Thursday March 27, 2024


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In advance, Happy Easter and Happy Passover.

We’ll be observing proper chocolate and matzoh eating traditions and will be taking tomorrow and Monday off. 

We’ll see you again Tuesday.

– Martha and Darren


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


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      • 40
      • – The number of years since the Ottawa Food Bank has opened. Says the Food Bank in a statement, ‘We won’t be calling this anniversary a celebration. Nothing about a food bank being needed for 40 years is to be celebrated’. (Mike Lacasse at CityNews) (Donate)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Farouq Samim
      • – The co-founder of Operation Abraham has helped hundreds of Afghans resettle in other countries after fleeing the Taliban, despite his own family being in hiding. Samim’s nephew, his nephew’s wife, and three nieces all made it to Ottawa in mid-March. (Philip Drost at CBC)


      • If we don't have people hopping on the transit, it really defeats the purpose of investing more into the transit

      • – Premier Doug Ford this morning at the Mayor's Breakfast Series calling on the Federal government to require civil servants to work in the office ‘for a few days’ to boost the downtown economy. (Josh Pringle at CTV


      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – Buffalo Sabres 2 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Finance and Corporate Services Committee
      Tuesday, April 02, 2024 at 9:30 am

      • 4.1 Approve the $11.693 million 2023 operating surplus be transferred to the Tax Stabilization Reserve
      • 4.2 Adopt the optional property tax classes in 2024 and approve the 2024 budgets and special levies of BIAs
      • 5.1 Lansdowne 2.0 : Approve the recommended procurement delivery model of a Design Bid Build for the design and construction of the Event Centre and North Side Stands and approve the $20 million line of credit to be taken out and repaid by the Lansdowne Master Limited Partnership and guaranteed by the City; and
      • Delegate the authority to the City Manager, in consultation with the City Solicitor and the City Treasurer, to authorize, negotiate, finalize and execute any necessary contracts, resolutions, and/or contract amendments that may be necessary to implement the recommendations in this report as adopted by Council.
      • 6.1 Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and Implementing By-laws
      • 7.1 Economic Development Community Improvement Plan Program Update
      • 7.3 Brownfields Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan By-law
      • 7.5 Brownfield Grant Applications - 126 York Street / 151 George Street / 1050 Somerset Street West

      📋 Agenda


      ⚖️ Ottawa Carleton District School Board

      • The Ottawa Carleton District School Board has joined two other districts in suing Facebook/Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat for $4.5 billion. Calling themselves Schools for Social Media Change, the Board, the Toronto District School Board, and Peel District School Board allege that the companies ‘knowingly created a product that is addictive and marketed to kids’ which subjects students to an ‘attention, learning, and mental health crisis’. (Vanessa Balintec at CBC)

      💸 A New Deal for Ottawa

      •  Premier Doug Ford announces $543 million for Ottawa today. The province will take over maintenance of Highwy 174, removing those costs from the City; pay part of a Ottawa Police Service substation in ByWard Market, and ‘operating and capital funding to support Ottawa’s economic recovery and revitalization of the downtown core’(Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen) (Terms of the New Deal for Ottawa)

      ☢️ Chalk River

      •  Three campaigning groups have asked for a judical review on the approval of a radioactive waste storage dump in Chalk River. The Kebaowek First Nation, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation are suing for a review of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s decision to issue the permit. (Sam Konnert at CBC)



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      •  Become immersed in Inuit games, music, and dancing, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres at An Evening with Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Special Guest Susan Aglukark. Proceeds will benefit the Nunavut Sivuniksavut programmes of study.

      •  The free Indigenous Languages Day exhibition continues at the NAC’s Canal Lobby Stage. Speaking the Inuit Way is an introduction to the intricacies of the Inuit language, in both a historical and contemporary context.

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

      •  Make new friends and enjoy drinks from Ottawa’s local breweries at Queers and Beers. Queen St. Fare 170 Queen St.

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

      •  The Snowed in Comedy Tour pulls up at American Theatres @ Centrepointe.

      •  There's a neat event combining graphic design and electronic music at DARC in Arts Court.


      •  Original Soundtrack Live! Avant-Garde Bar

      •  Out by Lucy, Lloyd’s Money, Dolonia. House of TARG

      •  Bingo Thursday. Broadhead Brewery

      •  Siaka Diabaté, Raphael Weinroth-Browne. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Abbas Wahab. Yuk Yuk’s

      •  Metal Church, Heathen. The Brass Monkey

      •  Open Mic. Pure Kitchen (Rideau)

      •  An Evening of Sin - Burlesque, drag, and variety show. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Irene’s Thursday Blues Sessions with host Niel Barrington. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Riley Burns, Leeny Jones. Overflow Brewing


      •  City of OM Earlybird tickets go on sale at 10:00am Good Friday. Passes cost from $75. The festival runs May 31 - June 1 at Lansdowne Park.
      •  Valleyview Farm opens for the 2024 season this weekend, but you’ll need a reservation. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt runs all day, every day including Monday March 31.
      •  Although it’s entitled Reflection - Music for Good Friday, Thirteen Strings’ concert this evening will also contemplate the season of Spring itself in a new work inspired by the Hindu Festival Holi. The program includes music by Paul Hindemith, JS Bach, Kevin Mallon, and W.F. Bach. Tickets $10 - $45
      •  The Choir of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and the Strings of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra present Faure Requiem. 7:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church 154 Somerset St. West. $22.63
      •  Local Black dance groups perform at Rythms and Flavours: The CADC Dance Show. $22.63 at Kailash Mital Theatre, 1125 Colonel By Drive.
      •  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 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


      •  The Ya-Yas - Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Overflow Brewing

      •  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


      •  Although the Carp Famers’ Market season doesn’t start until May 4, more than 50 local vendors will be rocking up to the Carp Fairgrounds this Saturday for the annual Easter Market. There’s a colouring contest for kids (download the picture here and hand in the finished piece during the Easter Market), three areas to shop, and live music.

