Tuesday, 19 September 2023


🌧️ Moderate rain
High 20° Low 10°
🌞 6:45 am🌛7:07 pm


☀️ Clear
High 20° Low 7°
🌞 6:46 am🌛7:05 pm



  • Enter the City’s Win a Rain Garden contest and you could win a customized rain garden designed and installed at your property, or a second prize of a customized landscape design (you do the work and buy the plants).
  • Making your garden rain ready means things like: downspout redirections and extensions, rain barrels, rain gardens, soakaway pits, and permeable payment.
  • The bad news: you must live in urban Ottawa in the specified areas. Those outside that area generally aren’t using City storm drains and thus, we can only assume, don’t deserve to win nice things.
  • To enter, you don’t need to have a rain garden already – that’s the prize – you just need to describe how rain ready you are and show a picture of your downspout. Here’s the form.
  • With rain all day today, it’s a good opportunity to go outside and really look at where does the rain go on your property.
  • – Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $2.16 million
    • – The estimated cost to renovate the Jim Durrell Arena for ice use again. The home of the Central Canada Hockey League’s Ottawa Jr. A Senators has been closed to hockey and skating since March 2020, when it changed use to become a men’s shelter. (Ken Warren in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Andrew Macklin
    • – The biochemist is a scientist by day, storm chaser by ... storm. You can view his work on his Twitter. (Weather Network)


    • ‘I’ve been frustrated and, at times, embarrassed’
    • – Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe about OC Transpo and its woeful finances. The City released a report yesterday indicating revenue was much less and costs much more than expected. As for the next phase, which would see O Train extend to Stittsville, Kanata, and Barrhaven: ‘We’re not ready to push the button on Phase 3 anyway’. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen

       Related The figures from the report include:
    • • $3.7 billion shortfall in ridership revenue, which is $100 million a year in 2023 dollars

    • • $800-million decrease in Gas Tax Funds due to the cancellation of the gas tax doubling

    • •  $500-million increase cost for buses

    • •  $1.4 billion increase in Stage 1 and 2 of light rail operating costs

    • •  $1.1-billion increase in the net operating cost for Stage 3

    • •  $900 million increase in the capital cost of including all the Bus Rapid Transit projects identified in the Transportation Master Plan


    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, September 20 at 9:30 am

    • Zoning By-law amendment – 1081 Carling Avenue
    • Zoning By-law Amendment – 230 and 232 Lisgar Street
    • Application for demolition and new construction at 230-232 Lisgar Street, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • Zoning By-Law amendment – 352 Somerset Street West
    • Application to alter Somerset House, 352 Somerset Street West, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 555, 591, 595 and 603 March Road
    • Front-ending report – stormwater management pond 1 in Gloucester urban centre
    • Official Plan amendment and rezoning – 2475 Regina Street
    • Treasurer's report on 2022 growth related revenues

    📋 Agenda


    🐛 Bedbugs

    •  At least six Federal buildings in the Capital region were found to have bedbugs last month. Over 140 calls were made to Public Services and Procurement Canada for pest control, of which six were bedbugs. Two of the locations that the creatures were found at were 101 Colonel By Dr., which houses the National Defence headquarters and Place de Ville, Tower A, at 320 Queen St., occupied by Canada Revenue Agency. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚗 Urban Sprawl

    •  The City is going ahead with an environmental assessment of a road extension in Orléans despite the National Capital Commission owning the land. The City wants to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard through the north part of the Mer Bleue Bog. The Commission, which owns the bog and wants the road to take a different route, says the road would harm ecologically sensitive land and the Greenbelt. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    ⚡ Hydro Ottawa

    •  Hydro Ottawa workers vote to accept new agreement with the City-owned utility. With a 57 per cent acceptance rate, workers will be back on the job tomorrow. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏒 The Mighty NameToBeDetermineds

    •  Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League Team selected players from the league’s first draft yesterday. Fifteen players were picked, including Kanata native and Olympic gold medallist Jamie-Lee Rattray. (Ted Raymond at CTV

    🛻 Convoy on Trial

    Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

    •  A Surete du Quebec officer testified for the Crown that Convoy protestors were resistant to to clearing the streets. The Crown played a video of members of the crowd shouting ‘hold the line’ against police action to move them; the defence played a recording of police radio exhorting the cops themselves to ‘hold the line’. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)
    •  The courtroom has been infested with fruit flies, has a blinking fluorescent light, and uses shoddy technology. (David Fraser at CBC)
    •  The Ottawa Citizen is live blogging the trial.



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      •  The Piggy Market’s Sausage Making classes in October and November promise to teach you all the intricacies of seasoning your pork and stuffing it like a pro. Your $120 ticket gets you all the knowledge, 5lbs of pork, and expert guidance.
      •  Saunders Farm returns to TD Place at Lansdowne for Saunders Farm’s Sawmill, a scary season experience that involves walking through a haunted colony. $30 per person.


      Hungry? Save 50% off all Soca Kitchen Plantain Sandwiches when they’re ordered online via the Soca Kitchen website, using the code PLANTAIN. You can pick up the ordered sandwiches at either the Glebe or Beechwood locations. Valid until October 1.

      It’s Day 1 of the Workshop Studio & Boutique’s Legendary Fall Trunk Sale, taking place at 70B Beech Street (right behind the Prescott). This is a chance to get Canadian made womenswear at 30-70% off. The sale runs until Monday September 25, in person only.

      Save big at the Stroked Ego Clearance sale. We spotted Men’s tropical shirts for $39.

      Get that art on the wall, with a frame from DeSerres. Until October 15 all framing is 20% off.


      Vancouver urban planner Stephen Hickson has published this lovely concept plan for a new waterfront along the Ottawa River and Sussex Drive. Called the Rideau Connection, it is Hickson’s submission to the National Capital Commission’s Urban Design Challenge which asks designers to imagine a better Capital. Hickson just received his Masters in Urban Planning from McGill, on the basis of his thesis: Evaluating the future of interprovincial rail transit in Canada’s Capital Region using accessibility and equity. (PDF)

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