Get ready for two weeks of O Train Line 1 partial closures.

Starting Monday and continuing until June 19, some sections of the track will be closed and passengers will be directed to a bus replacement service.

The work will address water leaks, reduce noise and vibration through rail grinding, inspect the overhead catenary system and track, and include general cleaning and maintenance.

The details and the bus schedule are here.

– Martha and Darren

  •  Every Thursday night starting tomorrow (June 1), the Outaouais Craft Beer Tour will visit three breweries and Bistro L’Autre Oeil and entertain guests with 13 tastings of beer, good food, and backstage tours. $115 per person plus taxes. Presented by Aventure Outaouais.
  •  The two restaurants at Brookstreet Hotel are offering Father’s Day Brunch menus focusing on all his breakfast-y favourites. Sunday June 18 at Ironstone Grill and Perspectives Restaurant.
  •  Suzi Q Donuts is #4 on Yelp’s list of the Top 25 Donut Shops in Canada. Taking a page from CNN, Yelp spells it Ottowa. The best donut shop in Canada is Mello in Vancouver but the one with the best name is Cops in Toronto. (The List)
  •  Friday is National Donut Day, and Healthy Food Technologies in Almonte is giving out free doughnuts all day.



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    • $2.7 billion
    • – The amount of money invested in tech firms by Ottawa venture capitalists between 2014 and 2022. Nearly $1 billion of that was in 2021. (Ottawa Business Journal)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • You can drive a fleet of Mack trucks through the holes in this fiscal slice of Swiss cheese
    • – Ken Gray in Bulldog Ottawa arguing that the Auditor General must probe the Lansdowne 2.0 project.  (Bulldog Ottawa)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 93 – Scarborough Shooting Stars 82 last night
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 4 – Schaumburg Boomers 12 last night

    🏒 The Sens

    •  Senators GM Pierre Dorion says he received death threats when he traded Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. Sens fans now agree it was worth the trade to get Tim Stützle, Josh Norris, Mads Sogaard, Zack Ostapchuk, Dylan DeMelo, Chris Tierney, and Rudolfs Balcers. Also, Karlsson didn't want to stay in Ottawa. (Steve Warne in the Hockey News)

    🚊 O Train

    •  OC Transpo refused to open the O Train earlier on Sunday morning, despite a request from the organizers of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Race organizers notified that OC Transpo months ago that thousands of runners and spectators would be downtown for a 7:00am start. O Train Sunday service normally starts at 8:00am. OC Transpo’s director of transit customer systems and planning, Pat Scrimgeour, said the regular Night Buses were adequate. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    💊 The Royal

    •  The Royal Ottawa Hospital has opened a new clinic that treats severe depression using esketamine. Esketamine is a form of ketamine, and the treatment involves administering it as a nasal spray under supervision. Esketamine is not currently covered by OHIP and costs around $800 per treatment.  (CBC)

    🗳️ Misbehaving Councillors

    •  The Misbehaving Councillors act has failed at Queen’s Park. Orléans Liberal MPP Stephen Blais initiated the private bill, the Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act, as there is no mechanism in Ontario to remove a municipal councillor from office who has broken workplace violence and harassment policies. 

      Charmaine Williams, associate minister of women's social and economic opportunity, said “This bill wants to make integrity commissioners more powerful than an appointed judge. If you're accused of something illegal, you go to trial, but this bill wants to replace that.” (CBC

    🛞 Frisby Tire

    •  Ottawa’s Frisby Tire has been sold to Kal Tire. Frisby Tire has been serving Ottawa since the 1920s, with five stores today. The signs will change over the next few months, and all employees keep their jobs. Kal Tire is a Canadian-owned company headquartered in Vernon, BC. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🚰 Property Tax and Water Bill Deferrals

    •  More Ottawa homeowners are eligible to have their property tax and water bills deferred. Those aged 65 and over with annual incomes less than $48,441 can already defer those bills. The new rules include those 60 to 64 who receive an allowance under the Old Age Security Act and for people aged 55 or older who are on a pension. The rule that the property tax and water bills must be current has been axed.(City of Ottawa) (Property tax deferral programme) (Water utility deferral programme

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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
    •  Head to Sparks St for Ottawa Ribfest, today through June 4. 11:00am to 10:00pm daily (except Sunday June 4, when the event closes at 7:00pm). It’s a three block stroll (between Metcalfe and Bank) to experience the best of the best in BBQ ribs, Chicken, and sauce.



    •  City of Om, Ottawa’s Yoga and Wellness Festival begins two days (Friday June 2 - Saturday June 3) of events at Lansdowne Park. Tickets give you access to all classes and events. $70.56
    •  Ottawa Chinatown Night Market starts at 2:00pm today and runs through Sunday. 702 Somerset St. West. The patio will be open for beer and pizza in the sunshine.
    •  Spark Beer is opening early (2:00pm) to take advantage of Ottawa Chinatown Night Market’s opening day.
    •  South Gloucester United Church is holding a Spring Yard Sale from 3:00pm to 7:00pm today and from 8:00am to 1:00pm tomorrow (Saturday June 3) 2536 Rideau Road.

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Octopus Books presents the launch of We Meant Well by Erum Shazia Hasan, June 8 at 7:00pm. The author will be there, joined in conversation with Ottawa author Mary-Lou Zeitoun. 116 Third Ave.
    • Montréal comedian and actor Mike Paterson brings his French-ish comedy to town this month while filming Parle-moi de ça, Ottawa!

      The show follows Paterson has he interviews people on the street about bilingualism. He’s also performing at Absolute Comedy on June 14, with that gig being included in the TV series. To be part of the audience, follow the link and select the 8:30pm show on June 14. Tickets are $20 each.


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    Angry Birds are attacking runners near the Rideau Canal. Red-winged blackbirds are nesting now and attack people on the paths with claws or hair pulling.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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