Wednesday, 13 September 2023


🌦️ 30% chance of showers
High 21° Low 9°
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  • The City has finally dreamt up some rules for Little Libraries and gardens on the City’s right of way. The City had been opposed to allowing this for a long time but pesky residents, eh? They just keep trying to improving streets on their own.
  • 1. Provincial law says you must contact Ontario One Call before digging.
  • 2. You need to send a letter telling the City of your Little Library. You don’t need to send a letter for a garden.
  • 3. A library box storage area must be between 0.9 metres and 1.10 metres in height. A garden has a maximum growing height of 1 metre for non-corner lots, and 0.75 metres for corner lots.
  • 4. No gardening in ditches.
  • You can find all the Little Library rules here, and Garden rules here

  • Correction
  • For some unfathonable reason, we Darren wrote yesterday that the Sept 2 wedding shooting that killed two men and injured six others was in Orléans. It occured in the Uplands area. We apologize for the error. Many, many people wrote to us about this.
  • – Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  Food + Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • 30 per cent
  • – The number of planned residential building permits that Ottawa was supposed to issue in 2023 that have actually been delivered. Ottawa pledged 15,100 residential building permits, it managed to squeeze out 4,514 between January and June. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Dan Rubenstein
  • – Rubenstein has spent his time from June stand-up-paddleboarding from Ottawa to Montréal, New York City, Toronto and back again via Ottawa River, St. Lawrence River, Richelieu River, Lake Champlain, Champlain Canal, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Rideau River. (The Weather Network)


  • Our government urges the board to focus on the academic achievement of students and get back to basics
  • – Education Minister Stephen Lecce urges the Ottawa Carleton District School Board to focus on ‘readin’, ‘writin’ and ‘’rythmatic’ in response to the Board being in turmoil after trustees accused each other of lack of respect. (Ted Raymond at CTV



Transit Commission
Thursday, September 14, 2023  9:30 AM

  • Fraud and Waste Hotline complaints alleging Highway Traffic Act and standard operating procedures non-compliance by OC Transpo operators

  • OC Transpo Update – Rail, Bus, and Para Transpo

  • 2023 Transit Operating and Capital Budget Q2 Status Report

  • On-Demand Transit Service – Demonstration Pilot Project and Analysis of Future Expansion

  • Capital Adjustment for the Purchase of Additional Minibuses

  • Potential Subscription-type Discount for Hybrid Workers

📋 Agenda


🚨 Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre

  •  The Children’s Aid Society has been called in over allegations of sexual abuse at the Dr. Ernest Couture Child Care Centre. The daycare is operated by the City. The employee concerned has been suspended and a serious occurrence report filed with the ministry of education. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

💸 Lansdowne 2.0

  •  We wrote previously of prominent people who wrote a letter to City Council asking for transparency over Lansdowne 2.0. They have written a second letter. The letter notes that the City will consider the proposal on October 18, with supporting information given by Oct 8. The group says that is not nearly enough time to go through the finances and brings up the spectre of how the O Train was railroaded – eh? eh? – through. (Glebe Community Association)

🥫 Architecture

  •  The Ferndale Flightdeck. This is a little unclassifiable for us. Some bird watchers hired some architects to build a house that looks unusual and has spectacular views. That’s it. Pictures! (E-Architect)

🌳 Food Prices

  •  CTV has gone out and taken pictures of grocery prices at Ottawa Loblaws and the same item at an Ottawa Dollarama. On the surface, it seems like a bit of a silly idea. Dollarama is cheaper than Loblaws? Stop the presses! But when the same Kraft Dinner for $1.50 at Dollarama is $3.50 at Lobbies, Italpasta spaghetti is $4.49 at Loblaws but only $1 at Dollarama, and Life cereal is $5.49 at Loblaws and $3.50 at Dollarama, questions start forming. (CTV)

🛻 Convoy on Trial

Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.



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  •  Head to The Log Farm Wednesdays through Sundays until October 29 for Fall Fun. We’re talking wagon rides, getting up close and personal with farm animals, wandering through the corn maze, and spotting scarecrow (apparently they appear in unusual places). For kids of all ages. $12.50 per person (the under 1s are free). 670 Cedarview Road.
  •  Harvest: A Feast of Fall returns with an evening of food by award-winning chefs. This evening's event, which supports Youturn Youth Support Services, features the Butcher’s Ball, will team chefs with local butchers (with support from local farmers), to serve food and drink selections celebrating the bounty of the season. From 6:00 pm at allsaints Event Space / Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Ave.
  •  Zones Théâtrales continues.
  •  Cock Show ’23 (the annual art show celebrating roosters) continues at Atomic Rooster until September 30. 

  •  Iggy Pop headlines City Folk Festival, with Busty & the Bass and NOBRO. The Great Lawn, Lansdowne Park.
  •  The Penske File, MakeWar, Positive Charge. Dominion Tavern
  •  Doors Open for Music: Simon Kempston Ottawa Debut. Southminster United Church
  •  Sarah Church. Live! on Elgin
  •  Jazz Nite with Michel Delage. Queen St. Fare
  •  Open Mic Night. The Brass Monkey
  •  Eamanuel Ax. National Arts Centre
  •  Motherf*ckers, B.A.L.M. Squad, Banezean, ForX. House of TARG
  •  Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird Live
  •  The Bright Light Social Hour, Choses Sauvages. Mavericks
  •  Julie Doiron, Arielle Soucy. Minotaure, Gatineau
  •  JOLY, Céleste Lévis. AKOUSTIK @ St. Charles (Outdoors)
  •  The Bright Light Social Hour. The 27 Club Ottawa 


    CPL Atlético Ottawa play host to Pacific FC at TD Place Stadium



Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Exclusive volunteer opportunity: Spend the morning of September 16 cleaning up Kettle Island. Join Ottawa RIverkeeper and Nature Conservancy of Canada in cleaning up this important area of biodiversity in the Ottawa area. The island is only accessible by boat, there are no toilets, and ticks and poison ivy are present. If you’re still game, sign up to help 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday.
  •  The ByTowne Cinema is screening Cat Video Fest 2023 not once but three times this weekend. It’s exactly what you think it is: a compilation of the latest and greatest cat videos. If you need an excuse to go, a portion of the proceeds support local cats in need.
  •  Beetbox Farm Music Festival is back after a successful launch in 2022. On Saturday September 23, from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, gather on the farm for blues, rock, and funk. Enjoy drinks by Kichesippi Beer Company, Jabulani Wines, and Dunrobin Distillery, and food by vendors who will ensure no one goes hungry. 230 Davidson’s Side Road, Nepean.
  •  Early Bird tickets are available until September 30 for Black Tie Bingo, the glam evening of games and prizes on November 4 that raises funds for the Bruyère and OutCare Foundations. Top prize is a luxury one week trip to the Bahamas.


Bikinis and clothing are 30% off at June Swimwear until Friday at 11:59 pm. Use the code SALE30.

A big one for Ottawa’s fashion people: the Big Basement Sale from Thursday September 14 to Saturday September 16 is actually stock from the Twiss & Weber basement, as well as items from Stephanie Davis. Everything is final sale. RSVP Stephanie Davis to get the details.


Dave Allston in the Kitchissippi Times has the story on how the National Capital Commission and the City reclaimed acres of land on the waterfront from downtown to Mechanicsville by filling the river with garbage.


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