Issue 631 Volume 3 Number 131

The Ottawan



It’s Friday, October 14, 2022 and  we think that few things beat the panoramic view from Lanark Country's highest point, Blueberry Mountain at cliffLand. Tomorrow is the annual fundraising event for Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust between 10 am and 2 pm.

Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted in our third annual Best of Ottawa Awards. We're entering all the data into our Commodore 64 as we speak, and we'll announced the winners and runners-up on Monday.

More Weekend Shenanigans

All Weekend

▪️The Sparks Street Poutine Fest launched last night, offering traditional and exotic twists on the chips, gravy, and cheese curd dish. Visit the participating restaurants and food trucks from 11:00am to 10:00pm today and Saturday, and until 7:00pm on Sunday. The festival is free to attend - just pay for what you eat. Bring a reusable bottle to fill up at the water stations or buy a grownup drink from participating bars and restaurants.

▪️Pumpkin Days continue at Saunders Farm. Walk through the five mazes, view the activities from the zipline overhead, and try the pumpkin-y house-made Pie Faced Cider (for grownups only at 5.0% abv). 7893 Bleeks Rd A, Ottawa, ON K0A 3P0

▪️St. Laurent Shopping Centre and the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada present Indigenous Arts Marketplace, running Saturday and Sunday at the mall. Shop from over 70 Indigenous vendors and catch Hoop Dance, Jingle Dress, Inuit throat singing, and Métis jigging performances. 1200 St. Laurent Blvd.


▪️The annual Artist-in-Residence Exhibition has arrived at Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Justin Case: The Enemy Within examines the Purge of the 1950s to 1990s, when suspected homosexual civil servants, RCMP employees, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel faced systematic discrimination. Artist Christos Pantieras, who says the installation is his most ambitious project to date, uses reimagined propaganda posters, a comic character originated by Civil Defence Canada, and projection to raise awareness of the impact of The Purge. Running until February 15, 2023 at the Diefenbunker, 3929 Carp Road. 


▪️Reader Jill sent us the details about another fine weekend event: the annual Munster Harvest Fest. It’s a family friendly event with kids' activities, baking contests, and a BBQ. 11:00am to 3:00pm at Munster Park, 2886 Munster Road, Ottawa, K0A 3P0

▪️Enjoy five courses of seasonal fine dining at the Harvest Dinner at Gather in Perth, Ontario. $85 for the carnivore menu, $72 for vegetarian. Choose from 5:30pm or 6:30pm seatings. Call 613-264-8282 to reserve your spot. 40 Gore Street East, Perth. 


▪️Meet artist Denise Landriault at Orange Art Gallery during the final weekend of her show ‘Between Here and There’. Noon to 2:00pm at 290 City Centre Ave. 

▪️Kiwan Farms has invited a bunch of their fellow businesses to Pumpkin Fest on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Shop with local makers of crafts, pantry items, and treats. Get your photo taken at the photo booth, and meet superhero characters (from 10:30 to 11:30). 3528 Hawthorne Road (at the corner of Hunt Club) 

Deals of the day

▪️Dominion City Brewing is offering free local delivery on orders of $40 or more, this weekend (today through Sunday October 16). They’re also offering a curated The Hoppy 12-pack, a mixed half case of pale ales and IPAs at 15% off. 

▪️Toronto’s Good for Sunday is holding an Early Holiday Sale, and there are good deals to be had. How about a form fitting, Organic Cotton Turtleneck on sale for $30 (down from $60).

▪️October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Vancouver’s Huhais raising funds with sales of its pink underwear. At checkout you can choose which of four non-profits will receive 1% of your purchase: Lets F*ck CancerLiving Beyond Breast CancerDr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer, and Pink Aid.

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Mainly Sunny. High of 16°, low of 2°.   

Number: .0.5%. The increase in house values that Royal LePage expects to end the year with. This is quite the drop from their July prediction, which forecast a 10% increase. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Katherine Knight. The filmmaker has made the documentary Still Max, about how Max Dean created art after his cancer diagnosis. [Capital Current]

Quote: ‘A lot of people think the green space around us is protected and will always be there, but at the end of the day it's not’ – John McDonnell, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Ottawa Valley chapter, who wants the greenbelt to be turned into a national urban park. While the National Capital Commission is responsible for it, there is no legal definition of the greenbelt. [CBC]

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

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidates Nour Kadri, Catherine McKenney, Bob Chiarelli and Mark Sutcliffe were invited to send campaign statements to the Glebe Report. All except Chiarelli responded.

▪️The CBC crunches the numbers on the costs between the pledges of mayoral candidates Mark Sutcliffe and Catherine McKenney. 

▪️There will be a roast for outgoing mayor Jim Watson and ward 5 councillor Eli El-Chantiry Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata on Nov 24. Dinner is included. $200 per person, with proceeds going to the new treatment centre in Carp. 

? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Lawyers for the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan plus the Ontario Provincial Police told the inquiry that they did not require the Emergency Act to enforce the law.

▪️Residents Zexi Li and Victoria De La Ronde testified at the hearing yesterday. ‘[I]t almost felt like you were in something like The Purge,’ said Li. 

▪️Nothing new to add but here is how the New York Times is telling Americans the inquiry is unfolding.

▪️Onetime funny guy Rex Murphy has written a satirical piece on the Convoy occupation. He thinks people who objected to the trucker siege are ridiculous – but his suggested book title is good: Night of the Long Honks.

The Rest

▪️The City is warning that scammers are texting people with fake parking infractions. The scammers send a text claiming that the receiver has an unpaid parking ticket, people who click the link will see a website that mimics the City website and attempts to collect personal information. The City says that it never asks for financial information using text messages. [City of Ottawa

▪️Windsor man who harassed jabapalooza doctor has been charged under new law. The new law banning harassing communications, harassment by repeated communication, mischief and intimidation of health services has only been used once before since its creation last January. Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth had received threatening and anti-semitic calls from the man – allegedly of course – after appearing on TV to talk about COVID vaccinations. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Photo Contest is open for submissions again. Categories are: Farm Families, Wonderful Weather, Fields of Dreams, and the always sensual Livestock Love. Last year’s winners are lovely to look at:  Looking at Livestock | Lay of the Land | Farm Buildings | Faces of Farmers  [Ottawa Farm Show]

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