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Issue 615 Volume 3 Number 115

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2022 and Faces magazine suggests that these are the five best places to jog in Ottawa this Autumn. It's a shame that we'll never find out if that's true.

The nominations for our 3rd Annual Best of Ottawa awards are open. We're looking for the best in Ottawa's food, cultural, and public service scenes – and we need you to make our nominations all encompassing

Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).

If you enter your email address, we'll do a random draw for a $100 gift card to the Ottawa business of your choice.


Food + Drink

▪️It’s the final day of summer, but you can already make plans to visit the pumpkin patch for pick-your-own good times at Ottawa Farm Fresh. The “U-Pick Pumpkins” patch is open Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Pick yours before the frost comes. 2811 Ramsayville Road, Gloucester. 

▪️Alert: Beckta is now open again on Monday nights, meaning you can now book a fine dining a-la-carte or tasting menu feast six nights a week. 150 Elgin St. 

▪️Birch Bark Coffee has released its Reconciliation blend, to support Orange Shirt Day 2022. Proceeds from the sale of this dark, Latin American blend will go to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. $95.94 for a 6 bag order. 

▪️Ottawa Mission is hiring a Food Services Training Programme Coordinator to teach culinary skills, work one-on-one with students to manage daily issues like transportation, health care, and housing, assist students with job placements, and help the Manager of Food Services with catering events.

▪️Are you free tomorrow? Roam Flora is expecting frost tomorrow night, so this could be the final opportunity to pick your own flowers from their fields. Entry to the experience includes a floral bucket to fill with 30 stems. Bring your own floral snips and gardening gloves. 107 Mantil Side Road, off Upper Dwyer Hill Road. 

▪️Ottawa Magazine says these are the best new restaurants of 2022Le Poisson BleuBrassicaAiana Restaurant CollectiveGuiliaParlourPaper Tiger Noodle BarSaigonArloHarmon’s, and Cantina Gia.

Also, there are only a few days left to buy your ticket to their Ottawa Magazine Best Restaurants festival at Lansdowne Park. Tickets cost $125 and include all the food and drink you’ll enjoy at the event.

▪️The Citizen’s Peter Hum has lamented that Ottawa is full of sharwarma but so, so short of fatteh. Finding it on the menuat Tirweka on Hazeldean Road makes him very pleased indeed.

▪️Not that we're in some sort of preëxisting culinary contretemps with Ralf Joneikies at Capital Eats, but we absolutely agree that the Korean fried chicken at Kitchen Maroo on Gladstone is *chef’s kiss*.

▪️Apt 613 says Sharpfle Waffle is ‘Hintonburg’s best kept secret’. It's all about the croffle, an unholy union of croissant and waffle.

▪️The Ottawa Senators have introduced something to distract fans in the stands from will soon be happening on the ice: poutine in the team's colours of black, red, and gold. Wait, they have also introduced kettle chip and smoked meat nachos. At the ice, at our lap, we're not sure where to avoid looking now.

▪️Stittsville welcomes its first ever Buttertart Festival this Saturday. And  like all sugar high heightened experiences, there will be judging: Best Traditional, Best Unique, and People’s Choice. Yes, you can buy tickets by the roll to vote on the buttertarts. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Village Square Park. Where were those jogging routes, again?

Deals of the day

Franc’s collection of cozy, Canadian-made loungewear will take you through the cooler months in style. Until September 26, get a free pair of socks with purchases of $150 or more. 

Thank Montréal Fashion Week for the special prices at the Melow Workshop Sale, on now until the September 25. Snap up the summer pants and tops, or the final pieces of previous cooler weather collections.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 30 per cent chance of rain. High of 22°, low of 12°.   

Number: 60 years. The age of the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino this month. Its creation had a side effect. In 1962, the new raceway caused farmer Mel Barr to put aside his dream of transforming his 200 acre farm into a horse racing track, so he developed houses on it instead. We now know his former property as Barrhaven. [Barrhaven Independent]

Ottawan of the Day: Kostya Khomutov. Khomutov is the founder of Ukraine to Canada, which has helped 75 families settle in Canada and expects to help many more. [CityNews]

Quote: ‘I hereby retract the statements I made about Esther Post ... and acknowledge that they were false and defamatory’ – Chelsea Hillier formally retracts her defamatory statementss against Carleton University professor Esther Post. Hillier has already been convicted of contempt of court over her refusual to retract the statements and is to be sentenced on Friday. The retraction may be an attempt to improve her chances at sentencing. Hillier is both a former People’s Party of Canada member and a Populist Party of Ontario candidate, and is also the daughter of colourful former MPP Randy Hillier. Hillier’s untrue statements accused Post of unethical relations with students. [Ottawa Citizen]

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney proposes to turn the greenbelt around Ottawa into a national urban park. The greenbelt was part of a 1950s urban design to limit sprawl but developers just built on the other side. 

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe calls on Catherine McKenney to admit if any contributions from third party election advertiser Horizon Ottawa have been received. Sutcliffe wonders that since Horizon Ottawa spokesperson and director Sam Hersh worked for McKenney in 2020, is it possible that some of Horizon's 700 volunteers are also working on the campaign. No contributions have been accepted from any third party, says McKenney. 

? Convoy News

▪️Convoy co-organizer Chris Barber wants his text messages to be under a publication ban. Barber, citing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, wants the court to forbid CTV, Canadian Press, Global News, and the Toronto Star newspaper from publishing any stories based on texts from his cell phone. A wide selection of texts, including those to his wife and kids, was used as evidence in a hearing against another co-organizer, Tamara Lich. Crown prosecutors are asking for two years imprisonment for Barber. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Two officers of the Windsor Police Service are facing charges over Convoy donations. The two donated $40 and $50 on Feb 7 and 8 respectively and are now charged with misconduct under the Ontario Police Services Act. A civilian employee of the Service has been suspended for a day over a donation. Windsor is the at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge, which was blockaded by Convoy-adjacent supporters for a week starting Feb 7. [CBC]

The Rest

▪️Congratulations to the First Peoples Innovation Centre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this evening. The Centre is a non-profit organization that “stimulates, supports and promotes social innovation by and for Indigenous people.”

▪️The Westbound Highway 174 between Montreal Road and Blair Road will be closed this weekend. O-Train stage 2 construction is the culprit. The closure starts at 6 am Saturday and ends 5:30 am Monday. [City of Ottawa]

▪️The Citizen and the Sun will stop providing free print subscriptions to employees and retirees. Obviously, this is a pretty niche group but it's a sign that the days of the paper version are coming to a close. [Bulldog Ottawa]


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