Wednesday May 29, 2024


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This is an interesting survey from the City.

After steamrolling the Lansdowne 2.0 concept plan through, City Hall is asking after-the-fact about how transparent, easy to access, and meaningful for residents was the community engagement and consultation process.

If you have an opinion on how the Lansdowne 2.0 process went, the City will be happy to hear from you here.

Take note that, unlike most surveys, there is an 850 word preamble explaining what a good job the City did listening to people.

– Martha and Darren




    • 36.8%
    • – The portion of monthly income needed for Gatineau homeowners to finance an average home. Gatineau is one of the ten most affordable cities in Canada, with an average house price of $438,700.
    • The other cities are Thunder Bay (22 per cent), Saint John, NB, (25 per cent), Red Deer, AB (25.7 per cent), Trois-Rivieres, PQ (28.5 per cent), and Edmonton, AB. (28.9 per cent). (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Bob Chiarelli and Kent Kirkpatrick
    • – The former mayor and former city manager of Ottawa made possible the great deal the City over 100 Constellation Drive.
    • Twenty-four years ago, the City negotiated a fixed price purchase option of $19 million dollars for the building when it leased the old Nortel property. The building, in which 2,000 city employees work, is now worth $90 million. (Ron Benn in Ottawa Bulldog


    • One hundred and sixty years later, we are immensely proud that it has been accorded the rare recognition as a national historic district

    • – President of the Rockcliffe Park Residents' Association, Scott Heatherington, acknowledging the ‘parklike setting, large lots, curving roads that followed the natural topography, no sidewalks, careful siting and proportioning of houses, subdued lighting, and abundant trees’ designed by Thomas Coltrin Keefer in 1864. 
    • Parks Canada has just designated Rockcliffe Park as a national historic site. (Ted Raymond at CTV)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 82 – Brampton Honey Badgers 99 last Sunday (sorry, we missed it Monday)
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 5 – Tri City ValleyCats 4 yesterday


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    No meetings tomorrow

    📋 Meetings and agendas


    🎫 OC Transpo

    •  Joining the 21st century at last, OC Transpo is now accepting debit card taps on buses and the O TrainThe system will charge the adult fare of $3.80, but will automatically cap it at the daypass rate for multiple trips, and at the price of a monthly pass. Paying by debit card is not connected to the Presto pass at all, so if you use both they won't align. (Gabrielle Huston at CBC)

    💨 Queensway 

    •  Three climate change activists caused thousands of cars to idle in  place for over an hour on the Queensway. A man and a woman from Québec and a man from Toronto climbed onto signs above the Queensway near Woodroffe going wast, Woodroofe going east, and Pinecrest Road going west. Presumably they were short a friend for the other direction. Traffic was halted as the Ottawa Fire Services rope team rescued them. All three have been charged with mischief and common nuisance – endanger life. (Alex Black and Natasha O’Neill at CityNews)

    💰 City Councillor Pay

    •  The City is reviewing the mayor and city councillor’s salaries, as well as the salaries for assistants and office expenses. In a memo sent to council members, the City will hire an independent third-party to review the salaries of the mayor and council, and in addition, ‘conduct a custom market survey assessment to benchmark salaries and responsibilities for Members of Council against those of comparable municipalities across Canada’. (City of Ottawa)

    ⚽ Northern Super League

    •  Ottawa is getting a new professional women’s soccer team in the just-announced Northern Super League. The six clubs will be Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and and Halifax. The league says that it omitted the word ‘women’ in the name to declare ‘its ambitions to be equal to other leagues in professional sports’. Kickoff begins April 2025. (Peter Robb in Capital Current)

    🛒 Weekly Grocery Flyer Review

    •  Every week, Donovan Burey reviews all the grocery store flyers and posts the deals on Ottawa RedditThis week he has found ‘cheap tomatoes, cauliflower, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, and REALLY cheap cherries! Lots of $5 butter sales’. (/Ottawa)


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    •  All Hands on Deck, billed as the World’s Largest Skateboard Deck Art Show, returns to Beyond the Pale with an astonishing 248 boards that have been transformed by local artists. More than an art show, it’s an auction supporting Ottawa charity Operation Come Home, which runs programs designed to prevent homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. The auction ends at 8:00 pm Sunday and while you can see small versions online when you bid, it’s best to view all the boards in person at the brewery.

