The City is bringing in a new zoning bylaw which will determine what can be built where. Some of the changes are because of the City’s desire for sprawl, others are because of changes imposed by the Province to make development of housing easier.

The City has created – get this – 21 discussion papers on the changes, which you can read here.

The City also says that it  ‘will be consulting with communities, the development industry, grass-roots organizations, non-profits and other stakeholders to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have their say in the new Zoning By-law.’ It doesn't say how or when this is happening, but when we find out, we'll say so. 

This is one of those situations where we seem to be dumped on with a pile of paper and our collective first response to to have our eyes glaze over but in reality, the decisions made will change Ottawa in a significant and irreversible way. 

Take the time to read it. 

– Darren and Martha


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  • ❄️  A few flurries. High of -4°, low of -7°. 


Ottawan of the Day

  • Sara Graham
  • The artist’s work, On the Other Side of Tomorrow, is being created in giant slabs of concrete at the new Gordie Howe International Bridge linking Windsor and Detroit. The bridge is scheduled to open next year. (Veronica Carvalho in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • People who don’t quibble over prices
  • – Associate professor at the Sprott School of Business Ian Lee describing the people who were targetted by Nordstrom. Lee also says that does not describe the Ottawa populace. (Sarah MacFarlane in the Ottawa Business Journal)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Chicago Blackhawks 5 last night

🐦 Pictures

  • The winners of the the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society photo competition have been announced.

    The challenges were:

    ▪️ ‘Canadian Year of the Garden and Red is the colour of the year’

    ▪️ ‘Water is Life. Capture a pond, lake, stream, puddle, fountain, falling rain in a wide setting. The landscape is important’

    ▪️ ‘Stems, Tendrils and Leaves. The camera angle should lead the eye to vegetables or fruit’

    ▪️ ‘Colours are the Smiles of Nature. Capture the things your eyes are attracted to in the fall’

    ▪️ ‘The Beauty of Bugs. Closeups of interesting insects’

    ▪️ ‘Snow in the Garden. Ornamental grasses, plumes, dried seed heads or berries can be part of the inclusive picture’

    ▪️ ‘Patterns. A repetition of shape, colour or size found in plants. Indoor plants are eligible as well’


    ▪️ ‘John Curry Memorial Plaque. A horticultural activity shot within Goulbourn: (Stittsville, Richmond or Munster) that is newspaper worthy’
    You had better believe there are photos. (Leslie Mackay at Stittsville Central)


✈️ YOW indeed

  • If you don't enjoy travelling to Toronto, WestJet is here to help. The airline will be cutting back its Ottawa – Toronto flights beginning in May. Currently there are three flights per day, starting May 1 there will be a single flight to Toronto, at 5:30 pm. The airline says that it is increasing flights between Ottawa and Western Canada. (Leah Larocque at CTV)

    Related The president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority says the new Paris – Ottawa route is a ‘use it or lose it’ situation. That route, which starts in June, will be the only non-US international flight from Ottawa.

🧯 Hydrant Hygiene

  • The Fire Department is asking citizens to clear the area around their nearest hydrant. ‘[W]e had a fire where two crews had to shovel out a hydrant’ said Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Nick DeFazio. The City says that it will take at least a week to remove the snowbanks from last weekend's dump. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    Related Ottawa Fire Services put out a hot tub fire in Greenboro Friday. There were no reports of injuries or 70s grooviness.

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  • The Canadian Museum of Nature’s Spring Break at the Museum invites children young and old to explore ‘Wolves! Shapeshifters in a Changing World.’ 
  • The Delmas Indian Residential School of Delmas, Saskatchewan was burnt down by students in 1948. Ashes and Embers is a new film documenting the stories and recollections of survivors of the school. There will be a reception following the 39 minute screening and the whole evening is free but reservations are required. Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge.
  • Live music industry workers invited to an open house at Rainbow Bistro, for networking, snacks, and a discussion around the Canadian Live Music Association study Live Music Labour in Ontario. Presented by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, the event is free but you must register. 76 Murray St.


  • The Ottawa International Film Festival (March 8 - 19) gets underway with writer-director Chandler Levack’s I Like Movies, a comic loveletter to filmmaking that just might become the first Canadian classic of the post-COVID age. Accompanied by the short film Rocket Fuel
  • Take in a double feature by the Historical Society of Ottawa. First up is ‘On the Air: those first 90 days of COVID’ with speaker Sam Laprade, followed by ‘The History of Ottawa’s Kiwanis Club’ with speaker Phil Rossy. 1:00pm, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium.
  • This International Women’s Day, participate in the Embracing our Creative Selves experience, presented by Digi60 Filmmakers Festival and The Lotus Movement. Explore your creative self through movement, community, and mental health. The evening will include yoga, film screenings, and discussion.  
  • Women on Site, the community for women in the construction industry, will be holding an International Women’s Day meetup at the HIntonburg Public House.
  • Chef’s Paradise (1314 Bank St) presents an international food adventure celebrating the women of Ottawa’s food and beverage industry. Tickets include snacks, drinks, and a donation to Cornerstone Housing for Women. 5:00pm to 800pm. $39.55


Just Announced

  • We Are All Immigrants, a photographic show by Oskar Dap, opens March 18 in the Richmond Room on the second floor at Ottawa City Hall. The exhibition runs until July 2, and is free to attend. An artist talk is scheduled for Sunday March 19 at 2:00pm.
  • The Carleton Musical Theatre Society presents Into the Woods, March 22 to 25 at the Carleton-Dominion Chalmers Centre, 290 Lisgar St.
  • Group tickets are now on sale for the Ottawa Redblacks 2023 season.
  • Peter Gabriel will play his first Ottawa show in 35 years on September 9. Tickets for the i/o tour go on sale Friday at 10 am on TicketMaster. 

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Save 40% off the Winter Collection in the Annie 50 Winter Sale.

There’s a flash sale at Lilikoi Clothing today. Use the code FLASH30 for 30% off all full priced items at the checkout. The sale ends at 10:00pm tonight (EST).


The New Yorker magazine has a weekly feature in which a cartoonist draws a comic, readers submit their suggested captions, and a public vote is held to determine a winner. Congratulations to one Colin Guthrie of Ottawa, Ont., the winner in the March 6 edition.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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