Monday June 17, 2024


🌧️ Light Rain
High 29° Low 12°
🌞 5:13 am🌛8:53 pm


🌧️ Moderate Rain
High 32° Low 19°
🌞 5:13 am🌛8:54 pm

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Environment Canada has issued a dangerous heat warning for most of the week.


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Lansdowne 2.0 Arena

  • The City is inviting the public to give feedback on the Event Centre part of the Lansdowne project tomorrow.

  • The Event Centre project is the plan to tear down the TD Place Arena, which seats 9,500 and build a new one on the grassland which seats only 5,500. 

    Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team, which plays at TD Place Arena, has an average attendance of 7,300 and has had sell out nights of 8,000.

    Tomorrow’s event will be from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm inside Gate 2 at TD Arena.

  • Information on the larger Lansdowne 2.0 project can be found on the City’s page.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway

  • Parkways for People is holding a virtual meeting tonight to discuss ideas on how to ‘Help Make Queen Elizabeth Driveway Sparkle this Summer’. The Driveway will be car free in July and August. The Centretown Community Association, the National Capital Commission, and Parkways for People will guide the discussion and then turn it over to the public to share ideas about what to do with the space.
  • Sorry that this is last minute, we didn’t hear about this before now, and even that was from Ottawa Bulldogwhich is against this kind of thing.

    It’s at 7:00 pm tonight on Zoom. Click here to reserve a free spot.



  • Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, which began last night and ends today.

  • – Martha and Darren



    • 210,000
    • – The amount of food, in pounds, brought to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Bantree Street warehouse last Saturday, the largest donation in the Food Bank’s 40 year history. The donation was the result of a team up between Khalsa Aid Canada and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. (Sam Houpt at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Syd Gravel
    • – The retired police officer from Fitzroy Harbour will be signing copies of his first responder mental health books Slay the Toxic Dragon: Police Leadership Impacting Member WellnessHow to Survive PTSD and Build Peer SupportWalk the Talk: First Responder Peer Support, and 56 Seconds tomorrow in Arnprior. He’ll be joined by his co-authors Brad McKay and Barbara Anschuetz. Tues June 18, MacNamara House, 153 Daniel St. N, Arnprior, noon to 4 pm. (h/t West Carleton Online 🔒)


    • The mayor has his goal of [having] 250,000 trees planted a year. He can't make that goal. There's nowhere to plant them

    • – Andrea Sissons of Rural Woodlands Ottawa, who is advocating for a plan to plant trees along rural roads as natural snow and wind barriers. Currently, the City places hundreds of wooden slat fences along roads each winter to prevent snow drift, then collects them up again in the spring. (Gabrielle Huston at CBC


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 90 – Niagara River Lions 86 last Saturday
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 13 – New Jersey Jackals 1 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 4 – New Jersey Jackals 3 last Saturday
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 6 – New Jersey Jackals 0 last Saturday


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Environment and Climate Change Committee
    Tuesday, June 18 at 9 30 am

    • Council Motion - Banning of Organic Waste from Landfills
    • Solid Waste Master Plan
    • Solid Waste Services Long Range Financial Plan 2025-2053
    • Tree Program Review - Early Actions
    • Tree Equity Analysis

    📋 Agenda

    Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee
    Tuesday, June 18 at 4 pm

    • 4.1 Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
    • 5.1 Update on Priorities for the Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee – Gender-Based Violence and Mental Well-Being
    • 5.2 Update on the transition of Crime Prevention Ottawa

    📋 Agenda


    Accessibility Advisory Committee
    Tuesday, June 18 at 6 pm

    • 4.1 Essential Health and Social Supports (EHSS) – Program Review
    • 5.1 BE IT RESOLVED that the AAC express to City staff and City Council that they no longer uphold their support for the continuation of the e-scooter pilot, and further express their very serious concern over the safety issues posed by e-scooters, both shared and privately-owned, to persons with disabilities, elderly and all vulnerable pedestrians;

    📋 Agenda


    Committee of Adjustment
    Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    Panel 3 at 9:00 am

    • 5195 Dunning - To subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land to create one new lot for a surplus farm dwelling.
    • 919 William Mooney - To subdivide the property into three separate parcels of land. The existing dwelling and accessory structures will remain.
    • William Mooney – To subdivide the property into three separate parcels of land.
    • 205 Cranesbill – To subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land to create one new lot for a surplus farm dwelling.


