Monday, October 18, 2021

The Ottawan


It's time to vote for the Second Annual Ottawan Best Of Ottawa Awards as voted by the public

We launched the Best of Ottawa Awards this time last year as a pandemic local business booster and it was tons of fun. So we're doing it again.


We've listed a bunch of categories from best café to best local MP to best place to bring a visitor to Ottawa. Your job is to make the nominations, which we'll do until this Sunday October 24th at 11:59pm.

From the nominations we'll take the top five* and put them to the vote of the public.

The winners and the runners-up get a frameable certificate (you may have seen last year's at businesses around town). 

As for you, complete the nominations and we'll draw a name for a $100 Gift Card to use at an Ottawa business.

We're broad-minded about what counts as an Ottawa business: we define it as anywhere in the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais, including, of course, the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.

Click Here For The Nomination Round

Feel free to pass around the link, and on social media, please use #BestOfOttawa2021

Last year we found that some categories just did not have five good nominees, other categories were too close to cut down. So we'll be somewhat flexible on this.


Other stuff

▪️ The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association presents Virtual Reno Tour 2021, your opportunity to take a 360 degree peek at some spectacular home builds and renos, and contribute to a great cause all at once. While it’s free to peruse the projects online, the event asks for a donation of $10 for Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

▪️ Model train fans should set aside Saturday October 23rd for a virtual visit to the Capital Region Model Railway Tour/Visites de Chemins de Fer Miniatures de la Capital. Starting at 8:00am, videos will be available from a dozen hosts, who will take viewers through the major features of their home layout as well as details about the trains operating on it. Hosts will answer any questions within three days. Thanks to one of our readers for the tip. 

▪️ There’s not much time remaining to grab your ticket to Ecology Ottawa’s annual Eco Gala. On October 28th, the virtual event unfolds with entertainment, special guests, and a silent auction for cool goods and services like a Tiny Cabin rental from Cabinscape. Tickets cost $80 per person and include dinner by Thyme & Again and a non-alcoholic seltzer from Dominion City, and a pollinator meadow seed packet for your garden, all presented in a specially designed tote bag. The proceeds fund Ecology Ottawa’s campaigns and programs. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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


Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of rain. High of 10°, low of 1°

Number:  10. The number of years that Ottawa Sports Pages has been publishing. The non-profit newspaper has written over 6,000 stories about amateur sports in the capital. For their tenth birthday, they are asking the public for donations to keep publishing for the next ten. [Ottawa Sports Pages]

Ottawans of the Day:  Four Ojibway spirit horses. The rare ponies are of a breed that predates European contact with North America and only 150 are known to exist. The four will be special guests at the inaugural Tagwàgi Festival this week in the Greenbelt. [CBC] [Tagwàgi Festival]

Quote: ‘It's the first time that the government of Canada has accepted a pre-contact artifact as indicating use of Parliament Hill by the Indigenous population – Ian Badgley, manager of the archeology program at the National Capital Commission, on the discovery of a 4,000 year-old stone knife found during renovations of the Centre Block of Parliament. The  Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation will share ownership of it, and any other artifacts discovered. The knife itself will be displayed in Parliament after renovations finish. [CBC

Sports: NHL Dallas Stars 2 – Ottawa Senators 3, last night CFL Montréal Alouettes 27 – Ottawa RedBlacks 16, last Saturday CPL Hamilton Forge 2 – Atlético Ottawa 0, last Saturday

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with Friday


595,235? 17989,815 ? 6
? Eligible people with one dose87.4% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated83%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


418,508?67611,437 ?6
? Eligible people with one dose89.9%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated85.7%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

601 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose

825,587 (89%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated784,993 (85%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


14,115?27222 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 593,981

As of October 13, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose 86.4%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated82.5%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


? Eligible people with one dose164,859 (90.1%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated155,748 (85.1%)

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Everyone can now download their COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the Provincial Portal. Over the weekend, it was divided by birth month and if you missed your day, your missed your chance (as Darren discovered). [Provincial Portal]

⭕ Dr Vera Etches says kids should avoid extra curricular activities, be outside as much as possible, and cancel sleepovers to help control the spread of COVID-19. Children aged five to 11 have the highest rates of COVID-19 among all age groups in Ottawa. [Ottawa Citizen

⭕ Two people tested positive at 613 Lift, a gym that had run afoul of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year. [CBC]

⭕ Nearly 200 health care workers from Bruyère, Queensway Carleton and CHEO hospitals have been put on unpaid leave because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who work at the largest hospital, the Ottawa Hospital, have until November 1 to report their status. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The pandemic has seen the number of homeless – and precariously housed – people rise. The number of homeless people in Ottawa rose to 225 people in October 2020, before dropping to 150 people today. Pre-pandemic, that number was 90 people living on the streets. [Capital Current]

▪️Help Apartment 613 discover which part of Ottawa is the most linguistically diverse neighbourhood. We're curious, too. And it's a form, so it's easy to complete. [Apartment 613]

▪️If you ever wanted to be an Ottawa City Councillor by the back door, your chance is here. The City will appoint a new councillor to represent Kanata North rather than have a by-election, and applications are being taken soon. If you are interested, complete the forms, then make an appointment with the City Clerk between the 25th and the 29th to drop them off. Assuming you have dotted your i's and crossed your t's, the full council will grill you on November 15, annoiting the new councillor later that night. You don't need to be a Kanata North resident but you do need to be at least 18 years old, a citizen, and either a resident of Ottawa or own a piece of land in Ottawa or be the spouse of an owner of a piece of land in Ottawa. Good luck! We're rooting for you! [City of Ottawa]

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383 Princeton Avenue

4 bed, 4 bath

A seriously glamorous home in Highland Park, this family home features radiant flooring in the upper bathrooms, discreet storage, and a stunning finished basement. 


852 Cummings Avenue

3 bed, 1 bath

The unfinished basement and overgrown backyard in this freehold townhome in the Vanier neighbourhood of Forbes are calling out for some TLC, but the bedrooms and living areas are spacious. 


77 Alon Street

2+1 bedroom, 3 bath

This Tardis of a Stittsville bungalow looks unassuming from outside but opens up to generous living areas and eat in kitchen. 


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