To Hindu and Sikh Ottawa and Gatineau, have a happy and blessed Vaisakhi. 

Well, this is awkward.

The Federal government has offered to buy Wellington Street in front of Parliament from the City in order to keep the street closed to automobiles. And they've asked for the City to keep it closed while they negotiate.

Meanwhile, the City is installing new traffic lights and repainting the lines. It expects to reopen Wellington Street by the end of April or early May.

Negotiating tactic or the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing. Either way, this weekend may be your final chance to stroll Wellington Street car free.

– Martha and Darren



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    • 🌞 Sunny.  High of 20°, low of 7° 


    • 3.5
    • – The average number of hours it takes to see an emergency room doctor at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, one of the highest in Ontario. The average wait time in Ontario hospitals is 1.8 hours.  (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Bryan Cheng
    • The cellist returns to his hometown next week to play Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Cheng has borrowed a 1699 ‘Dubois’ Antonio Stradivarius cello for the gig. (Peter Hum in the Ottawa CItizen) (Tickets)


    • Honestly, I’ve seen bigotry in cases. I’ve been doing this a long time. But I’ve never seen it like that.
    • – Lawyer Michael Polowin. Polowin is representing Larga Baffin, which provides health care in Ottawa for people from Nunavut, at an Ontario Land Tribunal Hearing. Neighbours of the facility don’t want it expanded and took the care home to the Tribunal. ([Joseph Tunney at CBC)

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    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Buffalo Sabres 4 last night

    📋 O Train Report Card

    🌊 O Drain

    • Yesterday, we wrote about the O-Train closing between Hurdman and Parliament stations for two weekends for water prevention checks. It turns out that water has been leaking into the tunnel at much higher levels than expected and the closure is over major water leakage. Renée Amilcar, general manager of transit, had previously sent a memo to City Council that the work was to be a type of ‘regular maintenance’. (Joanne Chianello at CBC)

    📚 Roadtrip

    • If you want to go somewhere over the weekend, White Pine Books in Arnprior is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (CBC)

    🫶 Elegy

    • Anant Anantaraman. In 1985, the scientist lost his wife and two young children in the Air India bombing, leaving him broken and suicidal. To work through his loss, Anantaraman launched a charitable foundation, funded music scholarships at the University of Ottawa, and built a school in India. He was 94. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🌊 Readin’ Writin’ Four Day Weekin’ 

    • The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est will trial four day school weeks next Autumn. Assuming Provincial approval, the Catholic school board would try four day weeks in two of its elementary school. Kids would get the same amount of instruction time as each day would be slightly longer. (Caroline Alphonso in the Globe & Mail)

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    • Up your pasta game with the Heritage Flour Pasta Workshop at Almanac. 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the bakery. Bring your own apron and rolling pin. $90. 9-5510 Canotek Road
    • There’s no cover at the House of TARG Year IX Bday Party, from 5 pm to 11 pm. Pinball, games on FREE-PLAY mode, pirogies, beer, cocktails, it’s all on the menu. There might even be cake. Make your Monday special. 

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    For this weekend only, Essential Bundles from Solo Stove are up to 45% off the regular prices.


    Melow is offering free shipping on all orders until May 1, when you use the code FREESHIPPING-APRIL. 

    Until Sunday, save 15% on regularly priced purchases at Maison Corbeil. 


    A two-fer today: 

    Hometown girl Alanis Morissette has covered the theme song from Lord Of The Flies-esque drama YellowjacketsIn the show, a girl’s soccer team crashes in remote Ontario and is undiscovered for 19 months.

    Urban spaces writer Taras Grescoe has tweeted this clip of the Turbo Train, which made the run from Montréal through Ottawa to Toronto in 3h 59m. In 1970. It could top out at 170 mph (270 km/h).

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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