Mayor Mark Sutcliffe had his first budget passed unanimously by Ottawa City Council.

Some highlights:

  • Property tax will rise 2.5 per cent, for an average of $104 per household
  • The water fee increase $38 and the police levy increases $17
  • OC Transpo fares are frozen for 2023, and the free bus pass will eventually be raised to age 12.
  • A proposal to move $500,000 from the police budget and use it for mental health services was voted down
  • Deputy Chief Steve Bell told the Council that the Ottawa Police had an extra $500,000 in savings from last year’s budget but decided to keep the amount in this year’s budget instead of deducting it, as a reinvestment
  • A proposal to move $50,000 from the diesel fuel line item and use it instead for rentals of 48 more portable toilets for parks and 17 wading pools to be used on Canada Day and the August long weekend was approved
  • Recreational fees like fitness, pools, ice skating, or programs all increase around two per cent. As do marriage licenses. 

All the details are on the City’s budget page.

– Martha and Darren



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    • ☁️  40% chance of flurries. High of 2°, low of -11°. 


    • $125
    • – The fine received by a teenager from Ottawa ByLaw for skating on the Beaver Pond in Kanata Lakes. When Kanata was a separate city, the pond was maintained by the municipality. Now under City of Ottawa control, the City does not take responsibility although neighbours have been maintaining it. Ottawa ByLaw says that the pond is not safe and issued the ticket for ‘trespass’. (CTV) (Beaver Pond park on All Trails)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jakob Chychrun 
    • The superstar Arizona Coyotes defenseman is coming to the Sens, in return the team gave the Coyotes a conditional first-round draft pick this year, a conditional second-round selection in 2024, and a second-round pick in 2026. (Canadian Press)


    • I’m turning 50 this year, and I have to admit I have never felt better. I’m cozy. Comfortable. Less drafty.
    • – An anthromorphic Lois Kemp Arena in an ‘exclusive interview’. (City of Ottawa)


    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 5 – Kingston Frontenacs 2 last night


    🌳 Wellington Village Parks

    💰 Young Makers

    • If you know any budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 29 who have a business idea that they would love to bring to fruition, encourage them to apply for the Invest Ottawa Summer Company program.

    🚨 New Gatineau Police Station

    • The City of Gatineau has put aside plans to build a new police headquarters in the parking lot of the Robert-Guertin Centre. The police need a new site as the Province plans to build a hospital on its current location. Campaigners opposed the parking lot plan as it may deter users of the nearby safe-injection site and emergency shelter, not to mention the Centre itself is up for redevelopment. The City indicates it now prefers a site in Hautes-Plaines. (CBC)

    💥 Orléans Explosion

    • 35-year old man has been arrested for the explosion in Orléans which sent 12 people to hospital, destroyed four townhouses, and damaged several homes. Kody Crosby has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, arson, and break and enter. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🛻 The Emergencies Act Inquiry

    • PressProgress went through all 2,092 pages of The Emergencies Act Inquiry’s final report and picked out 15 Surprising, Strange and Troubling buried details.


      1. The Freedom Convoy began on TikTok, believe it or not

      2. The convoy was decentralized and its leaders fought with one another

      3. Convoy leaders got basic facts wrong about vaccine mandates

      4. Convoy occupiers received envelopes stuffed with $2,000 in cash

      5. Saskatchewan millionaire paid for a block of hotel rooms in Ottawa for convoy leaders

      6. Tamara Lich thought she was being spied on by a group linked to the former Premier of Newfoundland

      7. $5 million in donations ended up in the bank account of GiveSendGo’s owner — but don’t worry, it’s all good

      8. Unionized autoworkers threatened to push convoy vehicles into Detroit river

      9. Ottawa Police let a crane with a wrecking ball park next to the Prime Minister’s Office

      10. Ottawa Police used Rex Murphy as an intelligence source

      11. Ottawa Police let the PR firm Navigator tell them which laws to enforce

      12. Most rank-and-file officers learned about Chief Sloly’s ‘surge and contain’ strategy during a TV press conference

      13. Chief Sloly thought Doug Ford’s government was snubbing and sabotaging him

      14. Ottawa Police lost control on day one of the convoy

      15. Far-right activists in foreign countries started using the Canadian flag as a symbol for breaking the law

      Bonus fun fact: The Final Report is nearly twice as long as the Lord of the Rings trilogy’s 1,191pages. (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress)

