Tuesday, November 14 2023


❄️ Snow
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🌧️ Moderate Rain
High 8° Low -2°
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Registration for aquatic progammes –kids and adults – in City pools begins tonight at 9:00 pm. Check out what is on offer.

Registration for recreation, culture, arts, and virtual programs begins on Thursday.



Reader Alexandra says our numbers were off on our Lansdowne 2.0 report that the City is on the hook for $213.7 million, with a debt service of $16.4 million a year for 40 years.

She says ‘the total amount of City debt needed will be $331.3 million; [the Lansdowne 2.0 report discloses] that a further $18.6 million of 40 year debt will be needed, with an additional $1.0 million of annual debt servicing for the construction of 144 [residential tower] parking stalls for construction under the stadium’.

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    • $193,700,000
    • – The cost of the new Ottawa Police Service project to serve Barrhaven, Riverside South,  Findlay Creek, Greely, Manotick, and Osgoode. Broccolini Construction has just broken ground on the new precinct. (Mike Buckshon in Ottawa Construction News)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Deanna Lindsay
    • –  Lindsay is the executive director of SEATS for Kids, the only organization in eastern Ontario that offers clinics on how to install car seats correctly. Lindsay is appealing to the public as the organization is seeking donations and volunteers. SEATS for Kids gives clinics twice per month in Ottawa and monthly in Kingston. (Katelyn Wilson at CTV) (Donations)


    • The world has lost a great cat lady

    • – Alge Borusas on his sister Donna, who succumbed to her injuries in a south end fire after attempting to save the house. Her family tell of her love of cats and her life-long  work of helping others. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, November 15 at 9:30 am

    • Updated Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation name, mandate, policies and procedures
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 300 Goulbourn Forced Road
    • Application for demolition and new construction at 110 York Street, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the ByWard Market Heritage Conservation District
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 110 York Street and 137 George Street
    • Zoning By-law amendment - 253, 255 and 257 York Street and 78 and 80 Nelson Street
    • Zoning By-law amendment - 68 Sweetland Avenue, 146, 154, 156, 160 and 168 Osgoode Street
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 770 and 774 Bronson Avenue and 557 Cambridge Street South
    • Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-Law amendment - 384 Arlington Avenue
    • Application for demolition and new construction at 283-285 McLeod Street, properties designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
    • Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment – 283 and 285 McLeod Street
    • Application to alter 359 Kent Street, 436 and 444 MacLaren Street, properties designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
    • Official Plan amendment and Zoning By-law amendment – 359 Kent Street, 436 and 444 MacLaren Street
    • Zoning Bylaw amendment – 5957 & 5969 Fernbank Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 3040 and 3044 Innes Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment - 970 & 974 Silver Street and 1271 and 1275 Shillington Avenue

    📋 Agenda


    ✡️ Langdon's Flowers

    •  A flower shop that supplies the majority of Ottawa’s synagogues was vandalized last night. Employees of Langdon's Flowers on Bank Street, which also supplies many other Jewish establishments, opened to destroyed plants and spraypainted walls. Money and iPads were also stolen. The owner estimated $50,000 to $100,000 worth of damage. (William Eltherington at CTV)

    📺 Sobey Art Award

    •  The Globe & Mail’s art critic really disliked the 2023 Sobey Art Award finalists currently on show at the National Gallery. She says ‘this is not a strong year for the prize. Many of the pieces in the National Gallery’s annual show of the finalists’ art feel promising but immature.’ The winner will be announced November 18. (Kate Taylor in the Globe & Mail) (Sobey Art Award exhibition)

    🚌 PRESTO Cards

    •  If you have a PRESTO card, you can now add it to the Google wallet on your Android phone and use it to ride transit – except in Ottawa. While OC Transpo accepts physical PRESTO cards, it still doesn’t take them by touch. And PRESTO doesn’t do iPhone at all. (PRESTO)

      (If you were wondering where you CAN use it, most transit systems around Toronto and Hamilton take it, as do the GO Train and the UP Express to Pearson airport.)

    💰 Who needs Shopify anyway?

    •  A Kanata IT company is about to buy one of Ottawa’s largest other IT companies. The Calian Group is in a deal worth up to $74.7 million to aquire bigish company Decisive Group. Decisive Group provides internet and computer infrastructure to companies, Calian buys companies that provide all sorts of different services to companies. (David Sali in the Ottawa Business Journal)

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    •  The European Union Film Festival is back for its 38th edition with in-person screenings – one film from each of the 27 member states – from tonight through November 26. Tonight’s lineup: Ramona from Spain, and The Man with the Answers from Cyprus. All screenings happen in the Ottawa Art Gallery Alma Duncan Salon, 10 Daly Ave. If you can’t attend, most of the films will be screened virtually at the online festival December 1 through 17.

    •  Take a free guided meditation workshop at the Ottawa Public Library Nepean branch (1547 Merivale Road).

    •  The Ottawa Human Society’s Auxiliary Christmas Craft sale will be set up at Carlingwood Mall until Saturday (November 18).

    •  Kindred Shop and Studio’s Holiday Opening will offer 25% off everything in the shop, Tarot readings, and good times. A portion of each sale will be donated to Cat Rescue Network. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 1243 Wellington St.

    •   Author Lesley Choyce reads from his latest novel, The Untimely Resurrection of John Alexander MacNeil. He’ll also give tips to aspiring writers. Octopus Books.

    •  The snowy streets are a perfect fit for the Almonte Winter Night Market from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Get a handle on your holiday shopping with a stroll down Mill St, where merchants will have promos, holiday tunes will be playing, and you’ll have plenty of food and drink to choose from.

    •  It’s opening day at the Rock ’n’ Gem Show, where you’ll find jewellery, crystals, gemstones, beads and fossils for your creations. The show runs until Sunday at the EY Centre.


    •  Comedy Night. Pour Boy
    •  Uncle Strut, Myles from Home, PettyCache, Noise Hotel. Lowertown Brewery
    •  Joe McDonald Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
    •  Boy Golden, Fontine, Kris Ulrich. Rainbow Bistro
    •  Corpse Pit, Ultimis, Exorcist. House of TARG
    •  Scott Helman. Bronson Centre

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    Slipacoff’s Premium Meat has 10 oz AAA Stripling Steaks at $10 each, in a package of five.

    DeSerres is still offering 15% off select hobbies, games, and kids’ products.No code is necessary as the prices are markdown already. The sale ends today.


    Manock Lual and Ben Telford profile the barbers and salons of the Donald Street area to show how hair helps define the culture of a neighbourhood. With a fancy website unusual for CBC News. You don’t often see a story give credit for drone footage.



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