Tuesday May 28, 2024


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Lies, Damn Lies, and Always Read the Tabs

Yesterday, we linked to the Carleton journalism student-run publication Capital Current’s report on a new Angus Reid Institute poll about Public Employees supporting the Federal three days in the office mandate.

Ten minutes later, the emails came in with one clear opinion – this poll stinks. Several readers went quite indepth and at length as to the flaws but we’ll let reader Keith explain because he was brief.

‘First, the 47% was not Federal Public Servants as suggested in the newsletter, it was actually 47% of self identified public sector employees. I also see no indication in the report that any verification was done on anyone union statue, so this percentage seems unverifiable.

Second, the survey was not conducted on a random sampling of Canadians as you'd expect from a legitimate and impartial source (90% members of their own forum. Note the link to their own forum is broken in their own report.), with only 10% of those sampled being from the general population.

Third, the numbers are so off from other the numbers reported by those affected as to seem suspect.’

So yes, we agree. That poll was pretty meaningless and, should we go back in time and run the item again, we would point out the flaws. Thank you to everyone who took the time to do the work.

– Martha and Darren



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    • – Where Carling Avenue lies on a list of Ottawa’s worst roads. What is truly revelatory is that Carling did not make the Ontario Top 10 Worst Roads list this year, unlike the past several years. (Lucas Casaletto and Alex Black at CityNews)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Bill Staubi, Angelique Francis, Empress Nyiringango, Deborah Margo and Annette Hegel, Olivia Johnston, Tyler Nykilchyk, and Shara Weaver
    • – The eight are the laureates of the 2024 Ottawa Arts Council Awards. (Ottawa Arts Council


    • Unfortunately, there are just some things that have not yet arrived to finish it off

    • – Ottawa Police Service chief Eric Stubbs explaining that the new Rideau Centre police hub will be delayed in opening because of supply issue. Neither he nor an Ottawa Police Service spokesperson would say what items they are waiting for. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 31 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 22 (preseason) last Saturday


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Ottawa City Council
    Wednesday, May 29 at 10 am

    • 10.1 Application for demolition at 267 O’Connor Street
    • 11.1 By-law and Regulatory Services 2023 Annual Report
    • 11.2 New Ottawa Fire Services Establishing By-law
    • 12.1 Multi-Residential Waste Diversion Strategy Update
    • 12.3 Update on the Electrification of Public Works Small Equipment
    • 13.1 2024 O-Train Proximity Study Guidelines Update
    • 14.1 Minor Amendments to Right of Way By-laws
    • 14.2 Cycling Facilities on the Maitland Avenue Bridge over Highway 417
    • 14.3 Motion – Councillor G. Gower for J. Leiper – Somerset Square temporary encroachment fee allocation for public realm improvements
    • 15.1 Planning and Housing Committee Report 28
    • 15.1.1 Zoning By-law Amendment – 224 Preston Street
    • 15.1.2 Zoning By-law Amendment - 1927 Maple Grove Road
    • 15.1.3 Zoning By-law Amendments – 451 Smyth Road
    • 15.2.1 Summary of Oral and Written Public Submissions for Items Subject to the Planning Act ‘Explanation Requirements’ at the City Council Meeting of May 15, 2024
    • 17.1 Hydro Wire Burying on Bank Street
    • 18.1 National Health and Fitness Day
    • 18.2 Commemoration – 100th Anniversary Royal Canadian Air Force
    • 18.3 City permit fees for demountable stages applicable to not-for-profit fundraisers
    • 18.4 Bytown Fire Brigade

    📋 Agenda


    🚑 Ottawa Paramedic Service

    •  The Province has quashed the Ottawa Paramedic Service’s plan to transfer non-emergency patients by taxiBecause of funding issues, the plan was to have paramedics assess patients and decide if they needed to go to hospital by ambulance, or if they were stable enough to go by taxi. The Niagara region has a system that allows 911 callers to request an ambulance or taxi to the hospital but Ottawa did not have the proper phone system to handle that, although it is currently being upgraded. (Elyse Skura at CBC)

    ♿ Para Transpo

    •  Three more City councillors have taken part in the annual Para Transpo challenge by Ottawa Transit Riders. City Councillors Ariel Troster, Catherine Kitts, and Steve Desroches were the latest to be paired with a regular user ‘ambassador’ and experience the Para Transpo version of attempting normal things like booking a ride and going somewhere. Mayor Mark Sutcliffe has not yet taken part. (Ottawa Transit Riders)

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    •  The Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala, that highlight of the Ottawa Spring social calendar with food, drink, performances and dancing, and it all happens in front of a pretty breathtaking view of the Ottawa River. The event is a fundraiser for projects that protect the Ottawa River, and tickets are available for $375. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at River House, 501 Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Pkwy, K1M 2K7.

