Tuesday, October 31 2023


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The flag in front of the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall has been lowered today in memory of Patricia Nicol.

Pat Nichol was a former Ottawa alderman, developer, television commentator, and newspaper columnist and twice candidate for mayor.

The flag will be lowered until dusk today.

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– Martha and Darren


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


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    Gatinoise of the Day

    • Hana Furumoto-Deshaies
    • – The 27 year-old karate athlete is ranked fourth worldwide and is now representing Canada in the multi-sport competition at the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile this weekend. (Myles Dichter at CBC)


    • It’s mainly the people who don’t know the system that will get victimized

    • – Sharon Katz, a member of Ottawa and Gatineau ACORN which is advocating for the City of Ottawa to create a fund to give free legal representation for tenants to fight unfair rent increases.  (Anmiao Wu in Capital Current)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
    Wednesday, November 1 at 8:30 am

    • Zoning by-law amendment – 4639 Highway 17
    • Zoning by-law amendment – 1500 Thomas Argue Road
    • Subsequent connection to the Faulkner Municipal Drain, Hewitt Branch
    • Simpson Municipal Drain construction of the Biltmore Branch and modification of Branch 3 – Court of revision

    📋 Agenda

    Planning and Housing Committee

    • Wednesday, November 1 at 9:30 am, or immediately following the regular Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
    • Zoning by-law amendment – 178, 180, 182 and 200 Isabella Street
    • Zoning by-law amendment – 1400 Upper Canada Street
    • Zoning by-law amendment – 4338 Innes Road
    • Zoning by-law amendment – 222 Baseline Road
    • Zoning by-law amendment – Part of 3700 Twin Falls Place
    • Office-to-Residential conversions

    📋 Agenda


    🔥 Ottawa Hospital General Campus

    🙏 Elegy

    •   Inderjit Handa, founder of early health food stores in Ottawa, has died aged 85. Handa, a vegetarian, was dismayed by the lack of food options in the late 1960s. In 1974, he opened Handa Natural Foods at the Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. Soon he opened a second store on Bank Street, then a new chain of travel agencies. Handa’s voyage to Ottawa started when his family was forced to move to India after the partition with Pakistan. En route to a job offer in the US, he stopped in Ottawa to visit cousins, one of whom convinced him that staying in Canada's capital was a better idea than continuing to Ohio. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🔒 Ottawa Schools

    •  An Ottawa teacher has been suspended for two days after holding a locker door shut on a student. A twelve year-old boy at the Collège catholique Franco-Ouest in Bells Corners was demonstrating how he could fit in his locker when the teacher told him to get inside and held the door shut for two minutes. While the French Catholic school board agrees that this was inappropriate, it will not transfer the teacher to another school as requested by the boy’s parents. (CBC)

    🏫  Matthew Perry

    •  The Hollywood Reporter’s article on the passing of Matthew Perry says the actor attended West Carleton Secondary School in furthest west Ottawa. Experts in everything West Carleton, West Carleton Online, says the original story is incorrect but the ottawan mentions it because how often do West Carleton and Hollywood ever get mentioned together? Perry, as the son of the press secretary to former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, lived in Rockcliffe Park, attending Rockcliffe Park Public School followed by Ashbury College. (Canadian Press)

      ➕ Related West Carleton resident Les Nagy has succeeded in building his own private airfield in Dunrobin. Neighbours had objected to the recreational pilot establishing a grass airstrip in his front yard, but Transport Canada has now approved it.

    📱 Federal Public Employees

    •  If you are a Federal public employee and you use WeChat on your government supplied phone, delete it. Canada's Chief Information Officer Catherine Luelo says that WeChat, a social media app based in China and Kaspersky Lab antivirus applications, based in Russia, ‘present an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security’. TikTok has already been banned from all Federal and Provincial government supplied phones. (Peter Zimonjic at CBC)

    🛻 Convoy Trial

    Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are on trial for their actions in the Convoy siege.



