Monday, August 30, 2021
We got emails about our item on Friday that reported the Ottawa Airport had removed a bench featuring statues of Sir John A MacDonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, owing to the former's establishment of the residential school system. We pointed out that the airport itself is officially named Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport but try to find that anywhere on their website. And no, it has not been renamed.
But without asking, readers wrote in suggestions for new names, such as:
✈️ Alex Trebek International
✈️ Sandra Oh Ottawa
✈️ Tom Green Field
✈️ Paul Anka Aerodrome
There was also a suggestion to return to the airport's original civilian name Uplands, which is how Martha's mom refers to it even to this day.
Do you have a better suggestion? Send it in: [email protected]
We’ve added a new podcast to our curated list, Ottawa Business Journal’s Beyond The Headlines. You can hear it and the others here.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 27°, low of 13°
Number: $9.1 million. The amount of money paid – with $5.5 million to come later – that Dream Impact Trust and Dream Asset Management Corp. have paid to gain 100 per cent control of the Zibi development. The multi-billion dollar residential and commercial development on the shoreline of Gatineau will be completed in 2032. [Real Estate Exchange]
Ottawan of the Day: Timothy Johnstone. Johnstone, a foreman on a crew working on the Parliament Hill renovations, discovered a memorial near the cliff. Rather than remove it, he had his team enclose it in plexiglass to protect it from the building operations. The site is a memorial to Rico Iannucci, who died in a workplace accident when his backhoe went over the cliff in 2005. [CBC]
Quote: ‘We’re also seeing lots of people coming in from Toronto, where paying $1 million for a house is not a big deal’ – Realtor Paul Rushforth on who is paying so much for houses in suburban Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen]
Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 12 – BC Lions 24, last Saturday. Ottawa plays host to Montréal September 3. CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Halifax Wanderers 2, yesterday. Ottawa welcomes York Wednesday. AUDL Ottawa Outlaws 13 – Toronto Rush 23, yesterday. Ottawa visits Toronto next Saturday.
Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
⭕ Mayor Jim Watson asks Premier Doug Ford to create an Ontario vaccine passport. Besides its utility in keeping new COVID-19 cases at bay, the Mayor says that vaccinated people in Ottawa will flock to Gatineau, hurting local businesses. Quebec has barred unvaccinated people from restaurants, pubs, and gyms. [CBC]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️More than 2,000 students are being told to take OC Transpo as the school bus authority cancels 15 routes. The school bus system is short of drivers and can't staff the routes. [CTV]
▪️The building that housed Eldon's Restaurant caught fire Friday, displacing all the residential tenants, including the owners. The Glebe restaurant will open on Saturdays only and then move to Carp. [Ottawa Citizen] [Go Fund Me]
▪️Thanks to the rain, the open air fire ban has been lifted. That's for people in rural Ottawa, of course. Those in the urban areas have never been allowed to burn stuff in their yard. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Gatineau is appealing demolition order of Aylmer mansion built too close to the road. The owner and the City were in a lawsuit over the mansion, the owners say that the City approved all permits for its construction, the City says that an employee made an error. Then a judge ordered the house demolished, which no one had asked for. [CBC]
▪️Discussion of Ottawa's Official Plan has been put back a month. The official plan, a provincially mandated blueprint for the City which indicates the areas to be gentrified, where transit will be located, what infrastructure goes where, and where new development can be built will now be discussed October 14. Community groups had complained that the originally September meeting was too soon to fully digest the plan. [Bulldog Ottawa] [Official Plan Page]
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