Tuesday, March 26, 2024


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Eleven Indigenous artists have been commissioned to create artwork for the Ādisōke, the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility.

The City has put together a short, tight video to get to know the artists: Dee Barsy, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Destiny Swiderski, Jaimie Isaac, Naomi Blondin, Verna Stevens, Emily Brascoupé, Claire Brascoupé, Mairi Brascoupé, Barry Pottle, and Katherine Takpannie. 

Watch it here.


– 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

  • Emily Nash
  • – The 18 year-old is considered to be one of the youngest, and the first Canadian, to have a rare form of supermemory. Pick a random event, she can state the date it happened; pick a date, she’ll tell you what happened that day.
  • There are three trivia nights in today's events section, don”t bother if you see Emily's name on the list. (Avis Farano at W5)


  • This call should have been the subject of some form of validation before it was acted upon

  • – Lawyer Anthony LC Mineault commenting on Ottawa Police’s explanation that a innocent Black man was chased, tasered, and beaten because of a false report. (Jackie Perez at CTV


What’s going on at City Hall

Planning and Housing Committee
Wednesday, March 27 at 9:30 am

  • Zoning by-law amendment – 1274 Marygrove Circle
  • Zoning by-law amendment – 1806 Scott Street
  • Zoning by-law amendment – 112 and 134 Nelson Street
  • Zoning by-law amendment – 617 Bank Street
  • Zoning by-law amendment – 5210 and 5220 Innes Road
  • 2023 annual report pursuant to the Building Code Act
  • City of Ottawa’s Housing Accelerator Fund use of funds and roadmap
  • Development review legacy file Official Plan amendments
  • Councillors’ item – Loss of affordable rental housing

📋 Agenda


💸 Lansdowne 2.0

  •  City staff want authority to negotiate and sign Lansdown 2.0 contracts without prior Council approval. A report going to the Finance Committee next week makes this recommendation: ‘

    4. Delegate the authority to the City Manager, in consultation with the City Solicitor and the City Treasurer, to authorize, negotiate, finalize and execute any necessary contracts, resolutions, and/or contract amendments that may be necessary to implement the recommendations in this report as adopted by Council’.  (Ottawa Bulldog) (The Report)

    Related City staff said that a pilot project of permitting alcohol in public parks for this summer won’t be possible because a review of the revelent bylaw won’t happen until later in the year.

🔥 McKeen Metro

  •  The McKeen Metro in the Glebe has reopened after a fire Sunday. The Glebe Apothecary, next door, remains closed until further notice. (William Eltherington at CTV)

🚨 Ottawa Police Department

  •  The constable found guilty of discredible conduct in an off-duty fight with teenagers will be docked 10 days' pay. Prosecutors had asked for 40 days. The presiding officer ruling of Constable Pierre Fournier were because of ‘Improperly detaining, using profane, mocking language, and allowing the escalation to physical contact is not acceptable and has indeed tarnished the reputation of the OPS’. Fournier represented himself and had asked for zero days docked pay plus an apology from the Inspector of the Professional Standards Unit, the prosecutor, and the Ottawa Police Association. (William Eltherington at CTV)

🐈 Ottawa International Airport 

  •  Athena the cat has not yet been found but volunteers have heard her respond to a male cat. The pregnant cat had escaped from a carrier in the parkade but searchers remain hopeful as they brought in a talkative male cat to whose yowls Athena was heard to respond. The kittens are due within weeks. Yesterday, we misidentified Athena as Boots. We apologize to the moggie. (Leah Larocque at CTV)

📸 Costco

  •  The Merivale Road Costco has started comparing photos with faces to cut down on card sharing. Now, when a shopper enters, they must scan their Costco card and an employee verifies that the recorded photo matches the account. The idea is to crack down on card sharing and increase the number of memberships, which starts at $60 per year. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)




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  •  Today’s your final chance to order a Meatings Easter Dinner of smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roast carrots, gravy and cranberry sauce. It’s available for 4-6 people ($185) and 8-10 people ($220).

  •  Calabogie Peaks is open daily until March 31 for Spring skiing.

  •  Fat Zines for Fat People is a workshop on zine making for folks who are (or are trying to be) body positive (or neutral!) Explore: What do these concepts mean to you? What do you do in your day-to-day life to survive a body-negative world? How do you fold a minizine? Work with visiting artist and zine lover Theo Houghtaling in this low-pressure evening of discussion and creation. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Venus Envy.

  •  A free exhibition in celebration of Ingienous Languages Day on March 31 opens today the NAC’s Canal Lobby Stage. Speaking the Inuit Way is an introduction to the intricacies of the Inuit language, both in a historical and contemporary context. Free.

  •  The ottawa sign in the ByWard Market is purple today in support of Epilepsy Awareness.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: The Queen of My Dreams, Love Lies Bleeding

  •  Mayfair Theatre: The Taste of Things, They Shot the Piano Player, Christine


  •  New Talent Showcase. Yuk Yuk’s

  •  Harry Potter trivia. Boston Pizza (Barrhaven)

  •  Life Drawing. Art House Café

  •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Trivia Night. Select Royal Oak pubs.


  •  Speaking the Inuit Way continues at the National Arts Centre. Free
  •  There’s a rare opportunity to view three works by Nederlands Dans Theatre at the National Arts Centre today and tomorrow. Arrive early tonight for a free pre-show chat with NDT’s artistic directorEmily Molnar (7:00 pm at Peter A. Herrndorf Place).
  •  Schools from across the country will compete in the semi-finals and finals of The Canadian Improv Games, tonight through Saturday at the Babs Asper Theatre in the NAC.
  •  Kanata Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs runs tonight through April 6.
  •  ByTowne Cinema: The Queen of My Dreams, Love Lies Bleeding, Tarantino’s Birthday! Switchblade Sisters with Trivia.
  •  Mayfair Theatre: They Shot the Piano Player, The Taste of Things, Riddle of Fire


  •  The Price is Right Stage Show. The Arena at TD Place

  •  Celtic Celebration featuring Bobby Watt (Ecosse). Red Bird

  •  Elisapie. National Arts Centre

  •  Small Fish - A Comedy & Variety Show with Hosts Maggie Horde & Glenys Marshall. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Jazz Nite with Crop Circle Catalysts. Bar Robo


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There are deals aplenty at The Bare Home, during the Spring Cleaning Event. Get 20% off Kits and Bundles, Refill Stations, Accessories, and everything else on the site. The sale ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST.

JB Field’s Over the Calf and Women’s Cable Knit Wool Knee High Socks are 40% off at the Great Canadian Sox Company.


The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has launched the Data Science Centre, which will combine artificial intelligence, cardiovascular data science, and machine learning. 



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