• In a tense, celebrity-filled ceremony*, Martha’s mom drew the name from her choosing hat for the winner of a t-shirt: congratulations Sonja T. We’ve emailled to you asking for which shirt you would like and what size. And please check your spam folder.
  • Thank you everyone who participated – this is easily the most popular draw we’ve ever conducted.

– Martha & Darren

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    • 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 25°, low of 15°. 


    • $75,000
    • – The donation to the Ottawa Food Bank made by the Ottawa Senators after news got out of the Bank’s food shortage. The team will also be collecting non-perishable food items from fans at its home matches. The next Sens match will be a friendly in Sydney, NS against the Florida Panthers Oct 1. The first home match will be against Montréal Oct 7. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (Donate to the Food Bank)

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    • Brianna Hennessy
    • – The 38 year-old will represent Canada in two sports, para canoe and wheelchair rugby, at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games which begin next August. (Zack Smart at CBC)



    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 9 – New Jersey Jackals 4 last night

    🚲 Bike Lanes

    •  Billings Bridge will get new bike lanes between Riverside Drive and Chesley Street. The City”s transportation committee approved the addition, with the expectation they would be added in 2024. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🚌 Crossing Guards

      •  The Ottawa Safety Council is seeking crossing guards. School begins in two weeks, and the Council is short 50 guards to cover its 270 intersections. And it's not volunteer: pay is $19.60 per hour, with shifts from 40 minutes to 2 hours. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (Recruiting site)

      🗞️ Elegy 

      •  Keith Spicer has passed at age 89Spicer was editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen, professor at the universities of Ottawa, British Columbia, and York, special assistant to a justice minister, chair of the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission, and the first Commissioner of Official Languages. Spicer said he had never read the Official Languages Act as it was ‘pretty boring’ and that ‘the best place to learn French is in bed’. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

      🌊 Water and Sewers

      •  Despite the City moving the urban boundary north to Highway 418 and Carp Road, water lines and sewers are not being considered. The Carp Road Corridor Business Improvement Area is annoyed that despite business being disrupted as Carp Road is being rebuilt as a four-lane thoroughfare, the City is not installing municipal water and sewer at the same time. While the City does not need to supply water and sewer lines in those areas deemed rural, the new Carp Road project is now within the urban zone. (West Carleton Online 🔑 Paywalled) (Ottawa’s Urban Boundary)

      🌉 Chief William Commanda Bridge


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      Save up to 60% at the Habitat ReStore Furniture and Décor Sale, until Tuesday August 29 at both locations (3 Iber Road in Stittsville and 768 Belfast Road at the Trainyards).

      Victoire Boutique is holding another of its popular Cheap Thrills Staff Closet Sales this Saturday only. Visit the area on the sidewalk outside the shop for sweet deals on preloved Made in Canada pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Look for brands like Eliza Faulkner, Eve Gravel, Osei Duro, Amanda Moss, Maggie Jayne, Odeyalo, No. 6, Reformation, Jacquemus and others. Bring cash. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

      We haven’t referred to our flamboyant friends at NarCity Ottawa for awhile, so it’s a pleasure to recommend a new, very precisely titled, article from them: This Scenic Drive Near Ottawa Takes You Past 11 Islands & To Sandy Beaches.  NarCity Ottawa is referring to the Long Sault Parkway and it does indeed look pretty.

      We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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