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    • 3:51:42
    • – The official time Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe took to run the Berlin marathon yesterday. He beat his Ottawa Marathon time by just under 17 minutes. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • HMCS Carleton
    • – The ship’s complement, if not the ship itself, exercised their right to the Freedom of the City last Saturday. Granted the Freedom of the City in 1980, the members of HMCS Carleton paraded in front of City Hall. HMCS Carleton is based (checks notes) next to Dow’s Lake and is in fact a building used for training and not a boat. (The Ottawa Citizen)


    • ‘We have three traps and they fill up fast we actually put some of the strawberry lemonade in there because the wasps enjoy it as much as the customers do’
    • – ByWard Market Beavertail stand operator Andy Cullen, reacting to the deluge of wasps in Ottawa. An expert says the continued warm weather has kept the wasps alive and seeking food despite their home nests no longer needing them. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 36 – Saskatchewan RoughRiders 28 last Friday
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – Winnipeg Valour 1 last night
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 last night


    What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

    Community Services Committee
    Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30 am

    • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation mortgage refinancing 2023-24
    • Community Partnership Capital Grant Programs annual report
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Roger Michels Volleyball Court
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Victor Cyr Woods
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Lt. Col. Roland Ashman Park
    • Commemorative naming proposal – Dr. O.B. Wilson Park
    • Status update – Community Services Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending September 8, 2023

    📋 Agenda


    🦆 Swimming

    🚑 Carp Fair

    •  A competitor at the Carp Fair was taken to hospital yesterday after being kicked in the head by a 1,300 lb bull. The 30 year-old man’s condition is considered serious. (Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🛻 Convoy on Trial

    Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

    •  Serge Arpin, the chief of staff to Ottawa’s former mayor, was on the stand. He testified how City Council changed a bylaw that permitted vehicles to idle in cold weather from 5° to -15° on Feb 9 in hopes of making the demonstration come to an end. He also testified that the City made an application for an injuction without telling the Convoy’s lawyers.

      The trial is now on break until after Thanksgiving. The lawyer for the defence does not want to set a new date until the Crown has an accurate idea of how long the trial will take. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)
    •  The Ottawa Citizen is liveblogging the trial.



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    •  Fed up transit riders are meeting at City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza for Transit Rally: We’re Done Waiting! 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The event is organised by Free Transit Ottawa, Ottawa Transit Riders, Horizon Ottawa, and Ecology Ottawa.
    •  The 6th Ottawa Korean Film Festival opens with a screening of director KIM Seong-hun’s recently released feature Ransomed. Free at the Ottawa Art Gallery, but a ticket must be reserved.
    •  Synapcity presents a Session on Youth Engagement, at which organizations that work to increase youth engagement within their communities will update participants on their programs. Youth4Youth, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, Youth Action Now, and Smart Youth Network Initiative will all take part. 5:30 pm at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
    •  Musicians: familiarise yourself with the workings of a recording studio at Digital Arts Resource Centre. The In-Person Orientation Recording Studio is open to a maximum of five participants, to give everyone the best learning experience.
    •  It’s the Prescott’s turn to hold a Taylor Swift trivia night. Bring your gang of Swifties and get ready to compete for prizes and, let’s face it, glory. Doors open at 6:30 pm at 379 Preston St.

    •  7th Annual TAConf Music Jam. Rainbow Bistro
    •  Themed Open Stage: Hits from the Early 2000s. Red Bird Live
    •  Lowertown Full Band Karaoke. Lowertown Brewery
    •   Yaima. Churchill Recreation Center


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Passes for the 2024 Music and Beyond Summer Festival are now on sale. Buying a pass means no extra charge at the festival concerts, and a pass will also get you a discount on premium events throughout 2024.


    Flower to the People are offering a Thanksgiving pre-order sale on arrangements for your table or as hostess gifts. Use the code TG23 and get 15% off hand tied or a vase arrangements in four different sizes.


    You might need to visit your local cannabis outlet first or sit back and swirl a cognac for this one. Ross Arnold at The Silver Seven has written this polemic: A Postmodern Analysis of the Ottawa Senators, asking such questions as: what is Ottawa? What is a Senator? Are the Sens are actually flamingos in realistic body suits? Far out, man.


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