Thursday, 21 September 2023


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There is so much to do this Saturday, it’s overwhelming. Maybe getting out of town will be more relaxing.

– Martha and Darren


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


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  • – In an alphabetical list, Ottawa is one of 10 North American cities that are best positioned to withstand the impact on property values from the risks of climate change, according to a recent CBRE global survey. The others are Austin, Boston, Denver, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Winnipeg.  (CBRE)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Carl Haworth
  • – The 34 year-old captain of Atlético Ottawa has announced that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the season. Haworth says a complicated, chronic knee injury is the reason for the decision. He has played six seasons for Atlético, with 27 goals and 29 assists. (Ted Raymond at CTV)


  • ‘If you tell me there's no correlation between crime and development like this, I don't believe it for a second’
  • – Carlington resident Jacques Auger at a public meeting speaking against a planned Shepherds of Good Hope supportive housing building. He says the area is saturated, and a new building should be built in Westboro or Rockcliffe Park instead. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)


What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

Audit Committee
Friday, September 22 at 9:30 am

  • Office of the Auditor General – audit charter
  • Office of the Auditor General – audit of the prevention of workplace violence and harassment
  • In camera items:
    Office of the Auditor General – preliminary report on cybersecurity

📋 Agenda


🌘 Experimental Farm

  •  The City’s planning committee has, for a second time, approved a development that will cast shadows over the Experimental Farm. The Committee had previously approved the 16 and 27 storey buildings but realized they hadn’t asked Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and the National Capital Commission’s opinion over darkening the fields. This time, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food of Canada, Stefanie Beck, ‘raised concerns about the “significant costly and enduring impacts that this development, if it goes ahead as planned, will have on the Central Experimental Farm”.’ The Committee then voted to approve the towers once again. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

⚖️ Federal Public Service

  •  The former chief operating officer of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is suing for wrongful dismissal. Edward Gillis is looking for $673,029.54 for breach of contract, $200,000 in punitive damages, compensation for loss of his retirement plan, and legal costs. The Service’s statement of defence says there was a conflict between Gillis, an employee, and the elected board and president which could not be resolved. (Estelle Côté-Sroka at CBC)

🛻 Convoy on Trial

Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

  •  Kim Ayotte, Ottawa's manager of emergency and protective services, continued his testimony yesterday, saying that the emergency lane along Parliament Hill was blocked by trucks that had chained themselves together. The defense said that Ayotte testified during the Federal inquiry that convoy organizers had agreed to maintain an emergency lane and did, for the most part, maintain such a lane.

    Using Ayotte’s notes taken during the Convoy, the defense says that they show the Ottawa Police Service planned from the start to direct trucks to Wellington Street. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)



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See what we mean? There's so much happening this Saturday! No matter where you are or what you’re doing today though, take note that Autumn will officially arrive at 2:49 am. Summer's officially over. 

Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Martha’s sister swears by the outrageous fun to be had at a Choir! Choir! Choir! event. Un-Silent Night: An EPIC Holiday Sing-Along is bound to sell out. December 10, National Arts Centre Southam Hall. Tickets from $15. Presale tickets are on sale now with the code CHOIR23.
  •  Add The Whalebone to yesterday’s list of restaurants offering no-fuss, reheat at home Thanksgiving dinners.
  •  Broken Stick Brewing’s Oktoberfest promises German food, great beer (obvs) and live music, but the promise of keg tossing seals the deal. Tickets on sale now for the October 21 event.


Save big on silk pieces at Sophie Grace.

Backyard furniture covers are up to 30% off at Covers & All.


Andrew King at Ottawa Rewind has a new mystery to solve: the Sparks Street Victorian underground washrooms. A 1967 Ottawa Citizen article makes mention that the long sealed washrooms will not be re-opened. King thinks he has pinpointed exactly where they were at Sparks and O’Conner.

(King used this free resource from Carleton University in his story:  1912 Ottawa Fire Insurance Plans. Clicking around building plans of 1912 Ottawa is pretty fun in itself.)


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