Wednesday, November 8 2023


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Now that this year’s event is over, it’s worth remembering that the Ontario government this year denied funding the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival – a first in a decade.

To help the Festival return next year, it’s asking for support from the public, either with a sustaining donation or by adopting an author.

We have declared the 96 award winners and runners-up in Restaurants, Shops + Services, Culture, Media, and People + Places. The results are unimpeachable.

Here are the people’s picks for the Best of Ottawa 2023.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  Food + Drink Update
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day



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    • US $250 million
    • – The amount for which Toronto billionaire Michael Andlauer sold his 10% minority interest in the Montréal Canadiens. By accounting math, that makes the Canadiens worth US $2.5 billion. Andlauer bought 90 per cent of the Sens for US $950 million. (Kurt Badenhausen at Sportico)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Dianne Finnigan
    • – The Stittsville entrepreneur has created a line of trades workwear for women, finding a niche in a sector that does not make safety clothes for the female body. The Dirty Seahorse Workwear’s most popular item is the Zenith Overall, which has something rarely found in women’s wear: pockets.
    • (Madison Costeira at Stittsville Central)


    • Building trust around the system is a huge part of why people use the system

    • – Kitchener-Waterloo councillor Colleen James on the success of their new light rapid transit system – launched only three months before Ottawa – as compared to the O Train. (Leah Larocque at CTV)



    What’s going on at City Hall.

    It’s Lansdowne 2.0 all the way down. The joint meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee and the Finance and Corporate Services Committee have passed the discussion over to City Council. 

    Ottawa City Council – Special Meetings on Lansdown

    • Wednesday, November 8 at 1pm

    • Thursday November 9 at 12:00 noon

    • Friday November 10 at 9:00 am

    • Saturday November 11 at 1:00 pm (if needed)

    • Sunday November 12 at 9:00 am (if needed)

    The meetings will all be carried on the City’s YouTube channel.

    The Ottawa Citizen is liveblogging today’s meeting.


    🚨 Ottawa Fire Service

    •  Three people have been injured in an explosion at a new fire station under construction in Kanata. The three are not considered to have life-threatening injuries. The new station on the 1000 block of March Road did not receive structural damage and work will continue. (Ottawa Citizen)

    ⚒️ National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

    •   Parliament’s Veterans Affairs committee has denounced the Federal government’s change of designer for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. A years-long selection process chose a design by Quebec-based designers Team Daoust. The government overruled that and chose a design by Alberta-based designers Team Stimson based on an online poll. Art critics and policy makers are incensed that an online poll trumped an expert panel. The eventual monument will be placed in LeBreton Flats. (Randy Boswell in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🏢 Corkstown Road Retirement Home

    •  A vacant retirement home at Carling Avenue and Corkstown Road will be leased by the City for family housing. The 170-unit building will be used for families leaving the city’s emergency shelters until permanent housing can be found. The use of a retirement home as a family shelter was a suggestion by a citizen who noticed the empty but well maintained building. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    💉 Centre 507

    •  Centre 507, a adult drop-in centre for adults to get a hot meal and access to social services, is installing washroom motion detectors to prevent overdose deaths. The monitors will alert staff if a person in a toilet stall has not moved in two minutes. The centre said that it sees about five cases a week of people needing medical intervention. (Matthew Kupfer at CBC)

    🏫 St. Joseph’s Catholic High School

    • The Renfrew Catholic high school student who was expelled over his opposition to mixed-sex washrooms has won his appeal for a new hearing to return to class. Josh Alexander was excluded from school by the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board, which refused to hear his appeal because he was not 18 years old and not legally responsible for himself. Alexander took his case to the Superior Court of Justice, which ruled in his favour. The student will appear at the School Board appeal hearings November 15 and 17. (Rachel McEwan in the Eganville Leader)


    🛻 Convoy News

    • Convoy co-organizer Pat King’s trial has been put back to next May after he requested a change to be heard by a judge rather than a jury. King is charged with mischief, counselling others to commit mischief, disobeying a court order, and obstructing police. (David Fraser at CBC)
    • King’s attire was worthy of description by the CBC, noting he ‘appeared in virtual court with his hair slicked back, wearing a plaid blue shirt with a small “Harley Davidson” logo over the left breast’.



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    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  The deadline is approaching to enter nominations in the Ottawa Sports Awards, which are the largest amateur sport recognition event in Canada. Nominations for the awards, which are celebrating 71 years in 2023, are due by November 15.


    We’ve had the sad news that Moncton’s Mulberry & MacNab will be closing permanently by mid-December. The good news is that over the coming weeks the online fabric shop will be running discounts to sell off as much inventory as possible.

    Right now that means a deal on bulk thread purchases. Get 10 to 19 spools of 100m thread for $2.00 each; 20 to 39 spools of 100m thread for $1.75 each; and 40 or more spools of 100m thread for $1.50 each. The discount will be applied at checkout, with no code required.

    Stroked Ego is offering regularly priced clothing at a 20% discount if you buy before midnight tomorrow night (Thursday). Use the code FALLVIP2023.


    The Ottawa Design Club has created its largest ’zine yet. At 160 pages of print, Issue #6 — Renaissance launches tonight at the new Wall Space Gallery location in Old Ottawa South. Alongside releasing a very large print item, the event will feature an art exhibition and musical performances by Sofar Ottawa. 



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