Monday April 29, 2024


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It’s annoying enough when one is caught by a speed camera, it's just an added insult to have the City demand payment by text message soon after.

Except that second part is not true – it’s a scam. If you’ve received a demand for payment by text – complete with payment link – from the City, it’s fake. 

The City only send out tickets by post. It’s become such a problem, that the City has had to send a press release out about it.

– Martha and Darren



    • 100
    • – The number of years the Parkdale Market was been in business. The 100th edition opens on May 11.  (Kitchissippi Times)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jackson Bennett
    • – The Ottawa RedBlacks running back is retiring after five years in the CFL. Bennett was born in Cumberland and graduated from the University of Ottawa. (Natasha O’Neill at CityNews)


    • We have forcefully and repeatedly affirmed that no incitement to violence or incidents of harassment or hate, including Islamophobia and Antisemitism, will be tolerated on our campuses

    • – Associate vice-president of student affairs at University of Ottawa, Eric Bercier, in a statement that declares encampments will not be allowed on campus. (William Eltherington at CTV)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa 0 – Montréal 2 last Saturday


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    No meetings tomorrow


    📚 Ottawa International Food and Book Expo

    •  Everyone is mad at the Ottawa International Food and Book Expo held over the weekend. This is the second year of the festival, which has a line-up of panelists and food courts. Its promotions mention sponsons like the Hill Times newspaper, Syracuse PBS station WCNY, and the Ottawa Public Library – none of whom were aware their logos were being used.

      Former Much Music VJ Bill Welychka, who was to be the compère for the show, dropped out after learning several of the panelists were Convoy-affiliated, like Tom Quiggin, People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier, and former Member of Provincial Parliament Randy Hillier.

      The Ottawa International Writers Festival released a statement explaining that the Expo had nothing to do with them, and pointing out that the Expo had a deceptively similar website URL. (The Writers Festival is, the Expo is

      (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress) (Ottawa International Food and Book Expo)

    🏫 Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  The Ottawa Carleton District School Board has announced the names of two new schools. The new school in Findlay Creek will be named Mino Miikan Elementary School, Mino Miikan being ‘the good path’ in the Algonquin language. The new school in Stittsville will be Maplewood Secondary School and is named after maple trees, really, because we can only assume that the naming committee needed to go home early. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    📋 New Embassy

    •  Premier Doug Ford announced a new Regional Office in Ottawa today. The Regional Office will ‘support greater engagement with both municipal and federal governments and play an important role in implementing the new deal, advancing shared priorities and ensuring that Ottawa’s unique needs as Ontario’s second-largest city and Canada’s capital are addressed and supported’. 

      Reading the press release, we’re not quite sure what the new office is going to be doing.

      Wait, here’s some more: ‘This office will provide Ottawa’s municipal government with a central link to the premier, cabinet and government. It will help ensure that the needs of Ottawa residents, including workers, families, business owners and more, are understood and met at the provincial level. It will also provide the province with additional resources to ensure Ontario’s needs are properly understood and addressed by the federal government.’

      Clear as mud. The new office will be led by Sean Webster, who doesn’t have a title. 

      (Province of Ottawa)

    🎳 Bowling

    •  The former Future Shop in Kanata will become a Splitsville bowling alley. The new bowling alley will have 18 lanes of 10 pin bowling with lane-side food and drink service. Splitsville Kanata will open in the autumn. (Ottawa Business Journal) (Splitsville)


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    •  Writer/producer Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil, Everybody Loves Raymond) brings his live tour to Algonquin Commons Theatre.

    •  France’s Fat Bottomed Boys have toured Paris and London, and now they’re bringing their Queen tribute to Ottawa. Fat Bottomed Boys: Ottawant To Break Free play the Rainbow Bistro for one night only.

    •  ByTowne Cinema: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, La Bête (The Beast), Linda veut du poulet! (Chicken for Linda!)

    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, Knightriders


    •  Karaoke Mondale. Atomic Rooster

    •  The Telegrams. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Bluegrass Mondays featuring the Bluegrass Junction. Red Bird

    •  Close Talker, Post-date. SAW Centre



    •  Québec playwright Maude Laurendeau’s play Rose in the Machine gets its English language premier at the NAC this week. The play explores parenting a child on the autism spectrum while navigating the barriers in the health care and education systems of Québec. Until May 4 in the Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre 1 Elgin St.

    •  Oysters are $2 each at Orléans Brewing Co’s Oyster Wednesday, each week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLa Bête (The Beast), German Language Film Festival Ottawa: One for the Road, Wings of Desire

    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, Animation Show n Tell Ottawa


    •  Jazz Nite with Brian An, Peter Hum, Mike Essoudry, and Keith Walton. Bar Robo

    •  Spectrum: Queer Performing Arts Showcase presented by Queer Creator Connections. Club SAW

    •  New Talent Showcase (amateur comedians). Yuk Yuk’s

    •  The Prime Rib Big Band. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Rare Groove Wednesdays. Atomic Rooster

    •  Red Bird Trivia. Red Bird

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Spend a relaxing evening exploring the world of collage at BEING Studio’s Art Fusion Workshop. Collage & Sip will be led by instructor Julie Fletcher, a BEING Studio painting and collage artist. No experience is necessary. $45 per person. Thursday May 23 at Room 304, Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. K1R 6H5

    • A Savage Society and NAC Indigenous Theatre Production of Tai Amy Grauman’s You used to call me Marie sweeps across eight generations of Callihoo women with a live soundtrack of French fiddle music and contemporary country. June 12 - 16 at National Arts Centre Babs Asper Theatre.



    Today we learned about ‘Buddy Sap’, the low-quality maple syrup that tastes like a ‘burnt Tootsie Roll’ and only discoverable after the effort of boiling down maple sap into syrup has already been done. Buddy Sap is usually discarded.

    Researchers at Carleton University have developed a new test that detects Buddy Sap before all that labour and expense is wasted.



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