Wednesday, October 25 2023


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The voting round is now open for the ottawan’s Best of Ottawa Awards 2023.

A few notes:

Higher volume We've had more nominations than we have ever received in the august four year history of these awards. We're impressed by the  knowledge that our readers have of Ottawa and our region, and humbled that you took the time to make your choices. Thank you for your submissions.

More Gatineau noms Also this year we've seen better representation from Gatineau shops and services, which is pretty cool. 

They're not really about the "Best" Despite the name, the ottawan’s Best of Ottawa Awards are not really to find the "best" of anything, but rather to uncover and highlight the many amazing independent businesses and people in the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais

So, we'd love you to vote for your fave nominees, but we hope you'll also check out the others in each category over the next year. The voting round ends Friday November 3 at 11:59 pm. 

Prize draw Remember, if you include your email address in the voting round, you'll be entered into a draw to win $100 to spend at your favourite Ottawa or Gatineau business. 

Final note When you get to the media section, remember that we disqualified ourselves from any nominations, because that’s just the kind of daily local newsletter we are.

Click here to vote

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  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of the top 10 party cities in Canada as ranked by Uber’s Nightlife Index. London is on top, Toronto is number two, and Montréal did not make the list. As the criteria is ‘based on the average # of late night trips (10PM-2AM) (Uber) riders in each city take every month’, it’s possible that this is actually a list of cities with poor late night transit. (Uber Nightlife Index

Ottawans of the Day

  • Fernando Henderson, Gord Wilson, Erika Hoffmann, Lisa Weagle, Ada Chan, Kaitlyn Youldon, Henry McKay
  • – The swimmer, long-time radio colour commentator, race car driver, curler, rhythmic gymnast, ringette champion, and diver, respectively, have all been inducted into the Nepean Sports Wall of Fame. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Sun) (Nepean Sports Wall of Fame)


  • There is no independence

  • – Chief Lance Haymond of Kebaowek First Nation. Haymond believes that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is a ‘captured’ regulator’ which will rubber stamp construction of a radioactive waste site a kilometre away from the Ottawa River near Deep River. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories wants to bury 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of low-level radioactive waste upriver from Ottawa. (Brett Forester)



  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 4 – Buffalo Sabres 6 last night


Advent Calendars

2023 Advent Calendars are now on sale everywhere. We’ve compiled our 2023 list of calendars that are sold – and mostly manufactured – in Canada.

(Also, we’ve noticed that confusion is growing between Advent Calendars and the ‘12 Days of Christmas’, so here’s a quick summary of the difference between the two: according to the Christian calendar, Advent is the series of 24 days leading up to Christmas Eve, while the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ starts on Christmas Day and continues until Epiphany on January 6.

If your calendar has 24 things, enjoy them on the lead up to Christmas. If it has 12, it’s best to start enjoying them on Christmas Day. On the other hand, you do you.)



What’s going on at City Hall.

No meetings tomorrow.


🍞 Bread Factory

  •  One hundred members of the  Enriched Bread Artists art collective may be renovicted over a $750-million high-rise development. Enriched Bread have had their studios in the former Standard Bread Company bakery on Gladstone since the 90s, but the building as now been sold and the new owner envisions 745 new housing units in three towers. The proposal does keep the building as a ‘cultural hub’ but there is no agreement with the artists. (Roger Egert at Hyperallergic) (Enriched Bread collective) (The Proposed Development)

🚌 Ottawa School Transportation Authority

  •  The Ottawa School Transportation Authority is refusing to compensate parents whose children needed to find other transportation to get to school. The Authority, owned by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board says it needs the money it didn’t spend on drivers to spend on other drivers to be hired. (CBC)

🐕 Dog Parks

  •  A new poll shows support for an off-leash dog park in Greely. One of Kitchissippi resident Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s campaign promises was to build three new dog parks. The City has surveyed residents and found support for a 350 metre space in Andy Shields Park. There are currently 11 dog parks in Ottawa. (Brandon Martin in Capital Current) (Give your view here)

⚡ Energy

  •  A $650 million battery storage system has been proposed in West Carleton. Gatineau’s Evolugen – a division of Toronto’s Brookfield Renewable Power – plans a storage system that would hold 1,000 MWh of electricity on an 11 acre patch between Kinburn and Fitzroy Harbour. Presumably, it would buy cheap electrity from Hydro One at night and sell it back during the day at peak rates. If approved, it would open in 2028. (Evolugen)

    It’s behind West Carleton Online’s paywall but West Carleton ward councillor Clarke Kelly says the local community has been all over him about it.  An open house by the company will be held November 2 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre, 100 Clifford Cambell St.



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Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  The Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation presents a one-night-only performance of Jake’s Gift, an award-winning one woman play by Julie Mackey about a WWII veteran who reluctantly returns to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. The play is part of A Night to Remember, which will honour Canada’s fallen soldiers. Canadian War Museum.


Strut Jewelery’s Halloween sale will save you 31% on most items. The sale runs Friday October 26 and Saturday the 27th only.


🐈 🐐 The animals are revolting

  •  A wild African serval cat has escaped from a sanctuary near Killaloe, 170 km northwest of Ottawa. The cat is described as ‘spotted with pointed ears, weighing between 25 to 30 pounds’. Police say the animal should avoid humans unless threatened but is a danger to mid-sized livestock and pets. (Ottawa Citizen)
  •  Forty four sheep have escaped from a Beckwith Township farm. ‘There was no obvious location where the sheep escaped’, said Ontario Provincial Police spokesman constable Joe Tereschuk. Do not let the serval cat know about this. (Ottawa Citizen)


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