Wednesday, 4 October 2023


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Today we busted our three week record of sending out the ottawan in the morning. 

We’d been playing around with our send out time for a little while. The awful truth is that when we send out the ottawan in the late afternoon, over 70% of you read us that day. The earlier we send it, the fewer opens.

Sending out the ottawan before 7:00 am results in the worst openings – we suspect because everyone in the newsletter industrial complex tries to get in your inbox early and readers are just overwhelmed. 

We find that sending it just before lunch time is also really good for readership. We suspect people are clicking around for something to read while they eat and *ping* there we are.

Lately, we've been trying for just before 8:00 am, late enough to avoid the rush but early enough for people to read us while drinking coffee at their desk before they have to do something. 

And this brings us to today: we’re in Vancouver for Thanksgiving and, while yesterday’s Porter flight was uneventful, both of us were zonked out on arrival.

Cross your fingers for a better result tomorrow.

– Martha and Darren


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  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    Gatinois of the Day

    • Greg Fergus
    • – The Member of Parliament for the riding of Hull-Aylmer has been elected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons. Once the previous occupant moves out, Fergus will have the use of a small apartment – truly, it has a Murphy bed – in the House and the grace and favour use of The Farm in Gatineau Park. (John Paul Tasker at CBC)


    • This project relies very heavily on that NCC path. If it falls apart, I don’t know why we’re approving this plan
    • – Bay Ward councillor Theresa Kavanagh, who wanted to delay the approval of a three tower development near Lincoln Fields O Train station because the National Capital Commission doesn’t plow their paths during winter. The development is a 1.2 km walk from the station without using the path, 800 metres with the path. City staff worry that if the City started plowing Commission property it would set a precedent.  (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)


    Last minute Thanksgiving saviours:

    •  Maker Feed in Cumberland is preparing a heat-at-home Thanksgiving feast that will be ready for pick-up from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday October 8. For $29.99 per person you get a 1/4 chicken, roasted veggies, garlic mashed potatoes, house stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll and butternut squash soup. Pumpkin spice carrot cake rounds off the meal.
    •  Around the Block Butcher Shop still has a few fresh Ontario turkeys, available for pick up on Friday October 6 through Sunday October 8. They also have hams from Navan, Ontario, fruit pies from Perth Pie, and Charcuterie Boxes in a variety of sizes. The butcher’s website also has handy instructions for properly cooking and carving your turkey.  Visit in person at Iris Plaza, 1117 Cobden Road or call 613-820-3258.
    •  You’ve got the main course, the veggies, and the desserts, but your Thanksgiving meal’s still missing something. Look no further than Almanac, which has fresh pumpkin pies, sourdough dinner rolls, pumpkin spice scones, and cranberry sauce (the latter from Top Shelf Preserves).
    • Are you planning on feeding a crowd but you don’t know where to start? Brookstreet Hotel’s full Thanksgiving dinner will feed up to 10 people for $370, and all you have to do is warm it up for 25 minutes once you’ve brought it home. You’ll get a fully cooked 15lb free range turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans, cranberry, and gravy. Order before 5:00 pm today.
    • Baccanalle is offering Thanksgiving with a Caribbean twist: We’re talking Jerk Turkey or Duck (or Apple Spice if you prefer to turn down the heat a bit). Coconut Rice and Peas, Chef Rosa’s original Cranberry-Sorrel (Hibiscus) Compote, Cornbread stuffing, and many more gorgeous flavours. The feast for one, four or eight people is available for pick up on Friday or Saturday. 


      Food and drink Gifts

      If you’ve been lucky enough to receive an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner, be a good guest and bring a local gift for the party thrower: 

    • Dunrobin Distilleries have some premium drams in wood gift boxes that will impress any host.

    • The Merry Dairy has probably created a problem for you, in that you’ll have to choose between six delicious ice cream pies to bring to the table. There are dairy and vegan options in seasonal flavours that will please every sweet tooth. 

    •  Aurelius has launched the 2023 Thanksgiving bundle, which this year means a gift pack with 200 ml bottles of Scallion Infused Oil and Cranberry Pear Balsamic vinegar, and a bonus bread dip. Save 15% until Thanksgiving Monday.


    •  Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen looks at three new-ish Japanese restaurantsTakedon Ottawa  (‘most items made me feel like I’d paid for a worthwhile convenience that spared me the effort of cooking’. Ouch, Peter, ouch), Kimonos Ramen & Poke (‘The best argument for that [price] premium, and for its food, is that those who live nearby don’t have to go downtown for ramen or poke’. Who hurt you in Japan, Peter?), and Kinton Ramen (‘perfected recipes and processes led to me slurping some top-of-the-pack bowls for Ottawa’. Well, okay then.)

    •  Ameya Charnalia at Eat The Strip visits one of the ottawan’s favourite Thai takeawys, Pookies on Carling Avenue, and gives the terrible news that it will be closing in November. A Stittsville food truck may be in the offering for next summer, however.


