Issue 656 Volume 3 Number 156

The Ottawan



It's Tuesday, November 22 2022 and we cannot believe that we are thinking about our garden before it is even winter – but the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library just makes you consider such things. They are having a seed exchange at the Springhurst Park on November 26.

Where to watch Canada vs Belgium

Where to watch the most important match of the Fifa World Cup 2022 – so far. Tomorrow, at 2:00 pm, the Canada men’s soccer team face a Goliath of an opponent right out of the gate. Belgium are coming into this World Cup with reasonable expectations of winning the whole shebang. Support team Canada at your favourite local haunt (if you're working from home, who's going to know?), some of which will be open from 7:00 am during the tournament.

Oh, and for bonus points at the bar, you can casually mention that Canada’s Geordie coach John Herdman (‘Geordie’ being a nickname for people born in the Northeastern region of England) has never played professional football. That didn’t stop him from leading national women’s teams in New Zealand and Canada, the latter of which won a bronze at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics under his watch.

Here’s where you can watch Wednesday’s game:

⚽ Glebe Central Pub is hardcore soccer minded, so during the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament you can expect daily door prizes, giveaways, trivia fun at halftime, and drink and food specials. 779 Bank St.

⚽ On game days until November 28, the Senate Tavern on Clarencewill be open from 11:00 am; from November 29 to December 18 it will open at 10:00am. 33 Clarence St. 

⚽ St. Louis Bar & Grill: 780 Eagleson Road will open at 11:00 am every game day. The North Kanata (5035 Innovation Drive) and 1331 Clyde Avenue locations will be open from 11:30am, and the Elgin St. bar will fling open its doors at noon.

⚽ Jack Astor’s at Lansdowne Park will open at 12:00 pm tomorrow and every other game day until Sunday. On Mondays and Tuesdays the doors open at 2:00 pm. What to buy: when you order a Burger and a Bud for $29.97, you'll receive a cold-activated official souvenir cup for your beer. 

⚽ Lowertown Brewery is open at 11:00 am and will be showing the match on the big screen. 73 York Street. 

⚽ All Heart and Crown pub locations will be screening every match and offering drink deals, food specials, and prizes. Doors open at 11:00 am. 

⚽ Pubwells at 96 Preston St is open from 11:00 am to midnight Tuesday to Sunday during the Fifa World Cup.

⚽ Hive Fives Sports Pub, will be open from 7:00am and they want to you wear your red and white. What to buy: $5 bottles of Canadian and Canadian burgers with pea meal bacon and cheese for $17.99. 1876 Robertson Road. 

⚽ Hometown Sports Grill will be showing all matches starting at 8:00 am and later, and during each Canada match they’ll be drawing names to win a Team Canada jersey. 1525 Bank St. 

⚽ Tailgators opens at noon and will be offering the regular menu. 1642 Merivale Road. 


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We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries. High of 3°, low of -3°. 

Number:  60. The number of years that the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society has existed, celebrating the occasion last week. [Stittsville Central]

Ottawan of the Day:  Shubz. The hip hop recording artist has released his new single ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ featuring what must have been a nice excursion across Morocco. [Hip Hop Canada] [Streaming]

Quote: ‘And right now we don’t have a choice because our procedural bylaw says that we have to meet in person. So we have to work with what we’ve got’ – Interim Police Services Board chair Suzanne Valiquet on why the Police Board will no longer allow virtual appearances by the public, despite many requests to continue the process. [Ottawa Sun

Sports: NHL Ottawa Senators 1 – San Jose Shark 5 last night OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Erie Otters 6 last night

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister was ‘embarrassed’ by the police response to the Convoy siege. In text messages at the time, now presented to the Inquiry, Bill Blair wrote ‘"I can't believe that I'm hoping Doug Ford will save us.’ 

▪️The Canadian Security Intelligence Service director could not recall if former mayor Jim Watson and former city councillor Mathieu Fleury received threats during the Siege. Fleury previously testified that two pickup trucks of people yelled in front of his home, from which he decided to relocate his family. Watson testified that he received death threats.

▪️The lawyer representing the convoy organizers was kicked out of the Inquiry today after arguing with the chair to add an unscheduled witness. Brendan Miller’s wish to cross examine Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino's director of communications was put on ice by the chair, who told Miller to put it in writing and the Inquiry would discuss it later. Miller continued to argue and the chair had him escorted out by security. 

+ Related Miller says that he is protected by privilege from being sued after he accused the president of the public relations firm Enterprise Canada of walking around the Convoy with a Nazi flag. The company called the lawyer's allegations ‘absurd and despicable’. Enterprise Canada is considering suing, stating that not only would its president not do such a thing, he was in Toronto at the time.  

The Rest

▪️Gatineau has paused building a new police station near a shelter for homeless people, supervised injection site and kitchen. Campaigners argued that the proximity of the new police station would increase harassment of homeless persons and injection site users, who may also start avoiding the services. The City now says it is exploring other options. The police need a new building as their old one is being torn down for a new hospital.  [CBC]

▪️The National Gallery of Canada has let go four senior staff members. The staffers on the way out are Greg A. Hill, senior curator of Indigenous Art, Stephen Gritt, director of conservation and technical research, Denise Siele, senior manager of communications, and Kitty Scott, deputy director and chief curator.  Scott was instrumental in bringing in Louise Bourgeois's giant spider. The Gallery's interim director, in a written statement, said the firings were to ‘better align the gallery's leadership team with the organization's new strategic plans’.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Artists aged between 12 and 19, who live or go to school in Ottawa, are invited to apply for the City’s Young At Art programme. Art submiited will be juried and selected runners-up and award-winning artworks will be featured in an exhibition at the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre next year. Deadline is March 20, 2023. [City of Ottawa] [Young At Art programme]

▪️Property owners will be getting letters inquiring if their units are vacant or not from the City this week. Owners are required to declare whether a property is occupied, and if it is empty, are required to pay a tax of one per cent of the assessed value. There are some exemptions, such as if the property owner is in hospital. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Here are some nice photos of four home renovations in Ottawa. The houses are in Rockcliffe Park (1990s), Riverside South (2000s), Westboro (1970s), and Old Ottawa South (1916). [Ottawa Magazine]

▪️The man who rammed a gate at Rideau Hall in an attempt to arrest New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2020 has been given day parole. Corey Hurren wanted to make the arrest because of COVID-19 restrictions and the ban on assault-style weapons. Hurren was sentenced to six years. [CityNews]

▪️B’nai Brith Canada has launched a petition to rename Metcalfe Street to Mahsa Amini. Amini is the 22 year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody after being arrested in Tehran for wearing tight trousers and loose hijab. Metcalfe Street is the former location of the Iranian Embassy in Canada, which was closed in 2012, although the building is still owned by the Iranian government. [Jerusalem Post] [The Petition]

▪️A boa constrictor and two cats were rescued by Ottawa Fire Services yesterday.  [Ottawa Sun]

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