      •  Valleyview Farm opens for the 2024 season this weekend, but you’ll need a reservation. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt runs all day, every day including Monday March 31.

      •  It’s down to the finalists, as Schools from across the country compete in the Finals of The Canadian Improv Games at the Babs Asper Theatre in the NAC.

      •  Donate your old, unloved denim at Vincent and receive a 15% discount on a jeans you purchase between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm today only. You can donate a maximum of three washed pairs of jeans. Hailey from Wyatt Design Co will turn the donations into new, one of a kind pieces. 444 Preston St.

      •  Fill your weekend table with food from more than 50 local producers at the Metcalfe Easter Farmers’ Market. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely.

      •  There are still tickets available for The Official Canada Drag Race Tour 2024 at the National Arts Centre. Catch finalists from seasons 3 and 4 in the show.

      •  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.

      •  The inaugural Anime Ottawa festival continues at EY Centre.

      •  The Saturday Nepean Craft Market brings local vendors to Merivale Mall.

      •  Go underground for Easter: the Diefenbunker has craft stations, a scavenger hunt, and more fun and games for the family from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entrance is ticketed.

      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Peanut Butter Solution, Hey Viktor! Perfect Days, Hundreds of Beavers

      •  Mayfair TheatreAmerican Fiction, Chance Encounters, Poor Things, They Live, Saturday Night Sinema


      •  50 Years of Blues, Guitars, Records and Rocking! Dominion Chalmers - Jean Teron Green Room

      •  Dance Mmix 2005: Millennial Pop Dance Party. House of TARG

      • Release Party: The Varitones, with guests Bonobo Backlash, Atlantis Travel Agent. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Mercury Ascendant release party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  I, The Prophet, Hypersex Banshee, Kyle Stumpo. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  My Son the Hurricane. Club SAW

      •  Skydivers, Paul Langlois Band. Bronson Centre

      •  Stray Dog Brewing Taproom Concerts: Dan Kelly, Ryan King. Stray Dog Brewing

      •  Jesse Green Band. Atomic Rooster

      •  Colin Linden. Red Bird

      Easter Sunday

      • Ottawa Farmers’ Market takes over the Aberdeen Pavilion as usual, but expect Easter goodies and fun alongside the local produce and baked goods.

      • Dominion-Chalmers United Church presents Sounds of Spring, an Easter Concert with young musicians from University of Ottawa, Opéra de Montréal, and Artist in Residence Emmanuel Solomon. From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Entrance is by donation.

      • House of TARG ’s Free-Play Sunday: After Dark means free games from 8:00 pm to midnight with your $10 admission.

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

      • It’s the final day of the inaugural Anime Ottawa festival at EY Centre.

      • ByTowne CinemaSing Along! Jesus Christ Superstar, Shayda, Perfect Days, Hundreds of Beavers

      • Mayfair TheatrePoor Things, American Fiction, Stopmotion


      • The Drew Nelson Band. Atomic Rooster

      • Sunday Dixie Jazz for Easter (afternoon). Busters Bar & Grill

      • Open Mic. Busters Bar & Grill


      • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open today 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.

      • Valleyview Farm is now open for the 2024 season, but you’ll need a reservation today. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt runs all day. 

      • ByTowne CinemaShayda, Perfect Days, Poor Things, Hey Viktor!

      • Mayfair TheatrePoor Things, American Fiction, Stopmotion


      • Danielle Allard, Melissa Lamb, Alanna Matty Live in Concert. LIVE on Elgin

      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • Speakeasy Tapas Lounge welcomes renowned Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne for two performances April 5 and April 7. Tickets from $33.28

      • New Opera Lyra Composer-in-Residence Andrew Ager’s new interpretation of The Great Gatsby premieres on April 19 and 20 at Southminster United Church.

      • Ottawa comes alive at the Canadian Tulip Festival, May 10-20. To enjoy the flower beds and photo ops without the hassle of parking, book a seat on the Hop-On, Hop-Off Tulip Tour that will take you from a number of downtown hotels and the ByWard Market out to Commissioner’s Park. $5 return.


      Early Bird tickets are now on sale for AERO Gatineau Ottawa (September 6-7). Save between 27% and 44% off the full priced general admission ticket. The Early Bird discount ends April 2.

      Fabric people: Head to Mad About Patchwork for savings from 20 to 40% until Monday.

      Up your kitchen fashion game with the 20% sale at Medium Rare Supply Co. There are limited quantities available of the range of aprons, tees, and hats.


      The Ottawa Public Library has made new commitment to Intellectual Freedom and made changes to its policies. Key changes are:


      • Affirming that upholding intellectual freedom at the public library is done via print and digital collections, programmes, displays, meeting room rentals, and access to the Internet, and that clients may challenge any of Library’s services;
      • Providing unrestricted access to the Internet by removing filtering software that restricts legal content that some consider offensive or explicit;
      • Changes to the application process and terms and conditions for meeting room rentals;
      • A new online application process for display spaces (art exhibits);
      • Changes to the use of notice boards;
      • Integration of community newspapers into the OPL collection; and,
      • New signage in branches about meeting rooms, display spaces, and where you can take photos or videos.



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