Tuesday, 12 September 2023


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  • Bad news. Pop went out for a vape and didn’t come back.
  • We are, of course, talking out Tobi Lutke, the pop of local mom-and-pop business Shopify. From his new home, last Friday the Shopify founder tweeted a picture of his view: the CN Tower.
  • Shopify is still nominally headquartered here but all the top executives now work from Toronto or New York. 

    🎵 Instanbul was once Ottawa

    Reader Ryan writes in to point out that our new music listings included Michelle Gurevich tomorrow at Babylon. He notes that Ottawa’s Babylon club has been closed for years and the event is actually in Instanbul at a club of the same name. Here’s the thing: we got the listing from Ticketmaster, which still shows Gurevich is playing in Ottawa.
  • However, Ryan is right and Ticketmaster is wrong. Ottawa’s Babylon is definitely closed and Michelle Gurevich is playing in Istanbul, tomorrow night. Tickets are still available.
  • – Martha and Darren


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


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    • $198,629,780
    • – The amount of property taxes paid by Somerset ward, the most of all wards in the city. West Carleton ward paid the least, at $41,848,481. (CBC)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Murray Costello, Jill Perry, Tim Higgins, Carol Anne Chenard, Earl Morris
    • – The hockey administrator, boxer, hockey player, soccer referee, and curling coach (respectively) will all be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame September 27. Tickets are available now. (Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame)


    • I am so grateful to have been elected by the people of Ottawa. Now, I'm restarting my podcast
    • – Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe on the webpage announcing his new podcast, Digging Deep. The first is with former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson. (Mark Sutcliffe) (Apple Podcasts)


    City Council
    Wednesday, September 13, 2023 10:00 AM

    • 12.1 Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. – 2022 Annual Report

      13.1 Omnibus Official Plan Amendment 1

      14.1 2023 Tax and Rate Operating and Capital Budget Q2 Status

      14.2 Proposed 2024 Budget Directions, Timeline and Consultation Process
      That the municipal tax increase be set at no more than 2.5 per cent overall

      14.3 Kanata Central Business Improvement Area – Boundary Adjustment

      14.4 Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area – Boundary Adjustment

      14.5 Acquisition of 1245 Kilborn Place from The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Ottawa for $18.5 million plus applicable taxes and closing costs

      14.6 Declaration of Surplus Land – 2 Pretty Street and Transfer to Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation

      15.1 Zoning By-law Amendment – 3430 Carling Avenue to permit two six-storey residential buildings, as detailed in Document 2.

      15.2 Zoning By-law Amendment - 729 Ridgewood Avenue to permit a low- to high-rise mixed-use development including 444 residential units

      15.3 Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1200 Maritime Way to permit the development of 28 and 30 storey high rise buildings

      15.4 Directions Report - Aligning Zoning By-law 2008-250 with Bill 23

      15.5 2023-2026 Affordable Housing Capital Strategy and Update

      16.1 Approve the recommended plan to add cycling facilities to Bank Street over Billings Bridge and pprove implementation of a northbound reserved bus lane on Bank Street between Chesley Street and Aylmer Avenue

      17.1.1 Zoning By-law Amendment – 147 Langstaff Drive, anomaly lands

      17.2.1 Ottawa Community Ice Partners Loan Guarantee

      17.2.2 Approve the sale of a portion of 751 Peter Morand Crescent in exchange for lands required for Various Active Transportation Connections

      17.2.3 Application for Approval to Expropriate Lands – Bank Street Rehabilitation Project, Phase 1

      17.2.4 Request to waive the Corporate Real Estate Office’s Leasing Policy to grant a License of Occupation for market rent and approve a Temporary License of Occupation to 25 Pickering Holdings Inc. over 1325 Avenue L in consideration of One Dollar ($1.00).

      17.2.5 Delegation of Authority to Sign Mutual Agreement for Drainage Works at 2121 Huntley Road

      17.3.1 Zoning By-law Amendment – 314 Bell Street South to permit a three-storey four-unit addition to an existing three storey four-unit apartment building

      17.3.2 Motion – The City of Ottawa’s support for the province’s proposed Green Building Code to include requirements to mitigate against increased Wind Uplift Loads on Roofs in order to better create more wind resilient communities.

      21.1 Motion - Councillor M. Carr - Public Disclosure of Travel be disclosed on on a quarterly basis.

      21.2 Motion - Councillor S. Plante - The flagpole at the Carré de la Francophonie de Vanier be recognized as “the very first official flagpole to exclusively and permanently fly the Franco-Ontarian flag on Montreal Road in the heart of Vanier.”

