Tuesday, 3 October 2023


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We’ve added a new comedy podcast,  Down to the Wire, to our constantly curated list of Ottawa podcasts.

And tonight, Down to the Wire is recording live from 7:30 pm at the Laugh Lounge.  

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn festival is the harvest festival celebrated every year on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, when the moon is perceived to be at its largest. That was last Friday.

But you can still celebrate with ice cream, Moo Shu has half pints of Mooncake at Midnight, a charcoal caramel ice cream surrounding  a Cantonese-style salty gooey duck egg custard. Only for a limited time.

– Martha and Darren


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    • 39
    • – The number of complaints Ottawa ByLaw has fielded this year over backyard chickens, compared in 41 in all of 2021 and 55 in all of 2022. Keeping chickens in banned in Ottawa outside the rural areas. Both Gatineau and Toronto permit housing the filthy yet delicious critters. (Brandon Martin Capital Current)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Steve Staios
    • – Staios has been appointed president of Hockey Operations for the Ottawa Senators by new owner Toronto billionaire Michael Andlauer. The new president was comes from the Edmonton Oilers where he was a special advisor to the club's hockey operations staff. Staios was previously president of the Hamilton Bulldogs, also owned by billionaire Andlauer. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


    • Carleton Eng built the O Train
    • – A truly painful insult by University of Ottawa students on a handmade sign in support of the Gee Gees during Sunday’s Panda Game against the Carleton Ravens.  (Occasional Transport via Bulldog Ottawa)


    • 🏈 PANDA GAME University of Ottawa Gee Gees 18 – Carleton Ravens 16 last Sunday
    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 15 – Montréal Alouettes 32 last Saturday
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – York United 1 last Sunday
    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 last night


    What’s coming up Wednesday at City Hall.

    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, October 4 at 9:30 am

    • Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendment - 200 Clearview Avenue
    • Zoning By-Law amendment – 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 Hawthorne Avenue
    • Zoning By-law amendment – Aligning Zoning By-law 2008-250 with Bill 23 concerning additional dwelling units
    • Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation - 2022 annual report
    • Status update – Planning and Housing Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending September 15, 2023

    📋 Agenda


    🚌 School Buses

    •  The general manager of the Ottawa School Transportation Authority has taken a leave of absence. The Board of Directors of the authority, who are appointed by bott the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board, released a statement apologizing for the lack of drivers. The lack of drivers led to hundreds of cancelled bus runs. Vicky Kyriaco’s leave of absence was left unexplained. Kyriaco, the appointed general manager of the authority, was in the news last week when she had City Councillor Clarke Kelly, an elected official, kicked out of a public Zoom meeting after he asked about the bus cancellations. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🍁 Gatineau Park

    •  The free shuttle to view the Fall Rhapsody of changing leaves is now running until Oct 22. Managed by the National Capital Commission, the hop on/hop off shuttle leaves Ottawa between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, with the final trip back at 4:00 pm. There is no charge(Hannah Manning in Apt 613) (Shuttle)

    🚊 O Train

    •  The Trillium Line opening has been delayed until next April at least. Transit general manager Renée Amilcar says the main reasons are testing the system and training operators. (Elyse Skura at CBC

      ➕ Related OC Transpo will pay $2.1 million monthly plus $1 million for staff and electricity when the Trillium Line finally opens. 

    🤝 Safe Trading Zones

    •  Ottawa Police Services have set up three safe trading zones for people to locally exchange items. The zones, identified with a drawing of a handshake on a blue background, are intended to let people who have bought or sold something online meet safely with the other party. All three zones are in police station parking lots: Orléans, Kanata, and Metcalfe Street. (Josh Pringle at CTV)



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    •  If you haven’t firmed up your Thanksgiving plans, act quickly. Baccanalle is offering Thanksgiving with a Caribbean twist: We’re talking Jerk Turkey or Duck (or apple spice if you want to turn down the heat a bit), Coconut Rice and Peas, Chef Rosa’s original Cranberry-Sorrel (Hibiscus) Compote, Cornbread stuffing, and many more gorgeous flavours. The feast for one, four or eight people is available for pick up on Friday or Saturday.
    •  Revel in the firey autumn colours while you shop as the sun goes down at Parkdale Market’s Harvest Night Market. Wander more than 50 market stalls, enjoy the music, and grab a bite. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 366 Parkdale Ave.
    •  It’s the final opportunity to view The UK’s Ballet Black at the National Arts CentreThen or Now uses the poetry of Adrienne Rich to explore themes of home and our collective sense of belonging. Nina: By Whatever Means is inspired by the one and only Nina Simone. National Arts Centre’s Babs Asper Theatre.
    •  Bring your knowledge to Trivia Tuesday at Irene’s Pub.

    •  Django A-Gogo Allstars featuring Stephane Wrembel. Red Bird Live
    •  The Prime Rib Big Band. Irene’s Pub


    •  Meet the artists of the show currently hanging at the Hintonberg Public House. Lorena Ziraldo, Niki Economo, & Ted Willis from Studio Space Ottawa will all be at the reception from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    •  Stick around Hintonburg and take a wander through the Night Market, where you’ll find entertainment, food, and cool local vendors. 1088 Somerset St. W.
    •  Wander the magical pathway lined with 1000s of pumpkin sculptures and displays at Pumpkins After Dark. Every Thursday through Sunday evening until October 31 continues at Wesley Clover Parks (410 Corkstown Road).

    •  Salem Mars with Hans. The Shed, Sparks St
    •  Gone in April, Liva, Vrylnia. Rainbow Bistro
    •  Irene’s Blues Sessions with Guest Host Luke Ambridge. Irene’s Pub
    •  Brodaway Nights Ottawa. Red Bird Live

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Let the arts and culture of India in Canada entertain you at ArohaFest Navaratri Edition, a family-friendly festival with dance performances, workshops, and art. Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which takes over the National Arts Centre’s Peter A. Herrndorf Place and the Canal Lobby Stage from October 9 to 14.
    •  Bear Grease makes over the 1978 musical Grease and transforms the characters and story into 1950s Indigenous story. The all-Indigenous cast from all over Turtle Island performs the story of Sandy, an Indigenous woman who is new in town, and Danny, a member of the Greasers gang. October 11-14.
    •  The movie that introduced the world to Jedi masters, light sabres, and ‘droids, is back with a live to film soundtrack. On November 30 and December 1, screened in concert with the FILMharmonic orchestra, Star Wars: A New Hope will be.
    •  The 82nd Ottawa Little Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition is now accepting submissions. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2023. Top prize is $1000. The winner will be announced May 2024.


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    That‘s what she said. The City is interested in your opinions on tree girth. City bylaws say a downtown tree with a width of 30 cm or more at breast height is ‘distinctive’ and a permit is needed to cut or move it. Surburban trees must be 50 cm in width to be distinctive. The City, which hates things to be subjective, want a universal tree girth of 30. So interested is the City, they have opened a public survey here for your opinion until Oct 10.


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