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  • We have really let you down, Ottawa.
  • We only learned, just now, of the Wes Anderson Short Competition, a part of Ottawa Architecture Week.
  • ‘Show us some loved spaces across the city and create a playful short!’ say the people who didn’t email us about it, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects.

    To enter:

    • Tag the Instagram account OAWfest in your post
    • Use hashtags #dayofplay #wesanderson #OAW #Ottawaarchitecture

    • Reels must be a total length of 15-30 seconds
    • Formatted to the Wes Anderson trend
    • Reels must include a score from a Wes Anderson film

    For those that don’t speak corporatese, a ‘reel’ is a video on Instagram and Facebook. Calling it a video is like asking for a large instead of a venti at Starbucks.

    And there are real money prizes:

    • 1st place - $200 prize for ORSA members / $150 prize for non Society members
    • 2nd place - $150 prize for ORSA members/ $100 for non Society members
    • People's choice - $150 prize for ORSA members / $100 for non Society members + Wes Anderson swag

    The deadline is this Friday, which is coming up fast, and which we would have mentioned had we known about it sooner, Ottawa Regional Society of Architects.

    But do it. We want to see some Wes Anderson-esque Ottawa love.

  • – Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  Food + Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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    • $215,000
    • – The amount of money that the National Capital Commission received from sponsorships and donations in 2018-19. The Commission has been quietly considering the creation of a philanthropic public foundation to provide an additional and reliable revenue stream.  (Ken Rubin in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Clara Biggar
    • – The Stittsville resident celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday. Biggar worked as a teacher, and at places like International Harvester, and retired from Trans Canada Airlines.  (Lesley McKay at Stittsville Central)


    • ‘Definitely the worst team in the CFL’
    • – TSN football analyst Milt Stegall on the Ottawa RedBlacks, after the team went for a field goal from 50 yards out despite being up 10 points with only one minute 49 seconds left on the clock. The RedBlacks lost 41-37. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Sun)


    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Halifax Wanderers 3 last Monday



    •  Many of us love preparing special holiday meals for family and friends. Others prefer to leave the feast cooking to others. Depending on which personality type is yours, head to your local butcher or favourite restaurant to check out the Thanksgiving offers:

    •  The Piggy Market
    •  Around the Block Butcher Shop
    •  Wellington Butchery
    •  Long Lane Farms (Calabogie)
    •  Christopher’s Meat Market (Richmond) - there’s nothing Thanksgiving related on the website yet but Martha’s mom has ordered turkeys from here before, with excellent results.

    •  NeXT
    •  Brook Street Hotel
    •  Red Apron
    •  Maker Feed Co.
    •  Dessert First 

    •  Baccanalle’s own Chef Resa Solomon-St. Lewis has her own show on RogersTV. Watch In the Kitchen with Resa on Sunday evenings at 8:30 pm or catch it anytime on YouTube.
    •  Ottawa’s Dutch Groceries shop recently turned 70, and they’re celebrating in a big way this weekend. Reserve your spot on Friday (September 22) or Saturday (September 23) to sample the Dutch treats, check out special food deals, and enjoy the fun stuff going on in store.
    •  The number 7 holds special significance at Flora Hall. Each Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, the brewery marks Happy Hour (and a half) with $7 Flora fresh draft beers and $7 appies.
    •  La Dolce Vita (180 Preston St) has been closed for dining in while Chef Nello and his family have been visiting family back in Portugal. For one more week, service is limited to take-out and delivery. Dining-in returns September 28 (next Thursday). Until then, for pickup call the resto at 613-233-6239 and for delivery, use Skip the Dishes and UberEats.
    •  Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen went for Persian cuisine at the two month-old Café Tehran because a reader wrote in complaining that too many restaurants bury their dishes in spices. He writes that the fare was ‘mildly but distinctively spiced’ and ‘with properly grilled kebabs, ample servings and perhaps new but accessible flavours’.
    •  Ameya Charnalia at Eat The Strip went to Schnitzel Works in an industrial area near Cyrville LRT station. They only make schnitzel. Chamalia's companion said the Spanish sandwich – served with sauteed onions, hot peppers, and melted cheese on a fresh kaiser bun with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato – was ‘one of the best sandwiches she’d ever had’.
    • @foodsofottawa tried the newly opened French Canadian wine bar Buvette Daphnée in the ByWard Market, and "loved every dish." They say you must not skip the exceptional desserts. 
    •  Faces magazine has published a list of ‘Ottawa’s Must-Try Breakfasts’. Faces, you must try harder – this is only a list of three: Main Street CafeWilf & Ada’s, and The Village Cafe.

