It's National Indigenous People's Day. Here are just some of the Indigenous-owned busineses you can support.
▪️ Lofttan Jewellery is based in the Niagara region, traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnabe people. The pieces combine shell, wood, and semi-precious stones with silver and rose gold. Their Summer Solstice Self-Care Kit features products from four Indigenous female-led businesses: Lofttan, Sequoia Soaps, Cheekbone Beauty, and Lodges Soy Candles, for $99.
▪️ Birch Bark Coffee is an Indigenous-owned roaster from Birch Island in the District of Manitoulin Island. The brand sells a range of organic, Fair Trade, and SPP Certified whole bean coffees.Right now the packs are available at Terra20 for $15.74 + shipping.
▪️ Originating in Edmonton, Alberta, Jack59 concentrated shampoo and conditioner bars are paraben-free, sulphate-free, vegan, pH balanced, and sustainably made. Once you’ve taken the site’s Hair Quiz you can choose from a range that covers a multitude of hair types, from processed blonde to thick and curly. The shampoo bars will last for 80+ washes, while the conditioner bars are good for over 100 applications. From $18.95. The Trial Pack Shampoo Bar Sampler includes five 20g mini bars of shampoos for $24.95.
▪️ A Raven Reads subscription will send a beautifully packaged, curated selection of Indigenous content to your door every three months. The Adult box contains a book and letter by an Indigenous author, a hand-made craft or art piece, a literature-themed trinket, and a printed culture card with information about Indigenous culture around the world. From $87.99 for one seasonal box to $329.99 for four seasonal boxes. The kids’ boxes focus entirely on literature by Indigenous authors, with each one containing two or three books. $55.99 for one seasonal Jr subscription to $207.99 for four children’s boxes over the course of 12 months.
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Number: 30%. Water levels on the Ottawa River are 30 per cent lower this year, causing boaters to hit sandbars and concern to fishers. [CBC]
Ottawans of the Day: Jodie and Jim Bowen. The Heart of the Valley Gift Shop owners have just reopened their 35 year-old Dunrobin business after it was destroyed by tornado in 2018. Part of the reason for the delay was the insurer did not know how to value the replacement cost of a yurt. [Ottawa Citizen]
Quote: ‘Those of us in the rest of Ontario should insist Hydro Ottawa be disconnected from the province-wide grid’ – Retired banker Parker Gallant in the Citizen. His argument is that the City's plan to be 'net zero' in carbon will cause rolling outages and blackouts so the the only way for the Province to be safe is to isolate the City and let us stew in our own solar-powered mess. [Financial Post]
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⭕ The Federal Government expects that the country will have enough vaccine to innoculate everyone by the end of July. [CBC]
⭕ Ottawa will be a Moderna vaccine-only City for the next week as Pfizer doses are delayed [CTV]
⭕ “I was beginning a prison sentence at a Canadian Alcatraz.” More whining from people having to stay in a hotel after arriving from overseas. [NY Times]
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ The Ingrity Commissioner says Barrhaven councillor Jan Harder should be removed from chairing the planning committee and lose 15 days pay. The Commissioner found that Harder did not disclose that she received free services from developer The Stirling Group. The owner of the company is a long-time friend of Harder, who also employed Harder’s daughter. Council will discuss and make a decision Wednesday. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ An Algonquin Wayfinding Wheel has been installed at Pimisi Station. The wheels – actually a flat disc – honour Algonquin history and represent the four compass directions and an orienting arrow pointing north that help travellers in their journey. The City plans to install a Wayfinding Wheel at each station. [City of Ottawa]
▪️ The Cornerstone Shelter for Women has found temporary space in Alta Vista. Cornerstone needed to find space after being evicted from their previous temporary location at the University of Ottawa, which needed the space for student housing. Cornerstone's original shelter on O'Conner is currently under renovation. [Capital Current]
▪️ GottaGo! wants public washrooms to be part of the City’s new official paln. The toilet advocacy group argues that if Ottawa wants to create a 15-minute walkable city, then people will need public toilets in those 15 minutes. The official City plan is intended to guide Ottawa's development until 2046. [Capital Current]
▪️ The City wants to extend its garbage contracts another two years, making it a decade since it was put up for tender. The City has five garbage contract zones, two are run by the City and three by Miller Waste Services. The original contracts ended in 2016 and have been extended unilaterally by the City several times since then. [Ottawa Citizen]
Everyone’s searching for green space, and Barrhaven offers lots of it.