Friday March 8, 2024


☁️ Few Clouds
High 7° Low -1°
🌞 6:27 am🌛5:59 pm


🌧️ Moderate Rain
High 6° Low 1°
🌞 6:25 am🌛6:00 pm

See the 8 day forecast at the ottawan weather

Environment Canada warns of 20 to 40 mm of rain tomorrow, with possible freezing rain and snow Sunday.



It’s International Women’s Day 2024, which makes it 107 years since women in Ontario were permitted to vote provincially and 106 years federally.

Across the river, women in Québec have only had the provincial vote since 1940. 

Women were admitted to the University of Ottawa in 1956.

From 1964, a woman could open a bank account without her husband’s signature and a few years later, could get a mortage without a male guarantor.

A decade after that, Canada banned discrimination based on sex and, a year later in 1978, barred firing women for becoming pregnant.

There are no parades today, there are no downtown dance parties, and there are no changes to today's broadcasting day on any channel. Only the continual march forward. So it goes.

– Martha and Darren


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    •  Deals of the Day


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      • 3.75 km
      • – The length of track that the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre has available for the Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals championships on Sunday. Usually, the Centre would have 7.5 km of track available but unseasonable weather has cut that back. In a pinch, the championships could take place with only 2.5 km of track. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

      Ottawan of the Day


      • I have been able, in the last 30 years, to make a living as an artist in Ottawa—it’s a gift

      • – Stand-up comedian, stand-up comedian teacher, playwright, and   actor Pierre Brault who is still supporting the performing arts scene in Ottawa with a new play Will Somers: Keeping Your Head. (Vasileios Tselios in Apartment 613)


      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Los Angeles Kings 4 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      No meetings Monday.


      🚨 Barrhaven

      •  A fundraiser has been set up for the families of the people killed Wednesday night in Barrhaven. Donations can be made through the Buddhist Congress of Canada (1481 Heron Road Ottawa K1V 6A6) or through the GoFundMe. (Ottawa Citizen)

        A 19 year-old man has been arrested for the killings of the 35 year-old mother, seven year-old son, four year-old, two year-old, and two-and-a-half month-old daughters, and a family friend who was living with the family. The father is in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

        Febrio De-Zoysa has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. De-Zoysa is an international student from Sri Lanka who had been living with the family. The resident monk at the family’s temple said that De-Zoysa had recently dropped out of Algonquin College and had been having thoughts of suicide. (The Canadian Press)

      ♿ ParaTranspo

      •  Ottawa Transit Riders is looking for volunteers to become Para Ambassadors for a challenge to Para Transpo in May and June. You should be a Para Transpo user and have a desire to help City Council understand the needs of riders. Email for details. (Ottawa Transit Riders)

      🏠 Shelters

      •  The City has approved spending $6 million to turn an office building into transitional housing. The building at 230 Queen St will support up to 130 people. The City believes that by the time the building is renovated, local recreation centres will not be needed for use as shelters next winter. (Elyse Skura)

      🏒 Professional Women’s Hockey League

      •  Ottawa’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team, the Mighty Nonames, has lost a second player to season-ending injury. Forward Fanni Gasparics received a lower-body injury Tuesday against Minnesota. Previously, Kristin Della Rovere ended her season with a wrist injury. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Sun)



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      •  Ottawa Swing Dance Society will be meeting at St Joseph’s Church (174 Wilbroad St) for lessons and social dancing. $12 at the door (cash).

      •  Debaser’s spring edition of Pique is the first time the festival of underground music and art will stretch across multiple days. Visit Arts Court until Sunday March 10 to experience more than 15 artists, seven stages and several exhibition spaces, as well as workshops and artists talks.

      •  Wall Space Gallery will be celebrating International Women's Day with Threading the Needle, a group exhibition of artists who explore feminine identity and world-building through story telling from the female-identifying perspective. Vernissage from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 1090 Bank St. Free

      •  General sales tickets to the Tom Green Standup Comedy Special at the NAC’s Babs Asper Theatre on May 18 went on sale this morning.

      •  Measure of a Wo/man, a new collection of poems by author, journalist and broadcaster Jagjeet Sharma will be launched at Irene’s Pub Restaurant tonight.

      •  Lowertown Brewery’s ByWard Beerfest 2024 will offer local brews and tasty snacks. Tonight and Saturday March 9. $6.66 for Early Bird Tickets.

      •  Youth Infringement Festival continues at Arts Court Theatre until March 17.

      •  ByTowne Cinema: 2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action, Io Capitano, American Fiction, International Women’s Day Market and Movie: Tank Girl.

      •  Mayfair Theatre500 Days in the Wild, Perfect Days, The Room


      •  Lisa Yacé, QuataQuata. 5e Baron (Gatineau)

      •  The Squirrel’s Nuts with guest Linda Delorme. Carleton Tavern

      •  Ed Lister’s tribute to Blue Note Records. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Acid Moth (Stoner Doom Metal). Dominion Tavern

      •  March Distortion 90s-now Rock Music Dance Party. LIVE on Elgin

      •  FLEECE, Touch Grass. Club SAW

      •  The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster

      •  Shred Kelly. Emerson Hall. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Noelle Frances. Stray Dog Brewing

      •  Art Battle. Overflow Brewing

      •  Noise Hotel. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Ed Lister Presents: A Tribute to Blue Note. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Big Sparky Tunes. Spark Beer


      •  Bar Robo is transformed into the Rouge Light District for an evening of Burlesque.

