Issue 639 Volume 3 Number 139

The Ottawan



In the ottawan newsletter, the readers are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: Quirky events, like Law & Order star Sam Waterston giving the keynote speech at the Oceana symposium today at the Westin, and the standard line we say everyday: it's Wednesday, October 26, 2022. This is the date.

Food + Drink Updates

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▪️The Red Apron’s weekend take home menu is unapologetically Halloween themed, with items like Bloody Caesar salad, Mummies in a Blanket, and Witch’s Brew Brownies, all of which are available to enjoy this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The feast will serve between 4 and 6 people, and is priced at $89.95. 

▪️Tickets for the Crave Food & Wine Festival at the Shaw Centre November 11 and 12 are now on sale. General admission tickets for Friday ($32.94) and Saturday ($39.12) offer access to the exhibition floor and to the food and wine demo stages; tickets for sampling food and drink are sold separately at the venue. 55 Colonel By Dr. 

▪️The Gatineau location of Le Cheesecake Bar (175 Boulevard Maloney E, Gatineau) will provide you with the Halloween Box of your dreams. It’s filled with 9 mini cheesecakes all dressed up for the spooky season ($42.99). They’ve also got extremely cute Pumpkin Cake pops($23.99 for six).

▪️Mavericks also has a collection of Halloween-themed donuts, such as the one with an adorable witch's hat perched on top, but we might be just as excited about the Pumpkin Glazed, which is dipped in Honey Glaze and finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. 

▪️At the risk of drooling all over our keyboard, a short list of vegan treats available from Little Jo Berry’s includes: Butterfinger Donuts, Haunted Pumpkin Patch Cake (double chocolate chip cake with pumpkin icing, fondant pumpkins, icing ghosts and house made candy corn), gluten-free Cookies and Scream donuts, gluten-free Rolo Donuts, and Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. Remember, this is just a small selection of the full collection of treats. The shop needs 48 hours' notice for orders, so get shopping. 1305 Wellington St. W. 

▪️NarCity says you are required to try a minimum of seven of these 13 restaurants to consider yourself as having brunched in Ottawa: Wilf and Ada'sMazarineZak's DinerChesterfield's Gastro DinerLuna Crepes and CaféBec at LexingtonKettleman's BagelSoca Kitchenthe Vanitea Roomthe ThirdJaxMati, and King Eddy.

▪️The NY Times has been tromping around Lac Labelle looking for mushrooms, asking where have all the Cèpes gone? The reporter did find lots of poisonous ones, though.

▪️Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen does a tour of newish taquerias, wondering if they could ever be as good as those found in Toronto.  He approved of Torta Boyz, ate a cricket taco at Margarita, and plans to return to Casa Mexico for another helping of octopus tacos.

▪️Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats says 98 La La Noodle is his go-to spot in the ByWard for Asian noodles. Their broth is cooked for more than 20 hours by using 15 chickens and 40 kg of beef.

▪️Ottawa is on the list of new locations for US chicken chain Chick-fil-A. Twelve new stores will be open by 2025.

Beer news

▪️Evergreen Craft Ales now has five taps at the Senate Tavern on Wellington. 

▪️Good Prospects Brewing is holding a pumpkin carving contest. Bring your carved pumpkin to the tap room from today, and it will be judged by the public over the next few days. The winner will be announced at the brewery’s costume-friendly Halloween party on Saturday (5:0pm to 10:00pm). 411 St. Laurent Blvd. 

▪️Overflow is turning 4, and they’re celebrating with a big bash on Thursday November 3. RSVP on Facebook and show up for the beer, snacks, and live music. 

▪️Whiprsnapr’s new, extremely limited, release Troublmakr 10% 100 IBU Imperial Black IPA promises big, bold, bitter, and earthy flavours. It's been produced to help mark the brewery’s 8th anniversary. 


We had a wrong time yesterday for “One Hundred More: A physical and public declaration of what it means to resist” at the Arts Court Theatre.“ featuring Justine A Chambers and Laurie Young, dancers and choreographers from Vancouver and Berlin, respectively. The performances were at 7:30pm 2 Daly Avenue.

