Monday March 4, 2024


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🌧️ Light Rain
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The resurgence in measles cases has moved from ‘that’s weird’ to ‘Ottawa Public Health is urging parents to get children’s measles vaccinations up to date’.

Ottawa Public Health figures 62 per cent of kids born in 2016 are vaccinated compared to 92 per cent born in 2006. (Although they give themselves some wiggle room – it’s possible that the Agency was just not told about  some vaccinations).

Parents can arrange vaccinations through their family doctor, but, on the off chance that having a family doctor is nothing but a wild delusion in Ottawa, they can be arranged through Kids Come First.

– Martha and Darren


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


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      • $20.26
      • – The amount per year per house that residents in Kanata have approved to kill mosquitoes. If City Council approves, the amount will be added to local property tax bills to fund spraying larvae in wetlands around the area. The total cost is expected to be $1.8 million over four years. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Alec Bélanger
      • – The former Ottawa 67 – now studying in Halifax – has set up a chapter of Extra Awesome at Dalhousie University to help kids with Down Syndrome. (Richard Woodbury at CBC)


      • Ottawa is far too trashy to be as dull as folks say

      • – Ottawa Bulldog reader Laurie McCannell in a letter to its editor, asking if that publication will ‘fetch the gossipy side of O-town? You know, chew on meaty left-overs from those crazy consulate parties, capture breathless revelations by underpaid political staffers, reveal grainy footage of … well, anybody leaving the grounds of a somebody at an indecent time of night? Do tell the stuff happening non-stop in Ottawa that everyone – for reasons lost on me – pretends doesn’t happen here’.
      • Laurie, Laurie, Laurie ... tell us, what do you know? (Ottawa Bulldog)


      • 🏒 PWHL Ottawa 2 – Toronto 5 last Saturday
      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Philadelphia Flyers 4 last Saturday
      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Arizona Coyotes 5 last Friday


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Finance and Corporate Services Committee
      Tuesday, March 5 at 9:30 am

      • 2023 Statement of Remuneration, Benefits and Expenses Paid to Members of Council and Council Appointees
      • Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period July 1 to December 31, 2023
      • City representation and delegate attendance at municipal conferences and tradeshows in 2024
      • French Language Services Advisory Committee 2024-2026 Work Plan
      • Status Update – Finance and Corporate Services Committee Inquiries and Motions for the period ending 23 February, 2024
      • Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan
      • Designate leased spaces as Municipal Capital Facilities
      • Approval to Expropriate Lands – Earl Grey Drive Extension Project
      • Approval to Expropriate Lands – Bank Street Rehabilitation Project
      • Delegation of Authority – Acquisition and Sale of Land and Property – 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023
      • Corporate Sponsorship and Advertising Policies
      • Councillors’ Items – Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito Control Program
      • Motion – Havenlea Gateway Feature

      📋 Agenda


      🚨 Sûreté du Québec

      •  Québec’s police watchdog is investigating after an injured person was found in the Sûreté du Québec’s Campbell’s Bay interrogation room. The person was arrested at 8:40 am Friday. At 11:15 am first aid was given to the now seriously injured person in the interrogation room, then taken to hospital where his-or-her condition was ‘said to be serious’.  Montréal police have been asked to start a parallel criminal investigation. (Ottawa Citizen)

      🏛️ Heritage Buildings

      •  The owner of the building formerly occupied by the Orange Gallery is fighting its heritage designation. The 1925 building at 290 City Centre Ave was protected by a ‘notice of intention to designate’ by City Council in January. The lawyer for the building owner says Council did not have full information when they made the decision and has filed a complaint. (Emma Weller at CBC)

      🚬 Safe Consumption Sites

      •  Two safe consumption sites were closed last week due to staff feeling sick. The sites at both Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and Somerset West Community Health Centre were closed after staff felt unwell due to ‘harmful fumes’. In a safe consumption site, patrons are provided a clean station where they can consume a drug safely and be helped immediately if something goes wrong. However, the sites are not equipped to handle smoked or heated drugs where the fumes leave the station. (CBC

