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HELLO OTTAWA

the ottawan’s Best of Ottawa Awards 2023 are off to a great start.

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– Martha and Darren

TODAY’S LINE UP

  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day

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OTTAWA STATS

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    • $7,064
    • – The amount of money that an Audi owner is seeking from the City after her car was damaged by a pothole on a Montréal Road detour needed by O Train construction. While denying any responsibility to the Audi owner, the City has launched its own lawsuit over the same pothole against Stage 2 O Train builders, Kiewit Eurovia Vinci Corporation, for $35,000. The Corporation says roads are the City’s problem. The Audi owner settled out of court. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen

    Ottawans of the Day

    Quote 

    • That's just God kicking our ass

    • – Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad on last year’s derecho wind storm, which he says could not be planned for. Conrad says that he can ‘guarantee’ there will be more multi-day outages and residents should be ‘resilient’ enough to survive 72 hours without help. (Elyse Skura at CBC)

     

    Sports

    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Buffalo Sabres 6 last night

    CITY HALL AGENDA

    What’s going on at City Hall.
     

    Light Rail Sub-Committee
    Friday, October 27 at 9:30 am

    Stage 2 Trillium Line and Confederation Line update

    📋 Agenda

    WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT

    ⚡ Rubbish Plan

    •  Twelve of 18 mayors in the Pontiac have voted to give $120,000 to Deloitte to create a waste-to-energy incineration. The plan envisions a $450 million plant that would burn garbage to create electricity. The plant would need 400,000 tons of garbage per year. The Pontiac region currently produces about 5,000 tons annually. The region says that it will ask areas like Pembroke, Renfrew County, and Ottawa for their garbage. Ottawa just approved paying $8 million per year to ship its garbage to a private landfill. (Dylan Dyson at CTV

    ⚕️ Federal Public Employees

    •  The new extended health care package for Federal employees is going so poorly that a Parliamentary committee is looking into the fiasco. The standing committee on government operations and estimates is looking into how the change to Canada Life Assurance Company last July for 1.7 million public employees and retirees has gone so wrong. (CBC)

      Some examples from only this week:
    •  Public employees complain that they have been waiting months for reimbursements. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)
    •  A public service employee with gastroparesis – which paralyzes the intestines and requires her to survive on formula through a tube – has had her post Canada Life claims denied as not covered. (Kimberley Molina at CBC)
    •  After a child was brain damaged after nearly drowning, items that were formerly covered by her parent’s previous insurer like feeding equipment, a wheelchair, a medical bed, and an airlift are being denied by Canada Life. (Kimberley Molina at CBC)

    💸 Lansdowne 1.0

    •   New calculations show that the payout to the City for the first Lansdowne deal will be reduced by a further $55.4 million. The deal, which lasts until 2052 was originally expected to pay the City $544.7 million but after yearly losses it is now down to $270.6 million. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

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    EVENTS

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    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  A road trip plus a film screening equals a fabulous Sunday afternoon: Mississippi Mills Film Society is about to launch, having worked with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to bring films to the area. All films will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church in Pakenham, and proceeds will support the church as well as the Mississippi Mills Public Libraries in Pakenham and Almonte. On October 29 see Driving Madeleine, and on November 26 watch To Kill a Tiger. Both of these films will have English subtitles.
       
    •  Eology Ottawa’s Eco Gala on November 4 will celebrate local environmental and climate action with vegetarian and vegan canapés, speakers, live entertainment and dancing.

    DEALS OF THE DAY

    As you’ve read in the ottawan this week, the Fall Edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival is currently underway. To save on all events throughout the year, the organizers recommend getting a Festival Patrons membership. It gives you free access and reserved seating to the entire year’s events and discounts on books you purchase at events. $300.

    Beer is $2.50 at Friday night Ottawa 67s games.

    BUT, ONE MORE THING ...

    Legendary Ottawa musicians the Five Man Electrical Band are mostly remembered now for Absolutely Right and their international hit, Signs, but we have to thank TruthDig for unearthing Werewolf as one of the website’s Music to Die For: An All Hallows Eve Top 40

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