Issue 640 Volume 3 Number 140

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, October 27, 2022 and you had us at Bat Night. Bat Night is tomorrow, just outside Arnprior, where one can learn about about bats in an outdoor setting. Bring your own flashlight. Head to Clay Bank Nature Park in White Lake (1511 White Lake Rd, McNab/Braeside).


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All Weekend

▪️Become immersed in the Mexican and South American food and drink, the celebratory dance and music, and the traditions of the Day of the Dead Festival at the ByWard Market. Warm up at the indoor exhibitions and Tequila sampling (Friday and Saturday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Gallery 55). 

▪️Visit the Hintonburg Public House in costume between now and October 31 and you’ll save 10%. You can also fill out a ballot to win a $50 gift card. 

▪️If you and a friend wear costumes for your visit to Ferme Proulx Farmfor the 28th annual Pumpkin Fest this weekend, the second admission is 50% off the $16.95 fee. 

▪️This weekend is your final opportunity to view the Pumpkinferno exhibition at Upper Canada Village. There are allegedly 7,000 hand carved pumpkins lining a kilometre long path, all lit at once. Sounds magical. 


▪️Settle in for an evening of Melodic Death Metal at the Rainbow Bistro. 76 Murrary St. 

▪️If you’re decorating for Halloween, Maker House has made-in-Canada pieces like the Skull Concrete Planter from St. Albert, Alberta and the Day of the Dead-worthy skeleton beeswax candles from Sudbury.


▪️Dance all night at the Local Cover Band Party at the Brass Monkey.

▪️Emo Night Ottawa x spectrasonic present Halloween Emocore 6 at Club Saw, 67 Nicholas St. 

▪️The Ottawa 67s take on the Peterborough Petes at TD Place Arena.


▪️Set the alarm to visit True Loaf Bread Company at 7:00am to buy Dead-cadent Buns, made with pumpkin, pumpkin spice, chocolate, candied orange, and almonds. If you oversleep today you can try again on Tuesday November 1st. 573 Gladstone Ave. 

▪️Westboro is the place to be on Saturday afternoon, for the Halloween Street Party & Trick-or-Treating. Take the kids to visit the four trick or treating stations at Churchill Seniors Centre, Rikochet Resale, Natural Food Pantry, and Strawberry Blonde Bakery.

▪️Swing your partner: Ferme Roots and Shoots Farm’s Halloween Barn Dance is for the whole family, regardless of ability. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, a caller will lead dancers round ’n’ round, and if you're not into square dancing you can sit by the campfire with a drinks. Prizes for the best costumes. 115 Chemin de la Beurrerie, Masham, QC. 

▪️The Ottawa Mystic Market returns this Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with a shopping experience for those seeking a little something tarot, taxidermy, and crystals. Visit the parking lot of the Churchill Senior Recreation Center, 345 Richmond Road.

▪️The Whiprsnapr Haunted Brewery party will provide fun for kids young and old. The family will enjoy the pumpkin carving and costume contests from 12:0pm to 5:00pm. Later on, grownups can dance to DJ Bryson, take part in their own costume contest, and brave the Haunted Brewery tour. 14 Bexley Place, Unit 106, Bells Corners.

▪️The Alliance Française Ottawa is launching “Les Petits Penseurs/Little Thinkers,” an introductory philosophy program for children aged 6 to 12. The course will aim to teach students to express themselves, to develop their French vocabulary, to learn the rules of debate, and more. 

▪️The Day of the Dead Party arrives at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park. 1525 Princess Patricia Way. 

▪️Get locked in a brewery, for real. Lockdown: Ottawa Escape presents Zom-Beers at Beyond The Pale, an adventure with zombies, a mystery, and, of course, beer. 250 City Centre Ave Unit 108. $29.49 per person, including a $10 gift card for Beyond The Pale. 

▪️There’s a $10 cover at the Tooth and Nail Halloween Bash, featuring Kitchen Party DJs. 

▪️Enjoy $5 beers, food specials, and a live DJ at the Ridge Rock Halloween Party in Carp.

▪️Make it a Folk-art Halloween. The Samhain Celebration and Artisan Market is presented by Ninth Wave Arts, which offers educational opportunities that remember and reclaim folk wisdom. Check out the market, take a guided forest walk, and sip hot chocolate around the bonfire. Costumes welcome but not mandatory. From 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Carp Ecowellness Centre, 2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway. 

▪️Costume wearers at tonight’s Beyond the Pale party will be competing for BTP/SmoQueShack gift cards, so get creative. From 7:00pm at 250 City Centre Ave, Unit 108. 

▪️Calabogie Brewing will be serving some spooky cocktails at the Kanata location this Saturday. Wear a costume for a chance to win beer-y prizes, and dance to live music. The Calabogie location will also be partying, but there won’t be cocktails. 


▪️Little Jo Berry’s, Pascale’s Ice Cream, and TL Chocolates present Haunted Diner, a vegan feast featuring Cursed Chili Cheese Dogs and Bewitched Fried Chicken Poutine. Wear a costume to win extra treats. 1305 Wellington St. W. 

