Issue 622 Volume 3 Number 122

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Tomorrow is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools. Sending out a newsletter on fun things to do does not seem an appropriate way to recognize the day, so there will be no ottawan tomorrow. Wear your orange shirt.

Today and tomorrow

▪️Màmawi Together, the grassroots organization that aims to affect positive change and build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, presents a Survivors’ Gathering, where survivors can share their truth and experiences with other communities. The events take place at LeBreton Flats and are free to attend but advance registration is required

▪️Learn about Indigenous traditions, and reconnect with the land at the second annual Tagwàgi (Autumn) Festival at Mādahòkì Farm. The whole family will find lots to see and do at the two day festival, from watching the Three Sisters Storytelling Show, the Pow Wow Dance, and the Ojibwe Spirit Ponies to taking in the food, drink, and shopping at the Indigenous Makers and Farmers Market. Entrance must be booked in advance, by voluntary pay what you can donation. Parking is $5 per vehicle. 


▪️Downtown, the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada will host “Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance” on Parliament Hill. The children and youth-led day begins with welcoming ceremonies at 8:30am and 10:00am, followed by a Travelling Song and Spirit Walk from Parliament Hill to LeBreton Flats at 11:30am. Once there, APTN and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will host a gathering from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. The event will be broadcast live on APTN

▪️At Beechwood Cemetery, The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day activities include a screening of the stop-motion animated film The Spirit Bear and Children Make History, followed by a walk onto the grounds for a 45 minute Reconciliation Tour of historical figures involved in the Indian Residential Schools. There will also be a discussion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to ActionBook your arrival in advance.

▪️The free Reconciling History Walking Tour of downtown Ottawa [PDF] is a self-guided route published by the First National Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. The tour stops at the Houses of Parliament and other addresses with connections to the architects of the residential school systems. 

▪️The Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Canadian Museum of Nature will all offer free admission tomorrow.

▪️IndigiNews has one day remaining to reach its fundraising target of $20,000. The Indigenous media outlet, launched by APTN and The Discourse back in May 2020, has been bringing the stories about, for, and to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, which often aren't covered by the mainstream media. Contribute here


Wow! There are so many more nominations this year, and from such a wider range of views. 

There are, in fact, so many that we haven't finished vallidating them all for Ottawa-ness. We'll commence the actual vote on Monday.


This Weekend

All Weekend

▪️Roots and Shoots Farm’s annual Farm Fest celebrates the harvest with food and music from Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2. This year, visitors can take in “Sowing the Future: Women Farmers + EcoAgriculture,” an arts exhibition about seven women who are immersed in sustainable farming practices in the Ottawa/Outaouais region. 115 Chemin de la Beurrerie, Saint Cécile de Masham, QC. 

▪️The 4th annual Cranium hip hop and R&B festival runs from today through Saturday October 1 with live performances from Canadian musicians, including all-ages gigs. Rainbow Bistro (Thursday) 76 Murray St and Bronson Centre (Friday and Saturday), 211 Bronson Ave. 

▪️The Fall in Love with Maple campaign by the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association is back. Head to Thompsontown Maple Products on Saturday and Sunday to explore the trails and learn how maple syrup is made. There will be treats by local bakers, coffee from Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee, and Thompsontown maple products to buy. 10:00am to 4:00pm 780 Black Rock Lane, Clayton. 

▪️Saunders Farm has launched its 31st annual Pumpkin Season, with activities for lively kids and adults, pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds, a zipline over the mazes and ponds, and delicious food and drink. Weekends until October 31 at 7893 Bleeks Road. 

▪️Buy nice things for your dog, cat, or other pet at the Ottawa Pet Expoat the EY Centre. Meanwhile, the speaker series explores topics like pet insurance, helping senior pets age gracefully, and the efforts of veterinarians in the Ukraine. 

▪️Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) presents “on air”, a physical dance performance with elements of audio and video live-feed, following three women who examine human connection in the digital age. Tonight through Saturday at 7:00pm, at the ODD BOX Theatre at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.


▪️Practice your French skills at the Pub Night in French at The Gilmour, 313 Bank St. It’s free to attend, but there’s a suggested donation of $5. 6:00pm to 7:30pm. 

▪️Go Hard or Go Home VOl. II arrives at Cafe Dekcuf.


▪️Flora Hall is turning five, and they’re throwing a Flora Fest to celebrate. From noon to close, enjoy five new beer releases and kitchen specials. Visit the street beer tent and enjoy live music. Intriguingly, they’ll also be showing off their new wallpaper, created specially for them by U of O art prof and artist Andrew Morrow. They’ll also have other original, local art on display. Admission is free. 37 Flora St.

▪️Square Lemon presents an Upcycled Mason Jar Display workshop

▪️The 166th Metcalfe Fair promises the typical 4H agricultural shows, music, midway and food, but the lineup also includes fiddling and step dancing competitions. Day tickets and weekend passes are available. 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe.

