Today’s Globe & Mail has an interesting take on why the police initially held back enforcing the law during the Convoy protest.

Inspector Marcel Beaudin, leader of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Provincial Liaison Team is quoted as saying ‘You know, sometimes people just say the word “relationship” and they don’t necessarily break that down. But to us, it actually means something’  in Paul Well’s upcoming essay, An Emergency in Ottawa: The Story of the Convoy Commission

Wells, through Beaudin, makes the argument that the OPP learned a lesson after the deadly standoff at Ipperwash in 1995 and the service was trying to finesse a resolution to the Convoy protest rather than give in to the public’s demand to forcibly roust them. 

The full piece will be in a new series of book length essays from Sutherland House.

– Martha and Darren



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    • – The number of classrooms that were closed yesterday by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board due to lack of staff. The students in the two classes at Roberta Bondar Public School had to stay home at the last minute. There have been 173 class cancellations since November(Josh Pringle and Natalie van Rooy at CTV)

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    • Zedd
    • This clown is the new therapeutic entertainer at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, taking over from the retired Molly Penny. Zedd was presented with the ceremonial rubber chicken at a ceremony Wednesday. (Liam Fox in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • Formerly known as Campus Vibez uOttawa
    • – Ottawa is living up to its reputation when the organization that maintains the clubs at the University of Ottawa renames itselfto Service Administratif / de Clubs Administrative Service.


    • 🏒 Ottawa Senators 5 – Philadelpha Flyers 3, last night

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    • Ottawa-Gatineau’s French-language newspaper, Le Droit, is going online-only at the end of the year. The paper is one of six in the employee-owned coöperative Coopérative nationale de l’information indépendante, all of which are dropping their weekly editions. Le Droit changed from daily to weekly in March 2020. The paper celebrated its 110th birthday last Monday. (Stéphane Rolland in La Presse Canadienne)

    🍺 Pour one out

    • For only the second time in the three year history of our Craft Brewery Map, we have had to remove an entry. Brasserie Étienne Brûlé Brewery in Embrun closed Tuesday after its landlord, the town, sold the building the and the owner was unable to find a new location. Up to 30 people worked in the brewery and attached restaurant. (James Morgan in The Review)

      ➕ Related The other Embrun-based brewery, Brasserie Tuque de Broue, remains open. Embrun has a population of only 8,000.

    💰 Public service

    • The Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat will resume negotiations on Sunday. It has been nearly a year since the two parties have officially talked. The Board has offered a 2.6 per cent increase over three years, while the Alliance is asking for 4.5 per cent. Work life balance and working from home are also on the agenda. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    • The Ottawa Police Service has settled a wrongful death suit with the family of Gregory Ritchie. The 30 year-old Indigenous man was shot in the Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre parking lot in Jan 2019 five minutes after police were dispatched over a report of a man with a knife. No knife was found. Ritchie was reported to be dealing with mental health issues(Aeden Helmer in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏨 Airport Hotel

    • Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe does not support a tax break for a new airport hotel but Orléans East-Cumberland ward councillor Matthew Luloff and Orléans South-Navan ward councillor Catherine Kitts do. The Germain family wants to add build their 17th hotel, under the Alt Hotels brand, at the airport and would like a $13 million tax grant to cover the taxes. (Alex Black in CityNews)

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    • Enjoy original and classic folk tunes on guitar and violin from Ottawa-based Ethan Mitchell and Maddy O’Regan, at the Stray Dog Brewing taproom. $15 per ticket. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans. 
    • In Constance Bay, the beach may not be ready for fun in the sun but the The Point is heating up for karaoke tonight. Someone’s rendition of Running Up That Hill starts at 7:00pm. 
    • Enjoy stand up with your beer at Kichesippi tonight. Tickets $20.50. 2265 Robertson Road.
    • Learn to reuse and recycle paper ephemera lying around your home, at the free Collage Workshop with Tim Zurakowski. 6:00pm at Drip House, 340B Parkdale Ave. 


