Issue 581 Volume 3 Number 80

The Ottawan



It’s Tuesday, August 2, 2022 and, while it’s definitely still summer, September’s on the horizon, bringing a return to school, to work, to less relaxation in general. Here at the ottawan, we glanced up from our computers and realized that our workspace – a home office of hand me down furniture in a semi-basement room – needed a revamp. 

So the transformation has begun. We’ve shifted the bookshelves to another wall, relocated the cats’ food bowls, and started tidying up our desks, but It’s going to take at least one can of paint, a trip to a framing store to get art on the walls, and some thrift shopping to get the details right. Photos forthcoming.

What about your home office space? We would love to see how you, our readers, get your work done at home. Send us a photo of your office space, and we'll share them. We would also like to know your favourite local merchants for office supplies: where do you like to shop for the furniture, equipment, art, stationery, and decor that make your office space great for you? Send your photo and your shopping hints to


▪️The Softball Canada Men’s U23 Canadian Fast Pitch Championship has started at Carp Fairgrounds and continues until Sunday August 7. Games are underway already, with the Opening Ceremonies at 6:00pm tonight. Weekly, day, and evening passes available. 3832 Carp Road. 

▪️You think you know TV's The Office episodes inside and out? Get down to the Prescott tonight for The Office Trivia night, hosted by Hub of the Hammer. Bask in the glory of your essential knowledge of The Office and you just mind win some prizes. $10 per person, and tickets are booked in advance. 379 Preston Street.

▪️Tonight, get your fill of good tunes with Five Alarm Funk at the Rainbow Bistro. Advance tickets have sold out but there may be some at the door. 76 Murray St.

Deal of the day

La Vida Local Food + Wine Tours visits local vineyards, craft breweries, distilleries and cideries in the Ottawa Valley.

La Vida Local is here to introduce you to this emerging wine region with its cold climate wines, along with local spirits, ciders and signature brews. Each tour package includes transportation, educational tours, tastings and food pairings at most venues, along with the opportunity to shop/support local farms and artisans.

Visit and use the promo code "summerfun" when booking your public tour for an exclusive The Ottawan reader discount!

We'll see you tomorrow. – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 25 per cent chance of showers. High of 25°, low of 11°.   

Number: 45th. Where Ottawa ranks on a list of 62 cities for downtown recovery from COVID. For Canadian cities, we're fifth. For medium-sized cities, Halifax has recovered best in Canada, Salt Lake City in North America. [CTV] [Death of Downtown Study (PDF)]

Ottawan of the Day: Paul Gratton. The owner of Fresh Reno Ottawa heard that the new Ottawa Trans Library wanted to be accessible to wheelchairs but could not afford a ramp. So Gratton built one for them. [NarCity]

Quote: ‘Telling someone they need a permit [to remove] a big tree … and if it comes down it's going to total the entire house, I don't know if that's the right thing to do, either. Just from the devastation that I've seen and … how it just turns people's lives upside down … it's insane’ – Certified arborist Devin Runge on the City’s policy of refusing to remove healthy trees on City property but leaving homeowners to pay for damage if it falls on their house. [CBC]

SportsCFL Ottawa RedBlacks 23 – Toronto Argonauts 13, last Sunday; CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 81 – Montréal Alliance 62, last night; Frontier League Ottawa Titans  – Schaumburg Boomers 1 - 3 last Sunday, 6 - 4 last Saturday, 9 - 1 last Friday 

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▪️The Mercury Lounge is closing after 20 years. The ByWard Market venue is another local business that was unable to survive after COVID-19 closures. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Fire Services had a strange 24 hours. This morning, a man fell into one of the 10 foot ‘trenches’ next to the Château Laurier — you've seen them, they have the little fancy cement fence around them — and had to be rescued by the rope team. The man spent nearly an hour down there, unlike two window washers who were stuck ten storeys up yesterday for five hours. The window washer’s platform had lost power, stranding them at the Nepean building on a holiday Monday.

▪️We're not usually your traffic newsletter but there is a trifecta of closures that may affect you: 

➡️ The Queensway – the freaking Queensway – will be closed between Kent Street and Island Park Drive from August 11 8pm  to August 15 6am. The Maitland Avenue, Carling Avenue, and Parkdale Avenue eastbound on-ramps will also be closed. The Highways Department is replacing the Booth Street bridge. Traffic will be detoured through city streets.  [Ottawa Citizen]

➡️ The Chaudière Bridge will be closed to traffic from 8 pm to 5 am every day from today until Friday, when it is closed completely until Monday morning. Bikes and pedestrians can still use the bridge, which is undergoing repairs. And it was right in the vicinity

➡️ The Mackenzie King Bridge is now one lane in each direction, reduced from two lanes each way. After modifications are finished in 2024, the bridge will feature raised cycle tracks and widened sidewalks. [City of Ottawa

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