We’re back from that other Capital.

It was only eight hours to drive down but congestion and construction made it a 12 hour journey back home.

Nonetheless, it was a great impromptu 48 hour diversion. You can consider this permission from us to say yes, the next time you need to make a spur of the moment decision. 

– Martha & Darren



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    • 🌤️ Partly cloud. High of 24°, low of 16°. 


    • $180,000
    • – The amount of money needed by the Barrhaven Food Cupboard or it will be forced to close. The non-profit has found that costs have risen from $10,000 per month to $40,000. (Peter Szperling at CTV) (Donate)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • A lot of people believe you need to move to Los Angeles and other big cities to make a name for yourself in the music industry, however, this is not the case!
    • – Music producer Blasian Beats whose work and collaborations from his Ottawa base have gone multi-platinum (Kevin Bourne in Shifter) (Instagram)


    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Calvary FC 0 last Wednesday
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 88 – Hamilton Honey Badgers 82 last Wednesday

    🌪️ Barrhaven Tornado

    📱 Meta 

    •  The City will continue to advertise on Facebook and InstagramOrléans West-Innes ward councillor Laura Dudas wanted the City to boycott Meta, the owner of the two social media sites, after it announced that it would not pay for links to Canadian news sites as mandated by a new Canadian law. Twenty per cent of the City’s public relations advertising goes to the two websites. Council voted to keep the advertising in a 12 to 10 vote. The Federal government, as well as the Ville de Gatineau have pulled their advertising already. (CBC)

    ☎️ Emergency Mental Health Line

    •  City Council has approved funding a new dispatch line for mental health emergencies. The idea is specialized teams could be sent to deal with people in distress rather than regular police officers. It will take a year or so to develop the service. (The Canadian Press)

    🛫 We’ll still always have Paris

    •  Air France will continue to fly from Ottawa, at least through the winterThe airline, Ottawa’s only connection to Europe, has transported 4,000 passengers since its first flight July 27. (Josh Pringer at CTV)

    🚗 Queen Elizabeth Driveway

    •  Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe really doesn’t like opening streets to pedestriansThe Mayor thinks the closure of Queen Elizabeth Driveway on weekends disrupts traffic to Lansdowne. He previously successfully advocated reopening Wellington Street to cars. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

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    ⛳ Lightning

    •  Both golfers who were struck by lightning on a Carp golf course June 26 have diedThe two were playing golf at Loch March Golf & Country Club during a severe thunderstorm warning when they were hit by lightning. Both were transported to hospital. (CBC)


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    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Red Apron invites wine lovers to “Perfect Pairings” on Thursday July 20. Five wines from Redtail Vineyard in Prince Edward County will be on offer, paired with Red Apron bites. $35 per person (plus tax). Get your tickets in person at the shop or call 613-695-0417.
    •  The annual Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal Golf Tournament is one of the best networking opportunities of the summer, and it’s approaching fast. Tuesday August 22 at GreyHawk Golf Club, 4999 Boundary Road.
    •  Festibière de Gatineau is back for its 12th edition, fulfilling the dreams of our region’s beer lovers at Place des Festivals Zibi from July 19 to 29.


    There’s free shipping from Strut Jewellery all weekend. No code necessary.


    MPG has discounted select activewear pieces by up to 50%.


    Listen to the Lake FM 88.1 “All About the House” programme – it’s in Perth but most people in the Ottawa area can receive it or you can listen online – as they run a one-hour Radiothon to benefit the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust. This year the Trust celebrates 20 years of preserving the natural lands and landscapes of this area that is just a short drive West of Ottawa. Once the broadcast is complete, the MMLT’s phone lines will stay open until 6:00 PM to take donations. 8 am.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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