    Panel 2 at 1:00 pm

    • 1316 Carling – To permit a reduction in window glazing along the ground floor façade for the conversion of a commercial space to residential apartments.
    • 150 Billings – To permit a roof-top terrace with no setbacks from the exterior walls of the building, to be constructed at the rear of the existing detached dwelling.
    • 1729 Queensdale – To subdivide the property into four lots for the construction of four detached dwellings, with reduced lot areas and increased building heights. The existing dwelling will be demolished.
    • 30 David – To convey a portion of land to the abutting property and to permit reduced lot widths and lot areas, and an increased projection for the construction of a detached dwelling.
    • 115 Rita – To permit reduced lot widths and lot areas for the construction of two detached dwellings.
    • 1267 Dorchester – To permit a reduced rear yard setback for the construction of a two-storey addition at the rear of the existing building.
    • 1486 Baseline – To permit reduced lot widths, lot areas, rear yard setbacks and rear yard areas for the construction of two semi-detached dwellings.
    • 10 Chippewa – To permit reduced lot widths and lot areas for the construction of two detached dwellings. Each detached dwelling will contain three dwelling units.
    • 7 Starwood – To permit reduced lot widths and lot areas for the construction of two detached dwellings. Each detached dwelling will contain three dwelling units.

    📋 Agenda



    🌊 Suns out, guns out

    Most of the beaches and pools in the Capital region are now open:

    • Ottawa.
      Mooney's Bay, Britannia, and Petrie Island have lifeguards daily noon until 7:00 pm.
    • Gatineau.
      Parc des Cèdres, Parc du Lac-Beauchamp, and Parc Moussett beaches have lifeguards from 10:00 am or 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.
    • National Capital Commission.
      The beaches at La Pêche Lake, Leamy Lake, Meech Lake, and Philippe Lake have lifeguards from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

      The NCC River House Ottawa River pool is open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

    • Britannia Beach had a high level of E coli yesterday but is okay now. Ottawa Public Health has a Bacteria Dashboard updated daily
    • After two years, Brown's Bay Beach on the St Lawrence River between Mallorytown and Brockville has reopened. (Jack Richardson at CTV)
    • There is a largely secret lake and separate swimming in Rockcliffe Park. McKay Lake is privately owned on the west side and swimming on the east side is banned because of the endless ooze. A nearby swimming hole – a former gravel pit – allows swimming every day between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm, but there are no life guards. (This is Ottawa)
    • Ottawa once had many more beaches like Dutchie’s Hole, Brewer Park, Brighton Park, Brantwood Park, and Remic Beach. All were closed decades ago due to water quality. (Jordan Moffatt in the Ottawa Citizen)

    ✅ Canadian Border Services Agency deal

    • Some details of the deal between the Canadian Border Services Agency and its employees have come out. Employees would see a 15.7 per cent pay increase over four years, retroactive to 2022. The union says there are improvements to technological changes and to shift scheduling, as well as remote working on a case-by-case basis. Border Service employees have not yet ratified the deal but the agreement avoided job action which would have started last Friday. (CBC)

    🚌 OC Transpo

    • OC Transpo hopes that adding a third day back in the office for Federal employees will add an average of 12,000 more riders per weekday. So far this year, every month the agency has overestimated the number of riders it would carry. Transit Committee member councillor Riley Brockington says the biggest problem for riders will be late buses. Transit services general manager Renée Amilcar says on-time service is not a priority, actually running each bus on each route is. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

      ➕ Related A rider says that when OC Transpo used Para Transpo buses for its successful Blackburn Hamlet on-demand trial, actual Para Transpo users were sent taxis. And Para Transpo still does not have on-demand service, riders must book at least the day before.

    🙏 Almonte Cenotaph

    • The grade six class at R. Tait McKenzie Public School in Almonte has successfully lobbied to have a forgotten soldier added to the First World War cenotaph. Private George Monterville died at his home in Almonte 101 years ago from injuries received in the war. When the cenotaph was built a few years later, Monterville was not included. The class spent the year ‘researching, writing letters and making presentations advocating for Monterville’s recognition’. (Dylan Dyson at CTV)


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    The Ottawa Fringe Festival continues daily until June 23. Apt 613 has been putting in the work and has a bunch of reviews.


