The City is looking at a $241 million deficit from the shutdown and is hoping that the Province and Federal Government will make up the difference.
The missing revenue came from transit: $120 million in lost fares. Lack of recreation centres and service fees equaled $53 million.
But the rest is striking. The City lost $12 million in parking fees and $15 million from parking tickets and running red light fines.
That's $27 million directly from car use. Where is the incentive for the City to discourage car use? If we are to move to a cycling, transit, and pedstrian-friendly Ottawa, the City needs to wean itself from car fees and fines.
Right now is its best opportunity.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 25°
Quote: “Lessons from previous public health emergencies have shown that compliance with public health strategies is most effectively secured through goodwill and education — not policing, fines and arrests” – Co-founder of the new Policing the Pandemic Map, University of Ottawa criminology researcher Alexander McClelland, who says that law enforcement strategies don't work with public health [Toronto Star]
⭕ There have been 2065 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of four since yesterday, and 262 deaths in Ottawa, an increase of one.
⭕ Ottawa Public Health has created a dedicated guide for Indigenous people with questions about COVID-19. Info has been written in Cree, Inuktitut, Michif, Algonquin, Mi'kmaq, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Stoney. [CBC] [Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Members]
⭕ Sixty-six per cent of people infected with COVID-19 since May 8 come from racialized groups, Ottawa Public Health has found since it started collecting race data on that date. "It has a lot more to do with those underlying factors, like income and employment and the challenges people face in their environments to physically distance," Dr Vera Etches told Ottawa Matters. [Ottawa Matters]
⭕ Canadians were fined $13M in pandemic bylaw enforcement actions, the majority in Quebec. [Toronto Star]
⭕ Peel Region joins the majority of Ontario in stage two of relaxing restrictions. Only Windsor-Essex remains in stage one. [CBC]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Second round of Drive-in at TD Place already sold out
▪️The Ottawa Business Journal has released its Forty-under-40 list
▪️Lowertown Community Association against more cannabis shops opening in ByWard maket
▪️Also on Councillor Mathieu Fleury’s desk, he's opposed to the Salvation Army opening a shelter in Vanier
▪️Streets near eight schools will be fitted with photo radar ticketing
▫️ Excuse the pun, but this small business pandemic pivot is 100% on target. Axe throwing experiential company Lumberjaxe has reopened on City Centre Ave in Ottawa, but back in May during the enforced closure they needed to find a way to stay in business. An enterprising employee designed the “Personal Axe Throwing Target & Stand” for home use, which has been selling fast. The kit is bought and then either assembled at home in the backyard or the Lumberjaxe team will build it for you. [Lumberjaxe]
🍁 Celebrate Canada
Our Made in Canada feature continues today with women’s fashion accessories. Tomorrow we’ll look at skincare.
▫️ Blondies Apparel in Almonte’s motto is “100% Canadian 100% of the Time”. The line of cozy, comfortable basics like tops, tunics and accessories is made in natural fabrics. They make scrunchies from leftover clothing fabric. Meanwhile, their ponchos double up as huge infinity scarves (from $52). 70% of fabric is made at a mill in Toronto. The remaining 30% is from Canadian fabric suppliers. All the clothing is made in Toronto. [Blondies Apparel]
▫️ Blondies’ sister store Dorees Habit is a clothing and accessories shop also based in Almonte, Ontario. The Horoscope Necklaces are made in Canada and resemble vintage pennies that have been stamped with the astrological signs. $59. [Dorees]
▫️ Face masks are likely to be a part of our lives and wardrobes for months to come, so it makes sense that they have become a fashion accessory. Kiki Sew Cute takes it a step further and makes a mask and scrunchie set. Handmade in Ottawa, $18.99 [Etsy]
🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News
▫️ At the new Back To Brooklyn restaurant, patrons don't receive menus –they scan a QR code and look on their mobile phone. On the whole, the Citizenseemed to like the low-carb, Keto-ish, food [Ottawa Citizen]
▫️ Beyond the Pale will be closed on Canada Day July 1st, and they advise you to get your delivery orders in by Sunday June 28th. [Beyond The Pale]
▫️ The patio at Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville is now open. They’re open today from 11am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. 6-119 Iber Rd. [Covered Bridge]
▫️ Dominion City Brewing reported delivery of two new lager tanks yesterday, so we can’t wait to find out what’s being brewed. Meanwhile, DCB has raised over $35K for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, through donations at the online shop checkout. [Dominion City]
▫️ Over at 767 Silver Seven Road, the patio at Evergreen Craft Ales has now opened. We plan on enjoying a Raspberry Wheat beer there once the sun comes out again. [Evergreen Craft Ales]
▫️ 72 College Circle, Vanier
▫️ 16 Lower Charlotte Street
▫️ 30 Monkland Ave, The Glebe