Issue 580 Volume 3 Number 78

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, July 28, 2022 and we want to walk this floating boardwalk in Oka National Park. We're not so thrilled with the $9.25 admission fee, though.

Weekend Planning


The Metcalfe Community Association along with Shroomfest present “Live Music in the Park” every Thursday in Victoria Park (weather permitting). Bring your own lawn chair and insect repellent. Victoria Park, Metcalfe.


▪️Sparks Street presents Ottawa International Busker Fest July 29 through August 1. Performers from around the world will take to four stages along Sparks Street.

▪️LIVE on Elgin welcomes Montreal natives Lizzy & The Fanatics for dreamy, 80s-influenced pop. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

▪️Tickets are going fast for the Candlelight: A Tribute to ABBA show at Knox Church. Presented by Candlelight Concerts, ABBA’s hits will be played by the Listeso String Quartet. Tickets from $40. 


▪️Vintage Pop-up 613 is heading to the beach! Shop for cool vintage pieces from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at The Bay Cafe in Constance Bay, and then catch some rays. 

▪️How will you mark Food Day Canada? Special events and menus will be celebrated across the country. Closer to home, check the map on the Food Day Canada website for Gatineau and Ottawa restaurants taking part. 

▪️The Spark Beer taproom welcomes Sandy Ewen, Annie Socoria, and Day of Niagara for an evening of improvised and experimental music. Suggested donation of $15 at the door. 

▪️If you’re out and about on Saturday, enjoy a pint and some poutine at Brasserie Tuque de Broue brewing company, who welcome Johnny Franco and his guitar on the patio from 3:00pm to 6:0opm. 189 Bay Street, Embrun, Ontario. 

▪️Jess Cole hosts the open mic at Hintonburg Public House from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Go on, get on that stage. All musicians get happy hour pricing during the event. 1020 Wellington St. West. 


The ByTowne Cinema is screening Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo today at 4:15pm. It’s described in some cineaste circles as “The Greatest Film of All Time.” That’s up to you to decide, but no matter what this is a rare opportunity to see it on a big screen. 

Deals of the day

▪️Cokanna’s Dog Days of Summer Sale starts today for three days only. Use the code DOGDAYSOFSUMMER at checkout to get 30% off summer styles like the Carolyn reversible bamboo dress with pockets, the Maxine reversible bamboo tank, and the Lindsay bamboo cardi-robe. 

▪️Get 40% off regular prices at Melisa Nepton by using the code sale40. This is your chance to top up your wardrobe’s cute summer jumpsuits, dresses, pants, and tops at a healthy discount. 

▪️Cedar & Vine’s Stock Sale includes limited sizes of cool designs like the Original Wrap Skirt, the Harem Trouser, and the Kimono Dress. All pieces are made in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

▪️The savings are substantial at the Kindred Studio Online Warehouse Sale. There are loads of womenswear, menswear, and babywear items on sale. 


We'll see you tomorrow. – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 28°, low of 17°.   

Number: 50. The number of years that the Kun Shoulder Rest company has been operating. The company makes shoulder rests for violins, used by millions of musicians around the world. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: Leigh Fenton and Jen Bernard. The two founded Concrete Cruisers, an all-female skate organization focused on uniting women through skateboarding. Their next event is the Mooney’s Bay Yoga, Skate, and Beach Clean August 28th. [Apt 613] [Concrete Cruisers]

Quote: ‘I was probably about 80 or so feet off the road. The person I know who was behind me said my truck definitely hit the power lines. I was as high as the lines.’ – Brandon Albert, who was inside his truck when it was picked up by a EF-1 tornado July 25. [CTV]

SportsCEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 100 – Edmonton Stingers 91, last night Frontier League Ottawa Titans 6 – Washington Wild Things 5, last night

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▪️West Carleton-March Ward Eli El-Chantiry is the latest councillor to not seek reëlection. El-Chantiry has been the councillor for West Carleton-March for 20 years, easily winning every ballot except his first. El-Chantiry is the current chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board. So far, 11 of Ottawa's 24 wards – plus the mayor’s chair – will have new occupants after the next election. [West Carleton Online]

▪️OC Transpo says that O Train service between Rideau and St-Laurent stations will return tomorrow. Trains are running in the East and the West but the middle but is filled with a bus replacement service. OC Transpo is fixing damage from a downed power line that was struck by lightning. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The people behind the plan to buy a downtown church want create a mini-Disney World. The largest financial contributor to the United People of Canada says the goals is to buy the St Bridgit’s church property and, ultimately, the entire block to for their operation. Other churches and schools across Canada are planned. The group say that they have no connection to the Trucker convoy as some have suspected. Unrelatedly, one of United People of Canada’s three directors was an adviser to Dwayne Lich, husband of Tamara Lich.   [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Flags at Ottawa City Hall and the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre are at half-mast to mark the passing of Gisèle Lalonde. Lalonde was a tireless campaigner for Francophone education and a leading figure to save Montfort Hospital, the only primarily francophone hospital in Ontario. Lalonde was the second-to-last mayor of the CIty of Vanier before it was absorbed into Ottawa and had an Orléans school named after her, L'École secondaire publique Gisèle Lalonde.  A book of condolences will be at the Monument de la Francophonie on the ground of Monfort on Saturday from 10 am.

▪️Threesome-seeking Police officer gets 15 month demotion for breaking privacy rules. The officer had looked up information on a abusive boyfriend at the request of a woman he'd been previously pursuing for a threesome on a dating app. The two never did meet. A retired Ottawa police superintendent made the officer's demotion from first class to second class due to vhis 15 years of stellar service with the service, with only the falsifying of a report eight years ago to blight it. The officer was demoted from first class to second class that time, too. [CBC]

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