Hey Toronto! Ottawa had an almost-criminal mayor too!
Do you think it is possible to conspire steeling weapons from the army, participate in a riot and still be chosen amongst its peers to be the mayor of Ottawa? Yes it is!
During the Stony Monday riot of 1849, the British army confiscated weapons that looked strangely familiar. In fact, it seized its own fire arms that should have been safely stored in an arms depot managed by a certain Ruggles Wright on the Québec ‘s side of the Ottawa river.
Here comes Henry John Friel, an insurance salesman (who guessed right, the insurance guy is the one with the loose moral in this story), took off in order to warn Wright that he had been caught by the army. Now remember that the year is 1849 and we should not be fooled in thinking that one will travel several kilometres and cross a river simply to warn a bandit that he is doing something illegal. It would be safe to say that Friel was going to salvage what was left at the armory and hide it out of the reach of the army. Unfortunately for Friel, he was intercepted and arrested by the authorities.
When the dust of Stony Monday settled down, Friel, like many rioters, was never convicted of anything and ended up being elected 4 times as mayor. Later on, he went on to become a street in downtown Ottawa.