Watch your clock for 9 pm. That’s the deadline for the Treasury Board and the Public Service Alliance of Canada to work out a deal or 155,000 will be on the picket lines tomorrow.

And for that matter, the Alliance has released the list of picket line locations:


  • James Michael Flaherty Building: 90 Elgin K1P 5E9
  • The Office of the Prime Minister: 80 Wellington K1P 5K9
  • Parliament Hill – West Block: 3938 Wellington St, Ottawa K1A 0A9
  • President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier’s office: 233 Montréal Rd K1L 5P8
  • Tunney’s Pasture: 100 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway K1A 0T6
  • Canada Post building: 750 Heron K1V 2E4
  • MP Marie-France Lalonde’s office: 255 Centrum Blvd K1E 3W3

The Federal New Democratic Party has kept the minority Liberals in power so far but leader Jagmeet Singh says they won’t support any back-to-work legislation.

– Martha



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    • $470,000,000
    • – The amount of money invested by the Federal government into Ericsson Canada to turn Kanata (and Montréal) into a global research and development hub. (David Sali in the Ottawa Business Journal)

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    • Wayne Borrowman
    • The refrigeration engineer says that he could create the world’s largest artificial ice surface on the Rideau Canal, the size of a mere 60 National Hockey League-sized rinks. (Alastair Steele at the CBC)


    • I think we’ve learned that ‘trusting us’ is not a good strategy
    • – Carolyn Mackenzie, the Glebe Community Association’s planning and development committee chair, says that like the O Train construction, Lansdowne 2.0 has little financial clarity and opaque communications. (Jack Wilson in Capital Current)

    🏒 Manchester United, Dallas Cowboys, Ottawa Senators?

    • If the group aligned with Ryan Reynolds wins the Senators, he promises to make the team a global brand. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Reynolds says just look at what he has done with his purchase of Wrexham FC in Wales to see how fame will unfold. Also, he promises more connections with the community yadda yadda yadda. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun)

    🛠️ The Six Official Residences

    • All six official residences are in pretty poor shape. We all know that the official residence of the Prime Minister, 24 Sussex Drive, is a wreck but Harrington Lake needs $1.16 million in repairs and Rideau Hall needs $31 million. The Farm, official home of the Speaker of the House of Commons, needs $1.34 million, 7 Rideau Gate – a kind of Federal AirBnB, needs $1.41 million. The official residence of the Leader of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Stornoway, needs $1.25 million in repairs.   (Bryan Passifiume in the National Post)

    💩 Sit down, the Ottawa Hospital wants you

    • The Ottawa Hospital is looking for locals to donate their 💩Researchers are investigating the link between gut health and mental health and need samples. Lots and lots of samples. If you're willing to donate blood and urine as well and are able to report back periodically, the Mind and Gut Interactions Cohort wants to hear from you. 2,000 subjects are needed, 318 are already helping science. (Elizabeth Payne in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    • An Ottawa police sergeant facing 26 criminal charges including breach of trust, aggravated assault, and sexual assault has pled guilty to some and received house arrest. Staff Sgt. William Hinterberger was initially charged in 2019, and arrested twice more for breaching orders in 2019 and 2020. Hinterberger received six months of house arrest and three months of curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with some exceptions. As he was suspended with pay upon his first arrest, Hinterberger has been paid $428,274 since 2019, including a 22 per cent raise last year. Immediately before his guilty plea, he resigned from the Ottawa Police Service. (CBC)

    🛩️ WestJet

    • WestJet pilots vote to give their union a strike mandate. The airline, one the few that still fly from Ottawa International Airport, is negotiating with its 1,600 pilots over pay and scheduling. Should talks break down, the strike could begin the week before the May long weekend. (The Canadian Press)

    🏗️ Lansdowne 2.0

    • If you are interested in rebuilding Lansdowne, the City wants to hear from you. The new Lansdowne plan is to build a new event centre, north side stands, and retail space at ground level with separate multi-level residential structures above it. BUT NOT SO FAST. The City won't let a developer build the retail space and residences unless the builder buys the air rights first, which is a great way to increase the value of price of land that has long been paid for. (City of Ottawa) (Developer info page)

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    • If you love shopping and fashion, consignment boutique Trove would like to hear from you. The popular shop is searching for a new team member to help out on weekends. Send your resume to 
    • Black Flag will play the Brass Monkey tonight, performing the My War album in its entirety. Will you heed the call of the mosh pit? 250 Greenbank Rd. 
    • Author Michèle Vinet will lead a Poetry Workshop exploring the use of simple literary techniques at Ottawa Public Library (1049 Bank St) in honour of National Poetry Month. 


    • Wednesday is the deadline to submit your candidacy to the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition Board of Directors. Elections are to take place at the annual general meeting on April 26th. Make sure you follow the instructions on the nomination form. 
    • World renowned cellist Bryan Cheng plays two concerts with the NAC Orchestra. The program includes pieces by Farrenc, Saint-Saëns, and Franck. 
    • Six of Ottawa’s top mixologists compete for the Best Cocktail of SOPA (South of Parliament). Your ticket will give you access to all cocktails in the running, and you’ll be able to vote for the winter of the People’s Choice. Queen St. Fare, 170 Queen St. 


    • Long & McQuade sponsor Open Mic Night at Stray Dog Brewing. 12 acts will perform two songs or 10 minutes. Register on Wednesday. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans. 
    • Single tickets go on sale today for the Volleyball Nations League(June 6-11) at TD Place Arena. Tickets will be available for games featuring Canada, USA, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Netherlands, and Brazil. 

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    The rising Ottawa River is getting real now. West Carleton Disaster Relief is looking for volunteers right now to fill sandbags, and get on the list to build sandbag walls, assisting with pumps and equipment, and getting food and drink to volunteers. The same page will also let you register your house if you expect to need help.(Jake Davies in West Carleton Online)

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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