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The Glebe Business Improvement Area wants to kick Councillor Shawn Menard off of its board of directors. His crime, according to the Improvement Area? He is not in agreement with its aims.

Menard believes it is over his activism in creating pedestrian areas from parking spaces.

What's a Business Improvement Area?

Business Improvement Areas are effectively a fourth level of government. 

Local businesses apply to the City to have authority over a neighbourhood. If approved, they form a non-profit organisation that taxes the local businesses, hires staff members, and represents the area. Local business people form the board of directors.

So what if a business group wants to kick out a member?

This is a dangerous precedent when it is an elected councillor.

Business Improvement Areas can hire security, design streetscapes, and manage the tone of a neighbourhood – for the benefit of business and commercial affairs. Residents' concerns are not a factor. In fact, if resident desires are bad for business, a Business Improvement Areas will organise to oppose it. It has the staff and money to do so.

Residents have no voice on the board of directors. But one person on each board is appointed by the City, who is traditionally the elected councillor of their ward.

That person is the one that the Glebe Business Improvement Area wants to turf from their board. 

Councillor Shawn Menard is that one safety valve that allows residents to have a voice on decisions made in their neghbourhood. In the Glebe, that voice is one too many.

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 27°

Number: 8. The number of days that the Ottawa Fringe Festival is providing free shows, one show per day, online.  [Capital Current] [Ottawa Fringe]

Ottawan of the Day: Martin Adelaar, a member of the LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition’s steering committee, who wants to bind the NCC's development of the flats to socially and economically benefit the community at large [Global]

Quote: I always wonder if I will have to answer questions from employers about whether I did most stuff online” – Tolu Lawal, a Carleton medical and electrical engineering health student, who is one of many students not satisfied with online courses  [Ottawa Citzen]


 There have been 2069 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of four since yesterday, and 262 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ University of Ottawa working on injection tomatoes and potatoes with COVID-19 DNA to create a future edible vaccine [CBC]

⭕ Canada susceptible to a second wave of COVID-19 because the majority of Canadians have not contracted the disease. [CBC]

⭕ The Ottawa Hospital has received funding to look at how COVID-19 is affecting pregnant women and their babies  [Ottawa Matters]

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▪️Gatineau bars open for business
Along with the rest of Quebec, for the first time in three months, people can drink inside a bar. 2m distancing is still in effect and there is no dancing allowed. [Montreal Gazette]

▪️The NCC wants a sixth bridge across the Ottawa River but doesn't know where to put it
The NCC puts the question of where, to the various governments. Mayor Jim Watson says that Ottawa isn't interested in the expense. 

▪️Ottawa Blackjacks re-start play July 15
The seven-team professional basketball league will be live and play together in a 'bubble' in St. Catherines for the prestigious Canadian Elite Basketball League Championship  [CBC]

▪️Vendors claiming Ottawa Geek Market not giving out refunds
Vendors who paid up to $2000 to attend the event at Nepean Sportsplex are claiming that the organisers are not giving refunds. The City-run Sportplex has indicated that they have refunded its fee. [CFRA]


🌲 Let’s go outside

It’s the weekend, we’re in Phase Two, and we’re experts at physical distancing, so let’s venture out.

▫️ Saunders Farm offers physically distanced “Campfire Night” packages, which include 1.5 hours with a campfire, hot dogs, s’mores, chips, and beverages (for families) or charcuturie and cheese boards plus wine or side (for couples). Bring your own blankets and camp chairs. From $90. [Saunders Farm]

▫️ We could go bog walking at Mer Bleue in the Greenbelt. The northern boreal forest houses regionally rare plants and birds, and there are more than 20 kilometres of trails, including a self-guided tour along a 1.2 kilometre boardwalk. Ridge Road, Ottawa [NCC]


🍁 Celebrate Canada

Today we’re featuring some Canadian skincare and makeup brands.

▫️ Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned business whose mission is to “create sustainable, vegan clean colour cosmetics while helping Indigenous youth see their enormous value by constructing a truly socially conscious beauty brand.” Cheekbone makes lip gloss, lipstick, liquid lipstick, and contouring products for the face. [Cheekbone Beauty]

▫️ Veriphy Skincare from Guelph, Ontario is a collection of skin toners, moisturizers, and serums featuring phytoglycogen, and the products are vegan, cruelty-free, and contain 98 per cent natural ingredients. Veriphy is committed to help women in science, technology, and engineering, and established The Veriphy Skincare Award for Women in STEM, a scholarship at the University of Guelph. [Veriphy Skincare]

▫️ Makeup and Skincare brand Evio Beauty started in Vancouver in 2014, three years after Brandi Leifo created the concept from a women’s shelter. The products are vegan, cruelty-free, and affordable. Leifo continues to lead the company with “a mission to create a kind & conscious future.” [Evio Beauty]

Tell us: What is your favourite Canadian makeup or skincare brand? [email protected]


🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News

▫️ Tucker's Marketplace, the buffet bar in ByWard Market, will not be reopening. Citing the COVID-19 closure, the company is closing its three restaurants. [Ottawa Citizen]

▫️ Château Laurier will reopen its dining rooms and hotel on Canada Day. [Ottawa Citizen]

▫️ Kichesippi Beer Company has reopened its Bells Corner’s patio (find their location on our interactive beer map). If you can’t get there, you can order beer for pick up or delivery. Right now, the brewery is donating 5 per cent of sales of its OCB 613 IPA to The Shepherds of Good Hope, and 5 per cent of sales of Warrior Woman APA to charities focusing on the empowerment of women. [KBeer]

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This brick middle unit is located on a quiet street. Features include a fenced, east facing backyard, upstairs master bedroom deck, finished basement, and eat in kitchen with loads of cupboards. $570,000 [Buy Ottawa]

▫️ 527 Besserer Street, Lower Town
3 bed, 3 bath
Built in 1902, this 3 storey middle of the row townhouse is full of charm and mod cons. There’s a back staircase, high ceilings, refurbed contemporary kitchen, and space for entertaining. The unfinished basement offers potential. $779,000 [Ottawa Central]

▫️ 526 Simran Private, Barrhaven
3 bed, 3 bath
A 3 storey end-unit townhouse with fenced backyard. New hardwood floors laid this year. Open-concept living spaces. $399,900 [Buy Ottawa]


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