Issue 635 Volume 3 Number 135

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, October 20, 2022 and we will be watching the skies for the Orionids Meteor Shower tonight and tomorrow night. Up to 20 meteors should be visible every hour, with tomorrow night being the best night. The Orionid meteor shower was created by dust from Halley's Comet.


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All Weekend

▪️Mean Girls is a stage adaptation of the beloved film that launched Lindsay Lohan's career. The catchy song and dance numbers explore teenage insecurities as the heroine, formerly homeschooled Cady, navigates high school cliques, popularity, and friendships.

the ottawan enjoyed the music and energy, even though it’s been approximately 300 years since we were in high school. The touring cast is excellent all around, with strong voices belting out the strong songs and lifting up the lesser ones. It’s great entertainment, particularly for fans of the film.  Until Sunday October 23 At the NAC, 1 Elgin St

▪️Shop for vintage homewares and fashion at the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market at the Carleton University Fieldhouse on Saturday and Sunday. 1125 Colonel By Drive.

▪️This is the final weekend of Fresh Meat 11, Ottawa’s Freshest Theatre Festival. You have three more evenings (including tonight) to catch brand new short works by Ottawa theatre artists. Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Ave. 

▪️Signatures Handmade Market brings artisans and makers from across Canada to Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for those 12 and under. 1000 Exhibition Way.

▪️There are limited multi-performance passes available to the Gatineau Hills Fiddle Festival, running tonight through Sunday in Chelsea, QC. 

▪️The National Women’s Show arrives at the EY Centre offering makeovers, cocktail samples, craft workshops, runway shows, and, strangely, psychic readings,  4899 Uplands Dr. 

▪️This weekend is the Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce Fall Fest, with many of the town’s local businesses taking part in the activities, workshops, shopping specials, and tastings, and. 

▪️Creative Continuum Art Conference will explore how artists can create art in real life, after the pandemic years of solitary digital creation. October 22 -23 at the Innovation Hub at Carleton U. 1125 Colonel By Drive.a/


Tickets to the European Union Film Festival 2022 are now on sale, for in-person and virtual screenings in November and December. In-person screenings at Club SAW open on November 17 with Havel, the absorbing 2020 biopic of Václav Havel, the Czech playwright and activist who was eventually elected president of the new Czech Republic. Festival passes and individual tickets are available. 


Algonquin Commons Theatre welcomes Menopause the Musical, presented by the Algonquin Students’ Association. Friday and Saturday. Robert C. Gillett Student Commons, 1385 Woodroffe Ave Room E 104, Nepean


▪️Vanier BIA, Nosy Mag, and musician and promoter First Crush present Homecoming: Art Market & Music, an all-ages celebration of the reopening of Montréal Road in Ottawa's East end. The afternoon will include an art vendor market with local artists and musical performances. 

▪️Wood Brothers Brewing’s Wood Fest brings together autumn-inspired beers and pizza, live music, and vendors. Tickets $22.60 include entry, live music, and an amazing-sounding 1/4lb pumpkin cheesecake cookie. 12:00pm to 8:00pm at 2980 Wylie Road, Glen Robertson ON.

▪️The region’s newest brewery, Cold Bear Brew Co, is holding a tasting at Bee Savvy Fine Foods in Arnprior. They’ll be handing out samples of their Two Rivers Pale Ale and Madawaska Pilsner. They’ll also be selling their fine new merchandise and entering six-pack purchases into a draw to win a gift basket. 14 Elgin Street West, Arnprior. 


Rose of Rightful Owner will be visiting Victoire Boutique from 12:00pm to 4:00pm with a selection of her demi-couture dresses to try on. 1282 Wellingont St. W. Unit B. 

Book now for December:

▪️Ottawa Arts Council is returning its festive season fundraiser to an in-person event. Luck! Is an annual draw to win art, as well a fundraiser to create mini-grants for local artists across many disciplines. The draw takes place on Thursday December 1 at Parlour (1319 Wellington St. W) and each ticket includes one playing card to win an artwork, and entry to the event.

▪️And here’s one we missed the other day: The Ottawa Fringe Festival Lottery is now on. Get your application in by December 2 at 11:30pm. Next year’s festival runs June 15th-25th, 2023.


