The Ottawa International Writers Festival has released details of a number of upcoming events:

📚 Join author and journalist Tracey Lindeman in a conversation about her new book BLEED: Destroying Myths and Misogyny in Endometriosis Care. Hosted by Julie S. Lalonde. Monday March 20 at 7:00pm at St. John the Evangelist 154 Somerset St. W Free but tickets must be booked in advance. The event will also be live-streamed.

📚 Snow Road Station is the “coming-of-middle-age-story” of an actor who faces down her life’s final act. Thursday April 13 at St. John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset St. W. 7:00pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

📚 On April 19, join host Lisa LaFlamme in a conversation with author Mellissa Fung, whose book Between Good and Evil, tells the true story of Nigerian girls take captive by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. Christ Church Cathedral 414 Sparks St. 7:00pm. Tickets start at $25.

– Martha and Darrren



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    • – Where Ottawa-based Giant Tiger lies on a list of Canada’s most respected merchandise retail stores in a survey of randomly selected Canadian adults. Canadian Tire is number one. (Hayley McGoldrick at CityNews)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Emilio Dutra
    • The model is the new face of Lululemon. As a teenager, Dutra lost his right leg at the hip and four fingers on his right hand in a boating accident. (CBC)


    • His Majesty has a long history and a special relationship with Canada, and we look forward to celebrating his coronation in May
    • – New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing that an event will be held in Ottawa to commemorate Charles III’s coronation. Where? Who knows? When? Presumably on the day, maybe. (Michael Lee at CTV)


    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 8 –Oshawa Generals 3 last night
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 4 – Les Voltigeurs de Drummondville 2 last night

    💰 You know tech when you see it

    • An Ottawa private equity company is now the owner of the world’s largest porn websitesEthical Capital Partners has purchased Montréal-based Mindgeek, which is the parent company of Pornhub, YouPorn, Redtube, Brazzers,, Sean Cody, Trans Angels and Nutaku. No, we're not going to link to them. It’s a minor miracle that this edition of the ottawan is not in your spam folder. (Canadian Press)

      ➕ Related The ridiculously luxurious Montréal mansion of the Mindgeek co-founder was destroyed by arsoned two years ago and the case remains unsolved.

    🚋 O Train

    • It’s looking less likely that the Trillium line will open in September. After three years, the line was scheduled to reopen this autumn but an update to council says that the builders are attempting to meet that date, implying a delay. A proper date may be given at the Transportation Committee meeting on March 29. (Joanne Chianello at CBC)

    ☎️ Civil Service

    • Call centre employees working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be able to work from home for an additional year after the department was given an exemption on the return-to-office plan. Employment and Social Development Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency were given exemptions last month. The Treasury Board had ordered each department to create plans for all civil servants to be in the office at least two days per week. (Catherine Morrison at the Ottawa Citizen)

    🗳️ Riding Redo

    • Kanata-Carleton MP Jenna Sudds won’t be objecting to having half her riding transferred next door to Pierre Poilievre’s Carleton riding. The move is recommended by the three member Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario and will even out the population between ridings across the province. Everything West of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway will join Carleton, with Kanata-Carleton becoming plain old Kanata. MPs have until the end of May to make objections known. (Jake Davies in West Carleton Online [Paywalled]) 

    🇯🇵 Rideau Centre

    • Japanese clothing and home retailer Uniqlo is coming to the Rideau Centre in June. While Uniqlo has been in Vancouver and Toronto for awhile, Ottawa is part of a nationwide expansion of up to 200 stores. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Gatineau Police

    • A Gatineau police officer who was convicted of harassment and attempting to obstruct justice has received his sentence: suspended, plus 150 hours of community service. He remains a Gatineau Police officer. (Ottawa Citizen)

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    • The third edition of the International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with Until Tomorrow (1:00pm), the free Screen Summit (2:00pm), “The Female Gaze” by Maya Nilo (3:00pm), The Flag (6:30pm), The Christmas Setup (6:45pm), Cinema’s First Nasty Women: Gender Adventures (7:00pm), Tales from the Gimli Hospital (9:15pm). 
    • You’ll find almost 150 vendors at 613flea this Saturday. 10:00am to 4:00pm at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. Free to get in. 
    • Destroyer Canada has spent nearly 30 years paying tribute to the band KISS, and they’re bringing their wild show to Queen St. Fare this Saturday March 18. So get ready to Rock and Roll All Nite. $28.60 

    Just Announced

    • Great Canadian Theatre Company has announced its 2023-24 season, which will follow the theme of “relationships.” The season will include co-productions with NAC Indigenous There and Native Earth Performing Arts, and in February 24, a Factory Theatre (Toronto) production of The Waltz. 
    • Registration has now started for Spring Semester sewing courses at Green Needle. New intermediate courses are available for those who’ve completed the beginner course, and there’s a new Beginner Pattern Drafting course. 
    • We’ve heard that taking part in Choir! Choir! Choir! is incredibly fun. The creative directors transform the audience into the choir. Presale tickets to the event at Southam Hall on July 15 are available until 10:00pm tonight. Use the code CHOIR23 to get them. 


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    Sunday brunch with bottomless Mimosas are back at Marzitelli. Reservations are recommended. 380 Elgin St. 

    Get 25% off jeans at Viens Avec Moi, using the code JEANLOVE. 


    If you don't want to view the latest Ottawa-owned pin-up girl-and-boy websites, the Ottawa Humane Society has an Instagram feed for you: dogs, cats, bunnies, and dare we dream, a budgie.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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