The township of Killaloe, Hagarty, and Richards is outside of our usual baliwick, being located 166 km up the Valley. But this story by Terry Fleurie in the Eganville Leader is just so weird.

At a recent town council meeting, councillor Brian Pecoskie asked Mayor Dave Mayville for the ‘second set’ of books of the town’s finances.

‘We can’t go ahead with a finance meeting. Me, as a councillor, I don’t know about the other ones, I can’t make decisions if I don’t have all the numbers,’ he said.

Says the Mayor, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, double books?’

Says Pecoskie, ‘[D]uring your campaign, it was yourself and your campaign team were saying there were double books, double figures, different numbers.’

Responds the Mayor, ‘“I don’t know where you’re getting double booking from.’

‘You’re the one that said it. I don’t know where it came from, I’m asking you,’ answers the councillor.

See! It’s not just Ottawa. There is definitely something in the water.

– Martha and Darren



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    • 74%
    • – The portion of Canadians surveyed who support 24 Sussex Drive being renovated or rebuilt. 41% want it renovated, 33 per cent want it rebuilt, and 26% want it knocked down and not rebullt. This CTV story is headlined ‘Half of Canadians oppose renovating 24 Sussex: poll’ but they added the 'knock down and rebuild' people to the ‘knock down and leave it fallow’ people. Do better, CTV. (Angus Reid)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Ollie Acosta-Pickering 
    • The 10 year-old is working toward a pro skateboarding career after starting a Canadian National Institute for the Blind program. (Elizabeth Payne in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • Oh man, the folks at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum must be so pissed right now 
    • – Journalist Jonathan Kay on news that the Canadian Tire Centre had released more tickets to disputatious psychologist Jordan Peterson’s January 30 lecture. (Twitter)
    • Thirty-three local groups (PDF), including the Museum, Bright Light Veterinary Eye Care, and the Ottawa Historical Fencing Society, have called for the lecture’s cancellation. 


    🚨 Ottawa Police Service Board meeting

    Some tidbits from yesterday’s Police Services Board meeting:

    🚊 Them’s the brakes

    • Yesterday’s three-hour disruptions on the O Train at Lyon, Pimisi, and Bayview stations was because of a faulty brake. The train stopped outside Tunney’s Pasture station, where passengers had to be evacuated down the track. OC Transpo says brake faults are common. (CBC)

    🏒 FISU

    • Team Canada took home gold in women’s hockey at the FISU World Winter University Games in Lake Placid. University of Ottawa student Aurélie Dubuc was one of three goaltenders, and the Gee Gee’s women’s hockey assistant coach and head scout Greg Bowles did double duty as Team Canada’s coach. (Martin Cleary in Ottawa Sports Pages)

    📸 Call for photos

    •  Do It for the Grain Zine is accepting submissions for its Fourth Year Anniversary Exhibition. Amusingly, the magazine is looking for submissions from anywhere in Eastern Ontario or Western Québec– except from people in Toronto or Montréal. The theme is ‘Home’. (Apt 613)

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    • Marking the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Payadora Tango Ensemble and Lanka Lichtenberg will be performing Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango. National Arts Centre

    • You know the Multiverse like the back of your hand. Now, bring that knowledge to Marvel Trivia Night at Laugh Lounge, where you just might win one of the cool prizes. You’ll also encounter comics and collectibles vendors. 61 York St., 6:30pm til whenevs.
    • Tuesdays mean Music Bingo at Overflow Brewing, starting at 7:00pm sharp. It’s a paperless event so bring your tablet or smart phone to play.


    • WorkSpace Safety 201 Workshop. This course is a prerequisite to using the router, joiner, and table saw at the OTL WorkSpace. 6:00p to 9:00pm
    • Irene’s pub is the scene of Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs’ first Author Meets Readers event if 2023. William Cross, Professor of Political Science, will be discussing his book The Political Party in Canada. 885 Bank St from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 



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    Zolta’s Restaurant has cooked up a romantic Valentine’s meal for two to reheat at home, which includes a long stemmed rose and a scented candle, and it’s $10 off right now.

    For 24 hours only, save 30% when you shop the delicious chocolate postcards at Alicja Collections.

    The End of Season Flash Sale at Little and Lively promises savings of up to 60% on ethically made kids clothes.


    Besides the Eganville Leader, there are still locally owned, independent printed papers keeping up fight in the rural areas like Shawville (The Equity), Chesterville (The Record), Lanark (The Era), Morrisburg (The Leader), Leeds & Grenville (North Grenville Times), and Barry's Bay (The Valley Gazette).

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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