From Monday to the following, Ottawa fire fighters may be knocking at your door.

Despite any wishes you have of your ship finally coming in, the fire fighters will instead ask to test your smoke dectector and carbon monoxide detectors. The fire code requires every home has a working smoke detector on each floor and outside sleeping areas.

Supporting any wishes you have of your ship finally coming in, the fire fighters will be in uniform but there is no requirement to let them in.

– Martha and Darren



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    • ☀️ Sunny. High of 30°, low of 19°.  A heat warning continues until tomorrow.


    • $19 million
    • – The amount of money that the Ottawa Carlton District School Board expects to save this year by hiring newer-and-cheaper teachers, reducing computer licenses, and reduction of photocopying, amongst other things. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

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    • Crombie McNeill
    • – The photographer with the former Ottawa Journal has a new exhibit of his portraints of those without homes. Vistek, 499 Bank Street. (Joel Haslam at CTV)


    • What offends me the most is that the NCC says that it’s green and refuses to close a lane of traffic to allow it to be safe for pedestrians and cyclists
    • – Cyclist Andrew Douglas on the construction snafus at Westboro Beach that push cyclists onto oncoming traffic. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 95 – Brampton Honey Badgers 83 last night
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 9 – Schaumburg Boomers 4 last night

    💸 City Auditor’s Report

    • The city’s auditor general has released her annual list of the results of investigations into suspected waste and fraud: 
    •  A City of Ottawa employee used a work vehicle to take part in last year’s Convoy occupation
    •  An employee resigned after working for both the City and a major supplier
    •  Another employee resigned but not before downloading 405 files to an external device. The device was not recovered.
    •  Two employees were fired for lying about being vaccinated against COVID-19
    •  ‘Two employees made a collective decision to provide preferential treatment to a resident requiring emergency care due to their political position’

      (Kate Porter at CBC)

    🛫 Cheap Airfares

    •  Boutique Air out of Massena International Airport in New York has cheapish flights to Boston. Round trips work out to be around $165. Massena’s sleepy airport is about a 90 minute drive from Ottawa (Nate Vandermeer at CTV) (Boutique Air)

    🚍 OC Transpo

    •  Riders of OC Transpo buses will soon be able to tap credit cards or their smartphone to pay for their trip. The system will also be installed at O Train stations and are already available on Para Transpo buses. The boxes should be available everywhere by the end of 2023. Debit cards are not yet accepted but may be included in the future. (Celeste Decaire at CBC)

    🎨 National Gallery

    •  The interim director of the National Gallery is leaving for Winnipeg. Angela Cassie took over the top job at the Gallery after the former director, Sasha Suda, left for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cassie was in the position for one year. The salary range for the director jobs is between $204,200 and $240,200 annually. (Ottawa Citizen

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    •  The National Gallery has crafted an entire month of events and programming marking National Indigenous History Month, which starts today. As tonight is also a Free Thursday Night at the gallery, there will be nibbles and music provided by John Deck (foamier member of A Tribe Called Red) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at 380 Sussex Drive
    • National Gallery of Canada presents an evening of poetry and music inspired by the exhibition Paul P.: Amor Et Mors - Poetry and Music. 6:00pm to 7:00pm at 380 Sussex Drive, Gallery C218.
    • Shop the Village returns to Wesboro Village. Visit the businesses in the Village for an evening of shopping, in-store performances, and hors d’oeuvres.
    • Montréal designer Mercedes Morin will be stopping at Victoire Boutique for an evening of fashion fun. Morin’s collection at Victoire will be 20% off for the duration of the event, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 1282B Wellington St. W.
    • Euchre Night returns to Nita Beer Company tonight. The $10 per game fee covers your seat at the card table as well as a 591ml draught beer. 190 Colonade Road Unit 17.


    •  The Multicultural Artists’ Association presents the ART+ Spring Edition tonight (Friday June 2) and tomorrow (Saturday June 3). Activities going on include visual art, live music performances, and culinary experiences. 6:00pm to 8:00pm tonight at Arts Court Studio and Atelier, 2 Daly Ave.
    • Diehard “Corrie” fans probably know about this one already, but two of the stars of the long running British soap Coronation Street are in town to spill the tea on the Cobbles. The Honeymooners, aka Sally Carman-Duttine (who plays Abi Franklin-Webster) and Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe on the show) will appear on stage at Algonquin Commons Theatre in Nepean. Tickets from $64 (plus taxes and fees). 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room E 104.
    • TACTICS presents Skin Songs, an immersive dance and music program that leads a maximum of 50 spectators through Strathcona Park, following four dancers who reveal their experience of living female. Tickets $25. (Thursday through Sunday until June 11) 25 Range Road.
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    • Come in out of the heat for an evening of epic film scores by Ottawa Pops Orchestra. Symphonic Cinema: Epic Movie Scores will sweep you up in the sounds of Titanic, the Dark Knight Rises, and other big film soundtracks. Tickets $20 for the Under 30s and $35 - $45 for adults. Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre 355 Cooper Street.


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    •  Epilepsy Ottawa’s Spring Fling BBQ on June 10 at Vincent Massey Park is an all ages event for people with epilepsy, their families and friends. From noon to 3:00pm, there will be carnival games, axe throwing (presumably that one's not for the littles), bungee run, balloons, a BBQ and other fun activities. Rain date June 17. You must register to attend.
    •  Formula 1 Spain is about to rev up and an ottawan reader invites others to join him at a watch and brunch event. Every race Sunday starting this weekend (June 4), join Sean C and his pals to catch the races on the big screen at Clocktower Brew Pub (575 Bank St. at the Queensway). Head to the downstairs event room from 11:00am for race action as well as brunch fare and local beer.
    •  6 FEUX passports are sold out but you can still purchase general admission or reserved seat tickets to this year’s Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy, running Wednesday August 2 to Saturday August 19 at the Canadian Museum of History. It’s more than just (admittedly impressive) fireworks: each evening presents ticket holders with food by renowned chefs from our region as well as light, sound, and sensory experiences.


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    Sadly, thanks to inflation, the post-pandemic world, and rising interest rates, Québec online shopping brand Chic & Basta is closing permanently. Consequently, everything is 40% off when you use the code CHIC40. Now is the time to buy some fine crafted-in-Québec homewares, fashion, accessories, and cookware items. 

    Shepherd’s has some Lisette pants on sale. These summery crop and ankle pants, which are made in Canada, are 50% off.

    Until Sunday (June 4), Rugby Canada is offering free tickets for kids to see Canada's Women’s Rugby Team vs New Zealand on July 8. Before the match, a free rugby festival will introduce children to the sport.

    Now that the Jagged Little Pill run has opened at the NAC, Stray Dog Brewing in Orléans has put a discount on Jagged Little Pilsner. When you buy 6, you save $2, buying 12 will save you $5, and you'll keep back a whole $10 when you purchase 24.


    On the first day of Pride Month, the host of the Canadian History Ehx podcast reminds us of the history of the Fruit Machine in the 1950s. Created by a professor at Carleton University, civil servants were told the machine was testing stress instead of its real purpose: ferreting out homosexuals.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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