▪️On Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm visit the artists and vendors of the Arlington art market, on Arlington between Bank and Kent streets (rain date Sunday October 2). In a nice tie-in with National Coffee Day, the first 200 people will receive free coffee or tea from Arlington Five

▪️October 1 Shop for your fall wardrobe updates and preloved homewares at the Second Life Vintage and Thrift Market at Market Social House, 70B Beech St. 12:00pm to 6:00pm. 

▪️Rock the Block presented by Manor Park Community Council. 4:30pm. 

▪️The free Canadensis Garden Fall Celebration will take place at the future site of Canada’s National Botanical Garden. Canadensis Garden, Experimental Farm, Prince of Wales Drive at Hartwell’s Locks Lane.

▪️Shop in person from local Made in Canada legends Blondie Apparel from 9:00am to 1:00pm at 2394 Dwyer Hill Road. 


▪️Visit the Makers Market at Broadhead Brewery from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Find more than 25 vendors and enjoy samples, giveaways, and tunes. 1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106 in Orléans. 

▪️Nepean Sportsplex hosts the Ottawa Doll and Miniature Sale, to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank. Will this be the day you find a vintage Barbie for your collection? 10:00am to 3:00pm.

▪️Enjoy live music at the Laff during the Sunday Afternooner, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. 42 York Street. 

▪️Just Food Community Farm in Blackburn Hamlet welcomes families to the Fall Farm Fest, four hours of live music, wagon rides, axe throwing, a garden tool sharpening workshop, and more. Bring your own picnic or visit the food and drink vendors. Dominion City Brewery will stock the beer garden with craft brews and non-alcoholic drinks. Free admission but bring cash and cards for the vendors. 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. 


▪️Introduction to: Heat Transfer Vinyl Cutting $48.76. Square Lemon Artistic Association. Learn to use the Circuit or Silhouette machines to import a design, cut the design, and apply it to a t-shirt. 

New Beer Release

▪️Microbrasserie Cassel Brewery, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary back in July, has released Lil’ Red, an autumnal red. Even better, the brewery is offering 15% off online orders until the end of the month, using the code SCHOOL15. 

Deal of the Day

▪️Form Furniture at 450 Preston St is offering discounts on floor models of unique furniture, most made in Canada. Visit the showroom for deals on sofas, sectionals, lounge chairs, dining tables, dining chairs, sofabeds, bedrooms, bookshelves, desks, benches, rugs, floor and table lamps. 


We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 15°, low of 1°.   

Number: 2 per cent. How much house prices are expected to fall this Autumn. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Sandra Ngenge Dusabe. Dusabe is the founder of The Moving Art Gallery and the curator of GirlShow, which has its first one day show tomorrow at 5 pm. Girlshow centres Black and female visual artists from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montréal. [Apt 613]

Quote: ‘It's going to stop with us’ – Kathleen Rogers, who with friends Audrey Redman, and Neecha Dupuis, are still trying to find answers to why the Ontario government took away their babies under its ‘birth alert’ policies. Birth alerts were intended to flag incidents of high risk parents but were used unequally against Indigenous mothers who had newborns taken without warning or explanation. The practise ended in Ontario only two years ago. [CBC]

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Politico’s Ottawa Playbook has an analysis on who Federal Liberal supporters want to win the mayor's chair. Summed up: Younger Liberals want Catherine McKenney. Centrists want Mark Sutcliffe.

▪️Free transit for election day has been requested by Ottawa Transit Riders, Horizon Ottawa, and Free Transit Ottawa. The coalition notes that the minimum cost to take a bus round-trip to vote is $7.50.

▪️The Ottawa Citizen has a recap of last night’s mayoral debate between Nour Kadri, Mark Sutcliffe, Catherine McKenney, Bob Chiarell, and Brandon Bay.

The Rest

▪️Black Federal civil servants have taken their human rights complaint to the United Nations. The Black Class Action Secretariathad previously launched a class action lawsuit against the Canadian government, alleging that 30,000 Black employees have lost out on opportunities and benefits because of their race since the 1970s. The new complaint is being lodged with the UN Commission for Human Rights Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. [CBC] [Statement of Claim]

▪️The City’s Planning Committee voted for more sprawl, approving two new subdivisions in rural areas. In Richmond, a former Hydro corridor will add 107 new houses to the 750 already planned. On Carp Road, the Committee approved building 78 residential lots and four strip malls. Neither location is anywhere near transit. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Former Ottawa police chief Vern White has quit the Senate and is moving to Finland. White, who served as Chief for five years starting 2007, was appointed to the Senate in 2012. The 63 year old still had 12 years left until he was required to retire. White's wife and child are currently living in Finland. [CTV]

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