On Friday we told you of our Saturday trip to Vancouver, conditional only on  Flair Airlines operating until the end of the day. No such luck, Flair Airlines cancelled our flight with no text, no email, and no staff at the Ottawa International Airport willing to say what happened or what is next.

So we're flying out of Toronto tomorrow, and delightfully we're taking the ViaRail from Fallowfield to Union Station in the morning. That part never gets old.

Please be our eyes and ears for the next fortnight. We'll still send the ottawan out every day but your tips, restaurant sightings, or news bits sent to will help us out immensely.

– Martha and Darrren



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    • 🌨️ 70 per cent chance of flurries. High of 4°, low of -3°. 


    • $94,763
    • – The average salary required to buy an average priced home in Ottawa, in this case $613,000. (Curioscity)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Joel Jamensky
    • A artist has launched a website where his neurodiversity is expressed in highly stylized paintings and designs. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Sun)


    • [C]itizens expect you to be a role model for our city’s residents and believve (sic) you cannot fulfil that role due to your unhealthy status. It is unacceptable to be overweight by the 20 pounds it appears you are carrying
    • – A letter sent to Ottawa Board of Health member Elyse Banham. The executive director of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre said she had left the letter unopened for weeks, assuming it was going to be more hate mail about COVID-1 vaccinations.  (CBC)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Toronto Maple Leafs 5 last Saturday
    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Oshawa Generals 3 last Friday
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 5 – Les Cataractes de Shawinigan 1 last night
    • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – Les Cataractes de Shawinigan 1 last Friday

    ❓ Nobody goes there, it's too crowded

    • Kanata North ward councillor Cathy Curry thinks that if too many people move into Ottawa, the City will lose tax dollars because some people will move away because it's ‘too busy’. Curry said this in relation to the Planning Committee approving the build of an 81 unit apartment building in OrléansNeighbours had previously complained because the developers deliberately limited parking spaces to encourage transit and walking.  (Michael Woods at CTV)

    💲 Nordstom

    • Nordstrom will start its liquidation sale tomorrow after a judge approved the plan as part of its bankruptcy process. Clothes and store material will be on sale – no returns – but items from third parties, which we think means cosmetics and perfumes, have already been removed. The Ottawa Nordstrom is at Rideau Centre.(Canadian Press)

    ⛏️ LeBreton Flats

    • Before ground is broken for a new hockey area, the National Capital Commission is conducting an archaeological dig at LeBreton Flats. Evidence of house and commercial businesses of 1800s settlers had been collected in previous digs but no burial grounds were found. A new hockey arena, of course, is only theoretical – no one is actually building on yet. (Safiyah Marhnouj at CBC)

    💻 You know if you see it

    • The new Ottawa owners of PornHub are all about transparency and giving the giving performers more of a voice in working conditions. We’re not really keen on continuing on this subject but as one of the world’s top 15 websites is now based here, we can’t ignore it. (Joseph Tunney at CBC)

    🔒 Gate Crashing

    • The man who crashed the gates of Rideau Hall in an attempt to threaten the Prime Minister has lost his appeal. Corey Hurren was sentenced to six years, including time served, in 2021 after he drove through the gates and went in search of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with guns and a knife. At the time, the sausage maker said he was upset over COVID-19 restrictions His appeal was based on a mental health arguement. (Canadian Press)

    🏒 Senators Sale

    • The rumour is that Neko Sparks has submitted the highest bid for the Ottawa Senators, at US $925 million. (HockeyFeed)

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    • Happy Hour Trivia starts at 6:30pm at Bar Robo, Queen St. Fare, 170 Queen St. 
    • Phasez hosts Open Mic Night at Art House tonight from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Start the week off feeling like the star that you are. 
    • VERSEFEST 2023 is underway and tonight the capital welcomes Montréal’s Throw! Poetry Collective to Knox Presbyterian Church. The poetry slam lets local poets compete in a safe, inclusive, and bilingual space. The event will also be live-streamed. 7:00pm at 120 Lisgar St. 



    • Bring your LPs to the Hintonburg Public House and trade them for new tunes. The Sip and Swap starts at 7 pm. 1020 Wellington St. W, ON K1Y 2X

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    US tech guy Ev Williams set the Twitter world alight this month by tweeting this chart on ‘How to dress based on where you are’.

    Appalled at the US-centricity of that Tweet, Saskatchewan journalist Emily Klatt created a Canadian version. Ouch.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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