Wednesday May 22, 2024


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Ottawa Riverkeeper has issued its report card on the Ottawa River watershed, and it didn’t even get to the gentleman’s C+ level.

No, it’s a C. It’s extremely comprehensive, so we’ll skip our usual encapsulation – but development, land use, and climate change are worsening the watershed.

Riverkeeper does have some hopes for the class though, with suggestions on what individual people can do, as well as elected officials.

Click here for the Report Card. And while you don’t have to show it to your parents, you probably should.

– Martha and Darren




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    • – The number of new employees to be hired by Ottawa Bylaw Services and Solid Waste Services to monitor for illegal dumping once the three can limit begins this September. The City fears that the public will attempt to dump garbage in parks because, we assume, that three cans are not enough to contain their rubbish. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Meaghan Ciotti, Robert Davidson, Dr. Colleen Forestie, Alexander Poirier, Tim O’Neil, James Wicker, and Danny Paul
    • – The seven were recognized by the Ottawa Paramedic Service at the first Community Champion Coin Awards. All seven are members of the public who were minding their own business when they saw someone in distress and saved their life. (City of Ottawa


    • I want to support the fundraising organized by Ottawa Victim Services for Dhanushka Wickramasinghe, who is coping with unimaginable pain and loss

    • – Mayor Mark Sutcliffe announcing that he will be running the Ottawa Marathon this upcoming weekend and raising money for Wickramasinghe, who is the sole survivor of the family murdered in Barrhaven last March. (Ottawa Citizen) (Fundraiser)


    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 7 – Tri-City ValleyCats 6 yesterday


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Transportation Committee
    Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 am

    • Minor amendments to Right of Way By-laws
    • Cycling facilities on the Maitland Avenue Bridge over Highway 417
    • Status update – Transportation Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending May 10, 2024
    • Motion – Somerset Square temporary encroachment fee allocation for public realm improvements

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    🚊 O Train

    •  St Laurent station has reopened after a five day closureThe station was closed after engineers had found ‘evidence of corrosion of some ceiling panels and potential delamination of the concrete’. (Gabrielle Huston at CBC)

    🗳️ Member of Parliament

    •  The Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer, Greg Fergus, is under fire from the Conservative Party. Fergus currently serves as the Speaker of the House and is obligated to appear impartial to all parties. However, a post on his website promoting a riding event said, ‘While Pierre Poilievre and the Conservatives propose reckless policies that would risk our health, safety, and pocketbooks, our Liberal team is focused on making life more affordable’. Officials at the Liberal Party say that it was their fault, not Fergus’, and the wording was standard across all events but should not have been put on his website. (Rachel Aiello at CTV)

    🏒 The Sens

    •  The Ottawa Senators have hired a new director of player personnel and director of professional scoutingCalgary native Rob DiMaio joins the Sens after two seasons as assistant general manager with the Anaheim Ducks. DiMaio was previously a player with New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, and Dallas Stars. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🥗 Ottawa Fire Service

    •  The Ottawa Fire Service hazardous materials team cleaned up a leak of green goo at a building on Queen Street. The green liquid was seen pouring out of the building from the HVAC system on the roof. No one was injured from the goo but a worker fell off a ladder and was treated by paramedics. The liquid was determined to be coolant. (Alex Black at CityNews)

    🚧 Macdonald-Cartier Bridge

    •  Lanes and sidewalks will be closed on the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge starting tomorrow. Maintenance work will see lanes closed tomorrow and Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Next week, closures will be 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Wednesday. One lane in each direction will remain open. (Andrea Bennett at CityNews)


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    •  Jana Salameh plays the Jukebox Lunch Concert at the NAC. Free at 12:10 pm, Peter A. Herrndorf Place.

    •  Help Stroked Ego celebrate 14 years in business with a visit to the store’s sale event. It’s a one day sale with a Photo Booth, drinks, and snacks. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 131 Bank St. K1P 5N7

    •  The winning designs of the NCC Urban Design Challenge 2024 will be unveiled at the NCC Urbanism Lab. This Student Ideas Competition for the National Capital Region drew entries from across the country, with teams from Queen’s University (First Place), Laurentian University's McEwen School of Architecture (Second Place) and University of British Columbia (Honourable mention / Most thought provoking) taking the top spots. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 40 Elgin St., room 202, or watch live on YouTube (you must register to see the livestream).

    •  ByTowne CinemaNostalghia (Restoration), I Don’t Know Who You Are with Panel Discussion, I Saw The TV Glow.

    •  Mayfair Theatre: Irena’s Vow, Wicked Little Letters, Le Cercle Rouge.


    •  Talk Dirty to Me: An Evening of Sin, Burlesque, Drag, & Variety Show. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Kentucky and D.B. Cohen. Overflow Brewing

    •  Switched-On Synths: Local Noise Vol. 1 with Sam Aleums, Day of Niagara, Annie Socoria. House of TARG

    •  Release the Bats! Café Dekcuf

    •  Karaoke. Atomic Rooster

    •  Maude Audet with Paper Beat Scissors. National Arts Centre

    •  The Desert Echo Duo. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Irene’s Blues Sessions with Guest Host Vince Halfhide. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Flora Luna. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Kate Weekes. Red Bird


    •  The Ottawa Kennel Club’s 137th annual show gets underway at Richmond Agricultural Society this weekend. Watch as the different breeds are put through Rally, Obedience, and Scent Detection trials. It’s free admission but you’ll pay $5 for parking, with all parking fees donated to the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. 6107 Perth Street, Richmond K0A 2Z0

    •  It’s also free to attend the Open House at the Gatineau Preservation Campus, where works by Canadian artists are preserved. Learn how documents, manuscripts, books and digital files are preserved and stored in the state-of-the-art Preservation Storage Facility. Today and tomorrow from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 625 Bd du Carr, Gatineau, QC J8T 8L8.

    •  Fundraiser Weekend has arrived at Art House Café, and the entire building will come alive with live music and DJs, art, an auction, and raffles. It’s all in aid of revamping the layout, adding an accessible washroom, and creating more space for performers. Visit all weekend for music, an Afternoon DJ Party and Vintage 1920s Casino Night (Saturday May 25) and art fun (Sunday May 26). 555 Somerset St. West K1R 5K1.
    •  Have a chill evening at Queers & Beers featuring OK Naledi and DJ Ju!ce at Overflow Brewing Co. $12 in advance or $15 at the door. 2477 Kaladar Ave, Ottawa, ON K1V 8B9

    •  ByTowne CinemaWildcat, Kanaal, DeGrassi Tour: School’s Out! (VIP), DeGrassi Tour: School’s Out! (General Admission)

    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, The Promised Land, Aggro Dr1ft, Big Shark


    •  Life Size Men with the Atomic Tempunauts. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  KG Jay “Seven” EP release performance. LIVE on Elgin

    •  For the King of Detours Tour. Avant Garde

    •  The Longest Johns. Bronson Centre

    •  Mama’s Broke. Red Bird

    •  Ghostly Kisses. Club SAW

    •  The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster

    •  The Tony D. Band. Rainbow Bistro

    •  The Bow Street Runners. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

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    Pick up some new swimwear for the summer. Made-in-Vancouver brand Beth Richards has deals on tops, bottoms, and one pieces.


    There are many, many stories of the trials Ottawa has enduring getting and then keeping professional sports teams but you probably haven’t heard this: Sens founder Bruce Firestone says that in 1992, ‘a simple wasp sting almost ended Ottawa's NHL dream before it started’.



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