Tuesday, 26 September 2023


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Hintonburgers are looking for support to save Plouffe Park.

The City is planning to build a needed integrated and sustainable community hub at 1010 Somerset – part of which is to build a new French-language school on top of Plouffe Park.

Residents say that the area is already has less greenspace than other neighbourhoods and a replacement park for Plouffe won't be built until at least 2030.

The Dalhousie Community Association has the details.

– Martha and Darren


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


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  • $900 million
  • – The potential cost of a new Sens arena according to new owner, Toronto billionaire Michael Andlauer. He says he’d like to move the team out of Kanata and points to how Edmonton used city levies to help pay for a new ice rink for the privately-owned Oilers. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day


  • ‘The only thing wrong with the cover is that the train is running’
  • – Mystery writer Peggy Blair commenting about the cover of her new book, Shadow Playwhich features the O Train as an important plot device. Our second choice for Quote of the Day was Blair’s reaction to the sewer smell that has been plaguing Parliament Station: ‘My mystery author’s brain said, “Dead body”. It’s not a broken sewage line. It’s a dead body.’ Shadow Play has a launch party at the Barrhaven Legion, 3500 Fallowfield Rd., at 6 pm tonight. (Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 last night


What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

City Council
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 10:00 am

Petitions Received

  • Petition received containing 37 signatures in opposition to the proposed development at 2475 Regina Street
  • Petition received containing 249 signatures calling on Council to implement five ways to improve the Landsdowne 2.0 proposal
  • Electronic petition containing an additional 3421 names in support of the above-noted Lansdowne 2.0 petition.

Responses to Inquiries

  • Mandate and Objectives of Experimental Farm consultation

Council approve the following appointments to the Planning Advisory Committee

  • Members residing in the Rural Area of Ottawa: Josiane Roberds, Francois Rivest
  • Members residing within the Urban Area outside of the Greenbelt: Jason Huang, Colin White
  • Members residing inside the Greenbelt: Alexus Ball, Anna Lenk
  • Nominees: Carolyn Mackenzie (Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa), Jason Burggraaf (Greater Ottawa Homebuilders’ Association), Dean Karakasis (BOMA Ottawa)
  • Architect member: Changhong Sun
  • Landscape Architect member: Zachary Hunter
  • Professional planner member: Busingye Nurudin

Appointments to the French Language Services Advisory Committee

Office of the Auditor General (OAG)

  • Audit of the Prevention of Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Investigation of Manotick Business Improvement Area Expenses
  • Preliminary Report on Cybersecurity


  • Designation of Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club at 439 Golden Avenue under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Ottawa Fire Services 2021 and 2022 Annual Report
  • Clothing Donation Box By-law Review
  • Drinking Water Quality Management System 2022 Management Review Report and Operational Plan
  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 1081 Carling Avenue
  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 230 and 232 Lisgar Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 352 Somerset Street West
  • Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning – 2475 Regina Street
  • Treasurer’s Report on 2022 Growth Related Revenues
  • Capital Adjustment for the Purchase of Additional Minibuses
  • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – Audit Charter
  • ACS-2023-PRE-PS-0111 - Kanata North (4)
  • Front-Ending Report - Stormwater Management Pond 1 in Gloucester Urban Centre

📋 Agenda


🚨 ByWard Market

  •  A man has been arrested for attacking two men Sunday, not knowing that they were cops. The two members of the Halton Regional police were not wearing uniforms or identifying items when they were attacked. The two were sent to hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries after the skirmish with four or five men. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

🌊 Play Free

  •  Kids and teens 17 years of age and under have free skating and swimming until December. The City’s Play Free programme means free drop-in swimming every Saturday until December 30 and free drop-in skating every day until December 23. Times vary at each City pool and rink so check availability. (City of Ottawa)