      Off the top of our heads, we can think of satisfying breakfasts at Reynold’sThe King EddyEddy's DinerFather and SonsOat Couture, and Resto Chez Mo-Nik.

      Help us out here: where are the best breakfasts in the Capital region. Bonus points for the road trip worthy. Email


    Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee
    Thursday, September 21 at 9:30 am

    • Status update – Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services
    • Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending September 12, 2023
    • Ottawa Fire Services 2021 and 2022 annual report
    • Clothing Donation Box By-law review

    📋 Agenda


    🚮 Garbage News

    •  The City’s Environment and Climate Change has approved banning yard waste from the green bin. Also approved was stopping Friday pick-ups – refuse workers would work slightly longer hours the rest of the week – and spending $8 million per year to send garbage to private landfills. If approved by Council, the new rules begin March 2026. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

    💉 Drugs

    •  Ottawa Public Health will report the results online of new drug purity testing machines at four supervised injection sites. Many overdoses of opioids are caused by not understanding the strength of what the user has bought, or by unknown additions. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)

    🚍 OC Transpo

    •  Councillors Glen Gower, Cathy Curry and Wilson Lo want buses to replace the O Train Stage 3. Stage 3 would bring O Train to Kanata, Stittsville, and Barrhaven. The three councillors, from Stittsville, Kanata, and Barrhaven, respectively, say putting buses on the road now would save time and money. (Ken Warren in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🛻 Convoy on Trial

    Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

    •  Kim Ayotte, Ottawa's manager of emergency and protective services, testified that the City was expecting a ‘worst case scenario’ from the Convoy as they were not getting intelligence from the Ottawa Police Service. Proceedings were stopped during cross-examination when Ayotte said that he did not bring his notes, stating that he didn’t think that he would need them. (David Fraser at CBC)
    •  At day ten of a 16 day trial, court staff are trying to find more free court dates in in October and November.
    •  The Ottawa Citizen is live blogging the trial.

      Related Former Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Randy Hillier has gone to court for a second time to have his Convoy-related jury trial moved from Ottawa. Hillier lost his bid to move the trial previously but the judge later overruled himself when an unrelated Supreme Court decision said judges should be more cautious in dismissing applications.Hillier believes the jury pool would be tainted against him in Ottawa.



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      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •  For three nights, the Rainbow Bistro will host the inaugural Rocktoberfest, which combines rock music with Halloween, in a fundraising event for Orkidstra, the social development program that empowers kids through music. Tickets are on sale now for the October 26-28 event.
      •  Split Tree Cocktail Co has joined forces with 613 Plant Based and Sommelier Aryn Pepper for a series of Wine & Pizza Workshops on October 21 and October 27.
      •  With fewer than 20 days left until the end of the season, the Rogers Interzip crossing is now $19 (regularly $39.99).
      • Stroked Ego, the menswear and accessories hotspot on the second floor at 131 Bank St., recently opened an event space above their shop. Stroked Ego says the space is suitable meetings, social events, workshops, and even pop up shops. It has exposed brick and plenty of light, and a great view of Bank Street. There's even a kitchenette. See the photos.


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      Here’s a question: is 24 Sussex Drive subject to the new Revenue Canada underused housing tax? Canadians who own a residence directly don’t need to file a form, but those who own a residence through a private corporation or trust must do so and pay the annual 1% tax. Anyway, the answer is no. Crown corporations are excluded.

      the ottawan sent an email to City Hall last week asking if 24 Sussex was subject to the City’s Vacant Unit Tax. The good news, we received a response, sent on a Saturday even. The bad news, the responder seemed to assume that we owned 24 Sussex Drive and suggested we look at our property tax bill.

      THE END

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