Tuesday May 7, 2024


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It’s Emergency Preparedness Week and the City has some ideas on how to acknowledge it. One needs only to think of the derechos, tornadoes, floods, and ice storms that residents have experienced – sometimes going without power for weeks.

The City recommends that every home have a 72 hour emergency kit:


  • Two litres of drinking water per person per day
  • Battery-operated or crank radio
  • Power banks for wireless charging
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Medication
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and a manual can opener (note: be sure to rotate the food in your emergency kit to keep it fresh)
  • Pet food for our family members from the animal world
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance cards, birth certificates, and passports in a waterproof and portable container
  • Clothing and footwear (one change per person; more for children)
  • Toilet paper and other personal hygiene supplies
  • First aid kit

The City has a full page here.

– Martha and Darren



  • 20-30
  • – The number of rats that a resident says crosses her yard every night. Neighbours in the in the Elmridge Gardens complex say there is an infestation and want the City to help clear the critters out. Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward councillor dTim Tierney blames construction in general. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day


  • This has nothing to do with you being who you are. This was just a dish fight that got out of hand. You're not the first person to be choked out, many firefighters before have been strangled.

  • – Oh, where to start. Those words are attributed to Ottawa Fire Service Captain Gregory Wright by rookie firefighter Ash Weaver. 

    Wright and former Captain Eric Einagel are on trial for, amongst other things, assault (Einagel) and criminal negligence causing bodily harm (Wright) against Weaver over a dishwashing hazing competition that the Barrhaven fire station runs.
  • The trial began today.  (Kristy Nease at CBC)


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What’s going on at City Hall

Planning and Housing Committee
Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 am

  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 1158 Old Second Line Road
  • 2024 Provisional Development Charges Background Studies and By-laws
  • Status Update – Planning and Housing Committee Inquiries and Motions for the period ending April 26, 2024

📋 Agenda


🖥️ Treasury Board

  •  The secretary of the Treasury Board created the work-three-days-in-the-office policy while working from her Halifax home. Catherine Blewett has also announced that she will be leaving the job due to health reasons. Dominique Blanchard will be the acting secretary until a permanent replacement is announced. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

🏒 Hockey

  •  It’s looking like Travis Green will be the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators. Green was most recently interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils, previously he was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. An annoucement is expected to be made Wednesday. (TSN)
  •  Now that they are out of the playoffs, Ottawa’s PWHL team is expected to make seven or eight player changes. Ottawa picks second in the upcoming draft. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Citizen)

🛒 Uniqlo

  •  The new Uniqlo store will open at Bayshore Shopping Centre May 10. The Japanese clothing and homewares chain promises that celebrations will start at 8:00 am but we have no idea what those will entail. (Uniqlo)


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  • You have until 6:00 pm today to enter our draw for a chance to win four tickets to the Saturday afternoon session of the Orléans Craft Beer Festival on June 8.

    Answer the following skill testing question to be entered into the draw: Which band is playing the festival from 2:00 pm to 3:30pm? Send your answer in an email with the subject Beer Fest to contest@theottawan.com

    Martha’s mom will draw the winner’s name from her Choosin’ Hat this evening and we’ll announce it in the tomorrow's Food and Drink update.

  •  Apparently the average Canadian eats a lot of chocolate per year; 6 kilograms, in fact. Chances are you like chocolate, but do you know where it comes from? The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum answers the question with a temporary exhibition all about Ecuador and The Origins of Cacao. Daily until September 30. Included with admission.

  •  Pitch (im)Perfect Singers present a Musicals singalong evening to a playlist of the genre’s greatest hits. Bring water, a digital or printed copy of the lyrics, and $10 cash to take part. Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Ave. K2C 2B8

  •  Kathy Griffin and her My Life on the PTSD-LIST tour are in Ottawa at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. $72.50 per ticket

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Hôtel Silence, One Life with post-screening Q&A, Exhuma

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Wicked Little Letters, Problemista, Le Samouraï


  •  Euchre Night. Brew Revolution

  •  Tombstoner, Maou Mindu, Pessimystic, Harvested. Dominion Tavern

  •  Open Stage with Clarissa Fortin. Red Bird

  •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Comedy and Cocktails. Rainbow Bistro

  •  Life drawing. Art House Café


  •  If you’ve always been a bit curious about the mysterious spirit Absinthe, we have an event for you. You’ll sample three varieties of the spirit, two cocktails, and small bites food pairings. $112 per person. The Absinthe Tasting Experience is created by the team at Absinthe (1208 Wellington St. West, K1Y 2Z7).
  •  Lost Baggage Musical Theatre’s Disco Ball Paint Nite is not your average painting experience. You’ll be painting a disco ball on a round canvas while raising money for the theatre company’s equitable performance development program. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Liam McGuire’s, 1705 St. Laurent Blvd. K1G 5L1.
  •  Forget your work stress with a mid-week Milonga (tango social), hosted by Milonga de La Confesiòn and Rahim Salsa Noudehaki. $15 to dance the night away (no lesson, just dancing). St. John the Evangelist Church, 275 Elgin St. K2P 1M1.
  •  Urban Art Collective’s show featuring colour blind artist Dave Fortier (DAWD) continues until May 18. Wednesday through Sunday at 1088 Somerset St. W. K1Y 3C7
  •  ByTowne Cinema: Irena’s Vow, German Language Film Festival Ottawa: Bonjour Switzerland, Exhuma
  •  Mayfair Theatre: Problemista, Yamnuska: The Ragged Edge, Club Zero


  •  Derecho Party. Brass Monkey
  •  Separator, Off Hand, Candyboys. House of TARG
  •  Drag me to LIVE presents 80s Night 2.0. LIVE on Elgin
  •  Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird
  •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing Co
  •  Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle hosted by Kristine St-Pierre. Irene’s Pub Restaurant
  •  Why Wednesday. THE 27 CLUB


  •  It could be the most intimate venue in town: On the second Thursday of each month jazz guitarist Tim Bedner and a special guest play a 90 minute set for just 35 people at GigSpace. This week Tim’s guest is double bassist John Geggie. The $20 ticket includes the beverage of your choice. 953 Gladstone Ave K1Y 3E5.

