Wednesday June 19, 2024


🌧️ Light Rain
High 31° Low 21°
🌞 5:13 am🌛8:54 pm


☁️ Cloudy
High 29° Low19°
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Environment Canada has issued a dangerous heat warning for most of the week.


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  • We mentioned this yesterday but we’re highlighting it again: if the heat is getting to you, all Ottawa libraries and community centres have air conditioning and are welcoming to everyone who needs to cool off.

    Ottawa Public Health has also created a handy interactive Places to Cool Off map that not only shows those libraries and community centres but also beaches, splash pads, parks, and pools.

    And when is the last time you went to a cinema? Take this as your permission from the universe that you should go out and see a movie in a bone chillingly cold theatre.

New Zoning Bylaw

  • There is a virtual information session on the new housing-forward zoning bylaw tomorrow evening between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. City staff will be talking parking spaces, the difference between height and storeys, and how you can get permission for a 24 hour pass to leave your 15 minute city zone*.

    Register your seat on Zoom here. And read the City’s page on the new zoning law here.
  • – Martha and Darren

* Obviously we’re joking. There will be no 24 hour passes.**

** That’s a joke, too. Obviously.




  • 69.1
  • – The per centage of trips in Ottawa made by car in 2022, up from 68.5  in 2011. Walking is 14.2 per cent, up from 10.5; cycling is 3.9 per cent, up from 1.9. Transit plummeted from 14.2 per cent in 2011 to 8.5 per cent in 2022. (Josh Pringle at CTV

Ottawan of the Day

  • Cameron Dunkerley
  • – Dunkerley has a lot on his plate. He’s not just the goalie for the new Ottawa Black Bears National Lacrosse League team but is also the employer of 12 people through his company, Dunk Disposal, a waste management and junk removal company located in Orangeville. In his spare time, he plays goal for the Western Lacrosse League team, Victoria Shamrock.  (National Lacrosse League)


  • Cyclistes un seul fichier restez à droite

  • – A mistranslated ‘Cyclists single file keep right’ sign on a City cycle path seen by professional translator Michel Boulet. Boulet says that Ottawa must work harder to become a truly bilingual city, pointing out that on the sign in question, the French word ‘fichier’ means file in the sense of a Word document or a PDF, not "queuing up". (Michel Boulet in the Ottawa Citizen


  • FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 3 – New England Knockouts 2 last night


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What’s going on at City Hall

Joint Planning and Housing and Environment and Climate Change Committee Thursday, June 20 at 10 am

  • Infrastructure Master Plan

📋 Agenda



🔥 Fire Ban

  • To no one’s surprise, the City has instituted a ban on open air fires until further notice. This includes those who have existing fire permits. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

🏘️ Sprawl

  • Two dozen home owners in Eastboro cannot move into their new builds because of a standoff between the developer and the City. The hitch is the storm sewer – developers are normally required to pay for the bits that service a new project but can be reimbursed for anything that improves the sewer system for those outside the community. The developer says it has done $19 million of community improvements, the City says it has done $4 million. Until it is worked out, no one can move in. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Related Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard is worried that the City will be on the hook for millions on the Tewin development as the developers will only be paying for their part of the infrastructure.

♻️ Landfill

  • The Environment and Climate Change Committee has approved the solid waste master plan, which it hopes will extend the life of the Trail Waste Facility landfill to 30 years from the expected 15. The plan mostly involves diversion: recycling items, diverting food waste into compost, and reducing materials. City Council will approve or disapprove the plan next week. (Natasha O’Neill at CityNews) (The Master Plan)

⚓ Heritage Neighbourhoods

  • The Built Heritage Committee is looking into declaring three Ottawa neighbourhoods as historic. Studies will move ahead on the Golden Triangle; Dundonald Park on Somerset Street with surrounding blocks; and Bank Street  from Albert Street to Gloucester Street. After that, the committee wants studies on Beaverbook in Kanata; Macdonald Gardens in Lowertown East; Wellington Street West in Hintonburg; and Island Park Drive from the Kitchi Zibi Mikan parkway to the Central Experimental Farm. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

🏒 The Sens

  • The Ottawa Senators will play a preseason match against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the small town of Elliot Lake, midway between the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. Elliot Lake was selected as the 2024 winner of the Kraft Hockeyville pageant, which grants a $250,000 upgrade to the arena and $10,000 worth of youth hockey equipment. The game is September 29 at Centennial Arena.  (National Hockey League Player’s Association)


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The Ottawa Fringe Festival continues daily until June 23. Apt 613 has been putting in the work and has a bunch of reviews.


NOTE: We erroneously posted the first event below in Thursday night’s listings. The event takes place tonight. We apologize for the error.

  • After you’ve experienced a Fringe performance, stay put at Club SAW (2 Daly Ave K1N 6E2) for Beats & Boards, a chill evening of live music and board games.
  • Give storytelling a try in a the supportive environment of OPL’s Sunnyside branch. Storytelling Open Mic welcomes newcomers from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm at 1049 Bank St.
  • Today’s Ottawa Fringe Festival picks: How to Lose Friends & Irritate People (surrealist comedy about living on the autism spectrum), How Queer! (celebrating queer and trans bodies through the art of strip tease), The Kid Was a Spy (the true story of American physicist and Soviet spy Ted Hall).
  • ByTowne Cinema: Kidnapped (The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara), Nostalghia - Restoration, Don’t Go into the … Series: Tremors.

