September 01, 2014

Seen in the Byward Market: Skeleton and Shrek riding shotgun

I saw these two characters riding shotgun in two different cars in the Byward Market today. Is this a thing?






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Introducing StittsvilleCentral.ca - a new online newspaper


Today marks the launch of StittsvilleCentral.ca, a new online newspaper and information source from OttawaStart.com.  OttawaStart's "World Headquarters" is in Stittsville, and believe it or not there is quite a bit happening way out here in the west end.

Chef Michael Blackie just opened Next Restaurant on Hazeldean Road, Kathleen Edwards will soon be opening her own coffee shop on Stittsville Main Street, and there's a craft brewer (Covered Bridge Brewing) in the industrial park on Iber Road.

Stittsville is a rapidly growing community.  With 20,000 residents today, it's expected to grow to 70,000 people within the next two decades.  StittsvilleCentral.ca will cover the people and businesses who are driving this growth, and explore what effect this growth has on the community.

Have a look and let us know what you think.

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August 29, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #84: House of Paint producer Rob Reid



Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: We meet up with Rob Reid, the festival producer of Ottawa's largest Urban Arts festival which is running Sept 4th through 7th this year. We talk about how it started, how hard the city is to deal with to get something this great going and of course a lot of details about the event! Music this week is from the Friday night performer from Ottawa, Rita Carter!




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August 27, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 28-September 3, 2014

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2013 Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, by Christophe Ledent from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

See also: What's open and closed on Labour Day Monday...

Thursday, August 28: Whatever's Cool With Me 17th Anniversary Show
This Thursday, I will be celebrating 17 years in the Thursday morning slot on CKCU. I can't believe they haven't kicked me off yet! I'll be giving some lucky listeners tickets to Timber Timbre at the NAC, Doug Paisley at the NAC, and movies tickets for the ByTowne Cinema. I'll also be announcing the winner of the Twitter contest for Folk Festival tickets. Of course, I will also be playing gobs of great music, so tune in from 9:30-noon on 93.1 FM.
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Thursday-Monday, August 28-September 1: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
The 27th annual Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is being held from Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1, 2014. This annual festival, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers a slew of on-site activities for everyone including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s musical headliners include Jason Derulo, Shawn Desman, Phillip Phillips, and Kaïn among others.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Tuesday, August 28-September 2 (and ongoing): Walking Tours With a Difference See your city in new ways. Take a tour with Ottawa (de)tours, which leads themed walks and conversations on political, social and environmental topics. This week there’s money and economics (Thursday and Saturday), feminism (Saturday), play (Monday) and local food solutions (Tuesday). With Indigenous Walks, you can explore Ottawa’s social, political, cultural and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective—catch the political tour of Parliament Hill on Sunday.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, August 30: Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party
At Mayfair Theatre, starting at 10:00am. It's exactly how it sounds: you pig out on cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons. And you're even welcomed to go in your PJs! What better way to kick off back to school?!
-- Tanya Snook

Saturday, August 30: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Ottawa Fury soccer team is coming off a great road win last week- hopefully they'll keep the momentum going. A great family experience for a resonable price - come cheer on the team!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, August 30: The Songwriter: Photographs by Jamie KronickIf you’re into photography, music and local culture, you don’t want to miss The Songwriter, an exhibition of photographs by artist Jamie Kronick being presented at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex inside City Hall. Kronick’s work will offer a unique look at Ottawa songwriters in the spaces where they write, and act “as a documentation not only of persons, but also as a visualization of the relationships that take place among person, place and process”. Although the vernissage is only taking place on September 4, the exhibition will be up as of August 30.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 30: Mackenzie Rhythm Section live at the Chelsea Pub
Ottawa-Gatineau’s favorite soulsteppers, the energetic Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are performing live at the Chelsea Pub this Saturday, August 30 starting at around 9pm. If you want to see a live show and dance the night away at the same time, this even is just what you need. Don’t even think about standing still if you go, it’ll be impossible, and that’s a promise.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Until August 30: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Three weeks of improv theatre wraps up this weekend with workshops and performances at Arts Court. It should be a very funny weekend.
-- Glen Gower

Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1: Family Event at the Mackenzie King Estate 
This long weekend, celebrate the end of summer with your family in the heart of Gatineau Park. There will be lots of free activities for everyone at the Mackenzie King Estate including Face painting for children , craft corner, carriage rides lawn games, music and more. TheTearoomand the snack bar will be open as per their usual hours. Visitors may also bring their own picnic. Starts at 11:00am. The Estate is on Mackenzie King Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until November 9: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa


Have a great week!