    • How can maple season be nearly over? Is it just us, or did March plow through like a runaway train? Anyway, enjoy one of the final sugarbush days at the Log Farm, from 9:00am. Tickets are $12.50 and include wagon rides, trail walking, tours through the pioneer farmhouse, and spending time with farm animals. 
    • Expect activities for the whole family at the Vanier Sugar Festival. It’s finally back after the pandemic and a devastating fire cancelled the last three editions. This Saturday and Sunday there will be games, food, music performances, lumberjack skills, and even a beer tasting with Orléans Brewing Co. It all goes down at Richelieu Park, 300 Pères-Blancs Ave. 
    • The smell of warm beeswax is in the air. Decorate your own Pysanka egg at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. $35 per person. 
    • Eid shopping under one roof? Yes, it can be done. The Eid Bazaarbrings approximately 50 vendors to the Nepean Sportsplex, and admission is free. 12 pm to 9 pm at 1701 Woodroffe Ave. 
    • 50 local vendors are expected at the Spring Into Easter Craft Show. There will be shopping. There will be music. There will be snacks. 10:00am to 4:00pm at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave. 
    • Decolonial Solidarity Ottawa-Gatineau is marking Fossil Fools Day with an action to protest RBC’s policies which have “failed to respect Indigenous sovereignty, and are fuelling the climate crisis.” The protest will start at 2:00pm outside RBC at 99 Bank St. 
    • The Desert Island Big Band, led by Ottawan Stefan Jurewicz, hits the Stray Dog taproom. Influences include The Kills, David Bowie, and St. Vincent. With guest Dan Kelly. Tickets $10. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans.
    • Attend not one but two art openings in a single evening. “Meet Me Under the Algorithm” and “Ed.No.1” open tonight at Studio Sixty Six. Free admission, cash bar. 858 Bank St. Unit 101.


    • Tickets to the Sip & Paint Soirée at Pure Kitchen Elgin include all painting supplies plus bevies. $45 per person. 8:00pm to 10:00pm at 340 Elgin St. 
    • It’s definitely spring market season. Broadhead Brewery’s Hello Spring Makers Market welcomes 25 vendors, but you’ll also have access to more than 12 delicious craft beers as well as food by Meatings BBQ. Sounds like the perfect Sunday.1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106, Orléans.
    • All skill levels are welcome to the Watercolour Workshop at Wallack’s Art Supplies. At the end of the three hour workshop you’ll have a painting of a Blue Jay to wow your friends.Tickets from $61.68. 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 231 Bank St. 
    • It’s day two of The Ottawa Wedding Show at the EY Centre, where you’ll find more than 140 vendors, food and drink tastings, and an overabundance of ideas for your perfect wedding. 

    Just Announced

    • On Saturday April 8 head to Smiths Falls for a visit to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario. From 10 am to 4 pm the Easter Eggspress will offer caboose rides, face painting, a petting zoo, and more activities for kids of all ages. Tickets $15.18. 
    • Aventure Outaouais is launching the Petite-Nation Wine & Cider Tour, which gets under way on June 2. The tour includes five stops: two wineries, a micro-cider mill, a local French bakery, and a non-profit community café that uses only local ingredients. The tour will run every Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, from June 2 to the end of September. From $128.50 per person. 


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    Atlético Ottawa released their alternate kit today, and it's kind of interesting. Here’s how the team describes their ‘The Ice & Snow Kit’…

    The Winter: Our city embraces the Winter. There is beauty in the cold. The pattern represents the season we love, the snow and the ice.

    Cold as Ice: An homage to the longest skating rink in the world, the Rideau Canal, that over the past 50 years, connects and welcomes our communities. 

    The Crest:  Our traditional Atlético Ottawa shield pays homage to our brother club in Spain. We are proud of our heritage and history.

    The Material: Our kit is not only stylish and functional, but also environmentally friendly. It is made from 13 recycled plastic bottles.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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