This Saturday is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day.

It’ll be a great day to go for a walk and support World of Maps*, Perfect Books*, Octopus Books*, Books on Beechwood*, Le Coin de Livre, Black Squirrel Books, Barely Bruised Book Club, Hintonburg KidsSinging Pebble*, Comet Comics, Re-Read Used Books, and The Spaniel’s Tale*.

In Gatineau, try Librairie du Soleil, Michabou Librairie bilingue, and Bouquinart Gallerie et Galerie d'Art.

Apt 613 says that those bookshops with the asterisk are taking part in a Indie Bookstore Crawl where you can collect stamps from each visit. We don't know anything about it, so blame Apt 613 for any miscommunication.

– Martha and Darren


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  • ☁️ Mainly cloudy.  High of 14°, low of 1° 


  • $2.50 for five tags
  • – What residents pay for garbage can tags in Gatineau, which must be used an all bags that contain non-recyclable material. The City of Ottawa is proposing to implement a tag system as well, the tag price is as yet unknown. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Melanie Brulée
  • The folk-roots singer-songwriter, who recorded in both English and Fench, is trying to rebuild Ottawa’s music scene as executive director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition. (Lynn Saxberg in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • I don’t know if it’s drawing any tourists out here
  • – Jamie Clarmo, owner of the Stable Restaurant near Metcalfe. His restaurant is near the wonkily positioned letters of the original OTTAWA sign off Highway 31. This original sign was replaced with a fancy, electrified, straight-lettered version on York Street in 2019. (Peter Szperling at CTV)

🪧 Federal Civil Servants Strike

Stats – Strike Edition

Weather: Chilly

Number: 65%. The per centage of the public that supports wage premiums for night shifts and overtime hours. 55 per cent support workers’ right to work from home. Only 48 per cent support a 4.5 per cent annual wage increase. (Survey by Angus Reid Institute)

Participant of the Day:  Chantel Goldsmith. The employment lawyer speaks on a podcast about how a resolution with the Public Service Alliance of Canada on remote working will affect private employees’ rights.

Quote:In a relatively tight labour market, I'd be kind of thinking about making a move’ – Kevin Page,head of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa and former parliamentary budget officer. Page believes that Civil Service workers who joined during the pandemic are at risk of being the first to be laid off if the Federal government tightens its budget.

  •  Day 9, The Alliance says it has ‘shut down’ the building at Tunney’s Pasture and conducted a march across the Portage Bridge. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

💨 Wellington Street

💸 Ottawa House Prices

  •  Ottawa house prices are set to decline, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. After 30 years of increases, higher mortage rates are pushing prices the other way. The Corporation expects an average house price to be $640,000 in 2023, down from $691,727 in 2022 and $646,139 in 2021. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

🔥 Ottawa Fire Venturers

  •  The Ottawa Fire Venturers is looking for male and female youth aged 14-18 to fight fires. Created as a partnership between Scouts Canada and the Ottawa Fire Services, the Venturers learn about firefighting and develop skills. They probably don't get sent to fight actual house fires, but we're not positive about that. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen) (Recruitment)

🛻 Convoy News

  •  A judge has ruled that convoy organizer Pat King and former Ontario MPP Randy Hillier can have fair trials in Ottawa. The two had argued that the media coverage of the Trucker Convoy would poison the jury pool and result in a biased verdict. The judge said he was bound by a previous ruling on a different Convoy organizer that determined that media coverage was national, the jury pool would be similar anywhere in Canada. (Glen McGregor at CTV)

🥤 Straw Ban

  •  The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario has banned plastic straws in its schools. Starting next autumn, the French school board will cease buying plastic straws, water bottles and other single-use plastics in a bid to reduce waste. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

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  •  Coco Vivo Ottawa, the community choir based in Orléans, sings Broadway favourites tonight at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets $40 ($30 for seniors and $25 for students). 245 Centrum Blvd, Ottawa K1E 0A1.
  •  Come out swinging (sorry) at the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s Friday Swing Dance. $10 entry fee. St. Joseph’s Parish basement, 174 Wilbrod St.
  •  There’s a $10 cover to access Fever Pitch Hot Jazz at Art House. The vibe is 1920s speakeasy, so expect ragtime and blues aplenty. 555 Somerset St. W. 


  •  The Ottawa Valley Market arrives at the Renfrew Armouries. 10 am to 3 pm. 2R5, 115 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Renfrew, ON
  •  Ottawa Mystic Market returns this Saturday and Sunday to Billings Bridge Plaza.  More than 40 vendors will be pitching up in two locations in the mall. 2269 Riverside Dr.
  •  If you want to move beyond grocery store olive oil, you need to know about Aurelius Fine Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars. On April 29th and 30th the store is releasing its flagship oil, the 2022 Early Harvest EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil), at an in person celebration. When you buy a bottle of 2022 Early Harvest, you’ll receive a complimentary 60ml of balsamic vinegar. Darren and Martha spent some time in the store last weekend, tasting several of the oils and Balsamic vinegars, and our taste buds are still talking about the experience. We’re planning a summer of salads dressed with Basil infused Olive Oil and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar (both from $8.99).

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Celebrate six brands whose goods and services are crafted in Canada: BIKO JewelryecologistMayana GenevièrePure BalanxedJaclyn Patterson, and Modern Sunday are joining forces on a massive giveaway valued at $650.

This weekend only, get sale items for an extra 20% off at Eliza Faulkner Designs. Use the code SALEONSALE to receive the discount.


Go gift shopping (for yourself or someone else) at the Chic & Basta clearance sale. Save 20% on everything with the code CHIC20.



The Diefenbunker has found their next artist-in-residence: Wind-Up Radio. Wind-Up Radio is Anisa Cameron and Sarah Blumel who ‘with the help of a Casio keyboard and the Internet, mix terrifying truths about our collective future with a really good time. Inspired by sounds, images, artifacts, and archival material from the Diefenbunker, they will produce an installation of stitched video footage and original satirical songs to envision what comes next for humanity.’

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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