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Make your nominations in the Best Of Ottawa 2020 Awards before midnight tonight!

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.


Wednesday Food and Drink Roundup

🔻What’s your favourite Ottawa restaurant? Nominate it in our Best of Ottawa Awards before 11:59pm tonight. The voting round starts Friday.

🔻 Ishina Distinguished Indian Cuisine’s $10 lunch special today is your choice of Butter chicken or Makhni Paneer (V) with Rice Bowl and Salad. The spesh is available only until 3:30pm or while quantities last. Call 613-884-4954 or visit 14 Bexley Place Unit 100-101, Ottawa, K2H 8W2

🔻Billing themselves as “Ottawa’s first and only Falafel and Hummus Eatery,” Middle Eastern eatery Chickpeas only offers fresh palate pleasers like falafels, hummus and sandwiches. Even better: they use 100 per cent organic chickpeas that don’t come from a can. Find them at 500 Terminal Avenue or 931 Bank St.

🔻A teacher told us recently that being back in the classroom, albeit behind a mask, gave her a sensation of normality that she hadn’t felt in months. At the ottawan we get the same feels from a good brunch. Might we suggest the Vanitea Room for a bottomless Sangria brunch, with glorious sounding dishes like Queen Pastel French Toast (with 24k edible gold foil pieces), Pink Vegan Benedict (smoked tofu with pink beet Hollandaise) and Bangerz & Mash (with lamb sausages)? Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Also open Thursday to Saturday in the evening. 551 Somerset Street West K1R 5J7

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 22°  

Number: 0.8%. The amount that Canada is paying on 10 year-bonds. It was 2.7% last year. The point is – don't panic about Federal debt on Throne Speech day.  [Behind The Numbers

Ottawan of the Day:  The Ottawa Mission, which is celebrating one million hours of feeding and sheltering those in need without closing. That's 114 years for the less pedantic.   [CTV]

Quote: I think 80 per cent or 90 per cent (of the students) have gone back to China. They all have online courses. Now, Canada is, like, worse than China for COVID” – Zilang Zhang, co-owner of Bee Home on Somerset Street West. Bee Home is one of many restaurants that thrived on student business but are now struggling  [Ottawa Citizen


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 93 since yesterday, and 279 deaths, three since yesterday.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1157 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Ottawa Public Health has made a mantory order, backed by a $5000 per day fine, that anyone who meets the following must self-isolate for 14 days, or until they receive a negative test.

  • Test positive for COVID-19
  • Have signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Have reasonable grounds to think they have COVID-19

🖼️ Here's a scary slide from Maclean's that shows what happens if we maintain, increase, or decrease our contacts. The decrease bit isn't as scary but it is still many more cases than we have currently. 

⭕ Premier Doug Ford announces the largest flu immunization campaign in Canadian history [Capital Current]

⭕ COVID-19 has been reported in 38 Ottawa-area schools [CBC]

+ Related The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board rejects requiring masks for students in kindergarten to grade three.

⭕ Gatineau moves into Orange alert, as cases rise [CBC]

⭕ Staff at hardest-hit care home, West End Villa, say they are lacking personal protective equipment [CBC]

+ Related The Ottawa Hospital has been ordered to take over management of West End Villa

⭕ Today, September 23, the Ottawa Airport will begin temperature screening of passengers. Eight months after the pandemic began. [CTV]

🍁 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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▪️The City is testing a wearable system that will buzz if someone gets too close. Says the maker, “The Social Distancer ™ is a credit card size, one-inch thick patent-pending device that calculates the distance between employees. It uses three methods of alert (visual, haptic and audible) to instantly notify employees if they are within two metres of one another. The device will flash red, vibrate and audibly alert the employees to move farther away.” Okay. It will be tested at Ottawa Markets, the Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, and the Diefenbunker. [Newswire]

▪️Ottawa may be getting a new minor-league baseball team. The City has granted the owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the owner of the Ottawa Redblacks a lease to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park on Coventry Road. When the group made their bid in December, they planned to start operations in spring 2021.  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related If you have Netflix, watch the Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about an team outside of the Major League system in Portland, Oregon.

▪️Don't make mom and pop mad! Shopify has fired two employees for allegedly stealing customer data from up to 200 merchants. The employees took names, emails, and products purchased but not credit card information. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police Officer who filmed women in custody then mocked them has been charged with misconduct. The videos were made from December 2018 to September 2019. The constable is suspended on full pay.  [Ottawa Citizen]


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