Read the May 2024 Centretown BUZZ

The front page of the May 2024 edition of the Centretown BUZZ.
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The May 2024 issue of The Centretown BUZZ is out! We hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

Our volunteer team will be distributing the paper around Centretown in the next few days. If you’re in Centretown, you should have the choice of reading the 16 pages on newsprint or here as a PDF.

How to read this paper online

Read this month’s newspaper online here, or as a flipbook. We also have a high-res version for printing your own copy.

In this issue

The BUZZ is again packed full with news this month. We have 16 stuffed pages!

The new concept plan for the controversial 1010 Somerset development has now been released (after The BUZZ was printed). See our separate online story for a full update, plus our community reaction story. We don’t have a date for community consultation yet, but you can respond to the city online.

One of the joys of Parliament Hill’s neo-Gothic architecture is the small sculptures decorating its walls and columns. Jack Hanna talked to the sculptors recreating those figures that have been weathered and worn over decades, and creating new ones.

Ed McKenna encountered a man slumped over a walker on Commissioner Street last week, who had been abandoned there for several days, and who said that he had come to Ottawa on Flixbus. We have Ed’s story and concerns, and have been trying to follow up with Flixbus since last week. We will update the story as we get more information.

The public school board has started a massive review of its elementary school programs, which may affect French immersion and special education, in light of increased busing and other costs. OCDSB trustee Justine Bell explains how you can learn more and have your concerns heard by the board.

John Shand explains the history and appeal of the “yard sale with no yard” in Minto Park – this year on June 8.

Robert Smythe recounts the unexpectedly interesting history of the Doctors’ Building on O’Connor Street, as it faces demolition.

The Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be car-free 24/7 this summer – but there’s a catch. We tell you more about the NCC’s plans, and reactions and suggestions on how to animate the driveway.

For Our Kids Ottawa-Gatineau is running family-friendly group bike rides throughout the summer, and hosting the showing of a documentary about a mother who finds cycling a solution. We tell you more.

Sadly, the community pantry and fridge on MacLaren was set on fire May 1 – but residents are still leaving food and the organizers want to rebuild. We give you the details.

With frustration about Weston-supplied grocery stores prices and profits highly visible this month, we offer you a list of independent food options: non-chain food stores in Centretown and elsewhere in Ottawa. Feel free to suggest others in the comments.

Tone Cluster, “quite a queer choir,” is 30 years old this year, and Roger Butt explains how it started, how it survived the pandemic, and why it’s important to its members and its community.

Two years ago, we told you how Cornerstone Housing for Women was renovating a former school on Eccles to provide supportive housing. It’s now open and we got to tour it, and tell you how it will provide permanent bachelor apartments for 46 people who might otherwise be homeless.

As Freedom Convoy organizer Pat King goes on trial this week, the civil class action against the organizers has been delayed again. We tell you why.

Stephen Thirlwall attended the opening for the new exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery and praises the innovative pieces that resulted from a collaboration between the gallery and the University of Ottawa. More photos in the online version.

The bee and butterfly garden on Frank Street near Bank recently won a no-strings $1000 award from Awesome Ottawa. We tell you what they plan to do with it, how the garden is expanding this year and their upcoming Herb Walk, and what Awesome Ottawa is.

The Centretown Community Health Centre points out how important its registered nurses are to maintaining health, and asks why they’re not being paid the same as nurses in other settings.

The first Jane’s Walk of 2024 was on the Trillium Pathway, with former Dalhousie Community Association president Michael Powell giving 30+ walkers the full history of the pathway and areas around it. We have more photos in the online version.

Our News shorts also have important news!

  • Ottawa City Council has rejected objections to 290 City Centre being designated as a heritage property (update from the print story);
  • the next Ottawa Urbanism book club meeting;
  • possible changes to water/stormwater rates that may result in paved surfaces being charged more;
  • the anti-renoviction study being approved; and
  • your last chance to see “When the Rubber Meets the Road.”

We have many suggestions in the What’s On column for films, plays, and music to enjoy, mostly in Centretown venues.

And we have news from Councillor Troster, your MP and MPP, and the Dalhousie and Centretown Community Associations.

We need your ideas, feedback, and ads

Please let us know what you think of this issue: which articles did you enjoy most? Is there anything we missed? Email us at

As always, this newspaper is a community effort. Thanks to everyone who contributed articles, photos, ideas, tech support, and proofreading to this issue.

We also appreciate the financial support of our advertisers who enable us to bring you this community newspaper.

Our next issue will be published June 14, 2024. Tell us your feedback, ideas, and news tips at or 613-565-6012 x2! Our deadline for letters, articles, and ideas is Monday, June 3, 2024.

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