Issue 632 Volume 3 Number 132

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, October 17, 2022 and OMG compiling the winners of the the ottawan Best of Ottawa 2022 Awards was a time sinker! That's what we get for allowing write-in votes this year.

But it's done. And it's here. Behold:


Award Winners list.


Congratulations to the winners!  We thank everyone who took the time to nominate and vote for their favourite Ottawa businesses and personalities. Please do your social media duties and let the world know about these fantastic people, businesses, and campaigns from Ottawa and area.

Last year, a reader asked if we could print all the nominations because it makes a great research list. We agree, and we'll do that. But not today. It's time for bed.


Deals of the day

▪️Now that the cooler weather is here to stay, a nice cup of tea will go a long way in keeping you cozy. Mint & Honey Tea & Gift Emporium’s fall sale offers 20% off when you buy two items from the Teapots and Cupsand Kitchen Accessories collections. No code necessary. 

▪️If your living spaces need a refresh, head to Opposite Wall, where they’re knocking 20% off everything - posters, decals, and wallpapers - on the site. Use the code THANKS20. 

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ Showers. High of 8°, low of 4°.   

Number: 10. Where, on a list of 10, Uber has placed Ottawa on a list of the top 10 partying cities in Canada. London is number one. [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Alice Irene Whittaker. Whittaker is the new executive director of Ecology Ottawa, an organization that is ‘working to make Ottawa the greenest city in all of Canada’. She also hosts the ReSeed podcast[Capital Current]

Quote: ‘That got me upset, like, you built something so huge for just two bus lines?’ – Chapel Hill South resident Stanimir Cvetanov on the City's lonliest park and ride, Chapel Hill South at Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard. The lot can hold 237 cars but is only serviced by two bus routes. [CBC]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 30 – Montréal Alouettes 34, last Friday; NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Toronto Maple Leafs 5, last Saturday; OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Oshawa Generals 1, last Friday

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? The Emergency Act Inquiry

▪️The president of the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association told the Mayor’s office before the Convoy arrived that truckers were booking rooms for at least 30 days. The City had previously expressed surprise that the Trucker Convoy did not intend to stay for a weekend.

▪️City manager Steve Kanellakos – who was assured by Ottawa Police that the Convoy would leave after the first weekend – testified that the City, Police, and Convoy were working on a deal to move trucks into the Wellington Street area. Before the deal was finalized,, Ottawa Police permitted 40 more trucks on Wellington. The deal then fell apart.

▪️People have been using the Freedom of Information Act in an attempt to find the badge numbers of Mounties who helped roust the Convoy, which creates quite the philisophical pickle for those who support both transparency and anti-harrassment. The Mounties declined to provide the info.

The Rest

▪️Nokia is planning on spending $340 million to transform its Kanata campus. We wrote about this before – but things are moving now. The Federal government is putting in $40 million, Ontario is handing over $30 million, and the City found $2 million under the cushions. The new campus will be a mixed-use, with residential and shopping components. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Neighbours are trying again to stop the development of a medical boarding home for Inuit. The Larga Baffin is a planned 350 bed faciility for people from Nunuvut who come to Ottawa for medical treatment. Some neighbours have opposed the plan, with the latest attempt being an appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal by the Upper Hunt Club Community Association. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Flair Airlines is starting flights between Ottawa and Thunder Bay.  Flights will be twice a week, starting next June. [TB Newswatch]

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