It’s time to break out your bike and park your car – construction season 2023 has now begun. Over $800 million will be spent on the City’s infrastructure this year.

You can view the details of these construction sites on the City’s website

– Martha and Darren



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    • ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 24°, low of 10°. 


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    • – The number of Pigeon racing clubs in Ottawa. The birds regularly fly 800 km in a tournament. As a kid in Prince George, BC, Darren sometimes looked after a neighbour’s flock of racing pigeons. His verdict: they are beautiful in flight, disgusting in the roost.  (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Réjeanne Fairhead
    • – The athlete, who did not train, set the Canadian women’s 95-99 age record for 5km, finishing with a time of 51:09.01, at the Ottawa Race Weekend. (CBC)


    • I visited Ottawa for the first time and wasn’t nearly as bored as I thought I’d be
    • – Possibly the most infuriating headline we’ve come across in NarCity so far, and we consider NarCity black belts in extravagant headlines. (Rhythm Sachdeva in NarCity Toronto)


    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 0 – Hamilton Forge 1 last Saturday
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 76 – Montréal Alliance 97 last night
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 2 – New Jersey Jackals 4 last Friday
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 6 – New Jersey Jackals 2 last Saturday
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 6 – New Jersey Jackals 7 last night

    🛻 Convoy Update Definitely not Convoy Update

    •  The United People of Canada are appealing their ouster from the former St. Brigid's Church last year. The United People, who rented the church and had plans to buy it, were evicted after a court case showed they had not paid agreed-upon amounts of money. The appeal is arguing that the eviction was unlawful because the United People were not given 30 days notice. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚌 Outaouais School Bus Strike

    •  Two Outaouais school boards are paying parents milage to drive their kids to school. The Western Québec School Board will pay $10 per day for trips less than 14km, $20 if it is longer than that. The Centre de services scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l'Outaouais has already been paying 50¢ per km since May 1. The bus driver’s union, the Teamsters, says the buses would still be running if that money was going to the drivers instead. (CBC)

    🚊 O Train

    •  Independent report finds 47 items that OC Transpo needs to fix, City says it is already fixing them. The review by SYSTRA Canada Inc and RATP Dev Canada found that the O Train had insufficient winter testing, simulated only short distruptions, and that running the Trillium Line extension on a single track will mean it cannot meet passenger number expectations. OC Transpo said thanks for the report, we got this. (Kate Porter

    🌊 Ottawa River Flooding

    •  The City’s flood emergency operations centre is closing now that the threat of rising water has passed. This year’s water levels reached the 2017 heights but not as high as the devastating 2019 levels. Sandbags will no longer be available at 28 distribution locations but can still be picked up at 29 Hurdman Rd. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    🚲 Rack & Roll

    •  Cyclists can practice placing their bike on the rack at the front of buses at Tunney’s Pasture. OC Transpo buses have bus racks but many cyclists are leery about using them in fear of delaying the other passengers or ruining their bike by loading it incorrectly. The testing rack at Tunney’s Station lets you practise until perfect. (Kari Glynnes Elliot at Ottawa Transit Riders) (OC Transpo Bike Page)

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    •  There are limited spots remaining at the Meatings BBQ Patio Party at Broadhead Brewery. 7:00pm to 9:00pm at 1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106, Orléans

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  The performer lineup has been announced for this year’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, happening at the NAC on June 6. Hosted by Sarain Fox, the entertainers include Aysanabee, Indian City, Andrea Menard, Plex, and Joel Wood, with more to be announced. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now.
    •  Tickets for the 25th anniversary season of Broadway Across Canada go on sale to the general public this Thursday June 1. Meanwhile, Jagged Little Pill opens tomorrow for a limited run. All shows happen at the NAC.
    •  Learn the fundamentals of heritage grains and the the techniques for making different noodles at Almanac’s Heritage Flour Pasta Workshop June 5, from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm at 5510 Canotek Rd Unit 9, Gloucester


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    Good news! Dominion Brewery set up their new site at the Rideau Canal locks, right next to ByWard Market. Bad News! That was in 1872. The beloved but unrelated Dominion City Brewing, est 2014, remains in the East End.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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