Issue 609 Volume 3 Number 109

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2022 and we want to point out that just because something has the word ‘Ottawa’ in it does not mean that we must write about it. But ‘Ottawa House’, an 1882 ‘boomtown’-style building in Eau Clair, Wisconsin probably received its name because of the large French Canadian population in that section of the City, a site of three large lumber mills. And now it is being demolished. It's a bit of Ottawonolgy that just won't be there any longer. Ottawonolgy? Is that a word?


▪️It's Trivia night at Pour Boy, tonight and every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. 

▪️New Acropolis Ottawa invites you to ponder the Meaning of Life in a live workshop tonight at the Centre Communautaire Hintonburg. 

Never stop never stop learning

Carleton Heights Curling Club is offering adult Learn to Curl sessions this Fall, with nine weeks of instruction and games for participants. The sessions run Sunday nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, so you’ll be learning something new and banishing the Sunday Blues at the same time. 1436 Normany Crescent, Nepean. 

Ooh, scary

No question that the folks at Saunders Farm put on a scarily good show at this time of year. FrightFest 2022 opens at the farm next Friday September 24, promising eerily good times with street performances, great food, and tons of frightful creatures. Not suitable for children under 12. 

Hi, honey!

Gees Bees has already sold 50% of the shares to its 2023 Hive Share. Each shareholder attending Bee Days on August 19 and 20 2023 will meet the bees and receive a year’s supply of honey from Ottawa’s Community Supported Pollination Project. That’s 12, 500g jars of local raw honey from Kanata and Barrhaen/Riverside south. Hive Shares are $159. 

Deals of the day

▪️Find discounts between 20 and 70% at JV Studios’ End of Summer Sale. These are items you didn’t know you needed: cute homewares, treats, and gifts from North American brands like South Carolina’s Seltzer Goods, Pyrrah Jewelry and Leah Yard Designs from Vancouver, Ruff House Print Shop (Lawrence, Kansas), and the Canadian confectioner Saxon Chocolates are just a few of the brands included in the sale.

▪️The multi-functional Monashee Twist Beanie is available as a Buy one, Get one at 50% off, using the code MONASHEELOVE at checkout. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

? Is there something that Ottawans should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.


Weather: ⛈️ Showers, at times heavy. High of 21°, low of 14°.   

Number: 10. That number of years that Pop Up Cinema has been projecting on their inflatable screen. Their first film was The Princess Bride, the most recent will be Adventures in Babysitting at Suzi Q Donuts in Bell’s Corners this Friday. [Kitchissippi Times]

Ottawans of the Day: Rachel and Rebecca Gray. The sisters have won a portion of the $50,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, which  is dedicated to developing new contemporary opera by Canadian women. The two plan to develop Raccoon Opera, about ‘an alienated millennial living in a nasty Toronto apartment, her evil landlord and the shifty raccoon that appears at her window’. It will feature puppets. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘A pass costs less than gas’ – The slogan on an ad from OC Transpo encouraging people to buy their monthly transit pass. OC Transpo has launched a $625,000 advertising campaign to let residents know about the transit system. The City earlier chose not to do study on the viabiity of free transit because it said that it did not have the $1 million it would cost. [CTV]

Historic Logo t-shirts
Ottawan T-shirt

Support the ottawan

Buy one of our Ottawa Historic Logo t-shirts or an ottawan logo t-shirt (which is sure to be historic one day).

Historic the ottawan


Monarchy News

▪️Monday, Sept 19 will be a Federal holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral. Federal workers and those in Federally regulated industries will get the holiday – it is as yet unknown if the Province will make it a day off as well.

▪️King Charles III has mandated that world leaders must use commercial jets to come to the funeral, and – with some limited exceptions – will be transported in groups on buses to Westminster Abbey. Exceptions will be made for US President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Herzog, Japanese emporer Naruhito – and New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

▪️Ottawa's Sons of Scotland pipe and drum troupe were among the last to play for the Queen. The 17 member band played at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last month. The Sons of Scotland's pipe major believes that photos of corgis in the streets of Ottawa sent to the Queen secured the invitation.


The Rest

▪️The Carleton University PhD candidate who had been held in Turkey has returned to Ottawa. Cihan Erdal was imprisoned in 2020 on accusations that he was involved with a bombing in 2014 that killed 37 people. Erdal’s lawyers argued that he was not in the city at the time, successfully getting him released on bail last year but unable to leave the country. Details are not available but sometime recently, Erdal walked to a border, claimed refugee status in another country, and was repatriated by Canadian officials. He had spent more than 260 days in prison with 26 days of that in solitary confinement. [CBC]

▪️Riverside Park South residents are being terrorized by a coyote. Dogs and cats have been taken and residents fear that children may be stalked by the brazen animal. Police and the City have said that there was nothing they could do. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Police have charged a cyclist who attacked a woman for ‘not wearing a bra’. The 37 year-old was caught on Instagram chasing and yelling at the woman. Bystanders decided to take the side of the cyclist, attempting to take the woman's phone and yelling at her to stop filming. [Independent

▪️FlixBus adds Whitby and Kingston to its Ottawa – Toronto route. The discount bus service will add the stop stops starting this Thursday. Flixbus runs two trips per day between Ottawa and Toronto. [CityNews] [FlixBus]

▪️It's too late to sign up for ‘Ottawology II: Ottawa’s Third Places’ but there is a waiting list open. We're kicking ourselves that we didn't know about this series sooner. Dr. Tonya Davidson at Carleton’s Lifelong Learning Programme, is lecturing on many of the cherished third places in Ottawa: libraries, pools, arenas, malls, markets, hotels and parks. See! It is a word. [Apt 613] [Ottawology II]

⏩ Do you find the ottawan worth reading?