Issue 652 Volume 3 Number 152

The Ottawan



It's Wednesday, November 16, 2022 and according to the new book, Hiking Trails of Ottawa, the National Capital Region, and Beyond, the best hiking trail in Ottawa is the Rideau River Nature Trail running 2.9 km to Old Ottawa South. Today may not be the best day to try it out.

Food + Drink

▪️New Brewery Alert Base Camp Brewing Company opens at noon in Almonte on Saturday November 19. The brewery will offer six beers on tap and to go in cans: a Lager, a Kolsch, a Pale Ale, a Red Ale, an American IPA and a Hazy New England style IPA. 453 Ottawa Street, Almonte. 

▪️Spark Beer is launching its new pizza offering with a special deal from 4:00pm to 10:00pm this Saturday (November 19). $20 will get you any pizza plus any beer pour. That’s a good deal. 702 Somerset St. W.

▪️AIĀNA Restaurant Collective now offers “Social Hour” from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, when bar bills are 25% off. 50 O’Connor St. 

▪️For a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner at home, consider the Pelican Seafood Market & Grill Lobster Dinner to Go. It’s a seafood feast including Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Coquille St. Jacques, Canadian Lobster (cooked and cracked), Herb Garlic Butter & Lemon, Broccoli Mac ’n’ Cheese, and a White Chocolate pot au creme. It’s on sale now for $74.99, but that price will go up to $79.99 after December 1. 

▪️Ferme Juniper Farm has created three gift boxes of local products that are bound to please the foodies on your Christmas gift list. $50 - $80. 


▪️Yet again Eater Montréal has listed their Ottawa must-dines but neglected to tell us in a timely manner. They recommend Restaurant Les FougeresDa Chicken Cribb, Edgar (RIP), Chesterfield's Gastro DinerSupply and Demand, and Heartbreakers Pizza.

▪️Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen was quite happy with almost all the dishes at Parlour but could not resist bringing up what he thought were too-high-prices with the owner.

▪️Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats says Olitos Cafe in Blackburn Hamlet is already 75 per cent booked out for the World Cup but you really should try the resto’s Portuguese cuisine between matches.

Coming up

Orpheus Musical Theatre presents the Disney Broadway Musical Newsies from November 18 to 27. Based on the 1992 film, Newsies follows young newspaper seller Jack Kelly in 1899 New York City. 

Deals of the day

▪️We’re intrigued by Chandail de loup, where most of the clothing, homeware items, stationery, jewelry, and accessories are made in Quebec. There are a few sale items, but IOHO the regular prices are very reasonable. 

▪️Buy two Classic or Emilia Nightshirts and get $25 off from 49th Apparel. Use the code NIGHTSHIRT25 to get your discount before November 20.

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Weather: 🌨️ 40 per cent chance of flurries. High of -1°, low of -4°.   

Number:  $3 million. The deficit in the dividend paid by Hydro Ottawa to its sole shareholder, the City. The utility blames the derecho windstorm for the reduction, which will make its annual payment of profits from residents now around $30 million. [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Maeve Collins-Tobin. The public policy and policy management student has been given a Rhodes scholarship to the University of Oxford. [Carleton University]

Quote: ‘I think a lot of people maybe take that for granted, but hopefully there is more of a respect now that people had to make their own over the past couple years’ – Quinn Taylor, bartender at The Moonroom, on the public’s growing respect for cocktails. [Ottawa Magazine

Sports: OHL Ottawa 67s 7 – Kingston Frontenacs 1, last  night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The Prime Minister’s national security and intelligence adviser felt the Convoy siege was a ‘threat to democracy’ in an email at the time. ‘The characters involved. The weapons. The motivation. Clearly this isn’t just COVID and is a threat to democracy and rule of law,’ Jody Thomas wrote.

▪️Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Brenda Lucki says that she had no part in selecting Steve Bell as the interim police chief, she only wanted ‘continuity’ from the City. 

▪️The former head of the Canada Border Services Agency said that the agency did not have the authority to stop foreign nationals from crossing the closed border for a ‘lawful protest’ if they met the other requirements.

+ Related A report from the Canada Border Services Agency the same day as the Emergency Act was invoked predicted blockades could be a ‘threat to Canada's economic security and prosperity’

The Rest

▪️Someone has painted the Black Virgin Mary in Richelieu-Vanier Park white. The Notre Dame D'Afrique was erected in 1955 by the Society of Missionaries of Africa which owned the land before turning it over to the City as a public park. The vandalism was reported to the police and the City’s cultural department is looking for a restoration contractor to restore it. [CBC]

▪️An Ottawa constable accused of sexually assaulting another constable has been acquitted. Constable Kevin Benloss was not charged in court but under the the Police Services Act with the case heard by a retired Ontario Provincial Police superintendent. Hearing officer Greg Walton said he found some of the testimony by the woman who made the complaint ‘too convenient’. Benloss is still on leave with pay until his sexual assault case with a different woman is heard, this time in a criminal court. [CBC]

+ Related Today, the Ottawa Police renamed their Partner Assault Unit to the Intimate Partner Violence Unit. The Police say that the word assault suggests that violence can only be physical, while the word violence can ‘include anything, from criminal harassment to coercive control or different controlling behaviours”.

▪️ACORN is organizing a bus to provincial Housing Minister Steve Clark's office on Friday to protest Bill 23. ACORN says the ‘More Homes Built Faster Act’ will cap rent on affordable homes to a maximum of 25 years and redefine ‘affordable rent’ as 80 per cent of average market rate. (Note: it does do both.) [Joel Harden]

+ Related The average market rent in Ottawa is $1,699 for a one-bedroom. Eighty per cent of that would be $1,359.00. The maximum shelter payment by Ontario Works for two people is $632 per month.

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