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Not only is daytime television terrible, they are running out of it. Better then to move to the theatre of the mind.

If you are confined to quarters, or you now have a superfast commute, we've found some Ottawa-made podcasts that will keep you entertained and informed.

🎛️ Ego & Vice
They say: Mike Mitani is a local musician who has been involved in the Ottawa music scene since 1998 and a member of 3 active Ottawa bands. Ego &Vice Podcast covers the local music scene in Ottawa. This podcast is about local artists for local artists.  [Ego & Vice]

🍺 Tall Can Audio
They say: Matt, Rob and the rest of the TCA Crew you know and love rip on sports, pop culture, news, beer and whatever else needs tearing down from our studios in beautiful Bytown, Canada. [Tall Can Audio]

🎙️ City Slang
They say: City Slang is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring killer tunes and actually good interviews with your favourite bands! Produced and hosted by Emmanuel Sayer and Travis Boisvenue. [City Slang]

💼 Ottawa Entrepreneurs
They say: Ottawa Entrepreneurs is a podcast for business owners or those that dream of starting their own business one day. Each episode we interview a successful entrepreneur and find out how they got to where they are today, what lessons were learned and how you can benefit from their experience. Each episode is hosted by Patrick Whalen, founder of Extension Marketing. [Ottawa Entrepreneurs]

🤯 2020 Podcast
They say: Produced at the Canada 2020 Studios in Ottawa, the 2020 Network serves up new shows each week that dig deep into the big ideas shifting and shaping the political conversation in Canada. [2020]

🍸Queers, Questions and Cocktails
They say: Queers, Questions and Cocktails is a news, trivia and cocktail recipe LGBT podcast that is informative, interactive and instructional. Every episode we mix up a creative cocktail that becomes the game's theme. [Queers, Questions and Cocktails]

🗳️ Unpublished Cafe
They say: Unpublished Cafe, hosted by veteran radio journalist Ed Hand, provides an unfiltered prospective on Canadian current affairs free of bias and political partisanship. [Unpublished Cafe]

🕹️ Pinball Happy Hour
They say: We chat with the Pinball Women of Ottawa, a small but mighty group of ladies holding it down in Canada. Our guests include Megan Sprague, Gabi Antaya and Alisa Joy.  [Pinball Women Ottawa]

📽️ Mayfair Theatre
They say: Eric and Josh chat about: The Monkees, The Beach Boys, George Lucas, Jeff Goldblum, shooting with no finished script, that a difficult shoot = a good movie, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis and Eddie Murphy albums, the Spider-man musical, the Evil Dead musical, Paper Girls, and more! [Mayfair Theatre]

🔓 Voices Inside and Out
They say: Voices Inside and Out talks with people who’ve actually walked through prison gates, both those who’ve walked out again and with those who are still waiting for that day. We look at their personal stories, the strategies they used to get to where they are, their successes, and their failures. By looking at the common and unique themes from these individual stories we can create stronger support systems for prisoners, their families, and their communities once they reenter them. [Voices Inside and Out]

🍁 The Canadian In Me
They say: This podcast is all about sharing stories and experiences....we want to build communities one story at a time. My name is Jean Claude Mutuku, an African Immigrant who believes in community building and civil participation. [Canadian In Me]

🔮 Make The Future
They say: Join uOttawa's Jacques Beauvais (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering) as he connects with alumni, students and industry partners to explore the future of tech and innovation and how they can collaborate to make the future. [Make The Future]

🧘 Living Your Life with Lianne Laing
They say: Lianne Laing hits on limitless topics related to healthy living both physically, mentally and spiritually for everyone. [Living Your Life]

Is there something Ottawa to which we should be listening? Reply to us at [email protected]

One more thing, for those of you about to start a month of fasting this evening, 🤲 Mubarak Ramadan! 

We’ll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren



Weather: Sunny, high of 8°

Number: 250. The square footage of a hotel room a family of three lives in, without a kitchen or balcony, while waiting for shelter from the City [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day:  City Councillor for Cumberland Ward [vacant]. Empty since councillor Stephen Blais was elected to Queen's Park, the City yesterday had two options: call a by-election or appoint a replacement. They chose a controversial third option: do nothing and say the State Of Emergency allows them to do so [CBC]

Quote: “What I often hear on the radio is how important it is for people who are isolated to stay connected and get online and have Zoom and virtual parties. That's all out of my reach. I just can't have that, and it's all very frustrating” – Vanier resident Ray Noyes, who lives alone and advocates the federal government to deem internet access a basic right.  [CBC] [Internet for All]



There have been 943 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 44 since yesterday, and 32 deaths, an increase of seven.

Every care home resident to be tested, says Province  [Ottawa Citizen]

Premier Ford brings up lessening lockdown [CBC]

But... he also asks the military to help in care homes [CBC]

Familes of residents at the Madonna Community Care say 'something is bound to break' [CBC]

Dr. E. Couture Child Care Centre temporaily closed while staff member is tested [Ottawa Citizen]

Fourth OC Transpo driver tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

OC Transpo says there is no need to block off seats [CFRA

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City soon to debate expanding urban density into the rural areas
Mark our words — this will become big, soon [CBC]

   + Related Hold-the-Line campaign pushes to stop Ottawa’s urban expansion

City says LRT operator will be paid for April
It seems that things run well when the weather is nice and there are few passengers [CFRA]

Federal Government announces $1250 for post-secondary students
It's $1750 for people with a disability or are care givers [CBC]

Three Ottawa cops charged in tow-truck scandal
They are accused of tipping off accidents for cash [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa Police cancel their planned expansion by 100 officers
They can't get cadets because the Ontario Police Academy is closed. Admit it, you can hear the theme music. [Ottawa Citizen]

Gatineau cops arrest man accused of luring child through Fortnite
He has two charges of luring and one count each of exhibitionism and possession of child pornography. [Ottawa Citizen]

Five Ottawa cops used creepy Clearview AI technology
The software uses publically availble photos and information to create a dossier on almost anyone [Ottawa Citizen]
   + Related The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

WestJet lays off 3,000 employees
18,000 flights in May are cancelled [Ottawa Matters]

Canada Post seeing Christmas levels of parcels
In our experience, Canada Post is faster than it has ever been right now [CFRA]

Ottawa brewer and new Ottawa distiller team up to make hand sanitizer
Beau's Brewery and Dunrobin Distillers are using their grain for good [CFRA]



🎭 1 pm The Ottawa Public Library presents A Company of Fools reading The Tempest [Apt13]

🎼 Saturday April 25 7 pm Ottawa’s own Neat Coffee Shop usually features live music from the Canadian scene, and this Saturday April 25th it would have welcomed Long Range Hustle to the stage. Instead, the Toronto rock band will take over Neat’s Facebook page for an intimate living room performance   [Facebook]

You can also catch Long Range Hustle at their weekly Insta performance tonight. @longrangehustlemusic


🎼 Watch the new music video, Invaders, by Ottawa band The PepTides [Apt13]

😷 Fast mask making tutorial  [YouTube]

📽️ Watch Michael Moore's new documentary Planet Of The Humans  [YouTube]

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