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Thursday 16 April

Good Thursday Morning, Ottawa

We wouldn’t be Ottawans if we didn’t look for loopholes. In a town whose major employers are civil servants and high tech workers, why is anyone surprised that we’re experts at looking at the fine print.

Which is why it is great news that Ottawa Public Health has relented and recognised it is okay for friends to meet on lawns and driveways for beers and chats, albeit at a safe two metre distance. There is still five person limit.

On that topic, the city has created a Q&A of how to conduct yourselves in parks. TL;DR — keep moving, don’t sit on the benches, no playing fetch with your dog. The loopholes are infinitesimal.

Another loophole closed: if you are a seasonal worker, have finshed your EI, or make less than $1000 per month, you can now apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

We’ll see you Friday — Martha and Darren