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We're leaving strike stuff alone today. The two sides haven’t come together and the Public Service Alliance of Canada won’t be picketing over the weekend.

But if it’s still on by Monday, we’ll start logging the nitty gritty.

Meanwhile, Tom Green, who got his start by pranking on Ottawa cable, is looking to hire:

I am hiring people right now. Do you know how to shoot and edit professional video? Do you like podcasting? Do you like the outdoors and getting into nature? Do you like to work hard and make things happen? Do you like cleaning up barns and shovelling manure? Then have I got the job for you! Tweet me! 😀 (Twitter)

And finally for Muslim Ottawa, the month's-long fast of Ramadan is ending this evening. Eid Mubarak. 

– Martha and Darren


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    • ☁️ Increasing cloudiness.  High of 17°, low of 8° 


    • 42.2
    • – The per centage of Federal civil servants who work in the Capital region, or about 141,747. Bruce has a whole bunch of interesting strike-related numbers, in fact.  (Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • What is Ottawa’s tolerance for crap?
    • – Architect Toon Dreessen channeling the former mayor of Edmonton’s quip, ‘Our tolerance for crap must be zero’. Dreessen argues that Ottawa undervalues design. (Centretown Buzz)


    • ⚽ Reader Rhys writes to us to point out that some Atlético Ottawa matches mentioned here are not regular season Canadian Premier League games. 

      Atlético is currently competing in the Canadian Championship, which involves teams from several different leagues and moves into the quarter finals May 9.
    • Atlético Ottawa plays its next Canadian Premier League match tomorrow against Valour in Winnipeg.

    ⚖️ Convicted in Absentia

    • The Carleton professor on trial in Paris in absentia has been found guilty. Hassan Diab was charged with taking part in a 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue and extradicted from Canada in 2014, where he waited in jail for three years. Diab returned to Ottawa in 2018 due to lack of evidence. The new trial was based on discovery of a passport that showed entry and exit from Spain to France. Diab, who did not leave Ottawa, maintains his innocence, stating he was writing exams in Lebanon at the time and the passport in question was lost. (Angelique Chrisafis in The Guardian)

      23 Apr 23 The newsletter version was sent out stating Diab taught at University of Ottawa. This has been changed to Carleton University.

    🌊 Ottawa River Rising

    •  The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board says the rising waters will plateau over the weekend. Although much depends on rainfall over the next 72 hours, it is still believed that flooding will not reach the devastating levels of  2017 and 2019. (CBC) (Forecasts)

    🚌 ParaTranspo

    •  ParaTranspo has finally deigned to accept Presto cards and credit cards on minibuses and taxis. Debit is still not accepted but may be included in the future. People who get a Community Pass or EquiPass discount will need to phone OC Transpo to register their Presto card. (City of Ottawa)

    🏒 LeBreton Flats Arena

    🔎 Neville’s Creek

    •  History buffs Urbsite have written up the life of the Neville's Creek area, between Waverley and Gilmour, near the driveway. Orginally tiny framed cottages, the Federal District Commission wiped them away for industry, and eventually a modernist classic, the Canadian Nurses Association House, was built. Now that is to be demolished for condos. (Urbsite)

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    • The Canadian Museum of Nature is offering free admission for Earth Day, however the organization strongly suggests you register in advance of your visit.
    • To mark Earth Day, Re4m Design and Fabrication brings its Eco Market to Billings Bridge. Shop with 25 eco-vendors, check out the games and educational activities, and enjoy delicious food.
    • If you’re thinking of planting a tree in your garden, you’ll do better if you’re armed with information about the most suitable tree and location. Register for the Right Tree, Right Location: Growing a Neighbourhood workshop at the Hendrick Farm in Chelsea. 1:00pm to 5:00pm, free. 8 Mill Road, Chelsea.
    • Earthfest in Carleton Place will include workshops, musical performances, and plenty of activities for the whole family.11:00am to 3:00pm at 7 Beckwith Pace, Carleton Place.
    • Take home a four to six month old White Oak seedling when you take a free tour of Perth’s Top Shelf Distillery during the month of April. Of course you’ll also learn how the distillery works, from mashing to fermentation and bottling. 14 Warren Crescent, Perth.
    • Vintage Pop-up 613 brings the first Parking Lot Pop-Up of the year to the Churchill Senior Center in Westboro. 11 am to 5 pm at 345 Richmond Road.
    • Today and next Saturday (April 29) the Urban Art Collective Art Hub is holding Fundraiser Parties for the DISRUPT Street Art Festival (May 27 and June 3). The parties will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at the Art Hub in Hintonburg, 1088 Somerset St. W. Take part in the Art Hub Community Portrait Wall at the parties: Print the Template, and draw your art in the square. Your art will then be overlaid your Portrait taken by Jessica Deeks, and printed in black and white. You’ll also get to see live art in action with Ottawa-based muralist Theo Tannis



    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • The Warehouse Art Party by Studio Space Ottawa is a fundraiser by artists to build more studios for artists. Friday May 5, 6 pm to 10 pm at Studio Space Ottawa. This won’t just be a stand-around-with-a-drink-in-your-hand affair. You’ll be invited to experience live model drawing, pottery wheel throwing, printmaking and lots of other creative pursuits. You can also purchase raffle tickets and original artworks priced at $100 or $250. Of course there will be drinks, from the cash bar. 2477 Kaladar Avenue, second floor. $25
    • On Thursday April 27, Victoire Boutique is holding a special evening with Hayley Gibson, the designer behind the Canadian fashion brand Birds of North America. 1282 B Wellington St W.


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    Almonte’s Cheerfully Made has reduced the prices on lots of stationery, fashion accessories, and homewares.

    For further deals in stationery, women’s fashion, and homewares, check out the sale pages at Banquet Workshop, where items are produced in Vancouver and across Canada.

    Today is World Tea Day, and Pink Tartan is offering 25% off the good stuff.

    Save 40% on Backyard Bundles from Solo Stove, but only for the next two days.

    Whitewater Brewing turns 10 this year and they’re throwing a party at their brand new location. Early Bird tickets are available now for the party on June 3 at 503 Rafting Road, Foresters Falls.

    Save 20% site wide at Anne Mulaire, when you use the code MYPLANET20. Offer ends at midnight on April 23.


    If it was 1916, you’d be able to watch the Westboro Pets play against the Ottawa Alerts, Cornwall Victorias, and Montréal Stanleys in championship women’s hockey.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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