Tuesday April 9, 2024


☁️ Scattered Clouds
High 17° Low 7°
🌞 6:27 am🌛7:40 pm


🌧️ Light Rain
High 17° Low 7°
🌞 6:25 am🌛7:42 pm



Ottawa, your roots are showing.

The City is reviewing tree-planting programmes that it has used for residential streets, parks, and forest areas.

Those programmes,

  • Trees in Trust
  • Commemorative trees
  • Parks and streetscape tree planting
  • Green Acres - Ottawa's rural reforestation program
  • Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program

have been around for 20 years, and the City is looking for your opinion on whether they work or should be changed.

View the detailed information page here or just fill out the survey.

Rain Barrels

The Stittsville Lions Club is holding a rain barrel sale to support Carleton Place Hospital’s new emergency unit. If you need one, you’d better hurry, they are selling out

– Martha and Darren

PS Yesterday we mentioned a new ottawan membership programme that we’ll unveil later this week. the ottawan has been told that taunting teasing readers over a few days rather than just getting on with it builds anticipation more than annoyance. We’ll see.


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • 5.9%
  • – The increase in ticket sales for the Ottawa Senators this year over last year, an average of 1,000 more fans per match. The Sens have had 18 sell-out crowds this season. (Wayne Scanlan at Sportnet)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Kim Ayotte
  • – The City’s manager of  emergency and protective services manager has announced his retirement after 35 years. In his City career, he has been – amongst other things – fire chief, deputy fire chief, and chief of special operations. (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • Mr Wickramasinghe wanted to express his gratitude to the people of Ottawa and especially the police officers, paramedics, and hospital workers who have supported him and his family during these difficult weeks

  • – Mayor Mark Sutcliffe passing on a message from Dhanushka Wickramasinghe whose wife, children, and friend were murdered last month in Barrhaven. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


What’s going on at City Hall

Planning and Housing Committee
Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 am

  • Zoning By-law amendment - 930 March Road
  • Zoning By-Law amendment – 84 and 100 Gloucester Street
  • Zoning By-law amendment - 100 Weeping Willow Lane
  • Zoning By-law amendment – 6171 Hazeldean Road
  • Motion – Affordable housing acquisition / preservation fund

📋 Agenda

Police Services Board Human Resources Committee
Wednesday, April 10 at 10 am

  • Update: Staffing Stabilization Strategy
  • In camera items:
  • Labour relations matter
  • Labour relations matter

📋 Agenda


🚨 Suspended Police Officers

  •  A new CBC investigation called ‘Paid to stay home’ shows that suspended Ontario police officers have cost taxpayers $134 million over the past ten years. The Ottawa Police Service was number four in the suspended officers leaderboard with 35 out of 1,494 officers bunked off.

    All of those officers kept their full paycheque. New legislation was brought in on April 1st but previously the law did not allow paycheques to be suspended. (Julie Ireton and Valerie Ouellet at CBC)

🛫 Ottawa International Airport

  •  WestJet will increase the number of flights between Ottawa and Winnipeg to daily, up from three times per week. The new service begins June 3. (Yahoo Finance)

🛠️ Lee Valley Tools

  •  Lee Valley Tools has built a completely automated fulfillment centre in West Carleton. The new system reduces 36,000 feet of space to 6,000 and is inside its existing Carp warehouse. Lee Valley says the freed-up space will be used for manufacturing. (Monte Stewart in Connect Canada CRE)

🏘️ Development

  •  A developer has applied to build 1,908 residential units on farmland in Kanata. Brigil is proposing eight low-rise apartment buildings, four mid-rise buildings of six storeys, two 15-storey towers, 32 townhouses, and 19 single-detached dwellings on March Road. Included are three parks and space for a future French-language school. There would be ground-floor commercial space in the highrise and mid-rise buildings. OC Transpo does not currently run any buses in the area. (David Sali in the Ottawa Business Journal)
  •  The City’s Built Heritage Committee today voted to support designating seven properties in Britannia Village as heritage. Six are vernacular cottage style homes connected to the area‘s history as a summer resort. The seventh is the Britannia Yacht Club house. City Council will decide April 17. (City of Ottawa)

🇫🇷 Dignitaries

  •  The prime minister of France, Gabriel Attal, will be dropping in to Ottawa tomorrow before visting Québec City and Montréal. (Canadian Press)

🌑 The Eclipse

  •  The Ottawa Citizen has a bunch of photos of eclipse day. (Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen)
  •  Unless you want to hold onto your eclipse glasses until 2045, Barrhaven West ward councillor David Hill is collecting them at his office at 100 Malvern Dr. He’ll send them to Eclipse Glasses USA, which will in turn donate them to children in Latin America for their October event. (Twitter)



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  •  There are only a few tickets left for Technata, the free, in-person Career Fair for Kanata North that’s happening tomorrow at the Brookstreet Hotel.

