The rising Ottawa River is getting serious once again. It is expected to peak on Friday, shooting past last week’s peak by 20 centimetres.

West Carleton Disaster Relief is again asking for volunteers to fill sandbags for use by homeowners at risk. Better to have them and not use them than the other way around.

– Martha and Darren



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    •  A few showers.  High of 9°, low of 6° 


    Ottawans of the Day


    • Because the problem isn’t, and never has been, the building. It’s the attitude. The chronic parsimony. The mean-spiritedness. The lack of self-respect that we show by allowing the PM’s residence to deteriorate into a hovel.
    • – Peter Coffman, associate professor of  history and theory of architecture at Carleton University, on the gutting of 24 Sussex Drive. He argues that tearing-it-down-and-rebuilding-a-showcase will neither be maintained adequately or even built well. (Tom Spears in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 4 – Les Remparts de Québec 5 last night

    🎙️ Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  New restrictions have been put on members of the public at meetings of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Delegates must be a student, a parent or caretaker of a student, or a resident of Ottawa. Delegates can speak on any item on the agenda, or off agenda at the discretion of the chair. Once a decision has been made by the Board, no new discussion on the topic will be allowed by the public for 12 months unless there is new information or the Board wishes to reopen the topic. The Chair has the power to cut off a speaker, remove the speaker, or require them to speak virtually. Delegates can also be required to speak at a different time or shunted to a committee instead. People who make inappropriate comments about trustees or staff, at the discretion of the chair, may be removed from the meeting. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🌳 Queen Elizabeth Parkway

    •  The National Capital Commission is considering opening the Queen Elizabeth Parkway to bikes and pedestrians permanently. At yesterday’s City finance committee, the head of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group complained that the idea would harm Lansdowne by inconveniencing drivers. Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Somerset to Fifth will be open to bikes and pedestrians only on weekends starting May 13, every day between July 1 and Sept 4, and then weekends again until Thanksgiving. The National Capital Commission says that it has not made a decision yet. (CTV)

       Related  The City may not recoup its investment in Lansdowne unless it invests more money says Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

    🥊 Britannia Beach

    •  Britannia Beach has turned into a scene from Fight ClubDozens of teens answered promotions on social media to come every Friday to  for drinking, fireworks, and boxing.  (Stu Mills at CBC)

    🚨 Ottawa Police

    •  An on-duty constable has been charged with assault. Constable Muhammad Omair Khan was charged over an allegation of an assault against a youth in November 2022. Khan has been assigned to administrative duties. A court date is set for next month. (CBC

    📯 Convoy News

    • The premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith, was found on video endorsing both the Ottawa siege and the Coutts border blockade. Filmed before she was premier, Smith said ‘The federal government has so much more planned, they have so much more coming and I think this is the reason why we want to see this win.’ (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress)

    🪧 Federal Civil Servants strike

    •  The Ottawa Citizen has looked at what the rules for remote work look like going forward. While working-from-home was a major issue in negotiations, the pending agreement left did not include remote working clauses. The union and the Treasury Board did agree to ongoing discussions of the topic in a separate letter. As it stands:

      • Remote work is voluntary and arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis by a manager

      • The Federal government currently requires two or three days in the office, depending on department

      • Managers who deny working-from-home must put the reasoning in writing; unreasonable denials can be escalated to a joint panel

      (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

       Related Public Service Alliance of Canada national president Chris Aylward says Canada Revenue Agency workers, who are still on strike, will picket the Liberal Party convention tomorrow at the Shaw Centre.

    🛫  Air Transat

    •  Air Transat is adding two new flights from Ottawa to the south next winter. The airline will add an additional flight to Cancún, Mexico making it three per week, and adding another flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, also three per week. (Newswire)

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    •  The Piggy Market plans to ring in Cinco de Mayo with chips and salsa as well as Beef Cheek and Pork Pibil taco kits. Pick them up on Friday from 400 Winston Ave.
    •  Boutique Cornerstone Pop-Up Sale. 100% of proceeds of this sale will go to Cornerstone Housing for Women. Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Thyme and Again, 1255 Wellington St. West.
    •  The Jane’s Walk festival of neighbourhood walking tours, which happens this weekend in multiple areas of Ottawa, launches on Friday May 5 with a Festival Preview & Picnic under the Booth Street Bridge at Lebreton Flats. 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This year’s theme is Building Bridges.
    •  The Warehouse Art Party by Studio Space Ottawa is a fundraiser by artists to build more studios for artis. This won’t just be a stand-around-with-a-drink-in-your-hand affair. You’ll be invited to experience live model drawing, pottery wheel throwing, printmaking and lots of other creative pursuits. You can also purchase raffle tickets and original artworks priced at $100 or $250. Of course there will also be the aforementioned drinks, from the cash bar. 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Studio Space Ottawa, 2477 Kaladar Avenue, second floor. $25

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    HMCS Ottawa, the frigate named after the capital, has issued a new morale patch to its crew. Its details:

    Motto: ‘KEEWAYTINOOK OMAA’, ‘The North Here’ written in the Anishinaabe Odawaa Nation language

    The Beaver’s Tail: The 15 squares within the tail represent the 15th day when the first HMCS Ottawa was commissioned on June 15, 1938. The five columns of squares represent five battle honours that HMCS Ottawa has: Atlantic (1939-1945), Normandy (1944), English Channel (1944), Biscay (1944), and Arabian Sea.

    Dogfish: Two dogfish are depicted devouring the enemy, represented through a submarine. HMCS Ottawa is currently stationed in Esquimalt.

    The U-Shape: Making up the beaver’s tail (representing the four HMCS Ottawa ships), pointing downwards (representing two feathers as physical achievement and worth), and three unique U-Shapes on the top and four on the bottom (laid out to represent 341, HMCS Ottawa’s hull number).

    The Colours: Usually, morale patches are made in gold and red, but as HMCS Ottawa is named after the capital, it is given the honours of wearing the official Colours of Canada.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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