🚊 NO Train: Day 7️⃣

Here are today’s updates on the closure of the Confederation Line.

  •  The Confederation Line may start a gradual return to service next Monday, July 31. (CBC)
  •  The carriage builder Alstrom and O Train maintenance company Rideau Transit Group have agreed to redesign the wheel hub assembly. General manager Renée Amilcar says this will be a permanent fix to the bearing issue. (City of Ottawa memo via Ottawa Bulldog)
  •  Amilcar refuses to answer whether transit riders would be compenstated for the Confederation Line shutdown. (CBC)
  •  Developers say LeBreton Flat only works as a location for a new arena is if the O Train is reliable. (Guy Quenneville at CBC
  •  When you add up all the stoppages this year, the O Train has been off line 500 hours, or 20 days, 18 hours as of 10:00 am today.  (Ted Raymond at CTV)

– Martha & Darren



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    • 🌦️ 70% chance of showrs of thunderstorms. High of 28°, low of 17°. 


    • $160
    • – The cost of an average date night in Ottawa, assuming a ‘dinner and a movie’ date, including a ‘mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two movie tickets, and an 8km taxi ride home’. (Faces magazine)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jake Bryson
    • – The 23 year-old from Dunrobin received an exemption to play with the stars of golfing in last week’s Commissionaires Ottawa Open. (Jake Davies in West Carleton Online)


    • If he’s at a leadership conference, he should have known that this is his time. It’s time to step up into that leadership role
    • – International crisis manager and leadership coach Renu Bakshi and Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s relative invisibilty on the O Train closure. (Elyse Skura at CBC)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 43 – Calgary Stampeders 41 last night
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – Halifax Wanderers 1 last night
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 82 – Niagara River Lions 97 last night 
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 4 – Florence Y’alls 1 last night

    ⚡ Hydro Ottawa

    •  Hydro Ottawa has been granted injuction against picketers. Four hundred employees of the City-owned utility are on strike. The injunction says that strikers can picket work sites but must stay 50 feet away from the work, picketers cannot follow work crews or picket their homes, or harass contract workers. Negotiations continue this week. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      ➕ Related The splash pad at Cobble Hill Park has finally opened. It was delayed due to the Hydro Ottawa strike.

    🚨 Speed Cameras

    •  Ottawa’s speed cameras have caught dozens of Ottawa Police Service officers. In a report to the Ottawa Police Board, there were 39 complaints of officers caught by red light cameras and 53 caught by speed cameras. The stats come up as the violations can be considered allegations of officer misconduct or non-compliance at the Chief’s discretion.  (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🌊 Long Island Locks

    •  Blue-green algae has been found at Long Island LocksOttawa Public Health says stay out of the water – and keep your dog out – as blue-green algae is toxic for both people and pets when ingested. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  Trucker siege coörganizer has a trial datePat King will go on trial starting Nov 27. He has been charged with mischief, counselling to commit mischief, counselling to disobey a court order and counselling to obstruct police. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)

    🏚️ Million Dollar Manors

    •  CTV has a feature of 11 houses for sale in Ottawa for over $1 millionPictures! (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🗳️ Kanata-Carleton

    •  CBC has profiled five of the six candidates for the Kanata – Carleton byelection Thursday(Celeste Decaire at CBC)


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    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •   The City Centre Rock Out! Festival on August 19 aims to showcase local musical acts with a larger audience, and promises great music, local food and drink like Beyond the Pale, Maverick’s and Smoque Shack, an on-site barber, live wrestling, and family good times.


    It’s Christmas in July at the Ottawa Redblacks, where you can save up to 60% on regularly priced merch.


    The Overflow Jukebox is a 24-pack of six popular brews. $67.

    There’s free shipping site wide at MiiK until 11:59 PM tonight. Valid on orders of $40 or more when you use the code SUNNYSHIP.

    Get ready for the August long weekend with 15% off all beer at Calabogie. Use the code WELCOMEAUGUST at checkout. The deal ends Wednesday midnight.

    49th Apparel has put their remaining stock of Spring Collection sleepwear on sale. Save 30% on Boyfriend Nightshirts, Emilia PJ sets, Ethel Housecoats, and more. All of these stylish nightwear pieces are made in Ontario. If you spend more than $250 you’ll get free shipping, too. The 48 hour sale started on Saturday, so get buying now if you want this deal.

    Diana Coatsworth Design is offering discounts between 30 and 75% in the annual Studio Sale. No promo code needed.

    Montréal’s Heirloom Hats is holding a rare 30% off Summer Sale, and it’s site wide. You only have until 6:00 PM tomorrow (Tuesday July 25) to enjoy the deal.

    Martha, do not readFaces magazine has 10 facts on our frequent friend, the dock spider.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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