Monday June 3, 2024


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An upcoming television show filmed in Ottawa will have four things we’ve never seen before: not be animated, not involve green slime being dumped on one’s head, not have a Christmas theme, and, amazingly, the city will play itself.

Geek Girl  is a British series that is now available on Netflix in most regions of the world that are not Canada. Two of the 10 episodes are set here.

Canadians who subscribe to StackTV – we don’t know any either – can watch it now. Canadian Netflix subscribers, however, will be able to see the Canadian Museum of Nature, Major’s Hill Park, and the Plaza Bridge pedestrian tunnel on the small screen this upcoming November.

– Martha and Darren


You’re all grown up now, so your Father’s Day gift ought to read ‘stylish’ and ‘mature’ rather than ‘goofy’ and ‘socks’.

  • The Local Space Boutique in Langley, BC sells Canadian-made products Dad would like, from bitters for his bar cart to classy snacks like “Everything Bagel Cashews." Highlights: Custom Cribbage Board ($70), smoked garlic seasoning by Triple Smoke ($8.99) 
  • Book him a space (or better yet, one for you, too) at the Chocolate & Spirits Tasting at Hummingbird Chocolate in Almonte, ON. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 18.
  • Go for simplicity with Slipacoff’s high end Steak Gift Boxes. Choose from Striploin, Ribeye, Tenderloin, Wagyu, and more. The meat comes in a fancy black presentation box. 
  • The Modern Shop’s collection of Father’s Day worthy gifts will suit budgets of all sizes; examples being the functional, portable, and cool Carrie Table Lamp by Audo Copenhagen ($385) to the colourful Everybody Grinder by Areaware ($62.90).
  • Treat your Father Figure to dinner with NeXT’s Father’s Day BBQ at Home, available for pick up June 15 or 16. The kit comes with marinated meat that you just throw on the BBQ, plus devine salads and sides and to finish: deep fried cheese cake. Or, take him to NeXT's incredible 13-dish sharing menu BBQ brunch. 



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    • – Where Gatineau lies on a list of the safest cities in Canada, with 318.8 offenses per 100,000 population. Ottawa is in fifth place with 333.9 offenses per 100k population. Toronto, with 286.9 offenses per 100km, turns out to be the safest place in Canada. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Bruce Cockburn
    • – The now 79 year-old graduate of Ottawa’s Nepean High School played an nostalgic two sets at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall Friday. (Lynn Saxburg in the Ottawa Citizen


    • The concern about hiring staff is something that happens every year, but it feels a little more desperate this year

    • – Camp Misquah board member Mark Wigmore on the need for nursing students, cooks, and other councillors to work at the site this summer. Camp Misquah provides a full summer camp experience and needed respite for for children and adults with developmental disabilities. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen) (Work at Camp Misquah)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 19 – Montréal Alouettes 13 (preseason) last Friday 
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Halifax Wanderers 2 last night
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 80 – Winnipeg Sea Bears 93 last Saturday
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 2 – Windy City ThunderBolts 4 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 17 – Windy City ThunderBolts 5 last Saturday
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 4 – Windy City ThunderBolts 3 last Friday


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Finance and Corporate Services Committee
    Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30 am

    • 2023 investments, endowment, and other treasury activities
    • Capital adjustments and closing of projects - City tax and rate supported
    • 2024 tax and rate operating and capital budget Q1 status
    • Lease financing agreements 2023
    • 2023 procurement year in review
    • Ᾱdisōke project update
    • 2023 report on French Language Services
    • 100 Constellation Drive – Option to purchase
    • In Camera Item:
      Cybersecurity update Q2

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    💥 Tragedy 

    •  A nine year-old boy is the only survivor of his Ottawa family after a car crash on Autoroute 50The mother, father, and sister were travelling with the boy back from Montréal when they were involved in a head on collision near Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. Members of the Czech community have arranged a GoFundMe. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen) (GoFundMe)

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    🤩 University of Ottawa

    •  The University of Ottawa has launched a master’s degree in psychedelics and consciousness studies. The psychology department will educate students on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, in partnership with the department of classics and religious studies. Far out. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

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    The Beachcomber Room tiki bar at the Talisman Motor Inn was where Ottawa swingers could be found in the early 60s

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    •  100 Women Who Care are meeting up at Milestones, 325 Marché Way at Lansdowne Park, to hear presentations from charities Ten Oaks Project, Kids Up Front, and Deaf Blind. Networking starts at 5:00 pm with the event getting underway at 6:00 pm. 

    • On Thursday June 6 it will be 80 years since Canadian, British, American and Free French forces landed in Normandy, marking the beginning of the end of the Second World War. The exhibition Invasion! - Canadians and the Battle of Normandy, 1944, opens today in the Canadian War Museum Lobby and runs until November 12, 2024. 