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August 26, 2014

Rose Simpson: People don't like being judged by their food banks

Fresh produce at the Byward Market
Fresh produce at the Byward Market.
Photo by Jamie McCaffrey from the OttawaStart Flickr Group



Rose Simpson's column appears most Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.



I'm troubled by a recent media circus over remarks made by the director of a local food bank.

Karen Secord, the coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre, says she has been turning back food she doesn't believe is good for her clients, things like Kraft Dinner and canned soup.

The interview set off a media feeding frenzy and ruffled a lot of feathers among people who donate to the Ottawa Food Bank, which does not share Ms. Secord's policy.

Media trainers must be lining up right now to give Ms. Secord some advice about how to do media interviews. Meanwhile she's been threatened and called names by people, and by the looks of the follow-up story she has no idea why.

I don't think anyone disagrees with Ms. Secord that disadvantaged people need, and deserve, nutritious food. From what I've seen looking at the bin at my local Loblaws, most people are making good choices concerning what they put in their food bank donations. Sure, there's the odd KD, but mostly I see canned tomatoes, beans, diapers, baby formula and so on.

The food deemed unacceptable doesn't have to be sent back, it needs to be sent to the recycle, no questions asked. As many people have pointed out, food banks should (and are) thankful for all donations. Otherwise, people will stop giving.

What ruffled the feathers was not what she said about the need to provide nutritious food. What bugged people who donate is that they felt judged. How dare she question what we ourselves eat?
It's the same backlash that is being felt by schools who are calling the Children's Aid Society on parents who don't pack nutritious lunches for their kids. Nothing wrong with sending information home to ALL parents at the beginning of the school year to give them some guidance. Nothing wrong with informing people about the need to be sensitive to food allergies of classmates.

I once had the CAS called on me because a school didn't like the lunch my babysitter packed my kids. All I needed was a note from the school; instead I got the third degree from the authorities. I was utterly humiliated.

Do-gooders should not be so quick to pass judgment. Everyone has skeletons. Everyone.
Back to the food bank issue.

The good news is that the uproar has given people something to think about. Ms. Secord would probably never have gotten the publicity if she hadn't made those negative comments. Nutrition isn't as sexy and pitting a charity against its donors.

And here is what Glen Pearson from the London, Ontario Food Bank has to say about the controversy. The words in italics are his.

Thanks for the question about food donations. Because most of the food comes from the public in anonymous fashion, it is difficult to send anything back that we believe might be harmful - like after due-date. When companies donate, they always ask us what we would prefer and they are good at purchasing those items. We also spend a fair bit of funds each year purchasing food and, of course, that permits us to be selective. We've been at this 28 years and we have found that the public has gotten very good at the food they donate to us. Education is a huge part of that and we work with the local health unit for recommendations. One of their staffers is on our board.

I did some interviews on the Parkdale situation but I believe it was an odd situation that just happened to get national coverage. Food banks just don't work like that and it seems to me they are always thankful for the public's generosity. Jane and I are just at a food bank event right now and we've already had numerous questions from folks about what kind of food they should donate. That shows just how willing citizens are to give the right things. A big problem is always whatever food is donated, it sometimes stays in that location for a day or two before it gets to the food bank. That makes non-perishables something of a priority, though not exclusively. That Parkdale director had some problems with that, but food banks in general are just thankful. They and the public are getting better supplies everyday. It's an educational issue and takes time. Judgments aren't helpful.


-- Rose Simpson




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August 21, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #83 with Crush Improv



Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: "We meet up with Glen, Dan and Brooke from Crush Improv. They are an incredible improv comedy group in Ottawa that do many shows as well as a monthly event at Heart and Crown. We discuss comedy in the capital, how they started, how people can get involved and much more!"




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August 20, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 21-27, 2014

Old and New
Photo: Old and New by Marcel Regimbald, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.


