News, restaurants, events – discover what's happening in your city every weekday morning


It’s Takeout Wednesday.

🍓 Dalhousie St’s Das Lokal Kitchen Bar is celebrating summer’s bounty with a lush new salad featuring Quebec strawberries, goat feta, and pickled rhubarb. Enjoy it on their patio, bring it home or have it delivered by Love Local Delivery. [Das Lokal]

🍖 Moe’s BBQ’s produces classic beef barbecue dishes like smoked brisket, pulled beef poutine and burgers, and for Takeout Wednesday (and Thursday) they’ve got maple wood smoked beef back ribs. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday from 3pm to 9pm in the Towngate Plaza at Bank and Huntclub. [Moe's BBQ]

🥓 The King Eddy diner’s patio is now open, with 70 physically distanced seats for customers. If you can’t get a seat, they offer delivery or take out from the curtsied windows at 45 Clarence St. The words “All Day Breakfast” make our hearts flutter, so we’ll be heading there today. [King Eddy]

You can also find local restaurants at Local Eats OttawaApartment 613Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that will give you curbside pickup.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ Chance of showers. High of 24°

Number: 20. Bibliophiles can now put books on hold at the Ottawa Public Library. Phase two means the Library is now ordering new books and, after July 6, patrons can enter six branches [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Tobias Lutke, CEO of local mom and pop Shopify, who tells wannabee workers barred by the US that ‘Canada is awesome’ and invites them to emigrate here [Bloomberg]

Quote: “Yes, he's the CEO, but this is an institutional failure by RTM, and so changing out one human is not going to solve all of their problems” – Transit commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert on the unexpected resignation of Peter Lauch, the CEO of Rideau Transit Group [CBC]


 There have been 2061 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of five since yesterday, and 261 deaths in Ottawa, an increase of one.

⭕ Alta Vista ward has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa at 182 per 100,000 [CFRA]

⭕ Poll says that Canadians want to keep 2m distancing rule [Toronto Star]

Support the ottawan

Help support your daily morning newsletter by purchasing a comfy and stylish the ottawan t-shirt. Available in Black, Heather, Green, and Navy.



▪️Gatineau rules out alcohol in parks
Although other Quebec municipalities have allowed people to bring alchohol, in an effort to promote social distancing, Gatineau has quashed the idea. The chair of Gatineau's health commission said that people leaving garbage on beaches lately influenced their decision.[CBC]

▪️City plans to let developer make hundreds of millions of dollars if it sells 100 apartments to a housing society
The City is working with the NCC to sell a portion of the LeBreton Flats to a developer–on the condition that the developer sells 100 apartments to Ottawa Community Housing within seven years. [CBC] 

▪️NCC keeping roadways open to pedestrians and cyclists until Labour Day
Driving away cars has been so popular with the public that the NCC is keeping the Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Laurier to Fifth avenues, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway's westbound lanes from Booth Street to Carling Avenue, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard, and the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways open to pedestrians and cyclists. At least until Labour Day.  [CBC]

▪️Doug Ford scraps plan to cut six statutory holidays from retail workers
Ontario had planned to remove all statutory holidays from retail workers except Christmas, Good Friday and Canada Day. Workers who worked those days would have lost their time-and-a-half pay.  [CTV]

▪️Did the City build a too-tiny roundabout?
The new roundabout in Barrhaven at Golflinks on Longfields is barely large enough for a car, and too small for delivery trucks and snow ploughs. And, says Councillor Carol Anne Meehan, it will be rebuilt in nine years because the City didn't have enough money to make it two lanes today. [Susan Sherring]


🍁 Celebrate Canada

Canada Day is One Week Today

Yes, July 1, 2020 is going to be a Canada Day unlike any other, and we won’t be celebrating in the usual ways. 

Yet despite the uncertainty accompanying the COVID-19 cloud over our collective head, at The Ottawan we find ourselves feeling quite patriotic these days. To that end, we’re continuing to showcase Canadian businesses including manufacturers, craftspeople, designers, and artists. 

Today, we’re proud to feature some fantastic homegrown furniture manufacturers, all based in Quebec. Up tomorrow: women’s fashion accessories.

Furniture made in Canada

▫️ Over 75% of the sofas, solid wood tables, beds and dressers found in Mikaza Home’s Montreal and Ottawa stores are manufactured in Canada. If you’re bargain hunting, check their website for liquidation items from both store locations. [Mikaza]

▫️ Honoured as an industry pioneer by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association in 2017, Romano has been manufacturing a wide range of stylish sofas in Montreal since 1962. The company, which is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, also produces beds, armchairs and ottomans. [Romano Sofa]

▫️ Createch Design is a commercial and residential furniture manufacturer in Granby, Quebec. The focus is on high-end design, and Createch Design has produced contemporary furniture for the hospitality industry, municipal buildings, and senior residences. Meanwhile, their residential product line of stools and chairs, bedroom furniture, and dining room sets suit contemporary living spaces. [Createch Design]

▫️ Canadel furniture is made in Louisville, Quebec. The stylish collections of on-trend and classic furniture include tables, chairs, stools, kitchen islands, benches and occasional furniture. Even better, if the “Tomato Red” kitchen island isn’t to your liking (we love it), Canadel offers a huge number of colour and finish options. 

If we’ve left out your favourite Canadian furniture manufacturer, let us know. [email protected]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale

▫️ 529 Alasken Drive, South Gloucester
3 bed, 3 bath
This compact, end unit townhouse is 2100 sqf of considered details and upgrades. The master bath includes a spa style ensuite bath, and there’s a good sized family room in the basement. $529,900 [Right At Home Realty]

▫️ 88 Appleby Private, Ottawa
3 bed, 3 bath
This townhouse close to Carleton U has lots of family friendly features including a south facing backyard, and access to the development’s outdoor saltwater pool. $309,000 [Innovation Realty]


Technically beautiful since 2020. 

📆 Want to read our newsletter archive? Click here.

🗨️ Is there something that we should know? Email [email protected] We read every single comment.

⏭️ Did you enjoy this edition of the ottawan? Spread the love and forward it to a friend.