Monday February 12, 2024


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Gōng xǐ fā cái

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo

Happy Lunar New Year

🐉 The Year of the Dragon began last Saturday and will be celebrated until Feb 24.

– Martha and Darren


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      • $450
      • – The new fee to be charged by the City for a 10 week pottery class, phased in over four years. This year’s fee will be $350. The most recent charge was $149. Dan Chenier, manager of the city’s recreation, cultural and family services, says pottery facilities are not ‘a core subsidized municipal service’. (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Ridly Greig

      – Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly could not believe that Greig fired a close-range slap shot on an empty net for a fifth goal for the team, so he cross-checked the Sens rookie in the head. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun)


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      • How many people want to walk along Carling, especially this stretch? It’s basically at an on-ramp.

      • – Architect Toon Dreessen on how desolate he finds Carling Avenue. He suggests that it would be perfect for a tram, filling it with street trees and bike lanes, and increasing the height of buildings. (Mario Carlucci at CBC)


      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 last Saturday


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Built Heritage Committee
      Tuesday, February 13 at 9:30 am

      • Update to the designation of the Ottawa Water Works Complex under part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Presentation – Heritage watch list update
      • Bill 23: Implementation of changes to the Ontario Heritage Act – Heritage register removal report #1
      • Application for new construction at 235 Mariposa Avenue
      • Designation of the Église évangelique Baptiste d’Ottawa at 284 King Edward Avenue under part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Status update – Built Heritage Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending January 26, 2024

      📋 Agenda


      Ottawa Public Library Board
      Tuesday, February 13 at 5 pm

      • Ottawa Public Library Board policy amendments – Delegation of authority
      • Intellectual Freedom Annual Report: 2023 challenges
      • 2023 fund development update
      • Ontario Library Association 2024 super conference – Trustee Rawlson King report
      • In camera item:
      1. Labour relations or employee negotiations, to receive a labour relations update

      📋 Agenda


      📚 Ottawa Public Library

      •  Six items in the Ottawa Public Library were challenged by the public in 2023, none were removed.  A seventh item was requested to be moved from the teen section to adult. 
        TitleTypeAuthorBasis of challengeDesired action
        Tintin in AmericaBookHergéRacism, violence, inappropriate for ageRemove
        Le stégosaureBookAnna ObiolsRacismRemove
        Conscious ParentingBookGabriel CousensInaccurate informationRemove
        The Beast or the LambBookDerek PrincePromotes hatredRemove
        The menuDVDMark MylodObjectionable contentRemove
        Love on the Other SideGraphic novelNagabeInappropriate for ageMove to adult collection
        Oskolki mysleĭBookYevgeny SatanovskyPromotes hatredRemove

        The library says that it has a high bar for removing items from its shelves, and no changes were made.

        In 2022, the Library removed Hitler’s Table Talk after a request but cited ‘low usage’ as the reason.

        (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

      🗣️ Ottawa Carleton District School Board

      •  The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is seeking Algonquin and Inuktitut language specialists to teach the language. Ottawa has the largest number of Inuit outside of the North. Principal of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education, Jody Kohoko, said students ‘told us they don't want to necessarily learn the colonizers' language. They want to learn their own languages which are connected to land and their whole being’. (Benjamin Lopez Steven at CBC)

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      ⚕️ Queensway Carleton

      🐈🐕 Cosmetic Surgery

      •  Québec has banned cosmetic surgery on pets. This isn’t Gatineau specific but it is very interesting. Pet owners in the province can no longer, for aesthetic purposes, have vocal cord removal, ear cropping, tail trimming, or declawing on their pets. Veterinarians may still perform any of these for valid medical reasons, and there is an exception to allow ear cropping of cats in capture, sterilize, release programmes.

        The law also bars ‘leashing an animal without a collar, a ban on mating animals whose sizes are incompatible, and a ban on feeding meat to pet pigs’. 