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 60% chance of showers. High of 23°, low of 4°.   

Number:  #3. In today's StatCan census 2021 info drop, Ottawa-Gatineau is found to have the third largest Black population 7.8%) and the third largest Arab population (4.7%) in Canada. [StatCan]

Ottawan of the Day:  Daniel Alfredsson. Appointed captain of the Ottawa Senators in 1999, Alfredsson will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He played 1,178 games with the Sens. [Ottawa Sun

Quote: ‘The grief, the pain, the anger — all of the above, I've said it here’ – Josée Chartrand, owner of L'Orée du Bois in Chelsea, on the wind phone behind the restaurant. Created in honour of her husband Jean-Claude, who died of COVID-19 last year, Le fil du vent Chelsea Wind Phone is a private booth with a phone which allows anyone to be free to say anything. The phone is not connected to anything. [CBC]

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?️ The Election

▪️The CBC pulled out some stats for the civic election. Some highlights:

51.4% The per centage of the vote that Mayor-elect Mark Sutcliffe received. Catherine McKenney received 37.9 per cent.

3.3% The collective per centage of the vote the 10 mayoral candidates who were not Sutcliffe, McKenney, Bob Chiarelli, and Nour Kadri received.

242 The number of voters between winner Clarke Kelly over Sasha Duguay in West Carleton, an open seat.

80% The per centage of the vote that Rideau-Rockcliffe  incumbent Rawlson King received. Second place got eight per cent.

53% The per centage of eligibible voters who turned out in Kitchissippi ward, the highest in the city. Rideau-Vanier was lowest at 37.2%.


? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Former Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly says that they could not have done anything differently in their response to the Convoy. Sloly blamed then-deputy-now-interim chief Steve Bell for not telling him about the potential of the protest to be a crisis.

▪️The Ontario Provincial Police Intelligence Unit wrote a confidential memo on Feb 19 that suggested foreign adversaries were inspiring the Convoy protestors. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service previously said that there was little evidence of foreign influence.

▪️The Ottawa officer who took over responsibilty of the Convoy on Feb 10 says that he doesn't know if the Emergency Act was needed becase he didn't get a chance to try his own plan. Superintendent Robert Bernier said that the Ontario Provincial Police had 34 tow trucks with drivers ready to go. When shown a letter by a Government lawyer that the Ontario Provincial Police used the Emergency Act to compel the tow truck companies, Bernier said, ‘I did not know that.’

▪️Premier Doug Ford says the use of the Emergency Act to enforce the provincial responsibility of policing is a federal issue, not a provincial one, so he doesn't need to testify. Ford’s application to quash his summons to appear will be heard Nov 1.

▪️However, New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, ‘‘it’s obvious Premier Ford chose to stand with the people of Ottawa, the people of Ontario, the people of Canada and not with others’.

The Rest

▪️A Senate committee interpreter was sent to hospital after ‘acoustic shock’, experiencing severe symptoms and collapsing. The Canadian branch of the International Association of Conference Interpreters says that loud noises can cause concussion--like symptoms or vertigo. Several speakers used consumer-quality microphones instead of professional headsets and the suspicion is that could have created the noise burst. [National Newswatch]

▪️The Mounties say they are running out of officers to protect Ottawa VIPs. The RCMP's close protection unit provides security to the prime minister, the Governor General, Supreme Court justices, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries but has 75 vacancies out of its 315 member complement. The Mounties say that too many people are overreacting and asking for protection, many of the protectees are unhappy with the quality of the security. [CBC]

▪️CHEO is cancelling heart, brain and spinal surgeries for some children due to record-high levels of the RSV illness. CHEO also says that cases of COVID-19 and the flu are taking beds. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Were you flying your helicopter a few feet above the ground travelling down Wall Road in the East End on Sunday? Transport Canada would like a word if you wouldn't mind giving them a call. [CTV]

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