Friday March 1, 2024


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🌧️ Light Rain
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Many old movies have jokes about people buying tickets to the ‘Policeman’s Ball’ to curry favour with the local constables.

But not the the Ottawa Police Service. It’s looking for people to receive the money it hopes to raise through its 13th Annual Gala. Last year, $59,000 was raised for The Roberts Smart Centre and The Door Youth Centre.

Recipients must be a registered charity and provide services to Ottawa. If you have a good suggestion, let the Police know here. The deadline is March 31.

As for tickets to the ball, ask your local police officer.

– Martha and Darren


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


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      • $128,840
      • – The income needed to buy an average priced house in Ottawa – $621,600 – in January. That’s $4,820 per year less than needed in December. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      Arnpriorian of the Day

      • Phillippa Cranston Baron
      • – The late Toller Cranston was a Canadian skating star who went on to have a prolific career as an artist and illustrator. When he died suddenly his sister, author and filmmaker Phillippa Cranston Baron, decided to write her brother’s biography.
      • Her book Toller Cranston: Ice, Paint, Passion is on sale now and will be officially launched at Arnprior’s O’Brien Theatre on Sunday March 3 (2:00 pm), with an author discussion and never before seen footage. Free.


      • It’s out the window. There’s nothing we can do about it to get it back

      • – Karim Pringle, who, in 2022, put down a $1,000 deposit for a wedding dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant. The Courtyard, a ByWard Market fixture for 40 years, closed suddenly on Tuesday, leaving ‘dozens’ of couples without a wedding dinner venue.  (Chris Edwards at CBC)


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Built Heritage Committee
      Monday, March 04, 2024 at 9:30 AM

      • 4.1 Postpone designation of the Église évangélique baptiste d’Ottawa at 284 King Edward Avenue under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • 5.2 Bill 23: Implementation of Changes to the Ontario Heritage Act – Heritage
      • 5.3 Designation of 2 Peter Street under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

      📋 Agenda


      🇨🇦 Brian Mulroney

      •  Flags at all City facilities, as well as all Federal facilities, are at half-mast today in honour of Brian Mulroney, the 18th Prime Minister, who died yesterday. Flags will remain lowered until sunset of the day of his funeral, as yet undetermined. (City of Ottawa)

      📱 ArriveCAN Vaccine Passport App

      •  The Federal government has suspended all contracts with the developer of the ArriveCAN app. Dalian Enterprises, a two-person software company in Ottawa, has received over $200 million in government contracts since 2015. This week it was discovered that chief executive David Yeo is a an employee of the Department of National Defence, although he has also now been suspended. (Darren Major at CBC)

      🚀 Canadarm

      •  The spacecraft laboratory that built the Canadarm for the International Space Station is closing. The Canada Space Agency says the David Florida Laboratory in the Shirley's Bay complex off Carling Avenue will closed in March 2025. The Laboratory has operated since 1972. (CBC

      🏘️ House Prices

      🏫 Holy Trinity Catholic High School

      •  Holy Trinity Catholic High School was closed this morning after it received a threatening email. The Ottawa Catholic School Board said the email indicated a threat to the Kanata school premises. In cases like this, grade 7 and 8 students are moved to an evacuation site where they can be picked up by parents. High school students can sign themselves out.  (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)



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      •  Ottawa Contra Dance presents a day of folk dancing with live music and callers for the entire family. Contra is square dancing in a line, as opposed to a square, and you don’t have to bring a partner. Full instruction will be given to beginners. 345 Richmond Road. Admission is by sliding scale.
      •  Ward 14 is the place to be between the 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm runs of the Ottawa Goggins Challenge. Meet other runners, support the athletes, and enjoy a snack or drink.

      •  Alliance Française presents Cours de Zumba / Zumba in French. Today at 4:30 pm at Ottawa Decathlon. Free for members of the Alliance and $5 for others.

      •  Harpists and those who are curious about the instrument will want to attend the inaugural HarpSporks festival. Exploration Day on Saturday March 2 will lead a limited number of students through learning and creative practice, while the show at Club SAW on Sunday will introduce the audience to new harp music by Gabriel José Bolaños and Michael Ippolito.

      •  Register today for Mike and Peter’s 17th Annual Fishing Derby, going ahead on the ice at Constance Bay on Sunday March 3. In addition to glory, there are fine prizes to be won and a 50/50 draw. Read the information though: this event is for serious winter fishers only. For one thing, you’ll be required to drill your own hole in the ice.

      •  Ottawa’s PWHL team meets Toronto at home, with the puck dropping at 3:30 pm.

      •  Ottawa Bach Choir’s second concert of the year features the music of Claudio Monteverdi, aka The Maestro of San Marco. Knox Presbyterian Church at 8:00 pm.

      •  Disney’s FROZEN winds up its run at the NAC.

      •  Take a road trip to Westport and Blair Brothers Maples, where Saturday’s Ceremonial First Tappling will kick off the maple season.

      •  O-Town Showdown 2024 continues.

      •  ByTowne CinemaAbout Dry Grasses, La passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), Perfect Days, Mean Streets

      •  Mayfair Theatre: 2024 New York Cat Film Festival, The Teachers’ Lounge, The Zone of Interest, The Fog


      •  Metro Jazz ft. Boshko Maric. Art House Café.

      •  Chris Landry, Cody Allen James, Good Co, Julie Stella. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Mod Nite: 1960s Rock & Soul Dance Party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Juevntud EP release, Stoby, Maybury, Motherland, Rainbow Bistro

      •  Vibe. Atomic Rooster

      •  Latin Party with DJ Chaula. Mavericks

      •  Permanent Waves (Rush tribute). Overflow Brewing



      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • If you want to change up your Easter table decor check out Ottawa Tool Library’s Pysanky Making: Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop for Adults (Thursday March 14, 6:00 pm to 8: 00 pm)

      • Ottawa Arts Council and Arts Network Ottawa announced their merger back in October, and Community Co-Creation Weekend (March 16 and 17) will look to create the plans for the new organisation. Both artists and interested community supporters are invited to be involved.

      • Road Trip: Soup for Thought(fullness) is an annual fundraising event for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. For $25, enjoy a bowl of soup, roll and dessert from Almonte’s fantastic eateries. In addition to the food, you’ll get to keep your ceramic soup bowl created by Almonte Potters Guild you can join in the bidding on silent auction items. Saturday April 20 at 3 Rosamond St. E., Almonte.


      Get two for one tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show (March 21-24 at the EY Centre) by using the code WINTER. This deal expires on Wednesday (March 6).

      Sunday is the final opportunity to score Early Bird pricing for Rochon Gardens’ 2024 Community Supported Agriculture programme.


      Today’s the deadline to apply if you think you’re Ottawa’s Night Mayor. In addition to having a handle on the Ottawa scene, you’ll need a degree in Hospitality, Tourism, Business Administration Communications, Recreation, or similar, plus a strong background in a sector that ‘intersects with the nightlife economy’.

      Candidates might find some inspiration in this proposal from Camden Council in London, UK. The famous London borough is currently going through headaches of its own in an attempt to revitalise its nightlife, with fallout from the pandemic, gentrification, and killjoys presenting the biggest threats.




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