    •  The Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala is one of the highlights of the Ottawa Spring social calendar with food, drink, performances and dancing, and it all happens in front of a pretty breathtaking view of the Ottawa River. The event is a fundraiser for projects that protect the Ottawa River, and tickets are available for $375. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at River House, 501 Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Pkwy, K1M 2K7.

    •  Crosses in the Sky: Jean de Brébeuf and the Destruction of Huronia, Mark Bourrie’s follow up to his award-winning nonfiction book Bush Runner, is up for discussion by the author at Perfect Books tonight. 7:00 pm at 258A Elgin St. K7S 1P3

    •  Pinball wizards of all skill levels are welcome at the TARG monthly Pinball Tournament, presented by Ottawa Punk Pinball and House of TARG. The cost to participate - and maybe even win prizes - is just $1. The tournament starts at 8:00 pm sharp so show up early to register. All ages. 1077 Bank St. K1S 3W9

    •  Admit it: there’ve been moments in your life when you wondered what it would be like to work as a life model for artists. Find out what it takes at ‘How to be a life model’ with model Gabrielle Lalonde, where your questions will be answered and you’ll get a chance to try out the discipline. $10 includes entry into the life drawing session tonight. Sandy Hill Life Drawing, 250 Somerset St. East, K1N 6V6

    •  ByTowne CinemaThe Movie Man, Occupied City

      Mayfair TheatreThe Promised Land, Wicked Little Letters, Red Sun


    •  Sing a Sea Shanty. Beyond the Pale

    •  The Ottawa Pocket Jazz Band. Bar Robo

    •  Why Wednesday. The 27 Club

    •  Smash into Pieces. The Brass Monkey

    •  Outside the Box Trivia. Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.


    •  🆓 Urban Art Collective’s Hintonburg Night Market is back for another summery season of Thursday night shopping and entertainment. The organizers are serious about curating a new experience each week, with musicians, entertainers, handmade things, food, and drink to start your weekend with a bang. The action’s at 1088 Somerset St. W, K1Y 3C7

    •  🆓 Enriched Bread Artists present Atmosphere: Environment, Emotion, Exchange a new exhibition showcasing Canadian and South Korean artists. Visit tonight’s opening night event from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, or catch the show until August 6. 245 Centrum Blvd, Orléans K1E 0A1

    •  Time is running out to bid on your favourite artist-transformed skateboard at the All Hands on Deck auction at Beyond the Pale Brewing. The auction ends at 8:00 pm Sunday and while you can see small versions online when you bid, it’s best to view all the boards in person now at the brewery.

    •  The hunt is on for Ottawa’s Next Drag Superstar. It’s Week 6 of the competition, with the remaining 12 contestants competing in the theme of The Art of Animation. It’s like Drag Race but better, because as the competition heats up you’ll be there in person, sweating, screaming, and supporting your favourite diva. From 8:00 pm at The Lookout Bar & Nightclub, 41 York St. ( 2nd Floor) K1S 7N5

    •  Some people are great with business events and adore the networking. If you are not one of those people, listen up. GenNext Mix & Mingle: Own your Career will help you find your voice when pitching your business, job hunting, or simply expanding your network. Plus, there will be snacks by Foodworks and drinks from Top Shelf Distillers and Dominion City Brewing Co. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Impact Hub, 6th Floor, 123 Slater St. K1P 5H2. $15 per person.

