Wednesday, 27 September 2023


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Yesterday, we wrote about Hintonburgers looking for support to save Plouffe Park, which is scheduled to have a new French language school built upon it.

Reader Marissa wrote in with more on the issue:

‘Since you linked to the Save Plouffe Park campaign, I wanted to share the link to the ‘French Public Education Matters’ page which details the need for a new building for the local French public school, École élémentaire publique Louise-Arbour.

The crux of the problem is that Chinatown/Hintonburg/Little Italy need to maintain greenspace and parkland, and a new building for the school must be built. The city needs to find a way to enable both.’

– Martha and Darren


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    • $193 million
    • – The cost of the new Ottawa Police Service building in Barrhaven. The new detachment, to be built from the ground up, will house the traffic unit, the marine unit, special events, a new 911 call centre, a collision reporting centre, and the records management unit. The Ottawa Police Board approved the expense at its meeting yesterday. (Alex Black at CityNews)

    Honorary Ottawan of the Day


    • ‘The resultant findings have led us to question whether similar dynamics were at play in the provincially directed urban boundary expansion in Ottawa in November of 2022
    • – A letter, signed by 11 Ottawa City Councillors, to Ontario Auditor General Nick Stavropoulos and Integrity Commissioner David Wake, asking them to investigate the circumstances of how and why the Province added more land to the urban boundary.  (Ted Raymond at CTV)



    What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

    Transportation Committee
    Thursday, September 28 at 9:30 am

    • Status update - Transportation Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending September 19, 2023
    • Eastbound Permissive-Protected Left Turn on Innes Road - Councillor Luloff

    📋 Agenda


    🚌 School Buses

    •  The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has announced some of its plans to resolve the lack of buses fiasco. The Authority, owned by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, plans to investigate whether the Coach Lines company can provide shuttle service, change stops, or reassign students to OC Transpo. In the next month, it plans to advertise for new drivers. The current semester ends December 23. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🏘️ House Shortage

    •  Developer says that GST break means it will build 1,000 rental units in Ottawa. Last week, the Federal government introduced a 100 per cent GST rebate for new rental buildings. Condos have had a GST rebate for years. Toronto’s Dream Unlimited Corp will partner with Multifaith Housing Initiative to build the units. Forty per cent are expected to rent either 33 per cent or 45 per cent below market value. (The Canadian Press)

    🚨 Centretown

    •  The new mental health emergency service programme will trial first in Centretown. The new service will have a non 911 number, and professionals in mental health and substance abuse would be dispatched. The City will request proposals from non-profit organizations to lead the project next week. Centretown was chosen due to community need and central location. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚨 Dr. E Couture Municipal Child Care Centre

    •  Ottawa Police have cleared a staff member at the Dr. E Couture Municipal Child Care Centre of abuse. The City was informed last week that a staff member was suspended from the child care centre while police investigated an incident. The police now say the allegation is unfounded. The City says that it has no comment until after the investigation by the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa is concluded. (CBC)



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    •  Today is Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. The City of Ottawa recommends that we all check our smoke alarms once per month, and replace the batteries each year. Further, you should replace your alarm every 10 years.
    •  Did you know that the Metcalfe Fair, which opens today, moved to its current home in 1861? Now you do. The 167th edition of the Fair begins the day with judging of categories like Grains, 4-H Field Crops, Homecrafts, and Eggs. At 4:00 pm the gates and midway open, and the Demolition Derby gets underway at 7:00 pm. Day tickets and weekend passes are available.
    •  In Kemptville, Harvest for Hospice - a Night Market Event will raise funds for the Beth Donovan Hospice. Food vendors will take care of dinner, and there will be lots to keep the kids busy. 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse
    •  Jango: Uncharged screens at Night Three of the Ottawa Korean Film Festival. At the Mayfair Theatre. Free, but you must reserve a ticket.

    •  Danielle Allard, Melissa Lamm, and Jasen Colson. City Sounds Live, Minto Park
    •  Rachelle Behrens Sings Latin and Jazz. Marzitelli
    •  Open Mic. Stray Dog Brewing
    •  Josephine Leone. CF Rideau Centre


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  The Greek International Film Festival stops in Ottawa this Saturday and Sunday September 30 and October 1. A Golden Pass ($50) gives you access to all Ottawa screenings, which are scheduled at the ByTowne and the Mayfair theatres. 
    •  The revival of The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is an opportunity to witness the final chapter of Walter Borden’s long-running one man show that reflects upon the life of a Black homosexual man. November 1 - 11 at the Azrieli Studio, the National Arts Centre.
    •  November sewing classes at the Green Needle are now available for registrations.
    •  Tickets to the 2023 Festival of Small Halls (October 5-22) are on sale for concerts in October, November and December. This is a rare chance to see bands in intimate smaller venues. Stephen Fearing, Spoons, East Coast Experience, Ron Sexsmith, Arrogant Worms, and The Irish Descendants are just a few of the artists on the programme.
    •  The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Geographica Dinner, which raises funds for the Society’s programming, will honour nature photographer Paul Nicklen, during an evening which will also feature singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt and Evan Solomon in conversation with RBC President and CEO Dave McKay. November 15 at the Canadian War Museum.
    •  Spinning Yarns: The Millworker’s Musical, tells the tale of Almonte, Ontario’s former textile industry. Proceeds of the amateur production, which runs November 17-26 at Almonte Old Town Hall, will be donated to the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum.
    •  Country superstar Tim McGraw will perform at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, May 3, 2024.


    Here’s a scary deal from Québec mail order candy company La boîte à bonbons: the Halloween Essential Set, which includes candy for the home, the office and to give away on October 31, is now available at a 15% discounted price of $42.90.

    The Dutch Grocery Store is extending its birthday celebration with deals on traditional Dutch Gouda.

    The new building owners where Nelson, BC’s Lilikoi has happily produced its sustainable fashion for 10 years has given the brand just a few days’ notice to vacate (boo!). To help the business get moving to its new location they’re clearing out many items at discounted prices.


    Call him Ottawaheimer. Andrew King of Ottawa Rewind theorizes that Dr George Laurence may have created the world’s first nuclear reaction in 1941 on Sussex Drive, using carbon instead of heavy water.


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