Issue 627 Volume 3 Number 127

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, October 7, 2022 and we're learning about the 150 year history of Mechanicsville. And why was it called that? Mechanic is 19th century-speak for working class.

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

We're extending the voting deadline to 11:59pm next Thursday October 13.


▪️It’s spooky out at Cannamore Orchard’s Acres of Terror attraction. There are four elements to the experience: The Spooky Wagon Ridge, the House of Terror, the Fog Maze, and Spooky Village. You can still book admission for tonight or plan for a future visit. $34 per ticket. 1480 Country Road 32, Crysler, ON. 


In Playing Dead, a new exhibition at City Hall Art Gallery, Joyce Crago salvages discarded but beautiful items to explore grief, aging, mortality, and cultural trauma. Until November 25 at 110 Laurier Ave W.

Improve your improv skills (sorry) with Listen Carefully, an improv workshop with comedian and Second City instructor Brie Watson. &:00pm to 9:00pm at the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. $50 


Letitia Wright stars in The Silent Twins, based on the true store of identical twins Jennifer Gibbons and June Gibbons, at the Mayfair Theatre (Sunday 6:00pm) 

Book now
Tickets are selling fast for Deadwood, the 15 minute scary drive through experience at Wesley Clover Parks Campground. $50 + tax. The screams start Friday October 14 and run until Monday October 31. 

Deals of the Day

Franc’s Long Weekend Event offers up to 40% off select pieces, using the code LNGWKND22 at checkout.

Save 20% site wide at Kindred Studio, using the code THANKYOUSALE20. 

Monday is Thanksgiving, so we'll see you Tuesday if the throws of tryptophan are over – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 9°, low of 0°.   

Number: 1996. The year that the students of W.E. Gowling Public School filled a time capsule on its 50th anniversary. As it has been 26 years since then, we can only assume that they forgot to open it on the 25th anniversary. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Dominique Von Getz. The coworkers of the 911 dispatcher have launched a fundraiser to assist her after surgery for a case of stage 4 endometriosis. [Ottawa Citizen] [Go Fund Me]

Quote: ‘Where do you steal your toilet paper?’ – An attendee at the Parkdale Food Centre’s ‘Coffee and Conversation’ breakfast in response to an admission of a $47 weekly food budget. [Kitchissippi Times]

Sports: NHL preseason Ottawa Senators 4 – Montréal Canadiens 3 last night

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney has released a financial plan costing out promises made

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe has also released a financial plan
▪️Reader Linda writes to us and says that the advance voting locations may not be your regular polling place like we wrote yesterday. Always check. Advance voting is until 8 pm today, and again next Friday.

▪️From the Centre of the Universe, the Globe & Mail has a rundown on each of the candidates running for mayor of Ottawa. But if the candidate is not Bob Chiarelli or Catherine McKenney,  they don't have much to say.

The Rest

▪️Ottawa Public Health is recommending spending Thankgiving outside or with window's open. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Ottawa Police Service constable pleads guilty after donating to the Freedom Convoy. The officer donated  $55 to the cause on the day that the Chief declared the occupation of city streets unlawful. Her guilty plea was for one count of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act. Both the defense and the prosecution are asking for a forfeit of 40 hours of pay and for her to meet members of the community. [CBC

+ Related Convoy coörganizer James Ralph Bauder wants his trial moved out of Ottawa because he doesn't think that he will get a fair trial here. Bauder, who is representing himself, was told by the judge he can't say ‘I won't get a fair trial’, he'll need to show evidence. He is charged with mischief to obstruct property, disobeying a lawful court order, and obstructing/resisting a peace officer.

+ Related A man in mental health distress was so worried about the Freedom convoy that he set fire to a building to get arrested and protected. The man called previously called the police twice and tried to be admitted to the Civic but was sent to a shelter. After he set fire to a garbage can, he was arrested and – success – got psychiatric treatment while in custody at the Royal Ottawa.  

▪️Former Police Chief Peter Sloly said he resigned because he worried that the lack of trust in his leadership would delay backup from other police services. This may be the first time that we heard that Sloly resigned – the City had taken great pains to say the position was vacant but not say if Sloly quit or was fired. Sloly also says that he did not ask for the Emergency Act. [CBC

▪️Local software firm has bought the sponsorship rights for the Ottawa Senator’s helmets.This club will wear the supply-chain-software company logo on their away games but use the Bet99 logo on home matches. [Ottawa Sun

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