Greetings from the VIA Rail train 45 to Toronto, so, so good.

The excitement we’ll be missing most this week is the Biden visit. Things like a US presidential visit tend to trow a spanner in the everyday workings of the City. 

Do let us know what happens,

– Martha and Darrren



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    • 🌨️ 30 per cent chance of flurries or rain. High of 3°, low of -5°. 


    • 151,000 
    • – The number of homes the City of Ottawa has pledged to help build over the next 10 years. The number is set by the Province. (Kate Porter at CBC)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Cynthia Cruickshank
    • The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering researcher at Carleton University is director of the new Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research, which is constructing a 6,000-square-foot lab with 50-foot-high ceilings to test building materials for heat loss. (Carleton University)


    • I'm just going to phrase it this way: The mayor of Ottawa and the police chief, they had their jobs. The mayor of Toronto, Mayor Tory, and Chief Ramer, they had their jobs. It was night and day
    • – Premier Doug Ford after being asked about the public inquiry report of the Trucker convoy.  (Alastair Steele at CBC)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 last night

    🔦 Joint Task Force 2

    • Canada’s super secret special forces unit, Joint Task Force 2, will remain in Ottawa instead of moving to Trenton. The Federal government is spending $1.4 billion to upgrade facilities at JTF2’s current Dwyer Hill Training Centre. The government had already expropriated land in Trenton, causing widespread protests from local farmers. (David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen)

    3️⃣0️⃣ Ottawa Magazine

    • The next edition of Ottawa magazine will be its last. Parent company St Joseph Communication, which publishes such things as Maclean’s and Toronto Life is closing the title after 25 years. (Liam Fox in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚜 Tewin Farm

    • The owners of the Tewin land clearcut the land weeks before signing an agreement with a farmer. The Taggart company and Algonquins of Ontario had been criticized for removing acres of trees without a permit, however, a loophole in the law allows for clearcutting for farming. Knoxdale-Merivale ward councillor Sean Devine discovered the timeline issue when he privately viewed the lease. (Joanne Chianello & Kate Porter at CBC)


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    • Canadian Geographic presents a fascinating talk by author Kenn Harper, on Knud Rasmussen and the Fife Thule Expedition of 1921. Rasmussen set out to document the beliefs and experiences of the isolated North American Inuit. The event is Pay-What-You-Can, and starts at 7:00pm in the Alex Trebek Theatre, 50 Sussex Drive. 
    • Bring your LPs to the Hintonburg Public House and trade them for new tunes. The Sip and Swap starts at 7 pm. 1020 Wellington St. W, ON K1Y 2X


    Just Announced

    • The National Gallery of Canada’s Annual Public Meeting will take place on Wednesday April 5, 2023, from 2:30 to 4:00pm. National Gallery of Canada Auditorium, 38u0 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. You can choose to attend In person or virtual
    • Dominion City Brewing Co is launching DCBC Beer School. To kick off the series, book a ticket for Thursday March 30 when DCBC co-founder Josh McJannett will offer a guided tour of the brewery and lots of insight into the brewing process. Tickets include a flight, a snack, a 5oz pour, and the tour


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    Yesterday, we published this Tweet by Saskatchewan journalist Emily Klatt illustrating the dress sense of Canadian cities. We didn't come out well.

    So many people commented to Klatt out leaving out their burgs, she created an updated version. Somehow, we came out worse!

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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