Smoke is still getting in our eyes.

The City has announced that for today: 


  • All recreational outdoor programs and leagues directly operated by the City of Ottawa will be cancelled until 4 pm for today, June 26. Registrants will be contacted directly with either a refund, credit or rescheduling of their program.
  • All splash pads will remain open.
  • All drop-in programs that operate outdoors will move indoors, where possible. Please check the drop-in schedules at your local facility for up-to-date information.
  • All outdoor pools will be closed until 4 pm today, June 26, weather permitting.
  • All City Beaches have a no swim advisory until 4 pm for today, June 26, weather permitting.

The smoke is expected to lessen tomorrow and all activities are expected to operate as normal. Check the recreation website for updates

– Darren and Martha



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    • ⛈️ 40% chance of showers. High of 25°, low of 17°. 🔥 There is a special air quality warning due to the ongoing forest fires. 


    • 410
    • – The number of complaints filed against Ottawa Police Service officer conduct during the Trucker siege. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Giordano Petti
    • – A 22 year-old host of podcast The Gio Show travelled to Gibsons, BC to get an on-hand tour of Beachcombers locations with Jackson Davies, who played the show’s Constable Constable. (Michael Gurney in the Coast Reporter) (Interview with Jackson Davies)

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    • For many parents, having their children stay home was a civil way of registering their helplessness in the face of a system that did not want to listen
    • – Kanata imam Sikander Hashmi, Barrhaven imam Zijad Delic, and writer Aisha Sherazi in the Ottawa Citizen over their concerns that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board is tone deaf with the Muslim community over Pride Month events. (Ottawa Citizen)


    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Hamilton Forge 4 last night
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 101 – Niagara River Lions 87 last Saturday
    •  Frontier League Ottawa Titans 2 – TriCity ValleyCats 6 last night
    •  Frontier League Ottawa Titans 2 – TriCity ValleyCats 6 last night
    •  Frontier League Ottawa Titans 7 – TriCity ValleyCats 6 last Saturday

    🚨 The best and worst wards for crime are ...

    •  Rideau Jock had 1,323 crimes per 100,000 population, the lowest in Ottawa. Somerset Ward had the highest crime rate at 15,162 crimes per 100,000 people. Overall, the Ottawa Police Service said that overal crime reports were 18 per cent higher in 2022, with violent crime reported at six per cent higher. (Josh Pringle at CTV

    🤑  Canada Revenue Agency

    •  Shopify says that the Canada Revenue Agency has asked for data from 121,000 Canadian accounts. The mom and pop business says that it will fight the request for sales data from the past six years, believing that it is an overreach. (Melissa Lopez-Martinez at CTV)

    🏗️  EB Eddy Building

    •  People in Gatineau are concerned about the state of the EB Eddy building. The heritage building is described by Hull-Wright councillor Steve Moran as a ‘strong symbol of the Outaouais region’. The president of the Société d'histoire de l'Outaouais says it is ‘one of the most important industrial heritage buildings in Gatineau’s Hull sector — and even the wider National Capital Region’. The crumbling building is owned by Dream Unlimited Corp, developers of Zibi. (CBC) (Museum of History page)

    🎨  National Gallery of Canada

    •  This profile of Jean-François Bélisle, the new director of the National Gallery of Canada, says that he is respected in the art world and by his former staff. A question the article asks is how Bélisle will handle what Gallery staff expect to be public outrage over Governor General’s Award winning artist Deanna Bowen who will be placing a giant banner on the wall of the Gallery next month, reportedly linking the Group of Seven with white supremacy. (Paul Gessell in Galleries West)


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    [FREE] Canada Day Concert at the NAC

    On July 1, head to the NAC for free concert downtown in the nation’s capital. Featuring JUNO Award-winning artist Iskwē, mezzo soprano Alex Hetherington, and the bilingual slam poet and songwriter YAO accompanied by the NAC Orchestra.

    The best part is, this concert is absolutely FREE! No need for tickets or registrations. Just head on over to the NAC and let's make this Canada Day one for the books.

    NAC 1 Elgin St K1P 5W1 

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    •   Today’s Jazz Festival highlights include free concerts from homegrown jazz chamber outfit Side-Eye & Grace (Marion Dewar Plaza OLG Stage, 110 Laurier Ave W) and Montréal’s multi-genre Marc Decho Quartet (Queen St. Fare, 170 Queen St.). You’ll need a Single Ticket, Day Pass, or Full Festival Pass for Mary Ancheta Quartet, who bring their jazz and electro-funk to the Confederation Park Main Stage; Jazz violinist Aline Homzy at the NAC Fourth Stage; and others.
    •  Mares of Thrace from Calgary plus They Grieve and Jetsam all play at House of TARG tonight. $15. 1077 Bank St.
    •  The High Saddles play Red Bird tonight, as part of Bluegrass Mondays.
    •  There’s another Mindfullness Hike tonight at Fletcher Wildlife Garden.


    •  Today and tomorrow, the Korean Cultural Centre will be hosting an open House for Ottawa Jazz Festival ticket holders. Visit the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC Canada) from 5:00pm to 10:00pm during the Jazz Festival and learn to write your name in the Korean alphabet, enjoy Korean snacks and beverages, and more. 101-150 Elgin St.
    •  Golden Flame Dance Company offers drop-in classes every day of the week. Today at 5:00pm it’s your chance to give Belly Dancing a try. $23. 168 Charlotte St., 2nd Floor.
    •  Jamie Douglas plays the Heart & Crown ByWard Market (67 Clarence St).
    •  The Prescott presents Harry Potter (books) Trivia night. $10 + HST per player.


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Pizza tasting alert: Taste six different Roman crust pizzas plus a surprise starter at Cibus on Saturday July 8. Purchase the $30 ticket (per person) by calling 613 879 1326 or email 2-5360 Canotek Rd
    •  If you know how to ride a bike you’ll probably enjoy the newest Aventure Outaouais experience: the Gatineau Park E-Bike Tour. The 2 1/2 hour ride hits all the best lookout points and places of interest. You’l be picked up and dropped off again in Ottawa or Gatineau. Thursday evenings all summer.


    Get ready for Canada Day with Calabogie Brewing: save 15% on online home delivery of the beer line up. Use the promo code OHCANADA at checkout to save. The offer ends Wednesday at midnight.


    Tomorrow is the 27th Anniversary of the Diefenbunker Museum. For the volunteers, fighting the cold war was easy compared to saving the 1959 bunker.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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