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The COVID response has hit Ottawa's shops and restaurants hard. Many have closed, many others are clinging on by their fingertips.

Our goal with the BEST OF OTTAWA 2020 AWARDS is to highlight what is great about Ottawa, to champion those shops, businesses, and services who are fighting the downturn, and to introduce everyone who lives here to something new.  

We're stunned by the response to our first ever awards. There were THOUSANDS of responses. We're confident that this is a pretty good representation of what Ottawa thinks.

So, these people, businesses, and services were awarded the BEST OF OTTAWA 2020. All the winners and runners-up will be receiving a frame-able certificate. To everyone who nominated and voted, thank you for your service.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 40% chance of showers. High of 15°  

Number: 66. The per centage of people surveyed who say that they are avoiding downtown Ottawa. Reasons stated are too many people and not enough interesting things to do. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day:  Rocky Road Rescue. Rocky Road is a volunteer-run dog rescue. [CTV] [Rocky Road Rescue

Quote: The strong, good feeling that was there in the community at the beginning of the outbreak deteriorated by the time we got to June” – Michael Hurley, president of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, on front-line workers who are being shunned by services and family because of their risk to COVID-19 exposure. [Ottawa Citizen


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 4388 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 320 since Friday, and 293 deaths, four new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1485 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 94 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ The Province has changed restaurant rules. It's now maximum 6 people per table, no more than 100 people. Events spaces, like wedding halls, are maximum 50 people now  [CBC]

⭕ Plans are to make masks mandatory in Quebec schoolyards, ban school sport teams  [CBC]

⭕ OC Transpo driver, city-run Peter D. Clark long-term care home staffer, and a recreation centre employee all test positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

🍁 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. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store]

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▪️Karters' Korner go-karting and mini-putt in Stittsville has closed. After 41 years, yesterday was the final day. Owner Paul Joinette blames COVID-19 for the end. Unfortunately, for anyone looking for a new vehicle, the go karts have already been sold off. [CBC]

▪️Voters in Cumberland Ward go to the polls today. Cumberland has been without a City Councillor all year since Stephen Blais was elected to Queen's Park. We'll know the results by morning. [CBC]

▪️All Parks and Recreation programmes have been postponed. Last week we wrote how the City would be opening registration to its myriad recreational and adult education programmes across the city today. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, registration has been postponed indefinitely. [City of Ottawa]

▪️A business located in a house in Mechanicsville is at the centre of a huge controversy in Ireland. Polymetrika, located in a Hinchley Avenue house, was given the contract to calculate grades for thousands of Irish students. Ireland claims that 6200 students have grades lower than they should have. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Police accused of stealing $5000. In a 2018 drug raid on a home, police seized $418 worth of cocaine from a tenant. The homeowner is suing for $5000 he says was seized but not logged.  [Ottawa Citizen]



▫️ Maverick’s Donuts opens in Stittsville, on Main Street  [Stittsville Central


▫️ Director of Product
Narcity Media

Narcity is searching for “a leader who is passionate about driving change and value for our users through forward-thinking product vision and constant data-driven product iteration.” Some duties include creating a product strategy, building optimization, creating feedback processes, owning the product release process, and much more. This position is based anywhere in Canada. 

▫️ Radio Producer (Temporary, part time, 1 day per week)
CBC French Services

This is a French-speaking position. The job requires a passionate, creative professional with familiarity with CBC/Radio-Canada’s journalistic standards and practices, as well as a thorough understanding of the issues that are important to Ottawa-Gatineau listeners. This position also has budget responsibility. Must have demonstrated skills in managing others, including conflict resolution, talent recognition and development. 

▫️ Manager, Marketing and Communications
University of Ottawa
Salary: $81,069 - $111,470

This bilingual position combines strategy with operational leadership. The position holds responsibility for media relations, team management, project management and more.

🥾 Flea Market Note

Crafters and makers take note: Murray’s Furniture and Flea Market in Carleton Place is hosting the “Crafter Holiday Pop Up in November and December.” They’ll do the selling and promoting for you. Get in touch as spaces are limited. 525 High Street Carleton Place, ON, Canada K7C3P1 (613) 253-1804 


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