Wednesday, 11 October 2023


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Ottawa Public Health is now taking booking for flu vaccinations and the new update formula for COVID-19 for certain groups.

  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Individuals at high-risk for influenza (flu) and/or COVID-19 related complications or hospitalization including:
    • Residents and staff of congregate living settings (eg, chronic care facilities, retirement homes)
    • Pregnant women
    • Individuals who are 65 years of age or older
    • First Nation, Inuit, or Métis people and their household members
    • All children six months to under five years of age
    • Individuals six months of age and older with underlying health conditions per NACI
    • Members of racialized and equity-deserving communities

COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Public Health Community Clinics can be booked by calling 1 833 943 3900 (TTY: 1 866 797 0007) or through the Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal. (Remember portals? Those were the days ... )

Flu vaccine appointments at Public Health Community Clinics can be booked through the Ottawa Public Health website

The update COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots will be available for everyone else beginning Oct 30.


We need your nominations for the Best of Ottawa Awards 2023

The nomination round will last until next Monday, October 16 for the categories of Dining OutShops + ServicesCultureMedia, andPeople + Places.

Despite the ‘Best of Ottawa’ name, nominees can also be located in Gatineau, anywhere in the Ottawa Valley, or the Pontiac region. Remember, these awards celebrate local, so if a nominee is a branch its head office must be located in the above regions.

Please help make this the best Best Of ever and make your nominations now.

– Martha and Darren


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


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    • $41.3 million
    • – The amount of mortgages for five Ottawa Community Housing properties that have been refinanced by the City. The City got fixed, long-term rates of 4.67 per cent for 30 years. (City of Ottawa)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • A former patron of the Burk’s Falls library
    • – The unnamed resident of Ottawa borrowed The Works of Tennyson from the Burk’s Falls, near Parry Sound, library 50 years ago. He just returned it, with a $50 donation. The library says that it will not be loaned out again. (Rocco Frangione at


    • It’s premature to commit almost a half a billion dollars (at Lansdowne) when the city is already looking at some very serious issues because of the huge deficit in OC Transpo and public transit
    • – Associate professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, Ian Lee, in Ottawa Bulldog



    What’s coming up tomorrow at City Hall.

    Transit Commission
    Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 9:30 AM

    • Presentation – OC Transpo update – Rail, bus, and Para Transpo
    • LRT disruption – Root cause Review
    • Incidents affecting LRT vehicles and services
    • Sponsorship of Transit Services

    📋 Agenda


    💸 Lansdowne 2.0

    🚧 Delays

    🚌 School Buses

    • West Carleton ward councillor Clarke Kelly has received an apology for his ouster from an online meeting with the Ottawa School Transportation Authority. In an acrimonious meeting of parents and elected officials with the Authority over the shortage of buses, the then general manager of the service kicked Kelly out of the meeting. Later that week she took a leave of absence. (Clarke Kelly) (h/t West Carleton Online)

    🛻 Convoy News

    • The Convoy trial judge has ruled that residents may testify for the Crown. The defense had argued that as co-defendents Tamara Lich and Chris Barber had admitted residents' lives were disrupted, the testimony was unnecessary. The judge disagreed, saying the Crown cannot be forced to accept those admissions and will let the residents speak in their own words. The trial, which had paused for a long Thanksgiving break, resumes today. (Laura Osman in the Canadian Press)

       Related The Ottawa Citizen is live blogging the trial.



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    🤼‍♂️ 🍺 GIVEAWAY: Broadhead Brewery is celebrating its 12th anniversary this week with beer, events, and good times. On Saturday October 14 Remix Wrestling returns to Broadhead's taproom at 1680 Vimont Crt in Orléans with an extravaganza that they call Back in Broadhead. It promises to be an evening of entertaining mayhem of pro wrestling featuring Sexxxy Eddy, Jonny Taco, London Lightning, Alexander Kable, to name a few. 

    the ottawan is giving away a pair of tickets to Back in Broadhead for one lucky subscriber. For your chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is send us an email ( with the answer to our skill testing question: What year did Broadhead Brewery open its doors

    Martha’s Mom will randomly draw the lucky winner from the correct answers on Friday October 13.




    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Juan Martin is one of the world’s best Flamenco guitarists and he’s playing First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa on Sunday (October 15). 
    • Two independent bookstores, Octopus Books and Spaniel’s Tale, are joining forces to create a new author reading series, Authors Unbound. On Thursday (October 12), head to Spaniel’s Tale to hear Premee Mohamed and E.D.E. Bell. 
    • The Cantata Singers of Ottawa launch their 60th season with with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s choral masterwork, Vespers, at St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod St, on Sunday November 12 at 3:00 pm


    The Great Canadian Sox Shop is offering the Casual Wool Cabin Sock at a 40% discount this week. This Made in Canada classic sock will look at home at the cottage, on long walks through the woods, and sitting by a campfire. Available in blue, red, or green. 


    The beginning of the long dash indicates exactly ... silence. After 80 years, the National Research Council time signal at 1 pm on CBC Radio One has been cancelled. Last Monday was the end of the pips. CBC Ottawa news anchor Laurence Wall was the final voice of the clock.

    The article is a little eliptical about the reasoning and we don’t know if money ever changed hands but the main problem is that, nationwide, people listen over AM, FM, HD, the Internet, or via relay transmitters now and each has a different time delay. Radios that get the HD signal may have up to a nine second delay. So in 2023, when all our smartphones get their time from atomic clocks, what’s the point besides nostalgia if the CBC cannot broadcast the one true time?

    You can still check the official National Reseach Council time on its webpage – which even tells you how far off your computer’s clock is.

    And if you are truly hardcore about using Canadian time rather than Apple or Google minutes, you can go into your time and date settings and change your Network Time Server to and have your seconds maple scented.


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