  •  Those who love to play or listen to the piano are in for a 13 day treat as the 2024 Ottawa Piano Festival gets underway.

  •  One look at the Blu Legacy Eid Festival epic menu explains why it’s billed as ‘A Majestic Affair’. Tonight and tomorrow night at 3750 N Bowesville Road.

  •  Tickets are now on sale for the home games of Round 2 OHL Playoffs. Ottawa 67s play Oshawa Generals Tuesday April 16, Thursday April 18, and if necessary, Sunday April 21. Tickets start at $30.

  •  It’s a Vernissage but with burlesque. Welcome to the Circus officially launches the circus themed art show at Atomic Rooster, with Capital Tease providing the entertainment. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 303 Bank St.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: The Old Oak, Iris et les hommes (It's Raining Men), Exhuma

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Poor Things, American Fiction, The Crazies


  •  Edgar Breau, Darryl Gould. Avant-Garde Bar

  •  Noah Kahan. Canadian Tire Centre

  •  A Great night Out featuring Pat Moore, Tyler Kealy, Shawn Tavenier and Megan Jerome. National Arts Centre Fourth Stage

  •  Trivia Hall of Fame. Irene’s Pub Restaurant, Royal Oak (Bank & Gloucester, Orléans, Hunt Club at Uplands, Centrepointe)

  •  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe

  •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant



  •  The Ed Lister Group brings live jazz to the stage at the Doors Open for Music show this week. Noon at Southinster United Church.
  •  Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Grand Horizons examines the effects of divorce on adult children, when a long-married couple announces that their decades-long union is ending. Wednesdays through Sundays until May 22.
  •  Catalyst 2: Live Electronic Music Open PA is a chance for established artists to try out new music in a chill environment. Entry by donation. 164 Laurier Ave West.
  •  ByTowne Cinema: Iris et les hommes (It's Raining Men), The Old Oak, Exhuma
  •  Mayfair Theatre: American Fiction, Carol Doda Topless at the Condor, The Crazies


  •  Climate Commons. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  The Kevin Prater Band, Concession 23. Greely Legion (Branch 627)

  •  Queer Connection. Club SAW

  •  Jazz Nite with Sh-Boom. QueenSt. Fare

  •  Drag Me to the Movies hosted by Eden Moore. LIVE on Elgin

  •  Open Mic. Pour Boy pub

  •  Original Soundtrack Live! Avant-Gard Bar

  •  Trivia Hall of Fame. Royal Oak Pubs (Bank at McLaren, Stittsville, Barrhaven), O’Grady’s Outpost

  •  The Kevin Prater Band, Concession 23. Greely Legion (Branch 627)


  •  Michelle Thrush uses humour and honesty to tell the story of her transformation from a girl with a tumultuous childhood to Gemini Award-winning actor and artist. Inner Elder plays until Saturday (April 13) at the National Arts Centre’s Azrieli Studio.

  •  The Canadian War Museum presents a lecture about The Battle of Vimy Ridge and Its Legacies. A trio of the museum’s historians will take a deep dive into the battle, assisted by rare historical photos, art, and other items of cultural significance. Free for members but registration is required. $10 for non-members.

  •  Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Grand Horizons continues until May 22.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: The Old Oak, Ciné-Club d’Ottawa: One belle course, Ciné-Club d’Ottawa: Les pires

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Poor Things, American Fiction, Carol Doda Topless At The Condor


  •  The Wind-Ups, Hidden Passages, David Tosh. Avant-Garde Bar

  •  Open Mic Night. Wise Town Café

  •  Flavours & Vibes: King Cruff Live in Concert with Special Guest Jessie Simmons. Rainbow Bistro

  •  Boshko Maric. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Zaki Ibrahim. National Arts Centre

  •  Christine Graves. Red Bird

  •  Backseat Dragon, Sun Junkies, Dolonia. House of TARG

Just Announced / Now Booking



Almond Fingers, Koekies, and Stroopwaffles – and other biscuits to enjoy with your favourite hot bevvies – are on sale at the Dutch Groceries store on Merivale Road.


Ken Warren in the Ottawa Citizen has taken one for the team and has smelt the Parliament and Rideau O Train stations in an effort to discover what dealt it.

Warren actually visited all 13 stations and found nothing amiss at most of them.

However, at Parliament station, he found an ‘assault on the snout’ and at Rideau station, the smell was like ‘being in a basement that has flooded’.



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