Tuesday, January 23 2024


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The City is asking for your opinion on a new idling bylaw.

No, not idle like Darren, but vehicles. The current law bans idling more than three minutes per hour when the temperature is between 5° and 27°. (The idea being, it's so cold you need the heat on or so hot, you need the air conditioner. There is no limit outside those temperatures.)

The City wants to bring it down to one minute per hour and has set up a survey for your opinion.

– Martha and Darren


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


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Ottawan of the Day

  • Clément Bataille
  • –  The University of Ottawa researcher is working with an international team to examine a metre-long tusk belonging to a female mammoth named Élmayųujey’eh in Alaska. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • It really grinds my gears that organized crime has found this loophole to take advantage of jurisdictional boundaries to make a lucrative game of this.

  • – Barrhaven West ward councillor David Hill describing stealing cars from Ottawa, loading them onto a boat, and selling them outside of Canada as a ‘loophole’ in the law. Ottawa Police Service says 1,854 vehicles were stolen in 2023, with about half of them recovered. (Elyse Skura at CBC)



What’s going on at City Hall

City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 1:00 PM

  • 12.1 Application to alter 359 Kent Street, 436 and 444 MacLaren Street, properties designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • 12.5 Designation of Bible House at 315 Lisgar Street under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 12.6 Designation of Southminster United Church at 1040 Bank Street under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 12.7 Designation of former W.C. Edwards and Company building, 290 City Centre Avenue, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 12.8 Designation of the Westboro Masonic Temple at 430 Churchill Avenue North under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 13.1 Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment – 359 Kent Street, 436 and 444 MacLaren Street
  • 14.1 Motion - Memorandum of Understanding with Katasa Group. $100,000 for the Ward 17 traffic calming budget; and, $200,000 for affordable housing
  • 14.2 Zoning By-law Amendment – 1592 Tenth Line Road
  • 14.3 Zoning By-Law Amendment – 225 Cope Drive and 166 Shelleright Street
  • 14.4 Zoning By-Law Amendment - 3750 North Bowesville Road
  • 14.5 Waiver of Demolition Control – 185 Montreal Road
  • 14.6 Application to alter 29 Russell Avenue
  • 15.1.1 Zoning By-law Amendment – Part of 2666 Tenth Line Road
  • 15.1.2 Zoning By-law Amendment – 29 Russell Avenue
  • 15.2 City Clerk – Summary of Oral and Written Public Submissions
  • 18.1 Ottawa International Airport Authority Tree Planting

📋 Agenda


🛻 Convoy News

  •  The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that invoking the Emergency Act over the Convoy infringed on protesters' Charter rights’. The lawsuit was brought against the Federal Government by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and two people whose bank accounts were frozen. The judge ruled that the situation did not meet the definition of a threat to the security of Canada by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and that the government infringed upon the protestors' freedom of expression. The Federal Government has said that it will appeal. (Catharine Tunney at CBC)

🚨 Ottawa Police Service

  • Salim Fakirani is the new Ottawa Police Services Board chair. Fakirani, who is a provincial appointee to the Board, had already been the acting chair after the resignation of Dr Gail Beck. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



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  •  Ottawa Chamberfest and the uOttawa School of Music present Œuvres novelles 2024: Works by Emerging Composers. New String Quartets by six young composers will be performed by four musicians, and the concert is free (although registration is a must).

  •  Gloria, the B-movie that won Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion as well as an Academy Award Nomination for star Gena Rowlands, plays the Mayfair Theatre as part of the John Cassavetes Film Fest.

  •  Join the Ottawa chapter of Women and Climate for dinner and to chat with others interested in climate issues. There is no cost to attend but you’ll pay for your own food and drinks. Pure Kitchen Elgin 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

  •  The Workspace Safety 201 workshop from Ottawa Tool Library will leave you feeling confident when using the library’s router, planer, jointer, and table saw. 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at 877A Boyd Ave. $120.65 per person.


  •  Drum Tao. NAC Southam Hall
  •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant
  •  Karaoke Tuesday. Sonny’s Bar & Grill
  •  Open Mic. The Laff

  •  Trivia Tuesday. Glebe Central Pub


  •  Give your vague business idea a reality check at the Validating Your Business Idea session. Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards, 7 Bayview Station Road. 10:30 am 12:00 pm

  •  Take a break with Matinée Café: The Moss Trio featuring members of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra at 2:00 pm, and enjoy coffee and treats after the music ends. $20 per person, Theatre Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre, Orléans.

  •  The hits are delivered by the Liesto String Quartet at Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen, Knox Presbyterian Church.

  •  Meet artist Fern Burntwood at the Vernissage of his show Patterns of Behaviour at Irene’s Pub Restaurant. Yellow Jacket Avenger and Matt Gagnon will support.

  •  The Ottawa Network is meeting at the Prescott for another round of A TON of Demos. Listen as innovators and entrepreneurs pitch the group, then network and enjoy the Prescott’s menu of food and drinks (pay for the latter separately).

  •  Get creative with Ottawa Tool Library's Make a Leather Credit Card Holder workshop.


  •  Rare Groove Wednesdays. Atomic Rooster

  •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing Company

  •  Oyster Wednesday. Orléans Brewing

  •  The Low Profiles. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •   The John Carroll Show. The Laff


  •   Amber Lounge and Eatery’s Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting and Dinner includes a four course meal, poetry, and music.

  •  Another Robert Burns celebration: dig into traditional Neeps ’n’ Tatties at the All Things Scottish events at the Kent St, Centrepointe, and Hunt Club Royal Oak pubs.

  •  The Greely Winter Carnival (January 25-28) kicks off with an evening of Square Dancing.

  •  Spark Beer takes you behind the curtain to learn about the brewing process in the Spark Beer Sippin’ Sessions. Learn what goes into making Spark Beer’s superb sours with five samples and one full pour. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 702 Somerset St. W.

  •  Carleton University’s Author Meets Readers series features Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities by Carleton University School of Journalism Professor and CBC radio host Duncan McCue.


  •  Release the Bats! Goth night. Cafe Dekcuf

  •  The Broken Bridges. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Karaoke. Atomic Rooster

Just Announced



Mallorytown Ontario’s Ar Brū Brewing is offering a deal on their dome experience. Bring your group of up to five friends for a wood fired pizza and beer in a private dome. Save 25% with the code DOME25.

Wallpapers and wall stickers are 20% off until January 26 at Station D. All items are produced in Quebec.

Get discounts all year long on new brews, Taproom pours, cans to go, merch, and more with the Orléans Brewing 2024 OBC Club Membership. It’s on sale for $150 (down from $165).




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