🚊 NO Train: Day 0️⃣ continues

Here are today’s updates on the O Train.

  •  The Confederation Line continues to run a limited, single-carriage service on the full line.
  •  The handover of under-construction Trillium line has been delayed to the next month. The builders expected to hand over the line in October but delays in signal testing have pushed it to November. (Josh Pringle at CTV).
  •  Former transportation planner and creator of the RM Transit YouTube and Substack  Reece Martin is a guest on the the Big Story podcast on the topic ‘Why does (most of) Canada suck at building transit?’. Says Martin, ‘These are extremely complicated projects, and you want to get the details right, and when you don’t, you have an Ottawa LRT situation’. (The Big Story podcast)

💦 NO Fun: Day 1️⃣

Although tonight would have been the night to register for the City's non-aquatic programs, registration has been postponed. The brand-new registration system, which replaced the old system that could not handle more than 450 people simultaneously, broke soon after registration for aquatic programs opened on Monday night. 

While non-aquatic programmes cannot be registered, swimming activities are still available for registration.

– Martha & Darren


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  • 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 27°, low of 16°. 


  • $138,260
  • – The annual salary required to buy an average home in Ottawa in July, $134,650 in June. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

Ottawans of the Day

  • Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Sue Allan,
    Maura Forrest, Kyle Duggan, Zi-Ann Lum
  • – The five write the daily Ottawa Playbook newsletter which obsessively covers Parliament Hill. Ottawa Playbook celebrates its second anniversary today. (Today’s Newsletter)



  • FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 8 – New Jersey Jackals 14 last night

🌊 Water News

  •  The Wakefield Spring has been under a boil-water advisory since July 18. The publicly available municipal spout has provided fresh spring water to anyone with a container since the 1950s but is currently contaminated with fecal coliform. (Celeste Decaire at CBC) (Find a Spring page)
  •  Nobody really knows what to do about the sewage overflowing from the city into the Ottawa River. The Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel has worked great so far since it was built in 2020 at reducing everyday sewage but it can’t handle the storms of the future. (Elyse Skura at CBC)
  •  Flood insurance may soon be available to all Canadian property owners. Public Safety Canada is working with the Insurance Bureau of Canada on a new way to cover homes at risk of flooding that previously were uninsurable. (Anjuli Patil at CBC)

🏗️ Experimental Farm

  •  The planning and housing committee has approved two high rises that may cause shadows upon the Experimental Farm. Scientists had opposed the rezoning to approve taller building because the shadows would impact agricultural studies on the Farm. City Council will vote on it Aug 23. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

🚨 Fake Nurse

  •  The fake nurse, Brigitte Cleroux, has three new charges. Cleroux, who is serving seven years for posing as a nurse in Ottawa, is aleady awaiting trial for 17 charges in Vancouver. The three new charges are for posing as a fake nurse in Victoria. (Bethany Lindsay at CBC)

📺 Ross Video

  •  Ross Video, the company that provided the viewscreens at the last SuperBowl, is cutting nine per cent of its staffA company spokesperson says that while the company is still growing, it’s growing slower than expected, and so must reduce staff to match the anticipated growth. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

🌲 Parks Canada

  •  The Public Service Alliance of Canada has ratified its contract with Parks Canada. Workers will receive compounded wage increases of at least 12.6 per cent and protection against contracting out. The remote working language is similar to the other contracts signed with the Treasury Board, that is ‘we’ll work it out’. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

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  •  In honour of Black Cat Appreciation Day, the ottawan’s resident felines Bodie and Wiggy will take over our Instagram account. Please note, however, that neither cat is 100% black. In fact, Bodie is actually a rich dark brown colour*, and Wigmore possesses a fine black and white Tuxedo pattern. *In our defence, we adopted the cats on a dark, late February afternoon in London UK's East end, and they were living in a rooftop shelter, and in that dim light Bodie appeared black as a chimney sweep's cheeks.
  •  The Merry Dairy pops up at Morgan’s Grant from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm and at Glen Cairn in Kanata from 5:00 to 6:30.
  •  Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Music.Art.Ppl., and In the Glebe BIA present the Lansdowne Park Summer Showcase featuring DJ Furrit, DJ Pithra, Kina Ink, and Ottawa Shufflers Community. 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
  •  A Company of Fools' production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet plays parks and venues around Ottawa this summer. Tonight’s venue is at Weston Park in Alta Vista. 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.


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Pop-Up Podcasting is extending its Indy Podcaster Summer Sale. You can buy packages of five audio or video recording sessions at 25% off, and use them anytime. They won’t expire. However, you only have until September 1st to buy the discounted sessions - which can include remote consultations as well as recordings.

The Ottawa Citizen has an online-only deal right now: $40 for one year of access. And an online subscription to the Citizen also means access to every other Postmedia paper, including the National Post, Vancouver Sun, and Montréal Gazette.

Ottawa Road Trips doesn’t just have suggestions for coffee shops, they also have ideas for road trips. Within two hours of Ottawa, they suggest visiting Vankleek Hill, Ogdensburg (NY), Calabogie, Cornwall, Alexandria, Portland, Brockville, Westport, Fort Coulonge, Sharbot Lake, Eganville, Pembroke, Mont Tremblant, Alexandria Bay (NY), Petawawa, and Gananoque.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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