Wednesday, November 1 2023


❄️ Light snow
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🌞 7:40 am🌛5:52 pm


☁️ Broken clouds
High 7° Low -3°
🌞 7:42 am🌛5:49 pm



The transformer fire at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus last Friday not only closed the emergency room, it caused the loss of 400 litres of blood due to the loss of power for refrigeration.

While the situation is not critical, Canadian Blood Services would be pleased to take your blood donations and bring the local supply back up to normal.

Click here for a blood donor clinic near you.

Lansdown 2.0 Live 

The big show starts at 9:30 am as the joint Finance and Corporate Services and Planning and Housing Committee meets to discuss the Lansdowne 2.0 proposal. At stake: whether the Lansdowne 2.0 moves on to City Council or gets sent back to City staff for a rethink.

Six months ago, the ottawan would have deemed this a rubber stamp session but now, who knows which councillor has suddenly discovered a spine?

Watch it live on YouTube here.

Related Reddit Ottawa user NativeOttawan has found a new wrinkle in the Lansdowne 2.0 document: ‘it sure sounds to me like the City is planning to sell public land at Lansdowne and then buy it back as a condo share of a retail space’. He’s referring to page 82 in the document.


Reader Sally points out that ‘It is the Horticulture Building, not the Horticultural Building. It says right on it.’ 

Reader Rhys points out ‘Matthew Perry, actually spent grade nine at Lisgar Collegiate Institute before going to Ashbury (maybe back to Ashbury). You can see his yearbook photo here: (page 84, top right)’

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  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • 10¢
    • – The new deposit for cans and bottles in Gatineau, as well as all of Québec. New rules starting today put a deposit on small cans of 100 millilitres, cans of juice or carbonated water, and wine bottles. The deposit itself was raised from 5¢. (Matthew Lapierre at CBC

      Some people may think that this is the perfect opportunity to recreate a classic Kramer/Newman scheme from Seinfeld over deposit arbitrage. Ontario has no deposits on soft drinks, and a quick trip across the bridge with a bag of cans could create a big score.
    • Unfortunately, accepting a return of a deposit when you never paid it in the first place is completely illegal. Even over nickles and dimes.

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Jane Gurr, Sarah Marks and Mikey Tachuk, Stephanie Lalonde, Maissa Houri, and Karolyne Natasha
    • – These Ottawa-based filmakers will be presenting their works – Lunch at the RideauImpulse ControlLife After…A Simple Mixup, and Broken Waters / Brise glace this Saturday at the ByTown as part of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival


    • This is not the first, and likely won't be the last, that we hear of

    • – Yamikani Msosa, executive director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, whose organization was one of more than a dozen women’s advocacy groups that signed a letter asking for constable Yourik Brisebois to be fired.
    • Brisebois pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act last week for threatening to kill a woman in a domestic dispute. He was a member of the intimate partner violence unit at the time. He had previously pled guilty in criminal court to knowingly uttering a threat to cause death and possessing a kitchen knife for the purpose of committing an offence.
    • The police act prosecutor and Brisebois’s representative both recommended a two-year demotion as a penalty, which may be declared next month.
    • (Ben Andrews at CBC)




    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Joint Finance and Corporate Services Committee and Planning and Housing Committee
    Thursday, November 2 at 9:30 am

    • Lansdowne Partnership Plan – Authorization to proceed to the next steps in the redevelopment report
    • 2023 Lansdowne annual report

    📋 Agenda


    ⛲ Afghan War Memorial

    •  The design of the planned Afghan War Memorial is in dispute. A panel of experts had chosen a minimalist design by Team Daoust, however, the Federal government subsequently ran an online survey and declared Team Stimson the winner. Team Daoust lated filed a formal complaint with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. (Murray Brewster at CBC) (Team Daost design) (Team Stimson design)

    ✡️ Ottawa Jewish Community School

    •   The Ottawa Jewish Community School received a bomb threat yesterday afternoon. Ottawa Police Services investigated and found no threat to the school or to the Jewish community centre next door. (William Etherington at CTV)

    🏒 The Sens

    •  The general manager of the Ottawa Senators has resigned. Pierre Dorion has held the position since 2016. The resignation came a few hours after the National Hockey league penalized the team by taking away a first round draft pick because ... this all seems very small in the scheme of things.

