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Issue 565 Volume 3 Number 62

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, July 4, 2022 and your ottawan correspondents are on the VIA Rail to Toronto, the first leg of a cross country drive. Newsletter service will be spottier than usual this week.

We‘ll be back to normal next Monday and we'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

? Is there something that Ottawans should know about? Email to us at [email protected]. We read every single comment.


Weather: ⛅ Mix of sun and cloud. High of 28°, low of 17°. 

Number:  25 hours. The time covered in this 25 minutes video of a day in the life of the O Train, starting at 4:30am until 5:30am the following day. [Rail Fans YouTube]

Ottawan of the Day: Elizabeth Tevlin.Tevlin wins the May 9th New Yorker magazine Cartoon Caption Contest with this entry.

Quote: '“It will become self-evident’ – Consort to a former Governor General John Ralston Saul believes that Wellington Street will eventually be connected to a square surrounded on the other three sides by Centre Block, West Block and East Block. [Globe & Mail]

SportsCFL Ottawa RedBlacks 31 – BC Lions 34, last Thursday CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Hamilton Forge 0, last night CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 75 – Hamilton Honey Badgers 86, last Saturday  Frontier League Ottawa Titans – New York Boulders, 13 – 6 last night, 5 – 6, Saturday, 8 – 9, Friday

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▪️A GoFundMe has been set up to assist the surving woman stabbed in Alta Vista. Catherine Ready was stabbed by 21 year-old man in the street after he murdered Ready’s mom and sister. Ready also received non-threatening bullet wounds when Ottawa Police shot and killed the man. [CityNews] [GoFundMe]

▪️The US Ambassador’s Fourth of July Party featured 15 open bars, 2000 guests including Gritty, and was held last week (Pix). Ambassador David L. Cohen trucked in delicacies from his hometown of Philadelphia –  cheesesteaks, water ice, and soft pretzels – across the border at 4 am. The party lasted four days. [BizBash


Convoy Part II

The Canada Day protests were a damp squib. Ottawa ByLaw towed 121 vehicles and issued 513 tickets. [CTV]

The Inquiries

? LRT: Citizen transit commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert is angry that Mayor Jim Watson testified that she was undermining OC Transpo and sending out false information on Twitter. "There's a big difference between attacking staff and criticizing a public institution that is OC Transpo," she says.

+ Related Inquiry commissioner Justice William Hourigan has not been sympathetic to witnesses claiming confidentiality over documents, stating ‘We don’t hide behind confidentiality. We don’t answer questions on the basis that it might be confidential.’

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