There are a number of spending items in today’s Federal budget regarding civil servants, according to the Ottawa Citizen

1️⃣ Training, anti-racism measures, and mental health support for Black employees 

2️⃣ Funding for employees who have experienced harassment and discrimination 

3️⃣ More money thrown at the Phoenix pay system 

4️⃣ Funding for leave after the loss, death, or disappearance of a child 

5️⃣ Reducing the amount of work contracted out 

6️⃣ Reducing the budget of most departments by three per cent. 

Additionally, the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Museum of Nature in Centretown, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and the National Museum of Science and Technology will see some top up funding. 

– Martha and Darren




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    • ☀️ Clear. High of 2°, low of -9°. 


    Pikwakanagan of the Day

    • Greg Sarazin 
    • Sarazin has been elected chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, located 147 kilometres west of Ottawa on Golden Lake. Ten First Nations communities form the Algonquins of Ontario but Pikwakanagan is the only one currently recognized by the Federal government. (Kate Porter at CBC)


    • There's going to be a new owner and that new owner is going to figure out what makes the most sense
    • – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman sending the plan for the new arena for the Senators at LeBreton Flats to the glue factory. (Joanne Chianello at CBC)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Florida Panthers 2 last night

    💥 Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    🌉 Champlain Bridge

    • Hull-Aylmer MP Greg Fergus has launched a petition to open two lanes of traffic over the Champlain Bridge during construction. Right now, it's only one lane of alternating traffic resulting in rush hour congestion. Construction is planned to end in November. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (The Petition)

    🎻 National Arts Centre orchestra

    • The Finnish musician John Storgårds has signed on for another five years as the principal guest conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Storgårds is also chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic.  (Lynn Saxburg in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🍼 Surrogacy Suit

    • An Ottawa teacher is filing a human rights complaint against the Ontario Teachers Insurance plan after being turned down for in vitro fertilization funding. The teacher is a gay man, and he and his husband are expecting a baby girl in May from a surrogate mother. The Insurance Plan does not consider a surrogate mother to be an eligible dependent. (Joseph Tunney at CBC

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    • Flock Boutique is holding its first in-person Trunk Sale in two years. Shop at 70B Beech St. Today through April 3. You’ll save 30% - 70% on previous seasons and samples from Canadian fashion designers. 


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    It’s your last chance to save big on mens’ swim trunks and poolside robes and sweatpants at Bather. They’re closing the sale section at 11:59 pm  Thursday.

    This podcast interviewing Matthew Hayes, researcher, filmmaker, and educator at Northern Lakes College, about his highly-acclaimed book, Search for the Unknown: Canada’s UFO Files and the Rise of Conspiracy Theory is pretty good. The Ottawa connection is Wilbur Smith, who ran his own UFO investigation, Project Magnets from 1950 to 1954, ostensibly under the auspices of the Department of Transport. 

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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