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🔥 Fire Ban

  • To no one’s surprise, the City has instituted a ban on open air fires until further notice. This includes those who have existing fire permits. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

🏘️ Sprawl

  • Two dozen home owners in Eastboro cannot move into their new builds because of a standoff between the developer and the City. The hitch is the storm sewer – developers are normally required to pay for the bits that service a new project but can be reimbursed for anything that improves the sewer system for those outside the community. The developer says it has done $19 million of community improvements, the City says it has done $4 million. Until it is worked out, no one can move in. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    ➕Related Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard is worried that the City will be on the hook for millions on the Tewin development as the developers will only be paying for their part of the infrastructure.

♻️ Landfill

  • The Environment and Climate Change Committee has approved the solid waste master plan, which it hopes will extend the life of the Trail Waste Facility landfill to 30 years from the expected 15. The plan mostly involves diversion: recycling items, diverting food waste into compost, and reducing materials. City Council will approve or disapprove the plan next week. (Natasha O’Neill at CityNews) (The Master Plan)

⚓ Heritage Neighbourhoods

  • The Built Heritage Committee is looking into declaring three Ottawa neighbourhoods as historic. Studies will move ahead on the Golden Triangle; Dundonald Park on Somerset Street with surrounding blocks; and Bank Street  from Albert Street to Gloucester Street. After that, the committee wants studies on Beaverbook in Kanata; Macdonald Gardens in Lowertown East; Wellington Street West in Hintonburg; and Island Park Drive from the Kitchi Zibi Mikan parkway to the Central Experimental Farm. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

🏒 The Sens

  • The Ottawa Senators will play a preseason match against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the small town of Elliot Lake, midway between the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. Elliot Lake was selected as the 2024 winner of the Kraft Hockeyville pageant, which grants a $250,000 upgrade to the arena and $10,000 worth of youth hockey equipment. The game is September 29 at Centennial Arena.  (National Hockey League Player’s Association)

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Father’s Day Food Ideas

Much of which involves grilling.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

You’re all grown up now, so your Father’s Day gift ought to read ‘stylish’ and ‘mature’ rather than ‘goofy’ and ‘socks’.

🌹 10 cool ways to celebrate Mother’s Day

If you have a mother figure to celebrate (we're talking about your Mom, your friend who’s a cat or dog Mom, your mother-in-law, your grandma, your favourite Aunt, etc.) there is still time to find a gift that will make her day. Here's a list of 10 cool ways to celebrate.

Get a jump on Easter chocolate

Chocolate bunnies wait for no one.

Our annual reader survey of the best that Ottawa and area has to offer.

food + drink

The latest food and dining news in the Capital.

Weekly update for Wed June 19

African BBQ House, two new Chick-Fil-As, and the 4th Annual Chicken BBQ Drive-Thru.

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Wednesday June 19, 2024

Save 25% on Summer Lovin’ package getaways at Moulin Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa this weekend. You’ll receive a room for two overnight, a bottle of sparkly, Québec charcuterie, gourmet breakfast, and access to the outdoor pool, hot tubs and sauna. You’ll also get preferred rates to local partners’ activities like Aventure Outaouais Tours, Eco-Odyssée, Expédition Wakefield, Golf Edelweiss, Arbraska and Owl Rafting. From $299 + tax for two. Valid Sunday to Friday until June 30. 

Need new swimwear? There are some extraordinary deals to be had in the SHAN sale, with savings of up to 70%. Even better: all pieces are designed and manufactured in Canada. 

Early Bird prices to Calabogie Peaks will be gone in 11 days.

Tuesday June 18, 2024

Get 20% off select summer styles in the Message Factory flash sale.

Monday June 17, 2024

Need something pretty for an event this summer? Look no further than Parkhurst, which is holding a sale on its Made in Canada dresses. Choose one of three styles that are now priced at $75.

To mark St. Jean Batiste day in Québec next Monday (June 24), all pieces in the ‘la vie en bleu’ selection are discounted 24% at checkout at Vètements Mandala, until Wednesday June 19. Naturally, all of the brand’s clothing is manufactured in Québec.

Friday June 14, 2024

Full Cycle is throwing a 30th anniversary party in the St. Laurent store with a sale on Saturday (June 15). Visit for in person for deals like 30% off shoes, apparel, helmets, and tires.

Dad gets in for free all weekend at Saunders Farm.

Check out the deals in I Love Tylor Madison’s summer sale. Shorts, tees, pants, and skirts are on sale.

Thursday June 13, 2024

Use the code strawberries to save on Montréal-made womenswear at Rightful Owner, this week only. 

Save 20% on the Mens Collection at Message Factory. Everything is designed and made in Montréal. 

Pop Up Podcasting is having an Indy Podcasters Summer Sale. Save 25%on indy sessions this month, July, and August. Now is obviously the time to get that podcast off the ground. 

One-pieces are 20% off at June Swimwear, today through June 16. It’s an automatic sale; no discount code necessary.

Wednesday June 12, 2024

Give your father figure some made-in Québec style. Mens clothing and socks are 15% off onsite at Abaka. The sale will be applied automatically until June 16.

Tuesday June 11, 2024

One for the crafters: Fabrications is offering 25% off Imaginary Flowers quilting cotton. Use the code SALEOFTHEWEEK when you check out online; the sale is also happening in-store. The sale ends 11:59 pm on Sunday June 16.

Monday June 10, 2024

Get 25% off archive pieces at Rose Boreal. 

Find offers of up to 50% off at the Cyntia Miglio sale. Earrings and bracelets in a range of prices are included in the sale. 

Enjoy 15% off regularly priced furniture at Maison Corbeil until July 1. 

Emilia Night Shirts are 30% off until June 17 at 49th Apparel.

Friday June 7, 2024

Get Dad a groovy new grilling apron in the Medium Rare Chef Apparel 20% sale.

In Franc’s Gratitude Sale you’ll get deals of 30-60% off. Use the code BIGGRATITUDE to save.

We know we featured Sophie Grace yesterday, but today they’ve got bamboo basics for under $50. We thought you should know.

Save up to 60% on summerwear at Katrin LeBlond.

Thursday June 6, 2024

Skirts are on sale at Sophie Grace.

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69.1

  • The per centage of trips in Ottawa made by car in 2022, up from 68.5  in 2011. Walking is 14.2 per cent, up from 10.5; cycling is 3.9 per cent, up from 1.9. Transit plummeted from 14.2 per cent in 2011 to 8.5 per cent in 2022. (Josh Pringle at CTV

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Cameron Dunkerley

  • Dunkerley has a lot on his plate. He’s not just the goalie for the new Ottawa Black Bears National Lacrosse League team but is also the employer of 12 people through his company, Dunk Disposal, a waste management and junk removal company located in Orangeville. In his spare time, he plays goal for the Western Lacrosse League team, Victoria Shamrock.  (National Lacrosse League)

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Cyclistes un seul fichier restez à droite

  • A mistranslated ‘Cyclists single file keep right’ sign on a City cycle path seen by professional translator Michel Boulet. Boulet says that Ottawa must work harder to become a truly bilingual city, pointing out that on the sign in question, the French word ‘fichier’ means file in the sense of a Word document or a PDF, not "queuing up". (Michel Boulet in the Ottawa Citizen

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