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You can say you were there at the birth of an Ottawa tradition.

The first annual Best Of Ottawa awards are now open for voting. We had hundreds of nominations to which we have distilled down to a pretty competitive list. Even if you don't want to vote, take a look at the nominees. We guarantee that you'll see something new.

We did eliminate one category: there was not a single nomination for Best Ottawa Twitch Account.

If you leave an email address when you vote, you'll be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card to spend at your favourite Ottawa business.


In times like this, Ottawa businesses need all the support they can get. 

Voting ends October 2, and we'll announce the winners Oct 5.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

❌ A Correction

Yesterday, we wrote about 40 people having a BBQ in an Ottawa park which resulted in actual COVID-19 cases. We totally mangled the encapsulation. The real story: 40 people had a BBQ, which resulted in 27 related people eventually testing positive for COVID-19, which resulted in 105 people having to self-isolate. Also, it was a Global TV story, not CBC. the ottawan regrets not being able to read a clearly written story.


Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 18°  

Number: 1600. The number of students in the Ottawa Carleton School system on a wait list for virtual classes who were initially enrolled in in-person classes  [CBC

Ottawan of the Day:  The Beer Store. Ottawa beer stores collected $146,000 for the food bank from people returning empties.   [Ottawa Matters]

Quote: “It’s unfortunate Ottawa doesn’t understand that they need to get going with it. There’s a lot of control that can take place with the tools we have available right now” – Janice Gilbert, executive director of the Ontario-based Invasive Phragmites Control Centre, who says the City is not doing enough to eradicate the noxious invasive weed   [Capital Current


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 3919 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 82 since yesterday, and 280 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1210 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 32 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ ‘A good citizen’s guide to preparing for the second wave’ [Maclean's]  

⭕ Ottawa experts say we need to go into lockdown, closing non-essentials like entertainment [CBC]

⭕ Some doctors don‘t like to refer to second waves. They say that viruses are cyclical because of what people do, not what viruses do – waves are not obligatory. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Uber is now requiring all passengers who have been reported as refusing to wear a mask in the past to provide a masked selfie before pickup [Ottawa Citizen]

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store]

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▪️Ottawa house prices have gained the highest per centage in Canada. The average house price in Ottawa is now $566,100. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation now considers the Ottawa market ‘overheated”. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police officers have used naloxone to revive two people in the past ten days. Naloxone is used to revive people who have had an opiod overdose. Ottawa Police say they have used the spray 80 times in 2020. [Ottawa Matters]

▪️Gatineau company creates free software for restaurants to manage COVID-19 registrations. Patrons download a smartphone app. Should a report of COVID-19 occur at a participating restaurant, previous patrons will be notified. LogQ is avilable through Vision Centre-Ville and ID Gatineau.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️The steel geese in front of the Ottawa Airport are moved twice per year.  Created by sculptor Louis Archambault, the “Shape of Flight” was installed at the brand-new YOW in 1960. Each spring, the Airport Authority shifts the sculpture to face north, and in the autumn to face south, so it matches the migration patterns of real Canada Geese.  [Ottawa Rewind]


We were so busy with The Ottawa Best of Ottawa Awards this week that we didn’t have time for a day trip. In its place of our usual Day Trip feature we've got a list of fun stuff to do this weekend, both online and IRL.

▫️ Ottawa Artisans presents: Today through Sunday 7:00pm to 9:00pm visit the Sweater Weather Virtual Market to shop from over 100 Ottawa vendors. You’ll see jewellery, embroidery and other crafts, knitwear, and a whole lot more. Choose from Canada-wide shipping for $15 (and across Ottawa for $10) or pick up your purchases directly from the Flamingo Boutique. 

▫️ Whiprsnapr Brewing is holding its Maker Market #4 on Saturday (September 26th) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Visit five vendors in person, then enjoy a cool, crisp local brew - it’s going to be a hot one! Appearing are: Manet Macrame, Colden & Go, Purple Unicorn, The Yarner and White Dog Pet Portraits.
14 Bexley Place, Unit 106. Bells Corners

▫️ New Indian restaurant alert: Actually it’s an existing resto that’s moved to new digs. Palki Cuisine of India is now open at 6501 Russell Road in Carlsbad Springs. In addition to Indian faves, they offer fish and chips, burgers, and pasta.

▫️ Momo Spot and Spark Beer will join forces at the Momospot + Spark Beer Pop-Up #3 on Saturday (September 26th). From 13:00pm to 9:00pm you’ll find steamed, deep-fried, and pan-fried Momos (Nepalese dumplings) alongside a selection of Sparks beers. Dine-in and takeaway are available but you need a reservation for the former. 703 Somerset St. W.

▫️Ottawa’s Kin Vineyards have a fun activity for oenophiles at loose ends: Visit the vineyards to help harvest the wine grapes. You’ll earn an invite to a dinner later in the season, plus, a at the end of the day that you pick grapes, a glass of 2018 wine. If you can’t make it this Saturday there are other dates available. Bring your own pruning shears, gloves and appropriate clothing (remember, tomorrow's reportedly going to be a scorcher). Reservations are required to keep numbers at COVID-safe levels.


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