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


Someone asked us why we linked to stories about the travails of the Governor General. (She and her secretary are accused of running a toxic workplace, and now the Privy Council is investigating.)

The argument is that the Governor General is relevant to the whole country, so why cover it in the ottawan?

We're not interested in the Governor General's problems as a political (or non-politcal) story, we look at it as a local workplace story. In the same way that we're concerned about workplace practises at the Amazon fulfilment center on the 417, it's local people who work at Rideau Hall.

And an invitation to you both at Amazon and Rideau Hall, if you have something that you'd like Ottawa to know about your jobs, email to us at [email protected]

We'll see you Tuesday  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ A few showers. High of 30°. Heat warning in effect.

Number: 4. The number of years it has taken for the Phoenix Pay System to work without complaints. The Federal payroll system has cost $1 billion to fix and caused nightmares for thousands of Federal workers [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day:  Brian Smith. The CJOH-TV sportscaster was murdered 25 years ago but his legacy has changed laws, created scholarships, increased organ donations and built a kids camp  [Ottawa Citizen

Quote: I want us, as a community, to keep coming together and finding innovative ways to do comedy. So we’re really going to have to put all of our, like, seven brain cells together and really come up different ways to keep people safe. – Comedian KB Hardwood, who performs at Swizzles on Monday nights, on comedians welcoming the reopening of comedy clubs  [Capital Current


 There have been 2415 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 81 since Friday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 30 day streak.

⭕ Carry your face mask in a plastic bag if you plan to reuse it throughout the day, says Ottawa Public Health [CFRA]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford considering allowing multiplex cinemas to seat more people, after Cineplex complained that a 50 person limit means only a few patrons per screen [CBC]

⭕ U of T model figures that for every 1,000 vistors to Canada from US, two have COVID-19, for every 10,000, it's 17. [Global]

⭕ Carleton Lodge long-term care home employee tests positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

⭕ Bank Street Home Depot employee tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

⭕ OC Transpo will stop giving away free masks August 1  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ More than half of the past week's COVID-19 cases in Ottawa are under 30 [CFRA]

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.



▪️The City is responsible for wild animals, says councillor Carol Anne Meehan. If an animal is attacking humans, call 911, if they are just being a nuisance, call 311.  Councillor Meehan's ward suffered through an aggresive coyote attacking humans with different levels of government disavowing responsibility. The coyote was eventually shot by Ottawa Police. [CFRA]

▪️Ottawa-Carleton District School Board schools will reopen September 3. How will the classes work? Don't know yet. Will it be full time? Don't know yet. The Ottawa Catholic School Board has previously announced that students would come back on September 3, with the same lack of clarity. The Ministry of Education promises to have standards set by August 4  [CBC

+ Related Child care centres can expand to 15 children as of today

▪️Police Chief Peter Sloly says that police should be integrated with social service workers, with social services being dispatched when police not needed. But the police budget should not be cut, he says. Sloly was tesifying to Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. [CBC]

▪️The Province Government has promised to build three new elementary schools, in Stittsville, Kanata, and Barrhaven. The new Stittsville school will be francophone, the others anglophone. It's part of a promise to build 30 new schools across the province, and to renovate 15 more.  [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related Ottawa-Carleton schools have $77.5 million in repairs needed

▪️Ottawa Pubilc Libraries reopen in

  • Alta Vista 
  • Blackburn Hamlet
  • Centennial
  • Elmvale Acres
  • Emerald Plaza

Services are contactless and you can pick up reservations and returns. Returns are in quarantine for 72 hours. [CFRA]


⚙️ Work Here

▫️ Resident Care Aide - Long Term Care (Under Review)

Location: Various (Centre d'accueil Champlain, Peter D. Clark, Gary J. 

Armstrong, Carleton Lodge

Salary: $24.716 to $28.915 per hour (2019 rates of pay)

Employees will not be permitted to work in another workplace while employed with a City of Ottawa Long Term Care facility.

The Resident Care Aide engages with residents, providing social stimulation, including connecting residents with family and friends, providing dining room and feeding assistance, assisting with lifts and transfers, and more. [City of Ottawa]

▫️ Copywriter

Giant Tiger

Assume the brand voice in the delivery of messaging around calls to action, retail experience, digital marketing, promotions.

The ideal candidate will be bilingual.

Salary unspecified. [Giant Tiger]

▫️ Content Marketing Associate

Babcock Canada

One of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers 2020, Babcock Canada supplies engineering support expertise to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Government of Canada, regional aerial firefighting teams, and others.

Salary unspecified

The position will assist the Marketing Manager with the development and execution of marketing and PR campaigns as well as producing content across multiple channels.

This position demands a relevant post-secondary degree or diploma in Marketing, Communications, Journalisms or a related discipline, plus two to three years’ experience in strong writing, copy editing and proofreading, Wordpress, MS Office, and social media platforms. [Babcock]

🏘️ Live Here

For Sale

219 Clarence Street

3 bed, 1.5 bath

Located steps from the Byward Market, this very centrally located condo has three private balconies, laundry on the second level, and loads of storage.



554 Creekview Way, Findlay Creek

4 bed, 4 bath

There’s lots of living space in this family home. In addition to the four bedrooms, master with ensuite, A/C, formal dining and den in the upper floors, the finished basement has a bar, a bathroom, dining, and entertainment areas.


Royal LePage

1685 Feathreston Drive, Ottawa 

4 bed, 3 bath

It needs updating (what’s under those carpets?) but this house has lots to offer. There’s an eat-in kitchen with a pantry, formal living and dining rooms as well as a small family room. Great backyard space.


For Rent

3 - 430 Lyon St N

2 bed, 1 bath

This Centretown apartment has a balcony, shared laundry, and provides spacious downtown living.

Available September 1. $2,175/mo



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.