Thursday, 28 September 2023


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High 22° Low 8°
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🌤️ Overcast
High 22° Low 9°
🌞 6:57 am🌛6:48 pm



We have some road trip ideas for this weekend.

If you need an excuse to view the Fall colours, visit one of several participating Ontario maple syrup producers for the Fall in Love with Maple experience.

  •  Thompsontown Maple in Clayton is opening this weekend only for hiking to their photogenic lookout and maple syrup sampling. You can also buy maple syrup to take home. Today and tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 780 Black Rock Lane, Clayton.
  •  Kemptville Campus - Agroforestry Centre will welcome On the Bend Sugar Shack for Fall in Love with Maple day. 40 Campus Drive, Kemptville.

– Martha and Darren


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


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    • $2,400
    • – The amount of a gift card given to a retiring staff member of the Manotick Business Improvement Area, $100 for each year of service. The City’s auditor general criticized the gift as an inappropriate expense, as were flowers and spa accessories given to the family members of directors on compassionate grounds. Business Improvement Areas are funded by a levy added to local business property taxes. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Aleksandar Hanniman
    • – The two year-old had been waiting nearly 19 months after his adoption from a Bulgarian orphanage to get his Canadian citizenship. The day after the National Post ran a story about the the issue, however, Aleksander joined the club. Because he was not a citizen, Ontario would not issue him a medical card – and are now still making him wait the standard three months. (Bryan Passifiume in the National Post)


    • Compensating parents for lost wages and costs incurred by having to transport their children to school should be offered but I have seen no mention of this
    • – West Carleton - March ward councillor Clarke Kelly on the Ottawa School Transport Authority’s lack of service to Ottawa schoolkids.  (Clarke Kelly)


    What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

    Light Rail Sub-Committee
    Friday, September 29 at 9:30 am

    • Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project
    • Action Plan status update – Response to OLRT Public Inquiry recommendations

    📋 Agenda


    🏙️ City Council

    •  Yesterday’s City Council meeting rubber stamped several decisions already approved by its subcommittees:
    •  The two towers that may cast shadows on the Experimental Farm have been approved. Taggart Realty Management now has the okay to build its 16 and 27 story towers. (Josh Pringle at CTV)
    •  Garbage new rules – strike that, reverse it – new garbage rules have been approved. Starting 2026, yard waste may no longer go into the green bin, garbage pick up will be Monday to Thursday, and the City will spend $8 million per year for private landfills.

      Also, non-profits have new fees for their donation boxes. The new permit is $500 plus $150 per box per year. (Stittsville Central)
    •  Additionally, the City has officially requested Ontario’s new housing minister, Paul Calandra to review the the Province’s decision to add 650 hectares of Ottawa greenspace to development. Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, who previously was not interested in having the greenspace looked at, was supportive this time, saying that it goes against the Official Plan and will be costly to service with infrastructure. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏘️ Museums

    •  The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is giving away its 1920 flying boat. The mahogony Curtiss Model 18 Seagull flying boat was given to the museum in 1968 and restored to pristine condition. However, although it looks cool, it has no connection to Canada so the museum is giving it to the private Montréal Aviation Museum. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    📽️ Cine Starz

    •  The Cine Starz in Orléans has closed with immediate effect. A notice on the door from the landlord shows that the cinema owed $82,000 in back rent. Ciné Starz is still showing films at its St. Laurent Centre location. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🐴 Horse, flies

    •  Two more nearby horses have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus. The two horses in Lanark County cannot spread the disease to humans but the mosquitos who gave it to them can spread it. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and drowsiness. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



