Power returned to the ottawan on Friday, after 48 hours of living on sandwiches and foraging trips to fast food Kanata. 

The two ottawan cats, however, were quite content to have everyone napping in the same room, fireplace roaring, where the occupants could be watched. 

At this time, there are thousands of people in the Outaouais who still are without power, almost a week later. Hydro Québec says everyone will be reconnected within 24 hours.

– Martha and Darren



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    •  A mix of sun and cloud.  High of 17°, low of 6° 


    • 12,000
    • – The number of Easter dinners served at the Ottawa Mission this year. Previous years had seen 2,000 dinners served.  (Michelle Allen at CBC) (Donations)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Suhaib El-Komy
    • The phone repair expert has amassed 4.7 million subscribers on TikTok and 3.75 million on YouTube, all desperate to fix their broken screens or mucked up power ports. (J.J. Ngandu at CBC)


    • Another caller dialed 911 wanting the barista arrested for putting sugar in their coffee
    • – An excerpt from a press release from the Ottawa Police Service reminding residents that 911 is only for emergencies, although the ottawan does agree with the caller that our current laws are inadequate for today’s real crimes.   [Ottawa Police]


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Carolina Hurricans 2, last night 
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Oshawa Generals 2, last Saturday
    • 🏒 QMJH Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – Saint John SeaDogs 1, last Friday

    💰 OC Transpo

    • The City now expects OC Transpo in be in the hole by $23.9 million. The City passed its budget on March 1 with an unspoken expectation that the Provincial and Federal governments would cover a $39 million shortfall. Both have since passed their own budgets, with no money for OC Transpo. (Kate Porter at CBC)

    💰 Canada Revenue Agency

    • Canada Revenue Agency workers have voted to authorize strike action. The Union of Taxation Employees, representing 35,000 workers, announced Friday that it had a mandate to strike, ahead of mediation talks April 17 to 20. The Union is seeking a wage increase and remote working guarantees amongst other things(Richard Raycraft at CBC)

    📻 Radio Gaga

    • To help Ryan Reynolds buy the Ottawa Senators, Move 100 FM DJ Stuntman Stu is putting real skin into the game. He promises to get a Deadpool tattoo on his body anywhere Reynolds wants. (Twitter)

    🏅 Heritage Designations

    • As we’re mentioned before, the Province has introduced use-it-or-lose it heritage designations. If cities don't designate heritage buildings by Jan 1, 2025, they will be unable to protect any more until 2030. So the Built Heritage Committee has been racing through the contenders.

      Iona Mansions, 1123-1131 Wellington Street West

      This 1912 building was constructed by Colonel Donald H. MacLean. Until 1919, the ground floor contained the Ottawa Public Library.

      The committee has recommended that City Council designate it as heritage.

    • The Hintonburg Pumphouse ruin, 5 Onigam Street 

      The Pumphouse has already been designated as heritage but the Committee received an update on what to do about this 1924 Pumphouse which was nearly destroyed by fire in 1989.

      Consultants report that it will cost $2.6 million to bring it back up to a standard that can be used by the public.

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    • Here is the first announcement of a 2023 patio opening: Nita Beer Company will be opening their outdoor space on Wednesday April 12. 190 Colonnade Road, Unit 17. 



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    In 2007, Royal Canadian Mint engraver Stan Witten finished his design of a 100 kg, twenty inch thick, solid gold $1 million coin at his Sussex Drive office. A decade later, The World’s Biggest Coin was stolen from its display case in a Berlin museum. It has never been found.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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