      •  Consult the crystals, read the Tarot cards, and explore the one of a kind treasures at the Spring Equinox Ottawa Mystic Market, presented by Vintage Pop-up 613. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Glebe Community Centre.

      •  Opportunity Bridal’s Wedding Dress Sale brings a large selection of discounted, new dresses in multiple sizes under one roof. It’s free to attend between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Early birds who can be there between 8:00 am and 8:30 am can purchase a VIP ticket for $50, which will guarantee a change room.

      •  Art House hosts the Nyx and Lightsmith EP Fundraiser Birthday Bash, a night of folk music and fun with the headliners and their friends Moonfruits, Kate Greenland, Annie Martel and Dalton Carew. New merch from Nix and Lightsmith will be on sale too. Purchasing a ticket online guarantees you a seat.

      •  Travel back in time to the 1920s and 30s at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s Tales from the Village with Vintage Stock Theatre. $19.90 per person plus tax. Advance registration is encouraged but there will be tickets at the door. Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

      •  613Flea is back at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. Expect the usual outstanding supply of vendors - 150 of them - selling vintage and antique wonders and rarities, plus crafts, food, and drink.

      •  Pique continues at Arts Court.

      •  Disney on Ice brings skating versions of fan favourites to Canadian Tire Centre, today through Sunday.

      •  ByTowne Cinema: 2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animated, American Fiction, Io Capitano, All of us Strangers

      •  Mayfair TheatreLove In The Time Of Fentanyl, Perfect Days, Escape from New York, Saturday Night Sinema


      •  The Lucky Ron Show. Chateau Lafayette

      •  Nothing but the Truth. Cafe Dekcuf

      •  Mad Caddies, K-Man & The 45s. Overflow Brewing Company

      •  Atlantis Jazz Ensemble. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Nordheim, Malphas, No Plans for Chaos, Bonded by Strength. Dominion Tavern

      •  Midnight Mayday album release with Still Life, Street. LIVE on Elgin

      •  I, The Mountain with Tin Constellations. Stray Dog Brewing Company

      •  Sussex Rocks the Rainbow. Rainbow Bistro


      Spring Ahead – Set your clocks one hour forward

      It’s Hollywood’s biggest night of the year and sure, you could watch the Academy Awards on your home TV in your jammies. A better suggestion: get dressed up and pop down to the ByTowne Cinema or the Mayfair Theatre, both of which are showing the ceremony on their big screens.

      The ByTowne’s screening is free to attend but the cinema is taking donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The Mayfair Theatre event is open only to members, for whom the event is free. If you aren’t a member, you can buy a membership for $14. Once you’re through the doors you’ll find eats by The SmoQue Shack and bevvies from Beyond the Pale. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

      •  Orpheus Musical Theatre presents Dreamgirls, the story of 1960s all-girl singing group the Dreamettes. Final performances today at the Meridian Theatre MainStage.

      •  Live music, wine, and poetry: Taras Night is a 'modern vision of the ongoing fight for Ukrainian freedom (inspired by Taras Shevchenko)’. The event is by donation, with proceeds going towards the purchase of tourniquets.

      •  Take a free house dance workshop by the Glass Thorsteinson Staircase at the NAC.

      •  Ottawa Grass Roots Festival is coming, and if you want the deets including the line-up, be at Irene’s Pub Restaurant at 4:00 pm on Sunday March 10. Singer-songwriter Lynn Miles will perform and organisers will reveal the festival dates, the lineup, and more. Tickets are by donation.

      •  The multi-day Pique festival winds up today.
      •  Disney on Ice brings skating versions of fan favourites to Canadian Tire Centre,with today's performances closing the run.


      •  Sunday Night Revue. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Acoustic Coffee House. Red Bird

      •  A Big Nice Chill Show. LIVE on Elgin


      Sorry to break the news – but it‘s March Break. The little darlings will be around all week long. Even the ones in university.

      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Muppets Take Manhattan, American Fiction, Io Capitano, All of us Strangers

      •  Mayfair TheatreThe Boy and the Heron, Perfect Days, 500 Days in the Wild, One from the Heart: Reprise


      •  Jazz Jam with the Beeched Wailers. Irene’s Pub Restaurant.

      •  Bluegrass Mondays. Red Bird


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      Save $25 on the price of the Gatineau Craft Beer Tour from Aventure Outaouais. The experience includes visits to three microbreweries, 13 tastings, poutine and dry ribs from Bistro L’Autre Oeil, pick up and drop off from Ottawa and Gatineau, and more.


      Every Sunday morning in Westboro sees a stampede along Richmond Road for win, place, or show at brunch or, horror of horrors, be forced to wait in line. 

      Dave Allston in the Kitchissippi Times tells of the days when it was far more civilized: the steeplechase. In 1927, the course was described as starting ‘on the Cole property near the Richmond Road, ran 56 rods south [to about Kenwood Avenue], and then turned and went towards what is now Woodroffe, returning on an angle to the starting point. The route followed was well suited for steeplechasing as the land crossed was intersected with ditches, log fences and hedges’. They were racing horses then, by the way, not running for brunch tables.



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