Thursday, 7 September 2023


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Environment Canada has issued a heat warning lasting until today. 



  • The good news is the heat wave may break today. The bad news is it is a 70 per cent chance of showers and maybe thunderstorms. Be careful of what you wish for..
  • 🍕 You still have a chance to win one of three pizzas this Sunday (September 10) at Spark Beer. Simply fill in the blank in the sentence below and send it to us in an email to You have until 6:00 pm today (Thursday September 7) to enter. 

    ‘Spark Beer is known for its 10" West [BLANK] Style pizzas’

    You’ll find the answer on the Spark Beer website.

    Martha’s mom will randomly draw three winners from her choosin’ hat and we'll announce them in tomorrow’s newsletter.

  • – Martha and Darren


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  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $110 million
    • – The amount of money approved by the planning and housing committee today for three years of affordable housing projects. All the money is for not-for-profit agencies who will actually provide the housing, although some of the funds will instead pay for social services provided by the organizations. The $110 million also includes money provided by the Provincial and Federal governments.  City Council will still need to approve the spend. (Giacomo Panico at CBC)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • James W. Cook
    • – The artist travels from his Vanier home to create sand scuptures at festivals worldwide. (Samuel Wat at CBC)


    • We are worried such significant amount of funds are going to a new start-up event as opposed to support for existing legacy
    • – Canadian Tulip Festival executive director Jo Riding on Ottawa Tourism muscling in on its business with the new Ottawa May in Bloom Festivities. Ottawa Tourism is spending $600,000 over three years on the new flower fest. (Jackie Perez at CTV)



    😷 Masking

    •  The Ottawa Hospital will require masks in all clinical areas and waiting rooms starting next Monday. Masks will not be mandatory in hallways and cafeterias. The Hospital has tightened the rules due to a recent uptick in deaths by COVID 19 in Ottawa, and the expectation that a new variant will arrive in the autumn. Queensway Carleton Hospital made the same changes last week. (Elizabeth Payne in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏫 Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  Some parents are arging that if the Board cannot supply buses for its students, maybe it should reopen a rural school that it closed. Kids used to walk to the Munster Elementary School in the village of Munster before it was closed in 2015. The school board has already said that it doesn’t want to reopen the school. (Natalia Goodwin at CBC)

    ✈️ Ottawa International Airport

    •  WestJet has reversed ferret and will keep flying non-stop flights between Ottawa and Winnipeg. The airline had previously planned to stop the non-stops October 29. From December 18, WestJet will offer four flights weekly. (Chris D)

    💤 Zellers

    •  Zeller’s will be launching its next popup at Bayshore Shopping Centre. In fact, Zeller’s will be popping up at all Hudson’s Bay stores that don’t already have one by September 22. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🚨  Ottawa Police Service

    •  Civil rights campaigners are launching a Charter Rights challenge against the Ottawa Police Service over rules limiting public speaking. Earlier this year, the Police Service Board made new rules for people who wished to speak at its public meetings. These included supplying questions in advance, restricting speakers from expanding their topics, and a rule that speakers must not be disrespectful. The challenge is being brought forward by 613-819 Black Hub, Black Student Leader’s Association, and Horizon Ottawa amongst others. (Luke LeBrun in Press Progress)

      ➕ Related Horizon Ottawa is challenging a judicial review for an audit over the last civic election. A former executive with developer Taggart asked the City to have the election compliance audit committee audit Horizon over its HorizonFest, a free festival in which some candidates appeared. The audit committee agreed with the executive that the festival was not ‘properly categorized’ on Horizon’s financial statement. 

    👑 Governor General

    •  New Edinburgh resident Mary Simon, the Governor General, will meet with Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe this morning.  Simon will ‘learn about his vision for the city, as well as discuss salient issues currently facing Ottawa’. (Governor General)



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    •   We've noticed the resurgence of smocking in summer 2023 womenswear, but have you ever wondered how that effect is achieved? Watch the pros in action at Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest, running today and Saturday in Almonte. In addition to smocking, there will be demos in textile disciplines like quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets to the festival cost a reasonable $8 per day.
    •  Mooney’s Bay Park is the site of Afrofestival Ottawa, two days of African music, art, and culture. Free admittance.
    • Ottawa ComicCon pop-culture festival brings together cosplay aficionados, celebrities, and vendors for a sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic books extravaganza at the EY Centre until Sunday. 
    •  If you think visual art is a non-competitive pursuit, you’ve never see an Art Battle. Overflow Brewing hosts artists who create works in 20 minute rounds, which are judged by the bystanders watching the creativity flow onto the easel.
    •  Electronic music fans, you need to be in Gatineau this weekend for the 10th anniversary edition of the River Side Festival. Today through Sunday.

