We've spent enlightening weekend looking over our 100th edition survey questions. ottawan readers have been very positive in their responses and supportive of our future. Of course, it is somewhat self-selecting: if you were not getting something out of the ottawan, you'd have already unsubscribed.
🏷️ Many mentioned that they would like to see the ottawan earlier in the morning and that they would like to see it free of typos. Believe us when we say that those two things are related. The earlier, the mroe srcmalbed.
We pushed the send button on the ottawan at 7am today and we began the day with stronger coffee, so let's see if we can fix both timing and typos at once.
🏷️ Some readers said we're too wordy, some said we're too short; but the vast majority said we're the correct length. Which is great, because it would take so much longer to shorten it.
🏷️ A reader mentioned that sometimes the linked-to story doesn't match our write-up. That's a fair point. What we like–nay, love–to do is find some aspect of a story that the writer downplayed or ignored, and highlight that. But it's fair to ask that when that happens, we should tell the reader that is what we're doing.
🏷️ The real estate section was polarising, with equal amounts for and against. But the truth is: readers click on them like crazy. Often, they are the top clicks of the day.
Why do we do it? For a number of reasons.
First, Ottawa is full of earlier architectural styles that other cities would die for (i.e., Darren's home town of Vancouver, which has systematicatically sold and replaced nearly all of its city blocks of perfect mid-century homes with monster houses. He practically weeps when we drive around Ottawa's Qualicom-Graham Park, with its mature trees draping over sweet post-WWII bungalows; but he could also be teary-eyed because many of that neighbourhood's streets are named after his beloved British Columbia locales).
Second, we've got rent to pay, and we hope to make money on the property section, somehow. It's a little unclear at this point how that will happen. But the section will continue.
🏷️ The restaurant meal suggestions were sensational. Thank you for writing our Wednesday Resto Roundup article for us. That'll help us come out earlier.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 27°.
Ottawan of the Day: Marie Pierre Faye. The fourth-year University of Ottawa student has created a line of soft drinks inspired by the traditional African beverages of her Senagal home. [Ottawa Business Journal] [Jogo Juice]
Quote: “If it was determined that most students did not feel safe with the SRO and, in fact, that it was a deterrent to safe schools, then absolutely we would not want the SRO present” – Marty Carr, vice-president of the Ridgemont school council, who is upset that the Ottawa Carleton School Board defunded two police officers – called School Resource Officers or SROs – without consulting the parents' group. [CBC]
Sports: CPL: Another draw yesterday for Atlético Ottawa against FC Edmonton, 2 - 2. After three matches, they are winless.
For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard
⭕ There have been 2815 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 57 since Friday, and 266 deaths in Ottawa, one since Friday.
⭕ Council will debate a mandatory mask requirement in apartment and condo common areas on Wednesday [CBC]
⭕ The Provincial government muses extending takeover of private care homes rather than returning them to their previous private operators [CBC]
⭕ Kindergarten to Grade 3 students may need to wear masks, after Ottawa Carleton District School Board debate tomorrow [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ Another OC Transpo driver, the seventh, tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]
⭕ Staffer at at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]
🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️The Ottawa Police Service is warning residents that coyotes have been seen in the greenbelt and are approaching people as well as preying on pets. Call 911 (not 311) if you come across a threatening one. [Twitter]
▪️It's the final week of beach season. Lifeguards will be removed and water testing – for e. Coli – will end as of Monday, August 30. Wading pools will be closed starting today and completely by Friday. [CFRA]
▪️ University of Ottawa students in residence will not be permitted guests, due to COVID-19 restrictions. [CFRA]
⚙️ Work here: Professional Services
▫️ Junior Project Manager
WSP in Canada
The professional services firm is seeking a team member for the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project. The successful applicant will support senior managers via project management tasks, ensure that deliverables are on time, and coordinate with external contractors.
Must have an engineering or architectural degree and previous experience with civil works. [WSP]
▫️ Project Administrative Assistant
The leading Canadian professional services brand requires an entry level assistant to provide support such as maintaining subcontracts and invoices, be the team’s CMiC resource, and document project meetings. [Pomerleau]
Defence Construction Canada
This is a tactical position providing oversight, guidance and executive-level advice. Develop and draft media relations and crisis communications messaging; provide English copywriting support; manage budget and project costing [Defense Construction]
The Mechanical/Electrical division at EXP Ottawa is expanding. The successful candidate will act as the single point of contact with client project managers, oversee the design concept development, and lead the team. [EXP]