Monday, 11 September 2023


🌤️ Mainly sunny
High 25° Low 12°
🌞 6:36 am🌛7:21 pm


🌧️ Chance of showers
High 22° Low 16°
🌞 6:37 am🌛7:19 pm




  • Ken Warren in the Ottawa Citizen has a welcome comparison between the Toronto Greenbelt, which Premier Doug Ford seems eager to develop, and Ottawa’s greenbelt.
  • Some of Warren’s points:
  • 🌳 Toronto’s greenbelt is owned by the Province, Ottawa’s is owned by the National Capital Commission. While the Province has recently removed the ban on developing the greenbelt in Toronto, as Federal land, it does not apply to Ottawa.
  • 🌳 However, the National Capital Commission can do whatever it wants with Ottawa’s greenbelt – nothing in the law prevents it from selling or developing it. In 2008, then mayor Larry O’Brien wanted one quarter of the greenbelt developed, an idea the Commission seriously considered. 
  • 🌳 The Ottawa greenbelt was established in the 1950s to limit urban sprawl. Poor City management allowed the sprawl to merely leap the greenbelt, with over one third of the City’s population now living on the other side. (That’s 103,000 in Barrhaven, 137,000 in Kanata, and 139,000 in Orléans.)
  • 🌳 The local chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says the Ottawa greenbelt should be declared as a national urban park by Parks Canada, protecting it from short term thinking.

    Moroccan Earthquake

    The Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal to help those affected by the earthquake in Morocco. You can make a donation here. Over 5,000 people of Moroccan descent live in Ottawa and Gatineau.
  • – Martha and Darren


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


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    • 60,000
    • – The number of tonnes of garbage the City will divert to private landfills in hopes of extending the life of the Trail Road Landfill by two years. Eight million dollars will be spent each year for seven years, starting in 2026, to divert two-thirds of Ottawa’s garbage into private hands. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Cal Green
    • – The streetware apparel designer and owner of Raised by Wolves has been nominated as the country’s top menswear designer for a fourth straight year in the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards, a fact to which the ottawan has been entirely oblivious for the past three.  (Mario Carlucci at CBC) (All Nominees)


    • There is no such crime in Ontario as jaywalking
    • – Capital ward councillor Shanwn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) in reference to a graphic online ad created by the City’s public works department. The images showed a bloodied pedestrian with the accompanying admonition: ‘You jaywalked. You saved time. But you lost it. Forever. Cross only where it’s safe.’ The ads, posted Friday, were withdrawn yesterday after hundreds of people complained about drivers not being admonished to drive safely. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 24 – Hamilton Tiger Cats 27 last Friday
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Vancouver FC 2 last Saturday


    Built Heritage Committee
    Tuesday, September 12 at 9:30 am

    • Application for demolition and new construction at 230-232 Lisgar Street, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • 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
    • Designation of Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club at 439 Golden Avenue under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • Status Update – Built Heritage Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending August 25, 2023

    📋 Agenda

    Ottawa Public Library Board
    Tuesday, September 12 at 50 pm

    • Board governance evaluation report and action plan
    • Facilities framework gap analysis and prioritization criteria
    • 2022 financial statements
    • Second quarter 2023 financial status report
    • 2023 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference and exhibition – Trustees Rawlson King and Adam Smith reports
    • In camera items:
    • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, to consider the Chief Librarian/Chief Executive Officer mid-year review

    📋 Agenda


    🚊 OC Transpo

    •  The O-Train has some extra roominess beginning today. The service will start running 17 carriages at a time, up from 14  – and some of them will even be two-car trains. At the same time, OC Transpo is ending the bus shuttles between Tunney’s Pasture and downtown during the two rush hours. The shuttle will still run between Blair Station and downtown. (CBC)

    🚌 School Buses

    •  A nine year-old girl was let off at the wrong stop, not knowing her way home. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority says that is a problem of the bus company contracted to drop off the student. The girl eventually did find her way home safely. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV)

    🏘️ Safe as Houses

    •  Here are nine homes in nine neighbourhoods that are available for no more than Ottawa’s average selling price of $709,739. Pictures! (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      ➕ Related The annual CHEO Dreamhome Lottery has opened. This year it’s a $3.2 million residence
       in Manotick. (Virtual tour)

