News, restaurants, events – discover what's happening in your city every weekday morning


Stage 3 is imminent. No dancing for joy, though, that's still banned. 

Starting Friday, restaurants can start socially distancing indoor dining; groups can meet in numbers of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors; cinemas, libraries, and gyms can reopen with frequent cleaning; and the kids can now play on the outdoor playgrounds.

And it's because Ottawa has been playing by the rules, keeping coronavirus cases down. Eleven other areas, including Greater Toronto, remain in Stage 2 for the foreseeable future.

As Mayor Jim Watson told CFRA “"We have to approach it with an element of caution, we don't want to celebrate too soon because there are still cases each and every day.”

This is a valid fear. California opened up, people flocked to the bars and restaurants, and now they have closed everything up again.

Dr. Colin Furness, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is one of the skeptics. He told the National Post, “My biggest concern is that we’re not doing schools first. Once we get schools open and if we can have them fully open and do that for a month without suffering, then I would have a much better appetite for some of the things on the stage three list.”

Yet, here we are.  

In that spirit, it's Restaurant Wednesday tomorrow – reply back to us if you have a neighbourhood favourite that you'd like us to highlight.  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 40% chance of showers. High of 27°

Number: 25,000. The donation amount in dollars that the University of Ottawa will match for the student-led 'Black Expression: Listen. Speak. Amplify' fundraiser. Money raised will go to Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, Black History Ottawa, Canadian Anti-Racism Network, Congress of Black Women Canada, Ontario Region, and Black Artists Union [Ottawa Matters] [Black Student Leaders Association]

Ottawan of the Day: An unknown Canadian military service member who left a $500 tip on a $64 bill at the Wellington Diner, then gifted $1000 to the restaurant proprietor, who says he'll share it with other staff.  [CFRA]

Quote: For a donation you could buy your name on a seat. Whether it was for a name, a business, for a dog. I genuinely thought we’d sell, oh we’ll sell 10 or 20 at a 150 bucks apiece and we’ll make a couple hundred dollars. We sold everything” – Josh Stafford, co-owner of the Mayfair Theatre. Cinemas and theatres can reopen under Stage 3 on Friday with much reduced seating. [CFRA


 There have been 2159 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 17 day streak.

⭕ Masks are now mandatory on Gatineau buses [CBC]

⭕ You can exercise in a gym without a mask, says Dr Vera Etches. You must wear a mask when entering but you can breathe free during the actual exercise. [CFRA]

⭕ The Federal Wage Subsidy programme is expected to be extended until December. No word on whether CERB will follow suit.  [CFRA]

+ Related 44% per cent of Canadians want to continue COVID-19 financial programmes, 44% want to scale them back

Support the ottawan

Help support your daily morning newsletter by purchasing a comfy and stylish the ottawan t-shirt. Available in Black, Heather, Green, and Navy.



▪️City Hall has dropped its latest album, Now That's What I Call Ottawa Music 2020
Actually, they don't seem to have named it. But every year, the City gathers of committee of musicians to find 25 songs by Ottawa musicians to play to one of the City's largest captive audiences: City Hall's on-hold music. And they have put them all on Soundcloud. [#ottmusic

▪️Python missing somewhere in Gatineau
The metre long snake disappeared several days ago in Hull's Hautes-Plaines neighbourhood. It's not considered harmful to humans but it can grow to three metres in length. [CBC

▪️Kanata Golf & Country Club face off in court over redevelopment
The Golf Club wants to tear up the grass and build homes; the City says either give up the idea or give the land to the City for free. The City is relying on an agreement from the 80s when the course was developed that says the community must be 40 per cent greenspace. The hearings begin today.  [CFRA]

▪️The Brass Monkey may be the first live music club to reopen
With a limit of 50 people, the Brass Monkey on on Greenbank Road, will reopen Friday night with Southbound. Maclovins play Saturday. [Ottawa Citizen] [Brass Monkey]


🍁 Made In Canada

We return to our Made in Canada feature with a spotlight on a Montreal swimwear manufacturer.

▫️Selfish Swimwear. Made in Montreal, Selfish Swimwear uses mostly recycled fibres fabric to create sustainable pieces. They want to create pieces that will last at least five years, and they offer a repair service for the second year and beyond (the stitching is guaranteed for the first year of ownership). Designer Naomie Caron does most of it herself but hires subcontractors when needed. She designs, makes the patterns, and sews all the collections. It’s also super important for Naomi that the suits flatter all sorts of bodies, and help the wearer feel confident no matter what the size or shape.

“SELFISH swimwear is an ethical and responsible swimwear brand that advocates body positivity. Handmade in our Montreal studio, each piece is made with care and love. From the design to the sewing, we make it all. We use mostly recycled fibres fabric to create sustainable and quality swimsuits that are comfortable and timeless.” [Selfish Swimwear]

▫️In other Made in Canada news, Local Laundry has teamed up with Milk Jar Candle to create Hang Dry, a candle with the smell of summer: watermelon and mint. Sounds fabulous. [Milk Jar]


⚙️ Work Here

▫️Marketing Campaigns Manager
Ross Video
Ross Video provides live event broadcast products and services for Hollywood, professional sport teams, and broadcasters. The Marketing Campaigns Manager will be own the strategy and execution of all marketing programs. Must be comfortable working cross-functionally within a B2B environment.
Salary unspecified. [Day Force]

▫️Communications Officer
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
Two month temp contract with possibility of extension. Experience in non-profit or academia preferred. Must be tactful, trustworthy and have political acuity. Must possess strong comms experience, as well as leadership, time management, and organizational skills. $31.68-$36.78/hr [Algonquin College]

▫️Event Coordinator
Office Team
Temp contract focusing on fundraising and sponsorship, data analysis, proofreading and editing of documents, and preparation of presentations. Must have budgeting and project management experience (in the case of the latter, using Microsoft Project, JIRA, Mavenlink, and NetSuite). $20 - $28/hr [Robert Half]

🏘️ Live here

For sale

▫️213 Catamount Court, Kanata
3 bed, 3 bath
This is the former show home and is among the largest in the development. Open concept, hardwood floors, and two - yes, two - dining areas. $420,000 []

▫️12 Lindhurst Crescent, Briargreen, Nepean
4 bed, 2 bath
Built in 1968, this semi detached four bed house has a massive backyard. Updated for the 21st Century, the compact kitchen has an eat-in island and sleek cabinetry. The basement is finished and includes a family room, storage space and a finished laundry area. $489,000 []

▫️132 Wendler Terrace, Queenswood Heights South, Orléans
4 bed, 3 bath
Open concept detached home. Double garage, large backyard.$569,900 []


Technically beautiful since 2020. 

📆 Want to read our newsletter archive? Click here.

🗨️ Is there something that we should know? Email [email protected] We read every single comment.

⏭️ Did you enjoy this edition of the ottawan? Spread the love and forward it to a friend.