    • Stephen Maher has written an explosive profile of Canada’s tenth-longest serving Prime Minister. "The Prince: The Turbulent Reign of Justin Trudeau takes readers behind the curtain as the government goes from triumph to embarrassment and back again, revealing the people, the conflicts, and the struggles both in the government and on the opposition benches." This panel discussion is hosted by Adrian Harewood and includes Maher, Ian Bailey and Steven Chase from the Globe and Mail, The Hill Times’ Charelle Evelyn, and Le Devoir’s Marie Vastel participating. Tickets from $25. Saint John the Evangelist Church, 154 Somerset St W. 7:00 pm. Presented by Ottawa Writers Festival. 

    • ByTowne CinemaThe Great Escaper, La chimera, Dune: Part Two 

    • Mayfair TheatreThe Promised Land, Wicked Little Letters, Red Sun 


    • Bluegrass Mondays with Tyler Comeau and Hwy 10. Red Bird

    • Open Mic Night. Art House Café

    • Live Band Karaoke. Irene’s Pub Restaurant


    •  Stitch, Hook and Knit is a new program hosted by Old Ottawa East CAG (Community Activities Group) that wants to be a place where we can gather, socialize, and craft together! Bring your machines, hooks and needles, yarn and thread, and craft with us. There is no instructor in this workshop. Learning is in the doing and the sharing among participants. Tuesday June 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main Street, K1S 1B3.

    •  Did you find a strange looking mushroom on a hike? Bring it to Quinn's Ale House (1070 Bank St K1S 3X3 in Old Ottawa South) and members of the Ottawa Mushroom Society will help you identify it. The Open To All Mushroom Social runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

    •  🆓 The Tuesday Night Movie screening at the OPL Main Branch auditorium is Night Crawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. For mature audiences.

    • ByTowne CinemaLa passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), The Great Escaper, Dune: Part Two

    • Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, The Promised Lad, Love Lies Bleeding 


    • Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • McGroovy Night. Daniel O'Connell's

    • Life drawing. Art House Café

    • Open Mic. LIVE on Elgin

    • Trivia Night. Pour Boy


    •  You’ll have a chance to win a PS5 at Nerdy Bingo and Live Auction. The last event sold out, so if you want to meet other geeks and have a great time, time’s running out. $15 per person. Laugh Lounge, 61 York St. K1N 9C7. 

    •  🆓 The Walrus Talks focuses on the arts and culture with Canada’s Creative Power, a panel discussion with the leaders from the National Arts Centre, Canada Council for the Arts, CBC/Radio-Canada, and four other national cultural institutions. “Canada is bursting with talent and making waves on the world stage. Why is it important to share stories by Canadian artists and storytellers, not just within our borders but around the globe? What does the future hold for the national cultural institutions that support the country’s creativity? What is their vision for increasing public access, supporting creators, adapting for the future, and facing challenges? Why does Canadian culture matter when there are so many needs competing for our attention and investment?” Free, but you must register. From 7:00 pm at National Gallery of Canada

    • ByTowne CinemaThe Great EscaperReturns to Reason: Four Fiilms by Man Ray, Evil Does Not Exist

    • Mayfair TheatreThe Promised Land, Wicked Little Letters, Red Sun 


    • Prime Rib Big Band. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Open Mic. Pour Boy

    • Jazz Nite with the Rolo Duo. Queen St. Fare

    • Drag me to LIVE! An Evening of Hits From the 90s and 00s. LIVE on Elgin

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • You’ll be treated to a program of Bach, Vivaldi, Dvořák, Elgar and other chamber music composers at the Young String Performers’ Foundation’s fundraising concert this Saturday June 8 (rescheduled from Monday June 3). Hosted by former CBC news presenter Laurence Wall. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave. K2A 3Z9
    • Workers History Museum invites those who (think they) know it all to take part in its Trivia Night on June 17. Colonnade Pizza (Corner of Metcalfe and Gilmour Streets, K2P 1R7). Tickets are $15 per person. Reserve your table of four to six people by calling Barb at 613-837-8743 or email
    • 🆓 Enjoy a rare chance to experience the renowned Canadian tango group Norteño for free on June 22. Outdoors at Place de la Francophonie, 11 rue Montcalm, Gatineau from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 


    Need a last minute baby shower gift? Check the sale rack at Mini Mioche


    Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen makes the argument that 60s rock and rollers in Smith’s Falls were hip to The Beatles before the rest of Canada because the vinyl record pressing plant was located there and workers heard the records before everyone elseThe Smith Falls Heritage House Museum has an exhibition on Beatlemania until Sept 1, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the pressing of ‘Love Me Do’.



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