Wednesday, 18 October 2023


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The City is starting its consulations with the public over next year’s budget today, beginning with Somerset, Kitchissippi, and Capital wards.

Councillors Ariel Troster, Jeff Leiper, Shawn Menard will meet with the public virtually at 7:00 pm tonight to discuss priorities. Watch on Zoom here.

West Carleton is up tomorrow at West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road; Bay, College, and Knoxdale-Merivale meet virtually on Monday  (registration required), and Rideau-Rockcliffe's date is Oct 30 (registration required). 

The public consultations with the rest of the wards are November 14 and later, so we’ll mention them closer to the date.

All the details are here, and the City’s website on the budget, including a form where you can post your priorities, is here.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  • Food + Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • – The score out of 100 that the top two Federal departments received in the annual Public Service Employee Survey, indicating that Canada Human Rights Commission and Prairies Economic Development Canada are the best places to work. At 17 points, Canadian Security and Intelligence Service is the worst place to work, but their wiretaps already told them that. (Jake Cole in the Ottawa Citizen)

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  • Angela Hewitt
  • – The concert pianist is donating 50 of her vintage dresses to OrKidstra, the Ottawa-based charity that helps support children in underserved communities through music. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa will sell the garments through the Thrive Select Thrift store on Merivale Road starting tomorrow. (CBC)


  • It looks like a letter that was sent out from somebody who's holding my dog hostage

  • – Orléans East-Cumberland ward councillor Matt Luloff on the letters sent out by Service Line Warranties of Canada offering disaster plans for sewer and water lines. The warranties, which are legitimate, help cover the cost of a broken water or sewer line between the street and a house, an area which would not normally be the responsibility of the City. While the company is authorized by the City to use the Ottawa logo on their letters, residents constantly complain that the design of the letters look like it could be a scam. The City’s Environment and Climate Change committee voted to renogotiate the deal, which must be approved by the full council. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)




What’s going on tomorrow at City Hall.

Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee
Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 9:30 AM

5.1 Minor Amendments of Various By-laws

We looked through the 44 various bylaws and the changes are things like ‘Repeal the expression “Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquaria (CAZA)” and replace it with the expression “Canada’s Accredited Zoos and
Aquariums (CAZA)”’ and ‘Strike out the word “then” where it appears in the
definition of "mobile canteen” and replace it with the word “than”’.

📋 Agenda


🛫 Ottawa International Airport

  •  Porter Airlines is introducing a new non-stop Ottawa – Calgary route. Starting February 24. the new daily route will leave Ottawa at 6:20 pm and leave Calgary at 8:50 am. Air Canada previously announced that it would be ending its Ottawa – Calgary route at the end of this month. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

🎨 Art

  •  Studio Sixty Six has a new owner. As of next January 1,  Brendan A. de Montigny is taking over the gallery as new director and owner. A small snapshot of de Montigny’s extensive experience includes stints at Galerie LeRoyer, Galerie deBellefeuille, St-Laurent + Hill, Canada Council for the Arts (Art Bank), and Artscape. Gallery founder Carrie Colton will transition to a remote sales associate position for the gallery under her new enterprise Carrie Colton, Art Consultant. (Studio Sixty Six)

🎭 Ottawa Little Theatre

  •  If you have a fully realized script for a play, the Ottawa Little Theatre wants to hear from you. The Theatre is accepting submissions for the 83rd National One-Act Playwriting Competition. The winner will received $1,000 but more importantly, the Theatre will perform the piece. Scripts should be between 25 and 45 minutes long. Deadline is December 31. (Shireen Agharazi-Dormani at Apt 613) (83rd National One-Act Playwriting Competition)

📚 Ādisōke

  •  Ādisōke, the new joint Ottawa Public Library / Library and Archives Canada ediface celebrated its ‘topping off’ this morning. The fifth and final floor was poured, ending that part of the construction and beginning the building of the interior. Mayor Mark Sutcliffe; councillor Matthew Luloff, chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board; Chief Greg Sarazin, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation; and band councillor Frankie Cote, on behalf of Chief Dylan Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg attended the ceremony. 

    Today’s ceremony also launched the new website and branding. Ādisōke is scheduled to open in 2026.

    (City of Ottawa)

🚧 Queensway

  •  The eastbound lanes between Carling/Kirkwood and Metcalfe, and westbound lanes between Metcalfe/Catherine and Bronson of Highway 417 will close for four days. Starting at 8:00 pm tomorrow and lasting until 6:00 am Tuesday, the closure is for the replacement of the Percy Street bridge. (CBC)



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  •  Game developers - or those who are interested in getting involved - are meeting up for a relaxed night of prototypes and student projects. October Show & Chill starts at 8:00 pm at 22 Waller St.
  •  Enjoy Authentic Flamenco featuring Yolanda Osung at the intimate Gladstone Theatre tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday (Friday night is already sold out).
  •  Enjoy a midweek shopping trip for fresh produce. Beechwood Street Market’s Farm Store is open from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 1805 Gaspé today. While you’re there, pick up items for the pantry, some fresh chicken, and frozen Italian meals from Fettuncine’s in Beacon Hill.





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Canadian-made work and sportswear brand Rosa Rugosa is offering free shipping on orders over $250.

PSA: Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa currently has several good looking Mid Century Modern pieces in stock. They won’t last long.

More furniture deals: Form Furniture (formerly MIKAZA furniture) is having an Autumn Sale that includes solid wood items made in Canada. Shop online or visit 450 Preston St.

The Canadian knitwear brand Olena Zylak is offering free shipping on all 36 styles of 2023 winter hats until 11:59 pm on Friday (October 20). These are possibly the most gorgeous winter hats you’ll see this season, and the opportunity to save a bit should not be missed. It probably goes without saying but we’ll do so anyway: these hats - which are made with materials like merino wool and alpaca - are made in Canada.

Maker House is testing out lower shipping costs in Ontario and Quebec until Halloween. Until October 31 enjoy parcel shipping for $9.95 (it was $14.95) or free shipping on purchases over $150. Since some of us are already in the midst of Christmas shopping (Darren’s hand is not raised) this is a great time to shop all the fine Canadian-made products at Maker House.


There has been an unexpected mushrooming of moggies admitted to Ottawa Humane Society. Last week, the Society took in 90 cats who need adopters and foster homes. (William Eltherington at CTV) (Ottawa Humane Society)


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