WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The new O Train extension will run great, not like last time says Mayor. Mayor Jim Watson and Michael Morgan, the city’s rail construction program director, says that the new line will have new carriages that have been used on other systems for decades plus they will test the system in December weather, unlike last time. [Ottawa Citizen]
+ Related Some details about the new carriages. They're diesel instead of electric, for some reason. There are seven trains. The existing carriages on the Trillium line will be relegated to the new airport spur.
▪️New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cancels visit to Brasserie Étienne Brûlé Brewery due to protestors. Trudeau had made a stop in Gatineau Park and two others in suburban Ottawa and wanted to stop at the truly great Brasserie Étienne Brûlé Brewery, however a crowd of 30 protestors were waiting and the stop was called off. [CBC]
▪️A Pierre Elliot Trudeau student – in Barrhaven – went missing for five hours because his school bus driver didn't notice that he was still aboard. The student got out and attempted to walk home after the driver arrived at her residence. In the meantime, the student's parents had phoned police, who eventually searched the bus driver’s home over her objections that she had ever picked up the student. A neighbour noticed the student in distress and sent him home in an Uber. Some parents suspect that the driver could not hear the student due to her blaring music. The driver has been fired. [Barrhaven Independent]
▪️Forty businesses are irate that their property will be expropriated to build the new Gatineau hospital. The 600 bed hospital will not open for at least 10 years but expropriations will begin in summer of 2024. Businesses at risk include a go-kart track and a chip stand. [CBC]
▪️Trucker Siege co-organizer Pat King has been released from jail on bail. There is a publication ban on the reason why he was released. King has been in jail for five months while he awaits his trial for his actions in the Trucker siege. Terms of his bail include leaving Ottawa immediately, living under the watch of his surety in Alberta, keeping a curfew between 10 pm and 6 am, to stay away from other Siege leaders, and to avoid posting on social media. [CBC]
▪️Ottawa thinktank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is accused of working with US coalition to undermine Indigenous pushback against energy companies. The Atlas Network is accused of working with the Institute to lobby the Federal government to avoid aligning Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [The Guardian]