    •  Crosses in the Sky: Jean de Brébeuf and the Destruction of Huronia, Mark Bourrie’s follow up to his award-winning nonfiction book Bush Runner, is up for discussion by the author at Perfect Books tonight. Bourrie7:00 pm at 258A Elgin St. K7S 1P3

    •  🆓 Our Universe, this week’s Doors Open for Music at Southminster  concert, brings jazz trio Diabolus in Musica to the stage for new compositions shaped by the trio’s “community, culture, and urban environment of the Outaouais.” Noon to 1:00 pm at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave, K1S 3X1

    •  Pinball wizards of all skill levels are welcome at the TARG monthly Pinball Tournament, presented by Ottawa Punk Pinball and House of TARG. The cost to participate - and maybe even win prizes - is just $1. The tournament starts at 8:00 pm sharp so show up early to register. All ages. 1077 Bank St. K1S 3W9

    •  Admit it: there’ve been moments in your life when you wondered what it would be like to work as a life model for artists. Find out what it takes at ‘How to be a life model’ with model Gabrielle Lalonde, where your questions will be answered and you’ll get a chance to try out the discipline. $10 includes entry into the life drawing session tonight. Sandy Hill Life Drawing, 250 Somerset St. East, K1N 6V6

    •  Office Hours are open at Absinthe, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 1208 Wellington St. W. K1Y 2Z7.

    •  ByTowne CinemaThe Movie Man, Occupied City

    •  Mayfair TheatreThe Promised Land, Wicked Little Letters, Red Sun


    •  The Ottawa Pocket Jazz Band. Bar Robo

    •  Why Wednesday. The 27 Club

    •  Smash into Pieces. The Brass Monkey

    •  Outside the Box Trivia. Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.


    •  🆓 Urban Art Collective’s Hintonburg Night Market is back for another summery season of Thursday night shopping and entertainment. The organizers are serious about curating a new experience each week, with musicians, entertainers, handmade things, food, and drink to start your weekend with a bang. The action’s at 1088 Somerset St. W, K1Y 3C7

    •  🆓 Enriched Bread Artists present Atmosphere: Environment, Emotion, Exchange a new exhibition showcasing Canadian and South Korean artists. Visit tonight’s opening night event from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, or catch the show until August 6. 245 Centrum Blvd, Orléans K1E 0A1

    •  The hunt is on for Ottawa’s Next Drag Superstar. It’s Week 6 of the competition, with the remaining 12 contestants competing in the theme of The Art of Animation. It’s like Drag Race but better, because as the competition heats up you’ll be there in person, sweating, screaming, and supporting your favourite diva. From 8:00 pm at The Lookout Bar & Nightclub, 41 York St. ( 2nd Floor) K1S 7N5

    •  Some people are great with business events and adore the networking. If you are not one of those people, listen up. GenNext Mix & Mingle: Own your Career will help you find your voice when pitching your business, job hunting, or simply expanding your network. Plus, there will be snacks by Foodworks and drinks from Top Shelf Distillers and Dominion City Brewing Co. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Impact Hub, 6th Floor, 123 Slater St. K1P 5H2. $15 per person.

    •  Kino is a screening, a networking event, a discussion panel and a space to meet new people and find inspiration. $10 at the door. LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin St. K2P 1L7

    •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, Kanaval, Civil War

    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, The Promised Land, Love Lies Bleeding


    •  Run Coyote, Touch Grass, Jude Zappala. House of TARG

    •  Salem Trials, Extinction AD, Black Dog,TruthTeller. Dominion Tavern

    •  Dead Root Revival, Graven. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Woods of Light. Art House Cafe

    •  Green Eyes, Witch Hands, 20 Eyes. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Amanda Keely and Joe Robert. Overflow Brewing

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    • Pre-order organic veggie, flower, and herb seedlings to pick up at Larkspur Farm on Saturday June 1 or Sunday June 2. The farm’s new location is in Luskville, 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

    • Cornerstone Housing for Women has been supporting women experiencing homelessness for 40 years. Help the charity celebrate this milestone by attending the Over the Decades Garden Party on Sunday June 9. Pick a decade to inspire your outfit and have it captured at the event Photo Booth while you enjoy complimentary beer & wine. $125 per person. 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence 291 Park Road K1M 0C9.

    • CityFolk has announced its 2024 line-up. Featured at the Sept 11 - 15 festival will be  The Beaches, Paul Kelly, Päter, Greta Van Fleet, Crown Lands, Fred Eaglesmith, Jacob River Milnes, Tennessee Cree, Rise Against, Explosions In The Sky, Cat Power Sings Dylan ‘66, Soen, Kellie Loder, Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya, Cinno, Milky Chance, Half Moon Run, Jamie Fine, Katie Tupper, Alanna Sterling, Alymr Jules, John Muirhead, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Maren Morris, Alejandro Escovedo, Billianne,  and Sonia G. Presale begins tomorrow at 10:00 am.


    Save up to 35% on season passes to Camp Fortune. Sale ends Friday (May 31).

    Save up to 75% on stoves and fireplaces at at the Fireplace Center.



    Last week, Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen asked for new motto for Ottawa suggestions (remember – our current motto is ‘Advance – Ottawa – En Avant’).

    He attracted some live ones: ‘Ottawa: The Saskatoon of the East, Ottawa: Closed for Maintenance, Ottawa: Three Weeks of Summer — We Just Don’t Know When, and Ottawa: Isn’t It Ironic?’. 

    Deachman’s columnist colleague Brigitte Pellerin had this to offer: ‘How about 'meh'?

    Deachman’s favourite though was from Ottawa expat Tom Curran with ‘The Heart of the Nation’ referencing the kinda heart shape of the city’s outline.

    You can read all the suggestions here.



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