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Mayor Jim Watson throws cold water on a plan to open part of Bank Street to pedestrians

How did this happen?

According to the CBC “Capital Coun. Shawn Menard had been working with city staff for weeks to give three blocks of the west curbside lane of Bank Street between Glebe and Third avenues to pedestrians and cyclists for more room to physically distance in the COVID-19 era.”

But at the last moment, and without giving prior notice, Mayor Watson proposed that any closure to cars must have the approval of local businesses. This proposal was then passed by council.

So, cars are a lifeblood for business

Some say. Others say that pedestrians and cyclists are much better customers than cars zooming by.

But our point is that the City doesn't seem to know. Vancouver, Toronto, and New York have all been opening up streets to pedestrians but the City of Ottawa refuses to.

Wide pedestrian areas and dedicated cycle lanes are not just good for a pandemic, they are good for business. Ottawa is trying to live in a world that has passed.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Increasing cloudiness. High of 15° 

Number: 350. The amount in dollars that Little Ray's Nature Centre requries every three days to feed its menagerie of alligators, frogs, and birds. They've started a fundraiser to help feed the critters.  [Little Rays]

Ottawan of the Day: Verla Pacey, who just recovered from COVID-19 at 102 years old, and living in a long-term care home.  [CBC]

Quote: Landlords are saying, ‘I can apply for this program, or I can deal with the tenant and get 100 per cent. With commercial leasing, when you sign a lease, you have to pay, whether you make any money or not” – Mark Kaluski, chair of the Ottawa Coalition of Ottawa Business Improvement Areas who says only 20 to 30 per cent of commercial landlords of taking advantage of a provincal programme  [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,707 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 182 deaths, an increase of 4.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can go in for testing now [CBC]

Mother says her son's symptoms matched the mysterious COVID-19 related illness that affects children, namely ‘large, swollen lymph nodes, turning yellow and breaking out in a rash’ [Ottawa Citizen]

Class action lawsuit organised against two long-term care companies that run 130 homes [CBC]

Gatineau elementary student sent home after showing COVID-19 symptoms [Ottawa Matters]

Premier Doug Ford expected to ease restrictions on retail and construction today. Golf courses, too. [CBC]

Non-contact sports like tennis, golf, cycling, track and field, fishing and boating to be allowed in Quebec after May 20 [CBC]

Canada asks US to extend travel ban on border  [Ottawa Matters]

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples files suit against Federal Government, citing ‘inadequate and discriminatory funding’ for COVID-19 relief [CBC]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s economy expected to fare better than other Canadian cities
Our civil service and high tech based economy is less susceptible to layoffs [CBC]

LRT builders have yet to tell City when they will fix it
The City demanded all repairs be completed by end of summer [CBC]

+ Related OC Transpo adding extra bus routes

Bank Street Beer Store accepting empties once again
And most LCBO stores are open until 9pm again [Beer Store] [LCBO]

Jeff Hunt sells out of Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa Redblacks
The partners will buy out his share. Hunt remains president of Canadian Premier League team Atletico Ottawa [CFRA]

Giant windfarm south of Ottawa re-approved
Appeals court puts windfarm back in business [Ottawa Citizen]



We’ve been keeping it together, but isolation is getting old. If you’re tired of baking, making, and growing your own, a box of nice stuff in the mail is a great way to feel looked after (just be patient with your postie; they’re really busy.)

🥖 Tired of baking your own sour dough? Order a care package and feel totally taken care of. The Midnight Baker has baked goods bundles in a range of prices. Order by NOON today for Saturday delivery! [Midnight Baker]

🕯️ Ottawa natural beauty products maker Zoe’s Corner has a range of $30 gift boxes (plus shipping) for yourself or someone else, featuring bath bombs, candles, shampoo bars, hand sanitizer, and more. Everything’s listed in her Etsy shop.[Zoe’s Corner]

👚 Square Lemon has super cute “Current Crisis” buttons to style your look. [Square Lemon]

💐 The utterly glamorous bouquets from Flowers Talk Tivoli range in price from $50 to $115, but the florist also stocks a stylish selection of garden products, including some Sassy Garden Gnomes. [Flowers Talk]


Right now, you have the best seat in the house

🎼 Watch new video by Ottawa glam-pop group Valois, 2009: A Teenage Oddysey, a tribute to the golden age of 2000’s indie rock [Ottawa Showbox]

🍺 Waller St Brewing has a brand new, fresh-for-summer German wheat beer. Hideaway Hefeweizen is available for delivery within 20 miles of the brewery's premises. Order by email [email protected]

🍺 Crooked Mile Brewing’s new release Spruce Tip IPA is a blend of spruce, orange, and other earthy aromas. Free delivery on orders of $20 or more, to designated areas. [Crooked Mile]

🍺 Bicycle Craft Brewery has loaded up its website with cans of new mango-pineapple,tropical fruity Hyacinth IPA. Pickup, shipping, and delivery options available. [Bicycle]

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