Wednesday, January 24 2024


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❄️ Snow
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The Ottawa Catholic School Board wants to reschedule its professional development day because of an eclipse. Students would normally be at home on April 8 because of staff development but the Board wants to protect students who may harm their eyes by looking at the eclipse directly in the absence of teachers. The Ministry of Education will have to approve the date change.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Bonnechere Valley, an hour and half west of Ottawa, is closing its offices for the day to protect its staff from the terrors of the eclipse.

– Martha and Darren


    •  Food + Drink Update
    •  Ottawa Stats
    •  City Hall Agenda
    •  What Ottawa is Talking About
    •  Events
    •  Deals of the Day



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      • – Where the only Ottawa company places on a list of the top 20 best startup employers of 2024. That company is Noibu, which is ‘the eCommerce error detection and resolution platform that provides everything your team needs to resolve errors quickly’. (Curiocity)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Nicole Colbeck
      • –  Colbeck is the founder of the Silent Book Club’s Ottawa chapter. The twice monthly meet-ups have a short ‘happy hour for introverts’ to mingle and order food, the rest of the time is left to read your own book in silence. Because of its popularity, Colbeck is planning a third night. (Zenith Wolfe at Apt613) (Silent Book Club)


      • You know what, I’m gonna leave it until I retire. My mistake.

      • – Retired Natural Resources Canada technical specialist Randy Biggs whose $50,000 payment has been delayed for three years because of the Phoenix payroll fiasco. Biggs had once been given the option to take it while he was still working. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)



      • 🏒PWHL Ottawa 3 – Toronto 1 last night
      • 🏒NHL Ottawa Senators 4 –  Montréal Canadiens 1 last night

        ⚽ Atlético Ottawa has released its 2024 schedule. First match will be against York United FC April 13.
      • 🏀 Ottawa BlackJacks has also released its 2024 schedule. The first home match will be against Edmonton Stingers May 29.


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Tomorrow’s Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.


      🛻 Convoy News

      •  The Canadian Press has a round-up of reactions to the Federal Court ruling that the invocation of the Emergency Act ‘led to the infringement of constitutional rights’. Federal government officials say they respect the courts but will appeal, Convoy supporters are generally giddy with glee. (The Canadian Press)

      🎞️ Anime Ottawa

      •  Ottawa will get a new festival this year, Anime Ottawa. Presented by Ottawa Comicon, the new festival will showcase the manga, animation, video games, and music of Asian pop culture. The inaugral event is March 29 to 31 at EY Centre. (Yahoo Finance) (Anime Ottawa)

      🚧 Woodroffe Avenue

      •  Woodroffe Avenue will be reduced to one lane southbound from today until further notice. The reduction will be around Slack Avenue, where the watermains are being reconstructed. (City of Ottawa)



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      •  The hits are delivered by the Liesto String Quartet at Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen, Knox Presbyterian Church.

      •  Meet artist Fern Burntwood at the Vernissage of his show Patterns of Behaviour at Irene’s Pub Restaurant. Yellow Jacket Avenger and Matt Gagnon will support.

      •  The Ottawa Network is meeting at the Prescott for another round of A TON of Demos. Listen as innovators and entrepreneurs pitch the group, then network and enjoy the Prescott’s menu of food and drinks (pay for the latter separately).

      •  Get creative with Ottawa Tool Library's Make a Leather Credit Card Holder workshop.


      •  Celtic Celebration ft Alasair MacDonald and Karen Steven. Red Bird

      •  Jazz Nite with Wayne Eagles. Bar Robo

      •  Rare Groove Wednesdays. Atomic Rooster

      •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing Company

      •  Oyster Wednesday. Orléans Brewing

      •  The Low Profiles. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  The John Carroll Show. The Laff


      •  Amber Lounge and Eatery’s Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting and Dinner includes a four course meal, poetry, and music.

      •  Another Robert Burns celebration: dig into traditional Neeps ’n’ Tatties at the All Things Scottish events at Royal Oak pubs.

      •  The Greely Winter Carnival (January 25-28) kicks off with an evening of Square Dancing.

      •  Spark Beer takes you behind the curtain to learn about the brewing process in the Spark Beer Sippin’ Sessions. Learn what goes into making Spark Beer’s superb sours with five samples and one full pour. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 702 Somerset St. W.

      •  Carleton University’s Author Meets Readers series features Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities by Carleton University School of Journalism Professor and CBC radio host Duncan McCue.


      •  Stand up Comedy. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  Jane’s Party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Comedy Night. Pour Boy

      •  Free Play Karaoke with David and Grace. House of TARG

      •  NOBRO Party Through the Pain. Club SAW

      •  Joke-A-Oke. The Hintonburg Public House

      •  Trivia Night. Beyond the Pale Brewery

      •  Blues Sessions. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Release the Bats! Goth night. Cafe Dekcuf

      •  The Broken Bridges. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Karaoke. Atomic Rooster


      •  Bruce McCulloch, arguably the least aged Kid in the Hall, brings his one-man show Tales of Bravery and Stupidity to Algonquin Commons Theatre.

      •  Go for the beer, stay for the poetry and music as Beau’s Brewing celebrates Robert Burns.

      •   Let the moon guide you as you Snowshoe Under the Stars in Gatineau Park on Friday nights until March 29. These evening excursions are guided by experienced nature interpreters from Friends of Gatineau Park, and no snowshoeing experience is necessary. $20 for Members, $25 for non-members.

      • Gigs

      •  Women’s Comedy Night. Yuk Yuk’s

      •  Friday I’m in Love Indie Pop Dance Party. The 27 Club

      •  Ryan Begin. Broadhead Brewery

      •  80s Dance Party. House of TARG

      •  Teenage Fiction, Hannah Big, Touch Grass, Zeelle. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Sing a Sea Shanty. Beyond the Pale Brewing

      •  Wonderstruck - Ottawa’s Magic Experience. The Prescott

      •  CHEO Concerts! Rock 4 Kids Saturn Sunrise, The Vice Parad, Parliament of Owls. Cafe Dekcuf

      •  The Playlist. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Claude Munson, Crop Circle Catalysts, Chime of Wrens. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Valvehead, Galaxy Brain, Vulcan GPO. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Afrobeats. Mavericks

      Just Announced

      • La Vida Local’s 2024 tour lineup includes visits to West Carleton, East Ottawa, South Ottawa, and the Southwest. The tours are already selling fast.

      • Bring your on-the-go project to Fabrications’ monthly Quilt Club, where you can rent a table and work away at your own pace, asking questions of the on site expert if needed. February 5.


      Ravensburger Puzzles are 20% off until January 29 at DeSerres.

      BKIND is offering free Green Tea hand balm on orders over $150.

      Rightful Owner has romantic dressing all sewn up in the Ready to Ship sale.


      Two weeks ago, a woman in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France found a message in a bottle. In it, she found a tribute to Debbie Hitsman, a Centretown resident who died in 2022. Later that year, Hitsman’s neighbours Roshell Bissett and her daughter Nadya wrote about their friend, placed it in a vinegar bottle, and threw it into the ocean in Nova Scotia.



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