottawa election – and it seems that the second advance day is in completely different location from the first advance day. It's worth checking where you are going.

Election day itself is Monday, October 24.

▪️A new CTV/Nanos poll was released, asking the question ‘Who would you vote for if the election was held today?’

 35% Undecided

⭕ 29% Catherine McKenney

⭕ 24% Mark Sutcliffe

⭕ 9% Bob Chiarelli

⭕ 1% Nour Kadri

⭕ 1% Brandon Bay

⭕ 1% Param Singh

⭕ 1% Mark McGuire

The poll was run between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3 and Nanos says there is no margin of error, which we have never seen stated before.

▪️Mayoral candidates Mike Maguire and Bob Chiarelli pledge no tax increase next year, mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe pledges a tax increase of 2.5%, and mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney says it'll be 3%

The Rest

▪️The Chief William Commanda Bridge pedestrian and cycle paths have been put back six months. Previously known as the Prince of Wales Bridge and no longer used by the railway, the new paths were originally expected to be finished this month. They will now open in the spring. [CBC

▪️Ottawa Tourism had $5.5 million from the Province to distribute to businesses with tourism ideas. 54 companies received a grant, ranging from a new quadricycle tour to improved facilities at clubs and restaurants to a new cheese interpretation centre. [All 54 grants PDF] 

▪️Ottawa Police report that 800 vehicles have been stolen in the city so far this year. The most popular vehicles to steal are the 2010 Ford Fusion, Honda CRV, Lexus / Toyota, Jeep Cherokee / Dodge Durango, Ford pickup truck / Lincoln, and  Acura RDX. [CTV]

+ Related Local newsletter uses its influence to artificially big up the popularity of 2010 Ford Fusions in the hope of increasing its ‘resale’ value

▪️Give out Tricks or Swim or Skate tickets this year. The City's recreation department is selling books of ten tickets for $10, giving kids between the ages of three and 15 a skate or swim session at City pools and arenas. The list of participating rec centres is here. [City of Ottawa]

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