    What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee 
    Thursday, October 5 at 10 am

    • Zoning By-law amendment - Part of 5134 Piperville Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 5646 and 5650 Manotick Main Street
    • Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment – 2545 9th Line Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment – Aligning Zoning By-law 2008-250 with Bill 23 concerning additional dwelling units
    • Conservation Authority programs and services agreements
    • Engineer’s report amendments to the Simpson municipal drain construction of the Biltmore branch and modification of branch 3
    • Status update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending September 22, 2023

    📋 Agenda


    🤕 South Keys Health Centre

    •  Two doctors were surprised to find their bios on the website of the pay-per-play walk-in clinic. Drs. Sonam Maghera and Darryl Young, who work at the unrelated Ottawa Orthopaedic Centre, found that their bios had been copied from their own clinic onto the South Keys Health Centre website. Neither doctor has any association with South Keys. South Keys was in the news recently when it announced a new $400 per year plan for walk-in patients, who would see a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners have prescribing and specialist referral authority but are not barred by the health act from charging fees. (Leah Larocque at CTV) (Ottawa Orthopaedic bios – You can see the versions removed from South Keys (thank you Bing cache) here: ‘Dave’ Young and  Sonam Maghera)

    ☕ Starbucks

    • Manotickers are ticked off that they may get a drive through Starbucks. A carwash on Manotick Main St., which was a former grocery store and gas station, is being converted into a Starbucks complete with drive through window. The president of the Village Community Association says the community is against it because of the traffic concerns. She says the City’s reasoning that because the carwash is a drive through, a coffee drive through is not a big change, is not appropriate. Drive throughs are otherwise not permitted by bylaw in the village core. (Tyler Flerming at CTV)

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    🚌 OC Transpo

    •  Ottawa novelist Frances Itani and family have filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against the City for the wrongful death of her husband by an OC Transpo bus. 81-year old Ted Itani was jogging when he was hit by the mirror of a bus turning onto Terminal Ave from the Transitway in 2021.(Andre Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Ottawa Police

    •  Ottawa Police constable found guilty of threatening to kill a woman is now facing discreditable conduct charges. Constable Yourik Brisebois, a detective with the Ottawa Police Service’s child exploitation unit, was found guilty in March and given a conditional discharge with no jail time and no criminal record. He is now being charged with discreditable conduct, which ‘allege his guilty verdicts are “likely to bring discredit upon the reputation of the Ottawa Police" ’. (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen

    🚨 Nation River Lady

    • The man accused of murdering a Montréal woman in 1975 has been ordered extradicted to Canada. Rodney Nichols was ordered extradicted to Canada by a Hollywood, Florida court to be tried for the murder of Jewell Parchman Langford, whose body was found in the Nation River near Casselman in 1975. Originally from Tennessee, Langford disappeared from Montréal where she was friends with Nichols. United States secretary of state Andrew Blnken must approve the extradiction before it can happen. (CBC

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  Convoy co-organizer Pat King wants to move his trial outside of Ottawa. King says that because of his high profile name, an unbiased jury would be diffcult to find in the Ottawa area. Two other Convoy-related trials have had their requests to move jurisdiction turned down previously. King is charged with mischief and other charges related to counselling others to mischief, disobeying a court order and obstructing police for his role in the convoy. (Laura Osman in The Canadian Press)



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    • Meet the artists of the art exhibit currently hanging at the Hintonburg Public House. Lorena Ziraldo, Niki Economo, & Ted Willis from Studio Space Ottawa will all be at the reception from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
    • Stick around Hintonburg and take a wander through the Night Market, where you’ll find entertainment, food, and cool local vendors. 1088 Somerset St. W. 
    • Wander the magical pathway lined with 1000s of pumpkin sculptures and displays at Pumpkins After Dark. Every Thursday through Sunday evening until October 31 continues at Wesley Clover Parks (410 Corkstown Road). 

    • Salem Mars with Hans. The Shed, Sparks St
    • Orange Agent with Spice Pistols. The Brass Monkey
    • Gone in April, Liva, Vrylnia. Rainbow Bistro
    • Irene’s Blues Sessions with Guest Host Luke Ambridge. Irene’s Pub 
    • Brodaway Nights Ottawa. Red Bird Live


    •  Inside Out, the 2SLGBTQ+ Ottawa Film Festival returns with In-Person and Online screenings and events, October 6-8. Tonight’s Opening Gala screening of “Queen of my Dreams” is sold out but you can get tickets for weekend events.
    •  Capital Pop-up Cinema presents a scary double feature, beginning with Buster Keaton in the silent classic “Haunted House.” Then, get your scaries on in a 1931 way with “Dracula,” starring the one and only Bela Lugosi. Free. Bring your own blanket as well as someone to clutch in terror when the scary bits happen. 

    • Stittsville Haunted Heritage Tours is back for the fifth time with a creepy wander throughout the old Ottawa neighbourhood. Tickets from $24.96. 


    •  Charm of Finches. Red Bird Live
    •  Benj Rowland with Special Guests Wychwood. Irene’s pub
    •  Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop. Arts Club
    •  FDAYWKND with Blank Notion. The Rainbow Bistro
    •  The Dirty Nil. Bronson Centre

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    Enter the code THANKS25 for 25% offall beer at Stray Dog Brewing, until Sunday at midnight. 

    Silk&Snow is offering deals on bedding, furniture, and bath items, but beware: the sales are ending tonight. 

    18 Waits is offering a Thanksgiving BOGO sale: buy one item from the Fall and Winter collection, and get one 50% off from today until October 10. 


    This bit of the newsletter has definitely taken a downmarket turn in the past few days. But what can we do? We’re merely a window on the community. And that community has found Harry Dick Road, west of Ottawa near Eganville, so funny  that the road sign keeps getting stolen and the local municipality is now changing the name, as yet undecided. Harry Dick, who lives there still, says his eponymous road got the sign in the 80s when 911 service was implemented. The nearby Hussey Road sign is also stolen four times per year.


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