Good morning, Ottawa. Fall is really in the air today as Environment Canada says we should expect temperatures to drop to 6ºC and not exceed 16ºC, with a risk of thunderstorm overnight. In the meantime, here is what you need to know to stay on top of the news.

Support staff work to rule at Ottawa Catholic, French boards

Support staff at the Ottawa Catholic School Board and Ottawa’s two French-language boards have joined colleagues across Ontario in a job action, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Students and parents will immediately face the new situation when office staff will not operate front-door buzzers. CUPE members will also stop a wide variety of tasks, from sweeping hallways to inputting or copying progress and report cards.

It’s the last day to register as a federal candidate

Today is the deadline for candidates to register for Canada’s election, CBC News reports. After 2 p.m. local time, the nomination process closes. This means that in an event of a candidate being kicked out or withdrawing, parties will not be allowed to fill in the slot. The Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens have full slates and will be represented in all 338 ridings across the country for Oct. 21. The People’s Party has 326 hopefuls in the field.

Ottawa rapper releases OC Transpo ‘diss track’

A University of Ottawa student has released a rap song in which she recounts her woes with OC Transpo. Claire Barasubiye, also known as Lil’ Claire, released “Bodak Transpo” earlier this month and has been getting attention, including from CBC News. If you are an OC Transpo commuter, chances are that you can definitely relate to this rap parody.

Ottawa Architecture Week under way

The annual week-long festival started on September 28 and will be going until October 8. This year’s theme is, “under water: weathering the new normal.” The theme is influenced by Ottawa’s “hundred-year floods, tornadoes, heatwaves, and record snowfalls.” and questions whether this would be Ottawa’s ‘new normal.’ Receptions, lectures and exhibits will be going on throughout the week.

Liberals release full platform

The Liberal Party has revealed its full 2019 platform on Sunday. The platform projects deficits of more than $20 billion a year for four years. CTV reports that it includes promises of billions in new spending for students, families and the environment. You can find details on the other parties’ election platforms here.

Ottawa Senators’ roster finalized

The Senators finalized their roster and made it official on Sunday, the Ottawa Sun reports. The following players were the last cuts: Vitaly Abramov, Christian Jaros and Logan Brown. Senators are preparing to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season opener Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena.


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