Deal of the day

▪️Take $10 off purchases over $60 at Abaka of Shawinigan QC. Use the code 10$OFF. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 40% chance of showers. High of 8°, low of 2°.   

Number:  25. The anniversary of the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. The awards will be given on Oct 26 at the Shenkman Art Centre. [CBC]

Ottawans of the Day: David O’Meara, Mike Blanchfield, Fen Osler Hampson, Michèle Vinet, and Micheline Marchand. All have been honored by the Ottawa Book Awards. David O’Meara in English fiction for his collection of poems, Masses on Radar; Mike Blanchfield and Fen Osler Hampson in English non-fiction for The Two Michaels: Innocent Canadian Captives and High Stakes Espionage in the US-China Cyber War; Michèle Vinet received the Prix du livre d’Ottawa award in French fiction for her novel Le malaimant; Micheline Marchand received the Prix AAOF de littérature jeunesse 2022 to for her book, Perdue au bord de la baie d’HudsonDavid O’Meara also received the 2022 Archibald Lampman Award as the year’s best work of poetry.  [City of Ottawa]

Quote: ‘I was passing’ – The excuse that a driver with a G2 licence used when stopped for driving 170 km/h on Highway 416 yesterday, according to the Ontario Provincial Police. The excuse was not accepted and the car impounded. [CTV]

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?️ The Election

▪️The Ottawa Police Services Board chair Eli El-Chantiry says he does not have a conflict of interest because mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe is in agreement with the Board’s policy. El-Chantiry, who serves as an honorary co-chair for Sutcliffe’s election campaign, wants to hire a new police chief before the new Council is seated, a policy passed unanimously by the Board.  

▪️The Tulip Festival has publically asked mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe what is his current stance on defunding the annual flower fest?In a 2006 Ottawa Citizen column, Sutcliffe wrote ‘“Barely a month goes by without some event coming to city council for a handout. This month it was the Pride Festival. In March and April, it was the Canadian Tulip Festival and Franco-Ontarien Festival. Festivals should be weaned from city funding.’

▪️The Ottawa Citizen asked for full statements from the three highest-polling mayoral candidates:


The Citizen also made a video of of each candidate asking them these same 12 questions:

  1. Where is your favourite place in Ottawa, and why?
  2. What is your favourite colour, and why?
  3. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
  4. If you had to jump out of an airplane, or paddle the Ottawa River Remic Rapids, which would you choose, and why?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you pick, and why?
  6. What was the best day of your life?
  7. If you could have a 30 minute conversation with anyone in history, who would you choose, and why?
  8. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  9. What do you eat at the end of a long day if you don't have time to cook?
  10. What are the first three words that come to your mind when you think about Ottawa?
  11. If you are elected mayor, how do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process?
  12. and finally, Can you tell us a joke?

We're not going to ruin the answers – body language is everything. Just watch them.


? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The head of the Ontario Provincial Police’s intelligence bureau warned Ottawa Police that the Convoy protestors would be a long term event. Supintendent Pat Morris also testified that then Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly did not find the OPP’s reports significant.

▪️Ottawa Police acting Deputy Chief Patricia Ferguson said the Service had no contingency plans if the Convoy protestors stayed past the weekend. She said that, in hindsight, they should have given credibility to reports from the Ontario Provincial Police.

▪️Infighting amongst the Ottawa Police caused an operation to remove a downtown blockade to be called off, despite 400 officers being prepared.

▪️Mayor Jim Watson testified to the Inquiry that ‘we needed that act’. On February 7, Watson voted against a City Council motion requesting the Federal Government to implement the Emergency Act.

▪️Diane Deans secretly recorded her conversation with Mayor Jim Watson the day before Council removed her from the Ottawa Police Services Board. In the conversation, Watson seemed very concerned that hiring a new police chief would undermine existing Interim Chief Steve Bell. Watson also told Deans that he didn't know of any plan to remove her from the board. Deans was removed from the board later that afternoon. [Audio Recording]

The Rest

▪️Two bodies discovered during the building of the O Train in 2013 have been identified. John Anderson, age five and Barbara Anderson, age three, were buried 181 years ago in the former Barrack Hill Cemetery. Most of the bodies were moved to Sandy Hill but at least 100 bodies were left behind. [Capital Current]

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