With the passing of Gordon Lightfoot yesterday, here’s his performance of If You Could Read My Mind on Parliament Hill in 2017 for the Canada 150 celebrations.

Correction Yesterday we wrote about the renaming of Autoroute 50 to Montréal to Autoroute Guy Lafleur, noting that it went through the Flower’s hometown. The name of Guy Lafleur’s hometown is Thurso, not Truro, as we wrote. the ottawan will not be taking any questions on this matter.

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    •  A few showers.  High of 12°, low of 4° 


    • $46,702
    • – The amount raised by College ward councillor Laine Johnson for her election campaign, the most of all winning candidates. Barrhaven East councillor Wilson Lo raised the least, $14,613, $9,000 of which was his own money. (Kate Porter at CBC) (The Financial Statements)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Hani Al Anid, Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau, Jessica Barrow, Ginger Bertrand, Pavel Bogdanov, Jacqueline Bonisteel, Jesse Card, Michele Corriveau, Derick Cotnam, Bradley Crepeau, Brendan Du Vall, Andre Fernandez, Dave Hale, Julia Heintzman, Matthew Henley, Natasha Hope Morano, Adel Jawhary, Victoria La Valle, Greg Macdonald, Jessie McAllister, Connor McGarry, Nitin Mehra, Emma Mohns, Michael Nelson, Joseph Pamic, Ryan Peatt, Devan Pennell, Kelly Rusk, Marc Sauvé, Todd Shannon, Mahima Sharma, Candice Shaw, Tristan Smyth, Kyle Soutar, Patrick Taillefer, Rohan Thakar, Thomas Triplet, Adam Van Cleeff, Mary Yazdani, and Piriya Yoganathan

    • These are the forty under 40 award recipients as recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal.


    • The kids need to know there is an option to play hockey if you look like me
    • – Snoop Dogg on his promise to increase interest in hockey in the United States if his group wins the bid for the Sens. Dogg has previously launched the Snoop Youth Football League, which he said has sent more than 20,000 kids to Division I schools. (Michael Woods at CTV)

    🌊 Ottawa River Rising

    •  The recent rainfall is expected to rise the Ottawa River by 30 cm. The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board expects the water to peak by 25 to 30 cm in the Constance Bay, Aylmer and Lake Deschenes areas, all of which remain on a flood alert. (Jake Davies in West Carleton Online)

    📺 Thief hid in store overnight to steal items

    •  A man hid in a Kanata store when it closed at 9:30 pm to steal electronics. He left before the store reopened the next morning. The police did not release the store's name but CTV thinks it was Walmart. (CTV)

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    •  Humanist Ottawa and the Centre for Inquiry Canada present their monthly meetup Skeptics in the Pub, where friendly skeptics, atheists and humanists meet for lively conversation. 7:00pm at Deacon Brodies, 247 Elgin St.
    •  Learn about ticks and Lyme disease at the Tick Talk from Ottawa Public Health and uOttawa, on Zoom tonight at 7:00pm- 9:00pm.
    •  The Canada Council Art Bank (921 St. Laurent Blvd)’s 50th anniversary exhibition Looking the World in the Face features nearly 40 artworks by Indigenous and racialized artists. The exhibition “Honours the significant contributions Indigenous and radicalized artists, who have been historically underrepresented, have made to Canada.” Until May 22.
    •  You want to produce a podcast but you don’t know how to start. The Apple store at Bayshore Shopping Centre is running a session on Music Skills: Getting started with Podcasting, which will show you how to use GarageBand to record and edit your voice, add royalty-free music, and more. From 6:00pm to 7:00pm.



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    •  Agricola Cooperative Farm in Papineauville, Québec’s annual Asparagus Festival is Sunday June 4. Take a guided farm tour, buy prepared food from local producers, shop with crafters and artisans, and take the workshop on the history and cultivation of asparagus. It’s all happening at 502 QC-323 Papineauville, QC (about an hour from Parliament Hill in Ottawa).
    •  Frustrated thespians should note the auditions for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s The Millworkers’ Musical (Sunday May 7 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm) and Wednesday May 10 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm) . There are parts for people of all skill levels in the musical, which will run over six performances in November.
    •  You’ll experience fine dark chocolates and red wines at JoJo CoCo Chocolate’s ‘Chocolate With…Wine’ event on May 12. $55 + tax, tickets can only be purchased in the store (499 Terry Fox Dr.) or by phone 613-435-7722.


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    It’s time once again for the annual Birds of North America Golden Ticket Sale. All past collections are 55-75% off, and five lucky shoppers will discover in their orders a Golden Ticket, worth 200 Birds Dollars to spend in the Toronto store or online.


    We cannot improve on the Toronto Star’s headline here: ‘Midnight brawls, a baby raccoon and a police chief’s letter: How the “World’s Worst McDonald’s” became a symbol of downtown decay’. Pour one out for the Rideau Street McDonald’s, it has now officially closed.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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