Wednesday, January 31 2024


☁️ Overcast
High 1° Low -14°
🌞 7:25 am🌛5:06 pm


☁️ Overcast
High 1° Low 0°
🌞 7:24 am🌛5:08 pm



The Sno-Bus is running this season for Winterlude from both Ottawa and Gatineau.

Winterlude Sno-Bus Schedule

  • On Elgin Street at Sparks Street and Jacques Cartier Park North
    • February 3 and 4, 10 and 11, and 17 and 18, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
    • Monday, February 19, from 10 am to 2:30 pm

STO Sno-Bus Schedule

  • Between Robert-Guertin Park and Ride and Jacques-Cartier Park North
    • February 3 and 4, 10 and 11 and 17 to 19 from 10 am to 5:30 pm

Check out the full Winterlude calendar here.

– Martha and Darren


More Valentine’s Suggestions

  • Keep it classic with Cyrano’s Restaurant: choose from dishes like Filet Mignon Au Jus, Grilled Lamb Chops, and Chicken Parmesan. Enjoy a three course meal with a complimentary glass of Champaign for $100 per person. Call 613-721-0510 to book.
  • 1 Elgin’s new menu is all about Haiti. Resident Chef Paul Toussaint and Executive Chef are bringing warmth to winter nights with items like Haitian Snapper Ceviche, Haitian Fish Stew, and Haitian Hot Chocolate and Beigents.

Our Valentines Guides

❤️ Valentine’s Day Experiences and Gifts

14 different ideas.

❤️ Valentine’s Day greeting cards

When you can’t find the words to express your feelings, a well chosen card can help. There’s no need to buy a mass produced greeting when these locally- and Canadian-made options are available.

❤️ Romantic Gift Ideas for Your Valentine

Seven easy ideas.

❤️ 5 Food Gifts and Dining Ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s not just chocolate. But chocolate is included.


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


    Talisman Motor Inn t-shirt

    The Beachcomber Room tiki bar at the Talisman Motor Inn was where Ottawa swingers could be found in the early 60s

    Help support the ottawan by buying one of our historic logo t-shirts.


    Super Bowl Prep: Planning on watching the game at home? Stay out of the kitchen and focus on the game with one of these enjoy-at-home options:

    •  Red Apron gets in the game with a Super Bowl Weekend Feast to pick up or have delivered (within the delivery area) on Friday February 9. Wings, Pierogies, Tortilla Chips, and a Veggie platter: ithey're all here.
    •  Piggy Market is bringing back the Super Bowl Slider kit, available for pre-order now for pick up on Saturday February 10. It’s available for four, eight, or 12 people.
    •  The Meatings Super Bowl Bundle takes care of everything you need for the game: it’s a four-to-six people feeder with wings, pork sliders, ribs, BBQ sauce, and beer. $105.




      • 287
      • – The number of "failure to show fare paid" tickets issued between between Oct 11 and Dec 12, 2023, an average of seven per day. At $260 per ticket, it’s $74,620 in fines. For comparison, a parking ticket in Ottawa is $110. (Sam Konnert at CBC)

      Ottawan of the Day

      • Kris Twardek
      • –  Twardek has just been signed to Atlético Ottawa on a two-year contract having most recently played with 11-time Irish champions Bohemian FC. Though born in Toronto, ‘I definitely consider myself Ottawa local’. (Ryan Galati at


      • It’s really hard. In other schools, councils can make an appeal directly to parents. We’re not in a position to do this.

      • – Stephanie Pieri, co-chair of the WE Gowling Public School council in Carlington. The school needs to replace the play equipment at a cost of $310,000 but for many in the neighbourhood, paying for rent and food is a struggle. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)
      • Related: Bowman's Bar and Grill donates $5 from every burger sold on Wednesdays to a fund for new school equipment for WE Gowling Public School. 



      • 🏒NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Nashville Predators 3 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
      Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 am

      • Amendment to the master drainage plan for western development lands, Village of Richmond
      • Zoning by-law amendment – 1867 Donald B. Munro Drive
      • Zoning by-law amendment – Part of 1980 Phelan Road West
      • Zoning by-law amendment – 1961 Sarsfield Road
      • Zoning by-law amendment – 5812 Malakoff Road
      • Zoning by-law amendment – 5084 Canon Smith Drive
      • Zoning by-law amendment – 5497 Manotick Main Street
      • Omnibus amendments – Q1 2024
      • Rural Community-Building Grant program – Grant application review
      • Status update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending January 19, 2024
      • Motion – Ditch infill notifications for 4644, 4634 and 4652 Anderson Road
      • Motion – Manure drag lines in Rural Ottawa

      📋 Agenda


      🌉 Alexandra Bridge

      •  The Royal Architectural Institute will be part of the development of the new Alexandra Bridge. Public Services and Procurement Canada has brought in the Institute to evaluate design options and offer expert advice. Public consulations over the bridge will begin this summer. (Ottawa Construction News)

      🚨 Carlington

      •  Residents in the Carlington neighbourhood say crime has risen since a supportive housing residence opened. The Shepherds of Good Hope facility opened last summer. One resident said ‘You can't leave parcels on your porch, windows are being broken, and cars are being checked every night — if you leave your car unlocked, it's going to get broken into’. The Shepherd’s say ‘The Housing First philosophy is grounded in this reality, recognizing that people who use drugs require and deserve the same access to housing and health services as anyone else’. (Austin Lee at CTV)