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    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    •  The programme on Parliament Hill begins with a 90-minute gathering Remembering the Children. Produced by the Aboriginal People’s Television Networth (APTN) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the multi-lingual broadcast will honour residential school survivors, their families and communities, and the children who did not return home. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Parliament Hill, or watch the broadcast on APTN.
    •  Buildings across Canada, including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, will be lit in orange from tonight at 7:00 pm to sunrise tomorrow. The OTTAWA sign in ByWard Market will also be illuminated in orange.
    •  Beechwood Cemetery will be partnering with the Assembly of Seven Generations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society for a day of education, action, and activities including a screening of The Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams! Following the screening there will be a 45 minute Reconciliation Tour. At 2:00 pm the Children’s Sacred Forest will be unveiled at the Cemetery.
    • The Canadian Museum of History will be screening the film Picking up the Pieces: the Making of the Witness Blanket throughout the day. Admission to the Canadian Museum of History is free all Saturday (September 30) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and you can reserve your timed ticket here.
    •  Seven Ottawa Public Library branches will be open and offering activities in support of reflection and learning. Paint remembrance rocks, take part in the building of a heart garden, watch NFB films about the residential school system, and check out the truth and reconciliation reading list.
    •  Maker House will be donating 10% of all in-store sales to the Orange Shirt Society. 987 Wellington St. West.
    •  Parkdale United Church is holding a rummage sale from 9:00 am to noon. 429 Parkdale Avenue.
    •  Orléans Brewing Oktoberfest offers two sessions of live music, German inspired food, games, prizes, and beer.
    •  The Greek International Film Festival stops in Ottawa today and tomorrow. A Golden Pass ($50) gives you access to all Ottawa screenings, which are scheduled at the ByTowne and the Mayfair theatres. Tonight, see the 2022 feature I Love Greece. In French and Greek with English subtitles at the ByTowne Theatre, 325 Rideau St.
    • The Ottawa Korean Film Festival screens an animated short and feature at 2:00 pm, and concludes the day with Wonderful Days from 2003. 
    •  Whisky Ottawa offers tastings and masterclasses at the Shaw Centre.
    • The agricultural displays, midway, animal shows return for another day at the Metcalfe Fair. Today's highlight might just be the step dancing and fiddling competitions. 
    •  Ottawa Artisans’ Pick of the Patch Online Shopping Event gives you access to 200 vendors and easy pickup (at your choice of six Ottawa locations). Pick of the Patch runs until 9:00 pm on Monday.
    •  Mac My Cheese Fest 2023 continues to serve up the ultimate in comfort food at City Hall today through Sunday. It’s going to be cheesy.

    •  Disco Inferno. Heart & Crown Barrhaven
    •  Enfants Sauvages, Passenger Princess, Mufflier Crunch,Sunshine Overhead. House of TARG
    •  River Cit Junction. Atomic Rooster
    •  Antisocial Surf Club on Tour. LIVE on Elgin
    •  Neon Ghosthouse, Soficacide, Candyboys, Doveaura & DIM. Cafe Dekcuf
    •  Cam Cole, Srkibe. Rainbow Bistro
    •  The de Valk Three. Irene’s Pub
    •  Tyler Kealey. Red Bird Live

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    Today through Saturday, 10% of sales from Mini Tipi purchases will be donated to the Downie-Wenjack Fund

    Until tomorrow, camisoles at Vêtements Mandala are 50% off when you use the code CAMPI50.

    Save big on the remaining stock of Tease Summer Mystery Boxes. Available in three varieties, each box contains one tea blend, a Beauty Product, a Summer Accessory and a surprise. Now $39 (original price $99).

    The mystery continues with Londre, as the Canadian made swimwear brand offers surprise suits in your choice of tops, bottoms or one pieces. The surprise bundle is valued at $450 but comes with a price tag of $99.


    Indigenous artist Mike Ivall has redesigned logos for some Canadian Football League teams but only the Ottawa RedBlacks have adopted one. The RedBlacks Indigenized logo includes the big ‘R’ with a medicine wheel, representing ‘direction, unity, elements of the culture, and all of the races” and a squiggly line symbolizing everything that is, was, or ever will be. 

    An example of the logo can be seen on this hat. (Unrelated, but the RedBlacks are also selling this Ottawa RoughRiders toque)


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