    • Workers History Museum invites those who (think they) know it all to take part in its Trivia Night tonight. Colonnade Pizza (Corner of Metcalfe and Gilmour Streets, K2P 1R7). Tickets are $15 per person. Reserve your table of four to six people by calling Barb at 613-837-8743 or email
    • Tonight’s Ottawa Fringe Festival highlights: Trainwreck (five friends celebrate graduation and commit to annual reunions. Life intervenes), Joshua’s Witnesses (one-man show about the Jehovah’s Witness religion), On the Verge (three men named Dave wait for a friend). Full schedule.
    • The Russell & District Horticultural Society welcomes guest speaker Judith Cox, who will talk about "gardening for continuous joy." Marionville Community Centre, 4629 Gregoire Rd, Russell, ON K4R 1E5

    • ByTowne CinemaBanel and Adama, Kidnapped (The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara), I Used to Be Funny

    • Mayfair TheatreThe Great Escaper, Evil Does not Exist, Targets


    • Filthy Kitty. Dominion Tavern

    • Laughing, Heaven For Real, Obliterator. Rainbow Bistro

    • Open Stage with the House Band. Red Bird

    • Open Mic. Art House Café

    • Nick Lowe and Ron Sexsmith. Bronson Centre


    • Toto Too Theatre, a volunteer, not-for-profit company, produces shows from a queer perspective. A New Brain follows Gordon, a composer who collapses while creating a song for a children’s TV show. The characters of that show come along for the ride as Gordon’s medical team work to make him well. Today through Saturday at the Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave. K1R 6Y4
    • Today’s Ottawa Fringe Festival picks: Dreamscroller: up late circus clickbait (by Ottawa’s own circus collective Cirquonscient), Jimmy Hogg: The Potato King (The sharply funny British comedian returns), Truth (a show about truth...or lies).
    • ByTowne CinemaNostalghia - Restoration, Kidnapped (The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara), I Used to Be Funny.
    • Mayfair TheatreEvil Does Not Exist, The Great Escaper, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome


    • Apostlebird, Cardamom Years, Grey Brisson. Avant-Garde bar

    • Life Drawing. Art House Café

    • Trivia Night. Pour Boy

    • Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant


    • Give storytelling a try in a the supportive environment of OPL’s Sunnyside branch. Storytelling Open Mic welcomes newcomers from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm at 1049 Bank St.
    • Today’s Ottawa Fringe Festival picks: How to Lose Friends & Irritate People (surrealist comedy about living on the autism spectrum), How Queer! (celebrating queer and trans bodies through the art of strip tease), The Kid Was a Spy (the true story of American physicist and Soviet spy Ted Hall).
    • ByTowne CinemaKidnapped (The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara), Nostalghia - Restoration, Don’t Go into the … Series: Tremors.
    • Mayfair TheatreEvil Does Not Exist, The Great Escaper, Targets.


    • Ottawa Jazz Festival Presents Homegrown ft. Atlantis Jazz Ensemble. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • The Burning Tree. LIVE on Elgin

    • Dali Van Gogh, Scarecrowz, Valvehead, Baby Richman. House of TARG

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • 🆓 Descendants of Chief Constant Pinesi (1768-1834), the last traditional Algonquin Chief to have hunting grounds in Ottawa, will be traveling the Oka to Ottawa: Oinesi Paddle from June 25 to July 1. The paddlers are expected to reach Governor Bay below Rideau Hall at 11:00 am on July 1, and with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, will mark the third annual Chief Pinesi Day (8:00 am - 2:00 pm) with drumming, singing and dancing. There will also be land tours along portions of the Chief Pinesi Portage Trails, which Indigenous used to travel between the Ottawa and Rideau rivers. Monday, July 1 beginning with the Sacred Fire event at 8:00 am, at New Edinburgh Park, 203 Stanley Ave., K1M 1P3
    • If you’re stuck in a style rut, or your clothes and accessories no longer make your heart sing, the Green Needle Find Your Style workshop could help. It’s a two session event with hairstylist and colourist Angie Pyke, who will take participants through seasonal colour theory, body and face shop analysis, and a discussion of sustainable fashion choices. $250 per person. The workshop runs Sundays on September 8 and 15 at 3033 Carling Ave, Unit 204, K2B 7K3
    • Bluesfest will start a day earlier, Tuesday, July 9, in order to accomodate a new secret booking? Who is it? Who knows! All will be revealed tomorrow.


    Need something pretty for an event this summer? Look no further than Parkhurst, which is holding a sale on its Made in Canada dresses. Choose one of three styles that are now priced at $75.

    To mark St. Jean Batiste day in Québec next Monday (June 24), all pieces in the ‘la vie en bleu’ selection are discounted 24% at checkout at Vètements Mandala, until Wednesday June 19. Naturally, all of the brand’s clothing is manufactured in Québec.


    Dave Allston at the Kitchissippi Museum has a story of the Great Fire. No, not the famous one in 1900 which started in Hull and crossed to Ottawa. This story is about the 1903 one, which was fueled by the lumber company storage yards, and which left the area between Preston Street and Booth Street from Albert Street to south of Gladstone Avenue a burnt out husk.



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