Issue 558 Volume 3 Number 565

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2022 and watch this 23 minute video about the Kitchissippi river.  


It’s the Summer Solstice which means today is Indigenous Peoples Day, the celebration of the diverse voices of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In honour of these peoples, we’re highlighting some of our favourite Indigenous brands who are producing everything from fashion and accessories to textiles. 

▪️Produced from imported recycled fabrics in Quebec, Mini Tipi’s richly patterned blankets are both affordable and heirloom quality. Available at Simons. 

▪️Haida Colouring Pencils by Native Northwest in Vancouver not only supply a different hue at either end, but are covered in art by Haida artist T.J. Sgwaayaans Young. Available at Maker House

▪️Indigenous women-owned Jack59 is currently donating 5% of sales of its natural hair products to Indian Residential School Survivor Society 

▪️Calgary’s CoutuKitsch produces hair accessories and jewellery in classic and whimsical styles. 


▪️The rain won’t stop today’s launch of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. If it’s still raining tonight, the planned 8:00pm outdoor screening of Run Woman Run will take place inside the Mamawii Lodge. Remember, you must register for your timed entry to the festival. 

▪️The Summer Solstice Block Party is at ByWard Market until 6pm, featuring Indigenous vendors and food.

▪️If you’re ready for a road trip, 10 Indigenous companies are bringing theatre, music, poetry and dance performances to Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, starting today in Peterborough,and running until June 26th. 

Deal of the day

The Indigenous-owned Anne Mulaire is celebrating today with the fashion brand’s biggest sale of the year. Save 25% site wide using the code HERITAGE25. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛈️ 40 per cent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms. High of 21°, low of 16°. 

Number:  $665,000. The amount of money that the City plans to give the developer of the former CJOH building to decontaminate the land. Claridge Homes bought the property for $12 million and expects to build 2,000 homes, which at the average Ottawa condo price of $466,000, will have a retail value of $932,000,000. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Vanessa. The first-name-only plantiff has filed a case in Ontario Superior Court against humiliating and degrading strip searches in the province's jails. The former prisoner says that Ontario has no guidelines for the practise, unlike other provinces, resulting in prisoners being brutalized and degraded. [CBC]

Quote: 'Residents gathered the other day to thank the tree for all it had given to the creatures around it. A similar-sized oak in the neighbourhood was professionally dated as being a sapling in 1857, ten years before Confederation. The Party Tree is of the same vintage, 165 years’ – Daniel Buckles on a tree in Kitchissippi that has been a gathering spot for neigbourhood fêtes for decades. The tree did not survive the derecho storm. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️CityFolk has announced its line-up for this year's in person festival.Highlights include Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, John Fogerty, and, playing several different nights, Coming Soon. CityFolk runs Sept 8 – 10 and 15 – 17. Early bird tickets are $45 or $159 for the whole shebang. [CityFolk]

▪️The National Gallery of Canada has a new interim CEO and director. Angela Cassie was previously the Gallery’s chief strategy and inclusion officer and will start July 10. Current CEO Sasha Suda is leaving to take the top position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The AIDS Committee of Ottawa is playing host to a MonkeyPox information session on Thursday. The virtual session will feature infectious disease specialist Dr Paul MacPherson, who will be available to answer questions. MonkeyPox is mostly transferred by close contact. Men who have sex with men have been at the greatest risk in Canada. [CBC] [Zoom Link 6pm Thursday]

+ Related 100 doses of MonkeyPox vaccine have been administered so far by Ottawa Public Health

▪️Police watchdog absolves two Vancouver police officers over excess force during the Trucker siege. The two officers, brought in help clear out downtown, were accused of unnecessarily shooting protestors with so-called 'bean bag' projectiles. Neither officer would agree to speak to the Special Investigations Unit or provide their notes but were deemed innocent by the Unit anyway. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️? LRT Inquiry: Suppliers say that computers and trains were not integrated in advance. The inquiry heard that parts and supplies were ordered and that making different systems work together happened after the fact. [CBC]


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