Issue 618 Volume 3 Number 118

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, September 23, 2022 and we cannot believe that it is already time to go leafingToo soon, Mother Nature. Too soon.

Day 3 and we're off to a great start. Someone nominated the Parliamentary cafeteria as a ‘cheap eats’ place, which was a inspired suggestion. You have until Sunday to make your nominations. We're looking for the best in Ottawa's food, cultural, and public service scenes. 

Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).

If you enter your email address, we'll do a random draw for a $100 gift card to the Ottawa business of your choice.

ALSO We didn't include Best Bakery as a category. We should have. Email your nomination for Best Bakery to and we'll add them in the voting round.


Your Busy Weekend Part II

The 47th Festival franco-ontarien takes over Majors Hill Park today through Sunday, offering Francophones and Francophiles ticketed and free experiences including concerts, games, and beer from Microbrasserie Cassel Brewery. 


▪️There’s lots going on at the Log Farm on Saturday, from a corn maze to wagon rides, and of course, scarecrows. Book your timed entry to Bushels of Fun on the Farm. Tickets $11.99 per person. 670 Cedarview Road 

▪️Pique Music and Arts Festival arrives at the Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. From 5:00pm to 1:30am, experience live music, art installations, and DJ sets, both indoors and outside, in conjunction with the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s NightOwl Party. 

▪️Electric Street Gallery invites you to meet artist Maurice Dionne from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Dionne’s watercolours of Ottawa scenes are on exhibit at the gallery until October 30. 299 Crichton Street at Electric Street. 


▪️Gees Bees present a Free Honey Farm Open House. Learn all about winter preparations at the hives, tour the gardens to see the bees at work on the fall flowers, and visit the shop for honey goodies. Book your timed entry. 538 River Road, Gloucester.

▪️The National Council of Canadian Muslims, Islamic Relief Canada and ISNA Canada present Muslim Voices on Foreign Policy. The list of speakers includes Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman, author Khaled Beydoun (“American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear”) and Abubacarr Tambadou, Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier in Gatineau. Tickets $32.84

▪️Caelis Academy Ensemble and the Ottawa Baroque Consort invite you to experience Bach’s Mass in B Minor with a live choral performance, on Sunday at Saint Paul University, 249 Main Street. Tickets from $27.54. 

Plan Ahead

▪️The Let Me See Creative Workshops at L’Imagier are an opportunity to develop your observational skills while learning some drawing basics. The bilingual workshops are two hours and are limited to 15 people. $15 + tax. The September 30 workshop, Drawing to See, explore the differences between perception and observation. 9, Front Street, Gatineau, QC. 

▪️Handel’s The Messiah. Yes, Music & Beyond and L’Harmonie des Saisons are selling tickets to the Christmas seasonal already. They know it’s going to sell out, and so do you. December 9 at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. 

Deals of the day

▪️One of our favourite Ottawa brands, Calita Intimates, is offering 15% off all underwear in the Fall Sale. 

Mad about Patchwork has discounts on creepily cute Halloween fabrics, ▪️batting, yards from collections ending soon, and on Pfaff quilting machines. 

▪️Use code BDAY23 to receive 15% off all orders until Sunday at Twenty 20 Skincare.

▪️Stylish sneakers made in Spain, Italy, and Brazil are on sale now at Montréal footwear brand L’intervalle. In addition, the end of Summer Sale offers up to 70% off warm weather heels, wedges, sandals, and bags for women and dress shoes and work boots for men. Orders can be picked up at the Rideau Centre. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ❄️ There is a frost warning for tonight. High of 13°, low of 1°.   

Number: 135,000 square feet. The size of the world’s largest Canadian Tire store, which has just opened at Carlingwood Shopping Centre. [CTV]

Ottawans of the Day: Garrett Rice and Shrouk Abdelgafar. The couple have bought an abandoned lighthouse in Lower Bedeque, PEI, sight unseen. [Maclean’s]

Quote: ‘It’s like your neighbourhood just burned down. Bike shops in other neighbourhoods are all doing fantastic. My clientele all went home’ – Retro Rides owner Jason Komendat  on closing his Sparks Street bike shop due to teh lack of people downtown. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: The RedBlacks, the Senators, and Atlético Ottawa all play matches tomorrow.

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire has released his three point plan to deal with crime in ByWard market: more counselling for homeless persons, increased police enforcement over drug dealing, and give people money to find their own accommodation rather than spend it on expensive affordable housing. [Candidate video]

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney has outlined a City climate change plan. This would include an appointed Chief Climate officer, greening buildings, and increasing the tree canopy. [Candidate statement]

▪️Mayoral candidate Bob Chiarelli says the Federal government should prioritize building affordable housing at Tunney's Pasture and Confederation Heights. Both are close to major transit hubs.

The Rest

▪️There is a sign that Federal employees will need to work in the office two days per week. The Clerk of the Privy Council is asking her department to come in two days per week, working remotely full time only in exceptional circumstances. Some consider that what the Privy Council clerk does sets the tone for deputy ministers in all Federal departments. The Treasury Board ultimately sets the rules but so far has allowed each department to set its own back-to-office conditions. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has created an anonymous tip line to report bullying or threats. The web chat with a school board employee will be available every school day from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Topics to webchat about include ‘mental health issues, safety, bullying, hate, discrimination, or abuse’.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Page with link to chat]

▪️Ontario wants to make Alfred’s Bog inoperable. Last year, the Province announced it was turning the rare bog near Vankleek Hill into a Provincial park. Now the Province is asking the public if it is okay to be non-operating: in park lingo, that means no facilities at all but also no fees. Amongst other things, Alfred's Bog is home to two carnivorous plants: the pitcher plant and sundew. Comments will be sought until Nov 6. [CBC] [Proposal and comments]

▪️A Chelsea developer has been found guilty of election interference over the 2017 municipal election. Sean McAdam, the principal of developer Landlab, Inc and husband of musician Kathleen Edwards, bought an ad in the Gatineau English-language newspaper The Lowdown (motto: To Hull and Back) accusing four unnamed Chelsea council candidates of benefiting from the transformation of a railway route into a greenway. The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec brought the case against McAdam for not registering as an official agent for a party or candidate. None of the four candidates were elected. McAdam will appeal. [Le Droit]

▪️Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor, who killed his mom and started driving to Ottawa to assasinate the Prime Minister, receives 14 year sentence. Ryan Grantham was convicted of second degree murder Wednesday over the killing of his mother in Squamish, BC. He then started driving East, complete with guns and molotov cocktails, with the intention of killing the Prime Minister. After 134 miles, he turned aournd and gave himself up to Vancouver police. [CBC]

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