Thursday-Sunday, August 21-24: Peoples’ Social Forum and "Art Sparks Change" Festival
From themed walking tours to performance art, the next few days are packed with activities associated with the Peoples’ Social Forum, a gathering of people working towards social, environmental and political justice. Even if you’re not at the PSF, check out the “Art Sparks Change” Festival with music, spoken word poetry and other experiences along Sparks Street—catch the book launch of “The Winter We Danced” (on the Idle No More movement) on Thursday at 7 p.m., and the Traditional Pow-Wow on Saturday from noon until 6 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, August 21: Words of Courage
Recognizing that the topic of child sexual abuse is uncomfortable, but that turning from it will not make it go away, Voice Found has taken great care to design an informative evening that will leave you feeling inspired…and you’ll have some fun too!  Featuring special speakers including Jerry Sandusky's son and others, this should be a fantastic evening to learn, be inspired and help out.
-- Laura Gauthier

Friday, August 22 (8pm): Randypeters Reunion Show Influenced by a mishmash of the Rolling Stones, the Clash, rockabilly, 65/66 Beatles, surf music, and whatever the heck else was on CKCU-FM those days, the Randypeters were a difficult band to pin down, though a roots rock/country/punk hybrid would be accurate. The band opened for the likes of the Cramps, the Minutemen, Rough Trade, Trio, the Exploited, the Anti-Nowhere League, Forgotten Rebels and Alien Sex Fiend.
-- Eugene Haslam

Friday, August 22: In/Words Magazine and Chapbook Publication Release Party
7:30 pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone. Steven Artelle, Chris Johnson, Hungry Animals (music) & readers from the issue.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday, August 22: OKA live at the Mercury Lounge
Live and direct from Australia, the progressive roots/world 4-piece band known for its feel good sounds featuring electrified didgeridoo, heavy slide guitar, soaring flutes & juju rhythms is sure to feed your soul with a noteworthy live performance. Before and after, local DJ Magnificent will be taking care of the playlist to get you moving and grooving.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 23: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour
A pleasant Saturday bike ride with stops at some of Ottawa’s thriving community gardens—that’s Just Food’s Urban Agriculture Tour. Marvel at the bounty, learn about local food and sample some snacks at either four or six community gardens. 10 a.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, August 23: SAVE GAZA Humanitarian Relief Emergency Fundraiser
Our mission: To encourage Canadians of all persuasions, to come together for a SIMPLE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORT, showing the true spirit of Canadian compassion. Even if you can’t come, buy a ticket as a donation. 100% goes to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, for Gaza. We are also lending our support to: HEAL 100 KIDS. http://www.heal100kids.com. As Canadians our wish is that our government provide visas and support for Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, "The Gaza Doctor’s" initiative to bring the most seriously injured to Canada for treatment. Event starts at 7pm.
-- Eugene Haslam

Saturday, August 23: Barnstorm
In Finch, Ontario, south-east of Ottawa. This year’s edition of the annual music festival will feature live performances by Saint Clare, Big Jeezus Truck, Ray Harris & the BSOB’s, the Sick Sick Sicks, Lynne Hanson and R.W. Haller. Free camping is available and encouraged for those who want to get their party on.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Public Archaeological Dig at Vincent Massey Park!
Join an archaeologist from the NCC as he/she leads a public dig aimed at "gaining a better understanding of the pre-contact occupation of (the) site." The area was used by groups as a portage around 4,000 years ago, but didn't have "principal occupation" until about the year 800 BC. This sounds like a rare, cool event. Get your kids out learning without them realizing it!
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Trainfest
Do you love trains? Ever seen an operating model railway? Ever taken a ride in a caboose, or been on a guided horse-and-wagon tour of our railway history? The weekend will feature a variety of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, a kid’s tent, museum BBQ, train rides, town-wide train trivia race, and so much more fun for the whole family! At the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, 90 William St. West, Smiths Falls.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Twist Festival
If you’re a fan of fibre, as in the kind that’s spun into yarn, then you’re in luck because the Twist Festival is happening this weekend in St-André-Avellin, a municipality about 45 minutes away from Ottawa-Gatineau. The two-day annual event serves as a showcase for the fibre world and is intended for the general public, enthusiasts, fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, transformers, artists, artisans, professionals and semi-professionals. It’ll feature dozens of workshops, activities, a textile art exhibit with a modern twist and over 80 exhibitors from all trades of the fibre industry.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, August 24: Share the Road Ride Ottawa
This bike ride is in memory of Mario Theoret, founding member of Trips for Kids Ottawa, which gives kids access to mountain bike outings and environmental education. Proceeds from the 55 km and 105 km routes benefit Trips for Kids Ottawa and Share The Road Cycling Coalition. Sign up to cycle, or support the riders on their way.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Until August 23: Arboretum Music Festival
The only concert that I felt I couldn't miss this summer was the Constantines at Arboretum Music Festival. If you don't already know, they are a recently reunited rock'n'roll outfit who, in my humble opinion, are one of Canada's crown jewels in its history of music, and almost assuredly one of our country's best-ever live acts. This band is but one of way-too-many reasons why you should visit this new and growing festival, which is a celebration of many of life's joys - wonderful food, visual and video arts, artistic growth, community collaboration, supporting local - beyond its primary focus of music. Across twelve different venues over the course of a week, come eat, dance, learn, be inspired, drink some beer, make some friends, and - for your own good - see the Constantines. (PS: The entire music line-up is killer, and includes Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Chad Vangaalen, locals Hilotrons and Steve Adamyk Band, and another one of my must-see acts: Weaves.)
-- Jake Naylor 

