Issue 588 Volume 3 Number 88

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, August 12, 2022 and we are inspired by the Ottawa Garden Festival to visit the Clyde Bee & Butterfly patch on South Clyde Avenue.  It's a tiny, perfect pitch for the flying critters.

More for the Weekend


▪️Vankleek Hill is marking its 225th Anniversary, and on Saturday, St Johns Anglican Church and Arbor Gallery present a brand new festival to celebrate. Art in the Garden is a family and dog friendly outdoor exhibition and art sale with artists from around the country. 5854 ON-34, Vankleek Hill Ontario. 

▪️The inaugural Glengarry Honey Fair is all things honey: learn from honey producers, watch demos, take a garden tour, and try your hand at candle making. 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum, 1645 County Road 30, North Glengarry Ontario. 


Enjoy a one of a kind shopping experience at the Victoire Boutique's Cheap Thrills Staff Closet Sale. You’ll find vintage Victoire pieces and secondhand items from the closets of the store’s staff. This is an in-person shopping opportunity, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at 1282-B West Wellington. Bring cash. 

Food news

▪️Ottawa’s Gees Bees has launched this year’s Blueberry Blossom Honey, which promises subtle berry flavours in pure, unpasteurized local honey. Buy at the Gees Bees store or online.

▪️West end spirit lovers should note that both Dairy Distillery and King’s Lock Craft Distillery will be heading to the Westboro Farmers’ Market tomorrow. 9:00am - 3:00pm at Byron Linear Park. 

Deals of the day

▪️Fill the gaps in your wardrobe at the Abaka sale, where you’ll find Quebec-made casual pieces for everyone. 

▪️Save up to 50% off on Spring and Summer collection pieces at Brenda Beddome


Yesterday we said the Pink Pepper range was launched by Bkind, when in fact the product is brand new from Barefoot Venus

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 24°, low of 7°.   

Number: 450. The total number of people that the City’s antiquated swimming registration system can handle simultaneously. The City says a new system will be enabled next year. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: Daniel Alfredsson. The former Ottawa Senators captain is promoting the sport of padel, which is exploding in popularity in Europe. Not to be confused with that other newbie sport, pickleball, padel is tennis rules on a tiny racquetball court using giant ping pong paddles.  [CTV]

Quote: ‘Even me as a 40-year-old single mom on disability, I never thought in my wildest dreams that, not only would make it this far, but enjoy it just as much’ – Sarah McCaffrey, one of 10 graduates of the Food Services Training Programme at the Ottawa Mission, led by award winning chef Ric Allen-Watson. The Programme says it has a 90 per cent success rate in placing its graduates. [CTV]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 4 – New York Boulders 11, last night

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▪️Landlord says that she can't legally rent apartments because of the nearby safe injection site. The four unit complex on Besserer Street is across from Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, which operates a supervised consumption site for for people to inject, snort or swallow drugs. The landlord says the Residential Tenancies Act requires her to provide safe housing – but she cannot when people use drugs or litter needles on her property. She argues that the Health Centre can only handle five people at a time, so people who cannot wait use her property. People who use the service have their needles disposed of safely. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Cabinet documents over the Trucker convoy reveal the Federal Government worried that some some police officers ‘may be sympathetic to the protesters’ cause, resulting in reluctance to enforce’. The muchly-redacted papers were introduced in a court case filed by civil liberties groups over the use of the Emergencies Act against the Trucker Seige last February. Public safety minister Marco Mendicino noted there were two main groups associated with the Siege:  ‘The first is relatively harmless and happy with a strong relationship to faith communities. The second is more concerning and comprised of harder extremists trying to undermine government institutions and law enforcement.’ [Toronto Star]

▪️The Akron, Ohio Convoy supporter who called in a bomb threat to the wrong Ottawa police was sentenced yesterday. The mask mandate opposing American phoned the Ottawa Police, claiming that he was about to detonate a bomb. He meant to call our Ottawa Police Service but instead called the department in Ottawa, Ohio. The man pled guilty and received 90 days in jail plus five years on probation. The man previously said ‘Canada was pissing him off with their mask mandates’ and he wanted to waste ‘Canada’s time and resources’. []

▪️Couple drops lawsuit against Osgoode councillor George Darouze after he informed police on them. In 2020, Darouze emailled the Ottawa Police Chief, complaining of Facebook posts. The posts, by the wife of a serving Ottawa Police officer, were critical of police deployments in the Osgoode area and of Darouze. The Ottawa Police then began an investigation against the officer and his wife, ultimately deciding that the posts were accurate and nothing needed to be done. The then Integrity Commissioner wrote ‘“the major motivation of the councillor was to bully and intimidate’ the couple. However, after they felt that CIty Council did not properly take action, the couple sued Darouze for harassment. The couple have dropped the case after deciding it was more money and time than they could afford. Darouze says that he carried out everything requested by the Integrity Commissioner and did apologize to the couple. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related A Mississippi Mills councillor’s pay has been suspended for 90 days for attending council meetings without disclosing her COVID-19 vaccination status. The Integrity Commissioner ruled that the councillor had violated the Code of Conduct after attending three meetings in May, the last of which she was booted out.

▪️The Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park will be closed weekdays for the next four weeks. The National Capital Commission is landscaping the area and fixing a long-collapsed retaining wall. Hikers, as well as cars and bikes, will not be permitted in the area. [Ottawa Citizen]

?The LRT Inquiry will hold their report until November 30. The report was originally expected August 31 but had a clause to extend if the committee requested it. Participants in the inquiry must submit written briefs by today. [Ottawa Citizen] [LRT Inquiry]

▪️A new 30,000 square foot co-working space has opened on the fifth floor of the former Entrust building on Innovation Drive in Kanata. TCC Canada is the same group that opened a co-working space in the former Shopify headquarters on Elgin Street. [Ottawa Business Journal] [Innovation Centre]

▪️Of the 29 chaffeur-driven cars assigned to Federal ministers, only seven are made in Canada. A Conservative MP made the inquiry for the numbers citing New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request to buy Canadian. The Government said that procurement of cars is subject to free trade agreements which cannot discriminate by country of origin. Meanwhile, we have discovered that a local 2010 Ford Fusion, complete with post-manufacture Crispy Crunch, was actually built in Mexico. It's anti-Canadian that this fully insured vehicle is still on the streets of the Capital. [Ottawa Sun]

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