  • Mayfair Theatre: Evil Does Not Exist, The Great Escaper, Targets.


  • Ottawa Jazz Festival Presents Homegrown ft. Atlantis Jazz Ensemble. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  • The Burning Tree. LIVE on Elgin

  • Dali Van Gogh, Scarecrowz, Valvehead, Baby Richman. House of TARG


  • 🆓 Croon your fave torch song or belt out the hits like the superstar you are, at the Ottawa Fringe Festival edition of Drag Karaoke with China Doll. Club SAW (67 Nicholas St) from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • Today’s Songs from the Shed line-up: ChristJay, Zaynab Wilson. Noon to 1:30 pm on Sparks St between Bank St and O’Connor.
  • Today’s Fringe Festival picks: 1-Man No-Show is award-winning Canadian comedian Isaac Kessler’s new show that combines Aestheticism with Athleticism to answer the question ‘What is Theatre?’, 666! Explores the Santanic Panic, that weird episode a few decades back when thousands of people were accused of performing satanic rites, Almost 13 is a true coming of age story about a young girl growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1960s.

  • Road Trip: Stroll one of the prettiest streets in town at the Almonte Summer Night Market. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm starting at 60 Mill St. Mississippi Mills (Almonte), ON K0A.

  • Ring in the longest day of the year with a stroll among the vendors at Adaawewigamig’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Night Market. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at ByWard Market Square (55 ByWard Market.)

  • Urban Art Collective’s Hintonburg Night Market brings its expertly curated mob of artists, makers, food vendors and entertainers to the parking lot at 1088 Somerset St. W from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

  • ByTowne Cinema: Kidnapped (The Abduction of Edgardo mortar), Midsommar - Summer Solstice Celebration!

  • Mayfair Theatre: The Great Escaper, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome


  • Sunrise: 20 Years of Nostalgia (late night 9:00 pm to 3:00 am) Mavericks

  • Irene’s Thursday Blues Session with Guest Host John Yemensky

  • 🌈 Pride Party! Feura’s Feelin’ Faggy Tour with guests Fern Sully and Lucid Fog Disorder. Rainbow Bistro

  • Daniel Lew Destiny Tour with Wild Remedy. Avant-Garde Bar


  • It’s Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival weekend, with races to watch (125 teams are competing this year), free concerts to attend, and food and drink to purchase from vendors like BeaverTails and Tropic Love. Mooney’s Bay Beach 2960 Riverside Drive.
  • The second ‘Una Bulla! A Cuban Salsa Extravaganza’ is three days of salsa workshops, performances, and partying. Tickets from $22.63.
  • Mādahòkì Farm transforms into the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival today through Sunday. This is a chance to learn about Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures while having an amazing time with the entire family. 4420 West hunt Club Road K2R 1H4.
  • The Fiddles on the Rideau Festival is a weekend of performances and workshops that support the Youth of Manotick Association. Experience the performances in Manotick United Church and, on Sunday afternoon, in a flotilla on the Rideau.

  • 🌈 Drink great beer and meet people at the Queers & Beers Capital Pride Run Edition. From 6:00 pm at Lowertown Brewery (73 York St. K1N 5T2). Cover charge $6, part of which will support the fundraising work of the National Capital Pride Run in August.

  • Humanist Ottawa welcomes the Summer Solstice with a dip in the Ottawa River. 6:00 pm at the NCC River House, 501 Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier Pkwy

  • 🆓 How long has it been since you watched Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you’re due for a screening, make your way to the Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel parking lot at 75 Nicholas St at dusk (around 8:30 pm). Presented by Ottawa Fringe Festival and Capital Pop-Up Cinema. Costumes are encouraged but please leave the toast and other throw-ables at home.

  • Today’s Ottawa Fringe Festival picks: Drinking with Plants (an existential crisis with plants), Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience (unpredictable and hilarious improv), Adonis and the Gods at War (retelling of the myth of Adonis and Aphrodite).


  • $2 Bill live at Avant-Garde bar.

  • Passenger Princess. Dominon Tavern

  • Oceans and Time. National Arts Centre

  • Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot. National Arts Centre

  • Nick Adema. Bar Robo

  • The Dalton Hoolloway Revue with Leah Mac. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  • IVYTIDE and Anna Justen. Rainbow BIstro

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Need new swimwear? There are some extraordinary deals to be had in the SHAN sale, with savings of up to 70%. Even better: all pieces are designed and manufactured in Canada.

Early Bird prices to Calabogie Peaks will be gone in 11 days.


We had no idea before reading this that we’d be interested in Lady’s Slipper orchids but right now, this week, is the perfect time to view them at the Purdon Conservation Area near Perth. The conservation area has 6,000 to 7,000 Lady's Slipper orchids as the ground there just happens to be perfect for them. Viewers get to the orchids by boardwalk.

Purdon Conservation Area has an OrchidWatch dashboard here.



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