• 🍺 Sorry folks, due to circumstances beyond our control we won’t be offering a ticket giveaway to the Nita Beer Oktoberfest on September 23. It looks like an amazing event, so be sure to get your tickets before it sells out.
  • 📨 Reader Mailbag

    Readers had a few comments about yesterday’s 

    ▪️ Reader Guillaume G. notes that while the Alexandra Bridge will be closed to motorists October 2 until Autumn 2024, pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use it.

    ▪️ Reader Peter J. cannot believe we called the Alexandra Ottawa’s most beautiful bridge when the Vimy Memorial Bridge over the Rideau River exists.
  • (Photos: Alexandra first, Vimy Memorial second)

▪️ On the item that said the Ottawa River is the deepest river in Canada, reader Alison G. asks ‘Which part of the river is the deepest?’

The deepest part is at 318 feet, between Hawkesbury and the Carillion Hydroelectric Facility, at Greece’s Point, QC.

▪️ Reader Anne J. emailed us this snippet from the Ottawa School of Art homepage in reference to Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour: 

In 1882, celebrity Oscar Wilde visited Ottawa where he met the Director of the newly established Ottawa Art School, a talented painter and individual of remarked beauty, Frances Richards. According to author Sandra Gwyn in her book The Private Capital, Wilde was smitten with Frances and urged her to visit him in England, which she did a year later. In 1887, around Christmas, she painted his portrait and according to London art critic, Christopher Millard, this was the inspiration for Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. When the sitting was over and Mr. Wilde had looked at the portrait, it occurred to him that a thing of Beauty, when it takes the form of a middle-aged gentleman, is unhappily not a joy forever, Millard wrote in 1890. What a tragic thing it is, he exclaimed This portrait will never grow older, and I shall. Sadly, this portrait has long since disappeared.

  • 🛠️ Labour Day

    Monday is Labour Day so we’ll be skipping performing any. We’ll see you Tuesday.
  • – Martha & Darren


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  • 200
  • – The number of AirBnBs in Ottawa offering stays longer than one month. Stays longer than 30 days are exempt from Ottawa’s short term stay bylaws. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV)

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  • Mike Hirshfeld
  • – The executive director of the NHL Coaches Association and former corporate lawyer has been appointed as the new general manager of Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team, the mighty {Insert Name Heres}, who begin play in 2024 at TD Place Arena. (Brad T in the Silver Sevens)


  • These games of whack-a-mole aren't working
  • – Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Stéphanie Plante on the closing of Sandy Hill Child Care, which was operating in the basement of St. Paul's Eastern United Church on Cumberland Street. Plante says solutions for homelessness, drug use, and violence in the area must be found not managed. The Child Care has closed because the staff consider the location unsafe. (Sam Connert at CBC


  • FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 1 – Trois-Rivieres Aigles 6 last night

🐀 24 Sussex Drive

  •  A non-profit group says 24 Sussex Drive can and should be saved as the official residence for the Prime Minister. Historic Ottawa Development Inc., which includes architects, conservationists and project managers, says the state of decay is exaggerated and the building is of heritage value. In particular, they note:

    - ‘It shouldn't take millions of dollars to clear out dead rats and squirrels in the walls’

    - Removing asbestos and replacing outdated electric systems is already under way

    - In a Westminster system of parliamentary democracy, official hosting duties should be held by the King’s representative at Rideau Hall anyway. Britain’s Prime Minister holds official galas at Buckingham Palace, not the 10 Downing Street terrace house.

    - It should cost much less than the National Capital Commission’s stated price tag of $36 million to renovate 24 Sussex into a family home. 

    (John Paul Tasker at CBC

⌨️ Public Service Roundup

  •  Many Federal public employees are still missing out on extended insurance benefits. The Federal government changed extended insurance for 1.5 million employees to Canada Life Assurance Company from Sun Life Financial in July. Public employees are complaining that claims are unpaid and calls centres are overwhelmed. (Annie Bergeron-Oliver at CTV
  •  Over 4.3 million hours of time off has been granted to employees as compensation for Phoenix Pay System screw ups. According to a 2019 agreement, employees could claim up to five days of paid leave. (Sam Konnert at CBC)
  •  One hundred and twenty Canada Revenue employees are no longer employed after claiming CERB payments. Canada Revenue employees were not disqualifed from the COVID-19 employment benefit but the 120 did not meet the qualifications. (Daniel Leblanc and Peter Zimonjic at CBC)

🎥  Lansdowne 2.0

  •  The Lansdowne 2.0 virtual public engagement meeting will happen next Wednesday at 6:00 pm. If you want to take part, you'll need to register.

    While we were Googling to find out some information about the meeting, we came across this: a 3D model of what the development will look like. If you click on the link, it will automatically download the video which you can then watch. We don't see any other context about it. Click to download the 3D model.

    Lansdowne 2.0 is a proposal by Ottawa Sports and Entertainment to have the City co-finance ‘new South Stadium Stands, new mixed-use retail and reimagined public realm spaces and subterranean parking’ for them.

🛒 Shopify

  •  Shopify has made a deal with Amazon for its shopping cart to be used with Amazon’s independent sellers. Local mom-and-pop business Shopify had appeared to be planning to compete with Amazon for the heart of independent sellers, who use Shopify or Amazon to handle the shopping cart part of their website businesses. But now that Shopify had left the delivering merchandise business, Amazon is starting to let Shopify customers use that software to manage their Amazon account as well. Long story short, this will probably result in more customers for Shopify. (Tara Deschamps in The Canadian Press)

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Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Tuesdays in September are looking good. Afterlight (129 Bank St) is hosting a weekly “Bring Your Own Vinyl” night and will spin the tunes from your fave records from the bar. Just bring your records to the venue and help to curate the vibe.
  •  ByWard Barket will return on Sunday October 1 for a full day of doggie-friendly programming and vendors.
  •  Beyond the Pale’s got two cool events coming up: First, BTP’s Chicken Wing Eating Contest on Sunday September 10 is timed to coincide with the opening of the NFL season. You’ll pay $39 + tax to participate, and veggie and vegan options are available. There’s a chance to win a $500 gift card.
  •  Next up, the Beyond the Pale Bike Ride fundraiser for Ausome Ottawa, the charity that provides supported and cost free sports programs for children and youth with autism, on Sunday October 1. The ride will take you from BTP’s headquarters at City Centre, to Stittsville, and back again for a much deserved pint. Participants will receive the most gorgeous cycling jersey (we’ve seen the photos - it’s seriously rad)
  •  Single tickets for Ottawa 67s OHL games are available starting at $25.

Reader Alana H told us about the closing of Great Escape outfitters, where she snagged a pair of outdoor adventure pants for a great price. Apparently everything is 40-60% off. Thanks for the heads up, Alana!

Equator Coffee is offering a free, very cute mug with purchases of $95 or more. This deal ends Monday.

Dominion City Brewing Co is having a sale on flats of beer, but only in person at the DCBC Corner Store. Fill a flat with any 24 beers and save 10%. 15-5510 Canotek Rd

Get 20% to 60% off at Londre Bodywear’s Labour Day Sale

Recieve 15% off everything site wide at Numi, until Monday.

Tonight will be the best night all week to view the Aurigid meteor shower, which promises up to six meteors per hour. Best viewing time is 11 pm tonight but the meteors will be buring up until September 5.

We will see you Tuesday  – Martha and Darren

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