Issue 605 Volume 3 Number 105

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, September 7, 2022 and who wouldn't be moved by Brendon Fraser during his six minute standing ovation for his performance in The Whale.


Food + Drink Update

▪️Wednesdays at Spark Beer are all about free Happy Hour Drag, led by Saltina Shaker and Sunshine Glitterchild. The cocktails and yummy beers start pouring at 6:00pm, so pull on your party shacket and head to 702 Somerset St. W. 


▪️A new generation has taken over Saigon Restaurant on Clarence Street, and the Ottawa Citizen says it loved the cocktails and small bites packed with Vietnamese flavours.

▪️Capital Eats also has an opinion on Vietnamese cuisine, recommending the modern pho at Parlé by Viet Fresh in Byward Market. 

▪️Ottawa magazine’s Best Restaurants event has returned after a two-year hiatus because of, you know. Early bird tickets are $100 until Friday and include food and drink samples from all participants: AianaArloBrassicaCantina GiaGiuliaPaper TigerParlourLe Poisson BleuSaigon Food and Drink OttawaRaphael ExpressStofa, and Parkdale Food Centre. Sept 26, Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.

▪️The Mill Tavern welcomes the funny folks back for another Comedy Night in Manotick. Tickets include two drinks from a limited menu.

▪️The always happening Bar Robo welcomes Trio Bruxo of Montrealfor an evening of original jazz compositions. 

Back to School

▪️The back to school Glow Party at Skylounge welcomes back uni students 19 years of age and over tonight. 73 York Street in the ByWard Market. Tickets $13.13 - $31.12 

▪️A few streets away, ticket sales are ending soon for The Palace nightclub’s welcome back event tonight. 400A Dalhousie. 

▪️The Frosh Icebreaker offers dance music til the early hours at City At Night, 222 Slater Street. 

More Oktoberfest news

▪️Sept 17 Kichesippi Oktoberfest kick off party kicks off bright and early  at 11:00am on Saturday September 17, offering visitors a brewery open house and a front row seat to the tapping of Fest Marzen beer. 

▪️Orléans Brewing Co’s 4th annual Oktoberfest event on September 24 promises guest breweries and live music, plus DJs and all things German. You’ll get two beers and one bottle of water with your ticket. Choose from day or evening sessions. Tickets $12 + HST. 

▪️The first ever Sparktoberfest at Spark Beer on September 24 sounds like a doozie. Your $35 ticket includes a commemorative mug filled with the new Sparktoberfest! Märzen lager (refills are available to buy), a tote bag, and giveaways throughout the day. Food will be provided by Valley Sausage. 

Deals of the day

Dominion City Beer is offering free delivery until Friday.

Coming Up

▪️Volunteer Ottawa presents the Volunteer Expo September 23 at University of St Paul, 223 Main Street. From 1:00pm to 5:00pm, meet reps from Ottawa's not-for-profits who depend on volunteers. This is the first in-person event in three years. Free to attend. 

▪️Maker House has just announced that due to rising prices and increased competition, it is closing its custom furniture business. This means there is locally made furniture that needs to be cleared out of the workshop at 250 City Centre Ave. Head there on September 16 and 17, where you'll find furntiure pieces priced to go.


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 24°, low of 11°.   

Number: -27%. The change in the number of houses sold last month over August 2021. However, the average price of a house was up 5% over that time. Condos were up 4%. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Gabriel France. The nine year-old from Barrhaven is one of only five people in the world with his debilitating medical condition, resulting in multiple surgeries now and in the future. His community is raising money to help France's family financially. [Barrhaven Independent] [Go Fund Me]

Quote: ‘My dad was the world’s worst driver. He was also a pretty thrifty guy’ – Cary Polowin on his war hero father, Alex Polowin who had a Manotick street named after him. A mechanic repaired the elder Polowin’s car mirror for free after learning he lived on the street named after his customer. The elder Polowin kept coming back.  [Ottawa Citizen]

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?️The Election

▪️Here's a list of how all the councillors seeking reëlection voted on key issues this year. It's great to see this – CTV put the work in – but the design is awful. The CBC Vancouver municipal reporter did the same thing and look how great he did it. [CTV]

▪️Knoxdale-Merivale council candidate Joseph Ben-Ami wants Hydro Ottawa to return money to customers. When the City-owned utility has surplus money, it currently pays a dividend to the City. Ben-Ami wants that money returned to the utility’s customers as a rebate. [The Newswire]

▪️Rogers Cable has been doing stellar work organizing candidate debates and putting them on YouTube.

