Thursday March 14, 2024


☁️ Scattered Clouds
High 11° Low 3°
🌞 7:16 am🌛7:07 pm


🌧️ Light Rain
High 9° Low 3°
🌞 7:14 am🌛7:08 pm



The people of Ottawa, looking outside: ‘Well, it's warm and sunny now, let’s go play ball.’

The City of Ottawa: 'Stay off the grass!'

In a statement, the City tells us that sports fields and baseball diamonds are closed right now, even if they are snow free. They can be damanged if they are used before they dry off and are maintained correctly.

So, hold back for the moment people. But spring arrives next week and and even City Hall won’t be able to hold back sun seeking Ottawans.

– Martha and Darren


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


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      • 34
      • – The number of Federal public employees who will be let go when the Canadian Space Agency closes the David Florida Laboratory in Tunney’s Field after 52 years. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Zach Colton
      • – The 35 year-old had not been able to eat food for years due to a rare gastrointestinal diseaseWhile parachuting at Arnprior Airport in October, he was informed that he would receive a new stomach, pancreas, liver, large intestine, and small intestine in one day-long operation. Colton left his Toronto hospital three weeks ago and plans to a) attend Carleton University this fall and b) eat peaches and Japanese curry. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)


      • I don’t think we fall into the same category as the games they are targeting for takedown

      • – Canuckle co-developer Mark Rogers who says that his Wordle-style game seems to be safe from deletion. The New York Times, which owns Wordle, has issued takedown notices to dozens of clones and soundalikes. Like Wordle, Canuckle gives you six tries to match a five letter word but in this case, each solution with be a Canadianism.  (Ted Raymond at CTV) (Canuckle)


      What’s going on at City Hall

      No meetings tomorrow.


      🚨 Barrhaven Killings

      •  Nineteen year-old Febrio De-Zoysa will appear in court today for the first time after he was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      🚌 OC Transpo

      •  The City has responded to the ‘electric buses will be powered by natural gas generators’ story yesterday. In a letter to Ottawa Bulldog, the City confirms that it will be installing two four megawatt generators powered by natural gas. While the statement says that the generators are meant as backups, it also says the City is ‘working with Hydro Ottawa to expand the necessary infrastructure to meet the future load demands of the St Laurent garage,’ which indicates that the the garage does not currently have the proper recharging power. (Ottawa Bulldog)

        ➕ Related Ottawa Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Joel Harden will be talking to neighbours about public transit funding at a Community Canvas at McNabb Park (180 Percy street) Saturday 11:30 am. At 2:30 pm, he’ll play host to a Transit Townhall (inside the centre, same park) for a conversation on how public transit can get back on track.


      •  An Ottawa doctor has lost his appeal of an order that barred him from discussing his COVID-19 opinions with patients. Head and neck surgeon Dr Miklos Matyas was ordered by the complaints committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons to stop casting doubt on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, promoting the use of ivermectin, and suggesting that masks were ineffective. Citing free speech rights, Matyas appealed but the College ruled he had free speech rights as an individual, but as a doctor that speech is limited. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

      🎧 24 Sussex Drive

      •  A new podcast from CBC delves into the history and the future of 24 Sussex Drive. No shocking revelations here, but it's a great summation of how 24 Sussex was built, was bought for the use of the Prime Minister, and how it has been left for the mice. (CBC Storylines)

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      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with I Used to be Funny (Canada), Dead Cat (Québec) and Driving Mum (Iceland, Estonia) and The Company We Keep (Québec)

      • The Ottawa Improv Festival (March 14-16) brings performers from home and abroad to town for edge-of-your-seat theatricality, learning, and fun. Watch as these fearless thespians create shows on the fly, using suggestions from the audience. Tickets for the festival, which takes place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, start at $30. 

      •  Osgoode Township Museum’s March Break activities cost just $5 per child (and are free for accompanying adults). Today’s theme is Hiroglyphs Day.

      •  Candlelight Concerts are back with a Tribute to Coldplay, performed by a solo pianist.

      •  Musique 3 Femmes, whose mandate is to present operas by female composers, present Opéra d’aujourd’hui at the Pavillon Pérez Building, U of Ottawa School of Music. 10:45 am to 12:45 am .

      •  Bytowne CinemaThe Muppets Take Manhattan, Io Capitano, Ciné-Club d’Ottawa: La suit du 12, Anatomy of a Fall

      •  Mayfair TheatreSpider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, 500 Days in the Wild, Perfect Days, One From the Heart: Reprise


      •  Beats and Boards. Art House

      •  Trivia Night. Royal Oak Beechwood (upstairs at 1Up)

      •  Siji Olunga. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Bingo Thursday. Braodhead Brewery

      •  Trivia Night. Southside Tap and Grill (4 Lorry Greenberg Dr)

      •  Comedy Night. Pour Boy

      •  D12. Bronson Centre

      •  Allison Russell with Aysanabee. National Arts Centre Babs Asper Theatre

      •  James Keelaghn, Jez Lowe. Red Bird

      •  Irene’s Blues Sessions. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Mööse Knuckle Boylesque. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Boogie ON, Dance Along Silent Disco. House of TARG

      •  Board Game Night. Ottawa Trans Library


      •  Echoes of the Motherland explores music from the African diaspora as well as art curated by Charifa Labarang, culinary specialties, and even representation from local businesses. 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 95 Clegg St.