        Ontario is now the only provice that does not bar cosmetic cat declawing.  (Canadian Press)



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      •  Dress for Success supports women in achieving economic independence. The organisation runs Clothing Donation Workwear Drop-offs every other Monday. After today, the next opportunity to drop off interview-ready workwear is Monday February 26 at 200 Catherine St, Lower Level.
      •  The Ottawa Street Markets Farm Store has lots of last minute Valentine’s Day treats, gift boxes, and candles in store. It’s open today from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 1805 Gaspé Avenue in Manor Park.
      •  OPL’s Monday Movie Nights continues with Memories of Murder, the 2003 crime thriller from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho. It’s a free screening for mature audiences.
      •  100 Men Who Care is meeting at Milestones Lansdowne Park for its first event of 2024, where members will have the opportunity to donate $100 to one of the following two charities: Storybook Ottawa or Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre. (The next 100 Women Who Care meet-up is at the same venue on February 26, when the featured charities will be Twice Upon a Time, Food For Thought Ottawa, and Volunteer Ottawa.)
      •  If you were unable to get a spot in the Stray Dog Brewing Brew-chre Tournament on February 13, email the brewery about tonight’s extra date. It’s $25 to take part, which gets you a place at a table, some pizza, and a beverage.
      •  ByTowne Cinema: Tótem, Four Daughters, Sometimes I Think About Dying
      •  Mayfair Theatre: Freud’s Last Session, The Braid (aka - La Tresse), Once Within A Time


      •  A Very Fine Improv Show. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Jazz Jam with the Beecher Wailers. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  The Five-Star Monday Band. The Laff

      •  Bluegrass Mondays with the Dusty Drifters. Red Bird

      •  Open Mic Night. Art House Café


      •  Learn to dance with your partner at the St Valentine’s Dance Date Night at Arthur Murray.
      •  Start the evening off at ByWard Wine Market, which is hosting a "5 à 7" event to celebrate wine and romance. Love is in Season will offer six wine samples as well as cheese, focaccia and sweets.
      •  Enjoy a sugary-sweet evening at Overflow Brewing, with the We Go Together Cookie Decorating Class. There will be beer, too.
      •  If this is the year you learn how to build stuff, you’ll need to know the safety stuff, too. Ottawa Tool Library’s WorkSpace Safety 101 is the prerequisite you need in order to borrow their equipment.
      •  Kanata Theatre’s production of the suspenseful drama Mauritius continues at the Ron Maslin Playhouse until February 17.
      •  Tickets are available for the romantic comedy It Had To Be You tonight through February 17. Gladstone Theatre.
      •  ByTowne Cinema: Ferrari, Galentine’s Day: Thelma and Louise (Free for members only)
      •  Mayfair Theatre: Freud’s Last SessionThe Braid (aka La Tresse), Zombie

      •  Trivia Night. Pour Boy

      •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Brother Elsey, Nick Posthumus, The Soft Maybes. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Open Mic Night. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Trivia Night. Jack Astor’s Kanata

      •  Comedy Night. Pub 101

      •  “Friends” Trivia Night. The Prescott


      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • The NAC’S Make Room at the Table Power Lunch on International Women’s Day (March 8) will feature a menu created by 1 Elgin’s next Resident Chef Amanda Ray, in collaboration with executive chef Keton Leier. Carla MacLeod, Coach of the PWHL Ottawa team, and Marika Guerin, VP of Ottawa Blackjacks Professional Basketball Club, are the guest speakers.

      • Registration is open BGC Ottawa March Break Day Camps.

      • Harmony Concerts presents The Good Lovelies for one performance only StoneCropAcres Winery + Vineyard, June 1.


      Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Stroked Ego is offering a Buy 2 Get 1 50% off sale on Mens Underwear. Use code VDAY3 at checkout to save.


      The kids at The Charlatan, the Carleton University students’ newspaper, have published their ‘Guide to Ottawa’s Retro Hotspots’. the ottawan unfairly expected a Gen Z list of businesses that opened after 1980 but was pleasantly surprised as they approved of The Hobby HouseWest Park BowlingMayfair Theatre, and The Prescott.

      Okay, The Charlatan also featured the more recently opened House of TARG and Level One Game Pub because of those businesses’ 80s and 90s arcade games, but we’ll let it slide because they are so much fun.



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