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What’s going on?

City Council will be deciding if it gets bigger. Or if it gets smaller. Or maybe stays the same size.

That does not seem to be very decisive

It doesn't happen very often. The current wards were set up in 2001 when the Ottawa Megacity was created and were roughly the same number of people in each. 

Nearly 20 years later, the urban and suburban wards have grown, and the rural wards have stayed the same. Suburban Barrhaven has twice as many people as rural West-Carleton-Osgoode now.  

Why should we care?

City councils are the level of government that affect people's lives the most. From restaurants to garbage collection to Defunding the Police, City council is the one handing it. The City councillor elected from your Ward has direct decision making powers.

What are the options?

  1. 25 wards: 13 urban, nine suburban, three rural. Rural loses a ward.
  2. 24 wards: Cumberland gets split into two
  3. 23 wards: 11 urban, nine suburban, three rural. Rural loses a ward and all the other boundaries are re-jigged
  4. 17 wards: Nine urban, six suburban, two rural. All areas lose a ward.

The CBC shared the full report with maps and explanations here.

Unless we stay the same (23 wards plus the mayor), a decision will need to be made before the 2022 City election.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 28°

Number: 2. The number of weeks since a coyote was shot and killed by Ottawa Police in Riverside South. Up until that time, there had been many reports of coyote attacks on people; there have been no reports since.  [CFRA]

Ottawan of the Day: Dave Longbottom, owner of Flora Hall Brewing, who is asking the City to allow breweries, restaurants, and pubs without patio space to open 'pop-ups' in parks [CBC]

Quote: A lot of people are just kind of oblivious. I’m the one who’s liable for a fine” – Cole Aghar, general manager of El Furniture Warehouse, who asks that people respect the line-ups and follow the pandemic rules  [Ottawa Citzen]


 There have been 2083 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 14 since Friday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, an increase of one.

⭕ One person dies every 18 seconds worldwide from COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ One more resident has died at the Peter D Clarke care home. The resident was the last person remaining in the home with COVID-19. Eight residents and one staff member have died . [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️The National Gallery reopens July 18, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens July 23
Visitors are limited to 15 people at a time. The cafe and gift shops will be closed, to the consternment of people looking for quality kitch. [Capital Current]

▪️O-Train Line 1 is back in service, for the moment
All Transpo services are free on Canada Day. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️School trustee was ‘racially insensitve’ when she told teen to leave park
On the first day of park closures, school trustee Donna Blackburn approached a Black teenager playing basketball by himself, telling him to leave. When he didn't, she asked for his name, took his photo, and posted it on Facebook. A 40 page report commissioned by the Board found that Blackburn's actions were ‘racially insensitive.’  [Ottawa Citizen]


🍁 Celebrate Canada

With Canada Day happening this week, here’s a roundup of some more awesome Canadian womenswear brands:

▫️ Amelia Rose Apparel
Cute kimonos made in Kingston Ontario [Etsy]

▫️ Miik apparel is a collection of workwear and work-from-home wear that is not only cozy but it’s sustainable and most important: it’s made in Canada. They’re running a Canada Day give-away to win prizes from seven Canadian brands. [Miik]

▫️ Dotty clothing is designed by Heather Bolt and ethically made in Toronto. Designed for “real women living real life, who need clothing for their every day,” Dotty items are machine washable and extremely comfortable. [Dotty]


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