Tuesday February 20, 2024


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CFRA Live with Andrew Pinsent called up the Night Mayor of another capital city and asked him what the job entails.

Salah Czapary, director of Washington, DC’s Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture says that, like Ottawa, his city’s downtown has still not recovered from COVID-19 shutdowns.

Some highlights:

  • ‘Understanding that you have this industry that operates mainly at times when the government is not open’
  • ‘In some of our neighbourhoods, there is now a lunch rush because about 50 per cent of our workforce is working from home’ and there is suddenly a problem with trash in an area that never had it before
  • ‘Nightlife has been historically seen as a liability and by having an advocate within government, we can shift it to being seen as an asset to the city’
  • ‘Our office is nightlife and culture, and I like to say culture is any time two or more people meet, so everyone is part of our constituency’

    (Apply for the Night Mayor job) (Audio interview)


Tomorrow: our regular Wednesday Food and Drink Update.


– Martha and Darren


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


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      • 1224
      • – The number of new roadway and pathway lights to be installed by the National Capital Commission along both sides of the Rideau Canal stretching from Wellington Street to Hog’s Back, an increase of 50 per cent. Many of the current lights are not working at all. (Anthony Lenzo in the Mainstreeter) (Donate)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Jeff Blackman
      • – The Lowertown resident has published 25 issues of his zine, These Days, which he launched and personally distributed during the early days of COVID-19. He’s also the (probable) holder of the shortest poem published in the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology with ‘The Prime Minister shook his son's hand’ at only four lines. (Ben Ladouceur in the Lowertown Echo) (These Days)


      • I tune in to the OCDSB trustee meetings because it’s better than watching a Netflix reality TV show

      • – Member of Provincial Parliament for Carleton Goldie Ghamari from the same pre-budget meeting with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board that we quoted her last week. (Manotick Messenger)


      • 🏒 PWHL Ottawa 4 – Boston 2 last night
      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 5 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Ottawa City Council
      Wednesday, February 21 at 10 am

      • 11.1 Bill 23: Implementation of Changes to the Ontario Heritage Act – Heritage Register Removal Report #1
      • 11.2 Application for New Construction at 235 Mariposa Avenue
      • 12.1 Rural Firefighters Employee Status
      • 12.2 Enhanced False Fire Alarm Strategy
      • 13.1 Community Partners Insurance Program
      • 14.1 Capital Adjustments – Transit Commission
      • 15.1.1 Issue a Notice of Intention to Designate the Ottawa Water Works Complex under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • 15.3.1 Zoning By-law Amendment - 1346 Avenue Q
      • 15.3.2 Zoning By-law Amendment – 56 and 58 Capilano Drive

      📋 Agenda


      🏠 Homelessness

      🙄 Jim Watson

      •  The Ottawa Citizen has a long interview with former mayor Jim Watson. He’s asked about what he’s doing – board member at Ottawa Community Housing Foundation Board and wireless Internet company Terago, as well as making sandwiches at the Shepherds of Good Hope. After being mayor, he misses the people. Oh, and he doesn’t take responsibilty for the O Train debacle, nor was he asked about the Provincial LRT inquiry that raked him over the coals.  The interview was conducted at Louis Pizza in Vanier, which looks from the photo like a classic red sauce Italian diner. (Gord Holder in the Ottawa Citizen)

        ➕ Related Rod Benn in Ottawa Bulldog is wondering why Watson is trying to restore his reputation now. Does he have designs on running Federally? Is he looking for a high-profile appointment? 

