When the ottawan was nought but scribbles in a notebook over a table at the Lumbertown, we had always planned to do a Best of Ottawa-Gatineau awards.
It was time to celebrate our food scene, our great independent shops, our musicians and artists who choose to create from here rather than try their luck down the road.
We planned to have an award ceremony at some appropriate location that would start small (probably just the two of us) but in later years, we'd invite local bands and breweries, and make a big deal of it.
And then 2020 happened and we shelved the whole idea. You can't celebrate food you can't eat, shops you can't shop in, and art you can't experience.
But Ottawa and Gatineau persevered: food was served from the curb, then in the street; shops opened, carefully; musicians and artists... man, we're so sorry. Keep creating, we'll all figure it out.
But our readers' survey earlier in the month changed our mind. It was a lot of fun and we learned so much about the city.
So, this Thursday, we'll be launching the nomination round of the ottawan Best of Ottawa-Gatineau 2020 where we'll ask our readers to nominate the best in restaurants, shops and services, and media. A week later, we'll open the voting.
Does this sound like a plan? Reply to us at [email protected] if you have any ideas for us.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 15.°
Ottawan of the Day: Diesel, a four month-old kitten. Diesel was tossed from a parked car window in Bells Corners but was saved after a search by dozens of volunteers. [CTV]
Quote: “Where our patio is now is usually where I shovel all winter. And I can tell you, it's not a place you want to eat” – Adam Vettorel, chef and co-owner of North and Navy in Centretown, who worries about how to keep his patio open when it gets cold. [CBC]
For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard
⭕ There have been 3274 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 111 since Friday, and 267 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.
⭕ Did Canada have access to the early COVID-19 intelligence that US President Trump is accused of downplaying? [CBC]
⭕ COVID-19 cases in Ontario are rising, at the same rate they were in early June. Blame Ottawa, Toronto, Brampton, and Mississauga for the uptick. [CBC]
⭕ Carleton Unversity student tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]
⭕ Extendicare Laurier Manor on Montreal Road outbreak expands to 15 cases [CTV]
⭕ Three staffers test positive for COVID-19 at Trainyards LCBO. [CTV]-+
⭕ Staffer at Walmat in Orléans tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]
🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App
Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau.
#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Over 2000 students will not have a school bus today as the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is short more than 100 drivers. The authority's general manager believes it is because most drivers are over 60 and don't want to risk getting COVID-19. [CBC]
▪️17 year-old girl charged with first degee murder. The body found behind Collège catholique Samuel-Genest, a French Catholic high school on Carsons Road, this summer was shot. [CBC]
▪️Quebec has borrowed Swedish highway design for Highway 50 near Gatineau. A high-fatality stretch of road, the transport ministry has strung a cable fence down the middle of the two lane highway, which stops drivers from crossing into the wrong direction of traffic or passing dangerously. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️How to be a real estate agent. The ad says “Rare opportunity to own an Ottawa landmark”. The reality is the building that houses strip club Barefax is for sale. The club itself is also for sale. $6 million. The location is the former Zaphod Beeblebrox. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Gigamon launches R&D hub in Ottawa. The fourth tech hub worldwide, Gigamon is hiring software engineers for its network visibility, analytics, and threat detection & response business. [Kingston Whig Standard] [Gigamon Jobs Page]
▪️Gatineau Hospital cancels all intensive care. The hospital is short of nurses. [Ottawa Citizen]
Wed, Sept. 16,7pm CBC host Alan Neal Kevin Bourne of SHIFTER Magazine, Hueso, Lia Kloud, Asuquomo, and City Fidelia have an in-depth in-depth conversation about the Ottawa music scene [CBC] [Instagram Live]