▪️Today is your kids’ final chance to fire indiscriminately at targets and zombies, from the safety of a school bus of all things, at Commando Paint Ball’s Zombie Slayer Thrill Ride. Parents ride for free. $31.99 + HST per participant. 

▪️The family-friendly Creative Sunday activities at the Ottawa Art Gallery will celebrate the Day of the Dead. You can create a colourful calavera (skull) and an ancestral collage, with the help of artists Fernando Trigo and Dulce Tapp. Free. 

Deals of the day

▪️Shop Quebec and Canadian made artisanal pieces for your home at the Chic & Basta sale. These items are 30% to 50 % off. Christmas is coming, people.

▪️Abbotsford, BC’s The Kindred Studio is launching their Kindred Surprise Leggings Bundles (set of 3), a collection of kids’ leggings in feminine or gender neutral colours and patterns. 3 pairs in any size (from newborn to 13/14Y) for $49.50. 

▪️June Swimwear has 10, 20, and 30% off deals until 11:59pm on October 29. The discount will be applied automatically at checkout. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 10°, low of -2°.   

Number:  237. Where the University of Ottawa lies on a list of 700 universities worldwide, ranked by sustainability. Carleton is #601. The top three are University of California, Berkeley, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia. [Top Universities]

(Honorary) Ottawan of the Day:  Antony Blinken. The US Secretary of State will drop by for a day, meeting some local residents. [Department of State

Quote: ‘I didn't know he was what people are saying he is, he was the same as any other volunteer on my team’ – Newly elected City councillor for Knoxdale-Merivale ward, Sean Devine, on Jose Assis Giammaria who was just arrested in Norway on suspicion of being a Russian spy. Giammaria worked on Devine’s 2015 Federal NDP campaign. Giammaria earned his bachelor of arts in political science with a concentration in international relations and a minor in communications from Carleton, which he apparently put to good use. [CityNews]

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?️ The Election

▪️Ottawa Playbook spoke to Abacus Data CEO David Colleto, who was an unofficial advisor to friend Mark Sutcliffe’s successful mayoral campaign. 

The campaign did a initial survey of Ottawa voters in July to create a roadmap for Sutcliffe. It found:

Top issues: Housing affordability, cost of living, fixing light rail, the economy

Medium issues: Climate change, homelessness, poverty

Jim Watson: The public doesn't hate him, even after the Convoy, no matter what Twitter says

When the Mainstreet poll came out with Sutcliffe three points behind, their own internal poll said he was 14 points ahead. Sutcliffe won by 13.5 points.



? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️A week after the Convoy arrived, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki texted the Ontario Provincial Police informing OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique that the Federal Government had lost confidence in Ottawa police.  

Carrique testified that he thought the Ottawa police would prevent large trucks from going downtown. He would have offered help otherwise.

▪️The Ottawa Police Intelligence Unit intelligence assessment was a crazy quilt of Rex Murphy quotes, mocking of left-wing protests, and implied sympathy for the Convoy. Really – read it, the full assessment is at the bottom of the link.

+ Related The author of the report, then-Ottawa Police Service sergeant Chris Kiez, made a post on Linked In questioning COVID-19 deaths.

+ Related Former CSIS analyst Jessica Davies says the assessment fails the ‘basic tenets of intelligence reporting’.

a) Neutral language
b) Well-articulated sources
c) Nuance and uncertainty
d) Free of logical fallacies
e) "in lane" reporting

+ Related The National Post, which printed the orginal Rex Murphy article, says the assessment didn't even quote Murphy correctly.

+ Related The Ottawa Citizen wrote a similar story but found people who called the assessment ‘oddball’, ‘unprofessional', and ‘disturbing’.

▪️Members of all parties on the Commons public safety and national security committee have approved a question to the Ontario Provincial Police on why OPP commissioner Thomas Carrique told a Parliamentary committee in March that the Convoy was a ‘threat to national security’ but the head of the OPP’s Intelligence Unit testified this week that the Convoy was not a threat to national security. 

▪️Documents provided to the Inquiry show the US Federal Bureau of Investigation was providing information to the Ottawa Police Service. The documents do not show what kind of information was provided.

The Rest

▪️The City is now providing Friday ‘CIty Hall’ marriages in Orléans. The City was already providing marriage services at City Hall on weekdays, booked on a first-come, first served basis. The Orléans ceremonies are held at 255 Centrum Boulevard every Friday. And, Hey Kids! Did you know you only need to be 16 for the City to get you married? (Parental approval needed.). [City of Ottawa]

▪️Local mom and pop business Shopify believes it will end the year with a loss. The company reported a net loss of US$158.4 million for the months July to September. The company president says Shopify has been profitable for five out of seven years, and plans to be profitable again. [CityNews]

▪️A plaque and a tree planting have been placed in memory of the six people killed at the Eastway Tank, Pump & Meter blast. The plaque has been placed in Merivale Gardens Park, along with six trees, one for each victim. [CBC]

▪️The Help Santa Toy Parade returns this year, November 19. Santa's helpers are asking for people who want to enter a float to apply now.(Santa's helpers? Do you really think children are reading the ottawan? – Ed)  [CTV]

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