There are two corrections from yesterday.

CORRECTION #1 The Air North flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and Yellowknife, begin on Thursday June 8, not June 18. Even better, the airline offers a connection to Edmonton and Calgary.

CORRECTION #2 The link to public health survey was broken in yesterday’s newsletter. It should be https://www.publichospitalvote.ca/

Two corrections show that we need a break. Luckily it's the May 24 weekend, and we’re off Monday. We'll see you again Tuesday.


– Martha and Darren


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Ottawans of the Day

  • Tam-Ca Vo-Van, Marisa Gallemit, Velvet Wells, Karina Kraenzle, Jesse Stewart, Speaking Vibrations, and Asha Higginson
  • – These artists have been celebrated with 2023 Ottawa Arts Awards by the Ottawa Arts Council. (Broadway World)


  • Now, when asked about their previous career, [they] respond with ‘I worked for the city’ or ‘I was in government’
  • – Greg Brown, former Ottawa police detective turned sociology researcher at Carleton University, on retired officers feeling stigmitized. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)
  • H/T Bulldog Ottawa


  • ⚾ Ottawa Titans 0 – Evansville Otters 2 last night

🦷 Low-cost kids dental clinic by Algonquin College students

  •  The Algonquin College Dental Assisting programme will be holding five dental clinics for kids six to 16. For $25, children receive an oral health assessment by a dentist, a hygienist, and a dental assisting student plus tooth plaque removal, pit and fissure sealants, and oral hygiene instruction. If a cavity is found, free xrays are provided to take to an outside dentist.

    The next clinics are  May 23, May 27, June 3, June 9, and June 10. Bookings can be made at  613 727 4723, ext. 2017 or  email at dentalclinic@algonquincollege.com. (Shane Lamarche-Silmser in the Algonquin Times)

🥊 Don’t talk about Ottawa Fight Club

  •  Unofficial but semi-organized fight clubs are having a moment in Ottawa. Police and social workers have reported groups of teenagers fighting in parks and beaches. This is the kind of story that no one has any hard details about but we suspect will blow up. (Stu Mills at CBC)

🏒 Now Donovan Bailey is in the running – geddit? – to buy the Sens

  •  100 m gold medal winning sprinter Donovan Bailey has joined the Neko Sparks – Snoop Dogg coalition in the bidding for the SensThere is still no date for the announcement of the winner. (CBC) (La Trappe)

🎣 Too many fish

  •  An Ottawa man has been fined $10,000 for catching too many fish. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry officers stopped the man on his way home from fishing at Whitewater Lake, 540 km northwest of Ottawa, finding 140 pieces of fish from 40 walleye and five northern pike. The limit is four walleye and four northern pike. (CBC)

✈️ WestJet makes deal with its Pilots

  • Flights from Ottawa will continue but any flights cancelled will remain cancelled. It's expected it will take 48 hours to get back to normal. (Michael Lee at CTV)

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All Weekend



  •  Westboro Farmers Market is open for the season, with food, crafts, live entertainment, and fun for the kids. The first 50 families/customers to arrive Saturday will receive a free veggie or herb seedling. The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Byron Linear Park (579 Byron Ave) 9:00am to 3:00pm.
  •  There’s a lot for the whole family to do at the Log Farm on Saturdays. Kids of all ages can interact with farm animals, explore sensory tables and experience play areas like the hay structures. 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday through Monday. $12.50 per person (those under one year old get in free). 670 Cedarview Road.
  •  Kemptville Buskerfest returns to Prescott St. in Kemptville for live juggling, musical, fire eating, circus, illusionist, and aerial performances. If you get hungry watching the acts, there will be food vendors on site. Area restaurants and cafés will also be open during the festival.
  •  Montgomery Scotch Lounge has your evening planned: enjoy drinks, dinner, and live jazz every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. 750 Gladstone Ave.
  •  Free screening of Passage To Freedom at the Mayfair Theatre. ‘Unforgettable stories of terror, escape, courage, and resilience are captured in this new documentary film about refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos who found a new home in Canada in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The director will be present to take questions after the screening.’ 2:30pm. 


Holiday Monday

Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band come to Ottawa for the first time in 11 years. They will be at the Canadian Tire Centre November 18. Ticketmaster.
  •  There are only a few tickets remaining for Helping with Furniture’s 15th Annual Gala next Friday May 26 at St. Elias Centre (750 Ridgewood Ave). This year’s theme - “Begin Again” references our emergence from pandemic hibernation. Single tickets $95, tables of eight $720.00.
  •  Get pickled: Book a spot at the BGC Kitchen Party Charity Pickleball event next Thursday May 25. You’ll be matched randomly with another player for one hour of recreational pickleball play plus a 30 minute lesson, nibbles from Gabriel Pizza ( and a cash bar), door prizes, and the chance to bid on an incredible auction prize: Dinner for 10 catered by none other than Joe Thottingal. The event will raise funds for the BGC’s Walk This Way. Arrive at 3:30pm for the optional 30 minute lesson. $100 per person; BYOP (bring your own paddle).
  •  Registration is open for TWIST fibre festival, Canada’s biggest textile event, happening August 11-13 in Saint-André-Avellin, Québec. Day passes are available for adults, and kids under 12 get in for free. Even better, when you register for a workshop (some of which happen the day before the festival begins) you’ll receive free entry to TWIST.
  •  The Ottawa Music Fusion (Beatmaking + Songwriting) event will connect our city’s songwriters with industry professionals for an evening of workshops, networking, photo shoots, and presentations. Thursday May 25. $10.00 + tax. 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Coworkly, 261 Montréal Road, room 310.
  •  Applications are being taken for the next instalment of the FRMULA development program, which is a six month semester guiding emerging Ottawa talent through the branding, marketing, and PR that their careers will require. The deadline to apply for a spot is June 2.
  •  Meatings BBQ and Broadhead Brewery are throwing a Barbecue Patio Party on May 31. $50 per person. 1680 Vimont Cr. Unit 106, Orléans.

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Mad About Patchwork is closed this weekend but you can shop the fabric sale online. Get 30% of select lines, and an additional 20% off Clearance Fabric.

Save 20% across the site at Pokoloko, all long weekend long.

Receive a free Moonlight Lip Shimmer with every purchase over $49 from Cheekbone Beauty.

Ridge Rock is offering $15 off any online order of $100 or more.

Barefoot Venus sale alert: Spend at least $70 and receive $15 off, when you use the code GROOVY.


Former resident Barbara Rockburn tells of life in Old Ottawa East in the 1950s and 1960s when then entire world was bordered by Main and Drummond streets, and Hazel and Herridge streets.

We will see you Tuesday  – Martha and Darren

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