Friday, 29 September 2023


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As the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation September 30 falls on Saturday, many businesses will be closed Monday October 2 to observe the federal holiday.

However, Ontario and Québec are not observing the day as a provincial holiday, so schools, OC Transpo, many museums and art galleries and shopping malls will be open, and city waste collection will carry on as usual.

Federal employees will not be working.

City of Ottawa client service centres, municipal child-care centres, the COVID-19 information line, site program, parenting drop-ins, dental clinics and sexual health centres will be closed tomorrow but open Monday.

As for the ottawan, we will be observing the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Monday. We’ll see you again Tuesday.

– Martha and Darren


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    • $5.56
    • – The new airport pickup fee that Ottawa City Council has passed on to the rider. The fee had been charged by the Ottawa Airport for years but had previously been a deductable expense for the taxi companies. Council has now levied it on the riders instead. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • Premier Doug Ford never said he wouldn’t fund Stage 3
    • – Mohammed Adam in the Ottawa Citizen on the scare tactics being used to hinder OC Transpo. Adam points out that despite cries of financial ruin from the City, Stage 3 of the O Train was always planned to be paid for by the Federal and Provincial governments, and neither has said no yet.


    What’s coming up Tuesday at City Hall.

    Finance and Corporate Services Committee
    Tuesday, October 03, 2023 at 9:30 AM

    • Recommend that Council approve writing off $75,822 in uncollectable taxes
    • Municipal Price Index Feasibility Review
    • Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period January 1 to June 30, 2023
    • Recommend that Council waive public notice of leasable space policy and enter into an agreement for the Happy Goat Coffee Company to have a first right of refusal for five future commercial/retail spaces to be located within the Stage 2 O-Train stations

    📋 Agenda


    💰 Walk-In Clinics

    •  The good news is that there is a new walk-in medical clinic that is taking patients. The bad news: it is charging $400 per person per year. The new South Keys Health Centre at Bank Street and Hunt Club Road – yes, we all loathe the idea and yes, we all want to know where it is. The loophole is doctors cannot charge for things covered by OHIP, however, patients will be seen by nurse practioners who are not covered by that rule. Nurse practioners can write prescriptions and make specialist referrals. The clinic says it has 10,000 people on its waiting list. (Tyler Fleming at CTV) (South Keys Health Centre)

    💸 Lansdowne 2.0

    🎿 Kichi Sibi Winter Trail

    •  The Kichi Sibi Winter Trail is now its own non-profit organization. The 16-kilometer trail along the Ottawa River has been groomed and maintained by volunteers under the auspices of the Dovercourt Recreation Centre since 2005. There was no bad blood between Dovercourt and the volunteers, the Trail organization had just outgrown their host. The City is currently reviewing a plan to add the newly-opened Chief William Commanda Bridge to the trail. (Charlie Senack in the Kitchissippi Times) (Kichi Sibi Winter Trail)

    🚒 Ottawa Fire Services

    •  Thirty per cent of responses between 8 am and 8 pm by the Fifth Avenue fire station are slighty delayed. Fire Chief Paul Hutt  told the Transportation Committee that sometimes they need to move the wooden barriers on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe has made it clear he doesn’t like the scenic route closed to automobiles. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

      ➕ Related In that weird public survey commissioned by the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association, 51 per cent of those surveyed prefer the Queen Elizabeth Driveway closed at least on summer weekends, if not permanently. When asked about theoretically making the closures year-round, the number increased to 55 per cent who want it closed at least on weekends. (Why weird? Because, how does the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association have a dog in this fight? They didn’t ask tourists, the survey asked locals.)

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  Former Member of Provincial Parliament Randy Hillier’s trial will be heard by 12 Ottawa citizens, good and true. Hillier tried to have his trial moved outside of Ottawa because he felt a fair jury could not be found. A judge disagreed. Hillier has nine Convoy related charges, including assaulting a peace officer, mischief, counselling others to commit mischief, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.  (Aedan Helmen in the Ottawa Citizen)



