WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The City promises that bylaws will be enforced this weekend during the Rolling Thunder convoy. During the Trucker siege, the CIty said the same thing, although they did not enforce bylaws until the Emergency Act was implemented. The City's exclusion zone for traffic does not include the Centreville residential areas. [CBC]
+ Related Today's Police Services Board meeting will include asking for RCMP assistance with the Rolling Thunder Rally
+ Related Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the Ottawa Police Services control of the protest zone during the Trucker siege cause problems for the Parliamentary Protection Service.
+ Related If you want more evidence that foreign media has no clue about the issues related to protests in Ottawa, look at this headline from the UK Guardian: Ottawa police chief vows to stop biker rally as city braces for potential protests, The police are not trying to stop the rally, they are trying to stop an occupation. It's a big difference.
▪️The owner of the Redblacks, 67s, and Blackjacks has a $330 million taxpayer-financed plan to renovate Landsdown Park. The plan makes a needed replacement of the north side of the stadium, new retail space, move and rebuild the Civic Centre, and build three residential towers with 1,200 units. Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group says taxpayers will come out even. [CBC]
▪️Ottawa Magazine has a pictoral tour of a lovely new build in the the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District. Built by the author Charlotte Gray and her husband George Anderson, it has the feel of a Chicago-style townhouse and looks like a house that can be lived in rather than a minimalist vacuum. [Ottawa Magazine]
▪️Urbsite has another deep dive on an old Ottawa business. This time it looks at the old locations of printer Lowe-Martin, which continues in business to this day. [Urbsite]
▪️Chuck and Camilla have set their Ottawa visit date: May 18. Our next King will visit the National War Museum, meet members of the Ukrainian community, watch the RCMP Musical Ride, and have dinner at Rideau Hall. [Toronto Star]
▪️Look at how a 27 year-old laid off bank teller spends while looking for a new job. ‘I want to travel, I want to enjoy my youth with my partner. I haven’t stopped living.’ [Globe & Mail]