      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with Atikamekw Suns (Canada, in French and Cree with English subtitles) and the short film Katshinau (Canada, in French with English subtitles); Chuck Chuck Baby (UK) with short film Donna (Ottawa); and Solo (Canada) with short film Blond Night (Quebec, in French).

      •  The Ottawa Improv Festival runs until Saturday March 16. Tickets for the festival, which takes place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, start at $30.

      •  Osgoode Township Museum’s March Break activities cost just $5 per child (and are free for accompanying adults). Today’s theme is Art Curation Day.

      •  Iron Cabaret’s burlesque show FrostBite features silks, aerial, trapeze and pole dancers. Three shows at Gladstone Theatre today and tomorrow..

      •  Bytowne CinemaAnatomy of a Fall, Ru, One Life, Love Lies Bleeding

      •  Mayfair TheatreSpider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Perfect Days, The Taste of Things, The Thing


      •  Brian Wallin Music, with Baby Richman. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Pound of Flesh, Echoes from Beyond, Congregation of Savagery. Dominion Tavern

      •  The Rump Revue Burlesque Show Ottawa. Café Dekcuf

      •  Sorry Snowman, Ruby Doom,Backseat Dragon, Static Safari. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Julie Stella. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Rachel Kilgour. Red Bird

      •  Zeus. 27 Club

      •  Peter Turner and Peter Brown. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Nathan Bishop MacDonald. RiverOak Cidery

      •  Metalian, Warsenal, Ad Nauseam. House of TARG

      •  Glimmering Dolls: Lana Del Rey Dance Party. Mavericks

      •  Blingo Night. Pour Boy


      •  Uncover your creative self with the GoodBeing Co workshop Finding Flow: Rediscovering Our Identity as Creative Beings. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Bicycle Craft Brewery (850 Industrial Ave).

      •  Ottawa Arts Council and Arts Network Ottawa announced their merger back in October, and the 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.

      •  Free Karaoke with family and friends? It’s a real thing, and you’ll find it at Shenkman Arts Centre at Community Karaoke with China Doll.

      •  Art Engine hosts Enchères des arts/Art Auction with new works from graduates of the BFA program at UOttawa. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at ArtEngine (2 Daly Ave).

      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with ‘The Female Gaze:’ a screening of Tiger Stripes (Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar), a discussion with Toronto-based film critic Saffron Maeve on women behind the camera, on screen, and in the audience, and a Maker Market from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Ottawa Art Gallery Sky Lounge. Other screenings on Saturday include the documentary Loch Ness: They Created a Monster (UK), The Tadpole Trilogy/La trilogies des têtards (a short film from Quèbec), Elaha (Germany), The Mess We’re In (British Columbia, short film), and Return to Reason: the Short Films of Man Ray (France).

      •  ByTowne Cinema: International Film Festival of Ottawa: Loch Ness: They Created a Monster, One life, Ru, Love Lies Bleeding

      •  Mayfair TheatreSaturday Morning & Sunday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party, 2024 New York Dog Film Festival, Perfect days, The Taste of Things, Frogman


      •  Tony D. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Kasador, Escape Society, The New Hires. Rainbow Bistro

      •  The Angelina Hunter Trio. Atomic Rooster

      •  Northern Chaos Tour, Exorcist, Corpsepit, Ultimis, Grimhold. Brass Monkey

      •  Ash Ravens, Chris Zimmerman. Bar Robo

      •  The Pairs. National Arts Centre

      •  St. Pats-A-Palooza: Sloan, Ashley MacIssac, Maceoin Ramsey Pipe Band, Bytown Sea Shanty. Bronson Centre

      •  Valvehead, Feed After Midnite, Eve of Uprise. Dominion Tavern

      •  Positive Charge album release, Guest Room Status, Crisis Party, The Tenenbaums. Club SAW

      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • Shepherds of Good Hope is partnering with Hockey Helps the Homeless for the 2nd Annual Pro-Am Charity Hockey Tournament (Thursday March 28). 10 teams of local players will be joined by pros like former NHL’ers Brad May, Jason York, Laurie Boschman, Chris Neil, Andre Roy, Brian Skrudland, Shean Donovan, Shaun Van Allen, Marc Methot, and Kent Manderville, as well as Megan Bozek, who played for the USA Women’s National Team and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. All funds raised will support Shepherds of Good Hope's programs across Ottawa.

      • Flower to the People’s Bulb Bash: Get Creative Spring Floral Arranging workshop will teach arranging and styling techniques for bouquets and floral displays. April 12.



      Vasileios Tselios in Apartment 613 has a quick interview with Deek Labelle, the general manager of the establishment  that's older than the city itself. Of course, this is the Chateau Lafayette, which has been propping ByTowners up at the bar since 1849.



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