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    •  The revival of The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is an opportunity to witness the final chapter of Walter Borden’s long-running one man show that reflects upon the life of a Black homosexual man. November 1 - 11 at the Azrieli Studio, the National Arts Centre.
    •  Make an everlasting poppy at the Beaded Poppy Workshop with Mairi Brascoupe (Algonquin Anishinabeg), the Indigenous Cultural Resident for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre.
    •  Ottawa Canadian Film Festival opens with a series of eight short films, including two by Ottawa filmmakers: Lunch at the Rideau by Jane Burr and Kent Newson and Impulse Control by Mikey Tack and Sarah Marks. All screenings are at the ByTowne Cinema.
    •  The NAC Gala with soprano Renée Fleming and the NAC Orchestra supports the NAC Foundation and its mandate to “enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts and championships our country’s artists, students and educators.” From $85 per person.
    •  Creatorland’s Storywell: Autobiographies will encourage attendees to consider their own life stories. The evening will include a surprise screening of a BAFTA qualifying short film (the title to be announced at the event), a presentation about Bruce Lee, and a group dialogue about “Self-Storytelling”. Prepare to engage your creativity. At Artengine, 67 Nicholas St.
    •  The WelliWednesdays concert series returns to Parkdale Park, coinciding with the Parkdale Night Market. Enjoy live music by Dec Lopez and The Keystrings (bring your own blanket or chair), shop with over 55 vendors, and buy a snack.
    • View the Poppy Drop, a projection of poppies representing Canadian veterans, on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Watch the display from 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm each evening until November 11, except November 5, 10, and 11 when it runs until midnight. You can also view and search the names of fallen soldiers in the Books of Remembrance.

    •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing

    •  The Prime Rib Big Band. Irene’s Pub & Restaurant 

    •  TARG Monthly Pinball Tournament. House of TARG

    •  Country for a Cause. National Arts Centre

    •  Broadway Nights. Red Bird Live


    •  The new Kidd Pivot show explores the human need for a sense of togetherness and belonging, with eight performers who combine dance with theatre. At the NAC’s Babs Asper Theatre until Saturday (November 4).
    •  The Horticultural Building welcomes Wall Candy Noir Art Festival, with a theme this year of Day of the Dead. More than 50 artists will be exhibiting at the Festival, whose work you can view tonight at the opening Gala. The Gala will also feature food, decor, and entertainment in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy. $141.25
    •  A sculptural exhibition featuring the work of artist Judy Nakagawa, takes inspiration from an economics text. Value and Obligation runs at Studio Sixty Six until November 12.
    •  Ottawa area wineries, distilleries, craft breweries, and food vendors will converge for the Orléans Cork & Fork Festival November 2-4. Each nightly session offers live entertainment and either a tasting, a masterclass or a chef competition. It’s all happening at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

      ➕ Related: see Deals of the Day for a special price offer to the Thursday night and Saturday afternoon sessions.



    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Create some gorgeous new holiday decor pieces with a workshop by Flowers Talk Tivoli. Choose from Outdoor Holiday Planter ($130), Holiday Wreath ($115), or Long Lasting Winter Centrepiece ($125).


    Orléans Cork & Fork Festival is offering a promo code to receive 75% off the general admission price on the Thursday evening (November 2) and Saturday afternoon sessions (November 4). Use LASTCHANCE75 to grab your deal.

    Use the code SPOOKYSHIP for free shipping at Miik, for Halloween only. The deal expires at 11:59 pm tonight.


    NarCity has a nice selection of nine autumn hiking spots, or as they put it, ‘9 Stunning Hiking Spots Near Ottawa That Lead Through Majestic Scenery’.  The nine hikes are Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Carbide Wilson Ruins, Chapman Mills Conservation Area, Mackenzie King Estate, Eagle's Nest Lookout, Pinhey Forest, Pink Lake, Pine Grove, and Luskville Falls.



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