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Weekly News Review: Cyclists paint the town plaid, Ottawa vies for Shawarma crown, Elmdale Tavern changes hands and more!

By Chris Cline on November 5, 2012

Does Ottawa truly have what it takes to be the shawarma capital of the world? A recent Citizen article explored this question, and while it didn’t quite come up with an answer, it did point out a lot of interesting peculiarities of the local shawarma scene. One of which is our habit of loading these delectable wraps with veggies, which apparently is something of a local affectation.

Ottawa’s first-ever plaid parade for cyclists, part of our very own Support Local campaign, went off without a hitch yesterday and CBC TV was there to cover it. The segment starts at 25:31. You can also check out the Citizen’s photo gallery here.

News broke on Twitter last week that the venerable Elmdale House Tavern in Hintonburg has been sold to Whalesbone Oyster House owner Joshua Bishop. The reaction via social media has been mixed; some folks are worried that the tavern will lose its character due to upcoming renovations, while others welcome the change in ownership. The Citizen has written no less than three pieces on the subject, so this is clearly big news.

Vanier Now reports that a new conflict is brewing in Vanier over a seven-story office and retail development at 250 Montreal Road. Plans for the development were received positively when they were unveiled in February 2012, but the many members of the community are upset about the recent addition of a four-story parking garage. The garage replaces a treed pedestrian path, an exterior green wall and landscaped surface parking. Residents are worried that the garage will change the character of the neighbourhood, which includes a school and houses in close proximity.