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Issue 569 Volume 3 Number 66

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2022 and today's ottawan newsletter is coming to you from Vancouver. 

Our epic Toronto – Vancouver journey rolled to a close last night when we arrived at the home of Darren's relieved parents (it seems no matter how old you grow, your parents will still worry that you'll drive safely on highways). 

Like nearly all of the days we had on the road, today is a hot and sunny one in the Lower Mainland. Meanwhile, it looks like there's a severe thunderstorm watch in Ottawa today, so please be safe. 

And one final foreign beer of the day: Featherwight IPA from Four Winds Brewing in Delta.


Ottawa Blues Fest continues at LeBreton Flats Park, with performances by A Short Walk to Pluto, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam, Three Days Grace, and more. 1 Vimy Place.


▪️Hamilton arrives at the National Arts Centre and there are still a few tickets available. Go see it: there’s great music and singing, and you never know who you’ll see in the audience (at the performance we saw in the UK, John Kerry was signing autographs a few rows away during intermission). 

▪️The Ottawa Lebanese Festival will celebrate Lebanese food and culture with three nights and two full days of dance performances, cooking demos, and even a watermelon eating contest. July 13th through 17th at Saint Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave. 

We'll see you tomorrow. – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛈️ 60 per cent chance of showers. ⚡ There is a thunderstorm warning in effect.  High of 26°, low of 13°. 

Number: $1,000,000. What City staff say it will cost to research the feasability of free transit. Obviously, staff doesn't want to do it so this weirdly high number is released – but all research by City staff costs something, but a value is only released when an obstacle is required. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Andrew Fyfe. The New Edinburgh resident planted tomatoes, herbs, and daisies on the verge in front of his house and was told to remove them by Ottawa Bylaw. Instead, Fyfe fought City Hall and his garden is still there. [CBC]

Quote: ‘The point was to contrast what’s going on in this site in terms of – like it’s a national site, it’s the nation’s capital – and of course, as Indigenous people, we have a very difficult relationship still, today, with the government and the Crown so to speak’ – Lac Seul First Nation member Rebecca Belmore on her art installation, Dawn, unveiled at the National Arts Centre. [APTN] [Dawn]

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▪️The City’s Auditor General wants to hear from you about the Trucker siege.Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon was assigned the task by both City Council and the Ottawa Police Services Board, specifically to determine how people felt about the City and Police response. Over 500 people have already responded to the Auditor General, with 25 speaking today and tomorrow. You can still respond on the online survey here. [Ottawa Citizen] [Today's Session on Zoom] [Tomorrow's Session on Zoom]

▪️The previously scheduled public meeting on the Ottawa Police Chief search has been moved to tomorrow. The City is looking for a new police chief and tomorrow’s session is to hear from the public in what we want in a new top cop.You can also still fill out the web survey untill tomorrow. [CityNews] [Zoom Meeting July 13, 5:30 pm] [Web Survey]

▪️A Saskatchewan Roughriders player has received the most severe discipline ever imposed by the CFL for in-game behaviour after seriously injuring Ottawa RedBlacks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Garrett Marino received three separate suspensions for a dangerous and reckless low hit, for comments on Masoli’s heritage, and one for a previous illegal and reckless tackle. [CBC

▪️Cinéma Lyn in Fort Coulonge has reopened after a decade. Jane Toller, who visited the region as a girl, and now calls Fort Coulonge home, bought the 135-seat cinema and intends to operate it with a first run films and live events. Built 75 years ago, the Lyn is the only cinema in the Pontiac. This weekend features Elvis in French and English showings. [CTV] [Cinéma Lyn]

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