    •  Heavy Head, Robinson Kirby. Avante Garde
    •  F!TH, Hug Mosh, Passenger Princess. Club SAW
    •  1000mods, Freedom Hawk, Quiet Crimes, and Subsun. Dominion Tavern
    •  The Escape Society, The Big Train Wreck, Jim McDowell. Irene’s Pub
    •  2 Shadows. Mavericks
    •  Django Libre. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
    •  Dizzy & Fay. Options Jazz Lounge
    •  The Empties, School House, Hannah Vig. Rainbow Bistro
    •  John Carroll. Stray Dog Brewing Company


    •  As we write this, there’s a freaking heatwave going on; nevertheless, apple season has begun. Halls Apple Market is now open for apple picking and the purchase of fresh baked goods and cider. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 2930 2nd Concession Road, Brockville. Closer to home, Pinewood Orchards is located in Kanata and open for picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    •  The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Embassy of Mexico present a Live Exhibit of Traditional Mexican Textiles, featuring a catwalk where you can view all the fabrics to be included in a silent auction. Funds raised will benefit the museum. If you can’t attend the fundraiser on the evening of September 9, you can still view the fabrics as part of your admission to the 28th annual Fibrefest earlier that day.
    • The Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest continues today in Almonte. Catch the demos in textile disciplines like smocking, quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets $8 per day.
    •  BeechFest, the street party filling Beechwood Ave from St.-Charles to Maria will be lit. From “Pints in the Park” to the live music and DJs to the BBQ and corn roast, this event promises a good time for the entire fam.
    •  Live music and DJs play all day at Latin Sparks Festival in LeBreton Flats, but don’t be intimidated if you don’t know the dance moves. In addition to the performances the lineup includes beginner salsa and Bachata classes. Tickets from $49.99 or save 20% when you buy a two ticket bundle.
    •  The Vanier Community Association unveils the Pollinator Garden at Nault Park at 10:00 am.
    •  Drip House turns 4 this weekend, and they’re throwing a Block Party at 340B Parkdale Ave to celebrate. Vendors will be selling cool vintage, accessories, fashion, as well as food and drink treats. 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    •  Butter Tart Festival. We could type more words but… why? We said BUTTER TART FESTIVAL. (It’s in Stittsville from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.)
    •  Enjoy shopping with 50 vendors at the Autumn Equinox Craft Show. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave.

    •  Tin Constellations with Dave Taggart Kaffe 1870 (Wakefield)
    •  Welodubz at Berlin (ByWard Market)
    •  JW-Jones. LIVE! on Elgin
    •  Christelle Raquillet & Wilfried Touati. Gigspace
    •  The Exploited, Total Chaos. Brass Monkey
    •  Peter Gabriel. Canadian Tire Centre
    •  Bry Webb (Constantines) and Steph Yates (Cots). Rainbow Bistro
    •  Campbell & Johnston. Red Bird 
    •  An Evening of Consummate Professionalism with Brian Wallin, Reynaldo & the Dalliances. Irene’s Pub
    •  DOPETHRONE, Hempress, Acid Moth. House of Targ
    •  Scott Kelly and the Dynamics. Conspiracy Theory Brewery
    •   Midnight Mayday and The Kaladars. Avant Garde
    •   Double Experience. EY Centre

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    It’s Mega Sale time at Anne Mulaire.

    Take 20% off site wide at West of Main, when you use the code TAKE20. The sale ends at 11:59 pm tonight.


    Ken Rubin in the Ottawa Citizen has the the bonkers story of when the National Capital Commission wanted to market Ottawa as a ‘wild city’. Way back in – checks notes – 2021, the Commission hired consultants MediaPlus, who created two sizzle reel videos. You cannot start your weekend without watching them.


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