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While we commend the City for taking a survey of City resident about changes in Ward boundaries, we can't say that they are making it any more understandable.

The TLDR; 

  1. City Councillors are elected one per ward
  2. The Wards were set in 2000 when the present City of Ottawa was created by almagamating all sorts of municipalities in the area
  3. In the past 20 years, some Wards have grown, while others stayed the same size
  4. This means some people in Ottawa get better representation at City Council than others

But rather than put everything in one place, they're all over the place. 

So: here are the first five options for changes to Wards

BUT Councillors wanted a sixth option, which is here.

After you have read those, the City has a sheet that lets you rank which option is best. (Which only works if you read the first two PDFs)

Finally, the City has made a map of all six options.

Got it?

Then go tell the City which one you prefer here.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

PS Keep thinking about who to nominate for the Best of Ottawa Awards. We're opening the nominations on Thursday.


Weather: 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 18.°  

Number: 71,000. The amount of tonnes of household organic waste that the City sends to recycler Orgaworld. But the City pays an extra $1 million for 80,000 tonnes and wants household organic recycling to increase. [CBC

Ottawan of the Day: Christo Bilukidi. The former NFL player has come back home and formed a real estate partnership.  [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: It’s really important to keep sending and encouraging these intelligent students with their educational background. By simply diverting students away from it, I think it’s kind of an issue in that I don’t think they’re going to be dismantled anytime soon.” – Emily Purcell, a recent Carleton criminology graduate, who has started a petition to reverse Carleton's decision to stop student placements with police and prison authorities. [The Charlatan


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3335 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 61 since yesterday, and 267 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 998 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths. 

⭕ Lines are so long at the Brewer Street testing facility, they have installed porta potties [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ 67 per cent of new Ontario cases are under the age of 40 [CBC]

⭕ COVID-19 'long hauler' describes the aftermath she is still experiencing [CBC]

⭕ Ottawa-Carleton District School Board custodian says that it does not seem that Provincial money for cleaning has reached them [CTV]

⭕ Garry J Armstrong care home staffer tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Bronson Avenue McDonald's staffer tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ Two more people in French Catholic board schools test positive for COVID-19. That makes eight.  [Ottawa Citizen]


🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

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▪️Maclean's magazine namechecks Carp as they visit the Diefenbunker. Which has reopenened for visiting. [Macleans] [Diefenbunker]

▪️School bus drivers are being taken for granted. The pay is $18 per hour but is paid by what the computer says the route should take, not the actual time. Drivers cannot refuse students who should be wearing a mask but are not. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Shakespeare kids make it to the big time. After the 13 kids who were putting on the Comedy of Errors in an Old Ottawa South backyard were harried by City Bylaw officers, the Gladstone Theatre has offered them their stage. The show goes on this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission by donation of food to the Ottawa Food Bank. [Ottawa Citizen] [Company of Adventurers]

▪️Three separate and unrelated snow-removal companies have been charged with fraud. The accusation is simple: they accepted money to remove snow last year; little or no snow was removed. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The City wants to start fining property owners if their commercial tenants provide hookahs. Water pipers were banned last year, along with vaping, inside restaurants and patios but City staff believe that fining businesses has not reduced their use. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️One of Canada's largest and oldest co-ops, Mountain Equipment Coop, is being sold to private equity. The outdoor equipment specialist, which has its Ottawa store on Richmond Street, was sold by its directors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. We doubt anyone will get their $5 back. [Daily Hive]


📺 Theatre

Tues, Sept 15, 6pm Behind the Beyond. Some of Ottawa‘s theatre community are performing the 1913 Stephen Leacock classic on Zoom. Free [Ottawa Tonight] [Behind The Beyond]

🎙️ Discussion

Wed, Sept. 16,7pm CBC host Alan Neal Kevin Bourne of SHIFTER Magazine, Hueso, Lia Kloud, Asuquomo, and City Fidelia have an in-depth in-depth conversation about the Ottawa music scene [CBC] [Instagram Live]



▫️ Officer, Public Information
City of Ottawa
Salary: $65,709.28 to $78,418.34

Bilingual communications expert required for the 120 Metcalfe location. The purpose of the job is to develop and implement public information communication programs for the Ottawa Public Library. Key required skills and experience include leadership, customer service mindset, and ability to communicated effectively and persuasively.

▫️ Marketing and Loyalty Manager
MacEwen Petroleum Inc.

This position leads all marketing activities for MacEwen Petroleum Inc., and is responsible for driving sales, customer loyalty, and building brand awareness. The successful candidate will be ROI focused and will manage all aspects of brand management, marketing, and communications. This includes management of Marketing Coordinator and 3rd party suppliers.

▫️ Manager, Production Studio and Corporate Brand Management (Corporate Communications)

This position can be based in Ottawa, Montreal, or Toronto.

Play a key role in the development and implementation of the CBC’s brand marketing strategy. This role interacts and works closely with the entire Corporate Communications team, as well as internal and external partners. This is a bilingual position.


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