The City is getting ready to allow residents to ... no, we can’t say it. It’s too radical.

The City is getting ready to allow residents to ... no, not Ottawa. It will never go for it.

The City is getting ready to allow residents to ... fine, the City is studying allowing residents to plant gardens in the right-of-way in front of their house.

No vegetables – that would be crazy.

And no plants above 0.75 metres tall.

And if there is grass already, you can't pull it up.

Otherwise, the City will discuss it in June.

– Martha and Darren



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    • $100,000
    • – The amount of money the developer industry donated to Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s election campaign, according to Horizon Ottawa. Horizon examined the donations all all winning candidates, which have now been released, and counted anyone who was a spouse, or employee, of a developer. Sutcliffe had promised to not accept any developer money for his campaign. (Horizon Ottawa) (Searchable Database

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    • We’re not trying to take a slice of the pie from the other hotels – we’re trying to create a bigger pie for everyone
    • – Ottawa Board of Trade president Sueling Ching arguing in favour of the Germain family’s plan to open a new hotel at the airport. While the City turned down the family’s request for a tax break, the family still intends to build the Alt-branded hotel. (David Sali in the Ottawa Business Journal)

    🏒 Reynolds Dreams Wrecked

    •  Ryan Reynolds is passing on buying the Sens. According to sourcesReynolds and the Remington Group wanted an exclusive window to negotiate over the sale and were rebuffed, ending Reynold’s interest in the team. (Emily Kaplan at ESPN)

    🌊 Ottawa River

    •  The Ottawa River is expected to drop 35 – 50 cm by the weekend. While the water continues to recede, officialslk. advise people who live next to the water to keep their sandbags handy. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    ⭕ Period Products

    •  Free tampons and mentrual pads must be available at all Federally regulated workplaces starting December. This would include not just Federal government jobs but any industry regulated by it – banks, airlines, grain elevators, even uranium processing. (Canadian Press)

    🚊 O Train

    •  The Confederation line will see parts closed for two weeks in June. OC Transpo general manager Renée Amilcar says that some days it will be from 8 am to the end of the day, sometimes all day. The agency will do routine maintenance as well as more work on the water leaks in the tunnel east of Rideau Station. Specifics will be announced closed to the date. (Leah Larocque at CTV)

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    •   Last evening we received a notice from reader Jean-Paul, who told us about a new little joint on Coburg St. called Bamm’s Snack Shack. The menu ranges from burgers to brined chicken legs with poached eggs, and the outrageously tasty-sounding “Popcorn Cheddar Mac ’n’ Cheese with Dorito Crust.” (We’re not kidding.) It’s a day late for Food and Drink update Wednesday, but we thought this news - and this menu - couldn't wait til Wednesday. 74 Cobourg St.
    •  The Walrus Talks It’s Happening Now will take a look at the innovations in environmental policy that strive to make the future more sustainable. National Gallery of Canada. Tickets $20 plus tax. 380 Sussex Drive.
    •  The 2023 Ottawa Children’s Festival starts today for four days of musical performances and storytelling for kids.


    •  Incredibly, it’s time again to celebrate the Canadian Tulip Festival at Commissioners Park along Dow’s Lake until May 22. Most activities are free but it’s best to check listings for full details.
    • We caught sight of this item in the Wellington West BIA newsletter: Bathorium’s Business Relocation Sale is from 10:00am to 4:00pm Friday at 145 Loretta Ave N. Bring your cash and snap up equipment, office furniture, manufacturing items, and retail and storage items.


    •  The Freewheeling Craft Tulip Fest Market arrives right in Canadian Tulip Festival territory this weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm). Start with a wander through Commissioner’s Park to experience the tulip displays, then head to the Preston Street public space to engage in some retail therapy and dining at the local restos.
    •  SOPA’s Great Downtown Scavenger Hunt will take you through historical landmarks and local businesses, all in a bid to win great prizes. From $17.31.
    •  Good 2 Go plays the Atomic Rooster.
    •  Mamma Mia it’s a Craft Market by Square Lemon. At Glebe Community Centre. 10:30am to 3:00pm. Free admission, free workshop, and more than 40 local vendors.
    •  Ottawa Grace Manor, a Salvation Army facility that provides housing, food, and services to its residents, is holding a fundraising rummage sale on Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 1156 Wellington St.
    •  Bradley Estates Community Association in Orléans is holding a massive, six-neighbourhood wide Garage Sale from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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    If you want to be matchy-matchy with your offspring, Little & Lively is offering 25% off matching items in the “Match Your Mini” sale. There’s no code: simply put two items from the “Match Your Mini” collection into your cart and the 25% discount will be applied.

    Dailystory clothing’s La Fête des Mères sale gives you 15% off everything, including sale items, when you use the code HAPPYMOTHERSDAY. The offer expires on Sunday.

    Buy one, get one 50% off of best selling Embrace Bras, Joggers, and Leggings from Prana Vida. Use the code TREAT to receive your discount.

    Chic & Basta has discounted its selection of Atelier Tréma serving ware, including oil dispensers, tapas dishes, platters, mugs, garlic keepers, and more. You’ll receive 33% off when you use the code TREMA33.


    Local author Michael Blouin has been interviewed on The Resilient Writers podcast, with the provocative title ‘He Doesn’t Know Anything.’  Michael’s learned firsthand how almost giving up could have cost him big, and how we can’t let rejection bog us down

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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