Tuesday February 27, 2024


🌧️ Light Rain
High 9° Low -2°
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❄️ Rain and Snow
High 14° Low -10°
🌞 6:43 am🌛5:47 pm



The worldwide fun run organization Parkrun has a new chapter in Stittsville.

Every Saturday at 9:00 am around the world, Parkrunners jog or walk a 5 km route at their own pace. Times are kept so participants can keep track of their progress but it is not a competition and there is no charge.

The Ottawa-Carleton Trailway Parkrun, the fifth chapter in the Capital, begins May 4th. 

The other local Parkruns are Kanata, Orléans, New York Central (relax, it's in Russell) and Moussette in Gatineau.

Register and get your barcode here

– Martha and Darren


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


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  • 143
  • – The number of photo radar and red light camera tickets issued to OC Transpo drivers in 2023. Eighty-seven tickets were for speeding, the other 56 were for running red lights. The City Solicitor says that OC Transpo drivers don‘t actually pay the tickets but it is brought up as a disciplinary issue. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Carla MacLeod
  • – The coach of the Ottawa Professional Women’s Hockey team credits Ted Lasso as one of her leadership inspirations. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Sun)


  • The city appears to rely on the National Capital Commission to build the quality public spaces residents need.

  • – Architect Toon Dreessen in the Ottawa Citizen criticizing the City’s myopic vision of the future. Some  highlights: the City reduced parking requirements for new buildings but cut transit routes and raised fares; built a $22 million cycling route but closed it for the winter; put more than half of the Ottawa libraries outside the greenbelt where less than half the population lives; planned public park renovations that don’t include washrooms; and approved a plan to rejuvenate ByWard Market but did not givie it a budget.


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Washington Capitals 6 last night


What’s going on at City Hall

Planning and Housing Committee
Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30 am

  • Zoning By-law amendment – 112 and 134 Nelson Street
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 266 Park Street
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 845 Champlain Street
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 3317 Navan Road 
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 266 and 268 Carruthers Avenue and 177 Armstrong Street
  • Motion – St Paul’s Church identification signage with message centre


📋 Agenda


💰 Lansdowne 2.0 Audit

💥 Eastway Tank Explosion

  •  The trial against Eastway Tank and its owner has been delayed. Six workers at the company were killed after an explosion two years ago. The company and its owner face three charges of not protecting the employees. The trial was to begin next Monday but lawyers agreed to ‘give away’ the dates. While the trial could be rescheduled, this could also mean either a plea deal or a dropping of charges may be in the offing. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)  

🛫 Ottawa International Airport

  •  For the first time in five years, Ottawa will have flights to St John’s. Porter announced the new daily Newfoundland route today, which will begin June 6. (Elizabeth Whitten at CBC)

🗳️ Ville de Gatineau

  •  The byelection for a new mayor will be June 9. Former mayor France Bélisle resigned last week, stating that ‘she did not want to keep participating in the current political climate and that she had received death threats’. Councillor Daniel Champagne is the acting mayor in the meantime. (CBC)

🚨 Ottawa Police Service Round-up

  •  Chief Eric Stubbs blames ‘miscommunication and misinterpretations’ but denies that some groups – like Convoy supporters shooting off fireworks two Saturdays ago – are treated more leniently than others, like Israel / Hamas war ceasefire supporters, who were ticketed for using bullhorns while marching. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)
  •  Body cameras for constables can be expected by the end of this year, or early 2025. (Ted Raymond at CTV)
  •  The new-look Ottawa Police cruisers have been shown. New for 2024 design will be dark blue with white doors. There's a photo in the link. The current design – quick, what does an Ottawa Police car look like? – is white with a thick blue stripe lengthwise beneath the door windows. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    ➕ Related A driver was arrested for impairment after he blocked the doors of the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Renfrew with his car.

📋 Federal Public Service

  •  The Public Service Alliance of Canada has filed a grievance against the Treasury Board for the botched change of health benefits administrator. The Federal civil service used to use Sun Life but changed to Canada Life, which has resulted in thousands of complaints over declined benefits or poor service. The Alliance is seeking cash for its members.
  •  The Alliance, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees are asking for more compensation over the Phoenix Pay System. While some employees have received $2,500 as compensation for inconveniences 2016 – 2020, the unions say that the problems have continued.
  •  The Black Class Action Secretariat has filed a formal complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission on behalf of Black employees of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Treasury Board has already reported that the Commission disciminated against its own Black and racialized employees.



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  • Savvy Company’s Life is a Cabernet Master Class will teach you everything you need to know about the Cabernet grape varieties and the best foods with which to pair them. You'll also taste some terrific Ontario wines. April 4 at the Savvy location in Kanata. $69 per person.

  • Helping with Furniture’s Sweet 16 Gala on April 26 is hoping to beat last year’s fundraising total ($40,000) with a fabulous dinner, auction, and entertainment. Sign up at their website to receive more information or to speak to organisers about sponsorships.


Select styles (Maria, Maggie, Perla, Sibel, Malt, and Oliver boots) are $100 off the regular price, while stocks last, at Boutique Martino. Only until March 1.


The Federal government has turned down the Taliban’s request to take control of Afghanistan’s embassy and consulates in Canada. The Taliban wrote to the Canadian government requesting permission to send new consular staff to the Argyle Ave house. The spokesman for Global Affairs said that Canada did not bother to respond. Embassy staff say they have no contact with the Taliban in Kabul and fund their operations with fees for consular services.



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