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It's finally here – the first annual Best of Ottawa Awards.

This is the nomination round, where we ask you to nominate in the best Restaurants, Craft Brewers, Neighbourhoods, Local Personalities, and Shops categories, and more.

Please make your nominations!

Every nominator who provides their email address will be added to the draw to win $100 to spend at their favourite Ottawa business.

And so it is clear, just because we call it the Best of Ottawa Awards, nominations are open to the entire Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais.

We're looking for the widest possible number of nominations – please share our survey with your friends and on social media.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

PS Don't forget to nominate your Best of Ottawa picks.


Weather: 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 15°  

Number: Second. The place on the list of billionaires whose wealth has increased during the pandemic, where the founder of local mom and pop business Shopify finds himself. Tobi Lutkes' wealth went from $4 billion to $10.6 billion, an increase of $6.6 billion, in the past six months. [Behind The Numbers

Ottawan of the Day:  Wise Atangana. The poet/rapper has released an album as a fundraiser for the launch of an Afro Canadian Cultural Centre downtown. Plans are to open January 2021. [Ottawa Citizen] [Go Fund Me]

Quote: I don’t need any more glamour. I live in Ottawa. It’s already the biggest film and TV production hub in all of Eastern Ontario. Seriously, Cornwall doesn’t even come close.” – Christopher Redmond on his new TV show, Stittsville on Patrol, which will be on Bell Fibe next year [Stittsville Central


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3387 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 60 since yesterday, and 273 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1039 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 25 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Student at Algonquin College tests positive for COVID-19 [Algonquin Times]

⭕ Billionaire American mask-critic exempted from quarantine when she visited her Ontario warehouse  [CBC]

⭕ First high school in Ontario to close because of COVID-19 is in Pembroke [CTV]

⭕ The City has extended Brewer Assessment Centre opening to 13.5 hours daily  [Global]

⭕ Sixth resident dies at Extendicare West End Villa  [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Secret Federal report recommends Kettle Island as a sixth crossing between Ottawa and Gatineau. This option, at $1.8 billion, would cost $300 million less than the other two possibilities. Both the Mayor of Ottawa and Mayor of Gatineau oppose a new automobile crossing and want public transit instead. Note that the Confederation Line was similiar in price at $2.1 billion [CBC]

▪️People have been chartering buses in Ottawa and partying in Gatineau. Quebec allows 250 people indoors and outdoors, compared to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors in Ontario. [CBC]

▪️OC Transpo says a misaligned screw caused the O Train to have square wheels. The Federal Transport Board, which is investigating the cracked wheels, has not reported their findings. O Train also believes that the recent runs of good service are because of positive changes in the company and not because of low ridership. [CBC]

▪️Surgery backlog in Ottawa area hospitals reaches 14,000. The rising caseload of COVID-19 patients plus lack of staff means that this will not be reduced soon. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Gatineau Hospital resumes intensive care unit services



With customer numbers down due to physical distancing requirements, Ottawa businesses are looking for fresh ways to keep the customers coming. Call it a pivot, a brand extension, a collab, or just a really great idea. Here are a few noteworthies:

▫️In addition to the yummy menu of Italian classics, DreamLand café
is selling some stylish merch designed by Ottawa muralist @lzysunday Choose from a cozy sweatshirt or vivid blue tee. You can pick up directly from the café or have them shipped across Canada.

The shop goes live at noon today. 

▫️ Dominion City has teamed up with some local producers to create a Thanksgiving feast that takes all the shopping headaches out of the holiday. They’ve sourced fresh turkeys from Mariposa Farm in Plantagenet Ontario, veggies from Roots Down Organic Farm and Just Farms, apple pie from Chef Phil Cameron of the German Embassy, spicy marinate and cooking method from Chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon, cranberry sauce from Top Shelf Preserves, stuffing mix from Nat’s Bread, and a six pack of Dominion City’s finest beer. $185 for the whole shebang, which includes a $25 donation per box to the Food for Thought charity.

▫️Comedy and beer are a perfect match. @BreweryComedyNights brings the funny to Ottawa’s breweries. Tomorrow night they’ll be presenting Nick Burden, Jenn Labelle, George Assily, Andrew Wambolt, and more at the Vimy Brewing parking lot. $12 per ticket. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:30. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 

(Not sure where to find Vimy Brewing? Check our interactive beer map.)



▫️This evening marks the start of the Freewheeling Craft “Virtual Craft Marketplace”, which continues until Sunday. Look for workshops (macramé, cocktails, bath bombs), DJ, and some great local shopping. Tonight’s event begins at 5pm, and will feature Black, Indigenous and People of Colour vendors. It costs $5 to take part all weekend, and 50 per cent of the registration price goes to the Black Business Professionals Association. The full vendor list is now posted. 
▫️Finally, here’s something fun to put in next week’s calendar: Hollywood director and gin-thusiast Paul Feig invites all to join the virtual watchalong of his popular film “Brides Maids” at 8pm ET on September 24th. Feig is also the designer of Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin, so to register for the watchalong visit’s. For each person who registers to watch, Artingstall’s will donate $1 USD to the family homelessness charity @family.promise. Feig'll be mixing three gin based cocktails during the event, including the “Cake Baby Spritz”. All ingredients and recipes are listed on the site. 


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