🎧 Maker House has launched a podcast.

Each 30 minute episode will focus on an Ottawa area business creative and ask ‘Why Bother?’ The first episode concerns soap maker Good Neighbour.

The Maker House podcast has been added to our curated list of Ottawa-led podcasts here.

– Martha & Darren

🍻 If you like fruit-centric summer beers, Ottawa has almost too many to choose from.

Related Our legendary craft beer map


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  • 12 & 28
  • – The number of buses that OC Transpo has introduced to transport riders due to the closure of the Confederation Line. Twelve buses start at 5:00 increasing to 28 during rush hours. (Ottawa Bulldog)

(Honorary) Ottawan of the Day

  • James Cameron
  • – The filmmaker and submariner spoke at the launch of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s new exhibit, ‘Pressure: James Cameron into the Abyss’ yesterday. The exhibit, which includes the submersible, Deepsea Challenger, that Cameron used to visit the Mariana Trench, is free until Sept 1. Alex Trebek Theatre, 50 Sussex Drive. (CBC)


🚊 NO Train: Day 2️⃣

  •  An engineering professor at the University of Ottawa says shutting down the system was the correct thing to do. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)
  •  The president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, which represents OC Transpo employees, suspects the system will be down for weeks. (CBC)

🛻 Convoy News

  •  The Senator who insulted downtown residents who complained about the Convoy siege has been found to have violated the Senate's code of conduct. Quoth Senator Michael MacDonald of Nova Scotia, ‘It's everybody's f--king city, this is the capital of the country. It's not your goddamned city just because you have a six-figure salary and you work 20 hours a week. You haven't worked a full week in two years. It's sickening.’ He also insulted his wife, calling her a ‘Karen’. (Dylan Robertson at CBC)

🪧 Federal Civil Service

Some housekeeping from the strike

  •  The Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Treasury Board have signed five agreements for 150,000 employees who went on strike two months ago
  •  Parks Canada start the ratifying votes for their agreement
  •  The employees of the International Development Research Centre have come to an agreement after mediation
  •  Statistics Survey Operations will join Program and Administrative Services for negotiation purposes next time. 

    (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

😬 Duck and Cover

  •  The Federal government is updating policies regarding a nuclear attack. Using the Freedom of Information Act, notes have revealed a ‘rapid refresh’ of plans to relocate the Prime Minister's Office, the federal cabinet, Parliament, and the Supreme Court to an alternate site outside the National Capital Region in case of a nuclear attack. The Diefenbunker has been ruled out as a suitable location. (Jim Bronskill in the Canadian Press)

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  •  Back for an eighth edition, House of TARG presents another fantastic Community Clothing Swap from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Make sure you read the instruction page so that your clothes are properly sorted before you arrive.
  •  Festibière de Gatineau offers almost 350 Québec and Ontario craft beers to sample. Opening today for its inaugural weekend, the festival also has great food and music. You can purchase day session tickets, night session tickets, or a full festival pass for $95.
  •  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.



  •  Mirror Mountain Film Festival (Until July 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.
  •  Check out the 60th anniversary, newly restored print of Jean-Luc Godard's French New Wave classic Contempt, at the ByTowne Cinema. Also playing July 22 and 26.

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Get 50% off tickets to the Ottawa Fall Home Show at the EY Centre. Use the promo code SUMMER to get the deal until August 3.

Save up to 50% of Québec made spring and summer pieces in the Message Factory sale. 

Ottawa Road Trips has a novel suggestion for leaving the city – go visit Hull! Usually we’d list out all their suggestion – but it recommends so many museums, restos, and stores you really need to look for yourself.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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