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🔻Overflow Brewing is hosting a Patio Pig Roast this Thursday, September 10th. Meatings will be providing the star of the show, along with smoked baked beans and coleslaw. A vegetarian smoked jackfruit is also on the menu.
There’s a choice of two seatings, so get in touch with Overflow now to book your tickets.

🔻Meanwhile, on Sunday September 13 visit Chilaquiles at 49 Beechwood Avenue to experience Ottawa folklore dance group Ballet Aztlán. They’re putting on a show to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Due to the requirement for physical distancing, Chilaquiles says that places will be “very limited.” The fiesta will of course include food and drinks. If you need your fix of nachos, quesadillas, burritos, etc., now, you can order online for pickup or delivery.

🔻Eldon’s is now operating Thursdays to Sundays from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, with the final seating at 8:00pm. Reservations are required. The menu focuses on the comforting and the classic, from Beef Carpaccio to the Smoked Trout Plate, and it features no-thinking required dishes like Standard Breakfast and Standard Lunch. Dine in and feel looked after, or pick up to eat at home.

🔻In baked goods news, this week’s Pie Schedule from The Piggy Marketincludes Peach Melba on Thursday, Raspberry on Friday, and Strawberry on Saturday. Not guaranteed ready before 2:30pm, so plan your trip accordingly. 400 Winston Avenue, Ottawa. Closed Sunday and Monday.

🔻The Impossible Burger, that fake meat that bleeds juice like real meat is coming to a handful of places in CanadaMetropolitain Brasserie and North & Navy get the Ottawa debut.

🔻Somerset Street’s Middle Eastern fine-dining restaurant,  Fairouzwill close this month and re-open as a relaxed eatery in ByWard Market called Fairouz Cafe

🔻Ottawa Magazine recommends Buyers + Cellars as a destination for the serious wine lover

The C-word

It’s coming, in just a few months. The Grinch couldn’t stop it and neither will you.

Imagine getting all your Christmas shopping done before the end of September. Picture yourself by a fireplace in October, a sweet pumpkin spice latte in your hand, thinking about all the fun stuff you’re going to do throughout November and December, now that your Christmas shopping is done. 

This year more than any other it seems important to buy Canadian and to support small, local businesses. Yesterday we featured some fabulous Ottawa makers and designers. We’d like to add to our list of Canadian and local shopping opportunities and tell you about The Handmade Market, happening online from September 10 to 13, and featuring over 200 Canadian makers, designers and artists. [The Handmade Market]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 16° 

Number: $170,000. The amount of money to be spent on Stornaway, the home of the official opposition, before the new Conservative leader Erin O'Toole moves in. [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day:  Andrew King. King is auctioning his paintings of retro memories, including a painting of a Atari 2600 joystick and that thing of lore, the lawn dart. King is also the proprietor of the superlative history website Ottawa Rewind, which we have often highlighted.  [RADland]

Quote: It means a lot to me but I hope it means more to my wife because she put so much aside to get me here” – Ottawa Senator Bobby Ryan, who was given the Masterson trophy, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Ryan had participated in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program for alcohol abuse. [Faces Magazine]


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 3134 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 36 since yesterday, and 267 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ There will be no more loosening of COVID-19 measures becauses cases are rising, says Ontario's Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. Except for casinos; they will still reopen on Sept 28, 50 people per room.  [CBC]

⭕ Quebec creates a four-colour system: green means continue basic measures, red means ‘prohibiting non-essential activities, while avoiding provincewide confinement‘.  the ottawan has spent much of the morning trying to summarise how this works or what use it could be and has failed. Please reply to us at '[email protected]' if you can reduce it to a sentence or three. [CBC]

⭕ West End Villa nursing home on Elmira Drive has an outbreak of 28 residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19. [CBC]

⭕ More teachers than usual are asking for medical exemptions from work  [CBC]

⭕ A student at the University of Ottawa's 45 Mann residence tests positive for COVID-19 [The Fulcrum]

🍁 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 punishment for the police officer who threatened to kill his former tenant and sell the man’s child to pay his late rent and “spill blood” has been set. Constable Nermin Mesic has been demoted to constable, second class from constable, first class. The demotion will last one year. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Anishinaabe chef Cezin Nottaway is featured in Chuck and the First Peoples' Kitchen. Celebritiy Chef Chuck Hughes visits Nottaway in Kitigan Zibi for the first episode, which debuts tomorrow on APTN. [CBC] [APTN]

▪️It was the politicians vs the people over the fate of the heritage Deschâtelets Building. The former priests’ residence, which houses a cool modernesque chapel, was purchased by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est to convert into a French Catholic school. The four councillors on the heritage committee voted in favour of major renovations: a community centre is also in the offering, possibly low-rent housing. The community members were appalled that the beautiful chapel could be demolished. Tie-breaking, naughty-step sitting Councillor Rick Chiarelli was not there so the issue gets shunted to the City's planning committee.   [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Ottawa Athletic Club closes after 44 years. Another victim of COVID-19. The club employed 150 people.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Porter Airlines delays restart of service at Ottawa airport. The airline planned to resume flights to Toronto on October 7, it has now been pushed back to November 12. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Underneath Sparks Street is best for a Gatineau tram, says Ottawa transit head. John Manconi, the City's chief of transportation services, believes that Sparks Street gives the most connections and least obstruction to pedestrians. [Ottawa Matters]


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