Wednesday, 6 September 2023


☀️ Mainly sunny
High 33° Low 20°
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🌦️ 60 per cent chance of showers
High 25° Low 14°
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Environment Canada has issued a heat warning lasting until tomorrow. The Ottawa Humane Society reminds pet owners to be vigilant over their pets’ health this week.



  • The new ByWard Market District Authority is looking for people who have a strong vision about the market for its first board of governors.
  • The new Authority replaces the former Business Improvement Area and the City organization that formerly managed the market, Ottawa Markets.
  • ByWard Market District Authority is now responsible for the entire area – markets, streets, safety, events. And it has a tax base to spend.
  • If this sounds like you, send a letter of introduction and your CV to
  • – Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  • Food & Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    Ottawans of the Day

    • Emily Clark, Brianne Jenner, and Emerance Maschmeyer
    • – The three Olympians are the first players hired for Ottawa’s new, as-yet-unnamed, Women’s Professional Hockey League team. (CBC)


    • They are being disrespectful to rural families in Ottawa by not prioritizing and solving this problem
    • – Goldie Ghamari, Member of the Provincial Parliament for Carleton, on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board not taking the lack of school buses for its students seriously. Hundreds of students have had their bus routes cancelled due to a lack of drivers. (Manotick Messenger) (The list of cancellations)



    Everyone knows that Spark Beer is known for outstanding, intriguing locally crafted Sours, Pilsners, IPAs, and other fine beers, but its pizza menu is equally on point.

    We’re giving three of our readers the chance to sample one of these fine pizzas this Sunday (September 10) at Spark Beer. For your chance to win one of three pizzas, simply fill in the blank in this sentence and send it to us in an email to

    Spark Beer is known for its 10" West [BLANK] Style pizzas’

    You’ll find the answer on the Spark Beer website.

    Martha’s mom – who turned 91 on August 30! – will randomly draw three winners from her choosin’ hat.

    •  Harvest: A Feast of Fall returns next Wednesday September 13th with an evening of food by award-winning chefs. This year's event, which supports Youturn Youth Support Services, features the Butcher’s Ball, which will team chefs with local butchers (with support from local farmers), to serve food and drink selections celebrating the bounty of the season. From 6:00 pm at allsaints Event Space / Working Title Kitchen, 330 Laurier Ave. 
    •  Good news for Korean waffle fans, Sharpfle Waffle has relocated from Wellington Street West to Mechanicsville. The wafflery had shut down in April after it was kicked out of its space in a three-way argy bargy with Stella Luna and the landlord. The gelato shop said renting the shop to Sharpfle Waffle was a violation of its own lease, which promised exclusivity over some items. (Charlie Senack in the Kitchissippi Times)
    •  Not really Ottawa based but Tim Hortons now has a clothing line. If you are in the market for Always Fresh sweatpants, has you covered. (The Canadian Press)
    •  Ottawa writer and entrepreneur Natalie MacLean left the tech industry for the writing-about-wine trade, a journey that she has documented in her book Wine Witch On Fire: Rising from the Ashes of Divorce, Defamation, and Drinking Too Much. (Mia Jensen in the Ottawa Business Journal)
    •  Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen has taken another look at Union 613, which originally opened in 2012. Hum was pleased with the drinks and the mains but thought the small plates needed bigger ideas.


    We’ll try to publish council and committee agendas the day before a meeting.

    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, September 6 at 9:30 am

    •  Omnibus Official Plan amendment 1
    •  Zoning By-law amendment – 3430 Carling Avenue
    •  Zoning By-law amendment – 314 Bell Street South
    •  Zoning By-law amendment - 729 Ridgewood Avenue
    •  Zoning By-law amendment – 1200 Maritime Way
    •  Directions report - Aligning Zoning By-law 2008-250 with Bill 23 
    •  2023-2026 Affordable Housing Capital Strategy and update
    •  Motion – Requirements to mitigate against increased wind uplift loads on roofs

    📋 Meeting Agenda 

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
    Thursday, September 7 at 10 am

    •  Omnibus Official Plan amendment 1
    •  Rural Community-Building Grant Program – Quarter 3 applications review
    •  Zoning By-law amendment – 147 Langstaff Drive, anomaly lands

    📋 Meeting Agenda

    Ottawa Police Services Board’s Finance and Audit Committee
    Thursday, September 7 at 1 pm


    •  South facility project
    •  2024 Budget update
    •  OPS strategic staffing plan

    📋 Meeting Agenda


    🌊 River House

    •  The National Capital Commission is keeping weekend lifeguards on duty until October. The Commission’s new pool in the Ottawa River at River House has been a summer hit. Elsewhere, despite the heat, the City has ended lifeguards at all City beaches. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🤑 Finance and Corporate Services Committee

    •  The City’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee opened the pocketbook today. 