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    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    •  The programme on Parliament Hill begins with a 90-minute gathering Remembering the Children. Produced by the Aboriginal People’s Television Network and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the multi-lingual broadcast will honour residential school survivors, their families and communities, and the children who did not return home. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Parliament Hill, or watch the broadcast on APTN.
    •  Buildings across Canada, including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, will be lit in orange from tonight at 7:00 pm to sunrise tomorrow. The OTTAWA sign in ByWard Market will also be illuminated in orange.
    •  Beechwood Cemetery will be partnering with the Assembly of Seven Generations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society for a day of education, action, and activities including a screening of The Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams! Following the screening there will be a 45 minute Reconciliation Tour. At 2:00 pm the Children’s Sacred Forest will be unveiled at the Cemetery.
    •  Admission to the Canadian Museum of History is free all day today from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and you can reserve your timed ticket here. The Museum will be screening the film Picking up the Pieces: the Making of the Witness Blanket throughout the day.
    •  Seven Ottawa Public Library branches will be open and offering activities in support of reflection and learning. Paint remembrance rocks, take part in the building of a heart garden, watch NFB films about the residential school system, or just check out the truth and reconciliation reading list.
    •  Maker House will be donating 10% of all in-store sales to the Orange Shirt Society. 987 Wellington St. West.
    •  The Sens' Fan Fest returns today from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, featuring the Senators’ team practice, autograph session, interactive games, a Sens Store sale, a kids’ press conference and entertainment throughout the venue. Fans who received a wristband at 9:00 am can receive an autograph from a Senators player. Admission is free but registration is required.
    •  Students of Rouge Studio of Dance take over Queen St Fare with a showcase of their burlesque, belly dance, jazz and gogo dancing.
    •  Bid on collectibles, antiques, home decor, sporting goods, and more at Our Lady of the Visitation’s Annual Auction. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the OLV Banquet Hall, 5338 Bank St in Gloucester.
    •  Parkdale United Church is holding a rummage sale from 9:00 am to noon. 429 Parkdale Avenue.
    •  Orléans Brewing Oktoberfest offers two sessions of live music, German inspired food, games, prizes, and beer.
    •  The Greek International Film Festival stops in Ottawa today and tomorrow. A Golden Pass ($50) gives you access to all Ottawa screenings, which are scheduled at the ByTowne and the Mayfair theatres. Tonight, see the 2022 feature I Love Greece. In French and Greek with English subtitles at the ByTowne Theatre, 325 Rideau St.
    •  Whisky Ottawa offers tastings and masterclasses at the Shaw Centre.
    •  Ottawa Artisans’ Pick of the Patch Online Shopping Event gives you access to 200 vendors and easy pickup (at your choice of six Ottawa locations). It runs until 9:00 pm on Monday.
    •  Mac My Cheese Fest 2023 continues to serve up the ultimate in comfort food at City Hall today through Sunday. It’s going to be cheesy.

    •  Disco Inferno. Heart & Crown Barrhaven
    •  Enfants Sauvages, Passenger Princess, Mufflier Crunch,Sunshine Overhead. House of TARG
    •  River Cit Junction. Atomic Rooster
    •  Antisocial Surf Club on Tour. LIVE on Elgin
    •  Neon Ghosthouse, Soficacide, Candyboys, Doveaura & DIM. Cafe Dekcuf
    •  Cam Cole, Srkibe. Rainbow Bistro
    •  The de Valk Three. Irene’s Pub
    •  Tyler Kealey. Red Bird Live

    •  CFL Ottawa RedBlacks play host to Montréal Canadiens


    •  The ByWard Barket welcomes your mutts all day at ByWard Market. There are prizes for costumes, special vendors, a dog size and kid size Barbie booth. Our cats have made every effort to sabotage today’s ottawan.
    •  HOMECOMING: Art Market and Music features local creatives and musical performances. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Vanier HUB - 271 Marier Avenue.
    •  Register to walk in support of the Centretown Community Food Centre in the Walk for the Centre from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. If you can’t participate in the walkathon, donations are always welcome.
    •  The aroma of fresh new apples, live music, and cider to taste are all part of the plan at the Farmgate Fall Harvest event from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can also take guided orchard tours, watch apple pressing demos, and bring your own picnic blanket to make a lazy afternoon of it. 4547 Mohr’s Road, Arnprior.
    •  October is Caribbean Heritage Month in Ottawa, with the official Opening Ceremony happening today at Arts Court. 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Club SAW. Presented by the West Indian Youth Association of Ottawa.
    •  Today at Ottawa Korean Film Festival, catch Killing Romance. Free, but you must book a ticket. 
    •  Mac My Cheese Fest 2023 continues to serve up the ultimate in comfort food at City Hall today. It’s going to be cheesy.
    •  Ottawa Artisans’ Pick of the Patch Online Shopping Event gives you access to 200 vendors and easy pickup (at your choice of six Ottawa locations). It runs until 9:00 pm on Monday.
    •  The Ottawa launch of writer-comedian JD Derbyshire’s new book Mercy Gene: The Man-Made Making of a Mad Woman gets underway at Octopus Books from 6:00 pm. 116 Third Ave.
    •  Thompsontown Maple in Clayton is opening this weekend only for hiking to their photogenic lookout and maple syrup sampling. You can also buy maple syrup to take home. It's all part of the Fall in Love with Maple campaign. Today and tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 780 Black Rock Lane, Clayton.
    •  The Merrickville Art Gould Studio Tour takes you where the magic happens, as you embark on a self-guided journey to artists’ studios in the historic village. Meet the artists, view their work, and even make purchases on the spot if you’re moved to. From 10:00am to 5:00 pm today.

    •  Seeing-Jin Cho. National Arts Centre
    •  Acoustic Coffee House. Red Bird Live
    •  Birdie Whyte, C.A. Jackson, Sal Valley, Sonny Aiken and Marc Albert. Irene's Pub
    •  Cabaret. Meridian Theatres at Centrepoint
    • Neon Ghosthouse and Candy Boys. Café Dekcuf


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Inside Out, the 2SLGBTQ+ Ottawa Film Festival, is only days away (October 6-8). Buy your pass or ticket package now to view selections from TIFF and Inside Out Toronto Festival.


    The entire NUMI website is 15% off until 11:59 pm September 30.


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