🚊 NO Train: Day 1️⃣1️⃣

Here are today’s updates on the closure of the Confederation Line.

  •  The City’s light-rail subcommittee, which was scheduled to meet on August 9, has looked around and decided there is nothing of note going on and moved it to Aug 29. (Josh Pringle Instagram) (City of Ottawa notice)
  •  OC Transpo needs much better communication, says Brigitte Pellerin. Stop trying to get the public to pity you, don’t take weekends off, and don’t say things like ‘bearing play within the axle hub’. (Brigitte Pellerin in the Ottawa Citizen)
  •  One carriage trains can easily provide service, says Transit Services general manager Renee Amilcar. One carriage service returns Monday. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

– Martha & Darren



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    • ⛈️ Showers or thunderstorms. High of 29°, low of 17°. 


    • 1,531
    • – The number of tickets issued by Ottawa ByLaw so far this year for parking in accessible parking spaces without a pass. Each ticket is worth $450. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Dr. Reetesh Bose
    • – The dermatologist has founded the Skin of Colour Dermatology Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital, one of the first in Canada to specialize in caring for darker skin. Conditions like alopecia, keloids and vitiligo, and lupus are found more often in darker skin. The Clinic will be open weekly. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • How Lansdowne Park was reimagined without including connections to the immediately adjacent Rideau Canal is baffling
    • – Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen laments on how the city does not properly use the amazing waterfronts that exist in Ottawa.


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 89 – Vancouver Bandits 90 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 6 – Schaumburg Boomers 10 last night

    🗳️ Kanata - Carleton byelection

    •  Liberal Karen McCrimmon is the new Member of Provincial Parliament. McCrimmon won with a 651 vote lead over Progressive Conservative candidate Sean Webster. McCrimmon previously served as the Member of Parliament for Kanata - Carleton from 2015 to 2021.

      the ottawan spent five minutes on Wikipedia (so caveat emptor) tracing back the history of the riding and it seems that McCrimmon is the first Liberal to retake the seat since 1902. The rest have been Conservatives. (Jake Davies in West Carleton Online)

    🏒 The Sens

    •  Winger Vladimir Tarasenko has been signed to the Sens on a $5 million one-year contract. In 675 career games, he has totalled 270 goals and 304 assists.  He joins the Sens from the New York Rangers. (CBC)

    💰 New Treasury Board President

    •  Oakville Member of Parliament Anita Anand is the new president of the Treasury Board, and essentially the new employer of the Federal public serviceFormer president Ottawa–Vanier MP Mona Fortier, who oversaw the recent Federal strike, was removed in a shakeup and is no longer in the cabinet. (CBC)

    🔥 Student News

    •  The Students’ Union at the University of Ottawa had a seven hour meeting over two contentious issues.

      The first issue: somehow, the Students’ Union managed to appoint too many members to its board of directors, contrary to Ontario not-for-profit law. In this case, too many meant five. But you cannot live in this capital city without learning a few tricks and the Union decided to reclassify the errant directors as advisors. Problem solved. 

      The second issue: some students felt that the Students’ Union wanted to restrict directors from speaking freely and made a ‘freedom of speech’ proposal. The advocacy commissioner on the executive committee was leery, saying that freedom of expression includes ‘things that are very, very harmful’. A version of the proposal was passed.

      (Amira Benjamin in The Fulcrum)

      Related You have probably heard that part of the reason for the US writer’s strike is because of the threat of artificial intelligence programmes. This also applies to news. Take a look at this article – an artificial intelligence programme has re-written the above Fulcrum article into a simulcrum of a news piece.

    🎞️ Film News

    •  The Netflix series Geek Girl is filming in OttawaGeek Girl is based on the hit British novels of a neurodivergent teenage girl who becomes a model. (Tamal Kundu in Cinemaholic)


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    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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