    •  Kino is a screening, a networking event, a discussion panel and a space to meet new people and find inspiration. $10 at the door. LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin St. K2P 1L7

    •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, Kanaval, Civil War

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


    •  Run Coyote, Touch Grass, Jude Zappala. House of TARG

    •  Salem Trials, Extinction AD, Black Dog,TruthTeller. Dominion Tavern

    •  Dead Root Revival, Graven. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Woods of Light. Art House Cafe

    •  Green Eyes, Witch Hands, 20 Eyes. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Amanda Keeley and Joe Robert. Overflow Brewing


    •  Dogs are welcome at Bark in the Park: an Ottawa Titans game where your fur friend is welcome. Sponsored by Stray Dog Brewing Company.

    • The Ottawa Chinatown Night Market is a celebration of Chinese food, culture, and and community (May 31 - June 2). The food is the star, but you’ll also find artisans and performers as you wander the route (Chinatown between Bronson and Bell St. N).

    •  🆓 Beacon Hill-Cyrville's Celebrate Summer Fair’s list of free activities is long: karaoke, live music, hot dog lunch, for example. You’ll only pay for access to the paid ride zone ($25 for those aged three and up). Today and tomorrow at 2020 Ogilvie Road, K1J 7N8.

    •  🆓 Launched in 1971, the Blackburn FunFair (today through Sunday June 2) always draws fun lovers from the area and beyond with its with field races, magic show, movie night, pancake breakfast, and other wholesome activities. But it’s the words “toilet bowl toss” (Saturday at 11:00 am) that intrigue the Ottawan the most. This sounds like a FunFair that will attract even those who think they don’t like fun fairs. 190 Glen Park Dr K1B 5A3

    •  🆓 Manotick Village celebrates its history this weekend with Dickinson Days, a series of events marking the birth of village founder Moss Kent Dickinson. Come for the pancake breakfast and parade, and stay for the fireworks. Until Sunday.

    •  Find yoga and fitness events inside Aberdeen Pavilion and eight other sites across Lansdowne Park at City of OM. Today and and Saturday June 1.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLa passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), La chimera, The Great Escaper, Drunken Cinema: The Mummy.

    •  Mayfair TheatreAnselm Civil War, The Rocky Horror Picture Show


    •  Nate Silva album release. Overflow Brewing

    •  Hops & Heels drag night. Beyond the Pale

    •  Beats n’ Keys. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Fever Pitch Hot Jazz. Art House Café

    •  Bassett and the Hound. Southside Tap & Grill

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • A couple of notices from Secondhand Stories: If you need books, get ready for the Secondhand Stories Book Pop-Up and Yard sale this Saturday June 1. The chicken sanctuary is promising more than 500 titles, and all are available at $2 each. Be at 216 Barrow Crescent in Kanata K2L 2C7 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Next: On Saturday, July 27, Secondhand Stories is holding an Open House at its home in Lombardy, Ontario where you can meet the chickens, shop the book sale, enjoy live music, and visit with more than 20 vegan vendors. Bus transportation from Kanata is available. $10 per person.

    • Enjoy tea and treats while bidding on excellent items at Charlene’s Tea and Silent Auction on Saturday June 8. The event is raising funds for the IODE’s Snack Pack Fund, which currently serves 2,300 students, and the Banff Avenue Afterschool Snack Fund. $30 admission. St. Bartholomew’s Church, 125 MacKay Street Ottawa, ON K1M 2B4

    • Honeymoon Suite, Flock of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, and Spoons. No, you have not entered a time warp. This is the 80s Club lineup on Tuesday November 26 at the Arena at TD Place. Pre-sale ends tomorrow night (May 30) at 11:59 pm. Use the code HONEYMOON to book.


    Receive an extra 30% off on women’s swimwear in Londre’s sale, when you use the code SALE30.


    Mayfair Theatre staff were bereft when they discovered that someone had stolen half of its Big Shark standee, the one that let patrons take a photo of their friends being eaten by a big shark. Mayfair staff believed that someone tried to steal the whole thing but discovered too late that it came in two pieces.

    But the missing half has now been returned. The purloiner remains unknown but probably now less guilt ridden.

    Also at the Mayfair, they have new Mayfair Theatre t-shirts available at the candy bar for $30.



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