Small business adjusting while building community
Small businesses have had to adjust because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A local Ottawa business called Oat Couture had to adapt in many different ways because of lockdown measures. This photo essay was produced in the fall of 2020 and gives an in-depth look at the changes that the business had to make.
COVID consequences: Placed in the orange zone, Timmins hopes to go green soon
As 27 public health units transition out of lockdown measures into the Orange Zone, the northern community of Timmins hopes to return to Green Zone they achieved prior to lockdown.
Market on the cusp of a makeover with council vote Wednesday
City council to vote on $129 million ByWard Market new public realm plan Wednesday with beautification and and pedestrian priority at the forefront.
OK Created: channelling quarantine creativity into a small business
Unable to find a job this past summer due to COVID-19, Carleton student Olivia Kabelin turned her quarantine hobby into a small art business. Here’s a look into that journey.
Ottawa food stores balance low-waste mission with customer safety during COVID-19
Low waste grocery stores change protocols to try to produce less waste through single use plastic while containers are banned from some stores due to COVID-19.
Lessons from the lockdown: Independent bookshops say they’re ready for holiday shoppers
Two local bookstores say they are better prepared to manage the impact of the pandemic because of the support of the community.
Seasonal businesses consider a virtual Christmas as COVID scuttles in-person traditions
With the Holidays right around the corner, Christmas small businesses are potentially opting for COVID-safe virtual options to continue to spread Christmas cheer.
City waives 2021 patio fees, allows road closures in business zones to combat COVID-19’s economic impact
As struggling restaurants brace for a winter of pandemic restrictions certain to curtail customer traffic, the City of Ottawa is exploring ways to help keep businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. At a Nov. 2 transportation committee meeting, councillors voted to waive patio fees until next year and to allow restaurants in Business Improvement Areas to apply for road closures…
Rage rooms and other spaces offer physical, emotional relief in COVID times
An overview of select recreational facilities that offer consumers a safe space to engage in a physical activity while blowing off emotional steam.
COVID and creativity: New businesses spring up during pandemic
As a way to keep productive during quarantine, some Ottawa locals have started their own businesses, seeing success in the second wave.
Many students losing an economic lifeline as restaurant jobs in Ottawa hit hard by COVID-19
Life is tough for Student employees and students seeking work during the COVID-19 pandemic.