Issue 619 Volume 3 Number 119

The Ottawan



It’s Monday, September 26, 2022 and could there be anything more Ottawa than this Friends Trivia night: Chandler Edition tonight, 7:30 pm, inspired by local boy Matthew Perry.

We were supposed to have stop taking nominations last night – but we've received some nice press in Apt 613 and West Carleton Online and on social media. Since the point of the nominations round is get as wide a selection as possible, we're going to let the nominations go for a few more days.

Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).

If you enter your email address, we'll do a random draw for a $100 gift card to the Ottawa business of your choice.

ALSO We didn't include Best Bakery as a category. We should have. Email your nomination for Best Bakery to and we'll add them in the voting round.



If you’ve ever thought about volunteering yourself and your doggo as a therapy dog team, head to the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata tonight. Leave the dog at home; this info session is for humans only. 


▪️The Stittsville Library and Green Burial Ottawa Valley are holding an information session about green burials on Tuesday at 6:30pm. 

▪️Season tickets are now available for the Thirteen Strings six concert season. This season the thirteen players welcome guests like Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston and Thorwald Jørgensen, who will play three pieces on a theremin (that’s something you don’t see or hear every day). All concerts are played at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. 


Zola’s Thanksgiving at Home feast takes the work out of the holiday. All you need to do is order, pick it up October 8, 9, or 10 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, heat and serve. Choose your appetizer, main, and desert and the number of people you’re feeding. 2194 Robertson Road. 

Deals of the day

Message Factory eco-friendly womenswear is offering $20 off any purchase of $125 (before tax) until October 3. Save $50 on purchases of $250 or more. Message Factory also offers free shipping on purchases over $75. Everything is made in Quebec. 

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 70 per cent chance of rain. High of 17°, low of 11°.   

Number: 1,000. The number of people who marched around downtown Ottawa yesterday supporting Iranian women protesting against their government’s strict hijab requirements. [CBC]

Ottawans of the Day: 10 to 15 line technicians from Hydro Ottawa. The team, their equipment, and their trucks are heading to Nova Scotia to assist the power company there in getting the lights back on after the devastation of Hurricane Fiona. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: ‘[W]e got conned, and this is where we are now’ – Francis Healy, co-owner of St Brigid’s Church. He and his partner say that they are open to offers for buyer as long as they have the money. [Ottawa Citizen]

Sports: CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 15 – Toronto Argonauts 45 last Saturday; CPL Atlético Ottawa 3 – Calvary FC 1 last Saturday; NHL (Preseason) Ottawa Senators 1 – Toronto Maple Leafs 4 last Saturday

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidates Brandon Bay, Bob Chiarelli, Nour Kadri, Catherine McKenney, and Mark Sutcliffe will participate in the final of four mayoral eco-debates, moderated by Adrian Harewood, Carleton School of Journalism. The event will feature a moderated debate on environmental and climate justice themes and questions from residents.  Wednesday Sept 28, 7pm - 9pm Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street. It will also be broadcast live on Roger TV and the Rogers YouTube page.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe says he will cut recreational fees for kids by 10 per cent if elected. He also promises more recreational options in French.

▪️Six candidates are on the ballot for the byelection in Gatineau. The deadline for nominations was Friday. Running are independents Rémi Bergeron, Marc Bureau, Jérémie Carrier, Jacques G. Lavoie, Mathieu Paquette and Anne-Marie Roy of the Action Gatineau municipal political party. The byelection is Oct 24.

▪️Advance voting is open at nine locations around the City until 8 pm tomorrow. Those who requested mail in ballots should receive them this week. [Advance voting locations]

The Rest

▪️The court has ordered the United People of Canada to be evicted from St Brigid’s. At a hearing Friday, the judge agreed with the landlord that the eviction was handled properly and that the United People had no right to be there. The judge ordered $58,000 in costs to be paid to the landlord. The United People say they will appeal but did pack up and leave. [CBC

▪️The Queensway between Metcalfe and Carling will be closed from Sept 30 to Oct 4. An all-day Friday to Tuesday closure is very unusual and will, of course, snarl everything. The closure is to replace the Rochester Street bridge, just as the Booth Street overpass was replaced last month. It's an excellent weekend to take your bike [City of Ottawa]

▪️The 2022 Transit Challenge has ended. The majority of candidates for Ottawa office took part, spending a week attempting to do everything they normally would do but without using a car. It's kind of unencapsulatable – the Transit Rider union released a report, some candidates made videos, some Twitter users were snarky.  [Ottawa Transit Riders] [The Report]

▪️Ottawa Police made a social media post that read ‘The women were all victims of femicide’ then changed it to ‘The women were all victims’ minutes later. The posts were to highlight that five women and one girl have been killed by men this year. The Police are now investigating why they changed their own message. [CBC]

▪️Welcome some new faces to Ottawa: new Edinburgh resident Governor General Mary Simon received letters of accreditation from seven new heads of mission. 

  • His Excellency Raul Antonio Montiel Gasto – Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay
  • His Excellency Fitsum Arega Gebrekidan – Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • His Excellency Kaha Imnadze – Ambassador- of Georgia
  • His Excellency Margus Rava – Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia
  • His Excellency Ahmed Abdallah Ibrahim Hafez – Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • His Excellency Michel Miraillet – Ambassador of the French Republic, and
  • His Excellency Georgios Ionnides – High-Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus. 

[Covert Ottawa Guy]

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