Issue 559 Volume 3 Number 566

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Squint and maybe you'll see the long-lost 500 ft wide Ottawa sign.  

Food and drink update

▪️As lifelong fans of the humble spud, we were stoked (sorry) to hear about the new Stoketatoes on the summer menu at Stoked food truck. It looks like a version of poutine, with big, skin-on chunks of potato, cheese curds and gravy. Sign us up. 1455 Youville Drive, Orléans, or order online. 

▪️Gray Jay has concocted a new dessert that celebrates in season strawberries and pineapple weed, all delivered in a chill(ed) semifreddo. 

▪️Get down to (or maybe at?) Drip House’s Chinatown location tomorrow and every week for R&B Thursdays. At 6:00pm, enjoy cocktails, a sweet evening menu with cocktail friendly bites like Jalapeño Poppers, Samosas, and Mushroom Gyozas, refreshing house crafted drinks, and of course an R&B vibe. 692 Somerset St. West 

▪️Buyers and Cellars has put together a trio of Ontario wines from Rosehall Run Vineyards. Each mixed case, available from now until June 30th, includes a sparkling, a Pinot Gris and a Cab/Merlot. $83 + tax. Meanwhile, next week Buyers and Cellars presents a Croatia Tasting Event featuring Croatia Unpacked. On Tuesday June 28th, learn about the region’s wine making techniques and history while sipping wines and visiting food stations. $80 per person. 

▪️In honour of Indigenous Peoples Month, until July 1st you can add a donation to Assembly of Seven Generations onto your Bread by Us order. Then, on Friday July 1st Bread by Us will be donating 50% of all in-store sales to the organization. 1065 Wellington St. West.


Join the fun at Fringe Karaoke at the Fringe Courtyard (67 Nicholas Street) (starting at 8:00pm). 


You have one more day to bid on over 150 items from Indigenous artists and craftspeople in the Wabano Spirit Gala Online Auction. To bid, text “Gala”to 613-902-1391, and a link will be sent to your mobile device to allow you to start bidding. This is the only way to bid in the auction

Deals of the day

Birds of North America is holding their second Studio Sale, during which all sorts of clothing and accessories are marked way down. Note that the selection includes samples, slightly damaged items, and one of a kinds. 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛈️ 60 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High of 28°, low of 18°. 

Number:  $23.7 million. The dividend that Hydro Ottawa will pay to its sole shareholder, the City, this year. The Annual Report cover reminds us that Hydro Ottawa's mission statement is ‘To create long-term value for our shareholder’ and not ‘low rates to the citizens.’ [Newswire]

Ottawan of the Day: Aimée Craft. The associate professor at University of Ottawa has won a 2022 Indigenous Voices Award in the graphic novel, comic, and illustrated book category for her book, Treaty Words (As long as the rivers flow). [CBC]

Quote: 'We’ve never had a place that we could be proud of, and have a place where we meet community, have our conversations and negotiations and welcome different business partners — so finally we have that place’ – Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. The association has opened its new national headquarters in Gatineau. Besides offices and conference space, the centre features Café Bouleau with Indigenous cuisine and Artisanelle, a boutique with Indigenous-made crafts. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sport: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 5 – Sussex County Miner 6, last night CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 86 – Niagara River Lions 90, last night

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▪️The City wants to know what you are looking for in the next Ottawa Police Chief. The survey asks if we are looking for a chief who is an ‘Ethical Leader and Decision-Maker’ or a ‘Capable Administrator’. But it also asks if priorities should be things like ‘Transfer budget funding from OPS to community/social services/programs/subject matter experts in social issues’, ‘Decrease OPS Budget’, or even ‘Increase focus/efficacy on crime’. There is also an online forum being held on July 8 to discuss the hiring process. Registration required. [Ottawa Citizen] [The Survey]

▪️Vanier man must take rabies shots as the owners of the dog that bit him will not open their door. Ottawa Pubilc Health says that it has no legal authority to examine the dog, which bit two men earlier in the month. The owner has been fined for not registering a dog and for not having it on a leash. [Ottawa Citizen]

The Inquiries

Emergency Act Inquiry: The Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons called Ottawa Police every day during trucker siege with no response. Patrick McDonell said that he was ‘flabbergasted’ at the lack of response by the Ottawa Police to the harassment of MPs and staff. [CBC]

LRT Inquiry: Panel told that the O Train was tested with only one train running rather than multiple trains. Had more trains been running, problems would have been discovered sooner rather than after the system was operating. [CBC]

+ Related The O Train director of maintenance was on the carriage that derailed last September due to lack of maintenance


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