So, strike it is. 

155,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada have hit the picket lines.

The Federal government has published a list of the 28 departments which are affected. And if you work at one of them, the same page advises employees on how your pay if affected, which positions are excluded from striking, and how your contact info is shared with your union.

The Ottawa Citizen explains the specifics here, as does the CBC. But, long story short as is our wont, it’s about how much of a raise and how much one can work from home. 

– Martha and Darren



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    • – The number of active transportation projects approved by the Transportation Committee. In City parlance, ‘active transportation projects’ are the grab bag of things that are not specifically funded, such as bike routes and walkways. (Taylor Blewett in the Ottawa Citizen) (The full list [PDF])

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    • Ottawa International Airport loses another route – before it even got off the ground. The Ottawa – Charlottetown service, operated by Flair Airlines, was to begin thrice-weekly flights in June. But don't despair Anne with an "E" fans and potato aficionados, Porter Airlines begins service to the PEI capital in May. (Thinh Nguyen ất CBC)

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    • A bear was spotted in Bells Corners this morning. Ottawa ByLaw, in a tweet, recommends that if you see a Bear, ‘Don't run, climb a tree or swim’. As the only public pool in Bells Corners is the Entrance Outdoor Pool, which is closed until summer, the Bear returned to the woods. (CTV)

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    • Ottawa Grassroots Festival brings its lineup of paid and free musical performances to St. Andrew’s Church (82 Kent St.) and Irene’s Pub (885 Bank St). Until Sunday.
    • Long & McQuade sponsor the Open Mic Night at Stray Dog Brewing. 12 acts will perform two songs or 10 minutes. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans. 
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    If you are a supporter of the Federal civil servants’ strike, the Public Service Alliance of Canada has created the ‘Workers Can’t Wait’ website which will allow you to find a picket line to support or deliver a pizza.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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