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♿ Para Transpo

  •  Ottawa Transit Riders say that OC Tranpo head Renée Amilcar was one of several officials who took up the campaigning organization's offer to ride Para Transpo with a regular user. Councillors Glen Gower, Marty Carr, Joel Harden, and Wilson Lo have also made the trips. The goal is to demonstrate the reality of using Para Transpo to the able-bodied powers-that-be. (Ottawa Transit Riders)

    ➕ Related CBC journalist Amanda Putz has an audio interview with disability rights campaigner Terrie Meehan on their Para Transpo Challenge trip.

🚊 OC Transpo

🔥 Garbage Fire

  •  The Pontiac region government has given up its dream of a $500 million waste incinerator project. The plan was to build the incinerator and attract business from other municipalities, creating 50 permanent jobs. Residents were not convinced and Québec provincial law prevented the City of Ottawa from sending its trash over the border. (CBC)

🛒 Weekly Grocery Flyer Deal Review

  •  Every week, Donovan Burey gets up early to peruse the grocery flyers then posts the deals on Ottawa Reddit. Highlights this week are all sorts of BBQ deals and sales on blueberries and strawberries. (/Ottawa

🛫 Ottawa International Airport

  •  Air Canada is increasing the number of flights out of Ottawa.

    The updated routes will be: 

    Ottawa – Halifax: three times per day, up from one, as of July 1
    Ottawa – Québec: now daily
    Ottawa – Vancouver: Stilll twice daily, but one is on a Dreamliner

    Next winter, Air Canada will increase flights south for the season:

    Ottawa – Fort Lauderdale:  Six times weekly, up from four
    Ottawa – Orlando: Four times weekly, up from two
    Ottawa – Tampa: Two times weekly, up from one
    Ottawa – Cancun: Four times weekly, up from three
    Ottawa – Punta Cana: Four times weekly, up from three

    Also next winter, Air Canada and United Airlines will jointly provide:

    Ottawa– Chicago (Three times daily)
    Ottawa– New York-Newark (Three times daily)
    Ottawa– Washington-Dulles (Three times daily)
    Ottawa– Washington-Reagan (Daily)


⚖️ Ottawa Fire Service

  •  A charge each has been dropped against the two defendents in the fire fighter assault trial. After a week of testimony from witnesses, the Crown requested the criminal harassment charge against former Ottawa fire fighter Eric Einagel and the negligence causing bodily harm charge against captain Greg Wright be withdrawn. Both were accepted by the judge. Einagel is still on trial for a charge of assault against another fire fighter and Wright is still charged with threatening to discipline the same fire fighter to prevent a report of the incident. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

🛻 Convoy News

  •  The Crown showed the court videos of Convoy organizer Pat King celebrating gridlocking downtown Ottawa. The videos show King saying things like ‘We jammed up Kent Street’ and ’I'm having so much fun. I'm not kidding, I'm having the time of my life’. King has pleaded not guilty to nine charges. (Canadian Press)



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🌹 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.

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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 May 15

Review of pizza, Gatineau Indonesian resto, and six make Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list.


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deals of the day

Friday May 17, 2024

Broadhead Lights and Mexican Lagers are $6 at the Broadhead Brewing taproom on Saturday and Sunday (closed Monday). Plus: buy a 24 case and you’ll get a free tour of the brewery.

Save 20% on hard seltzer at Shillow Beer. The discount is applied at checkout.

Spend a minimum of $100 before tax at Ridge Rock Brewing and get $10 back. Not valid on delivery. This deal ends May 19.

Lip Balms and Body Butters are 50% off while they last at Prairie Soap Shack.

Thursday May 16, 2024

Gift Sets are 20% off at Edmonton, AB’s Jack 59, today and tomorrow (May 17) only. No codes necessary; the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

The Mother’s Day sale at Melow will save you up to 60%, but only until tomorrow.  And remember:  it's all made in Canada.

Select pizzas are half price when you buy a drink at The Grand Pizzeria, 7 George St. K1N 5W1. Even better: Get an Aperol Spritz for $8.

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Lainey’s Luck: Thrift by the Pound is holding a 25% off sale today (Wednesday May 15). Mention The Ottawan to receive your discount. Shop in person from 11:30 - 6:30 today at 523 Bank St. K2P 1Z5.

Just in time for the long weekend, Overflow Brewing is offering a curated case of 24 cans for $67. The offer is valid today through Sunday (May 19).

There’s a big sale happening at Almanac, who have cleared out the basement to make room for a new sheeter. The discounts happen at checkout. Artisanal flour, pantry items, gear, clothing, and baking books are all on offer.

Select nail polishes at plant-based beauty company BKIND are on sale, while they last.

Tuesday May 14, 2024

Loftan Indigenous Made jewellery is offering a 30% discount site wide until Sunday night. 

Monday May 13, 2024

Use the code MOTHERS to receive an additional 35% off at Little & Lively. The sale ends tonight.

Save 25% site wide at FRANC when you use the code SPRINGREFRESH, until May 16.

The Mother’s Day sale at Granted sweaters ends at midnight tonight. Until then, save 15% on all items.

Friday May 10, 2024

Gift cards are 10% off for today only at Katrin LeBlond. Makes a great download-and-print gift for you-know-who on Sunday.

Save up to 25% on overnight stays at Moulin Wakefield Mill during the month of May.

Thursday May 9, 2024

All Eco Ottawa’s sale means savings on nearly everything in store. If you need dish soap, cleaners, skin care or reusable coffee cups and water bottles, check here first. Sale ends Sunday May 12.

Toronto and Petite Rivière N.S. artist and illustrator Stephanie Cheng has produced work for artists like Radiohead, Lizzo, and Childish Gambino, and now you have a chance to own one of her slightly imperfect prints for up to 75% off. The annual Spring Seconds and Misprints Sale happens on Instagram this Saturday, May 11, starting at 11:00 am.

Wednesday May 8, 2024

Save 15% on Aventure Outaouais Wine Tours. Use the code MO15OFF to save on the Pontiac Wine & Cider Tour or Petite-Nation Wine & Cider Tour. The sale ends May 11 at 11:30 pm.

Tuesday May 7, 2024

The Sleep Shirt’s Goodbye Sale continues with deals on sleepwear, bamboo toothbrushes, upcycled aprons, and long sleeve tees.

Monday May 6, 2024

Beyond the Pale Brewing is offering a free 16oz logo glass with purchase of 4-pack of Evening Edition Dark Lager. You can get this deal in person or online. The brewery is also offering a 10% discount on orders of full or mixed flats of 24 cans of beer (in person orders only).


Save 30% on the Made Here collection by Victoria, BC brand Ecologyst during the month of May.




ottawan of the day

Amit, Anand, and Arun Munje

  • Amit and Arun have developed software, AIHEARU, to assist people who have difficulty speaking inspired by brother Anand, who has cerebral palsy.

  • Using the software, Anand has launched a YouTube channel, Anand’s World, featuring  interviews with entrepreneurs, academics and artists and comments about chess.   (Matthew Kupfer at CBC


If you get a good (packing) box, you keep it

  • New offensive line coach for the Ottawa RedBlacks, Pat Perles, has moved team eight times since he was married 24 years ago. Perles’ wife Karen, from St Catharines, has ‘been wanting to come back, she’s a proud Canadian, so everything just worked out’. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Citizen)


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