🎞️ Get ready for the International Film Festival of Ottawa, the first in-person edition since 2020.

The full schedule has been released – 37 films over 10 nights in venues across Ottawa.

Tickets are available now.

– Martha and Darren

  • There’s been an Urgent Appeal from the Parkdale Food Centre. The organization said that because 2023 government support is at risk, the Parkdale Food Centre will likely have to make “tough choices, choices that will without a doubt affect the resilient community we have worked so hard to build.” If you can, please consider donating. A generous donor has offered to double every dollar, to $50,000.
  • Ottawa’s Feline Café is sadly closing its doors. Help the owners recoup some of their costs by visiting the café’s rummage sale this Saturday and Sunday (March 4 and 5). Kitcheware, furniture, books, and other items will be on sale, and there will be a limited espresso bar menu.
  • Nita Beer has opened a kitchen at the brewery. Starting Friday (March 3) at 3:00pm, craft beer drinkers can enjoy handmade pizza on site. Nita expects to expand the menu over time. The brewery also serves free popcorn on Saturdays, to enjoy while you play a game on its Nintendo Switch. 190 Colonnade Road, Unit 17.
  • Playback has pivoted from a public restaurant to a private events space.
  • Next week, Red Apron (which is owned by five women) celebrates International Women’s Day with a menu built around meat and products from women-owned farms. Order now to experience Roast “Enright Cattle Company” Beef with House Gravy, Creamy Risotto with Organic Roots & Shoots Tetsukabuto Squash, and Brussels Sprouts with Green Beans, Peppers, and Caramelized Onions.

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  • ☁️  Mainly cloudy, 40% chance of flurries tonight. High of 1°, low of -3°. 


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  • Bulldoze all those bleak brutalist office towers and replace them with attractive mid-rise housing for families and local shops and restaurants to serve them
  • – Howard Anglin, a former lieutenant to both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta premier Jason Kenney, says his recent visit to Ottawa’s downtown was bleak and depressing and his solution is to replace it with buildings people would like to live in and work from. (The Hub)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – Detroit Red Wings 1 last night

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🚨 Police Suspensions

  • Two Gatineau police offiers who wrongfully arrested a Radio-Canada journalist in 2018 have been suspendedSergeant Mathieu La Salle Boudria and Lieutenant Paul Lafontaine were suspended for 10 days and 12 days, respectively. Reporter Antoine Trépanier, who is no longer with Radio-Canada, was investigating Yvonne Dubé, the executive director of the Outaouais chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who falsely portrayed herself as a lawyer and practised law without a license. Dubé reported Trépanier to police for criminal harassment over the story. (CBC)

🪚 Tewin Development

  • The Tewin partners have been accused of clear cutting around 70 hectares of trees. Neighbours flew a drone over the area and found the clear cutting, which has not been allowed by the City. The Tewin partners say it is a clean-up after the derecho in May however the City has issued a stop work order. (Kate Porter at CBC)

🚗 Car Committee

  • The City’s housing committee has put off an 81 unit rental project in Orléans, one third of which would be under market rate, because the committee wants more parking spaces. Neighbours had signed a petition that said the development would urbanize a quiet neighbourhood and cause additional traffic. Councillors Riley Brockington, Catherine Kitts, George Darouze, Cathy Curry, Clarke Kelly, Wilson Lo, and Laura Dudas voted to reject approving the development. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

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  • Reader Rebecca alerted us to I Forgive You, inspired and co-created by Scott Jones, who was attacked and left paralyzed in a homophobic attack outside a Nova Scotia bar in 2013. The show explores the act of forgiveness, and features a children’s choir performing music by Icelandic superstars Sigur Rós. Until March 11 in the NAC’s Azrieli Studio.
  • Doors Open for Music at Southminster presents Everything Turns, with dancer François Richard, Vincent Lauzer on recorder, and Dorothéa playing the harpsichord. 12:30pm at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St. If you can’t make it in person, the event will be livestreamed on the DOMS YouTube channel.
  • The Ottawa 67s take on the Kingston Frontenacs at TD Place Arena at 7:00pm.
  • South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma and composer Thuthuka Sibisi bring Broken Chord to the NAC. The work tells the story of South Africas first Black Choir, the African Native Choir, which toured England, the USA and Canada in the late 1800s. 7:30 pm in the Babs Asper Theatre.



  • The Ottawa International Crafts & Book Expo will allow visitors to discover new titles, meet their favorite authors, and purchase books directly from publishers and booksellers. Until the 5th at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park.
  • Two new permanent exhibitions open at the Diefenbunker. ‘An Inuit Story: The DEW Line’ uses first-hand accounts and powerful images to expose the long-lasting negative effects — from forced relocations to toxic waste — that the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line has had on Inuit communities in the Arctic. ‘Canada and the Cold War’ highlights defining moments in Canada’s Cold War history to examine how community and government responses at the time have shaped our country as we know it today.
  • Winterfest takes over the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park today through Sunday. There really is something for everyone at this event: music, speakers on all manner of topics, artisans, and more.

Just Announced

  • Robin Macdonald of Heart Land will lead a Community Vigil for the Rideau Canal Skateway, a gathering to grieve the current uncertainty surrounding first all-season closure in the waterway’s history. Tuesday March 7 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Meet at Paterson Creek Park just east of the public washroom building, Canal kilometre market 2.6 on Patterson Creek. The event is free to attend, but registration is encouraged.
  • We’re not sure if this notice is actually “Just Announced” but since the artist himself reached out we want to alert you to the Chris Crilly Trio show on Friday March 10 at Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive. The band will play Celtic music from across Crilly’s illustrious career, and it sounds like you’ll hear a story or two as well. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
  • For one night only, Ballet Edmonton will perform at the NAC’s Southam Hall, March 11. Tickets from $29.

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Betty x Bow is having its first ever warehouse sale. Save up to 75 off their classics collection. Today only, save an additional 25% on sale items using the code EXTRA25 at checkout. Everything is designed and produced in Canada.

Mad about Patchwork is offering 20% off Flatter and Soak products, when you use the code Flattery.

Save 20% when you order meals for delivery or takeout directly from Marzitelli. Use the code MARZDELIVERS at checkout.

Farm Boy has created a family style Easter dinner that will serve six to eight, and you can order it now at the Early Bird price of $179.99.


We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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