• Word has come down that the Federal government is looking to dump 24 Sussex Drive as the official residence of the Prime Minister and rebuild elsewhere.
  • The empty official residence has been overrun with rodents and needs millions in infrastructure updates. The Mounties are also concerned that the house is too close to the road and the river for proper security.
  • Suggested new locations are Rockcliffe Park or a site near the Mounties’ musical ride training ground further east.
  • the ottawan suggests killing two birds with one stone and building it on Sparks Street, helping to revitalize downtown and finally encouraging people back to Sparks.
  • If you have a better location, email it to us at hello@theottawan.com

– Martha & Darren


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  • 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 27°, low of 15°. 


  • 15%
  • – The office vacancy rate in downtown Ottawa, the highest that it has been since commerical real estate firm CBRE started tracking it in 1996. Calgary has Canada’s highest office vacancy rate at 31 per cent.  (Adam Stanley in the Globe & Mail)

Honorary Ottawan of the Day

  • Jon Nabbs
  • – The New Zealander was inspired by the story of Terry Fox and is running from St John’s to Vancouver to raise money for child cancer research. He arrived in Ottawa yesterday. (Ted Raymond at CTV) (Donations)


  • We have never seen more excitement and demand for women's sports
  • – Jayna Hefford, senior vice-president of hockey operations of the Professional Women’s Hockey League, on the announcement of teams for Ottawa, Toronto, and Montréal. The league will have a draft on September 18 and begin play in 2024. The other teams in the original six are Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and New York. (Myles Dichter ·at CBC

🖼️ National Gallery of Canada

  •  A Tom Thompson painting at the National Gallery has had paint thrown upon it in the name of fighting climate change. A member of the On2Ottawa group threw paint onto Thomson’s 1914-15 painting ‘Northern River’. The painting was protected by glass. Before he was arrested, the throwee glued himself to the floor.  On2Ottawa wants a national firefighting agency to combat the rising number of wildfires. (Ted Raymond at CTV

⚡ Electric Buses

  •  The City’s Auditor General has reviewed the contract with Hydro Ottawa over new charging stations for electric buses. Nathalie Gougeon found that because the contract had no fixed price, the overall cost could be higher and may not be the best deal for the City. Also, the contract lacks technical details requiring the City to hire or contract appropriate expertise to proper monitor the supplier. Hydro Ottawa is owned by the City.(Bulldog Ottawa) (Auditor General report [PDF])

⚙️ Mathieu Fleury

  •  Former Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Mathieu Fleury has been hired as the new chief administrative officer for Cornwall. Fleury was an Ottawa councillor for 12 years. (Cornwall Seaway News)

🚊  O Train

  •  The City’s Light Rail Sub-Committee received updates on the east, west, and south extensions.
  • - East: Track and systems continue to be built, vehicle testing is expected by the end of the year

    - West: All stations are now under construction, a tunnel is in the process of being dug

    - South: Station building is well advanced, with signage and fare gates now being installed. Handover to OC Transpo is expected in autumn

    (City of Ottawa) (The extensions)

🏠 Real Estate

  •  This Manotick house sold for $13,000 under it's asking price. The asking price was $988,000. Look, the Globe & Mail thought this item was worthy of mention, so don’t hold it against us. (Sydnia Yu in the Globe & Mail)

🌉  Union Bridge at the Chaudière Crossing

  •  The reopening of the Union Bridge at the Chaudière Crossing has been delayed until September 29.  A single southbound lane will reopen first on September 13. The bridge has been closed since March 2022. (CBC)

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Ottawa Fall Home Show tickets are 50% off when you use the code 1MONTH. The show runs September 28 to October 1 at the EY Centre.

Bath bomb bundles are 20% off at Ottawa’s own Zoë’s Corner. Order online for delivery or pick up at the shop located at 5470 Canotek Road, Unit 26.

Atlético Ottawa is unveiling its new mascot at tomorrow’s match, a tyrannosaurus rex. Atlético fans had previously created their own unofficial mascot, Wally the Dinosaur, who has been officially retired

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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