Ramadan Mubarak, to those who are observing their fifth day of fasting.

Every evening, the fast is broken by Iftar, the evening meal. Reader Nazia wrote to us asking for Ottawa restaurants that are staying open late for fast breakers. Great question. But we didn't know the answer.

So Nazia went and did the work for us. She has found: “Sa’ hara on Montreal Road (they were advertising platters for the family), Phynicia advertising Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), and the Rhoda Foundation in Orleans participating in Community Iftar from Thursday to Saturday.” 

“However I am still a bit new to Ottawa so not sure if there is a central place to look for more events/restaurants”.

Please help Nazia and us out: where are the best Iftar dining bets. Email to us at hello@theottawan.

– Martha and Darren

The Ottawa Citizen has a few to add: 3Cents Resto & Cafe on Bank Street, Sub Town on Walkley Road, Ariana in Lowertown, Juice Dudez in Westboro, and Zaytoun Pizza, also on Walkley Road.


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  • ☁️ Mainly cloudy. High of 4°, low of -8°. 


  • 85%
  • – The number of vehicles that exceeded the speed limit in front of St. Pius X High School before the installation of a speed camera in December. Now 85 per cent are within the speed limit. (Alastair Steele)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Ben Barry
  • Barry is the Dean of Fashion at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. For design inspiration, the outdoor seating area and steps outside the World Exchange Plaza has influenced him. (Adrian Harewood in Ottawa Magazine)


  • It sucks as a pickleball player
  • – Saralyn Hodgkin, who plays pickleball herself but recognizes that the sport is making a lot of noise in her neighbourhood. The City has banned the game at Centennial Park due to complaints. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – New Jersey Devils 5 last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 5 – Barrie Colts 1 last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Peterborough Petes 2 last Friday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – L’Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand 5 last Saturday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – L’Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand 1 last Friday

🏗️ Parliament Buildings

  • The Auditor General of Canada says the renovation of the Parliament Buildings is still within budget, which is notable because we so rarely ever get to type that. But Karen Hogan says that the Federal government needs to have better control of what it wants before construction begins on major projects. Parliament’s renovation is scheduled to finish in 2031. (Mickey Djuric in the Canadian Press)

📚 Carleton University

  • Teaching assistants and contract instructors have gone on strike at Carleton University. The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4600 represents 3,000 workers at the University and has been asking for wage parity with the University of Ottawa, a cost of living increase, and for contract instructors to have the same intellectual property rights as permanent colleagues. The University will remain open and other staff have been warned of disciplinary action if they refuse to cross pickets lines. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

🏀 Community Centre

  • People who use recreation programmes could soon be doing it at the Tony Graham Automotive Group Complex. The City has agreed in principle with the car salespeople to give the Kanata Recreation Complex the new name in exchange for a $1 million ten year term. (Josh Pringle at CTV

🏨 Apparently there is money 

  • A report by the City is recommending providing $13 million to build a new hotel at the Ottawa Airport. The Alt Hotel would have 180 rooms and be connected to the airport by covered walkway. The hip Germain family, which would own the property, own 17 hotels across Canada. ( Natalie van Rooy and Josh Pringle at CTV)

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  • Flock Boutique is holding its first in-person Trunk Sale in two years. Shop at 70B Beech St. Today through April 3. You’ll save 30% - 70% on previous seasons and samples from Canadian fashion designers.

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There’s a women’s Accessory Sample Sale online at Rightful Owner tonight.

Save 25% site wide at Muttonhead, when you use the code SPRING. You’ll even save on Sale items.

If you believe that this has been a warm winter, this should seal it for you: the Quyon Ferry between Fitzroy Harbour and Quyon, Québec has opened for the year. Usually, the river is frozen at this time of year. The 15 minute, $10 ferry ride is always fun but news that Gavin’s Pub in Quyon has reopened makes the trip an imperative.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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