? Orléans East Cumberland – Ward 1

? Barrhaven West – Ward 3

? Kanata North – Ward 4

? Stittsville – Ward 6

? Bay – Ward 7

? College – Ward 8

? Gloucester Southgate – Ward 10

? Beacon Hill Cyrville – Ward 11

? Rideau Vanier – Ward 12

? Capital – Ward 17

? Orléans South Navan – Ward 19

?  Mayoral Debate on the Environment

Rogers TV says that debates for all 24 wards will be available by Friday.

Don't know what ward you are in? The City's handy tool will guide you.


The Rest

▪️The updating of Federal ridings proposes to take a large chunk of Western Ottawa and attach it to a new Algonquin–Renfrew–Pembroke district. The bit that would be transferred out is currently part of Kanata-Carleton. Another bit of Ottawa that lies south of the Queensway would be hived off and given to a new Lanark–Frontenac riding. [CityNews] [Federal Redistribution] [Online Tool to see the Changes]

▪️Private parking lot operators complain that business is terrible since workers still have not returned downtown in great enough numbers. An attendant at Capital Park’s Glouster Street lot says ‘I had maybe 80, 100 keys. Now it's empty. It's nothing.’ That parking lot is on the same block as 142 Nepean – the apartment building for which City Council approved demolition because developers needed a new parking lot for an office building, to replace the one that on which they were taking to build a tower.  [CBC

+ Related Claridge Homes is canceling a Hintonburg condo tower because the units will cost more than people can afford

▪️The Best Home Garden contest is down to the shortlist and needs your vote. There are 23 gardens and 3 apartment gardens to vote on. The winners of the Best Gardens will each receive a $250 gift card for Robert Plante Greenhouses. Five voters will receive $50 gift cards to Ritchie Feed & Seed in a random draw. Voting deadline is Sept 14. [Apt 613] [Vote]

▪️Nominations have opened for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Ottawa Awards. Categories are Best Cabaret/Concert/Solo Performance, Best Choreography Of A Play Or Musical, Best Costume Design Of A Play Or Musical, Best Dance Production, Best Direction Of A Musical, Best Direction Of A Play, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Lighting Design Of A Play Or Musical, Best Music Direction & Orchestra Performance, Best Musical, Best New Play Or Musical, Best Performer In A Musical, Best Performer In A Play, Best Play, Best Production of an Opera, Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical, Best Sound Design Of A Play Or Musical, Best Supporting Performer In A Musical, Best Supporting Performer In A Play, Best Theatre For Young Audiences Production, and Favorite Local Theatre. This has been a bit of a rebuilding year for local theatre – these categories are quite ambitious. [Broadway World] [Vote here]

▪️The Ottawa Police detective accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a residence will not testify in the related drugs case after he supplied a psychologist’s note. The detective was to testify in a drug raid case but was subsequently accused of stealing $25,000 from the residence by the target. The judge accepted the note and put off the detective's testimony until next year. The Crown told the court that the case will be abandoned without testimony from the detective. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal clears teacher who told Grade 1 class that there is a gender spectrum, with boys on one end and girls on the other and marks in between. The parents of a girl in the Ottawa Carleton School District took the district to the Tribunal, accusing it of discrimination against the six-year-old based on her sex and gender identity. The Tribunal ruled that there was no evidence that the girl was harmed. The girl, the teacher, and the school have all had their names anonymized for privacy. [National Post] [The Ruling]

▪️Westbound Richmond Road, between New Orchard Avenue and McEwen Avenue, will be closed until the end of 2023. The lane will be closed due to tunnel work for the O Train stage 2 construction. The lane will be closed starting this Sunday. [City of Ottawa]

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