      ➕ Related The University of Ottawa has been paying between $9,000 and $43,000 each month to maintain its mold infested – and unoccupied  – Brooks Residence. The residence once housed 700 students. (CBC)

    🎾 US Open

    •  Tennis phenom Gabriela Dabrowski won the Grand Slam title in women’s doubles yesterday with partner Erin Routliffe of New Zealand. The duo beat Germany’s Laura Siegemund and Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in a best-of-three game 7-6 and 6-3. Dabrowski grew up in Gloucester. (The Canadian Press)

    ⚡ Hydro Ottawa 

    •  After a two week pause in negotiations, Hydro Ottawa is back to binding negotiation with its striking employees. The strike has been on for 11 weeks against the City-owned utility. (Josh Pringle 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.

    •  Justice Heather Perkins-McVey is annoyed with the Crown for delivering new evidence mid-trial, potentially lengthening the process. In this case, it’s way more text messages than anticipated. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)



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    •  Harvest: A Feast of Fall returns Wednesday September 13th with an evening of food by award-winning chefs. This year's event, which supports Youturn Youth Support Services, features the Butcher’s Ball, which will team chefs with local butchers (with support from local farmers), to serve food and drink selections celebrating the bounty of the season. From 6:00 pm at allsaints Event Space / Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Ave.
    •  See everyone from Iggy Pop to Bush to Kale to Hozier to Arkells at CityFolk September 13-17. Full Festival, VIP, and Day Passes available.
    •  Zones Théâtrales continues.

    •  Doors Open for Music: Simon Kempston Ottawa Debut. Southminster United Church
    •  Jazz Nite with Michel Delage. Queen St. Fare
    •  Open Mic Night. The Brass Monkey
    •  Eamanuel Ax. National Arts Centre
    • Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird Live
    •  Sarah Church. Live! On Elgin
    •  The Penske File, MakeWar, Positive Charge. Dominion Tavern
    •  MOTHERF*CKERS, B.A.L.M. Squad, Banezean, ForX. House of Targ
    •  The Bright Light Social Hour, Choses Sauvages. Mavericks
    •  Julie Doiron, Arielle Soucy. Minotaure, Gatineau
    •  JOLY, Céleste Lévis. AKOUSTIK @ St. Charles (Outdoors) 
    •  Michelle Gurevich. Babylon
    •  The Bright Light Social Hour. The 27 Club Ottawa


      ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa play host to Pacific FC at TD Place Stadium

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  The next Screenprinting 101: Photoemulsion workshop at Possible Worlds runs Sunday October 22. Suitable for all levels.
    •  Participants at the next Scotch event at Deacon Brodies on Sunday (September 17) will taste five instead of the usual four single malt whisky beverages. Reserve your place now and pay at the event ($63 per person). Warning: these tastings always sell out in advance.
    •  Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run is for the animals, but also for humans who want to be out and about for a good cause with other critter-loving people. Choose from a 10K or 5K run, or one of the fun runs that include dogs. Sunday September 24 on the Lansdowne Park Great Lawn.
    •  Can Geo Talks opens the Fall 2023 season with Karen Pinchin, the author of Kings of Their Own Ocean: Tuna, Obsession and the Future of our Seas. Thursday September 21, 7:00 pm. Pay What you Can.


    If you’re looking for unique gifts that will appeal to a range of ages and interests, check out the Fall Sale at Masterpiece Lasered Wood. Save 15% on wooden Euchre Score Counters and Backgammon boards, jewellery boxes, pill boxes, business card holders, salad spoons, and more. Even better, they’re all made in Ontario. Use the code FALLINTOMASTERPIECE to receive the discount. Hurry though, the sale ends tonight at 11:59 pm.

    Stanfield’s Back-to-School sale is extended to 11:59 pm on Friday September 15. Save 25% on sweats, tees, and other basics. No code necessary.

    T-shirts are 25% off at Banquet, the atelier and workshop that produces gorgeous ephemera, art, and clothing in Vancouver.


    The Carp Fair is running a name-a-Clydesdale foal contest. The prize? You get to meet the foal in person. Nominations are being collected on the Facebook page, and fairgoers will vote on the winning name during the Fair Sept 21 to 24. (Facebook) (Carp Fair)


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