Issue 625 Volume 3 Number 125

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, October 5, 2022 and we did not know until today that we want to visit Elmdale Acres to rent an art film from Movies n’ Stuff.

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

Polling ends next Tuesday.


Food + Drink Update

▪️Having completed its second annual Knowing Our Neighbours survey, Parkdale Food Centre has declared today the Right to Food Day. The aim of the campaign is to draw awareness to the inability of their clients to access healthy food. There will be a service led by Elder Vince Kicknosway and live music from Juno award winner Lynn Miles, at the Right to Food Day event in Parkdale Park, coinciding with Parkdale Night Market.  Today from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at 366 Parkdale Ave. 

In other Parkdale Food Centre news, Maker House has announced that they will be donating 2% of their sales from now through December to the organization. That’s another great reason to do your Christmas shopping at Maker House, 987 Wellington St. W.

▪️Tonight's The Introduction to: Vinyl Cutting workshop from Square Lemon will be happening again, so don't worry if you can't make it tonight. $48.76 is all it takes to learn to set up the cutter, import the design, cut the design on vinyl, and apply the design. 

▪️A new festive season tradition is born: Dairy Distillery has released a lactose-free Vodkow Eggnog Cream Liquor. Your boozy Christmas drinks sesh will now be powered by a local brand. $29.95 per bottle. 

▪️The Nita Beer Craft Holiday Beer Calendar is now on sale. $152 includes 22 hard-to-find beers. 

▪️It’s last call to order the Thanksgiving Take-home dinner for two from Maker Feed Co. in the East End. You and your person will enjoy one slow roasted Cornish hen, roast veggies, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin spice carrot cake. $59.99 plus shipping. 2607 Ch. Old Montréal Rd, Cumberland.

▪️Curated by Beckta is back, this time with a Thanksgiving Dinner for Two Food & Wine package. The roast turkey is accompanied by pea and a sweet potato tart, and your choice of expertly paired wines. A YouTube vid and instructions complete the package.  $135.

▪️You might not buy your turkey dinner from Pelican Seafood Market & Grill but you could pickup some snacks, sides and party platters to offer your festive meal guests. Imagine this: you, in your festive apron or smoking jacket, passing around oysters, lobster and shrimp rolls, and crab pops. 

▪️A new bakery has opened in Cobden, Sour Jo's bakery, and they cannot keep their sourdough bread in stock.

▪️Peter Hum at the Citizen loves the brown 70s vibe at Retro Gusto. Owned by the Farinella pizza guys, Retro Gusto doesn't offer Uber or SkipTheDishes. You want takeaway, you have to phone.

Deals of the day

▪️It’s not a deal per se, but for today only, purchase a bra and bottoms from Fortnight Lingerie and 10% will be donated to Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Ends tonight at 11:59pm. 

▪️Receive an additional 15% off sale items from Rien ne se perditions Tout se crée, until Thanksgiving Monday. Remember: every piece is made in Quebec. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 21°, low of 10°.   

Number: 24 hours. The amount of time you have to count as many birds as possible in your backyard in the Birdathon. The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is running the campaign to raise money for its works. Two $500 prize packages will be awarded to the top Individual and the top fundraising team. The final day for aviary accounting is October 16.  [Wild Bird Care Centre]

Ottawan of the Day: Ken Craig. The concert promoter has been honoured with the Mayor's City Builder Award for his 40 years of bringing live entertainment to Ottawa.  [Mannotick Messenger

Quote: ‘To be frank, the board has collapsed’ – Tony Miller, founder of the Ottawa Small Landlord Association, who says that the Landlord and Tenant Board now takes over eight months to hear cases. [CBC]

Sports: NHL preseason Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 4 last night

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney promises longer beach openings, more lifeguards, and Sunday libraries

▪️Mayoral candidate Bob Chiarelli says the Royal Hospitall and the Ottawa Police should partner on mental health calls.

▪️The Ottawa Citizen has received the results of the questionaire that it sent to all City Council candidates:

Ward 1 – Orléans East Cumberland

Ward 2 – Orléans West Innes

Ward 3 – Barrhaven West

Ward 4 – Kanata North

Ward 5 – West Carleton March

Ward 6 – Stittsville

Ward 7 – Bay

Ward 8 – College

Ward 9 – Knoxville Merivale

Ward 10 – Gloucester Southgate

Ward 11 – Beacon Hill Cyrville

Ward 12 – Rideau Vanier

Ward 13 – Rideau Rockcliffe

Ward 14 – Somerset

Ward 15 – Kitchissippi

Ward 16 – River

Ward 17 – Capital

Ward 18 – Alta Vista

Ward 19 – Orléan South Navan

Ward 20 – Osgoode

Ward 21 – Rideau Jock

Ward 22 – Riverside South Findlay Creek

Ward 23 – Kanata South 23

Ward 24 – Barrhaven East

(Don't know which ward that you live in? Use this handy tool)

The Rest

▪️The Ottawa Police have started training all officers in diverting appropiate adults away from the criminal justice system. The Adult Pre-Charge Diversion Program is intended to help those who would benefit from a public health or social service rather than a trial and criminal record. Those eligible would be people arrested on minor charges who accept responsibility for those actions and accept enrollment in a social service. 

During the early days of the pandemic, an Ottawa bylaw officer punched out a man in a park after trying to give him a ticket. Ottawa Police declined to charge him and referred him to the Program. The City later fired the Bylaw officer for using excessive force. Ottawa Police later revised and considered how the Program was run. [CityNews]

▪️The Federal government has asked the court to dimiss the class action lawsuit by the Black Class Action Secretariat. The Secretariat has accused the Federal government of discriminating in pay and opportunies against Black people for 30 years. The government argues that this is a labour issue and the proper forum is through the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board or the Canadian Human Rights Act. [CBC]

▪️Court calls Gatineau hacker ‘Jesse James meets the 21st Century’ after guilty plea. The former Public Services and Procurement Canada IT specialist was sentenced to 20 years in an American prison by the Florida judge. The hacker was part of the Russian-speaking randomware gang Netwalker, which collected US $40 million in payoffs from health districts, companies and schools. The judge said that had it gone to trial, he would have sentenced the hacker to life in prison. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️In its final meeting before the election City Council has asked the Integrity Commissioner to add personal relationships to the code of conduct. The Integrity Commissioner is in the process of revising Council’s Code of Conduct. Council approved adding disclosure of personal relationships with staff to the Code. [CTV]

▪️City Council also asked staff to come up with a coyote strategy. Because of all the people calling 311 to report coyotes in the suburbs. [City of Ottawa]

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