• The cats and dogs, and maybe the odd bunny and gerbil, of Ottawa want to hear from you.
  • The Ottawa Humane Society has set up a survey asking what the greatest needs of the capital’s pets and the pets’ people are to help them plan for the next five years.
  • Throw them a bone here.

– Martha & Darren



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    Ottawans of the Day

    • Medjine and Mendjaly Hyppolite
    • – The sisters and entrepreneurs have created a company, Frizé Frizé, that makes all natural gels, creams and masks specifically designed for curly hair – a topic of close personal interest to the ottawan. (Ottawa Business Journal)


    • Very well
    • – The description that Recreation, Cultural, and Facility Services general manager Dan Chenier wrote to City Council on how the first day of online recreation sign-ups went one week after everything was postponed due to technical issues. (Josh Pringle at CTV


    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 7 – New Jersey Jackals 12 last night

    🚐 OC Transpo

    •  OC Transpo is considering cutting bus service to deal with projected $35 million deficit. In a report to the transporation committee, staff note that a 2.5 per cent increase in fares and a 2.5 per cent increase in the transit levy will add $15 million to help pay for the reduced service. (Josh Pringle at CTV

      ➕ Related ParaTranspo users are shocked to find out that OC Transpo has ‘spare’ ParaTranspo vans that it plans to use for a new on-demand service for non-ParaTranspo riders.  

    💰 Shopify

      •  TikTok is winding down its relationshop with Shopify to create its own shopping cart. TikTok had partnered with the local Mom and Pop business to allow TikTok creators to sell things from their page. TikTok expects to lose $500 million developing its own marketplace. (Josh Scott at Betabeat)

      🍄 Magic Mushrooms

        •  The magic mushroom shop on Bank Street has been closed. Police arrested the two proprietors of Magic Mush after a visit over a landlord-tenant dispute. If you were wondering, the answer is no, selling magic mushrooms is in no way legal. (CBC)

        ⛪ Alta Vista Seminary 

        •  The City is interested in buying a former seminary in Alta Vista for supportive housingWith a great Mid-Century Modern vibe, the 1950s structure was built by the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall for residences and training of priests. As it stands, it could accomodate 100 people, assuming the asbestos has been dealt with. The Archdiocese wants $18 million. City Council will discuss it September 5. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)

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        •  As the Masters Indigenous Games get underway, the adjoining Cultural Festival at Lansdowne today through Sunday will feature an Indigenous Market, food and drink, performances, and sports demonstrations.
        •  🌈 The Summer Paradise Club Pride Patio Party brings cocktails, drink specials, drag, and fine Mexican food together at Margarita’s. You’ll need to book your ticket to get in, people. $20. 895 Bank St.
        •  Spark Beer isn’t letting summer go without a salute to seasonal sour beers. This Friday they’re hosting Funky Fun Fest, wherein the taps - including guest pours from Avling, Fairweather, Barrel Heart Brewing, Dominion City, Tooth and Nail, and Small Pony Barrel Works - will be on the sour and funky side. If sour beer isn’t your jam, Farmgate Cider will also be there.
        •  🌈 It’s Opening Night of Capital Pride and there’s an impressive lineup planned for the main stage.
        •  Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony-award winning musical Hadestowntonight through Sunday (August 27) at the National Arts Centre.
        •  It’s the final week of A Company of Fools' production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is playing parks and venues around Ottawa and region this summer. Tonight’s venue is the Canadensis Botanical Gardens at Experimental Farm. Showtime 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
        •  Canadian trombonist Nick Adema brings his Boston based musician friends Ryan Devlin and Ian Ashby to the Montgomery Scotch Lounge.



        •  It’s Sunday Funday at the Lexington. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer, so the Lexington is joining forces with Cottage Springs to create a brunch event to help keep the good vibes going. Music from DJ Dan, bottomless bevvies, and a brunch menu? Yes, please.

        …and a note about Monday. Be sure to open Monday’s newsletter for your chance to win one of three pizzas at Spark Beer next Thursday evening (August 31).

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        •  Secondhand Stories, who sell used books to fund their animal sanctuary, are holding a volunteer day on Sunday September 3. They need people to help to install new coop runs for some chickens they’re taking on from another micro-sanctuary that has to sadly close. If you can take part that day, let them know. Secondhand stories is also looking for donations of any size to purchase the coops.
        •  September 3 is also the deadline to apply to be a vendor or performer at the brand new Kanata Multicultural Festival on September 24.
        •  Tickets to the NAC Gala with soprano Renée Fleming and the NAC Orchestra go on sale at 10:00 am Thursday August 31. The November 1 concert supports the NAC Foundation and its mandate to “enrich the lives of Canadians through the performing arts and championships our country’s artists, students and educators.” Tickets start at $85 per person.

        Dairy Distillery, the Almonte-based makers of Vodkow vodka and a range of liqueurs, are offering free Canada-wide shipping on orders of $49 or more. Use the code “allplay” when you order. This deal expires September 8.

        Vancouver’s One Peace Co. Is holding a seasonal sale, where you’ll find 40% off its range of sustainable swimsuits. No code necessary.

        We’ve written about Althea Reyes before – she’s the woman deemed a ‘vexatious litigant’ for issuing multiple lawsuits against people using different aliases and for facing a charge of fraud over $5,000.  Now she has been accused of leaving a dead ferret in a man’s refrigerator

        We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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