Ottawa has three industries in which its citizenry excels.

Government service, although at the moment, in a bit of an argy-bargy with management.

Tech, especially in Kanata, where they are discovering that converting parking lots to condos can be a lucrative business.

And cartoons.  Independent animators will be showing off their creations at Animation Show-N-Tell this evening at the Mayfair Theatre, at 9:30 pm. Tell them The Racoons sent you.

– Martha and Darren



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    • ☀️ Sunny.  High of 12°, low of 3° 


    • $127,350
    • – The income needed to buy an average home in Ottawa as of 2023. This time last year the income needed was $121,700. Note that home means residential property, not house. (Jennifer Ferreira at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Dave Cameron
    • The coach of the Ottawa 67s was honoured as Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches, and given the Matt Leyden Trophy. (Ken Warren in the Ottawa Sun)


    • It’s all Sens and it’s totally free
    • – Steve Warne, who has signed on as the sole writer and publisher of the dedicated Senators page at The Hockey News. (Twitter)


    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – Les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda 1 last night
    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Halifax Wanderers 1 last night

    🚊 O Train Plan

    • The City has released its reaction to the Provincial Light Rapid Transit Inquiry. The Inquiry report, which was blistering towards the City, had 103 recommendations. Today, the City released its action plan to deal with the recommendations. (Trevor Pritchard at CBC)

    🌊 Ottawa River Rising

    🏋️ From Canadian Tire to Fitness Club

    • The massive former Canadian Tire on Carling will become a giant wellness and social club. Altea Active is taking over the building, installing nine fitness studios, a 25-metre pool, pickleball courts, a women's-only gym, and a meditation lounge. Altea Active has two clubs in the Toronto area, one in Vancouver, and one planned for Winnipeg. This Canadian Tire location closed when the world’s largest opened down the street at Carlingwood Shopping Centre. (Michael Woods at CTV) (Altea Active)

    🛻 Fire set during Convoy but not set by Convoy

    • Ottawa Police have released a picture of a man who entered a Lisgar Street apartment building in February 2022 and put out a fire. The fire was set in the lobby of an apartment building at 5 am, with the front doors taped shut. The man later entered the building and put out the fire, then disappeared. As the apartment building was near the time and place of the Convoy, some media reported that there was a connection but there is nothing that links the two events. If he looks familiar, call the Ottawa Police arson unit or CrimeStoppers. (CTV)

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    • Thursdays mean Karaoke at Mavericks. The action starts at 9 pm. 221 Rideau St. 
    • Swizzles Bar and Grill welcomes the 4:20 High Times Drag Party Show
    • Cafe Dekcuf’s Open Mic Night offers performers the full stage with equipment, monitors and high end sound system. 
    • Ottawa Grassroots Festival brings its lineup of paid and free musical performances to St. Andrew’s Church (82 Kent St.) and Irene’s Pub (885 Bank St). Until Sunday.
    • Long & McQuade sponsor the Open Mic Night at Stray Dog Brewing. 12 acts will perform two songs or 10 minutes. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans. 
    • Single tickets go on sale today for the Volleyball Nations League(June 6-11) at TD Place Arena. Tickets will be available for games featuring Canada, USA, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Netherlands, and Brazil. 



    • To mark Earth Day, Re4m Design and Fabrication brings its Eco Market to Billings Bridge. Shop with 25 eco-vendors, check out the games and educational activities, and enjoy delicious food. 
    • If you’re thinking of planting a tree in your garden, you’ll do better if you’re armed with information about the most suitable tree and location. Register for the Right Tree, Right Location: Growing a Neighbourhood workshop at the Hendrick Farm in Chelsea. 1:00pm to 5:00pm, free. 8 Mill Road, Chelsea. 
    • Earthfest in Carleton Place will include workshops, musical performances, and plenty of activities for the whole family.11:00am to 3:00pm at 7 Beckwith Pace, Carleton Place. 
    • Take home a four to six month old White Oak seedling when you take a free tour of Perth’s Top Shelf Distillery during the month of April. Of course you’ll also learn how the distillery works, from mashing to fermentation and bottling. 14 Warren Crescent, Perth. 
    • Vintage Pop-up 613 brings the first Parking Lot Pop-Up of the year to the Churchill Senior Center in Westboro. 11 am to 5 pm at 345 Richmond Road. 
    • Today and next Saturday (April 29) the Urban Art Collective Art Hub is holding Fundraiser Parties for the DISRUPT Street Art Festival (May 27 and June 3). The parties will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at the Art Hub in Hintonburg, 1088 Somerset St. W. Take part in the Art Hub Community Portrait Wall at the parties: Print the Template, and draw your art in the square. Your art will then be overlaid your Portrait taken by Jessica Deeks, and printed in black and white. You’ll also get to see live art in action with Ottawa-based muralist Theo Tannis,

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    Kollontaï is offering a further 50% of a large selection of pieces, all of which are made in Montréal. 

    Broadhead’s Spring Mix 24 offers 15% off the regular price. Get xix 473ml cans each of American Wheat, Blueberry Blonde, NEIPA, and Pilsner for $73.75 

    Get 20% off all wallpapers at Station D, until April 23. Use the promo code JEDECORE. 

    The Earth Day discount from Matter Company will give you 20% in savings site wide. Use the code EARTHDAY23 to receive the discount.


    It’s Record Store Day this Saturday, a day to celebrate music and the stores that are still trying to sell it on physical bits of material. The list of special releases for Record Store Day is far too long to reprint here. The list of participating Record Stores that are still in business is much shorter: The Record Centre on Wellington, the Odds and Sods Shoppe on Clyde, and Compact Music on Bank.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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