Thursday, 5 October 2023


🌤️ Sunny
High 27° Low 17°
🌞 7:05 am🌛6:36 pm


🌧️ Light Rain
High 22° Low 16°
🌞 7:06 am🌛6:34 pm



We found a new podcast for our constantly curated list of Ottawa podcasts.

Unlike most we come across which are about politics or music or interviewing notables, this one is about furniture refinishing and painting.

Mel from MelDidItHerself wants to teach people how to refurbish their existing furniture or, do what she does, buy old furniture cheap, fix and upcycle it, and sell it on. 

We think this makes Busybee Refinishing with MelDidItHerself Ottawa’s most unique podcast.

– Martha and Darren


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  •  Deals of the Day


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  • 6,000 lbs
  • – The amount of turkey that the Ottawa Mission plans to serve this week for Thanksgiving meals, in addition to 3,000 lb of peeled potatoes, 2,000 lb of fresh carrots, and 150 gallons of gravy.

    However, the Mission is short of turkeys and is asking for donations of the bird at its garage at the corner of Waller and Besserer. It will accept money, too

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What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Special Meeting
Friday, October 6 at 10 am

  • The Ottawa Police have announced a special meeting for tomorrow to discuss the results of their survey and their three year plan.

📋 No agenda supplied. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City of Ottawa’s Council YouTube channel


🤕 South Keys Health Centre

  •  The Province is now investigating the South Keys Health Centre over its $400 per year fee. The Centre says that the fee is legal as it employs nurse practitioners which, unlike doctors, are not prevented from charging extra. (Allison Jones in the Canadian Press)

🚌 School Buses

  • The embattled Ottawa School Transportation Authority has hired an interim manager. Cindy Owens, a former Catholic board principal and superintendent, has been appointed after the former general manager has gone on a leave of absence. About 7,500 students have been affected by cancelled bus routes that could not be provided by the Authority. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)



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  • Orange Art Gallery’s latest show, Fall is Orange, opens with a reception from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. While you peruse the artworks and sip a drink, feel free to sign the petition to recommend the Gallery’s home be designated a heritage building. The petition will be presented at the November 8 City Council meeting.
  • Meet the artists of the exhibit currently hanging at the Hintonburg Public House. Lorena Ziraldo, Niki Economo, and Ted Willis from Studio Space Ottawa will all be at the reception from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Stick around Hintonburg and take a wander through the Night Market, where you’ll find entertainment, food, and cool local vendors. 1088 Somerset St. W.

  •  Wander the magical pathway lined with 1000s of pumpkin sculptures and displays at Pumpkins After Dark. It’s every Thursday through Sunday evening until October 31 at Wesley Clover Parks (410 Corkstown Road).

  • Salem Mars with Hans. The Shed, Sparks St
  • Orange Agent with Spice Pistols. The Brass Monkey
  • Gone in April, Liva, Vrylnia. Rainbow Bistro
  • Irene’s Blues Sessions with Guest Host Luke Ambridge. Irene’s Pub
  • Brodaway Nights Ottawa. Red Bird Live



  •  Rain is expected on Saturday but that won’t stop Ottawa Farm Fresh’s 4th annual Carrot Fest from giving Ottawans the opportunity to join a real community harvesting bee. In other words, regular citizens can get their hands dirty by harvesting carrots that will be included in the farm’s CSA baskets. Plus, enjoy sausages and kebabs, shop at the Farm store, and get ready for Halloween with a visit to the Pick Your Own Pumpkin patch.
  • Arlington Art Market returns with market stalls, crafts, and music. Catch it all on Arlington Ave between Bank and Kent and in the Glashan School Parking Lot.
  • Dreamers Walk Canada for Cerebal Palsy is more than a charity walk. There will be games, storytelling, and family fun. Superdome at Ben Franklin Park in Nepean. Walk fee $20 per person.
  • Beet Box Farm’s Harvest Fest is back with celebration of fall veggies, hot apple cider and donuts, nature walks, and live music. Bring a donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard.
  • Nine area breweries will participate in the Ottawa On Tap Beerfest in Hintonburg Park. Each gate ticket includes one 14 oz beer or two 6 oz beers, a raffle ticket to win gift packs, and $3 will be donated to the Alliance to End Homelessness.
  • The Fall for Merrickville Thanksgiving Market takes over a working horse stable with market stalls, hay rides, a petting zoo, and live music. Combine it with a visit to Merrickville for a memorable family road trip.


  •  Katie Cruel and Jerry Leger. Red Bird Live
  • Ready the Prince. Rainbow Bistro
  • Neon Rise. Cafe Dekcuf
  • Mod Nite: 60s Rock and Soul Dance Party. LIVE on Elgin


Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  The 9runrun for First Responders is almost here. On October 14 you can walk or run 5K or 10K to raise funds for those who help the rest of us in emergency situations. It all happens at Village Square Park in Stittsville.
  • It’s been four years since the last CAPCON, Ottawa’s scale plastic model show at the Canadian War Museum. There will be models to view and to purchase, a silent auction, and competitions. October 14 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, with the Awards Ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm.
  • Pot & Pantry’s Beyond Pumpkin Spice Baking Class on October 17 will teach participants how to source, use and store spices for baking. $95 per person.
  • Signatures Handmade Market is 40 this year, and it’s celebrating in style at Aberdeen Pavilion from October 19 to 22. Find makers and craftspeople from across Canada, showcasing gift and holiday decor items for the upcoming festive season. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Cirquonscient is the combined forces of Ottawa area circus performers. Their festive show, CrakdNutz: A Holiday Circus Dream showcases aerial acrobatics, juggling, and storytelling in an event the whole family will enjoy. December 16 at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm.


Dames de pique is the latest casualty of these tough times, and will be closing its online boutique doors permanently on December 31. Meanwhile there’s a final sale happening now, with tops, bottoms, and dresses, plus accessories and decor pieces, at sale prices.


Internation travel website has published ‘10 Autumn-Specific Activities To Do In Ottawa, Canada’ which aren’t too bad. The ten activities are: 1️⃣ Attend The Day Of The Dead Festival In Ottawa, 2️⃣ Sample A Huge Variety Of Drinks And Cuisines At The Taste Of Wellington West Festival (good but too late), 3️⃣ Enjoy The Ottawa International Animation Festival (good, but also a little late), 4️⃣ Go Cranberry-Picking At Upper Canada Cranberries In Plantagenet (sure, if you like getting wet), 5️⃣ Catch The Carleton University Butterfly Show, 6️⃣ Zipline Through Camp Fortune In Chelsea, 7️⃣ Live The Lumberjack Life At The Sawmill In Lansdowne Park, 8️⃣ Unwind At Nordik Spa-Nature In Gatineau Park, 9️⃣ Savor Some Spooks On The Ottawa Haunted Walk, and 🔟 Experience Algonquin Traditions At The Tagwàgi Festival.


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