Darren is finally back in Ottawa.

While Martha was here, enduring an ice-storm and a heatwave, plus several days of no power, Darren was living the high life in Vancouver, eating sushi and, oh, playing frisbee golf, and probably wearing bike shorts to every meeting, like all West Coasters are prone to do, we understand.

Now properly in Ottawa, it‘s in bed by 10, up at 6, and lunch at your desk, right Darren?

– Martha


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  • 🌧️ Rain.  High of 9°, low of 3° 


  • $1,000,000
  • – The amount of money that Bruce McConville says he burned in 2020 to avoid giving money to his ex-wife in their divorce. The judge sentenced McConville to 30 days in jail to rethink that story. McConville held a fundraiser last Saturday at the Eastview Legion in Vanier to help pay his considerable legal bills. (Gary Dimmock in the Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Dr. Ron Weiss
  • Ottawa’s vasectomy king is cutting off a 30 year career, having worked on tens of thousands of men. (CBC)


  • We are here in Ottawa to demand a citizens’ assembly to address the desperate need for Climate Action Now
  • – ‘Ever’, a 37 year-old protestor, in a media statement after throwing pink paint on the entrance to the Prime Minister's Office Saturday. Ever was the protestor who crashed the stage topless at the Juno awards last month. ([CTV)


  • CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Halifax Wanderers last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Peterborough Petes 2 last night
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 1 – Peterborough Petes 2 last Friday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 – Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda 0 last Saturday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 – Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda 0 last Friday

📋 OC Transpo

  • OC Transpo will review all of its bus routes this spring. Part of the review is to realign routes whose usage has changed in a post-COVID-19 world but also to line up with the opening of Stage 2 of the O Train. It’s not up yet but OC Transpo will have a webpage for public commentary. (CTV)

🚨 Warrantless

  • Gatineau wants to suspend warrants that could lead to the jailing of 300 homeless persons. Twice per year, the Ville de Gatineau has applied to the Québec courts for writs of imprisonment for those who have not paid their municipal fines. Under Québec law, the court is not supposed to issue the imprisonment writs to those who are unable to pay their fines, however, it did so anyway. The City of Gatineau is now asking for the suspension of writs that itself requested, to the court that should not have issued them.  (CBC)

🔌 Electric Cars

  • One of the new City-owned electric car charging stations, the one on Lycée Place, was used only 65 times in 2022. The City installed chargers on 16 sites, with varying results. The City Hall charger was used the most at 908 times. (CBC)

🛻 Convoy Jerry Cans

  • A man charged with mischief for filling jerry cans with gas during the Convoy siege was acquitted at trial. The judge ruled the Crown failed to prove its case, citing ‘crummy’ notes and not informing the man of his rights to a lawyer by the charging police officer. The man had filled jerry cans at a Convoy street filling station and took them away in a child’s red wagon. (Gary Dimmock in the Ottawa Citizen)

🪵 Free Wood Chips

  • The City has unlimited free wood chips for your yard, while supply lasts. Bring your own container. And gloves. And shovel.

    The chips are available 24 hours per day, starting tomorrow, at:

    🪓 Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
    🪓  Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Minto sports field parking lot, between Minto field and Hamilton baseball diamond)
    🪓 Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East (southwest corner, on the fenced-in side of the property)

    And these City yards:

    🪓 2145 Roger Stevens Drive
    🪓 4244 Rideau Valley Drive
    🪓 1655 Maple Grove Road

    (City of Ottawa)

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  • There’s no cover at the House of TARG Year IX Bday Party, from 5 pm to 11 pm. Pinball, games on FREE-PLAY mode, pierogies, beer, cocktails, it’s all on the menu. There might even be cake. Make your Monday special.


  • Black Flag will play the Brass Monkey, performing the My War album in its entirety. Will you heed the call of the mosh pit? 250 Greenbank Rd.

  • In honour of National Poetry Month, author Michèle Vinet will lead a Poetry Workshop exploring the use of simple literary techniques at Ottawa Public Library (1049 Bank St).


  • World renowned cellist Bryan Cheng plays two concerts with the NAC Orchestra. The program includes pieces by Farrenc, Saint-Saëns, and Franck.
  • Six of Ottawa’s top mixologists compete for the Best Cocktail of SOPA (South of Parliament). Your ticket will give you access to all cocktails in the running, and you’ll be able to vote for the winter of the People’s Choice category.

Just announced / Now booking

  • It’s Prom night! Capital Pride invites adults of the 2SLGBTQ+ community BLOOM! to don your formal attire, and prepare to dance and romance to artists like Ottawa’s own OK Naledi.
  • Make do and mend: Bring your broken small appliance or textile to the next Ottawa Tool Library Repair Café, where one of the volunteers will show you how to fix it. Saturday May 13 from 10 am to 3 pm at La Ruelle, 15 rue Jos-Montferrand, Gatineau.
  • The Ontario Welsh Festival is back in Ottawa this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 21 - 23), after pandemic related cancellations. Visitors from across Canada and the US as well as Wales are expected. Expect Welsh cakes, film, singing, and a special tour of Ottawa. It isn’t necessary to speak or understand Welsh to enjoy the festival. Hilton Garden Inn, 361 Queen St.

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Graphic designer Michael Moir has been taking black and white photos from the archives and colourizing them. The oldest is from 1897, Moir is also the guy behind Damn Fine Prints, which specializes in making brand new vintage prints. 

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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