🚊 NO Train: Day 1️⃣4️⃣

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

  •  As we mentioned in the special update Friday, the O Train will not – and did not – return to service today. OC Transpo expects it will stay closed until at least August 10. (Josh Pringle at CTV)
  •  A Rail Replacement shuttle bus has started today at Blair Station with stops on the Mackenzie King Bridge, and along Albert Street at Bank and Kent streets in the morning rush hour. From 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, it will leave from the Slater Street stops at Bank and Kent streets, along with the Mackenzie King Bridge, for the eastbound afternoon commute to Blair. (CBC)
  •  OC Transpo should provide free transit to compensate riders of the closure say some City councillors. (Josh Pringle at CTV)
  •  Just to put things in perspective. Montréal opened its new 67km, 26 station Réseau Express Métropolitain last Saturday. It’s completely automated, entirely electric, includes air conditioned carriages, Wi-Fi, and USB ports, and took only eight years from conception to opening. (The Canadian Press)

    Related The Express is privately owned by Quebec’s public pension manager. Caisse de dépôt wants to pitch for the Québec – Windsor high frequency line.

– Martha & Darren



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    • ⛈️ 30% chance of thunderstorms. High of 22°, low of 11°. 


    • $1,141
    • – The fine received by a motorist in Gatineau for speeding. The driver was observed driving 90 km/h in a 40 km/h zone on rue Jacques-Cartier last Thursday. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Clara Freire
    • – The experienced social worker has been hired as the City’s new General Manager for Community and Social Services. She has been doing the job in an interim capacity since April. (City of Ottawa via Ottawa Bulldog)


    • Everyone has an opinion, and everyone grieves differently and has a different understanding of what appropriateness is
    • – Nicolas McCarthy, Beechwood Cemetery’s director of marketing, communications and community outreach, on complaints over the appropriateness of the cemetary playing host to film nights behind the mausoleum. (Natalia Goodwin at CBC


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 12 – Hamilton Tiger Cats 16 last Friday
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 1 – Calvary FC 0 last Saturday
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 89 – Vancouver Bandits 90 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 0 – Windy City ThunderBolts 6 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 4 – Windy City ThunderBolts 2 last Saturday
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 10 – Windy City ThunderBolts 1 last Friday

    💰 Real Estate

    •  The most expensive neighbourhood for single-family homes in Ottawa is Rockcliffe at $2,526,429, the least expensive is Hawkesbury at $362,445Real estate agent Taylor Bennett used Multiple Listing Service data to work out the highs and lows in several categories:
    •  Condominiums: Glebe/Old Ottawa South and East are $897,483 vs Carleton Heights at $362,445
    •  Detatched two level: Glebe-Westboro at $1,178,696 vs Orleans/Gloucester at $799,268
    • . (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🚌 Niagara Falls

    •  There is a new overnight bus service from Ottawa to Niagara Falls. Flixbus leaves daily at 11:59 pm and arrives in Niagara Falls at 7:40 am, stopping in Kingston, Whitby-Oshawa, Scarborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, and St. Catharines. Tickets start at $43.99. (Ashley Newport at inSauga) (Flixbus)

    🛻 Convoy News

    •  The Convoy organizers who may face a $300 million class action suit want it thrown outThe twelve named in the potential suit say the class action is a violation of their Charter rights and it should be tossed for infringing upon freedom of expression. The lawyer organizing the action says there are 15,000 in the class who were wronged by the Convoy occupation. The hearing will be held in October.

      Other potential defendents who were involved in the collection of donations for the Convoy want the hearing to be held in Toronto as they believe they cannot get a fair trial in Ottawa.

      (David Fraser at CBC)

    🗞️ Elegy

    •  Ewart Walters, the publisher of Ottawa’s Black newspaper The Spectrum, has died at age 93The Order of Ottawa recipient was an advocate for the Black community his entire life, as well as working as a journalist for the Jamaica Gleaner, for the Jamaican High Commission, and a public servant with the Canadian Interntional Development Agency. Walters published The Spectrum between 1983 and 2013, but its roots began when, as a Carleton journalism student in the 1960s, he was editor of the students’ newspaper, The Charlatan. (Peter Szperling at CTV)


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    •  You can now browse the City of Ottawa Fall Programs in anticipation of the registration days, which are August 14 for aquatics programs and August 16 for everything else.
    •  Ottawa Socrates Café settles in for an evening of discussion and listening as the topic What is the Value of Art in a Society is explored. The Royal Oak at 188 Bank St. (at Gloucester).
    •  Crooked Creek joins Bluegrass Mondays at Red Bird Live at 7:30 pm tonight (doors open at 6:30 pm). 1165 Bank St. $10.
    •  It’s karaoke but for jokes, not tunes. Art House presents Joke-a-oke, where you can tell that Dad joke that’s been rattling round your noggin for weeks. 555 Somerset St. W. Free.



    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Last week we gave you the heads-up on the BeetBox Farm Tomato and Beer Tasting. Tickets are now on sale for the August 19 event. For $20 a ticket, you’ll learn the basics of tomato flavours and textures, and the fruits will be paired with local beer. Yum and yum.
    •  The Gatineau Hot Air Festival (August 31 to September 4) isn’t just for zipping amongst the clouds; there are tethered flights for those who like to remain down to Earth. There’s also a big top tent with three stages of entertainment, family fun, multimedia experiences, food, and fireworks. Daily and five day passes available, $19.99 and up (Balloon riders $325 plus taxes and fees per person). La Baie Park, 988, rue Saint-Louis Gatineau J8T 2S4
    •  The Jonas Brothers play the Canadian Tire Centre November 29. Pre-sale tickets are on Thursday, general public on Friday


    The Outaouais is a land of many fine microbreweries, and you can visit four of them on the Aventure Outaouais Craft Beer Tour. You’ll taste 13 beers and enjoy dry ribs, poutine, and snacks. While you’re booking your ticket, save $15 by using the promo code BEER15 at checkout.

    Sure, subcultures like goths, punks, mods, rockers, sportos, dweebs, socs, and greasers abound. This video from CBC highlights a subculture we never considered: private dog park rental owners who use the app, Sniffspot.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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