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Weekly News Review: No more cats on the Hill, Museum dance parties and more!

By François Levesque on January 7, 2013

But Stephen Harper loved cats so much! We heard this week that the Parliament cat sanctuary is closing, at the request of the volunteers who had been managing it. Only four cats remained and they’ve all been adopted by the volunteers. The cat sanctuary had been part of Parliament since the 1970s. Curious about the sanctuary? They have a blog for your viewing pleasure.

It’s rare that I write about someone passing away in the Weekly News Review but we were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Lara Vaarré, founder and owner of Truffle Treasures, during the Holidays. She passed away of colon cancer, at the age of 42.

Clubbin’ with the dinos, that’s what the Museum of Nature is proposing with its new monthly DJ nights announced last week. It may be new to Ottawa but it’s a phenomenon that’s been taking place in other cities around the world for a number of years now, and it’s definitely seen a new crowd of people patronize museums. For example, almost a quarter of the Brooklyn Museum’s attendees between 2004 and 2010 were people who came for their free dance nights First Saturdays. The Museum of Nature’s first night is January 25 and admission is $20.

The city’s working on development plans for a couple of interesting areas in the city – Bayview Yards, in Mechanicsville and parts of Vanier. David Reevely addressees the issues with both.

  • Frank

    I recall visiting the cats of Parliament for the first time back in 2001 and many times since. It is definitely one of those attractions that I have always felt is not typical to Ottawa. While I’m sad to see it go, I’m happy that none of the animals will be left out in the cold.

  • Sorry to hear about the passing of the owner of Truffle Treasure.
    I was surprised about the Cat Sanctuary, it is pretty popular in Ottawa!