Ottawa finally has a response to three of its police officers running a tow truck kickback scam on its residents: Just say no.

The City’s advice to residents:

  • Do not accept services from a tow truck you did not call for.
  • It is illegal to solicit tow services on the roadway, which means a tow truck operator approaching you to offer their service without you first calling that company.
  • Tow truck drivers are prohibited from parking, stopping, or soliciting within 100 metres of a collision, unless they are there at your request or that of a police officer, a by-law enforcement officer, or a highway maintenance person.
  • Licensed tows have a yellow license plate with a purple sticker that reads ‘Ottawa 2024’

‘Don’t be shy to ask for their City of Ottawa license and the pricing (you can take a photo with your phone)’ says the City in a statement. 

– Martha and Darren


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  • ☁️ Mostly cloudy but expect sun all weekend. High of 25°, low of 9° 


  • $1,000
  • – How much less Ottawa car owners pay for insurance compared to Toronto-area motorists. Ottawa ranks 52 out of 62 municipalities in insurance prices, with an average of $1,321 per year. Cloyne,180 km west of Ottawa, has the cheapest average rates at $546 per year. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (Searchable Database

National Capital Commissionite of the Day

  • Maryse Gaudreault
  • – The former Member of the Québec National Assembly is the new chair of the National Capital Commission. She will serve for a four year term. (Ted Raymond at CTV)


  • What could have happened on any other night if it was just a few minutes this way or that way or the vehicle had slightly veered into the other room
  • – Stittsville resident Rebecca Liu after a teenage driver in a stolen SUV sped into her house. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)

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  •  The Ottawa Carleton District School Board will now allow parents to wear uniforms while visiting schools. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce wrote to school boards informing them that all parnets in uniform are welcome at school events. The Board had previously barred a parent from visiting his child’s school in uniform. (Joanne Laucius at Ottawa Citizen)

⚕️ Fake Nurse News

  •  Fake nurse Brigitte Cleroux has been arrested yet again, this time for BC fakeries. Cleroux is facing charges of impersonation and fraud over $5,000. So far, she has 67 convictions, is awaiting trial for 17 charges, and is currently serving seven years for posing as a nurse in Ottawa. (Bethany Lindsay at CBC)

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  •  The Sandy Hill EcoFair features over 20 exhibitors plus a guided bird walk. Strathcona Park,  25 Range Rd., K1N 8J3 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  •  Roam Flora is offering a pick your own specialty tulips experience this Saturday and Sunday. $30 per person. 107 Mantil Side Road, off of Upper Dwyer Hill Road
  •  The Freewheeling Craft Tulip Fest Market arrives in Canadian Tulip Festival territory this weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm). Start with a wander through Commissioner’s Park to experience the tulip displays, then head to the Preston Street public space to engage in some retail therapy and dining at the local restos.
  •  SOPA’s Great Downtown Scavenger Hunt will take you through historical landmarks and local businesses, all in a bid to win great prizes. From $17.31.
  •  Good 2 Go plays the Atomic Rooster.
  •  Mamma Mia It's a Craft Market by Square Lemon. At Glebe Community Centre. 10:30am to 3:00pm. Free admission, free workshop, and more than 40 local vendors.
  •  Ottawa Grace Manor, a Salvation Army facility that provides housing, food, and services to its residents, is holding a fundraising rummage sale on Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 1156 Wellington St.
  •  Bradley Estates Community Association in Orléans is holding a massive, six-neighbourhood-wide Garage Sale from 8:00am to 2:00pm.



Just Announced / Now Booking

  •   Dominion City is now taking bookings for the next Beer School Guided Tasting on Thursday May 25. The $42 tickets include a flight of beer, a 5oz pour of barrel-aged beer, a snack, a brewery tour and background material.15-5510 Canotek Rd.
  •  Single tickets are now on sale for the GCTC 2023-24 Season.

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Saskatoon’s Charleston & Harlow are offering a 30% discount on orders over $75. Even better: you won’t spend a penny on shipping when you purchase $125 or more of the cool candles, bath and body, and self care products.

Pokoloko is holding a flash sale this weekend. Buy one mix and match towel, and get the second at 50% off. There’s no code; the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.


Just because Ottawa is appointing a Night Mayor doesn’t mean all the fun is here. The 2022 Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards recognizes six reasons to head out up the ValleyOh-el-la Café (Calabogie), Rio Tap & Grill – Rooftop Patio (Eganville), Somewhere Inn (Calabogie), Pembroke Multicultural Festival (July 14 - 15), Madawaska Kanu Centre (Barry’s Bay), and Teresa Hebb of the Renfrew County ATV Club

We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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