      🏗️ Experimental Farm

      •  City Hall staff are recommending that the City approve new towers despite fears they will cast shadows on the Experimental Farm. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has asked the City to not approve the towers as shadows will disrupt its research. City Staff believe that the shadows can be mitigated with coöperation between the developers and the Farm. (Ted Raymond at CTV)


      🥫 Donovan Burey’s Weekly Grocery Review

      •  Every week, Donovan Burey goes through all the flyers for the best grocery deals in Ottawa. Usually on Thursday, today is a rare Wednesday appearance. Blueberriesare $1.88 for a 170g basket at Food Basics, and Chicken breast (boneless, skinless) for $4.99 per lb at Super C in Gatineau. (/Ottawa)



      Wear the only be-logo-ed t-shirt authorized by the ottawan itself.



      Is there an event we should know about?
      Please use our easy event submission form



      •  The NAC’s Hip Hop Theatre Festival kicks off with The Cypher, a free display of rapping skill and competition. 8:00 pm at Peter A. Herrndorf Place.

      •  Laugh Lounge (61 York St) hosts Nerdy Bingo, where geeks know all the answers. As for prizes, someone’s going to win a $500 Visa gift card.

      •  Chess players: It’s your night at Wizard’s Tower. Bring your own board or use one of the venue’s sets.

      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Zone of InterestBanff Mountain Film Festival (SOLD OUT)

      • Mayfair TheatreMonsterThe Iron ClawGodzilla Minus One


      •  Edra Silva. Royal Oak Pub at Kent

      •  Spencer Scharf. Royal Oak Pub at Stittsville

      •  Trivia Night. Royal Oak Pubs at Barrhaven and 318 Bank St

      •  Jazz Night with Peter Woods. Queen St. Fare

      •  Girls to the Front. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Rare Groove Wednesday. Atomic Rooster

      •  Trivia Night. Café Dekcuf

      •  Bingo Night. Brew Revolution

      •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing

      •  Tuesday Trivia. Broadhead Brewing


      •  National Ballet of Canada performs Helen Pickett’s Emma BovaryAngels’ Atlas by Crystal Pite tonight through Saturday (February 3), with the National Arts Centre Orchestra providing the score.

      •  The NAC’s Hip Hop Theatre Festival continues with Can I Kick It Too?: An exploration of Queerness in Hip Hop, a conversation about what it means to be an LGBTQ+ artist in the Hip Hop genre. Free at 1:00 pm at Peter A. Herndorf Place.

      •  Meanwhile, at the Azrieli Studio catch Freedom: A Mixtape - Live and Unplugged. This performance of the NAC’s Hip Hop Theatre Festival features songs, poems, and spoken word from Niagara Region artists. This performance is the show’s in-person premiere.

      •  EarlyON’s Winter Wonderland event is the perfect excuse for kids aged 1.5 to 6 (and their parents) to put on their snowsuits on and play outside. Walter Baker Park from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Bring your own sled if you have one.

      •  Restaurant e18hteen has dreamed up a new reason to love Thursday: Every week the ‘Bubbles & Pearls’ event offers oysters and Prosecco at reduced rates. From a half dozen oysters for $14, all the way up to a Centurion of molluscs (100) for $195 and select bottles of Prosecco at half price, Thursday just became a lot more glam. 18 York St.

      •  PranaShanti Yoga Centre suggests a way to beat the winter doldrums: take the 29 day Yoga Challenge for a chance to win prizes. The idea: attend one PranaShanti yoga class per day during the month of February to experience benefits like ‘increased strength and flexibility, stress reduction and improved focus’. 950 Gladstone Ave.

      Black History Month begins with activities and events across the city.

      •  The OPL Main Branch will be screening a number of National Film Board films throughout the month, including The Road Taken, a 1996 film documenting the lives of Black sleeping car porters on Canadian railways during the first half of the 20th century; John Ware Reclaimed which explores the life of the 19th century Alberta cowboy and rancher; True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball; and other films. Check the OPL for screening times.

      • Mayfair TheatreThe Iron Claw, Godzilla Minus One, Cry-Baby. 

      • ByTowne Cinema: Anatomy of a Fall, Teachers' Lounge, The Zone of Interest


      • Gigs

      •  Garnet Rogers. Red Bird

      •  Julzz, zeelle, Mwiza. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Karaoke Thursday. Atomic Rooster


      •  Sam Roberts Band (relocated from EY Centre). Bronson Centre

      •  Steve Stacey. Stray Dog Brewing

      •  Alturna X. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Finely Tuned Elephant. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      Just Announced / Now Booking


      Save on clothes for the kids at the Little and Lively End of Season sale.




      What did you think of today’s ottawan?

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Great

      ⭐⭐⭐   Satisfactory

        Needs Improvement

      THE END

      the ottawan is written and edited every work day by Martha and Darren.

      Is there something that Ottawa should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment. 

      We’ll see you tomorrow.


      Forward this edition of the ottawan to someone.

      Missed an edition? View our archive here.

      Historic Ottawa Logo T-Shirt shop