Issue 628 Volume 3 Number 128

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and now that Atlético Ottawa have won the regular season, it's time to jump on the bandwagon. Ottawa, rub your eyes, we may have a winning team. (Psst. They play soccer.)

IT’S DAY NINE OF VOTING. Vote for the best in Shops & Restaurants, Culture, Media, People and Place. 

Voting ends 11:59pm this Thursday October 13.


Not that we’re promoting blatant consumerism, but here at the ottawan we’re all about shopping local or at least shopping Canadian made. And since there’s a significant gift giving occasion on the horizon, we thought it was about time that we highlighted some of great gift ideas. (You know, just in case you’re already thinking about your Christmas shopping.)

▪️The Parks Canada Vintage Postcard Pack is a collection of stylish 4” x 6” postcards depicting scenes from 41 parks across the country. Frame them as wall art, or use them to send someone a message by mail. $24.95 

▪️It’s back and it’s available at a discount: Maker House’s advent calendar is 24 little brown packages of local food, drink, pampering products, ornaments, and more. Until October 31 the price is $199.95; from November 1 you’ll pay $229.95. 

▪️Flowers Talk Tivoli has clothing and accessories for plant lovers. We’re fans of the plant-adorned socks made in Canada. $22.50 

Ending soon

A reader alerted us to the Portraits of the Ottawa Mission: Karen Bailey, at the Ottawa Art Gallery until October 16. The Gallery writes: “Karen’s practice resonates with the Mission’s longstanding and extensive endeavours in Ottawa: both reflecting an enduring commitment to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those who have worked tirelessly to provide emotional and physical shelter.”

Coming up

▪️Tickets for the limited engagement of Come From Away (December 27, 2022 - January 8, 2023 at the NAC) go on sale next Monday, October 17 at 10:00am. 

▪️Ottawa City Woodshop’s November workshops are now on sale. Most of them will sell out, so book your spot now on Woodshop Basics, Cutting Boards, Build Your Own Frame, and Make a Brush courses. 

Deals of the day

▪️Tickets for the 25th annual Ottawa International Writers Festival are 25% off between now and Friday. When you’re booking, use the code THANKS at checkout. The festival, which runs Wednesday October 19 to Wednesday October 26, will feature talks with authors such as Anne Marie Macdonald, Joy Fielding, and Adrian McKinty. 

▪️Stanfields is offering free shipping until 11:59pm tonight (Tuesday October 11). Even better: there’s no minimum purchase. 

▪️Barefoot Venus’s Gratitude Gift of Mustard Bath one-Time Soak, Macadamia Oil Hand Cream, and All Crack Up mini pot of repairing balm is $23, or free with orders over $50. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 18°, low of 8°.   

Number: $2,515. The amount that the owner of the Hazelview tower in Heron Gate had to pay a former tenant after being sued over bedbugs. The suit is significant because the owner chose to use the cheapest options, not the most efficient, and has now set a precedent for other landlords. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Ziggy Haile. The Dalhousie and Rideau streets Zesty's Convenience Store clerk has created a series of vignettes on TikTok examining the lives of homeless persons in Ottawa. [CBC] [Gangster APU TikTok]

Quote: ‘We have a lot of games that are painful on purpose’ – Damian Metcalf, who took part in the Inuit Olympics, a showcase of Inuit games in Little Nunuvut last Saturday.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 24 – Montréal Alouettes 18 last night; NHL preseason Ottawa Senators 3 – Montréal Canadiens 2 last Saturday; OHL Ottawa 67s  5 – Kitchener Rangers 3 last Friday, Ottawa 67s 4 – North Bay Battalion 1 last Saturday CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Halifax Wanderers 2 last Sunday.

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Community baseball fans want candidates to talk about improving the city's diamonds. Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney: no comment. Mayoral candidate Ade Olumide: let's improve them. Mayoral candidate Bernard Couchman: let’s improve them. Mayoral candidate Mark Maguire: ‘I’m just not hearing a demand for baseball’.

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney has released a list of all campaign donations over $100. Electoral candidates are not required to do so until after the election. [The Full List]

▪️A Mainstreet poll from Friday, says voters are leaning to the following for mayor: 

  • 34% Catherine McKenney
  • 32% Mark Sutcliffe
  • 7% Bob Chiarelli
  • 2% Mark Maquire
  • 2% Brandon Bay
  • 1% Celine Debassige
  • 1% Graham MacDonald
  • 1% Nour Kadri
  • 1% Param Singh

20% are undecided. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 2.9% at the 95% confidence level.

▪️A Nanos Research poll released today says City voters are most concerned about

  • 21% Transit
  • 15% Taxes
  • 15% Affordable Housing
  • 5.6% Climate Change
  • 4.9% Infrastructure/Roads
  • 4.1% Security/Safety/Police
  • 3% Development / Urban Sprawl
  • 3% Economy / Inflation 

[PDF] There is no margin of error reported.

The Rest

▪️The Ottawa Police Board intends to hire a new police chief before the new council is sworn in, November 14. Four members of the seven person board are appointed by City Council – three Council members plus one citizen. The othes are appointed by the Province. Several candidates have argued that the decision should be wait until the new Council is seated. [CBC

▪️Family of man who died after no-knock raid is suing the Ottawa Police Service. Anthony Aust fell from a window in his family's 12th floor apartment after police burst in seeking a gun. No gun was found. The family is asking for $3,000,000 in damages. An Ontario Special Investigations Unit examination found no crimininal negligence by the officers. [CBC

▪️The City will start a coyote hunt in Riverside Park starting this Friday.Ottawa Bylaw calls its a ‘Wildlife Management Operation’, which will live trap coyotes and and euthanized, if necessary. The CIty asks residents to avoid the McCarthy Woods area and hydro corridors, bounded by Riverside Drive in the west and McCarthy Road in the east, and to keep pets inside. [City of Ottawa

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