Until August 24: The Capital Fair
It's not quite the Super Ex but it's close. The Capital Fair (formerly the Gloucester Fair) takes place at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Featuring a full midway, monster truck show and free grandstand entertainment.
-- Glen Gower

Until August 30: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Three weeks of improv theatre continues. This weekend features Montreal improv group Uncalled For on Thursday, stand-up with Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) on Friday, and Spotlight On Kevin McDonald on Saturday night. This will be a very funny weekend.
-- Glen Gower

Until August 23: Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill 
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Anytime: Explore the capital region's bike paths!
After the completion of the Sawmill Creek pathway recently I am now finally able to get from the South Keys area to the pathways down the river and canal! A great reminder there are constant updates to paths, and beautiful things to see and do along the way. Lots of great resources to make a lovely hour, afternoon, or day of biking the beautiful pathways around the Ottawa and Gatineau areas. Don't forget Sunday Bike Days are still on!
-- Laura Gauthier



Have a great week!




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August 19, 2014

Rose Simpson: Jim Flaherty wouldn't want us to pay for his funeral

Parliament Hill
Photo: Parliament Hill by David Johnson, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Rose Simpson's column appears most Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.


This might make some people uncomfortable.
Canadians don't like other people knowing their business especially things like how much it costs to bury their beloved relatives.
Oh well, the cost of this particular funeral is in the public record.
In other words, you and I paid for it.
Most funerals that are paid for by the state are for people on welfare, or for the homeless to give every family some dignity in their time of grief.
But this funeral was not that kind of funeral.
It was a state funeral, the kind usually reserved for kings or queens, prime ministers or Governors General.
I'm am writing, of course, about the state funeral for Jim Flaherty, the one we paid $400,000 for.
Frankly I was shocked when I saw that number. And I think Jim Flaherty would have been shocked, too.
In fact, I have no trouble saying that if he'd heard about it when he was alive, he would have died of shame.
Jim Flaherty was a well known penny pincher. He loved saving money for the Canadian taxpayer.
He saw it as his legacy.
How to explain then, in death, why he needed to wear the Emperor's clothes, and let us host a lavish booze up for people he either didn't know or didn't like.
Hmm. I didn't get an invite, not even a drink ticket but my pennies paid for suites at the Royal York, double decker buses, flat screens and private receptions for the swells.
How could Flaherty justify this little number in Part III of the Spending Estimates?
The answer is, he didn't sign off on it.
The prime minister did.
Jim Flaherty was one day minding his own business, shining up his golf clubs, hoisting a few with buddies and the next thing he knew he was tying up traffic with a $400,000 police presence and detail.
He wouldn't have liked it. He would say the expense couldn't be justified.
He'd say "who do you think I am, Allison Redford?"
Jim Flaherty had some cash stashed away. He had life insurance.
He didn't need the state to pay for things.
Some would argue that Jim Flaherty deserved this kind of send off. After all, the government paid for a funeral for Jack Layton, too.
To which I say, Jack Layton could have paid for his own funeral, too.
As my granny would say: "who does he think he is -- the King of England?

