Issue 585 Volume 3 Number 84

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, August 8, 2022 and we’re devouring the new newsletter The Functionary. Anyone who works for the Federal civil service, or is interested in reading about how the sausage is made will like it. Written by former Citizen journalist Kathryn May, the fourth edition will be out soon. And it's free.


▪️Today and every Monday until October 3, Ottawa Street Markets presents a Mini-Market from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at 1805 Gaspé Ave, across from the RCMP stables. Find local seasonal produce and handmade products. 

▪️Tonight is Jazz Monday at Minotaure in Gatineau. The music, which starts at 9:00pm, is by Dandelions, and is free (but they’ll happily accept donations). Drinks will be flowing until midnight. 3 Kent Street in Gatineau.

▪️The Pack a Sack program from Bridgehead Coffeehouse is back. Bridgehead is helping the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation to raise money to purchase backpacks, pens, notebooks, and other school supplies for local students who would otherwise go without. From now to August 14, made a donation at any Bridgehead Coffee location or do it online.


Deals of the Day

▪️These are the final hours of the Yoga Jeans sale offering up to 50% off selected jeans and loungewear, plus an extra 10% off site wide using the code EXTRA10.

▪️Fortnight Lingerie’s Swim Sale ends tonight at 11:59pm, giving you just a few more hours to get up to 60% off the Toronto-crafted collection.  

▪️There’s limited stock, but you’ll find some serious deals on the sale page at Rose Buddha.

▪️Prepare for next summer’s adventures - or enjoy the final few weeks of Summer 2022 - with the sale pieces at June Swimwear. There’s a wide range of bikini tops and bottoms on offer with some priced under 30 bucks.

▪️Rue Saint Patrick’s collection of long sleeve shirts will satisfy the pickiest of fellows. Available in linen, cotton and recycled polyester, they’re all made in Montreal, are undeniably stylish, and won’t bust the bank. Check the sale pages for deals on fabulously patterned short sleeved shirts in fabulous patterns, too.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Showers. High of 22°, low of 15°.   

Number: 20¢. How much cheaper gasoline is per litre in Ottawa as compared to Gatineau. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Sylvia Gellman. The 101 year-old was one of the many female codebreakers who worked in the Examination Unit during the Second World War. She was a guest Saturday during a plaque unveilling  at the Laurier Avenue East location where they worked in secret. [CBC]

Quote: ‘It's very interesting at my age, sitting on a bike. I love it and I'm very grateful ... And I encourage other people to come, other ladies to come and learn’ – 37 year-old Claire Kiruhira, who had never previously ridden a bike. Kiruhira has joined Vélo Vanier, which loans bikes to residents at no charge and has started a bikes-for-moms programme. [CBC]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 3 – Calgary Stampeders 17, last Friday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – FC Edmonton 1, last night; Frontier League Ottawa Titans – Sussex County Miners 6 – 4 last night, 6 – 5 last Saturday, 0 – 2, last Friday

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▪️The O Train extention from Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie and Baseline Stations will be delayed by a year. Rail construction programme director Michael Morgan reported to City Council Friday that the 2025 completion date will now more likely be in 2026. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Gatineau police have been accused of beating a Republic of Senegal diplomat in her home. The Sengalese embassy made a Facebook post stating that ‘Despite being reminded of the victim's status as a diplomat and of the inviolability of her home, the Canadian police officers handcuffed her and savagely beat her to the point that she had difficulty breathing, which led to ... evacuation by ambulance to the hospital’. Gatineau Police say that they subdued a person who was violent toward an officer. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Church bell that went missing after the derecho storm has been found on the side of a highway. The steeple of the Saint-Fidèle church in Fassett collapsed on May 21, soon after the 120 year-old bell disappeared. Fortuitously, it has shown up on the side of Highway 50. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa area shelters are over capacity with pets to be adopted. The Ottawa Humane Society has more than 40 animals waiting to be given a new home. [CBC] [Pick a Pet]

▪️‘The city next door: Ottawa represents the perfect vacation getaway for Montrealers’. That’s the headline of this story from the largest English weekly newspaper in Quebéc. Nothing in it that you don't know about but it's facinating to see what the neighbours think is interesting about us. The story notes that Ottawa has two Red Lobster franchises, a Perkins, and a Denny’s – none of which are available in Montréal. [The Suburban

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