      ✈️ Ottawa International Airport

      •  Passengers on a Porter Airlines flight to Orlando had to stay in Ottawa after their plane drove into a snowbank on the tarmack. The flight, last Thursday, was cancelled after passengers spent over an hour stuck in place. Passengers were rebooked for the next day. (Toula Mazloum at CTV

      💰 Housing

      •  The average rent in January for a one bedroom apartment in Ottawa was $2,045. This is a decrease from $2,069 in December. In Gatineau, the average rent for a one-bedroom in January was $1,710 per month. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      🚨 Senate of Canada

      •  Senators have all been issued panic buttons due rising security concerns. Currently meeting in the old Ottawa Train Station while the Parliament buildings are renovated, the portable electronic buttons were issued to the Senators more than a year after they were offered to the House of Commons members. Some Senators have reported being harassed or threatened while on the streets or at home. (Elizabeth Thompson at CBC)

      💬 Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

      •  The UK’s Daily Mail has come to Ottawa for some gossip about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ex-wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The paper found that Grégoire Trudeau and her new boyfriend ate at Yangtze last Saturday and they shop at Jacobsons grocers. The boyfriend, pediatric surgeon Dr. Marcos Bettolli, is currently in an unamicable divorce from his wife. He pays $13,647 per month in child support, private school fees, and spousal support but claims she is ‘intentionally underemployed’. He says that she had a US $4 - $5 million inheritance but lost 'a substantial amount of money in a Ponzi scheme'.  While Grégoire Trudeau’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police protection ceased upon separation, the Trudeau children retain theirs. (John R Kennedy in the Daily Mail)

      🛻 Convoy News

      •  The Federal government has missed a deadline set by the Emergencies Act commission. Justice Paul Rouleau’s final report had 56 recommendations and suggestions to amend the Emergencies Act, with a 12 month deadline. However, Rouleau did not build in any penalties for non-compliance. The public safety minister’s office says a response will be forthcoming. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)



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      •  Love & Mercy, the biopic documenting the mental health struggles of lead Beach Boy Brian Wilson in the 1960s and 80s, is screening for free at the OPL Main Branch.
      •  Up Yours! A Butt Workshop will answer your questions about, well, you know what. Choose from the in-person workshop at Venus Envy or join online.
      •  The David Gumbs exhibition Tropical Bliss continues at Gatineau’s L’Imagier (9 Front St., Gatineau). The Martinique-based artist explores the concepts of “tropical” and “exotic” using digital photography and kaleidoscope effects. This could be your antidote to the winter blahs.


      •  Sing a Sea Shanty with Bytown Sea Shanty Collective. Beyond The Pale Brewing Co

      •  Conductive Comedy. Spark Beer.

      •  Karaoke. Il Vicolo

      •  Trivia Night. Royal Oak Pubs

      •  Life Drawing. Art House Café

      •  T.K.O. Tuesdays. Level One Game Pub



      •  Disney’s Frozen lands at the NAC for a limited run (until March 3, 2024).
      •  Francophone bibliophiles will want to be at Palais des congrès de Gatineau this weekend for the Salon du liver de l’Outaouais, which is promoting written and spoken French. Until Sunday February 25.
      •  Whisky Wonderland returns to Hammond Golf & Country Club on the weekend of February 22-24. Join 100s of other aficionados for a weekend of tastings, classes, panels, shopping, live music, and ice sculpting.
      •  Get ready for summer with the Ottawa Boat & Outdoors Show, happening this today through Sunday at the EY Centre. Practice your angling skills at the casting pond, watch seminars, and get ready for summer. 


      •  Trivia. Beyond the Pale

      •  Greathunter, Dolonia, Those Who. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Charlotte Cardin. TD Place

      •  Harmony on Mars, Sunshine Bandits, Myhill, Birdie Whyte. House of TARG

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      Canvas & Decor is offering 50% off canvas and metal prints.

      Stock up on kids’ essentials with the Mini Mioche Online Warehouse Sale.


      Last week we mentioned that the Château Montebello, the luxury hotel that is also the world’s largest log cabin, went up for sale because of the bankruptcy of its China-based owner. It turns out that the Château Montebello has a mini-me.

      After being ejected from the Château Montebello in the 1930s – for being a jerk, really – JR Booth hired its builder, Victor Nymark, to construct a smaller version across the river on Miller Island. 

      These days, it is known as Turtle Lodge and is part of the Presqu'ile condo community



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