Issue 563 Volume 3 Number 60

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and did you know that the first company to sell maple bats to Major League baseball is in Carleton Place?


? Road Trip

Next week, your ottawan writers will be taking a long awaited holiday: driving from Toronto, across the prairies, through the Rockies, to Vancouver. (We're taking the train from here to the Centre of the Universe). 

Incredibly, we'll still be sending out the the ottawan daily, written from flickering neon motels across the land. But please be patient if service is a little spotty next week.

If you have suggestions on what to see/where to eat, email to us at


▪️If you’re planning to wear an orange t-shirt on Canada, Day, Maker House has one from Native Northwest, with a design by Tsimshian artist Morgan Asoyuf. Maker House will be donating 100% of proceeds from sales of these tees to the Orange Shirt Society. 987 Wellington St. West. 

▪️Puppets Up! in Almonte is looking for volunteers for the festival, which runs August 12th to 14th. 


Rebecca White Raven presents a session of Sound Healing Yoga at the Beach. Britannia Beach, 7:00pm to 8:30pm.


As Three Tarts prepares for its summer holiday closure (July 1st to 14th inclusive), they’ll be busily selling desserts and baked goods on Wednesday and Thursday. We’re talking Strawberry Rhubarb Tart and other summery delicacies. 464 Bank Street Unit 3. 

Deals of the day

▪️KIP. Sleepwear’s Summer Sale will get you 20% off their gorgeous collection of cotton pyjama sets, silk and cotton robes, and accessories. Use the code SUMMER at checkout.

▪️It’s the final day of free shipping on orders over $55 at Aurelius Fine Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars. Stock up for summer. 

▪️West of Main’s Warehouse Sale will get you up to 80% off all the items in the showroom and warehouse. Plus, rugs, lighting, pillows and decor are 40% off. 2437B Kaladar Ave. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Mainly sunny. High of 25°, low of 15°. 

Number:  945.9 crimes/100,000 population. The crime rate in West Carleton, the lowest of any Ottawa Ward. The highest is Somerset ward, with 15,496.3 crimes/100,000 population. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Steven Velthuis. The south Ottawa farmer bought some 50 heads of cattle decended from a purebred Japanese Wagyu herd and is one of the few North Americans supplying the pricey beef. Japan banned export of Wagyu cattle in 1997, declaring the animal a national treasure. [CBC]

Quote: 'Anchoring the news in my hometown has been an honour’ – CBC Ottawa news anchor Adrian Harewood who is leaving the station to to focus on his work as a full-time faculty member of Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. Harewood’s final newscast will be June 30. [CBC]

SportsCEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 91 – Scarborough Shooting Stars, 90, last night

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▪️Hockey players from Ottawa have been doing well. Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has been selected to join the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ottawa-born Luke Richardson is the new head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Richardson played for 21 years on six NHL teams in his career. 

▪️The winners of the Ottawa Fringe Fest awards have been announced. [Apt 613]

Convoy Part II

Ottawa Police say that any racist, homophobic, or misogynistic signs or speech will ‘not be tolerated’ at the Canada Day event. The statement was in response to Ottawa Police Service Board member – and City councillor – Jeff Leiper, who asked if signs like that would be tolerated even if there were no other unlawful behaviour. [Ottawa Citizen]

The Inquiries

? LRT: The Inquiry a consultant if his family and political ties got him his job. Brian Guest worked for former mayor Bob Chiarelli and on Mayor Jim Watson's transition team and his sister, who now works for Mayor Watson, worked in former city manager Kent Kirkpatrick's office at he time. Guest's sister’s husband, Chris Swail, was the chief of staff for deputy city manager Nancy Schepers when Guest was hired. Guest made around $600,000 for consulting on the LRT. 

+ Related The City’s former transportation manager John Manconi wrote that ‘Cancellation of launch is not an option’ 48 hours before the public launch of the O-Train.

? Emergencies Act: The Parliamentary Committee has granted standing to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the cities of Ottawa and Windsor; and Siege co-organizers Tamara Lich, Tom Marazzo, Chris Barber, and Daniel Bulford. Those granted standing can suggest or cross-examine witnesses and have advance looks at evidence. The Conservative Party and individual protestors were denied standing. 

+ Related Lich has been arrested in Medicine Hat for breaking her bail conditions. Speculation is that a recent Facebook photo of her standing next to another co-organizer did her in, as she promised to avoid communication with people involved in the Siege. Lich will be transported back here for her court date.

? Peoples’ Commission: The Ottawa Peoples’ Commission on the Convoy occupation has launched its website, asking for people to get involved, donate, and to send in their pictures and stories. The Commission plans to have hearings but have not yet scheduled any. [Ottawa Citizen]

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