Issue 593 Volume 3 Number 93

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, August 19, 2022 and we love this suggestion to visit the colourful boathouses of South Lancaster Wharf, near Cornwall.

More Weekend Plans


▪️Visit House of PainT’s Festival all weekend for urban art, DJs, hip hop dance parties, dance battles, and vendors. Tonight’s Poetry Slam gets under way at 6:00pm at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street), and Brewer Park sets the scene tomorrow for the main event. Book tickets for individual events.

▪️Are you feeling lucky? Broadway Across Canada is bringing Broadway hit Anastasia to the NAC from August 30 to September 4, and they’re offering a limited number of $69 tickets for every performance. For a chance to get your hands on the $69 tickets, head to and set up an account. The lottery draw will happen August 26, and if you are selected, you’ll be able to purchase up to two tickets at $69. Of course, if you prefer to buy full priced tickets, they’re on sale now

▪️Martha gets excited when she hears the words “fruity” and “lager” paired together, so she’s pretty stoked about the news coming out of Whiprsnapr today. Fruity AF Fruity Lager is a lighter alcohol (4.4%) beer that sounds ideal for ringing in the weekend. Even better, 10% of can sales will be donated to Northern Lights Refuge


▪️Be enveloped in serious good vibes this Saturday, when Freedom Dog Rescue bring puppies to Inner Soul Yoga classes at 11:45am and 12:45pm. As would be expected when the forces of sweet puppies and soothing yoga are combined, spaces for Puppy Yoga are filling fast. 190 Colonnade Road South, #19. 

▪️The Ottawa Garden Festival’s penultimate day features a Summer Flower & Edibles Show from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Jean Piggott Hall of Ottawa City Hall. View floral arrangements from the Horticultural Society members as well as amateurs, enjoy demonstrations, and participate in the silent auction. Free to attend. 

▪️Shop vintage at the Midday Market at the Chinatown Bazaar. 14 vendors from Ottawa and Montréal will sell curated collections of clothing and homeware. 687 Somerset St. W. 

▪️Today is the second last edition of 613flea at Lansdowne Park. As usual there will be 130 vendors and a huge selection of vintage wares, handicrafts, food and drink. 1015 Bank Street. 


Capital Pride Festival 2022 launches today with a Family Picnic at Hintonburg Park (2:00pm to 5:00pm at 1064 Wellington St. W). There will be free hot and veggie dogs, face painting, and even a bouncy castle. Over at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Youth Art Exhibition features works by young 2SLGBTQ+ and runs until September 18th in the Sky Lounge. 


As celebraton of Capital Pride Festival 2022, Invest Ottawa and The Enchanté Network are joining forces to host a hybrid networking lunch and fireside chat, to connect 2SLGBTQ+ leaders in the Ottawa area and beyond. This free event at the Invest Ottawa hub at Bayview Yards will include presentations, chats, and lunch. 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Deals of the day

▪️We were on Cheerfully Made's site, admiring the gorgeous and funny items by Quebec brand Stay Home Club when we hopped over to the sale pages and found sweet deals:  Mini Print floral series ($8 each down from $20), adorable sewing patterns from Dansereau in Montréal ($10, usually $22), and doggo bandanas for a measly $12 (regular price $30) from the Rover Boutique in Toronto.

▪️Jack59 is offering bundles of eco-friendly shampoo bar, conditioner bar, and a shower container for 20% off the regular price. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 29°, low of 17°.   

Number: 9,402. The number of new housing starts in Ottawa last year, the highest number since 2001 – the year of Ottawa's embiggening.  2773 were for single detached homes, 216 were for semi-detached homes, 2623 were for rowhouses, and 3789 were for apartments.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Michelle O'Bonsawin. The judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa has been nominated by New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Supreme Court of Canada. O'Bonsawin, who holds a PhD in law from the University of Ottawa, will be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Court. [CBC]

Quote: ‘They seem sort of kooky, to be perfectly honest; calling their church an embassy and now it seems they haven't paid their rent and are being evicted. Stay a million miles away from these quacks, because frankly, I don't trust them.’ – Mayor Jim Watson’s advice to the property owners of St Brigid’s Church and their now-cancelled plan to sell it to the United People of Canada. [CityNews]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – Tri-City Valleycats 6, last night

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▪️College ward councillor Rick Chiarelli will not be running again for the upcoming civic election. The deadline for candidates passed at 2 pm today and Chiarelli had not filed his nomination papers. Chiarelli had his councillor pay suspended for nine months this term after being deemed to have broken the City’s Code of Conduct by the Integrity Commissioner for harassing staff members. [CBC Tweet]

▪️Baliff says the United People of Canada are now squatting at St Brigid’s Church. Cease Baliff Services yesterday posted three notices on the property, notifying the group that the landlord had taken back the property for not paying rent and because modifications had been made to the heritage building. The property has now been relisted for sale. William Komer, a director of the United People of Canada, says that the lockout is a breach of Ontario's Human Rights Code. [CBC]

▪️OC Transpo says the O Train axel issue that took several trains out of service in July could be the same thing that caused the derailment last year. General Manager Renée Amilcar sent a memo to council saying that further problems had not been discovered. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayor Watson asks the Province to fund 42 new paramedics. The paramedics would be stationed at four Ottawa hospitals to care for patients while waiting for the emergency department, freeing up the ambulance crews. Watson requests $5 million to make it happen. Ottawa had 750 instances of no ambulance crews available for calls by July this year. [CBC]

▪️Dozens of residents in West Carleton have stopped receiving their mail because Canada Post says their mailboxes are too short. Residents on Constance Lake Road near Dunrobin have been without their post for weeks after the Crown Corporation noticed that their roadside mailboxes were less than 42 inches above the pavement. A 2020 repaving of the road raised the street level but left the mailboxes on the road allowance at the same height, a difference of 5 inches. Canada Post didn't tell any of the residents about any of this. [CTV]


? Here’s what they are saying

Two new stories have been published encouraging people to go visit Ottawa. Neither mentions anything that you don't already know, but it is always enlightening to see how others view us.

▪️Hello magazine has taken some time out from its Wills and Kate coverage to drop by the Capital of one Her Majesty’s realms.

▪️The Globe & Mail thinks an oatmeal breakfast at Oat Culture and a visit to The Record Centre would show a bit of off-kilter Ottawa and we have to admit, that's a little more enterprising than the usual Parliament Hill / National Gallery / Château Laurier routine.


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