About OttawaStart

OttawaStart.com is an independent website that mixes community news and events with a directory of great local web sites — kind of like a big community newspaper.

The original version of this site was launched in September 1998 by owner & editor Glen Gower when he was a student at Carleton University in the Journalism program. Back then the site consisted of a single page with links to a few dozen popular local websites with local news, weather, sports and other essential information. Here’s a version of the site from December 1998.

OttawaStart has been evolving for more than a decade to reflect our growing city and the increasing reach of the internet in our daily lives. Thanks to all of our readers and volunteers for all of the feedback, suggestions, help and support over the past 15+ years.