Monday, November 6 2023


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Here are some heritage building thoughts to start the week.

Campaigners think neglecting a building is a loophole in heritage preservation laws. The owner of a 98-year old beauty of a residence in Rockcliffe Park wants to tear it down as it is unliveable. The heritage-listed house, across the street from Rideau Hall, has been unoccupied for years, although it was in an unliveable condition before the current owner pruchased it. City staff want City Council to approve the owner’s application for demolition, campaigners say that it sets a precedent on how to get around heritage designations. 

Algonquin College has a very cool, new, and unique-in-Canada degree programme through the Perth campus: Bachelor of Applied Science with a Heritage Conservation focus. It focuses on the theoretical aspects of heritage conservation, including the planning of conservation districts in municipalities, navigating legislation surrounding heritage preservation, climate change, and sustainability practices through preventing the demolition of heritage buildings.

Lastly, the City is taking registrations for the next Planning Primer Heritage sessions. They’re free and help residents understand the legislative and policy basis under which land-use planning decisions are made, the way policy documents are amended, and how to make a development application. The sessions will be held on November 15 and 23 via Zoom.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • $5.62
  • – The average price of a regular sized cappuccino in Ottawa, tied with Vancouver for the highest in Canada. Toronto is $5.03. The cheapest cappuccinos are in Missasauga, at $4.56. (William Eltherington at CTV)

Carleton Placer of the Day


  • Many of the men initially came to mock, but when they saw the quality of the games that turned around pretty quickly

  • – James Powell, a member of the Historical Society of Ottawa, on last century’s women’s hockey team the Ottawa Alerts. There is a rumour that new Women’s Professional Hockey League team may resurrect the name. (CBC)



What’s going on at City Hall.

Finance and Corporate Services Committee

  • T2023 Mid-year procurement year in review
  • Amendments to the Corporate Business Case and Project Management policy and framework
  • Community Partners Insurance program
  • 2023 City of Ottawa Community Improvement Plan program review
  • Acquisition of 170 Colonnade Road
  • Acquisition lease - transitional housing for families
  • Stage 2 LRT contingency funding and general operational budget
  • Motion - Right of way land exchange – 1015 Tweddle Road

📋 Agenda

Ottawa Public Library Board – Budget Tabling
Tuesday, November 7 at 5 pm

  • Presentation – community development update
  • 2024 Draft Operating and Capital Budget estimates and four-year capital forecast
  • Ādisōke – Update on construction and operational planning

📋 Agenda


💸  Lansdowne 2.0

Meetings over Lansdowne 2.0 are paused at the moment but will continue on Friday. The committees have scheduled tentative extra meetings for Saturday and Sunday as well. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

📚 Gatineau Library

  •   The Gatineau Library is considering ditching library fines. Like Ottawa Public Library did last year, the Gatineau Library has figured that not only do the fines discourage people from using the service, it spends $5.95 for every $5 of fines issued. In a fine-less system, patrons are charged for a non-returned book after a certain amount of time but have the fee wiped when they return it. Gatineau city council will make the decision when it approves its budget next month.  (CBC)

🏗️ ByWard Market

  •  The Andaz Hotel wants to demolish an adjoining two storey building for a new tower. The 1950s building was once office space for Union St. Joseph du Canada, whose headquarters were demolished to build the Andaz in 2014, The new tower is planned to add 106 rooms to the hotel. Artists renderings show the architects plan to build a replica of the small building to be incorporated into the plans. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

💸 Scotiabank

  • Two Scotiabank branches, one in Westboro and one in Orléans, are to close next July. The Westboro branch on Richmond Road has been there since 1912. Customer accounts will be transferred to the branch on Carling Avenue. Customers of the Orléan branch, on Orléan Main Street, will have their accounts transferred to a branch in Kempville. (William Eltherington at CTV)



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Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  The newest experience from Adventure Outaouais combines craft beer and axe throwing. The tour takes you to two Quebec-based microbreweries for tastings and dinner, and you’ll get an hour’s worth of axe throwing to finish the evening. Transportation to and from Ottawa is included.
  •  The Ottawa Humane Society provides Pet Loss Support Groups for those who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet. The next session is Wednesday December 13 at 7:30 pm. Free of charge.


You’ll save up to 60% in the FRANC Winter Warehouse Sale. You don’t need a code, but you’ll need to do your shopping by 11:59 pm on November 11.


Ian Austen in the NY Times has an interview with curator Sylvie Lacerte, an art historian from Sutton, Quebec. The National Gallery is marking the centennial of Jean Paul Riopelle’s birth with a major retrospective, Riopelle: Crossroads In Time, and Lacerte makes us want  to get our tickets immediately: ‘Riopelle became the first Canadian artist to achieve an international status in the postwar era.  And he was friends with Giacometti, Samuel Beckett and Franz Kline. So he was part of an all-star cast, to put it in maybe a vulgar way.’



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