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  •  If you are looking for a truly retro position, the Diefenbunker is looking for volunteer board members.

    They’d like candidates to have an interest in history plus experience in:
    • Government relations
    • Museums, heritage, tourism
    • Academic expertise related to the Cold War period of history
    • Philanthropy, donor relations, advocacy
    • Marketing, public relations

We'd suggest that the ability to keep your claustophobia in check will be an advantage.

– Martha and Darren



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    • 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of flurries or rain. High of 3°, low of -5°. 


    • #5
    • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of the 25 worst cities in Canada for bedbugs. This really is a terrible week for Ottawa in the Stats section. (Alex Arsenych at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Michael Maidment
    • The 48 year-old is the new president of the Ottawa Community Foundation. In previous work, Maidment was part of the group that helped develop Canada’s first legislation on human trafficking and was the board chair of the provincial association of food banks. (Ottawa Citizen)


    • ‘Ottawa, a great place to raise a family,’ but the corollary has been it’s a lousy place to live if you’re 25 years old
    • – Consulant Andrew Penny on the need of Ottawa to bring in more residences and nightlife to downtown. (Caroline Philips in the Ottawa Business Journal)


    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 3 – Le Phœnix de Sherbrooke 4 last night

    🖊️ Ottawa Carleton District School Board 

    • A petition has been launched asking for the removal of Ottawa-Carleton District School Board chair Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth. The petitioners cite cutting short the most recent public meeting and the calling of police on a parent who wanted to know at which meeting were mixed-sex washrooms voted upon. So far, 7,200 people have signed. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen) (The petition)

    🛴 E-Scooters

    • The City of Ottawa's transportation committee is pleased about changes to e-scooter rules and expects them to return to the streets in May. The changes agreed to by the two scooter companies are: scooters will make a continuous sound to warn pedestrians, they cannot be used on sidewalks, and scooters must be parked in designated areas. (Kate Porter at CBC)

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    • It’s opening day at the Ottawa Hone & Garden Show. EY Centre 4899 Uplands Dr.
    • Indigenous Comedians of Turtle Island bring their stand up and sketch comedy show Got Land? To Algonquin Commons Theatre. Performers from First Nation, Inuk, and Metis comedy communities will perform.
    • Improvising & Experimental Music of Ottawa and Outwards presents Switched-On Synths with Witches’ Butter, Aguma and Paraphonique $15 cover. House of TARG, 1077 Bank St.
    • For one night only, Beyond the Pale is taking over the taps at the Senate Tavern on Bank Street. Enjoy 10 beers from BTP plus yummy BBQ eats from Smoque Shack. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and include two beer vouchers.1159 Bank St. 


    • The third annual Ottawa Black Film Festival runs online and in person until Sunday, and All Access passes will allow you to see every screening. $59.
    • Today’s the deadline to submit nominations for Forty Under 40. The awards are presented by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal. The Gala will be June 23. 
    • Vancouver’s Rare Americans bring their punk stylings to Club SAW for an all-ages gig. $28.71 67 Nicholas St. 


    Just Announced

    • Overflow Brewing is holding another Brewer’s Dinner on March 27th, promising an evening of six delicious food and craft beer pairings. 
    • Shepherds of Good Hope’s Hop for Hope fundraiser takes all the work out of your Easter dinner. The meal, which has been created by some of Ottawa’s best culinary minds (Pat Riggins from Riggins Family BBQ and Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe of Mādahòkì Farm), features a smoked country ham and all the fixings. Sales of the meal will benefit people in the community with meals, shelter, and other support. $150. 


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    Receive an extra 10% off reduced price items at Maison Corbeil, when you use the code 242740. 

    The Warehouse Sale at Rose Buddha promises up to 80% off regular prices of womenswear. Save big but only until 11:59pm on March 31st. 

    Regarding the National Capital Commission’s plans to build some embassies on vacant land in Mechanicsville, some people may think it's a good use of vacant land, others decry the loss of greenspace. Ottawa Reddit member Cheesehead 09 is of the latter and has taken some convincing photos of what's now becoming the Lazy Bay Commons.  

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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