  •  Canada Gems Shows’ Rock N Gem Show runs Thursday May 9 through Sunday May 12 at EY Centre. Find the beads, crystals, gems, and jewellery of your dreams. Tickets $2 at the door. 4899 Uplands Dr. K1V 2N6

  •  There is only one ‘Jimi Hendrix of the pipes’ and he’s playing in Ottawa this Thursday night. Scottish piping sensation Fred Morrison is joined by Cape Breton husband and wife duo MacIsaac and MacKenzie. The show is presented by the Glengarry Pipe Band. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St. K1N 5K5.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Wicked Little Letters, Ciné-Club D’Ottawa: Les Infants des Autres, Blade Runner 2049

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Problemista, Le Samouraï


  •  Paul Anthony Roberto & Anthony John Bacon. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Roddy Ellis: Moon Over the Lake. Club SAW

  •  The 20th Century Boys. Rainbow Bistro

  •  Thursday Night Bingo. Broadhead Brewery

  •  Willi Carlisle, Aaron Jonah Lewis. Dominion Tavern

  •  Legendary Scorpions Guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Overflow Brewing

  •  Huu Bac Quintet. National Arts Centre

  •  Red Fox, Easy Tiger, Dunberry. LiVE on Elgin

  •  Root Cause, Madfolk, Just Fine. House of TARG

Just Announced / Now Booking

  • The Sad Girl Café: A Woman’s Open Mic runs the third Thursday of the month at GigSpace. All ages are welcome; a sound system and a piano are provided. Reserve your free ticket (capacity is 35 people) for the next date on Thursday May 16.

  • Square Dancers, mark your calendars. It’s been 75 years since Don Messer performed in Almonte to raise funds for the wood floor in the Agricultural Hall. That same venue opens its doors on June 22 for the Almonte Fair Spring Dance, featuring the Glen Silverson Band.


The Sleep Shirt’s Goodbye Sale continues with deals on sleepwear, bamboo toothbrushes, upcycled aprons, and long sleeve tees.



The Ottawa Business Journal has released the names of the winners of its annual Forty under 40 awards for 2024.


  • Eric Agyemang, 39, Founder and Managing Partner, Maple Bridge Ventures
  • Kate Agyemang, 39, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Jason Anbara, 38, CEO, NorthLend Financial Inc.
  • Richard Beranek, 37, Managing Partner, Brash Inc.
  • Matthew Blostein, 34, Wealth Adviser, CIBC Private Wealth Management
  • Neel Chadha, 35, Physician / Entrepreneur, Lanark Lifestyles Ltd.
  • Shea Cole, 37, Vice-President Marketing, Field Effect
  • Laura Dionne, 39, Senior Director People and Culture, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
  • Fares Elsabbagh, 39, CEO, Ottawa General Contractors
  • Yasser Ghazi, 35, Director and Team Lead, Commercial Services, Meridian Credit Union
  • Nicolas Gosselin, 39, CEO, Nomad Telecom
  • Geoff Howe, 39, District Manager, PCL Construction
  • Heather Jeffery, 34, Founder, Designer, Re4m Design and Fabrication
  • Agatha Krajewski, 38, Director of Product, Shopify Inc.
  • Breanne Lapointe, 39, Deputy Chief, Lanark County Paramedic Service
  • Bonnie Martell, 33, Senior Manager, Development, Colonnade BridgePort
  • Chris McCluskey, 39, President, The McCluskey Group
  • Victoria McGlone, 39, CEO and Founder, Three Cliffs Inc.
  • Christine McGuire, 39, Executive Director, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
  • Stacey McMillan, 38, Senior Manager, Client and Pursuits, Regions East, KPMG LLP
  • Karim Merani, 39, Owner, Carleton Place IDA Drugmart Inc.
  • JP Michel, 39, Founder and CEO, SparkPath Inc.
  • Jacob Milosek, 39, Managing Partner, Hendry Warren LLP
  • Michael Montone, 35, Founder and CEO, Firon Roofing
  • Patrick Moore, 39, Program Manager / Superintendent, 176026 Canada Inc. / Amor Construction
  • Jonathan Murray, 37, CEO, Heartee Foods
  • Tony Paciocco, 37, Partner and Criminal Lawyer, Edelson Foord Law
  • Lisa Paul, 37, Director of Community Programs, St. John Ambulance National Office
  • Magnolia Perron, 29, Indigenous Women and Youth Program Manager, National Aboriginal Capital Corp. Assoc.
  • Wendy Ramsey, 39, Owner / General Manager, Pirate Cove Marina / RBK Distribution Inc.
  • Jeremy Reeds, 37, President, Windmill Development Group Ltd.
  • Alexandre Rizk, 32, CEO and Vice-President, Groupe Loyal
  • Eric Saumure, 35, Principal, Zenbooks
  • Conal Slobodin, 36, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Walmart Canada
  • Kyle Smendziuk, 34, CEO, Founder, WebMarketers Inc.
  • Dr. Red Thaddeus D. Miguel, 35, Vice-President and Chief Technical Officer, Thera-Business Inc.
  • Branavan Tharmarajah, 34, Head of Sales, Growcer
  • Megan Van Rijt, 39, Director of Sales and Design, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets
  • Tiffani Westerman, 39, CEO, WCS North America
  • Jordi Wills, 39, President, Wills Transfer Ltd.



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