    👚 Nordstrom Out

    • The Nordstrom department store is closing its stores in the Rideau Centre and the Nordstrom Rack at Ottawa Train Yards by June. The company is leaving Canada, closing all 11 stores and laying off 2,500 employees. The CEO said that he could not see a realistic path to profitability in Canada. (Josh Pringle at CTV

    🚌 The Limestone City

    • Flixbus has added a new Kingston stop to its Ottawa – Toronto service, previously it carried on straight through. The bus company has also also added a new connecting Kingston to Kitchener-Waterloo service which runs daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Kimberley Johnson at CTV) (Flixbus)

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    • Justin Case: The Enemy Within ends today at the Diefenbunker, and two new permanent exhibitions open. ‘An Inuit Story: The DEW Line’ uses first-hand accounts and powerful images to expose the long-lasting negative effects — from forced relocations to toxic waste — that the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line has had on Inuit communities in the Arctic. ‘Canada and the Cold War’ highlights defining moments in Canada’s Cold War history to examine how community and government responses at the time have shaped our country as we know it today.
    • Winterfest takes over the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park today through Sunday. The event features music, speakers on all manner of topics, artisans, and more. Under the same roof, meet authors and publishers at the Ottawa International Crafts & Book Expo, which is running alongside Winterfest.
    • Ottawa’s long running weekly magic show is back after a COVID hiatus. Wonderstruck: Ottawa Magic Experience featuring Michael Bourada will run at the OneUp Room at 1 Beechwood Ave or The Prescottt, 379 Preston St. Check your ticket to make sure you head to the correct venue. Tickets cost $39 including tax. 
    • Jayla Kirkey performs at Ridge Rock Brewery in Carp. 421 Donald B Munro Dr, Carp.


    • Just Food’s Seedy Saturday Local vendors will be selling seed packets, and there will also be an opportunity to take part in a seed exchange. The shopping will include food, drink and merchandise. Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave. 10 am to 3 pm.

    Just Announced

    • To accompany the release of its new chocolatey stout Elevenses, Dominion City Brewing will be throwing a pancake breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday March 11. The brewery is one of 16 taking part in the Breakfast Club, a series of breakfast-inspired beers organized by Third Moon Brewing. This will be a breakfast of champions, with pancakes, beer, and you with your donation for the food bank. 
    • Brew Donkey has a brand new tour that combines beer with Ottawa’s history. The Bytowne Brewers Weekday Tour will stop at two brewing locations in downtown Ottawa, and you will also learn about the history of beer brewing in our town. Get $20 off your ticket when you book using the code BytowneBegins. The code is valid until March 22. 
    • Tickets for ‘Nurse Blake: Shock Advised Tour’ are on presale until 11:59pm tonight. Use the password NURSE when booking. The nurse influencer’s show plays Sunday September 10 at the NAC’s Southam Hall. 
    • Have fun and learn something new at the Tiki Cocktail Workshop by Split Tree Cocktail Co. Friday March 24 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Your $100 payment includes the workshop, a Charcuterie sharing board, three recipes, and 10% off everything in the Split Tree Cocktail Shoppe. Or spend $125, and receive some Tiki tools. 98-J Richmond Rd.


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    Politico’s Ottawa Playbook’s regular trivia nights at The Métropolitain sound like a lot of fun. Yesterday’s was co-presented by the US Embassy — and featured US Ambassador David Cohen. Special US/Canadian questions were posed such as ‘Who dedicated the US embassy in Ottawa?’, ‘Who was the last President to stay at Lornado, the US Ambassador’s official residence’, and the tie-breaker ‘What is the length, in feet, of the Canada-U.S. border?’. The answers – and all of the questions – can be found here.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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