St. Brigid’s group provides slim evidence for eviction trial
The group in St. Brigid's filed affidavits in its eviction court case, presenting their evidence in a non-traditional way.
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Group being evicted alleges harassment from all corners
What happened: The group refusing to leave the historic St. Brigid’s church filed court documents accusing other tenants of being aggressive, problems with the neighbourhood, with the bailiff who delivered eviction papers, and issues with the state of the building.
- According to CBC, the filings said the group had verbal agreements to delay the paying of rent and to paint the doors of the church, a possible heritage violation.
Lack of evidence: Rather than file things like sales agreements, and proof of agreements, the United People of Canada are relying on affidavits. The group’s director said he would provide any documentation under cross-examination.
Owner’s response: The owners of St. Brigid’s include more than 180 pages of evidence including the sales agreement and email back and forths between the group and the real estate agent involved in selling the church.
Court date: The next hearing is expected for Monday. The group’s asked for an extension to transcribe conversation audio recordings, but none of those transcripts are included in the filings.
OTTAWA BY THE NUMBERS
- 46: The number of firearms seized by OPP near Prescott on the 417. Two Ottawa men have been charged. [CTV]
- 25: The number of people in hospital because of COVID, rising slightly from 23 last week. [CityNews]
- $20 million: That’s how much it will cost the city for the cleanup of this spring’s damaging derecho storm. [CTV]
Federal holiday proclaimed for Monday for Queen’s funeral
What happened: The federal government announced next Monday will be a federal holiday in honour of the Queen’s funeral. Only federal workers will get the day off.
- Instead…: The Ontario government has instead declared Sept. 19 as a “Day of Mourning,” according to CityNews reporter Richard Southern.
Premier Doug Ford said people can observe a moment of silence at 1 pm on Monday. “We encourage all Ontarians to use this day to honour Her Majesty and pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy she leaves behind,” Ford said.
- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island all announced the 19th as a holiday.
Business lobby wins: The president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Dan Kelly had urged the provinces to reject the holiday, telling CBC it would cost businesses too much.
Army Run postponed: Instead of taking place this Sunday, the Canada Army Run will instead move to Nov. 6 because of the Queen’s death. Refunds are available to anyone who can’t make the new date, or they can transfer their registration to next year’s edition or this year’s virtual run.
- Dig deeper: Some Ottawa residents conflicted over Queen's legacy [CTV]
Fundraisers, housing and a campaign launch
Sutcliffe hosts big money fundraiser: Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe held a $1,200 per person fundraiser over the weekend. The ticket price counted as a donation to the campaign, the event site said, and $1,200 is the legal donation limit.
In his pre-politics life, Sutcliffe looked down upon events when corporate money was involved at the provincial level.
- What Sutfliffe said: “The potential conflicts of interest at some of these events – ministers raising money from the very companies that their departments regulate or do business with – are far too many to list here. But it’s as simple as this: how could any business justify $7,500 for a meal if it didn’t think it was getting a lot more than food?” he wrote for the Ottawa Citizen in 2016.
Sutcliffe said it’s time to rename the SJAM: Pointing to another op-ed he wrote for the Citizen, Sutcliffe said the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway should be renamed. “Sir John A. Macdonald may have demonstrated vision and foresight in many aspects of the founding of our country, but on the treatment of Indigenous people, he clearly failed the test,” he wrote last year.
McKenney to announce housing plans: Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney will announce their plan to address housing affordability and homelessness this afternoon. McKenney will make the announcement in Barrhaven, their campaign said in an email.
Sutcliffe to officially launch campaign: The campaign may be well underway, but the Sutcliffe campaign will officially kick off this evening at the St. Elias Centre near Mooney’s Bay. The campaign said there will be parking, but encouraged people to use transit. Sutcliffe will give a speech and launch a new campaign video.
STORIES YOU MIGHT’VE MISSED
Reunited with birth family: Someone hoping to find their birth father posted a photo from the 80s to Reddit. And it worked! In a follow-up post (the original has since been deleted) the user said they met their aunt online and learned they still have family in town. “Whatever may come of this discovery, good or bad, I'm so grateful to everyone for your offers of help, words of kindness and for my fellow Ottawans for being bros,” they said.
Murder charge laid: A 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death, just days after coming to town to study nursing from Nunavut. Savanna Pikuyak had moved into a room in a house off of Craig Henry last Thursday. She was killed Sunday. A 33-year-old man, her roommate and brother of the homeowner, has been charged with second-degree murder. [CBC]
Parents want action after school beating: Thousands of people have signed a petition asking the education ministry and Gloucester High School to take action after a student was beaten at a plaza near the school. The school said it is investigating the incident.
GST rebates, dental plan: The federal GST rebate will be doubled when Parliament resumes. The federal government also announced the first phase of its national dental care plan will be put into place for Dec. 1, and will focus on coverage for children under 12 for families earning less than $90,000 per year. Renters with low-income will also get a one-time top up of $500 as part of the package of inflation-fighting measures. [CTV]
Warm fall ahead: The Weather Network said much of the province, including Ottawa, will see warm weather this fall lasting into October. It’s expected rainfall will be at normal levels. The network said November is expected to be closer to normal and snow is likely. [The Weather Network]
Coyote kills two pets: Residents of Riverside Park South are feeling terrorized by a coyote that snatched a dog and a cat recently. Residents said the coyote doesn’t appear to be afraid of people. The city has brought in a private contractor to track coyotes in the area and come up with recommendations for what to do. [Ottawa Citizen]
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- Ottawa Public Health is recommending anyone who is eligible to get their latest COVID dose.
- Discover which burger our food editor thinks is the best in Ottawa.
- An Osgoode farmer is selling top-quality Wagyu beef, and sells gift-boxes for between $250 and $350. [CTV]
- If you’re in the Craig Henry area and are missing your cat, it may have been found by a Reddit user.
- Ottawology? You read that right. It’s the study of all things Ottawa, in a course at Carleton’s Lifelong Learning Program. [Apt613]
- Police were called to Bells Corners when a bear was spotted near Robertson Road. The bear headed back into the woods once police arrived. [CityNews]
- If you’re a Lookout paying member, be sure to check out all of our resources for subscribers! We’ve got our local food maps, wine recommendations and more.
- After 10 years in business, Hummingbird chocolate has expanded into a new facility. [Apt613]
- There was a Christmas movie filmed on Preston Street this week. It’s one of two productions in the city right now. (Curious what’s being filmed in the city, one Reddit user recommended the ACTRA Ottawa website.)
100 donations: A Kingston police officer, Sgt. Steve Koopman, hit a milestone 100 blood donations. He’s given blood since he was 17, and has kept it up ever since, CTV reported. It’s especially important now, because Canadian Blood Services said it lost about 31,000 donors since the pandemic. [CTV]
The classics are classic for a reason. Thanks to reader Basia for sending in a shot of one of the city’s best views, looking up the Canal toward the Chateau Laurier.
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LATEST COVID STATS
Note: Ottawa Public Health is now only updating COVID stats twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Because of the Lookout’s publishing schedule, this means the numbers here may be out of date.
- Active Cases: 487 (+167)
- Total deaths: 885 (+2)
- Ottawans In Hospital: 25
- Ottawans In ICU: 1
- Acute Beds Occupied: 99%
- ICU Beds Occupied: 75%
- ICU Ventilator Beds Occupied: 25%
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