Issue 653 Volume 3 Number 153

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, November 17, 2022 and we're enjoying the lastest edition of Stuff Made in Eastern Ontario magazine by the Ottawa Business Journal people. Beyond the usual syrup-textile-military industrial complex, it turns out we also make old-timey stoves, electric boats, and vinyl upholstery. There is a podcast, too, explaining all this.

The Weekender


▪️The 37th European Union Film Festival runs to December 3, offering screenings of 27 films at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The EUFF 6-film pass costs $60, or 30% less than that if you become an OAG supporter. 

▪️The Night Shift: Lighting up the Night for Nurses is a properly swanky bash to raise funds for nursing scholarships and research. At the NAC. 

▪️Five award-winning poets will gather to finally celebrate their debut collections that were published during the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. Join Susan J. Atkinson, Jacqueline Bourque, Conyer Clayton, Doris Fiszer and Deborah-Anne Tunney as they read at Redbird Live, 7:30pm, 1165 Bank St.

▪️It’s Holiday Shopping Night at Kindred Shop and Studio, where you’ll find everything priced at 25% off the regular price. 

Friday November 18

Bring your dancing shoes to the Harry Styles & Taylor Swift Dance Partyat the Bronson Centre Music Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave. 

All Weekend

▪️The Kanata Civic Art Gallery is holding its 2022 Gift of Art Show & Sale, featuring 22 artists. Saturday and Sunday at the upper halls of the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive in Kanata. 

▪️The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group presents The Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair, this Saturday (10:00am to 5:00pm) and Sunday (11:00am to 4:00pm) at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.

▪️Baccanalle is participating in Black Restaurant Week in Canada with Seafood and Vegan prix fixe menus until Sunday.

Saturday November 19

▪️It’s Christmas at the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market. From 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely.

▪️A day of chocolate! Join chocolate makers and chocolatiers from across Canada for a day of tasting, learning and sampling chocolate made by award winning Canadian makers at the Ottawa Chocolate Show$15 in advance. Nepean Sportsplex 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

▪️The Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral presents its first Christmas Marketsince the onset of the pandemic. From 10:00am to 2:00pm you can shop for pirogies and other Ukrainian food, and visit the market for handmade gifts made locally and abroad. 1000 Byron Ave. 

▪️Roots and Shoots Farm presents a Seasonal Wreath Making Workshop from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 115 Chemin de la Beurrerie Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham, QC J0X 1A0. 

▪️Local designers Duffield Design, Stephanie Davis, and Chayle (jewelry) will be showcasing their pieces at the Holiday Fashion Market at Carriageway Studios in Almonte (65 Mill Street). 

Sunday November 20

The Burning Hell bring their pop sounds to Working Title Kitchen on Sunday evening. Described on eventbrite as “garage-folk oddballs”, their catchy tunes recall a time before auto-tuning ruined pop music. Try listening to “Empty World” without doing a little head banging. We’ll wait. 

Coming up

▪️Next Tuesday, November 22, Maker Feed presents a Stocks and Sauces cooking workshop ($124.99). It's an informative evening with chef Michel Gaumond that also includes wine and nibbles. 2607 Ch. Old Montréal Rd, Cumberland, ON.

▪️Next weekend’s festive edition of the Festival of Small Halls is selling fast. 

Deals of the day

▪️The Little Change Room of Blenheim, Ontario, is paying the tax today through Saturday.

▪️Habitat Restore of Ottawa has started Black Friday a little early. From now until November 27 at both the Stittsville and Trainyards locations, you’ll find extra savings on sale items when you spot a little blue house icon. Find savings on line, too. 

▪️Save 55-70% off previous collections during Birds of North America’s Mushrooms in the Basement sale. 

▪️Now is the time to get the Riverwood Acoustics speakers you’ve had your eye on, because everything is 25% off. No code necessary; the discount will be applied in your cart. 

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Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 0°, low of -9°.   

Number:  96. Where Ottawa lies on the 100 Best Cities in the World by Resonance Consultancy. Hanoi was worse than us at 97. Toronto is 24th. [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Oleksandra Tselishcheva. Arriving from Ukraine as a refugee last summer, Tselishcheva is the programme manager for Veterinarians Without Borders, helping to bring food and aid to animal shelters in her homeland. Ottawa-based Veterinarians Without Borders is currently fundraising to help get Ukrainian dogs and cats through the winter. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘I think they’ve made a poor choice’ – Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, on the hiring of Eric Stubbs as the new chief of the Ottawa Police Service. Stubbs, who starts his new job today, has been roundly criticized by Indigenous leaders in BC for the paramilitary tactics used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under his command. [CBC

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 4  – Buffalo Sabres 1, last night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Finance Canada officials say the freezing of bank accounts was not intended to harm families but ‘to stop the flow of funds to fund those illegal activities’. Around 280 bank accounts were frozen using the Emergency Act.

▪️Canada was worried that the Ambassador Bridge blockade would torpedo the extension of US tax credits for Canadian-made electric vehicles. A senior Finance official testified that the department was worried that the US Government would consider Canada too much of an investment risk and limit its new tax credit for car buying Americans to US made vehicles only, putting a limit on the future Canadian auto industry. The credit ultimately did extend to Canadian-made vehicles as well.

The Rest

▪️A new child-only outpatient clinic will open in Gatineau. The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais clinic will open next Monday, across the street from the Gatineau Hospital. The idea is to help families without doctors avoid overwhelming emergency rooms. [CBC]

▪️Hydro Ottawa says burying power lines will be expensive but important to prevent outages. The May derecho windstorm knocked down 540 power poles, resulting in 180,000 people losing power. While the utility is not recommending doing this, it says fully burying the power across the entire city would take 90 years and $10 billion. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa’s new mayor says he won't use new draconian powers to overrule council. The Province suddenly and surprisingly proposed to give the mayors of Ottawa and Toronto authority to pass laws that have the support of only one-third of council. Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe released a statement that said he would work with council and not use the powers. Should the legislation pass, only nine of the 24 councillors – plus the mayor – would need to approve an act of City Council. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The owner of the Oshawa Generals OHL team is teaming up with the owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs to bid for the Sens. We mentioned the other day that Bulldogs owner, billionaire Michael Andlauer, was interested in bidding for the Senators. Generals owner Rocco Tullio offered US $650 million to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk last year for the team, but Melnyk had no interest in selling. The late Melnyk’s daughters do, however, and they may get up to US $900 million. [Ottawa Sun]

+ Related Paul Rivett, who is part of the group that bought the Toronto Star, has announced his interest.

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