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Weekly News Review: Muskie secretly invade Dow’s Lake, Tunney’s Pasture gets a makeover, sex toys take off and more!

By Chris Cline on August 23, 2012


Quick: try to predict Ottawa’s next business boom.  The tech industry, you ask? Sorry, that one’s nearly played itself out. The booze biz? Perhaps, but not quite. The entertainment industry? Well, in a manner of speaking, you guessed it. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the local sex toy industry is exploding. (Not that kind of explosion! Get your mind out of the gutter!)

Planning a paddle-boat trip on Dow’s Lake? Watch out for gigantic muskie. The Citizen tracked down urban fisherman Hedrik Wachelka, who claims to regularly pull the oversized predators out of Dow’s and other urban waterways. Don’t believe him? Then read this story about a local cigarette-smoking muskie that’s causing an uproar.

In other news, Kanata residents are relieved about a new beaver deceiver that was erected in the Kizell Pond wetlands in early August. The deceiver is designed to prevent Canada’s national icon from building dams in locations that could cause flooding and damage to local infrastructure. The devices are considered a natural way to deal with the mammals, as opposed to destroying them or their homes.

The Newport, a long-standing fixture in Westboro, is leaving its current digs for something better. West-enders jonesing for a club sandwich need not fear, however; the Elvis-themed diner is moving just up the street to a new and improved location. Word is still on out whether local Elvis impersonators are all shook up over the move.

Risk enthusiasts will need to put their plans for world domination on hold. Monopolatte, an up-and-coming board game café set to launch on Somerset has had to delay its opening. OpenFile brings you the latest.

Tunney’s Pasture is sure to be a much hipper place after the federal government gives it a major makeover. But the Ottawa River won’t receive the same treatment. The city said that it can’t enact plans to stop raw sewage from seeping into the river until the provincial and federal governments pony up.