What Ottawa is Talking About – 20 April 2022

20 April 2022

▪️Amazon says it will open another warehouse in Ottawa – this one with robots. Amazon says that it will open four new warehouses in Ontario, creating 4,000 jobs. 1,500 of those jobs will be in Hamilton – they didn't say how many the robot-staffed Ottawa location would employ. [CBC

▪️Apartment 613 is looking for the 2022 Garden of the Year. Launched last year, it was so successful that the Apt 613 guys want to trudge all over Ottawa in search of the most sincere flower bed all over again. New this year is the balcony garden category. Apt 613 doesn't seem to know what the prizes are this year – last year it was a $250 gift card for Robert Plante Greenhouses. Nominations open May 4. [Apt 613]

▪️OC Transpo has cut its electric bus order to a third after the Auditor General told them they had not done enough testing. OC Transpo has been testing several electric buses but had made an order without a year's worth of data. Do they work well in summer? Winter? Who knows?, pointed out the AG. Twenty-six buses are now on order, rather than 74. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Knoxdale-Merivale ward councillor Keith Egli won't run again for City council in October. Egli gave the classic ‘I want to spend more time with my family’ excuse, however, as he has been elected three times during his 12 year stint, this seems like a legitimate statement. [CBC]

▪️The first cannabis drive thru in the city opens Saturday. ShinyBud has taken over an old Tim Hortons at 2200 Carling Avenue, complete with drive-thru windows. The store will give away free coffee – no purchase necessary – and a charity bar-b-que with proceeds to Cannabis Amnesty. [Newswire]

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