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Issue 597 Volume 3 Number 97

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, August 25, 2022 and check out this security camera footage of lightning striking the overhead power lines at Lees station in July, knocking out O Train service for four days.

Tonight  Thursday August 25

Gather your courage and stride into 692 Coffee and Bar in Manotick like you’re the star that you are. It’s the final Open Mic of Summer ’22 and tonight is your time to shine. 7:30pm and 10:00pm at 5546 Manotick Main Street 

Friday August 26

▪️The Palestinian Festival Ottawa will take up residence all weekend at the Marian Dewar Park opposite Ottawa City Hall. The lineup includes musical performances, a bazaar, art exhibits, and vendors selling traditional Palestinian food. 110 Laurier Ave. West. 

▪️Wind down your week and keep it mellow with Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele at Knox Presbyterian Church. Lit by candlelight, the music is by the Listeso String Quartet. 

▪️Need something louder? The Brass Monkey hosts Panda Fest, a music festival of Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, the intriguing sounding Heavy Post Grunge, Alternative Metal, and more. Come and Support 15 bands from Ottawa and beyond on Friday and Saturday. 250 Greenbank Road. 

Saturday August 27

▪️Stittsville’s Holy Spirit Church will be a busy spot on Saturday. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm the first annual Sweet Corn Festival pulls up to the church’s parking lot. We love fresh sweet corn at this time of year just as much as the next person, but the organizers are taking it to another level. Expect corn bread, corny jokes, even a corn husking competition. 1489 Shea Road.

Then, at 6:30pm, the Bollywood Outdoor Family Movie Night lights up the church lawn. The movie will be in Hindi with English subtitles, and yes, there will be fabulous dance moves. Before the show starts, the Aroma Fine Arts School will perform Bollywood dancing so you can learn the moves. Free with a non-perishable donation for the Food Bank.

▪️Just in time for Capital Pride: you’ll find the Pride, Not Prejudice Fairin a tent on Bank Street between Somerset and Cooper on Saturday and Sunday. From noon to 8:00pm both days, shop with a crew of queer vendors who can fill your home with gorgeous, handcrafted items. 

▪️The Ottawa Tool Library will be popping up at the Vanier Community Hub for another in its popular Repair Café events. Bring one thing you want to fix (maybe your favourite socks need darning, or your waffle maker needs a new plug, or the arm of your glasses fell off) and volunteers will either fix it or show you how to do it yourself. It’s free to attend, but the organizers want you to register so they know how many cookies to buy (meow). All pertinent instructions are on Eventbrite. 271 Marier Ave. 

▪️The Second Annual Heating Up the Capital Hot Sauce Festival takes place in that famous capital haunt, Mountain. Yes, the village of Mountain will feature 25 hot sauce makers vying for the title of hottest sauce in the Capital, a 66 km from said capital

Sunday August 28

▪️The New Purveyors real estate team is holding a family friendly block party on Sunday. Merry Dairy will be there, as will face painters, and we hear shenanigans with inflatable jousters are likely. They’ve even brewed a special new beer for the occasion: Bank Street Brew. It’s free, but you must RSVP in advance.12:00 to 4:00pm 342 Gladstone Ave. 

▪️In Arnprior the 3rd Annual Jamboree fundraiser for the Galilee Centrepromises an afternoon of great music from local musicians. We hear there’ll be a sing-a-long too. Tickets $20 at the door or order online. 398 John St. North, Arnprior. 

▪️Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture, food, art, crafts, and music at Lansdowne, when the Ottawa Farmers’ Market hosts the Capital Ukrainian Festival.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 25°, low of 16°.   

Number: 1,500. The number tickets wrongly issued by speed cameras in two school areas. The tickets were issued as if school was in session and the 40 km/h speed limit was in effect. The summer speed limit is 50 km/h. Everyone who was issued a ticket in these areas between July 1 and August 15 will have their fines cancelled, regardless of the speed that they were driving. People who have already paid their fine will be refunded. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day (Honorary): Mark Ervin. The 64 year-old Norwegian – though born near Thunder Bay – is taking a year to loop around Eastern North America, a 10,500 kilometre journey, by kayak. Ervin cruised down the Rideau Canal through Ottawa yesteday. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘Ottawa will catch a glimpse of the city’s most mysterious subculture — the gay community’ –  What the Ottawa Citizen wrote in 1990, after the Ontario Supreme Court refused a bid to recind the City of Ottawa’s second Gay Pride Day proclamation. The 2022 Pride Parade is this Sunday at 1 pm. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 6 – Tri-City ValleyCats 5, last night

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▪️The City’s Planning Committee has approved tearing down an apartment complex to build an office parking lot. The developers, Taggart, are building a new 300 unit building on the existing parking lot, and rather than build an underground lot or arrange for parking elsewhere, have decided to renovict the tenants of the building. 

Councillors Scott Moffatt, Riley Brockington, Jean Cloutier, Cathy Curry, Laura Dudas, Allan Hubley, Catherine Kitts, and Tim Tierney voted to replace housing with street parking. Councillors Glen Gower, Jeff Leiper, and Shawn Menard voted against it. The issue will go to the full Council on August 31. [CBC]

▪️The United People of Canada are still at St Brigid's Church. They had been given a warning that enforcement action may happen at 12:01 am this morning but nothing official has since happened. Because St Brigid's is private property, only the owner has a say over enforcement – if they are content to have people squat, there is no reason for officialdom to get involved. [CBC]

▪️The Ottawa Airport’s plan for random drug tests on its firefighters has been quashed by the court. The firefighters’ union had agreed in 2018 to support testing on members who were suspected of being impaired but went to court after the Airport Authority started testing randomly. The court said random urine testing is ‘highly intrusive’. The union's lawyer said, ‘You can’t just impose random testing because it might be an interesting idea’. [National Post]

▪️An Ottawa Catholic School Board teacher pleaded guilty to stealing $58,000 from the Barry's Bay and Area Minor Hockey Association. The teacher was the treasurer of the organization. She had previously emailed an apology to the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union for taking $12,000 from its accounts when she was treasurer there. [CBC]

▪️It has reached the point in which the City is giving advice on how to discourage coyotesLast year year there were 476 sightings in the City. The constant expansion into their habitat is largely the reason, disturbing their natural food but also making tasty human garbage accessible. Besides keeping your waste airtight, please keep your cats and dogs inside at night. [City of Ottawa]

▪️People who need an accessible parking permit can now apply online rather than visit Service OntarioThis applies across Ontario, not just Ottawa. [CityNews] [Accessible Permit Portal]

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