WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Russian Embassy requested that City Hall fly the national flag on Independence Day, June 12, an honour the City gives to any country with which Canada has diplomatic relations. Mayor Jim Watson said no. [CTV]
▪️City of Ottawa forces Little Library to move after complaint from neighbour. A family in Stittsville had set up a Little Library on the edge of their property next to the sidewalk, about the size of, hmmm, a microwave oven? Neighbours were welcome to borrow books or contribute new ones. City of Ottawa bylaw officers threatened the family with a fine if it was not removed. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Wesley Clover Parks wants to be excused from paying property taxes. Ontario allows municipalities to make agreements with non-profits as municipal capital facilities, avoiding property tax. Wesley Clover Parks signed an agreement with the National Capital Commission in 2014 to run the campground, equestrian facilities, and sports fields and obligating it to pay property taxes to the City, around $300,000 per year. City staff say Wesley Clover Parks is not eligible, the Parks say it would use the savings for programming. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The Ottawa BlackJacks have fired their coach, hired the head coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees as replacement. Charles Dubé-Brais was hired in January 2021, bringing the BlackJacks to the finals with a 4 win -13 loss regular season. James Derouin is the winningest coach in Gee Gees history, with a 170 win - 54 loss record in the regular season. [Capital Current]
▪️Greenbelt and Gatineau Park trails may be closed for months because of the storm. The National Capital Commission blames dozens of downed trees. [CBC]
+ Related Western University researchers believe that the storm winds reached EF-2 tornado speeds, 190 km/h.
+ Related The path behind the Supreme Court will be closed until 2023 to repair 2019 flood damage.
▪️The Globe & Mail visits three of the Trucker siege participants and catches up with what they are doing now. This is a long read, so grab your mug of tea. Suffice it to say, the three feel misunderstood about their occupation of a city. [Globe & Mail]