The Ottawa Public Library is going to let you check out people from the library. The War Museum is planning an exhibition that will let you check out old people. The idea is that you'd have a conversation with someone with a unique perspective: a local celebrity, someone from a different race or culture, someone with a disability, a war veteran.
(We have a similar program here in Regina: it's called "taking the bus". If you want to chat to random strangers that's the way to do it out here all right.)