🚊 As you probably know, the Confederation Line was suddenly and unceremoniously shut during the afternoon rush hour yesterday. Passengers on every train were hustled off at the next station. The O Train remains closed.

A routine inspection found a bearing with too much grease, after which OC Transpo general manager of transit services Renée Amilcar said the system was stopped ‘in an abundance of caution’.  A rail replacement service by bus has been implemented.

We listened to the entire press conference this afternoon and we are sorely disappointed – we heard nothing but buck passing and platitudes. Nobody would give a yes or no answer if the system would be back tomorrow, despite letting it slip that a train with testing instruments would be operating for ‘days’.

Imagine a world in which Renée Amilcar or Mayor Mark Sutcliffe took responsibilty for the O Train and didn’t hide behind the designers, or maintainers, or the myriad other layers of O Train factotums. 

Maybe then we could start trusting what OC Transpo says.

Correction: Yesterday, we wrote about OC Transpo attempting to fix its worst bus route. The worst route is actually Route 85, not 65 like we wrote. Route 65, like the O Train, does not exist. (Thank you, Ed)

And while we are in a mea culpa mood, last week we wrote about how the Federal public service rose 40 per cent, or 21,000 people since 2015. The public service rose by 21,000 employees last year, and by 98,000 since 2015. (Thank you, Trevor)

– Martha & Darren


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  • $134,500
  • – The average income now required to buy a house in Ottawa, the fourth highest in Canada. Vancouverites need an income of $235,650, Winnipeggers need only $78,760. (Ratehub)

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  • Dr. Roly Armitage
  • – While serving in Holland with the Canadian Army in 1944, Armitage saved two childen he found in a ditch. Earlier this year, the former mayor of West Carleton Township told this story to Dutch media – and next week he will be reunited with 85 year-old Sonja Jobes. who now lives in Minnesota. (Katie Griffin at CTV)


  • They took like $90K worth of stuff
  • – Ameer El Badry on a phone call to his brother, Ottawa Police Service Constable Haider El Badry, after a police raid found a load of fentanyl in his home. Ameer pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking. Haiderwas suspended from the service and has been charged with with breach of trust, obstruction of justice, and causing a person to deal with a forged document. (Gary Dimmock in the Ottawa Citizen)

🗳️ Val-des-Monts byelection

  •  The big issue in this town of 13,000 is an industrial parkThe town approved the industrial park next to a residential area, resulting in claims of noise from big trucks by the residents. The byelection seems destined to be a way for residents to send a dissenting delegate to council. (CBC)

    ➕ Related Advance voting for the Kanata Carleton byelection opens tomorrow until the 21st. Click here for the advanced voting locations

💤 Nostalgia is the Law

  •  The Bay at Place d’Orleans will play host to the next Zellers pop-up store. The pop-up will be the third in Ottawa, with the others already at St. Laurent Centre and Rideau Centre. It will open August 11. (CityNews)

🎨  National Gallery of Canada

  •  The National Gallery of Canada is seeking applicants for its General Idea Fellowship. The $15,000 fellowship is open to Canadian and international Art historians, curators, critics, conservators, graduate students and independent and other professionals working in the visual arts or in museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. (Newswire)

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  •  The NAC’s Wood Terrace is the setting for a free concert by Les Fireflies, the trio of musicians who bring Scottish, Irish, and Acadian music to life with fiddles and other instruments. Bring your own folding chair or blanket. 7:30 PM at 1 Elgin St.
  •  LIVE on Elgin presents Fire in the Sky, an evening with Ottawa based rockers Midnight Mayday and guests Loaded Stereo and Laughing in Slow Motion. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
  •  US metal core rockers Wage War bring their Manic Tour to the Bronson Centre. $35 plus fees. All ages.


Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Mirror Mountain Film Festival (July 21-23) celebrates original, independent, and experimental films from around the world. The films range from documentaries to experimental shorts to animation. $10 per event or $35 for a weekend pass.
  •  The Purple Tie Gala is back on Saturday, October 14. Cornerstone for Women’s biggest event of the year is a night of live music, gorgeous food, and socialising in the glamorous NAC, all while supporting the charity’s programs and services for homeless and vulnerable women. Early bird ticket sales will end September 15.
  •  PuppetCon (August 11-13 in Almonte ON) will offer a rare opportunity to learn from the (puppet) masters themselves. Puppet Manipulation (aka Iggy Iguana Puppetry Boot Camp) with Bob Strutt is selling fast, as are the other workshops.

Save 15% on summer tops and dresses from Anne Mulaire, when you use the code SUMMERFUN.

Coolmax Terrain 4X4 and Lite Walker socks are 40% off at The Great Canadian Sox Shop, but only until July 24.


Dr Jordan Mallon, a palaeobiologist with the Canadian Museum of Nature, has released a study on a fossil found in Liaoning Province in China. ‘The two animals are locked in mortal combat, intimately intertwined, and it’s among the first evidence to show actual predatory behaviour by a mammal on a dinosaur,’ he said. Way to be, our take-no-prisoners ancestor.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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