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If you didn’t get involved in the City’s budget process, why didn’t you? Is it deathly boring? Deliberately confusing? Rigged to prioritize line items that the City wants over what the public needs? The City has opened a survey on how it develops the budget. You have until May 24 to answer.

Over at OC Transpo, the transit department has two surveys: one about your experiences on buses, the other on your experiences on the O Train.

Of course they missed one: there is no survey about ParaTranspo.

The Ottawa Transit Riders noticed that discrepancy and have launched a ParaTranspo survey of their own. It was probably just an oversight. 


On Friday we wrote about the Ottawa professor who has been convicted in absentia in Paris for the 1980 bombing of a synagogue. Hassan Diab taught at Carleton University, not University of Ottawa as we wrote.

The 69 year-old, who has already been extradited from Canada previously before returning due to lack of evidence, is worried that Canada may extradite him once again.

– Martha and Darren


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  • 🌧️ A few showers.  High of 12°, low of 3° 


  • 135
  • – The number of mail-in ballots that were rejected from the most recent civic election, all for not filling out the forms correctly. Over 10,000 mail-in ballots were sent out. The last election also cost $1.1 million less than budgeted. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

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  • Leah West
  • The former armoured officer in the Canadian military, and current assistant professor of international affairs at Carleton University, has been hired by now-Ottawa-owned Pornhub as a member of its new advisory board. (Mark Gollom at CBC)


  • There is a need for greater consultations and interactions with non-Taliban political forces, civil society activists, women’s rights activists
  • – Hassan Soroosh, the Afghanistan ambassador to Canada, who continues to provide consular services despite being left in limbo after the Taliban takeover of his country. Without funding from Kabul, the embassy has shrunk staff by 50 per cent and expenses by 65 per cent. (Jacob Judah in Foreign Policy)


  • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 - Winnipeg Valour 1 last Saturday

🪧 Federal Civil Servants Strike

Today the strike continues into its second week.

  •  One of the biggest sticking points is over working from home and who sets the rules. The Treasury Board wants managers to make those decisions, without specific text in the contract. The Public Service Alliance wants the whens and wheres specified in the contract. (CBC)
  •  Alliance president Chris Aylward says that picketing will move to locations that will cause more economic pain to help focus the minds of  the Treasury Board. (Dylan C. Robertson in the Ottawa Citizen)
  •  Aylward would also like the Prime Minister to give his opinion.
  •  The bargaining group of Canada Border Services Agency employees is to show support of Alliance members. The 8,600 Border Service employees are not currently on strike but were set to start negotiations this week. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)
  •  Of the 120,000 Federal civil servants on strike, only 42,421 voted in the strike ballot. Of those that did vote, 80 per cent were in favour of striking. (Christopher Nardi in the National Post)

🎼 Night Mayor

  • The City is considering creating a position of Night Mayor, who would advocate for a vibrant nightlife. The proposed new Ottawa Nightlife Economy Action Plan included the Night Mayor as well as a 1,500 - 2,000 seat venue, to help create life between 6:00pm and 6:00am that focuses beyond bars and restaurants. London, New York, Washington, Amsterdam, and Prague are all cities with Night Mayors. The finance and corporate services committee consider the full plan on May 2. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

🌊 Ottawa River Rising

  •  The Ottawa River levels remained stable as predicted rain showers did not happen over the weekend. The water level yesterday was one centimetre lower than Friday. (Jake Davies at West Carleton Online)

🐦 For the Birds

👑 Coronation Plans

  •  King Charles’ coronation on May 6 will be commerated at 144 Wellington Street, once known as the Sir John A MacDonald building. The 10:00am event will include performances by Algonquin group Eagle River Singers, slam poet Sabrina Benaim, singer–songwriter Florence K, the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and traditional music group Inn Echo. The event will end with a 21 gun salute on Parliament Hill. (Jennifer Ferreira at CTV)

💸 Speeding Tickets

  • The City is considering building a local centre to handle photo speeding tickets. Currently, Ottawa sends its photos to the City of Toronto which views them and issues tickets on contract. However, the CIty complains that Toronto is slow, and completes only two-thirds of the tickets within the 23 day window. The new centre would cost $2.3 million and require 30 staff but the CIty believes it would increase revenue 300 per cent. (CBC)

🔥 Fire ban ended

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  •  Maker Feed’s Gin Tasting Night will pair five different gins with Chef Michel Gaumond’s food treats. 6:00pm at 2607 Old Montreal Rd, Cumberland, ON. $129.99 per person.
  •  There are still some tickets available for Anna’s Playlist by the NAC Orchestra. In a new tradition, once per year the orchestra plays a concert curated by one of the musicians. Tonight’s program, which is from second oboe / English horn Anna Petersen, includes works by Ravel, Barber, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Dukas, and Krommer.

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  •  Hammond Hill’s Summer Bash 2023 on June 3 is bringing wrestling to the venue, plus live music, kids’ activities, fresh craft beer from Broken Stick, wine tasting, Forest Bingo (sounds intriguing), and camping in yurts, cabins, or jupesSummer Bash tickets $22.63; camping costs extra.

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Pure Balanxed is ending its loungewear collections with a two for one sale. Buy either an Organic Crewneck or Organic Shorts and get the second free.

The sun’s got to come back out sometime. Be ready with Calabogie Brewing’s Sunshine Pack. Get 15% off the pack, which includes 12 each of Summer Jam Radler and Uncharted: Cerveza, until Friday April 28.

Naughty Florals is having a birthday sale. Save 25% on everything in the shop, today and tomorrow only.

For 24 hours only, save 15% on sale section items at Rightful Owner. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Elva’s All Naturals of Milton is offering 15% off site wide when you use the code EARTH. Offer valid until April 30.


Local photographer Camille West has a very specific clientele for her studio work: dogs. She has many more on her Instgram.

We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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