💰 Royal Bank

  •  Staff at the Bank Street Royal Bank called the Ottawa Police on a customer after being confused by her passport. The customer, who had banked at RBC for 15 years, was at her usual branch to pick up a new credit card. Asked to wait an hour, she was shocked to find that she was detained by police after she presented a second piece of ID after her health card, a passport that had an extra ‘R’ in her last name, differing from her bank account information. The woman said that she was treated like a criminal. She eventually did get her credit card. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)



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  •  Fed up transit riders are meeting at City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza for Transit Rally: We’re Done Waiting! 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The event is organised by Free Transit Ottawa, Ottawa Transit Riders, Horizon Ottawa, and Ecology Ottawa.
  •  The 6th Ottawa Korean Film Festival opens with a screening of director KIM Seong-hun’s recently released feature Ransomed. Free at the Ottawa Art Gallery, but a ticket must be reserved.
  •  Synapcity presents a Session on Youth Engagement, at which organizations that work to increase youth engagement within their communities will update participants on their programs. Youth4Youth, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, Youth Action Now, and Smart Youth Network Initiative will all take part. 5:30 pm at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
  •  Musicians: familiarise yourself with the workings of a recording studio at Digital Arts Resource Centre. The In-Person Orientation Recording Studio is open to a maximum of five participants, to give everyone the best learning experience.
  •  It’s the Prescott’s turn to hold a Taylor Swift trivia night. Bring your gang of Swifties and get ready to compete for prizes and, let’s face it, glory. Doors open at 6:30 pm at 379 Preston St.

  •  7th Annual TAConf Music Jam. Rainbow Bistro
  •  Themed Open Stage: Hits from the Early 2000s. Red Bird Live
  •  Lowertown Full Band Karaoke. Lowertown Brewery
  •  Yaima. Churchill Recreation Center



  •  Today is Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. The City of Ottawa recommends that we all check our smoke alarms once per month, and replace the batteries each year. You should also replace your alarm every 10 years.
  •  Did you know that the Metcalfe Fair, which opens today, moved to its current home in 1861? Now you do. The 167th edition of the Fair begins the day with judging of categories like Grains, 4-H Field Crops, Homecrafts, and Eggs. The gates and midway open at 4:00 pm, and the Demolition Derby gets underway at 7:00 pm. Day tickets and weekend passes are available.
  •  In Kemptville, Harvest for Hospice - a Night Market Event will raise funds for the Beth Donovan Hospice. Food vendors will take care of your hunger, and there will be lots to keep the kids busy. 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse.
  •  Jango: Uncharged screens at Night Three of the Ottawa Korean Film Festival. At the Mayfair Theatre. Free, but you must reserve a ticket.

  •  Danielle Allard, Melissa Lamm, and Jasen Colson. City Sounds Live, Minto Park
  •  Rachelle Behrens Sings Latin and Jazz. Marzitelli
  •  Open Mic. Stray Dog Brewing
  •   Josephine Leone. CF Rideau Centre

Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Mark your calendar: Bread by Us is offering assembled but unbaked Tourtière to bake at home for Thanksgiving (they include full baking instructions). They’re also offering Sage Buns made of buttery brioche. Available October 4-8. Oh, and on October 7 and 8, they’re offering Pumpkin Pie with candied cranberry. 
  •  Happy 6th birthday to Flora Hall, who will celebrate the occasion with a proper party on October 7. Expect tunes, kitchen specials, new beers, and great times.
  •  Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and CliffLAND present the Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain on Saturday, October 14 (rain date October 15). Get some outstanding images for your grid or just enjoy filling your lungs with fresh air. It’s a fundraiser for the conservation work of the MMLT; cash donations will be warmly welcomed on site.
  •  Orange Art School’s final session of Fall Art Classes begin October 23. There are options in figure drawing, abstract, collage, and acrylic.


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In the Heart of Lowertown are three 15 minute-ish features on the history and development of Lowertown. Facinating, and are only the first three of a planned five by the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.


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