Issue 636 Volume 3 Number 136

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, October 21, 2022 and the good news is that our G7 national capital has made the illustrious New York Times again. The bad news is that the article is about how cool our cannabis shop designs are.


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▪️Square Lemon returns to the Glebe Community Centre for The Spooktacular Craft Market, which promises a roster of more than 40 vendors, a silent auction in aid of The Alzheimer’s society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, and a free workshop to make a Halloween mask. 10:30am to 3:00pm at 175 Third Ave. 

▪️The 18 artists based at Loft Art Studios open their doors to curious visitors this Saturday and Sunday, as well as next weekend (October 29 and 30). Visit the Standard Bread Factory Building, 951 Gladstonne Ave and make your way to the 3rd floor. 

▪️Arguably Ottawa’s cutest coffee joint, Carlington Coffee House, is showing a free screening of Beetlejuice in their backyard. Bring your own chair and blanket. 7:00pm to 10:00pm at 917 Merivale Road. 

▪️The Ottawa International Writers Festival continues this weekend with Science and Fiction streams on Saturday and discussions with Canadian authors on Sunday. All events are at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. 

▪️Brit comic Sarah Millican's international tour stops by the NAC tonight and tomorrow. She’s funny. 

▪️The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show returns Saturday and Sunday. Score yourself some vintage clothing, accessories, handbags and jewelry, décor and antiques. Carleton University Fieldhouse, Bronson Ave. and Sunnyside Ave., $12 but $2 off if you sign up to their newsletter.

▪️Wall Candy NOIR Visual Art Art Show features 50 professional artists from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Tonight's (Friday) opening night vernissage is sold out but tickets are available for Saturday. TD Place 1015 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7 Horticulture Building, Lansdowne $10.00 



▪️The Maker Feed Co’s Ramen Kit Sunday Take-home allows you to whip up a bowl of tasty meat and noodles at home. Choose individual portions of either Pork ramen with shiitake in miso or Short Rib Shoyu ramen with bok choi. $25 each. The kit comes with full instructions to easily prepare the meal at home. Pick up on Sunday October 23 between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. If you’re craving something more Sunday roast-ish, Maker Feed Co also has a Meatloaf Wellington for two ($59). 2607 Old Montréal Road, Cumberland. 

▪️The annual No Borders Art Festival takes over the Shenkman Arts Centre from 10:00am to 5:00pm with art, music, poetry, and performance art. This year’s festival brings together No Borders Community Voices, who will sing songs by indigenous composer Beverly Mckiver, and the Toronto Jumblies Performance Troupe. Attendees will experience film, live and virtual panel discussion groups, art from local creators, dance, and storytelling. Free to attend. 425 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans. 

▪️Freewheeling Craft brings the Second Life Vintage & Thrift Market to Beech Street one final time this season. 70B Beech Street from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, rain or shine. 

Coming up

Ottawa StoryTellers’ Welcome to Storytelling: 10 Things You Need to Know workshop will teach the basics and offer space and time to practice them. Saturday October 29 and Saturday November 5 at Ottawa Bahá’í Centre, 211 McArthur Ave. 

Deal of the day

Fortnight’s Swim Capsule collection is 40% off for a short time. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 13°, low of 10°.   

Number:  2.6 million square feet. The size of YOW3, operated by Amazon, which is now Ottawa’s largest building. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  Eric Stubbs. Stubbs is the new Ottawa Police Chief, appointed just this afternoon. Chief-designate Stubbs, an assistant commissioner with the RCMP in British Columbia, will assume his new duties November 17. [CBC]

Quote: ‘I am basically getting paid the same as a PSW, give or take a dollar, I get benefits and there is more support’ – Amy Ayers, who quit her personal support worker job of five years for a Tim Horton's apron because she could no longer abide by the poor health care she was expected to deliver. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Washington Capitals 2, last night OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – North Bay Battalion 2, last night CPL Atlético Ottawa plays against Pacific FC in the first match of the semi finals Sunday.

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?️ The Election

▪️Here are some biographies of the people running the election campaigns for mayoral candidates Catherine McKenney and Mark Sutcliffe.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe now says that he supports the City's funding model for festivals. Capital Pride and the Tulip Festival both demanded a response from Sutcliffe after a 16 year-old column in the Ottawa Citizen was unearthed in which the candidate argued that both festivals – and the Festival Franco-Ontarien – should be weaned off City funding.

Don’t forget that the election is Monday.


? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️An Ontario Provincial Police commander says the Ottawa Police closed off ramps from the Queensway a week too late and without telling the OPP, which is responsible for the freeway. Superintendent Craig Abrams also testified that he had reports that the Ottawa Police had lost control in their command structure, some yelling profanities at other officers.

Abram’s witness statement says that Ottawa Police lost control of the situation on day two.

▪️The OPP commander who ran the joint command centre said, ‘Chief Sloly made it apparent to Chief Superintendent Pardy that Chief Sloly did not trust his command team and subject matter experts’.

▪️Diane Deans did not have Mayor Jim Watson's cell phone number while she was Police Services Board Chair, not even during the Convoy occupation. Watson told her that nobody has his number. Deans was forced to go through Watson's chief of staff to contact him.

+ Doug Ford's chief of staff has Watson's phone number.

▪️In a video, Lawyer Kristopher Kinsinger discusses whether or not the Convoy had a constitutional right to park in the middle of the street for weeks. He doesn't make a great argument but says ‘maybe’. 

The Rest

▪️An actual Citizen headline: “City pauses unsuccessful efforts to trap suspected coyotes in Riverside South”. If you, or someone you love is suspected of being a coyote, make sure you buy a flea collar. Also, the City had set traps for nearly a week and, having yet to catch any coyotes, has given up. Residents in Riverside South have been reporting that the animals have been eating dogs and cats. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Pontiac region will see a sawmill reopen. Commonwealth Plywood Co. is reopening a closed mill in Rapides des Joachims, creating 65 new jobs. The Ottawa Valley and the Pontiac have a two hundred year history with the lumber industry. [CTV]

▪️The Ottawa Senators have released a new retro-reverse jersey, sort of inspired by the uniform worn by the team 1997-2007. [Faces Mag]

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