Wednesday March 27, 2024


🌧️ Moderate Rain
High 15° Low 6°
🌞 6:51 am🌛7:24 pm


☁️ Few Clouds
High 10° Low 1°
🌞 6:49 am🌛7:25 pm



We suppose that the Ottawa Public Library has a vested interest in keeping you from going blind.

Starting tomorrow, the Library will provide free solar eclipse glasses to residents – while supplies last. Where and when to get the glasses, we don‘t know yet. We’ll let you know when we do.

The Ottawa Citizen has five suggested locations to watch the eclipseUpper Canada VillageCanadian Museum of NatureCarleton UniversityCanadian Aviation and Space Museum, and the Osgoode Legion.

The eclipse will occur Monday April 8, starting at at 2:10 pm and hitting peak darkness at 3:25 pm. 

Electric Buses

Reader Guillaume writes to us: 

‘I was just reading the newsletter from 20 March, and I’d say it’s a bit of a stretch to say that ‘Ottawa electricity is effectively zero carbon’: 13% of Ontario electricity is high-carbon, and the amount of CO2/kWh has actually gone up since 2019, almost doubling (from 43gCO2eq/kWh in 2019 to 76 in 2023) because nuclear production has gone down and gas production up.

Québec électricity is not even zero carbon, at a steady 28gCO2eq/kWh, but it's as close as possible.’

Guillaume also provided this facinating live map of electricity production in Ontario.

– Martha and Darren


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


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      • -19.5%
      • – The decrease in housing starts in Ottawa in 2023 versus 2022 according to a new report by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In comparison, Toronto was up 5.1 per cent and Vancouver up 27.9 per cent. (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) (The Report)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Dr Donald Chow
      • – After more than 20 years as a team physician with the Ottawa Senators, Dr Chow will be the third person inducted into the Sens Ring of Honour at a special ceremony before the match on Sunday. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


      • But when we are forced to navigate poorly lit areas and neglected infrastructure, the supposed benefits of LRT quickly lose their appeal.

      • – East Ottawa resident Dave Williams who is advocating making the areas around O Train stations much safer, arguing that 600 metres of unlit, tree lined corridors will make everyone nervous. (Dave Williams in the Ottawa Citizen


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Transportation Committee
      Thursday, March 28 at 9:30 am

      • 4.1 Reasonable and Affordable Cost Structure for Traffic Calming Measures
      • 6.1 Report on the use of Delegated Authority during 2023 by the Department of Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development
      • 7.1 Paid Parking on Lynda Lane - Withdrawn
      • 7.2 Recommend to Council that Public Works staff undertake a municipal scan to understand if and how other Canadian municipalities address weeds along concrete curbs

      📋 Agenda


      💸 Ontario Budget

      •  A new interchange along Highway 416 in Barrhaven is pretty much it for Ottawa in today’s provincial budget. The budget continues already announced funding for the new Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital and new schools (Ted Raymond at CTV)

      🔥 Glebe Apothecary

      •  The fire that closed the Glebe Apothecary and temporarily closed the McKeen Metro is being investigated as an arson. The Ottawa Police Service asks if anyone has any infomation to call the  Arson Unit at 613 236 1222 ext 2202. (William Eltherington at CTV)

      💥 La Bottega Nicastro

      •  A car crashed into La Bottega Nicastro on George Street yesterday. The driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries but no one else was hurt, despite cashiers working on the other side of the window. The store and street were cleared because of a broken gas line but La Bottega Nicastro did reopen today. (Emma Weller at CBC)

      🛒 Weekly Grocery Flyer Review

      •  Every week, Donovan Burey reads all the grocery store flyers so you don’t have to and posts the deals on Reddit Ottawa. Food Basics has a great price for lamb leg, $3.98 per lb as well as Clementines at  $2.98 per 2lb bag. (/Ottawa)



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      •  Speaking the Inuit Way continues at the National Arts Centre. Free.

      •  There’s a rare opportunity to view three works by Nederlands Dans Theater at the National Arts Centre today and tomorrow. Arrive early tonight for a free pre-show chat with NDT’s artistic directorEmily Molnar (7:00 pm at Peter A. Herrndorf Place)

      •  Schools from across the country will compete in the semi-finals and finals of The Canadian Improv Games, tonight through Saturday at the Babs Asper Theatre in the NAC.

      •  Kanata Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs runs tonight through April 6.

      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Queen of My Dreams, Love Lies Bleeding, Tarantino’s Birthday! Switchblade Sisters with Trivia.

      •  Mayfair TheatreThey Shot the Piano Player, The Taste of Things, Riddle of Fire


      •  The Price is Right Stage Show. The Arena at TD Place

      •  Celtic Celebration featuring Bobby Watt (Ecosse). Red Bird

      •  Elisapie. National Arts Centre

      •  Small Fish - A Comedy & Variety Show with Hosts Maggie Horde & Glenys Marshall. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Jazz Nite with Crop Circle Catalysts. Bar Robo



      •  Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open today through Monday, for gazing at newborn animals, learning how chocolate is made from cacao beans, and watching a family movie. The kids can do crafts as well. Tickets required.

      •  A brand new festival is taking over EY Centre this weekend. Anime Ottawa is dedicated to “anime and Japanese culture [which] takes the form of a fan convention with content and products such as manga, sci-fi, video games and Japanese culture in general. Anime Ottawa is set to become one of the fastest growing events of its category attracting an engaged young adult and teenage target audience.” Today through Sunday.

      •  Tonight’s Candle Light Concert of Hans Zimmer themes performed by the Listeso String Quartet will transport you to the world of movies.

      •  Kanata Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs continues until April 6.

      •  ByTowne CinemaPerfect days, Shayda, Poor Things, Drunken Cinema: Beverly Hills Cop

      •  Mayfair TheatreAmerican Fiction, Poor Things, The Rocky Horror Picture Show


      •  Album Release Party: The Wilderness. Rainbow Bistro

      •  HellRager. Café Dekcuf

      •  Fever Pitch Hot Jazz. Art House Café

      •  The Koffin Kats, the Queers, Pop Culture Icons, the Fly Downs. The Brass Monkey

      •  Codeine, Neurotypes, Ex Luthor. SAW Centre

      •  Finely Tuned Elephant. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Share, with Crusade. LIVE on Elgin

      •  The Sceptre, Ammo. Dominion Tavern

      •  Colin Linden. Red Bird

      •  GRFN. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  BA Johnstone, Thünderkok, the Beta 58s. House of TARG

      •  John Allaire’s 3000th show. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      Just Announced / Now Booking


      Get 15% off the weighted blanket in Endy’s Best Mattress & Bedding Deals in Canada sale. Only until tonight. Other deals are available on the website.

      Tate + Yoko’s Easter Weekend Sale will see discounts of up to 60% off brands like Naked & Famous, Yuketen, Raised by Wolves, In Situ.

      Save 50% on Fall/Winter ’23 shirts, outerwear, hats, tees, ties, bandanas, knits, and pants at 18 Waits.


      If you think the shenanigans over big projects like the O Train and Lansdowne 2.0 are limited to Ottawa, don’t worry, even the town down the road can make a budget balloon from $16.1 million to $53 million.  R. Bruce McIntyre in the Eganville Leader has an ugly timeline showing how the project’s price, overseen by then-councillor Tom Sidney, went off the rails. Sidney, now the mayor of Renfrew, is refusing calls to resign.



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