The City of Ottawa has recognized eight buildings at the 2023 Ottawa Heritage Awards. (The links go to the Google map street view image)

For Preservation

For Rehabilitation


For Rehabilitation

For Government

  • Postal Station B Rehabilitation and Ground Floor Rehabilitation, 59 Sparks Street

For Heritage Grants

Also recognized were the Wateridge Village Commemoration Program Handbook, the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Walk Committee, and a community award for the late François Bregha.

– Martha and Darren

We have a few more Food + Drink items that didn’t make it in yesterday

  • The Carleton Tavern has new owners. The 88 year-old bar has been sold after a forty year run by the Saikaley family. The new landlords are Ottawa Venues group owner Steve Monuk and former Prescott manager Phil Coates, who promise relieved patrons to not change anything. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)
  • Reader Martin has informed us of a new* brewery in Chelsea, the Chelsea & Co microbrasserie and Gatineau’s Brasserie du Bas Canada has moved to 95, boul. de la Technologie. Both have been updated in our Ottawa-Gatineau Craft Brewery Map.

    * New to us. We can’t believe we didn't know about it before.
  • Stittsville is getting a Mad Radish on March 1st. You can find it next to the Brandon & Megan’s No Frills at 24 Iber Road. 
  • Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen has gone mad for arepas: ‘round cakes made of corn flour, usually bountifully stuffed with savoury fillings that have been staples in the northern part of South America for hundreds of years’. On the list are: Chamos GrillGooney’s Arepas & Sandwich Works, and Toasty Arepas.



ottawa historic logo t-shirts

Ottawa Valley Ale T-Shirt

Long forgotten, but Ottawa’s first craft brewery was Ottawa Valley Ale, incorporated in 1985.

Help support the ottawan by buying one of our historic logo t-shirts. 




    • ❄️  Periods of snow. High of -10°, low of -15°. 


    • 2nd
    • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of Canadian cities that report the most UFOs. Toronto was number one. Apparently we saw 131 of them last year. (Jane Stevenson in the Ottawa Sun

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jack Doyle 
    • After 33 years of being the general manager of the Algonquin College Students’ Association, Doyle is finally graduating retiring. In his career, he helped create student facilites at the Perth campus, a gymnasium in Pembroke, and the new Athletics and Recreation Center in Ottawa, named after him. (Morgan Farrell in the Algonquin Times)


    • As we’re seeing in every other city across the world that has tried this, it seems to work
    • – Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) on Toronto’s pilot project to divert mental health 911 calls from police to to community agencies. (Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen)


    💸 Phoenix Payment System

    • Over 37,000 Federal civil servants – current and former – will be receiving an overpayment letter. The Federal government is rushing to collect the money that it accidently overpaid to employees over the years before the statute of limitations runs out. Letter recipients will have four weeks to respond before wages are garnished.  (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    📸 Speed Traps

    • The City’s transportation committee has approved spending $1.3 million for automatic speed camera in 17 new locations(City of Ottawa)

    🏭 Bad Air

    • A group of Ottawa physicians have filed a complaint under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act against the planned downtown truck route. The complaint alleges the trucks pose a health hazard to downtown residents and, by virture of its filing, will compel the medical officer of health to investigate. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Click here to feature your event


    • Ottawa Design Club presents Beyond the Mark, its first in person event of the year. Speakers include tattoo artist Mariah Landers, muralist and illustrator Dom Laporte, and brand designer and illustrator Dom Richichi. Plus, you can network and enjoy drinks with other Ottawa creatives. $20. Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. 
    • The Ottawa Boat & Outdoors Show drops anchor at the Centre EY Centre until Sunday. 4899 Uplands Dr. Passes from $16 for adults. 
    • The Brewmaster’s Dinner: Beer VS. Wine Edition, a “Head to Head Pairing Dinner” pits Mill Street Brewery against Mark Anthony Wines. At Craft Beer Market, 975 Bank St. Tickets $85 +fee 


    • This one is for the book lovers: Elmdale Bookfest 2023 arrives at Elmdale Public School today (9:00am to 9:00pm) and Saturday  (9:00am to 4:00pm). This annual second-hand book sale is an opportunity to find a great read while supporting local causes. With more than thousands of titles there’s something for everyone, at very low prices. There will be raffles and a bake sale, too. Free admission. Cash only. 
    • Ottawa Rockabilly band The Allez Cats appear at Stray Dog Brewing, so prepare to party. No cover, but bring your beer and eats money. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans.
    • Steven Spielberg’s love letter to filmmaking The Fabelmans plays the Mayfair Theatre at 6:30pm tonight and tomorrow night at 6:00pm. If you miss it this weekend you’ll get another chance next Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. 
    • Author, brewer, and founder of McAuslan Brewing Inc. Peter McAuslan drops by Dominion City for conversation, a Q&A, and a book signing. Join Dominion City founder Josh McJannette and other craft beer fans as they hear from the man who led the way in Quebec’s independent brewery industry. Order Peter McAuslan’s book Brewing Better Beer: The Story of St. Ambroise and the birth of Quebec craft brewing for the author to sign at the event. Tickets $5 (includes your first Dominion city beer). 
    • Stray Dog Brewing invites you to enjoy a Craft Beer & Food Pairing evening on Thursday, March 6 starting at 6:30pm. Tickets cost $100 per person, and include a five course dinner from Ottawa Chef Phil Cameron, which will be paired with five craft beers. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans. 


    Just Announced

    • Day Passes are now available to Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 23-30). This year’s line-up highlights include Lord Huron, the Buddy Guy Damn Right Farewell tour, Snarky Puppy, and Herbie Hancock. 
    • The Ottawa Transit Riders will be holding a Orléans Transit Forum on March 25. (Ottawa Transit Riders)
    • Virtual Candle Making workshop with Toronto’s Terradomi on Saturday May 6 at 1:00pm. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants who will each receive their candle making kit in the mail. You’ll then take part in an interactive, one hour candle making sesh. You’ll end up with a soy candle to enjoy or give as a Mother's Day prezzie the following week. $78. 


    the ottawan t-shirt


    Wear the only belogoed t-shirt authorized by the ottawan itself.

    Take advantage of the mini renovation going on at Flock Boutique, grab some discounts in their flash sale. The sale continues through February 26 in store and February 28 online. 


    Ottawa Bulldog is only asking questions, mind you, but the dog has noticed that the O Train operating company is hiring a dozen new employees, who will be performing enhanced maintenance on the wheels as often as every 3,750 km. This may add $100,000 onto the agreed but now secret agreement with the City. Is the City actually paying more money to the Rideau Transit Group? Who knows, the agreement is secret.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

    🗣️ Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.

    ⏩ Was this edition of the ottawan forwarded to you? Sign up here.

    📧 Forward this edition of the ottawan to someone.

    ❓ Missed a number? View our archive here.

    More from the ottawan