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Only a few more days 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.


One of our own made good last night – Annie Murphy won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmy awards yesterday for her portrayal of Alexis Rose on the CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek.

After reading her 2018 interview in Hello magazine, we can see Murphy knows her home town well. We'll consider these her nominations for the Best of Ottawa awards:

Best Brunch:  Elgin Street Diner

Best Coffee: Equator Coffee Westboro and The Ministry of Coffee

Best Place to Splurge: Light of India

Best Place to an Out-of-Towner: Chez Lucien

Best Neighbourhood: Old Ottawa South /The Glebe

Best Pizza: Colonade Pizza 

Best Vintage Shop: Bellwethers Vintage, Darling Vintage, or Ragtime

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 17°  

Number: 40. The number of party house listings in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton and London that AirBnB has cancelled. [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day:  The Shepherds of Good Hope. The city's largest shelter for homeless people is reopening its free kitchen [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: The members are the owners. We're the shareholders. And if the finances had gotten as bad as they say they are, why weren't we informed?” – Elliot Hegel, a member of Mountain Equipment Coop, who decries the decision of the Coop board to sell the business to an American equity fund  [CBC


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3619 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 133 since Friday, and 274 deaths, one new report.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1115 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 58 since Friday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ 66 per cent of Ottawa’s COVID-19 cases are with people of colour [CBC]

⭕ Monsignor Paul Baxter Catholic School in Barrhaven closes for two weeks because of COVID-19. The school is the first elementary in Ontario to shut because of the coronavirus [CBC]

⭕ New pop-up COVID-19 testing site opens in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire Centre  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Fines begin for mask scofflaws. $240 for individuals who don't wear a mask indoors, $490 for businesses that don't enforce mask wearing  [CBC]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford says ‘hopefully’ pharmacies will offer COVID-19 tests this week [CBC]

⭕ A contractor at the Carling Family Shelter tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

🍁 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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▪️Director General of Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Quebec dies in motorcycle accident. Sylvain Bégin, who would be called a City Manager in Ontario, collided with an SUV in Mansfield-et-Pontefract. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Senators go back to their original side-fronting logo. Team management apparently tired of using a 3D logo that looked as if it had been made in Corel Draw. [SenShot]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson has asked the City Manager to make it clear ‘staff are not to waste their time and tax dollars removing writings in chalk that denounced racism’. This conversation arose after a city water truck and workers were called to wash away chalk messages in Centretown. The messages read ‘Police systemic racism hurts us’, ‘Care, not cops’, and ‘Defund the Police’. Shortly before, the chalk writers had been detained and released by police.  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Stittsville resident receives anonymous letter telling her to remove her 'Black Lives Matter' lawn sign

▪️US comedy radio show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me makes fun of Ottawa's $100 offer to tourists. They compare it to an uncle giving $20 to the kids to go have fun. AND they don't think the Rideau Canal is enough of a draw. [NPR (about 35 minutes in)]



▫️Faces magazine features five Ottawa happy hours: Shore Club, North & Navy, Joey, Local Public Eatery, and Supply & Demand [Faces]



A roundup of some of the latest job opportunities in the Ottawa region

▫️Cake Decorateor/Pastry
Whole Foods Market

Skills required: basic math, cake decorating skills (i.e., flowers and decorative borders, piping techniques), and customer service. This position requires a strong work ethic. Experience level: six to 12 months. 

▫️Sales and Marketing Director
RBR Ltd.

The ocean sensor specialists are searching for a department head to lead an integrated international sales and marketing and support team. The position demands deep process knowledge of the oceanography and/or water quality industries. 

▫️Media Relations Manager
Canadian Medical Association

This is a strategic position that will cover the development of proactive media strategies and provide media training. The position requires six to nine years of related, bilingual experience. 

▫️Business Development Rep
Trainee - Ottawa District

The paints and coatings giant requires a candidate with some outside sales experience and customer service skills. The successful applicant will undertake an extensive training program in outside, B2B sales. 


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