Friday, January 19 2024


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The Ottawa Police Board has extended its search for a citizen appointee by two weeks.

The seat became available after chair Gail Beck resigned in the wake of her son being arrested for drug offences. A new chair will be appointed before the regular Monday board meeting.

If overseeing the police suits you, find out the details and apply here. Board members sit for a period of three years.


Congratulations to the winners of our free tickets to the Capital Wedding Show. All winners have been notified. 

– Martha and Darren


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  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • $1,328,790
  • – The amount of money received by the City as its share of revenue from Rideau Carleton Casino for the Oct 1 - Dec 31 period. Ottawa has received more than $100 million from the casino since 2000. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Nathan Prier
  • –  Prier is the new president of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees. Before starting earlier this month, he worked for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • As we began to think about where we wanted to raise our four–and seven-year-old daughters it became clear that it wasn’t there.

  • – Shopify president Harley Finkelstein on moving his family from Ottawa to Montréal. Finkelstein says that he and his wife want to get involved philanthropically and Montréal ‘won for two main reasons: culture and community’. 
  • (This interview is actually from last July – we just discovered it in Neil Saravanamuttoo’s polemic in The 613 on why culture is vital to Ottawa) (Toula Drimonis in CultMTL)



  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – Montréal Canadiens 2 last night


What’s going on at City Hall

Ottawa Police Services Board
Monday, January 22, 2024 at 4:00 PM

  • 8.1 Chair’s verbal report
  • 8.2 Chief’s verbal report
  • 8.3 Algonquin College Police Foundations Program Presentation
  • 8.4 Attendance at the Community Safety and Policing Act Summit
  • 8.5 Ontario Association of Police Services Boards: 2024 Membership Renewal
  • 8.6 Canadian Association of Police Governance: 2024 Membership Renewal
  • 8.7 Ottawa Police Services Board Work Plan: 2024
  • 8.8 Special Constable Appointments: approve the appointment of the three RCMP employees and approve the appointment of the nine OPS employees
  • 8.9 Updating Justification for Ottawa Police Service Special Constables – District Special Constable Pilot Project
  • 8.10 Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CPSA)
  • 8.11 2023-2025 Drive2 (Diversity, Respect, Inclusion, Values, Equity and Engagement) Strategy Update
  • 8.12 Annual Use of Force Report – 2022
  • 8.13 Application for Secondary Activities
  • 8.14 Appointments Made Under the Interprovincial Policing Act - 2023 Annual Report
  • 8.15 Collection of Identifying Information – Duties & Prohibitions Policy - Annual Report
  • 8.16 Equitable Work Environment - Annual Report
  • 8.17 OPSB CR-6 Public Consultation Policy - Annual Report
  • 8.18 Ottawa Police Service Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Status Report
  • 8.19 Public Rewards - 2023 Annual Report
  • 8.20 Report On Special Investigations Unit – Investigation 23-OCI-279
  • 8.21 Report On Special Investigations Unit – Investigation 23-OFP-075
  • 8.22 Report On Special Investigations Unit – Investigation 23-OFP-303
  • 8.23 CR-16 Human Rights and Racial Profiling Policy – Annual Report
  • 8.24 Response to Inquiry I-23-01 – Roles and Responsibilities Regarding Business Plan Development
  • 8.25 Schedule of Conferences and CAPG Webinars In 2024
  • 8.26 Board Activity, Training & Performance – 2023 Annual Report

📋 Agenda 


🚨 Ottawa Police Service

  •  Ottawa Police plans on appointing special constables to accompany or hold in custody people who have been detained under the mental health act. These special constables will also be given traffic control powers. (William Eltherington at CTV)
  •  The Ottawa Police used force against Black residents 3.1 times their share of the population and Middle Eastern residents 1.7 times their share of the population according to the Service’s own report.  (William Eltherington at CTV)

🏒 Lansdowne 2.0

  •  The replacement of the TD Arena will reduce seating from 8,585 to 5,000. Despite sell out crowds for Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team – which set a ticket record – the new arena is scheduled to be smaller. (Sam Houpt at CTV)

🛒 Reusable Containers

  •  Walmart, Sobeys, and Metro stores will be testing out resusable containers in their Ottawa locations this April. Certain food items – as yet undetermined – would be packaged in reusable containers, which customers can return to drop off locations. The idea is to reduce single-use plastics. (Natalia Goodwin at CBC)



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  •  Let the moon guide you as you Snowshoe Under the Stars in Gatineau Park on Friday nights until March 29. These evening excursions are guided by experienced nature interpreters from Friends of Gatineau Park, and no snowshoeing experience is necessary. $20 for Members, $25 for non-members.

  •  It’s Opening Night of Backra Bluid, the new photography exhibition at SPAO by Stacey Tyrell. In her series of self-portraits, Tyrell transforms herself into her imagined white relatives.

  •  The Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show runs today through Sunday at the EY Centre. Get 2-for-1 tickets.

