Monday April 8, 2024


☁️ Broken Clouds
High 15° Low 5°
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🌒 Today’s clipse begins 2:11 pm and peaks at 3:25 pm



At the ottawan, we generally assume that our subject lines don’t really matter.

While we rarely pass over a chance to make a pun, we try not to use clickbait style headlines – our readers are looking for a quick update on the day and we would never insult you with suggestions of a story we can't deliver.

But we’ve noticed a few recent subject lines have resulted in open rates far exceeding the norm.

Like these: 

  • ‘Mini Ottawan: we’re snowed in down the road in Montréal’
  • ‘Pregnant cat goes missing at Ottawa Airport’
  • ‘Sorry, no Ottawan today’
  • ‘Ottawa Fire Service rescues kid whose hand was stuck in drain’

And the message we’re receiving from the readers is awfully confusing.

One take is our readers like stories on missing animals and endangered kids.

Another take is our readers are most eager to open our emails when we imply that there is nothing to read inside.

Well, we’re sorry to disappoint today. All sorts of things are happening.

– Martha and Darren

PS Speaking of our wonderful readers, we'll be unveiling a new ottawan membership programme later this week to keep us going in our fifth year, and to keep us free to read. 


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


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      • $1
      • – The price a company paid for the Cedarhill Golf and Country Club in Nepean in 1981 on the condition that it runs a golf course on the site in perpetuity. Now Cedarhill Golf Enterprises wants to get out of the deal, stating that the course is no longer economically viable. The City argues that the company wants to redevelop the land. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC) (Cedarhill Golf and Country Club)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Christine Toulouse
      • – The artist has been awarded a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to teach quillwork, creating art by weaving porcupine quills through birch bark. When she was taught by her mother and grandmother, the first step was to pluck the porcupine itself. (Wafa El-Rayes at CBC)


      • There's been expansion of medical schools, but we haven't seen that when it comes to preparing public health inspectors

      • – Ottawa’s medical officer of health Dr Vera Etches the need for more public health inspectors in the city. Ottawa is already six inspectors short. (Sam Konnert at CBC)


      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Washington Capitals 2 last night
      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – New Jersey Devils 4 last Saturday


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Built Heritage Committee
      Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 am

      • Application to alter 315-321 Chapel Street, properties designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Application to alter 253 MacKay Street, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, located in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District
      • Consideration of objection to notice of intention to designate Bible House at 315 Lisgar Street, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Designation of the Andrew W. Fleck Memorial, 195 George Street, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Designation of 41 Rideau Street and 73 Rideau Street under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Designation of eight properties in Britannia Village, 119, 195 and 205 Bradford Street, 73 Britannia Road, 95 Kirby Road, 2764 and 2775 Rowatt Street and 2777 Cassels Street, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
      • Bill 23: Implementation of changes to the Ontario Heritage Act – Heritage register removal report #3
      • Status Update – Built Heritage Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending March 22, 2024

      📋 Agenda

      Police Services Board Finance and Audit Committee
      Tuesday, April 9 at 1:00 pm

      • Election of Committee Chair
      • South Facility Project update - First quarter 2024
      • In camera item: Contract matter

      📋 Agenda

      Ottawa Public Library Board
      Tuesday, April 9 at 5 pm

      • 2024 Ottawa Public Library Board work plan
      • Brand Strategy: Phase 1 – research and discovery
      • Alta Vista branch closure for lifecycle project
      • Semi-annual performance measurement – July to December 2023

      📋 Agenda


      🚨 Ottawa Police Service

      •  An Ottawa Police Service constable has been charged with impaired and dangerous driving. The constable was off duty when he crashed with another vehicle on St Patrick’s Day. He has been placed on administrative duties. (CBC)

      🚨 School Buses

      •  A school bus driver in Vanier has been charged with sexual assault on a special needs student. When the student was the final passenger, the driver locked the bus and drove to a parking lot where he assulted the student. Afterwards, the student told a teacher of the incident. The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit believes that there may be other victims. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Unit at 613 236 1222, ext 5944, email, or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1 800 222-8477. (Ottawa Police Service)

      🛠️ 24 Sussex Drive

      •  New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected a 24 Sussex Drive restoration plan by former prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper. The ex-Liberal and Conservative leaders offered to lead a campaign to solicit donations from businesses and individuals. The duo say they could do the renovation for half of the $37 million anticpated by the National Capital Commission. (Lawrence Martin in the Globe & Mail)

      🗳️ Carleton Place

      •  Carleton Place has won Chez 106’s March Madness of Small Towns contest. The annual event, promoted by the station’s Biggs & Barr Show, pits 32 small towns around Ottawa in multiple brackers until a winner is selected by listeners. Almonte was last year’s winner. The station will broadcast live from Carleton Place May 4. (Carleton Place Scoop)



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      🌑 Today – The Blindingest Day of the Year


      •  There are only a few tickets left for Technata, the free, in-person career fair for Kanata North that’s happening tomorrow at the Brookstreet Hotel.
      •  Those who love to play or listen to the piano are in for a 13 day treat as the 2024 Ottawa Piano Festival gets underway.
      •  One look at the Blu Legacy Eid Festival epic menu explains why it’s billed as ‘A Majestic Affair’. Tonight and tomorrow night at 3750 N Bowesville Road.
      •  Tickets go on sale today at 10:00 am for the home games of Round 2 OHL Playoffs. Ottawa 67s play Oshawa Generals Tuesday April 16, Thursday April 18, and if necessary, Sunday April 21. Tickets start at $30.
      •  It’s a Vernissage but with burlesque. Welcome to the Circus art show officially launches at Atomic Rooster, with Capital Tease providing the entertainment. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 303 Bank St.
      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Old Oak, Iris et les hommes (It's Raining Men), Exhuma 

      •  Mayfair TheatrePoor Things, American Fiction, The Crazies 


      •  Noah Kahan. Canadian Tire Centre

      •  A Great night Out featuring Pat Moore, Tyler Kealy, Shawn Tavenier and Megan Jerome. National Arts Centre Fourth Stage

      •  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe

      •  Trivia Tuesday. Irene’s Pub Restaurant


      Just Announced / Now Booking

      • Despite only being released recently, Urban Element’s Spring cooking courses at Corner Peach Kitchen are already selling out. Fearful of phyllo? Learn all about working with the paper thin pastry on April 28. Love everything about Indian food but the heat? ‘Toning Down the Heat: Mild Indian Flavours’ is for you (June 2).

      • As mentioned in The Ottawan in April 3’s newsletter, the Ottawa Grassroots Festival starts in a little over two weeks (April 25-28). Perth musician Gentle Sparrow aka Robbie Teehan will be performing music from his new EP River at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 27. When he is not performing, Teehan is an award winning composer of film and TV scores for projects like ElementaryScarborough, and Jessica Jones. All daytime performances are free to attend during the Festival.

      • You’ve visited all of Ottawa’s craft breweries. Now what? Sign up for the Aventure Outaouais Gatineau Craft Beer Tour, happening Friday evenings this summer. You’ll visit three breweries and sample 12 beers, and you’ll also get a tasty dinner. Your ticket includes all that plus your transportation back to Ottawa. $105 per person.


      Ottawa boutique Viens avec Moi’s Total Eclipse of the Heart sale is offering a reduction of 15% across the site, today only.


      Ian Kennedy in The Hockey News has followed the fans that travelled to Utica, NY to cheer on the 11 players from Ottawa Women’s Professional Hockey League team who are playing in the 2024 IIHF women's World Championships.



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