      The Sens traded forward Evgenii Dadonov to Las Vegas in  2021 but did not give Vegas the list of teams to which Dadonov could not be further traded. Vegas then traded Dadonov to the Anaheim Ducks, which was on that list. The League had to get involved and roll back the trade, punishing the Sens for its role in the affair.  (Associated Press)

    ⛺ Heron Road Community Centre

    •  The City will be using Heron Road Community Centre as a makeshift emergency shelter this winter. City staff find that all other shelter options will be full and there is a need for the 200 beds that will be made available. Recreational services at the centre will cease at the end of this month until further notice. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

    📱 Federal Public Employees

    •  Federal public employees were changed to the problematic new health care plan because Canada Life is the only company that bid for the contract. Over 1.7 million federal workers, retirees, and their dependents switched from Sun Life as their health care plan in June, which has resulted in numerous complaints of poor service and claim denials. Treasury Board President Anita Anand said that even though Canada Life was the only bidder for the contract, it did meet the standard asked for. (CBC)

      🚗 Genesis

      •  If you are interested in buying a new Genesis – that’s the luxury class brand of Hyundai – Dilawri Automotive Group has opened a new dealership at 1 Laster Street.  It’s the only Genesis dealer in Ottawa. (Canadian Auto Dealer)

      🛻 Convoy Trial

      Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are on trial for their actions in the Convoy siege.

      • The defence says that it cannot cross examine the police officers provided as witnesses for the Crown unless it can see unredacted documents from Ottawa police. The police officer witnesses have messages missing from their phones, which they testified happened when they did a police mandated software upgrade.

        The judge has ordered the documents be turned over to her, and said ‘it “is very unusual” for two police officers who were expected to be trial witnesses to have lost potential evidence because of a phone upgrade’. (Canadian Press)



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      •  Get inspiration for your 2024 Jack O’Lantern in the Pumpkin Parades in Byron Path and Stittsville tonight.
      •  The revival of The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is an opportunity to witness the final chapter of Walter Borden’s long-running one man show that reflects upon the life of a Black homosexual man. November 1 - 11 at the Azrieli Studio, the National Arts Centre.
      •  Make an everlasting poppy at the Beaded Poppy Workshop with Mairi Brascoupe (Algonquin Anishinabeg), the Indigenous Cultural Resident for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre.
      •  The NAC Gala with soprano Renée Fleming and the NAC Orchestra supports the NAC Foundation and its mandate to “enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts and championships our country’s artists, students and educators.” From $85 per person.
      •  Creatorland’s Storywell: Autobiographies will encourage attendees to consider their own life stories. The evening will include a surprise screening of a BAFTA qualifying short film (the title is to be announced at the event), a presentation about Bruce Lee, and a group dialogue about “Self-Storytelling”. Prepare to engage your creativity. At Artengine, 67 Nicholas St.
      •  The WelliWednesdays concert series returns to Parkdale Park, coinciding with the Parkdale Night Market. Enjoy live music by Dec Lopez and The Keystrings (bring your own blanket or chair), shop with over 55 vendors, and buy a snack.
      •  View the Poppy Drop, a projection of poppies representing Canadian veterans, on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Watch the display from 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm each evening until November 11, except November 5, 10, and 11 when it runs until midnight. You can also view and search the names of fallen soldiers in the Books of Remembrance.

      •  Open Mic. The Brass Monkey

      •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing

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

      •  TARG Monthly Pinball Tournament. House of TARG

      •  Country for a Cause. National Arts Centre

      •  Broadway Nights. Red Bird Live

      •  Rare Groove Wednesdays. Atomic Rooster




      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •  Heather Rankin (of Canada’s Rankin Family) performs songs from her Christmas AlbumImagine. With guest Sam Stone. Saturday, December 2 at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.
      •  For more than 20 years, BEING Studio has been supporting artists with developmental disabilities to grow their artistic ambitions. On Saturday December 2, the organisation presents Snow Day Shop, a chance to buy art and handcrafted merchandise from these artists that will make superb Christmas gifts. We’re talking sweatshirts and tees, tote bags, works on paper that you can frame, zines, and more. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Room 304, 211 Bronson Ave.
      •  This month is ‘Noir-vember’ at the Mayfair Theatre, and the line-up includes rare big screen viewings of The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Gilda (1946), and Gun Crazy (1950).


      Flower to the People has added a Wreath Workshop on the evening of Friday, November 24. The $110 fee includes 1.5 hours of instruction, all the materials you’ll need, wine and snacks. Plus you’ll get a 20% discount on giftware in the store during gate event.

      Enjoy an extra 15% off consignment pieces at Bella Consignment on Robertson Road. The deal is on until November 4. Jewellery is an additional 35% off, whether you shop online or in person.

      Save 25% on Spark Beer merch this week, in person in the taproom or online using the code HALLOWEEN25.

      Betty X Bow is celebrating the brand’s 3rd birthday with a 30% off sale. Use the code BXBTURNS3 at checkout to save site wide.


      Finally we know what is going on with the filmed renovations at Arnprior’s Steelheads and Strikes. The oldest continually operated bowling alley in Canada had been the subject of a ‘high profile’ TV renovation show – exactly which show, who knew? It’s now been revealed that it’s Bryan’s All In on HGTV, which we can all watch on November 22. Or you can see the big changes at the four lane alley now by going for a roll.



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