      💥 Eastway Tank Explosion

      •  Emails from Prosecutors to victims' families indicate that Eastway Tank, Pump, and Meter may plead guilty. The emails also ask that families prepare impact statements for the judge. The trial of Eastway Tank and its owner was cancelled last week without explanation. Six people were killed in the explosion two years ago. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)

      🚧 Street Renaming

      •  Not everyone is in favour of renaming the bit of road in front of the Russian Embassy after Alexei Navalny. Some people note that Navalny had terrible opinions of Ukrainians, did not support Ukrainian independence, and supported the annexation of Crimea. An online petition has over 9,700 names supporting renaming the road in favour of the possibly-murdered Russian opposition leader. (Peter Szperling at CTV)



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      •  Holly’s Haven Wildlife Rescue on Dunrobin Road is selling Purdy’s Easter chocolates to fund what the organisation is calling a busy - and early -  Spring influx of injured or orphaned baby animals. The deadline to order is tomorrow (Tuesday March 5), by visiting the Purdy’s fundraising page and using the Customer number 75395.
      •  Ottawa Chamberfest presents the Hagen Quartet, who will play in Ottawa for the first time since the 1980s on Monday March 4.

      •  K-Lifestyle continues at the Korean Cultural Center. The exhibition takes a close look at Korean household items throughout the centuries. K-Lifestyle showcases items from the lives of Confucian scholars, ordinary women in the Joseon Dynasty, and contemporary citizens. Work by Korean-Canadians will also be displayed.

      •  ByTowne Cinema: The Peasants, Perfect Days, About Dry Grasses

      •  Mayfair TheatreThe Teachers’ Lounge, Drugstore June, The Fog


      • Bluegrass Mondays Open Stage. Red Bird

      •  Open Mic Night. Art House Café

      •  Trivia Night. Royal Oak Pub Kent St.


      •  Move 100’s Tampon Tuesday campaign to collect menstruation products to be donated to Ottawa Food Bank continues through the end of today. Bring your donations of tampons, pads and other menstruation products to Carlingwood Shopping Centre or directly to the radio station’s studios at 87 George St. in the Market.
      • ByTowne CinemaThe Zone of Interest, About Dry Grasses, Perfect Days

      • Mayfair TheatreThe Zone of Interest, The Teachers’ Lounge, Drugstore June 


      •  RAGE. Mavericks

      •  Open Stage. Red Bird

      •  Live Drawing. Art House Café

      •  Trivia Night. Royal Oak Pubs at Hunt Club, Beechwood



      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • On International Women’s Day (March 8), Governor General of Canada Mary Simon will be joined by Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Canada Josefina Martínez Gramulglia for a special luncheon celebrating the achievements and contributions of female leaders globally, and examining issues crucial to advancing gender equality, such as the need for greater digital respect. Ticket sales end this Wednesday March 6.

      • Orléans Brewing Co is sthrowing an exclusive 2024 Club Members Only appreciation evening on March 16. If you’re not yet a Club Member you can sigh up until March 10 and get 20% off the membership price.

      • Book your place at the gala event that celebrates Spring among the blossoms of an apple orchard. Bee Savvy Fine Foods and Farmgate Cider present Buzzin’ in the Blossoms, a feast of locally procured meats, produce, preserves and goods, with live music and dancing, all under the roof of Farmgate’s barn. Thursday May.


      Sidedoor Restaurant’s special menu for March is two tacos, a side, a main and a dessert for $65 per person.


      Get two for one tickets to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show (March 21-24 at the EY Centre) by using the code WINTER. This deal expires on Wednesday (March 6).


      Save 25% when you buy multiple tickets within the same age group and category on the same day at Camp Fortune. Valid today through March 17.


      A map by the Ottawa Police Service shows that the centre of the city is really the place to be if you want to steal a carBay ward had the most thefts, at 37. Rideau Vanier ward came in second at 25. Looking at the map, someone made a real effort to steal a car from near Marvelville. the ottawan wonders how the thief got there? Carpool?



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