uesdayMonday, November 6 2023


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Wow, after hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes we have declared the 96 award winners and runners-up in Restaurants, Shops + Services, Culture, Media, and People + Places. The results are unimpeachable.

Here are the people’s picks for the Best of Ottawa 2023.

Scotiabank Closure

Darren has a condition that we don’t mention that often but it’s relevent in this case. Darren is from the West Coast. That means that the lack of numbered streets in Ottawa confuses him, as does the idea of a population that manages to get up before noon.

So when he wrote yesterday that the Scotiabank in Orléans would be closing next July, he meant the Osgoode branch which, if one had any Ottawa nous at all, one would realize are not the same place. Thank you to all those readers who pointed out the error. Please just pat Darren on the head and overlook this affliction of his.

– Martha and Darren


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  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
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  •  Deals of the Day


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The Beachcomber Room tiki bar at the Talisman Motor Inn was where Ottawa swingers could be found in the early 60s

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  • $21.95
  • – The hourly rate required to live in Ottawa ‘and enjoy modest participation in civic and cultural life’, according to the Ontario Living Wage Network. This rate is a 12 per cent increase over last year. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Brady Tkachuk
  • – The captain of the Sens took his own team’s fans to task after the audience at Canadian Tire Place booed them off the ice over a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday.
  • ‘I understand that they’re (a) passionate fan base, and I understand that they love it, but when you face adversity, you don't turn your back on the guys out there.’
  • (Josh Gold-Smith in The Score)


  • That’s correct

  • – Don Herweyer, the City’s general manager of Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development, when asked – for the second time – if there would be an in-between period where a parcel of Lansdowne land would not be owned by the City but by the developer. (Neil Saravanamuttoo in The 613)



What’s going on at City Hall.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Special Meeting – Budget Tabling
Wednesday, November 8 at 8:30 am

  • Draft Operating and Capital Budgets 2024

📋 Agenda

Ottawa City Council – Budget Tabling
Wednesday, November 8 at 10 am

  • Draft Operating and Capital Budgets 2024

📋 Agenda


Ottawa City Council – Special Meeting on Lansdown
Wednesday, November 8 at  1pm

• Special meeting to discuss Lansdowne 2.0. This meeting replaces a previously scheduled meeting that was to be held next Friday.


🏗️ Housing

  •  The Federal government has selected some of its Ottawa properties to be converted to residential use. The plan will see 1,600 new homes created. The locations are:

    • 307 homes at the former CFB Rockcliffe

    • 600 homes on Carling Avenue

    • 710 homes on Booth Street

     (William Eltherington at CTV)

🚧 Algonquin College

  •   Algonquin College has given traditional Anishinaabe names to all four streets on campus. The new names for the previously unnamed roads are Wajashk Private, Nigig Private, Adjidjàk Private, and Wàbisheshì Private, which translate to Muskrat, Otter, Crane, and Marten, respectively. Previously, people on campus used 1385 Woodroffe for a street address and a building number to be more specific.  (Mathew Dicsi in the Algonquin Times)

⚽ Atlético de Madrid Winter Camps

  •  The parent club of Atlético Ottawa is taking registrations for kids to learn soccer the Atlético de Madrid way. Boys and girls from 7 to 13 are eligible for the training the first week of January in both Ottawa and Gatineau. (Atlético Ottawa)

🎸 Bluesfest

  •  We’re always making light of the fact that the CityFolk fest has a lot of non-folk acts and the Jazz Fest brings in a lot of music that is a long ways away from jazz, but thankfully Bluesfest will always keep the mission on track, right?  Headlining next July’s Bluesfest will be Mötley Crüe, playing that heavy metal for which the blues are famous. Tickets go on presale tomorrow morning (Nov 8) at 10:00 am. (Ottawa Festivals)

✡️ Israel / Gaza

  • A 29 year-old man has been arrested for threatening a Rabbi. Idan Scher, the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, received a phone call Friday, threatening the lives of all Jews. An unnamed suspect was arrested by Ottawa and was arraigned yesterday. (Ted Raymond at CTV)



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Just Announced / Now Booking

  •  Thirteen Strings’ Annual Christmas Concert will feature Ottawa’s own soprano Mireille Asselin in a program that ranges from Baroque favourites to 20th century composters Gerald Finzi and Healey Willan. Tuesday December 5 at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.


Old school Ottawa software developers Corel have a crazy deal as part of CHEO fundraiser: 24 graphic software packages, including Corel Painter, PaintShop Pro, Video Studio Pro, and AfterShot Pro 3 for $41.04, a savings of $1,690.08. You are, of course, allowed to pay more. 

Delivery fees are waived when you order from the Piggy Market’s online shop from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays.

Since everything from freshly baked bread to take home dinners is available in that same online shop, this is a very convenient deal indeed.

Save 20% site wide at Lilikoi Clothing today, and get free shipping when you use the code NOVFREESHIP.


The Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library will be giving away free seeds native to the region over the next few Saturdays. This catalogue of what the Library has, and what to do with them, is enlightening as is this video on how to sow your new seeds for winter.

This Saturday, the Library will be at Riverside Hunt Club Community Centre, and then at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex November 18, Elmvale Acres Library December 2, Manor Park Community Centre December 9, and Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre Dec 16. All seed giveaways start at 1 pm.



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