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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Olympics update, Monopolatte, River’s sewer problem and more!

By François Levesque on July 30, 2012

You might criticize him for skipping out on city council’s last meeting, but I think it’s kind of cool that Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury is in London, volunteering for the 2012 Olympics. He’s there as an outfitter for the Canadian olympic team, something he did in 2010 in Vancouver as well as in Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2011 Pan-Am Games. Follow his tweets from London. In other Olympic news, the Sun’s got a day-by-day look at Canadian athletes with Ottawa connections competing in this year’s Olympics.

The Sun’s also been doing some investigative journalism on the state of the Ottawa River and what both Gatineau and Ottawa have been doing to protect it. It says that the Ottawa River Action Plan has delivered $260 million to stem the [sewer] problem but that Gatineau needs to step up its game. Folks on the Gatineau side, do you know what your city’s doing to protect the Ottawa River?

Ottawa – you’re getting a new games cafe. Monopolatte will be opening its doors late August at 640 Somerset St. W, in the former home of Bibliocracy. For a $5 cover charge, you will have access to more than 600 games, with no time restriction.

Many news outlets have been reporting on  the difficult situation faced by farmers in our region due to the intense summer drought. But one man’s misery is another man’s luck as this weather has been quite good for winemakers in the region. The conditions are ideal for wine production because vines spiral deep into the ground in search of water, while rain actually rots the grapes out, says the CBC. This year’s wines are expected to be a sweeter product similar to wines from Southern Europe. Where can you find wineries in or around the NCR? Here’s a list dating back from 2010.