Issue 580 Volume 3 Number 79

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, July 29, 2022 and, while we'll mostly be enjoying what should be a spectacularly beautiful weekend, we will also be reading up on Colonel By, the Royal Engineer who gave us the Rideau Canal and a day off on Monday.

Last minute weekend activities



▪️We were so busy mentioning the ByTowne’s screening of Vertigo yesterday that we neglected to let you know about Drunken Cinema: The Wedding Singer, tonight at 9:00pm. Luckily our eagle-eyed regular reader Erin filled us in. Will it be a fun night, you ask? Well, glow sticks are included in the price of admission, so … 

▪️Maker Feed is offering an incredible menu special for those of us planning a staycation this weekend. How about Lobster Gnocchi in an Orange and Tarragon Cream sauce? It’s on the menu tonight (Friday) and tomorrow. 2607 Chemin Old Montreal Road 


▪️The Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild will be putting on a demo in the parlour of the Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. The artisans will showing visitors how the Pinhey family ladies and their servants would use a loom to create textiles in the 19th Century. When you’ve watched the demo, take a wander throughout the site’s 88 acres on the banks of the Ottawa River. Entrance to the demo is by donation.

▪️Also tomorrow, Raphaël Express will be popping up at Dominion City Brewing from noon to 5:00pm to celebrate Peru’s National Day. The Fiestas Patrias Pop-Up will feature tasty Peruvian dishes like Ceviche & Causas, tunes from Latino Groove, and of course, fine local craft beer from Dominion City. First come, first served. 5510 Canotek Road Unit 15. /

▪️Youth Ottawa presents “Disco 93” at House of Targ. Vintage outfits are welcome. Get down! 1077 Bank Street.


Death Disco returns to Dekcuf, with added Drum ’n’ Bass. 

Deal of the day

▪️Get 25% off site wide in the Bather Long Weekend Sale. That’s in addition to savings already available on certain items. Now is the time to grab a new pair of Made in Canada swim trunks, fellas. 

▪️Pure Balanced’s Long Weekend Sale will save you up to 40% off spring and summer styles. That’s tie-dyed pieces, t-shirt dresses, playsuits, wide leg pants, and so much more. 

▪️OK, hurry to BKIND for some $5 nail polish before it runs out. BKIND designed new bottles last spring but they still have bottles in the old design kicking around. These are the ones on sale for a measly five bucks. There are loads of colours to choose from.

We'll see you Tuesday. – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 26°, low of 15°.   

Number: 40 feet. The length of the shipping container the HERA Mission is trying to fill with simple toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, clean clothes, new shoes, eyeglasses, feminine hygiene products, soccer balls, basketballs, nets, backboards, and deodorant. HERA is sending the container to Asembo Bay, Kenya. [CTV] [HERA Mission]

Ottawan of the Day: Jim 'Kimo' West. The lead guitarist for Weird Al Yankovic will be appearing with the satirist tomorrow at the Meridian Theatre at Centrepointe. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘I’d like to, at least, be at the poverty line.’ – Scott Ferguson who who receives $1,197 a month from the Ontario Disability Support Program, with $497 of that supposed to go to rent. Ferguson has severe spinal degeneration, chronic pain and migraine clusters that may last for months, and has used a wheelchair for twenty years. The Province has just announced a $58 per month increase in support payments. [Ottawa Citizen]

SportsFrontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – Washington Wild Things 6, last night

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▪️The milk police have shut down the Merry Dairy’s wholesale ice cream businessMerry Dairy had been selling tubs of ice cream at 15 locations across Ottawa, to which the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs says falls afoul of the Milk Act. The Milk Act says that businesses need a dairy license to wholesale products. Merry Dairy owner Marlene Haley says the act appear to require that she build a new facility. No reason was given for the Ministry’s visit except that someone had informed them of a possible ice cream policy violations. Merry Dairy is still selling pints at its Fairmont Avenue location and in its trucks. [CTV]

▪️Help prevent fictional crime in Stittsville on TV. Stittsville on Patrol has an open casting call for season three. The calls sheet asks for someone between 8 and 98, 2 to 7 feet tall, and deceptively strong. Applicants are encouraged to provide fully-clothed self-tapes and headshots, along with a short description of why they hate Ottawa. Stittsville on Patrol normally shows on Bell Fibe. [Stittsville Central] [Episodes on YouTube]

▪️The Downtown Ottawa Revitalization Task Force has been formed to look at ways of fixing the future. The task force recognizes that a large number of office workers are not coming back downtown and hotels are suffering due to the rise of vitual conferences. The alse recognize that creating more housing downtown, including affordable and social housing, is required. Their findings will be submitted to the various levels of government. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️As of this newsletter sending, the O Train is back on its full route. The system had been down all week due to a lightning strike knocking down an overhead powerline.  [City of Ottawa]

+ Related Ottawa-based weather expert was suspicious about the claim of a lightning strike last Sunday, so he looked into it. There was one lightning strike all day. And it was right in the vicinity

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