Monday, October 30 2023


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The great pickleball vs tennis debate is hotting up.

Across the city, nay across the world, tennis players are feeling dismayed as they find courts being taken up by pickleballers.

Pickleballers, for their part, find themselves fighting for the right to play their sport in a world that gives tennis priority.

The City has now launched a public survey to thread the needle and develop an outdoor tennis and pickleball strategy, although they are requiring people to register, which is always a sign that the survey takers may not be looking for the widest range of opinions.

Tell the City your opinion here.

There are only four more days to vote in the ottawan’s Best of Ottawa Awards 2023. The balloting is going very well.

Please take some time to vote

– Martha and Darren


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    • $3,000
    • – The fines charged to Chelsea resident Jean-Paul Murray under a new bylaw that prohibits ‘any person from insulting a peace officer, a civil servant, or an elected official within the municipality’. Murray runs a Facebook group called ‘Mean Chelsea Folks’. The municipality is suing Murray for the money. (Josh Pringle at CTV

    Ottawan of the Day


    • I can’t breathe

    • – The phrase that a black teenage hockey player for the Intrépide de l'Outaouais was forced to say before a teammate would take his knee off his neck. The incident was recorded in a report by Hockey Québec of racist incidents in the Gatineau club.  (Justine Mercier in La Droit)



    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 last Saturday
    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 22 – Toronto Argonauts 27 last Saturday

      And that’s it for the RedBlacks this year, ending the season with 4 win - 14 loss record.


    What’s going on at City Hall.

    No meetings tomorrow.


    🔥 Ottawa Hospital General Campus

    •  A transformer fire plunged parts of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus into darkness and forced at least 96 patients to be moved. No one was hurt in the incident Friday but people are encouraged to use a different emergency room. Emergency and elective surgeries have been transferred to the Civic and the Riverside campuses. (CBC

    🍸 Alcohol in Parks

    •  Debate has begun over permitting alcohol in Ottawa parks. Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) says he will bring up a proposal to allow drinking in City parks in the new year. Toronto has just extended its trial which had resulted in a total of two complaints. Martha and Darren have lived in Vancouver as well as London, UK, both of which allow people to enjoy a bottle of wine or a beer at a picnic, and think it's about time Ottawans were given the same privilege. City staff plan to have a report on the issue for council by the end of 2024. Québec does allow alcohol in most public places, however, a bylaw by the city prohibits it in Gatineau. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC

    🚆 O Train 

    🏢 Brutalism

    •   Brutalist buildings in Ottawa are the best candidates for conversion to residential says the Canadian Urban Institute. Brutalism, the sometimes controversial style popular in the 60s and 70s, uses bare concrete as its palette and are often built as stark rectangles or very unusual shapes – think of the National Defence building or the National Arts Centre. Brutalist buildings tend to have lots of windows, central infrastructure, and are all due for modernization anyway. The Institute says two buildings in Ottawa are perfect candidates for residential use but does not name them. (Ben Andrews at CBC)

    📋 Federal Public Employees

    Catherine Morrison at the Ottawa Citizen has a round-up of news of interest to Federal public employees.

    •  Auditor General Karen Hogan says the number of errors in the Phoenix pay system has actually increased from the previous year.
    •  Daniel Quan-Watson, deputy minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, is leaving for other opportunities November 25.
    •  Canada has two new ambassadors: Isabelle Valois to the Kingdom of Morocco and Jess Dutton to the Republic of Indonesia.
    •  The Public Service Alliance of Canada is getting involved in the Israel – Gaza crisis, calling for ‘an immediate ceasefire, an end to the blockade of Gaza and for the restoration of humanitarian aid and access to the basic necessities of life’.
    •  Jimi Onalik will become the new president of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency November 20. He is currently deputy minister of executive and intergovernmental affairs and secretary to cabinet with the Government of Nunavut.
    •  The Union of Taxation Employees will get their $2,500 signing bonus November 8. There had been some question as to when this would happen.
    •   Public Service Alliance of Canada members have ratified a new collective agreement with the Royal Canadian Mint. Essentially the same deal as the other departments but no taking your work home with you.*

      * Because it’s the mint and it creates coins and employees shouldn’t take those home with them. It’s harder to make jokes like that in a world of remote working. The actual remote working rule in the new collective agreement is the same as the others – agree to talk about it later.

    ⚕️ Breast Cancer Screening

    •  Ontario has lowered the age for regular breast cancer screenings in to 40. This is province-wide, not just Ottawa, but we thought we’d mention it. Women can self-refer for the screening every two years starting autumn 2024. (Canadian Press)

    🛻 Convoy Trial

    Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are on trial for their actions in the Convoy siege.

    • Ottawa Police Service sergeant Jordan Blonde testified Friday that he encountered hostile crowds during the Convoy. He also said that he tried to tell protestors to vacate the area but could not be heard because of the truck horns blaring. For safety reasons, he stopped warning people about getting arrested.

      (David Fraser at CBC)



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    •  The NAC Gala with soprano Renée Fleming and the NAC Orchestra supports the NAC Foundation and its mandate to “enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts and championships our country’s artists, students and educators.” From $85 per person.
    •  Creatorland’s Storywell: Autobiographies will encourage attendees to consider their own life stories. The evening will include a surprise screening of a BAFTA qualifying short film (the title to be announced at the event), a presentation about Bruce Lee, and a group dialogue about “Self-Storytelling”. Prepare to engage your creativity. At Artengine, 67 Nicholas St.
    •  The WelliWednesdays concert series returns to Parkdale Park, coinciding with the Parkdale Night Market. Enjoy live music by Dec Lopez and The Keystrings (bring your own blanket or chair), shop with over 55 vendors,  and buy a snack.
    •  View the Poppy Drop, a projection of poppies representing Canadian veterans, on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Watch the display from 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm each evening until November 11, except November 5, 10, and 11 when the display runs until midnight. You can also view and search the names of fallen soldiers in the Books of Remembrance.


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    Made in Quebec tunics and dresses are $15 off, and there’s free shipping on orders over $100 at Message Factory. No code; the discount is applied at checkout.

    Take care of you at Huma Spa in Gatineau, where the November promotion is a discount on the 3H Stopover experience. It’s $44 all month long, instead of the usual $55.

    Use the code fall23 to receive 20% off womenswear at We Are Stories.


    It seems unbelievable but someone wants to demolish a kitten mill in Lanark County.

    Wait, apparently it is textiles not moggies. The building involved is the former Glenayr Kitten Mill, once the home of the Glenayr Kitten textile company, makers of Glenayr Kitten brand sweaters (here’s someone selling a vintage sweater from the 70s).

    The building is beautiful, built in the mid-1800s, and is slated to be demolished by a private owner who really needs to visit Almonte to see what can be done with old textile mills. 

    The Lanark Heritage Preservation Society is fighting the demolition and have launched a petition against it.



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