Issue 596 Volume 3 Number 96

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, August 24, 2022 and we state our regret linking to this Buzzfeed article, ‘If The Office Was Set In Ottawa’.

▪️Gongfu Bao on Bank Street tells us that they have opened a great new patio. We haven't seen it yet but bao plus patio is a yes from us.

Speaking of patios, NarCity has found 7 Pretty Patios in Ottawa to Visit Before the Summer Ends. They are Rooftop OttawaTavern at the GalleryUmbrella BarNCC Bistro, Somewhere Dine BarBikini Beach Bar, and Rabbit Hole.

And just in time for the final weeks of summer weather, Ottawa’s venerable drinking hole the Prescott has opened its rooftop patio. 379 Preston St.

▪️Our fellow Ottawa newsletter purveyors at Ottawa Lookout have launched a new one that focusses on food: Capital Eats. Today's number looks at Sushi Ro on Wellington, where Ralf Joneikies says this is ‘is the kind of restaurant we all wish we had in our neighbourhood’.

▪️The Citizen ate at Toppings Unlimited this week, a new pizza joint that goes beyond the standard styles to include Caribbean barbecue,  Manila adobo, Spanish paella, Delhi butter chicken, and Da Lat Vietnamese pizzas. Peter Hum’s verdict: the ‘pizzas ranged from intriguing to promising to a dud’.

▪️Summer may be ending but the organic community supported agriculture boxes from Ottawa Farm Fresh keep coming until the New Year.

▪️Meanwhile, if you want to know more about gardening in the Fall months, catch their intro to Fall Gardening webinar tonight from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. 

▪️Throughout Capital Pride Week, get 10% off online orders from Gabriel Pizza when you use their app. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store, and use the promo code “pride22” to get your coupon. This deal is available until Saturday August 28. 


▪️Capital Pride presents Poetry in Pride tonight from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Queen St. Fare. Enjoy free spoken word, acoustic music and an open mic. 170 Queen St.

▪️Starting today, Ottawans can see professional show jumping in person at the Major League Show Jumping Ottawa event. The event runs until Sunday at Wesley Clover Parks, where ticket holders will see show jumping, an RCMP Musical Ride, and even several Olympic medalists.


Deals of the day

▪️Save 50% on select styles in the Encircled Summer Clearout Sale

▪️Heads up, musicians: join the virtual Marketing in the Music Biz live panel next Monday August 29. Presented by Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and partners, the free discussion aims to demystify the marketing of your music, with tips and tricks presented by music industry professionals. 12:30 - 1:30. 

▪️Incredible deals are happening right now at Rien ne se perd. Save at least 25% on summer pieces but you’ll find more items for cooler seasons on sale as well. 

▪️The Habitat ReStore Furniture Sale starts today. Get 25% off furniture items until the 31st. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 40% chance of showers. High of 28°, low of 17°.   

Number: 54%. The number of millennials in Ottawa who believe that they will someday own a home. 33% do not believe that they will. Millennials are those aged between 26 and 41 right now. [CityNews]

Ottawan of the Day: Jay Baruchel. The actor will play co-founder Mike Lazaridis in a new docudrama based on the book Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry. [CityNews]

Quote: ‘The National Gallery was my first museum. It’s been nice to see how well it works—and how much it’s loved—more than 30 years later’ – Architect Moshe Safdie on being asked about his favourite Canadian designs. He is also fond of his Habitat building in Montréal and Vancouver’s Central Public Library. [Maclean’s] [Ted Talk about Habitat]

Sports: Frontier League Ottawa Titans 6 – Tri-City ValleyCats 1, last night

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▪️Developers who want to demolish a low-rent building for an office parking lot say ‘no parking lot, no new 300 unit apartment building’. The developer wants to build the 300 unit building on an existing office parking lot and tear down an old six unit building to park the office workers’ cars. The City’s planning committee had put off their decision until tomorrow in hopes that it would resolve itself. It hasn't. The developers have said that they do not have another location for the cars, so unless the small building goes, so does the large one. The planning committee will decide whether to allow this or not tomorrow. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️There is no swimming today at Britannia, Mooney’s Bay, and Petrie Island East Bay beaches due to E. coli. Again.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️United People of Canada director says that he will use the same technique of private prosecution against St Brigid foes that he used in LondonLast October, William Komer filed several complaints against the London Police Services Board, accusing its officers of discriminating against him on basis of his gender. Komer was in a dispute with his wife. [CBC] [The Case]

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