A certain sort of ottawan reader may suspect that the reason today’s edition is in their inbox so early is because it is yesterday’s edition out extra late. That suspicion isn’t incorrect.

Circumstances of a probably avoidable sort occured yesterday and we just couldn’t get the ottawan out at a reasonable hour, even by our flexible standards. 

We apologize for leaving you out of Ottawa’s loop.

– Martha and Darren


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  • ☀️ Sunny. High of 18°, low of 2° 


  • $24 million
  • – The amount in additional Provincial funding for an Ottawa Community Housing project. The Province initially only provided $840,000 for homeless alleviation from its $190 million fund.  (Kate Porter at CBC)

Wakefieldian of the Day

  • Sacha Roy
  • – The Québec City filmmaker bought an off grid, one acre plot on a cliff outside Wakefield to build his new home. Challenge:: he had no construction background. Using AirMiles, he bought tools and from YouTube, he learned how to use them. Oh yes, there are pictures. (Alex Cyr in Maclean’s)


  • I haven't seen anything like this in 15 years
  • – Biology professor Davis Beresford who says the current wet weather, combined with last year’s drought, make perfect conditions for swarms of mosquitoes. the ottawan can attest that the mosquitoes are not only increasing, they seem to be getting smarter.


  • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks  95 – Brampton Honey Badgers 93 last night
  • Frontier League Ottawa Titans 9 – Sussex County Miners 6 last Tuesday

🚊 Confederation Line

  •  The Confederation Line will be partially closed June 5 - 19 for maintenance. Different bits will be closed at different times but the sections affected are between Tunney's Pasture and Hurdman, Lyon and Blair, Blair and Rideau, and Tunney's Pasture and Rideau. Rail replacement buses will run between the stations. (CBC)

⚖️ Hassan Diab extradiction

  •  In Canadian Dimension, Judy Deutsch argues that Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab is being scapegoated in regard to France’s request for his extradition. Diab was convicted in abstensia last month for terrorism. Deutsch points out that France itself refuses to extradite ten convicted terrorists to Italy, nor Canadian priest Johannes Rivoire, who is charged with sexually assaulting Inuit children.  (Canadian Dimension)

🎟️ Win from your Waste

  •  The City is giving away a one-year individual fitness pass or six month household pass to someone who signs up for the waste notification app. Sign up to the notifications of your waste-day-and-type, and one lucky resident will win in their June 4 and 11 reminders. (City of Ottawa) (iOS app) (Android App)

    Related You can get a free one-time, three day pass by visting your local City fitness facility.

    Related City Council has asked staff to explore other options for Ottawa’s waste, including incineration.

💰 Ukrainian Students

  •  Students who come to Canada as emergency travellers are charged international student rates at university. All universities in Canada use international students as a money grab but charge domestic rates for refugees. However, Carleton does not consider Ukrainian students who escaped the Russian invasion under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel as refugees. Carleton tuition is around $9,000 per year, internation student tuition is $47,000 annually. (Avanthika Anand at CBC)

    Related The City is considering sending a used ambulance to Ukraine. A bylaw that requires surplus equipment to be auctioned off needs to be changed first.

🛻 Convoy Update

  •  A Windsor police officer has been found guilty of one count of discreditable conduct for donating $50 to the Convoy. Two days after the Ottawa Police Service declared a state of emergency, Constable Michael Jason Brisco donated $50 through an online fundraiser. Brisco was on unpaid leave of absence at the time as he did not vaccinate as required by Windsor Police. Punishment for his discreditable conduct is 80 hours of unpaid work, made up on days off or annual leave. (Michelle Maluske at CTV)

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  •  The Alma Duncan Salon at Ottawa Art Gallery welcomes the European Union Short Film Festival Friday and Saturday. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, there are three separate programs, 22 new short films made in the EU, and complimentary food and drinks prior to screenings. Admission to the festival is free.
  •  Disco Inferno at Overflow Brewing Co. $30
  •  Celebrate 10 years of Studio Sixty Six with a public reception combined with the opening of the Contructed Truths exhibition. Cash bar. 858 Bank St., Suite 101.


  •  Legendary boundary-pushers Carole Pope and Rough Trade invade Bar Robo. Opening will be the amazing OK Naledi bringing their trademark Afro House music project. 170 Queen St.
  •  Take in the dancing, drumming, singing, and food at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s 44th Traditional Pow Wow (today and Sunday). There’s also a market, where you’ll find traditional items like dreamcatchers, jewellery, art, and clothing. It’s all happening at the Canadian Police College, 1 Sandridge Road.
  •  Urban Arts Collective’s DISRUPT Street Art Festival gets underway at 2:00pm, bringing more than 20 local artists to 1088 Somerset St. W.
  •  Wellington West BIA presents a Pop-up Dance & Shop Arts Market in Somerset Square. Area businesses will be taking part from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
  •  The Great Glebe Garage Sale is the place to be if you like bargains. We know a couple who, when they visited this garage sale event a few years ago, sourced an antique dining table and eight chairs for an incredible price. In addition to residents selling on their front lawns, you’ll find specials at the merchants around the neighbourhood. The official hours are 8:00am to 2:00pm in the streets bordered by Bronson Avenue, the Queensway (417), and the Canal.
  •  Visit the Ecology Ottawa booth at the Great Glebe Garage Sale and receive a free native seedling.
  •  Toronto-based Indigenous Hockey Equipment Drive, together with the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association, visits our city for the first time this Saturday. Since 2015 the organization has collected donations of gently used hockey equipment for Indigenous Youth in Ontario. Bring helmets, skates, gloves, elbow pads, and other equipment to the Sandy Hill Arena, 60 Mann Ave, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
  •  OC Transpo is holding a job fair at Greenboro Station from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
  •  It’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Presented by Run Ottawa, there are runs for every level of fitness, from the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon right down to the Ottawa 2K, presented by ASICS Runkeeper. Online registration is finished but you can do it on the day in person.

    Related Road closures during race weekend
  •  Ottawa Street Markets are holding another Sip & Shop event at their 1805 Gaspé Avenue store, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. There will be live tunes, and plenty of vendors selling food and crafts. Baccanalle will also be open and offering fresh Caribbean food.

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All Audo Copenhagen products (formerly “Menu”) are 20% off at The Modern Shop until May 29.

Save 15% on women’s pants at Anne Mulaire when you use the code MYPANT15.


Ottawa resident and Senator Andrew Cardozo has Seven Big Ideas to make Ottawa a great capital city. They are: 1️⃣ Pedestrianize Wellington Street in front of Parliament 2️⃣ Move the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology to a modern downtown site 3️⃣ Open a graffiti museum 4️⃣ Create a mural programme 5️⃣ Open a portrait museum but call it the Museum of the Canadian People 6️⃣ Rebuild 24 Sussex Drive 7️⃣ Open an Indigenous art museum.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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