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The Ontario Health Coalition is administering a province-wide, citizen-led referendum on the issue of privatization of health care in Ontario.

Have your say on the future of public healthcare. Residents of the Province of Ontario over the age of 16 are eligible to vote. 

You can vote on-line until May 27th or in person at various locations across the City of Ottawa and throughout Eastern Ontario on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, 2023.

Vote here

– Martha and Darren


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    • ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 16°, low of 3° 


    • 10
    • – The number of office buildings in the Capital region that the Federal government is planning to vacate and sell. 
    1. Jackson Building (122 Bank Street)
    2. Rideau Falls Lab (1 John Street)
    3. Sir Charles Tupper Building (2720 Riverside Drive)
    4. Graham Spry Building (250 Lanark)
    5. L'Esplanade Laurier – East Tower (140 O’Connor)
    6. L'Esplanade Laurier – West Tower (300 Laurier)
    7. L'Esplanade Laurier – Commercial (171-181 Bank)
    8. Brooke Claxton Building and Annex (70 Columbine)
    9. Asticou Centre (241 Cité des Jeunes)
    10. 1500 Bronson Building and Annex (1500 Bronson)

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    • To be as connected to the great outdoors as they are to their inner emotional landscape
    • – A description of the children’s picture book New Edinburgh resident Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has contracted with Penguin Random House Canada in a two book deal. The other is a self-discovery and wellness book for adults, Closer Together: Knowing Ourselves, Loving Each Other. (The Canadian Press)


    • ⚾ Ottawa Titans 3 – Evansville Otters 16 last night

    📱 911 😭 😭 😭

    •  People should be able to text or video 911 by next year. The Ottawa Police run the 911 system for Ottawa under contract and will be updating their 30 year-old system, allowing not just texts but the ability for dispatchers to transfer calls to other cities (Although the system does currently interconnect with Gatineau). The Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission is requiring all 911 services to upgrade by 2025. (Kate Porter at CBC)

    ✈️ WestJet Strike

    •  Four flights today and two flights tomorrow have been cancelled by WestJet as it faces a pilot strike. If an agreement cannot be made by tomorrow, all WestJet and its subsiduary Swoop flights will be grounded for the foreseeable future. Tickets can be cancelled or rescheduled at no charge.  (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      ➕ Related Canadian North airlines is launching a new weekly Ottawa - Iqaluit - Yellowknife route, starting June 18.

    🧀 Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    •  La Trappe à Fromage de l'Outaouais in Gatineau will receive $1.5 million in federal funding for automation. The artisanal cheesemaker was founded in 1995. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (La Trappe)

    🪧 Canadian Association of Professional Employees

    •  The Canadian Association of Professional Employees has reached an agreement with the Treasury Board. The Economics and Social Science Services Group negotiated a 13.14 per cent compounded raise over four years, plus the de rigeur $2,500 signing bonus. Remote working was not included in the agreement but will be discussed going forward. (Josh Pringle in the Ottawa Citizen)

    💰 Gatineau Mansion

    •  You can own the Gatineau mansion that was built too close to the street for only $3.5 million. The City gave permission to build the five bedroom manor with rooftop spa and terrace in 2013, then ordered it demolished in 2014 for being too close to the street. A judge later quashed that decision, stating that the City was trying to cover up its own mistake, which the City then appealed in an attempt to cover up its mistake. The appeal court allowed the house to stand. (Trevor Pritchard at CBC) (Listing)

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    •  Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Capital Gold rush Tournament: two weekends of minor hockey competition at Sensplex from September 22 to 24.
    •  Singers and those who don’t think they can hit a note with confidence will be interested in the two choral workshops from Southmister Concerts’ Roland Graham. The Introductory Workshop (June 27 - August 3, $250 per person) and Intermediate Workshop (May 29-July 15, $300 per person) are a mix of full group rehearsals and sectionals of approximately three singers. Email for more information.
    •  Redblacks preseason tickets are now on sale. The Redblacks face the Montréal Alouettes on Friday May 26 at 7:30pm. TD Place Stadium
    •  Performers from Canada, the USA, Europe and even New Zealand will be appearing at this year’s Ottawa Fringe (June 15-25). Tickets are now on sale. They’re $12 each but you’ll save on 5 and 10 Show Passes.


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    PFAFF sewing machines are on special at Mad About Patchwork. Use the code CELEBRATE to get a special discount. The sale will last until May 22.

    The Rose Buddha mega sale offers discounts of up to 70% on discontinued lines and pieces with slight defects. There will also be a Thrift Store with second-hand pieces. If you have Rose Buddha pieces you no longer want bring them in exchange for discounts on your next purchase. Friday 1:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm at Espace Canevas, 425 boul. Saint-Joseph, Gatineau


    The Kitchissippi Times recalls the 1899 plan to build an electric tram service through Nepean out to Britannia, bridge the Ottawa River, and up to Hull, Aylmer and Fort Coulonge. But no.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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