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Tomorrow is the last day to make your nominations in the Best Of Ottawa 2020 Awards

In this round, we ask you to nominate the best Restaurants, Craft Brewers, Neighbourhoods, Local Personalities, Shops, 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.


You can't say that the City isn't trying new things.

Ottawa is in the process of developing its new Transportation Master Plan, which will determine cycle paths, transit routes and times, and road building.

Rather than just doing a survey, they have created a game-like webpage: you move coins from one side of the page to the other, dropping them on things like 'trips to school' and 'transit connections'.

But Ottawa just would not be Ottawa if it also didn't ask if you wanted to drag your video coins to support 'Network Continuity' and 'Employment Nodes.' Fun!

You can draw things like pedestrian crossings or barriers on a map as well as vote on pictures of ugly traffic areas.

The City is trying. Give their newfangled Transportation Plan page a go


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 20°  

Number: 600,000. The amount of square feet available to rent in Ottawa-Gatineau office buildings, which is a relatively small amount. Even with 20 per cent of the government working from home and local mom-and-pop business Shopify putting their Elgin Street space up for rent, realtors are saying it is a tight market. Realtors, eh?  [Globe & Mail

Ottawan of the Day:  Gordon Reid. The founder of Giant Tiger, who built the chain from a shop in ByWard Market in 1961 to 255 stores, is retiring as CEO. Today we learned Giant Tiger is an Ottawa-based company.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

Quote: Today, I didn't get myself out of the house until super late. I still did my 75-kilometre bike ride, but I was procrastinating. And that's okay” – Speedskater Ivanie Blondin on staying motivated for the 2022 Winter Olympics when there are no sports.  [CBC


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3679 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 60 since yesterday, and 276 deaths, two since yesterday.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1146 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ COVID-19 care clinic planned for Orléans in mid October [CBC]

⭕ First Nations, Inuit and Metis people can get COVID-19 tests at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health on Montreal Road today. Appointments needed. [CTV] [Wabano Centre]

🍁 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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▪️Fourteen live venues plus City Hall, the National Arts Centre, and TD Place will bathe themselves in red tonight in support of live eventsLight Up Live is intended to provide highlight the economic suffering of the live event community. Venues will light up at 8pm. [Ottawa Matters] [Light Up Live]

▪️Sibername bought by Montréal company Web Hosting Canada. Sibername has been a domain name hosting company in Ottawa for over 20 years. Web Hosting Canada says Sibername will be a separate brand in the short term but all staff will eventually be integrated. [Financial Post]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson was interviewed on Global TV's The West Block. No new information but if you haven't seen Watson talk before, take a look.  [The West Block]


▫️The virtual edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival gets underway tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd and runs until Sunday October 4th. North America’s largest animation festival, this year the OIAF is extending its run to 10 days of shorts, features, talks, and virtual parties.
Individual tickets for a short film, feature film or talk can be purchased at $9.00 each, and festival passes, including the Animapass, which gets you into everything - all screenings and talks - for $60, are available until 9pm tonight.

▫️The Company of Fools theatre troupe is taking its “Love From Afar” Window tour to select Ottawa seniors’ facilities until September 26th. Residents and staff will be able to watch the show, which is billed as a “Shakespeare mashup”, through the window, and sound will be broadcast via FM radio. The troupe is also producing an animated version of the show, with voiceovers and original score, to be available through the Ottawa Public Library in October.



We have a few craft brewery notes ahead of tomorrow’s weekly food and drink round up:

▫️Microbrasserie Le Gainsbourg reopens tomorrow Wednesday September 23rd at 3:30pm, and their menu is packed with pub classics like burgers, fish ’n’ chips, and wings. We’ve got our eye on their “Classic Vieux Hull Poutine”: house fries, St-Albert’s cheese curds, and homemade beer gravy.
Visit 9 rue Aubry, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 2H1

▫️Keep your radar tuned to Conspiracy Theory Brewing in Bells Corners. The grand opening of its massive space at 2172 Robertson Road will be announced soon, and they’ll have indoor seating for 75 physically distanced guests, a full food menu and of course delicious beer.


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