Look, I just watched two of my dear friends, who didn't have a pot to piss in -- no insurance, nada -- bury their husbands. One had to borrow the money from her mom. The other had to use a pay equity settlement, one she waited for more than 20 years to bury her guy.
The state didn't give a rat's ass about their bills.
But it didn't mind reaching into their pockets to bury Jim Flaherty who would have been happy to rent the local legion on his own dime and buy a round for everybody.
We need to put an end to these state funerals and put the money to better use, like upping the amount Canada Pension Plan pays families to plant their loved ones.
Let's remember our beloved politicians the way ordinary Canadians remember their family members.
In the mind's eye.



-- Rose Simpson




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August 15, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #82 - Cardel Homes & Those Gulls


Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: "We meet up with Greg Graham, CEO of Cardel Homes Ottawa to talk about all things residential development in Ottawa. We touch on the future of the suburbs, what can be changed, why they cost what they cost, the charitable aspects of Cardel and much more! foodiePrints tells us about the upcoming festivals and music this week from Those Gulls!"






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Wendy Daniels, Sandy Sharkey part of a new line-up on boom 99.7

Here's a press release from Corus Radio about changes coming to boom 99.7.  It's the sister station to Jump! 106.9, which changed formats earlier this year from The Bear.

Long-time radio host Wendy Daniels, who spent years at The Bear, will co-host the morning show.  Sandy Sharkey is another well-known Ottawa radio personality, worked for over 30 years in radio in various roles at stations like Bob, Kool, CFMO, CFRA.

Pete Marier, the other morning show host, was most recently at 92.5 The Beat in Montreal. His bio from that station's website reads: "A seasoned broadcaster, Pete Marier is as passionate now about the craft as he was 30 plus years ago when he first hit a mic switch in Timmins, Ontario. He has worked every shift in a wide variety of formats, including Country (!) and is an accomplished and versatile voice-over artist. A native Montrealer, Pete lives in the Eastern Townships with his wife and three sons... all of whom are taller than he is."

The new line-up starts on August 25, just before the fall ratings period.

No word yet on if the music format will change, but we've sent a few emails out to see if we can find out what's up.

This press release was originally published on BroadcasterMagazine.com:

Corus Radio Ottawa’s boom 99.7 introduces a new weekday lineup of fresh faces and station favourites, bringing the best classic hits to audiences in the Nation’s Capital. The dynamic lineup will debut on August 25, 2014. 
Boom Mornings will be co-hosted by Pete Marier and Wendy Daniels from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with Murray Sherriffs on news. 
Wendy is a familiar and favourite announcer for many Ottawans. As a long-time host on The Bear and most recently as drive host on boom 99.7, Wendy has a strong connection to the community. 
Pete’s career spans three decades, mostly with iconic CHOM-FM in Montreal, where he has hosted morning and afternoon drive shows. Known for his sharp wit and trademark candid approach to life, Pete will be a welcome addition to morning radio in Ottawa. 
Veteran newscaster, Murray Sherriffs, who has graced the newsrooms of CJAD-AM, Virgin 96 and most recently at 92.5 The Beat, brings an honest and straightforward style to his newscasts. 
Middays will be hosted by Heather Ray from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as she returns from a stint as a weekend announcer at Corus Radio Ottawa’s JUMP! 106.9. 
Afternoon drive will be hosted by Tom Schoch from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tom brings 10 years of on-air experience including stints at The Bear, xFM and CHEZ in Ottawa and is currently the Promotions Director for both boom and JUMP!. 
Weekends and Evenings will be hosted by Sandy Sharkey. Sandy is no stranger to the Ottawa radio having enjoyed a successful career with Majic 100 and 93.9 BOB FM. Sandy has recently co-hosted boom’s Tales from the Turnatable with Wendy. 
“We are thrilled to have a diverse and experienced team of on-air personalities at boom 99.7,” said Mark Dickie, General Manager, Corus Radio Ottawa and Cornwall. “This ensemble is sure to entertain new and long-time listeners with lively banter and the greatest hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s.”


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