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  • 🌨️ A few rain showers or flurries. There is a weather statement for tomorrow, warning of freezing radin.  High of 6°, low of -3°. 


  • 250 and 3,100
  • – The number of people who donated to Mark Sutcliffe and Catherine McKenney’s mayoral campaigns, respectively. Both raised an essentially equal amount of money, around $500,000.  (Joanne Chianello at CBC)

Ottawans of the Day

  • Ludwik and Gursharan
  • The two OC Transpo bus drivers were honored as the Transecure employees of the year. Transecure is the ‘neighbourhood watch’ programme conducted by OC Transpo staff. In this case Ludwik and Gursharan – like Madonna, awardees are only ever identified by one name – discovered a man who had been stabbed and provided first aid until help arrived. (City of Ottawa)


  • The problem is when you go to a bigger city, you’re starting from ground zero. You’re just a small fish in a much, much bigger pond
  • – Ottawa music scene supporter, rapper J Chinnasz [Marcus Mitropoulos in Capital Current]


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Toronto Maple Leafs 3, last night
  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Columbus Blue Jackets 4, last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 3 – Oshawa Generals 2, last night
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 9 – Saint John SeaDogs 0, last Saturday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 7 – Saint John SeaDogs 1, last Friday

⚖️ In absentia

  • The University of Ottawa professor who was charged with a 1980 Paris bombing then allowed to return to Canada due to lack of evidence is again on trial. Sociology professor Hassan Diab was extradited to France in 2008, spending three years in jail, after a composite photo was matched to him. Diab denies involvement and says he was a student in Beirut at the time. The trial begins today in absentia as Diab will not attend but his legal team will mount a defence. (Kim Willsher in The Guardian)

🐀 Rats

  • The walls of the Prime Minister’s Official residence, 24 Sussex, are stuffed with dead rats. So many, a report reads, that there is a concern for air quality. Work to remove asbestos and dangerous electrical issues is planned for this spring. The residence has been unoccupied since 2015 although some staff, including the Prime Minister’s chef, were onsite until last Autumn. An intriguing question is posed in the article, though: the pool and sauna continue to be frequently used but it’s not known by whom. (Bryan Passifiume in the National Post)

    Related Here’s a video taken Thursday of rats leaping from a garbage truck leaving an apartment building on Fisher Ave.

🛻 Convoy Law

  • The Convoy lawyer who was sued for defamation by a PR firm has reached a settlement. Brendan Miller had alleged that an executive of Enterprise Canada had carried a Nazi flag during the Convoy in order to discredit the event. Enterprise countered that not only had Brian Fox not been in Ottawa that day, he was a Pierre Poilievre supporter. In a statement, ‘The parties have agreed to accept the ruling of [Inquiry] Commissioner Rouleau as conclusive and final and put the issue behind them.’ (Christian Paas-Lang at CBC)

    Related The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is still trying to sue the Federal government over the calling of the Emergencies Act. The Association argues that the government did not have sufficient cause to call the Act, despite what the Inquiry report said. And we just saw that even the lawyer for the Convoy has agreed with the Inquiry.

🏒 The Senators in Play

  • Here’s 45 seconds of Ryan Reynolds visiting City Hall, the National Capital Commission, and Canadian Tire Centre. (CBC)

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  • Tonight’s the night to register for summer swim programs with the City of Ottawa. You’ll need an account, so make sure you’ve registered for one before you try to book your place in a program.
  • Today is your final opportunity to get orders in for April weekly Bakery Subscriptions at Almanac. Choose to have your order delivered or you can pick it up. Subscriptions include sourdough bread and a rotating selection of cookies, muffins, scones, brownies, and other freshly baked goodies. $105.
  • Perth Brewery’s Seasonal Grapefruit Radler is back. It’s only the third of April but this fruity drink will fill you with refreshing summer vibes. 



Just Announced

  • Tickets are now available ($20) for Ottawa band Sunday Riot Club’s Graffiti EP Release Event. Sunday April 29 at La Nouvelle Scène, 333 King Edward Avenue.
  • Tickets are also available for the Give to Get Art Auction in support of Ottawa Art Gallery, Thursday May 18 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. In addition to viewing and bidding on works by artists from across our region, you’ll enjoy locally produced food and drinks. Tickets $149 per person or $1,400 for 10.
  • Kemptville Live Music Festival returns for its 7th edition this July 20-23. Tickets are available for the entire weekend or day passes. The lineup includes Colin James (Thursday July 20), Blue Rodeo (Friday July 21) and Melissa Etheridge (Saturday July 22). Camping passes are available. Note: the venue isn’t huge and this festival will sell out.

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Util April 10, Soca is offering 20% off all online pickup orders. Use the code EASTERSOCA to receive the deal. Pickup is available in both the Glebe and Beechwood locations. To receive this deal, orders must be placed through the Soca website.

As The Modern Shop prepares to vacate its current location on Catherine St at the end of the month, they’ve lowered the prices on brands like Bodum, Umbra, Sagaform, Design Letters, and Hay.

Plus: you can save at least 40% on in store accessories and floor models until the end of April.

It’s time for West of Main’s Annual Spring Sale, with discounts of up to 80% on select pieces online and in-store.


We Stand With the Trees is that most essential of Ottawa books: a photographic document of 50 individual trees, most on the Experimental Farm and Queen Juliana Park campus, most over 100 years old, and most slated for removal. ‘Each tree photograph is captioned with a serial number, followed by its generic name, scientific name, and expected outcome, which for most, is the designation To Be Cut.’

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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