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Starbucks has announced that they will be closing 200 locations across Canada, including Ottawa. We say: so what?

As Ottawans slowly exit their cocoons and seek out proper coffee once again, these shops will exceed their expectations and, after three months, will appreciate the business. 

☕ The Thirsty Maiden

☕ Black Squirrel Books and Espresso

☕ Britannia Coffee House

☕ Red Door Provisions

☕ Equator Coffee Roaster

☕ Planet Coffee

☕ Quitters

☕ Mighty Fine Bake House (Arnprior)

Who have we missed? Tell us about your Ottawa caffeine dealer [email protected]

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Chance of Showers. High of 20°.

Number: 200,000. The number of masks OC Transpo has available for passengers who did not bring their own. Masks are mandatory on busess, O Train, and para trans as of Monday [CTV Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day: The McEwen Family, who have run their family dairy farm in Osgoode since 1830. The City has named the bridge on Marvelville Road as the McEwen Family bridge, for the second time–it was previously known as the the McEwen Family bridge in the early 20th century. (The city has just named or renamed five Ottawa landmarks for Ottawans of note. We've highlighted one per day.)

Quote: I held it off for 20 minutes with a golf club. It was relentless, circling around me, trying to find the cat” – Barrhaven resident Mike Kirchhoff, fending off a coyote that killed his cat, Smoky  [CBC]


 There have been 2003 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of one since yesterday. There have been 257 deaths, an increase of one.

Ottawa experts plead with citizens to take it easy with their new freedoms. Because we can now leave our homes and have a meal on a patio downtown, the risks of a second wave grow higher. Stay physically distant and wear masks. [CBC]

Ottawa Food Bank worries that when the first tranche of CERB ends this month, they will be overwhelmed [CBC]

 Province to allow vistors to long-term care homes that do not have COVID-19 outbreaks. The plan is to allow one visit per week, per resident, in an outdoor setting.  [CBC]


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▪️After calling for greater urban density, committee rejects Orléans apartment complex
This is an example of why 
the ottawan is following this story. The City needs to add places to live as it expects 140,000 people to move to Ottawa in the next ten years. And the choices are to increase suburban sprawl which is cheap in the short term and devasting in the long-term, or to intensify the urban area, which annoys the people who already live there. Making no choice is making a choice. [CBC]

▪️Ontario police watchdog will now collect race data
Starting 1 October, the Special Investigations Unit will begin collecting the race, ethnicity, religion and Indigenous identity of people who report misconduct by the police. Since they had not collected it previously, the SIU could not report any patterns of discrimination by police.  [CBC]

▪️Call for Russell to change its name
The town is named for Peter Russell, a Receiver General of Upper Canada in the 1700s. Russell not only enslaved people but was a passionate defender of slavery. Russell is outside Ottawa city limits by two kilometres. [CFRA

+ Related Call for Dundas Street in Toronto to be renamed Ottawa also has a street named after Dundas [Map]


▪️Highlander Pub in ByWard market closes a day before patios reopen
In a strange twist, the AGCO will not allow them to transfer their stock of single-malt whiskys to the owner's other business, Deacon Brodies Pub. [Twitter]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day Gift Guide

Make Dad a paper craft animal from Ottawa craft maker Low Poly Crafts. He’ll hang it on his office wall and think of you fondly. These very cool kits arrive with pre-cut and scored paper, and they even include a small practice kit. [Low Poly Crafts]

🍁 Canada Day

July 1, 2020 is going to be a Canada Day unlike any other, as we don’t even know if we’ll be celebrating with our friends and loved ones. Yet despite the uncertainty and the COVID-19 cloud over our collective head, at the ottawan we find ourselves feeling quite patriotic these days. To that end, we’re on the hunt for cool Canadian products to help us celebrate, and we’re extending our search beyond Ottawa and the Valley. (Of course, these would make sweet Father’s Day gifts, too).

Local Laundry Our favourite Albertan clothing brand, Local Laundry, has a wide selection of Made-in-Canada sweats, t-shirts, toques, caps, and cozy pillows. They also have a licence to produce premium Canadian-made garments for the CBC. They say “when you buy a piece of MADE IN CANADA clothing you are voting with your heart and wallet to support Canadian Manufacturing, Canadian jobs and a diversified Canadian economy.” [Local Laundry]

A Woodland Essential Oil candle from Milk Jar Candle Co., another Albertan company, will fill your home or cottage with the scent of eucalyptus, rosemary, and cedar wood. We can’t think of nicer smells on Canada Day. $39.00 [Milk Jar]

A wool blanket from Topsy Farms on Amherst Island, Ontario, will lend an authentic cottage look to any bed. The blankets are woven from unbleached Canadian wool. $100-200 Topsy also sells crafting supplies, yarn, and other bedding items. [Topsy Farms]

🍜🍺 Food + Beer News

Along with scores of others, Deacon Brodies pub on Elgin St reopens its patio today. The pub is taking reservations on 613-236-6464. Their physical distancing policies are published on Instagram, so have fun and stay safe. [Deacon Brodies]

Ottawa Markets has announced the opening of the 2020 outdoor markets season. The Byward Market and Parkdale Market will be open next Thursday June 18th through Sunday June 21st from 9am to 5pm. Physical distancing rules will be in effect. [Ottawa Markets]


🏘️ Live Here

For sale

2016 Jasper Avenue, Central South Ottawa
4 beds, 4 bathrooms
2700 sqft family home with cathedral ceilings, dine-in kitchen. Separate dining room and office, finished basement. No rear neighbours.
$699,900 [Bennett Pros]

224 Lyon Street N, Unit #1505, Centre Town
1 bed, 1 bath
South facing, contemporary apartment with exposed concrete finishes, hardwood floors, and balcony with gas barbecue hookup. $349,900 [Tracey Arnott]

3477 Southgate Road, South Keys, Gloucester
4 + 1 bed, 3 bath semi-detached house. Partially finished basement. Backyard.
$449,900 [Team Realty]


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