Issue 645 Volume 3 Number 145

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, November 3, 2022 and we've just moved back to our hometown from the big city to help save our family’s Christmas movie business, which is being threatened by a sexy jerk. Maybe we can use this map of where all the Chrismas movies are being filmed in Ottawa to save the family business and ultimately find true love!

The Weekender

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All Weekend

▪️The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival launches today and continues through Sunday. All screenings at the ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 

▪️This Saturday and Sunday, shop from local makers and support the Lanark Animal Welfare Society at the same time, at the Christmas in the Valley artisan show. Find 20 vendors at the Upper Hall of the Almonte Arena, 182 Bridge Street, Almonte. 

▪️On Saturday and Sunday the Traditions Christmas Craft Show at Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School, returns to 1515 Tenth Line road, Orléans. The event is hosted by National Capital Artisans and runs from10:00am to 4:00pm. Free entry, with donations accepted for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.

Thursday November 3
▪️The Katherine Muir Miller Gallery in Perth is holding its second annual Small Works Event from today until November 13. 23 local artists are taking part, and all pieces will be priced at $250 for 12x12 or $300 for 14 x14. 

▪️Gather your courage and head for the stage at Lowertown Brewery ByWard Market’s Open Mic Night, hosted by Mike Lalonde. Sign up starts at 7:00pm. 

▪️At 5:00pm today - mere minutes from now! - the Pride, Not Prejudice virtual craft and community fair returns with a roster of more than 60 local vendors. The fair runs until Sunday November 6, and proceeds will support Assembly of Seven Generations, an Indigenous owned and youth-led non-profit that supports Indigenous youth through cultural support and traditional knowledge. 

▪️Metsaema brings their Eastern European and North American early folk music to The Art House (555 Somerset St. W). $11.62 per ticket. 

▪️Thursdays are for Jazz and cocktails at the Apothecary Lounge. Free admission. 54 York St.

Friday November 4

▪️The Huntley Community Association is collecting scrap metal and electronic recycling. Items can be dropped off – at no cost – in the bins located on the Carp Fairgrounds Nov. 4-6. Select Venue Carp Fairgrounds


Saturday November 5

▪️The All Saints Craft Fair in Kanata is substantial: visit 160 tables brimming with crafts and gifts. From 10:00am to 3:00pm at All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave. The event raises money for the the All Saints community including the Christmas Hamper Program. 

▪️Blondie Apparel will be hosting a retail day from 9:00am to 1;00pm at 2394 Dwyer Hill Road. 

▪️The 1928 silent classic Fall of the House of Usher screens at the Mayfair Theatre, with live music by the VOC Silent Film Harmonic. 

▪️The Community Builders’ Craft Fair at Almonte’s Union Hall might not be the biggest craft market you’ll shop this weekend, but it’s possibly the only one that will have a wood stove burning. 10:00am to 4:00pm at 1984 Wolf Grove Road (at the corner of Tatlock Road) in Almonte. 

Sunday November 6

▪️While online registration is now closed for Sunday’s Course de L’Armée du Canada Army Run, latecomers may register on site. The in person event includes 5K and 10K runs. 

▪️Shop the final Parking Lot Pop-Up of 2022 with Vintage Pop-Up613. Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 298 Preston Street in Little Italy. 

▪️The Kanata Central BIA is raising funds for The Kanata Food Cupboard at its Holiday Craft Fair. Entrance to the fair is free but you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or financial donation. 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa in Kanata, 101 Kanata Avenue. 

▪️Canzine is Canada's largest festival of zines and independent print culture. For people like The Ottawan's Darren and Martha, this is basically the same as Christmas. Today at the Alma Duncan Salon in the Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. Admission is free. 

Deal of the day

All women’s and men's cozy, Canadian-made robes are 25% off the regular price at 49th Apparel. Use the code WRAPUP25 until November 15. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 17°, low of 8°.   

Number:  94%. The number of daycare centres in Ottawa that have signed up to the new $10 per day childcare programme. But it’s not $10 per day yet – it starts at a 25% reduction now, $12 per day in 2023, and $10 per day in 2025-26. The average day care rate in Ottawa right now is $74 daily. [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Andrew Vasiliev. Four months ago, Vasiliev came to Ottawa as a refugee from Ukraine and continues to employee 50 people there from an office on Montréal Road. His two companies are sales lead generator SalesNash and executive search lead finder StaffNash.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘If you buy and sell in the same market, it is all relative’ – a comment by a not-at-all-phased Ottawa Real Estate Board president Penny Torontow on news that house sales have dropped for an eighth continuous month, as compared to the same month the year before. The average house price last month was $577,873, down 5 per cent from last year. The average condo was $456,470, up 9 per cent.  [Ottawa Citizen

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🚨 The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️Convoy organizer Tom Marazzo testified that the ‘slow roll’ at the Ottawa International Airport on Feb 10 was a warning to the City. ‘We can play that game with you, but we don't want to play that game so they'll do the slow roll just to let you know that it is possible,’ he said. The slow roll was in retaliation to Ottawa Police seizing fuel cans from protestors leaving the occupied Coventry Road staging site.

▪️Lawyer Paul Champ, who is representing downtown residents in a planned class-action against Convoy leaders, wants to expand it to include anyone who parked a truck or donated to the GoFundMe. The move is considered unusual – it would involve potentially 24,000 people – but not impossible.

▪️The Convoy raised $24 million from GoFundMe, GiveSendGo, and cryptocurrencies. Around $18 million was refunded after GoFundMe stopped collection, $1 million was paid out to the Convoy, and most of the rest has been put into escrow because of the proposed class action suit. GoFundMe says that its employees received threats after it stopped collecting money for the Convoy. 

The Rest

▪️Actor Ryan Reynolds is interested in buying the Ottawa Senators, says People magazine. Reynolds himself is not saying anything, other than a posting a Tweet consisting solely of ‘🤔’ in reply to a Sens fan asking him to buy the team. There has been no official announcement that the team is for sale but a US sports website reported the other day that a sales agent had been appointed. [People]

+ Related Reynold’s interest is real and genuine, says an unnamed person. He's also already reached out to the NHL, said someone unknown.

+ Related Wait a moment! What about that ‘rock solid’ deal to move the Sen’s home rink to the LeBreton Flats development? Could this be leverage to have the City pay for it? Or move the team to the empty NHL quality rink in Québec City?

▪️Ottawa Police have privatised collision reporting to a company entirely funded by the insurance industry. The new OPS Collision Reporting Centre kiosks are located at 211 Huntmar Drive and 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard. In Ontario, all collisions that cause $2,000 or more in damage must be reported to the police. [CTV]

▪️Syrup producers and woodlot owners east of Ottawa say they need help over derocho damage. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has ruled that the area was not eligible for disaster recovery assistance. Only Uxbridge near Toronto was approved.  [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Public Health is recommending restrictions on cannabis sales. It recommends that banning flavours in cannabis extracts, as well as shapes or colours that will appeal to kids. Additionally, it says that four plants is enough for the home, there should be a maximum limit on retail outlets, pharmacists should be able to dispense medical cannabis, and race-based data should be collected. The health authority made the recommendations to a Federal review of Canada's pot laws. [CBC] [The Recommendations (PDF)]

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