It’s International Women’s Day, and to be honest, I’m not feeling it. I’m not feeling it from a personal perspective, because I was laid off from my cherished paying gig yesterday (alongside many other people, most of whom are women.) I seriously loved that job, which involved helping people, and I will miss my generous, caring colleagues. That job increased my self-confidence and helped me grow in so many ways.

On a more objective level, the headlines and statistics about violence against women, as well as constant reminders of the wage gap between males and females, get in the way of any celebratory mood I might have been in today. 

So I’ve decided to just post a list of some of the hard working organizations that are dedicated to supporting women in our community. Please donate, if you can. Thank you.

– Martha

Cornerstone Housing for Women provides a continuum of housing and support for women and gender-diverse people that is inclusive and reduces barriers. 

Dress for Success Ottawa empowers women and gender nonconforming individuals to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive. 

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa works with young and adult women who have been or may become criminalized, to reduce harm and oppression, and to contribute to a healthy community. 

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and racialized women. 

Interval House of Ottawa provides a safe place for women to create their future. 

iSisters is a low-cost, high-impact charity that mentors disadvantaged women, girls and gender diverse people with free skills development programs about computers, the internet and getting a job. Related: iSisters is looking for a new, full time Executive Director.

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women unites organizations and individuals in the Ottawa region who are working to end gender-based violence. 

Youville Centre helps young mums to create a brighter future for themselves and their children. 

  • Whether you celebrate Easter or not, you might have noticed Hot Cross Buns in stores and bakeries lately. If you haven’t, you will. Here’s our rundown or where to buy these fresh, locally made buns.
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    • $109
    • – The price of a roundtrip flight to Las Vegas from Ottawa International Airport on a new Flair Air route, starting in October.  (CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Aviva Coopersmith
    • Coopersmith lays out the history of Dr Norman Barwin, a pioneer of invitro fertilization proceedures and a rare doctor who would help single women in the 80s and 90s. Before having his medical license revoked, Barwin had used his own sperm in dozens of the invitro procedures, fathering dozens of children, including Coopersmith. (The Lie that Made Me in Ottawa magazine)


    • I was almost completely vindicated by the review 
    • – Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly on the Public Order Emergency Commission’s final report.  (Ben Andrews at CBC)


    🚜 Tewin Farm

    • The City has dropped the stop work order against the developers of the Tewin suburb, having been convinced that they are actually farming. Neighbours had complained that the developers were removing trees contrary to City bylaw, but Tewin argued that they intended to farm the land which does not require permisssion. (Kate Porter at CBC)

    🚋 O Train

    • A loose wire delayed O Trains near Rideau station yesterday and overnight. It was fixed by this morning. (CBC)

    💥 Cease of Destruction

    • A Gatineau mansion that was ordered to be torn down because it was too close to the road has been given a reprieve. The City had approved building permits in error in 2013, giving itself an exemption the next year. In 2021, neighbours successfully argued that the house had to go, with the judge ruling the City was trying to protect its employee’s mistake. Today's appeal court decision reversed that. (CBC)

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    • Real Estate Agent Donna Maguire is holding a Home Ownership Workshop at Art House Café this evening. Learn about obtaining a mortgage, understanding the local market, being financially ready, and more. 
    • The Ottawa International Film Festival (March 8 - 19) gets underway with writer-director Chandler Levack’s I Like Movies, a comic loveletter to filmmaking that just might become the first Canadian classic of the post-COVID age. Accompanied by the short film Rocket Fuel
    • This International Women’s Day, participate in the Embracing our Creative Selves experience, presented by Digi60 Filmmakers Festival and The Lotus Movement. Explore your creative self through movement, community, and mental health. The evening will include yoga, film screenings, and discussion.  
    • Women on Site, the community for women in the construction industry, will be holding an International Women’s Day meetup at the HIntonburg Public House. 
    • Chef’s Paradise (1314 Bank St) presents an international food adventure celebrating the women of Ottawa’s food and beverage industry. Tickets include snacks, drinks, and a donation to Cornerstone Housing for Women. 5:00pm to 800pm. $39.55 


    • The Business Development Bank of Canada presents Finding the Right Opportunities in Uncertain Times, a free webinar. 12 pm. 
    • Experience craft beer from Québec and beyond at the Festi Biere Hiver Gatineau, running today through March 11. Tickets include a reusable glass, one free drink, and access to the cloakroom (because you don’t want to overheat in your puffer jacket whilst sampling the craft beer, people). 
    • Ottawa musician Jonny Franco plays Bicycle Brewery from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free admission, but if you order your first 12 oz beer in advance you’ll receive $1 off. 


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    Fine. Once again, we have to do things ourselves: Here is the Korean Chicken map of Ottawa. Are you happy now, Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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