🚊 NO Train: Day 0️⃣

Here are today’s updates on the closure of the Confederation Line.

  •  The Confederation Line is running again. During morning rush house, 11 single carriages will serve all stations every five minutes, in the afternoon, it’s every four minutes. Otherwise, it is every six minutes. (City of Ottawa)
  •  This configuration of the Confederation Line will continue into the Autumn, even after the transit schedules change from summer service on August 27. (Ted Raymond and Josh Pringle at CTV).
  •  OC Transpo has cancelled the R1 Rail Replacement bus as of tomorrow. However, a shuttle bus will run from Tunney’s Pasture and Blair stations to the Mackenzie King Bridge and Albert Street between 6:30 am and 9:00 am and the reverse from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)
  •  Ottawa Transit Riders has run a poll over the cancellation of the R1 Rail Replacement bus that resulted in 88 per cent in favour of keeping it

– Martha & Darren



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    • ⛅ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 23°, low of 15°. 


    • 316 million litres
    • – The amount of untreated sewage that overflowed into the Ottawa River after last week’s storm. The $232 million Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel that went into service last year was designed to hold 43 million litres in overflow to be treated during rain storms. The untreated sewage caused E. coli warnings at the Petrie River and Petrie East Bay beaches. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Kadre Gray
    • – The guard for the Ottawa Blackjacks has been honoured as the CEBL Canadian Player of the Year. Gray averaged 16.3 points and a league-best 6.3 assists per game in 17 appearances. (Ottawa Sun)


    • It's just heartbreaking. Every beekeeper feels for their bees
    • – North Gower former beekeeper Shirley Stapley on climate change causing condensensation in the hives, destroying the colonies.  A new Provincial/Federal programme is granting up to $25,000 to do things like insulate hives. ( Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 31 – Toronto Argonauts 44 last night
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Pacific FC 0 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 10 – New York Boulders 12 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 5 – New York Boulders 10 last Friday

    🚲 Queen Elizabeth Driveway

    Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s desire to shame the National Capital Commission into returning cars to the Queen Elizabeth Driveway has had some comment over the weekend.

    •  Nepean Member of Provincial Parliament Lisa MacLeod tweeted her support: ‘to stop the flow of trade and transport in this and other parts of Ottawa is unacceptable’.

      MacLeod seems unaware that commercial vehicles have always been prohibited from using the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.
    •   The City’s own official plan, approved last November by the newly-elected Sutcliffe and the new council, says the City will: 

      ‘Re-imagine Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive to reduce the roads’ importance as a commuter route in favour of pedestrian activity and greenspace connections with consideration of Canal crossings. This may include limiting vehicular access and reducing traffic speed’ [Section 1) f)]

    🏆 Stanley Cup

    •  The Stanley Cup will be in Carp this FridayThe Vegas Golden Knights’ strength and conditioning coach, Doug Davidson, was once a player in the West Carleton Minor Hockey Association and he’ll be showing off the Cup at the W. Erskine Johnston Arena on Friday between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If you’d like to see it, bring a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. (West Carleton Online [Paywalled])

      ➕ Related Michael Andlauer, the new owner of the Sens, is expected to take over at the end of the month or early September. Unfortunately, this related item is probably as close as the Sens will ever get to the Stanley Cup.

    🤖 Garbage Collection

    •  South Stormont will start using artificial intelligence for garbage pickupSouth Stormont, near Cornwall, has contracted with a Saskatoon outfit that will use artificial intelligence to plan the best routes and times for the available trucks and traffic. (Ben Andrews at CBC)

    🏘️ Real Estate

    •  CTV has photos the ten most expensive houses for sale in OttawaThe most expensive is $15 million (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    ✈️ Ottawa International Airport

    •  Air North has opened a new refrigerated warehouse at Ottawa AirportThe new warehouse will double Air North’s capacity to ship food and goods to far north communities. (Madalyn Howitt in Nunatsiaq News)

    🙏 Madonna House

    •  The Ottawa Madonna House is to close after 50 yearsOperated by the Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere,  Madonna houses are cellphone-free zones ‘where people can come to speak about God, be listened to and encounter God in the 24-hour, prayer and silence experience’. The two-person team who ran the house has retired to the Apostolate’s compound in Combermere. Hallowe’en trick or treaters who came by the house at 440 Kensington Avenue may remember being given holy cards in their sack. (Anna Farrow in the Catholic Register)


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    •  Next Monday evening’s Spurs and Sparkles fundraiser for Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation will see glammed up participants joining forces with pro equestrians on an obstacle course. Stiletto heels are not recommended.
    •  This year’s Harvest: A Feast of Fall will include the Butcher’s Ball, in which local chefs and butchers will team up to serve feasts celebrating the bounty of the season. Wednesday September 13 at All Saints / Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Ave.

    Pure Balanxed closes forever tonight at 9:00 pm, and until then everything has been discounted up to 75% off.

    Here’s a road trip to earmark for midweek: between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm each Wednesday, purchase one pick-your-own bouquet and get the second at 50% off at Wynn Farm Flower Orchards. 9592 Highway 33 in Bath, ON.

    The CEO of Invest Ottawa, Michael Tremblay, is interviewed by the publisher of the Ottawa Business Journal on how the organization is adapting to a changing economic climate, an update in the organization’s strategic plan, what comes next for Area X.O and a national expansion for SheBoot. It’s a video.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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