      The Committee recommended the purchase of a former residence of Catholic priests in Alta Vista for $18.5 million. The 100 room building sits on 8.7 acres of land, which could also be redeveloped. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

      • The Committee also recommended raising the various taxes for an overall 2.5 per cent increase. City Council will take up both issues on September 13. (City of Ottawa

    🏅  Order of Ottawa

    •  Nominations for the Order of Ottawa end this Friday. Nominations for anyone who has ‘made a major impact, influence, and outstanding benefit to our community and the broader community through career and community contributions’ are welcome. But no nominating yourself, your family member, any sitting politician or working official, someone who is dead, or a volunteer. Yeah, the City has a separate award for those volunteer types so don’t nominate them

      Incidently, when you nominate someone, their name remains on the list for five years. (City of Ottawa)

      ➕ The same deadline applies for the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching award. Volunteers are okay for this one.



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    •   Doors Open for Music Southminster launches the 2023 Autumn season with Rhapsodie Universelle: Works from the Hungarian Tradition. Free at Southmminster Church from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (doors open at 11:30 am). 15 Aylmer Ave.
    •  When Stray Dog Brewing throws a party, it lasts all week. The brewery’s Daze of Summer 6th Anniversary Week of Celebrations means fun every day of the week. Tonight's activity is good old, fashioned Taproom Trivia, starting at 6:30 pm. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans
    •  Ottawa Celtic Choir, the un-auditioned women’s community group, starts rehearsals tonight for the new season. To find out about joining, contact
    •  It’s the one year anniversary of Barrel of Laughs at Montgomery Scotch Lounge. The comedy starts at 8:00 pm. $10 cover.
    •  Metcalfe Farmers Market holds its final Night Market of the year from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Mecalfe Fairgrounds, 2821 8th Line road, Metcalfe ON.

    •  Bebel Gilberto. Algonquin Commons Theatre
    •  Squerl Noir. Le Minotaure, Gatineau



    •  Mooney’s Bay Park is the site of Afrofestival Ottawa, two days of African music, art, and culture. Free admittance.
    •  The Ottawa ComicCon pop-culture festival brings together cosplay aficionados, celebrities, and vendors for a sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic books extravaganza at the EY Centre until Sunday.
    •  If you think visual art is a non-competitive pursuit, you’ve never seen an Art Battle. Overflow Brewing hosts artists who create works in 20 minute rounds, which are judged by the bystanders like you, who watch the creativity bursting onto the easels.
    •  Electronic music fans, you need to be in Gatineau this weekend for the 10th anniversary edition of the River Side Festival. Today through Sunday.

    •   Heavy Head, Robinson Kirby. Avante Garde
    •  F!TH, Hug Mosh, Passenger Princess. Club SAW
    •   1000mods, Freedom Hawk, Quiet Crimes, and Subsun. Dominion Tavern
    •   The Escape Society, The Big Train Wreck, Jim McDowell. Irene’s Pub
    •  2 Shadows. Mavericks
    •  Django Libre. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
    •   Dizzy & Fay. Options Jazz Lounge
    •  The Empties, School House, Hannah Vig. Rainbow Bistro
    •  John Carroll. Stray Dog Brewing Company

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Aventure Outaouais has launched yet another inspired Quebec experience. The Gatineau Park Sunset Hike - King Mountain will give you a front row seat to the dazzling colours of Fall as well as incredible views of both Ottawa and Gatineau. It’s considered a moderately difficult 5.5 km hike. Booking dates in September and October now. From $40 per person, includes pickup from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau (so you don't have to worry about parking).
    •  Split Tree Cocktail Co’s Halloween Cocktail Workshop will teach you three spooky cocktail recipes just in time for that fabulous Halloween soirée you’re throwing. Saturday October 28, 7:00 pm to 9:00pm. $100 per person.


    Take 30% off all Viens Avec Moi apparel and swimwear when you use the code VAMLOVE at checkout.

    A pair of Wool Weekender socks from the Great Canadian Sox Shop is now from $9.60 (down from $16). Made in Toronto.


    This week’s New Yorker has a story on Carleton University scientist-in-residence Shane Gero, who is the lead field biologist for the Cetacean Translation Initiative which is trying to talk to whales. Athough he has collected hundreds of thousands of whale ‘clicks’, he believes the project is actually going to require four billion.


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