      21.3 Motion - Conseillère S. Plante - Children and Youth Implications

      21.4 Motion - Councillor S. Plante - Councillor Statements

      21.5 Motion - Councillor S. Plante - Public Disclosure of Non-competitive Contracts valued at $25,000 or less

    📋 Agenda


    🎨 New Museum

    •  The Khayrhaye Somali Cultural Museum will be the first of its kind in Canada. The creator says ‘the museum offers a chance to showcase cultural aspects of east Africa to the nation's capital’. The museum is located in the Rideau Community Hub on St. Laurent Boulevard. (CBC) (Museum website)

    ☎️ OC Transpo

    •  3,500 phone numbers in the National Capital Region will be called about their satisfaction with transportation starting this week. OC Transpo and Société de transport de l'Outaouais are funding the survey to find out how pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, and transit users feel about the entire transportation network. (CBC)

    🗳️ Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  School Board trustee Nili Kaplan-Myrth nearly lost a code of conduct censure last night. Kaplan-Myrth had been accused of breaking the Board’s code of Conduct when the trustee Tweeted to fellow trustee Donna Dickson ‘Don't vote with white supremacists’. Kaplan-Myrth was referring to other trustees who were prepared to vote against a mask mandate for students last November. Dickson is Black. Eight votes were needed to censure, seven voted to do so. The remaining four votes abstained. Kaplan-Myrth did not get a vote.  (Celeste Decaire at CBC)

    🤕 Orléans Wedding Shooting 

    •  The Ottawa Citizen has parsed out what we know and don’t know about the Orléans Wedding Shooting.

      What we know:

      -  Two Toronto-area men died. The six injured people who survived were men between the ages 25 and 35

      Some guests were from Ohio

      - The intended target was a guest or guests at the wedding but were not any of the people who were shot

      What we don’t know:

      - If the police interviewed the bride and groom

      - How many people were at the venue, although it was ‘well attended’

      - If there are any suspects

      - What kind of gun was used, or even if it was more than one gun

      - If it is gang related (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🧠 Federal Public Service 

    •  The Treasury Board has created new guidelines on how the Federal Public Service can use artificial intelligence. The idea is to prevent bias and discrimination creeping in when using artificial intelligence tools. Treasury Board President Anita Anand says the idea is not to reduce the number of human beings in the Service. (Elizabeth Thompson at CBC) (The Guidelines)

    🛻 Convoy on Trial

    Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

    •  The defence says there is no reason for the Crown to call nine downtown residents and business owners as witnesses as they are willing to admit ‘there were individuals who interfered with the enjoyment of property’. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)
    •  The Ottawa Citizen is live blogging the trial.



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    •  Head to The Log Farm Wednesdays through Sundays until October 29 for Fall Fun. We’re talking wagon rides, getting up close and personal with farm animals, wandering through the corn maze, and scarecrow spotting. For kids of all ages. $12.50 per person (the under 1s are free).
    •  Harvest: A Feast of Fall returns 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.
    •  Zones Théâtrales continues.
    •  Cock Show ’23 (featuring artwork celebrating male chickens, you dirty scoundrels) continues at Atomic Rooster until September 30.

    •  Doors Open for Music: Simon Kempston Ottawa Debut. Southminster United Church
    •  Sarah Church. Live! on Elgin
    •  Jazz Nite with Michel Delage. Queen St. Fare
    •  Open Mic Night. The Brass Monkey
    •  Eamanuel Ax. National Arts Centre
    •  Motherf*ckers, B.A.L.M. Squad, Banezean, ForX. House of TARG
    •  Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird Live
    •  The Bright Light Social Hour, Choses Sauvages. Mavericks
    •  Julie Doiron, Arielle Soucy. Minotaure, Gatineau
    •  JOLY, Céleste Lévis. AKOUSTIK @ St. Charles (Outdoors)
    •  Michelle Gurevich. Babylon
    •  The Bright Light Social Hour. The 27 Club Ottawa


      ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa play host to Pacific FC at TD Place Stadium


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  From September 15 to 17, the Gatineau Airport hosts the Aéro Gatineau-Ottawa air show. Highlights include a drone show, wingwalkers, the SkyHawks, the Snowbirds and more. Tickets available online only.
    •  Free tickets are available for the Launch Concert of the 2023 Cranium Project, going down Tuesday September 19 at the Rainbow Bistro. This year the festival turns five, and focuses on 50 years of Hip-Hop, music, arts, and culture. On the stage tonight: O’Sound, Pretty Bulli, Cheko7even, Sleezoe Forever and DJ So Nice.
    •  Red Apron’s final Perfect Pairing event features Two Sisters Vineyards of the Niagara region. There will be five wine tastings paired with bites from the Red Apron kitchen. Purchase tickets ($45 each) by calling 613-695-0417. Thursday September 21.
    •  Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. If that news fills you with dread, consider indulging in a take-home meal. Maker Feed Co in Cumberland has a slow roasted 1/4 chicken dinner with veggies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and, if that’s not enough, butternut squash soup. Oh, and pumpkin spice carrot cake to finish it off. $29.99 per person, pick up on October 8.
    •  The Piggy Market is offering an extensive range of fine foods for Thanksgiving. Order Turkey, Lamb, Ham, Porchetta and Pies for pickup. You can also choose from raw and cooked roasts; you just need to decide if you want to cook or not.


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    The troubles of the O Train are providing opportunities even for Montréal artists. ‘Wear your disdain for Ottawa’s lack of functioning public transit and multi-billion dollar embarrassment on your sleeve!’ is the add copy for Oddball Art & Design’s new sew-on patches. Each one has an embroidery of the O Train and the words ‘More broken than the LRT’. (Oddball Art & Design)


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