  •  Youth Infringement Festival is holding a Clothing Swap at Ottawa Art Gallery from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Studio. If you don't have clothes to exchange, $5 will buy you a bag of someone else's. There will also be a button maker (by donation).


  •  Kings of Queens. Mavericks

  •  Ed Lister Quartet. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Derecho Party & Friends LIVE! Avant-Garde Bar

  •  Alex Lopez. Lorenzo Bar and Grill

  •  Wyntr, Handsome Sandwich, Holly Acres, The Turning Lights, Marble Ghosts. Dominion Tavern

  •  Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (play). LIVE on Elgin

  •  The Death Wheelers, Hazehound, Empress. House of TARG


  •  Favourite Fleetwood Mac songs get the Candlelight Concerts treatment at Gladstone Theatre. Hits from Rumours and other albums will be performed by a piano and violin duo.

  •  There’s so much more to do than shop for The Dress at the Capital Wedding Show (today and Sunday). Be sure to sign up for the show’s Bridal Registry, which will give you a chance to win a $500 gift card for VIA Rail Canada, a trip to the Dominican Republic, and prizes from exhibitors. Visit the bar for a glass of bubbly, and wander the exhibition floor to explore the decor and table setting ideas from suppliers. For a chance to win tickets to the show, 👀 look above.

  •  Canadian 12-piece Soul-Funk supergroup The Commotions will release their latest album on January 20 at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre.

  •  You can’t see the Eagles play live, but Hotel California one of your all time fave LPs. Here’s what you do: buy a ticket to Classic Albums Live (CAL) presents The Eagles: Hotel California and listen as incredible, talented musicians play the entire album note for note. Live at the NAC’s Southam Hall at 8:00 pm.

  •  If you feel like a skate this weekend, check out the City of Ottawa’s list of community rinks.

  •  The Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show runs today through Sunday at the EY Centre. Get 2-for-1 tickets.



  • The Gnarlys. Atomic Rooster
  • Pat Moore and the Vinyl Frontier
  • Landon. A. R. Coleman, Naked Neighbours. Art House
  • FROST techno and house. Berlin
  • Eastbound of Bytown. Gavans Hotel in Quyon, QC. (NOTE: at this time of year the ferry at Fitzroy Harbour isn’t running, so you’ll have to drive the long way round.)
  • USA Out of Vietnam, TBWNIS, Paraphonique. House of TARG
  • Mecca of Stank. Irene’s Pub Restaurant
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (play). LIVE on Elgin
  • Kiwi Jr., Backseat Dragon, Mushy Gushy. Dominion Tavern
  • Pimienta. Montgomery Scotch Lounge


  •  The National Ballet of Ukraine graces the stage at the NAC’s Southam Hall for two performances only, today at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The 23 dancers will perform excerpts from Don Quixote, Giselle, and Le Corsaire, as well as traditional Ukrainian pieces.

  •  Get ready for the excitement of the 2023-24 Ontario Women’s Provincial Pinball Championship at House of TARG this Sunday. The $10 cover includes unlimited play on Classic Video Games. The action gets underway at noon.

  •  Ottawa Irish Arts presents a January Céilí (dance) on Sunday afternoon (23:00 pm to 5:00 pm at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts). Enjoy Irish dancing with a live caller, tea and soda bread, and visit the bar for beer. $11.98 for anyone 12 and over.


  •  The Sunday Night Revue. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Phoenix Big Band. Atomic Rooster

  •  Latin Night. Mavericks

  •  Acoustic Coffee House. Red Bird


  •  DJs, musicians. and aspiring audio technicians should book a place at Live Sound 101 with music producer and professor Ted Bourque, at Club SAW on Monday night January 22. Tickets are just $15 for members of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, and $20 for non-members.


  •  Karaoke Mondays. Atomic Rooster

  •  Open Mic. Art House

  •  The Monroe Sisters (Blue Grass Mondays). Red Bird

Just Announced

  • Korean Cultural Centre Canada is offering tickets to free digital screenings of Park Jae-beom’s Mother Land (2022), a stop-motion fantasy adventure about a pair of siblings’ journey to save their mother. The film can be viewed from January 24 to January 30.

  • You’ll swoon at Thirteen Strings’ first concert of 2024. Romantic Strings!(February 16) will take you on a tour through Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op 47 and Giuseppe Verdi’s Symphony for Strings, among others.

  • Creative kids will love the Ottawa Art Gallery March Break Art Camp, running Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th, 2024. They’ll engage with the current exhibitions, take workshops, and meet the Indigenous artist, Mairi Brascoupé.


Buck Naked Soap Company’s 30% Off Holiday sale is valid on soaps, candles, and accessories, some of which will make your squeeze very happy on February 14.

Get 20% off everything, and an extra 20% off sale items at Katrin Leblond.


Robert Smythe in the Centretown Buzz looks at memorable Bank Street businesses that are no more: Barrymore’s Discotheque, The Rialto Theatre, Waldorf Bros. Butchers, Colonial Furniture, and Dunluce Chambers.



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