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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°

Number: 7:30am. The time that Dr Vera Etches begins her workday. Even the boss of Ottawa Public Health works from home, using a laptop on her son's dresser to replace a stand-up desk.  [Ottawa Magazine]

Ottawan of the Day: Graeme Barlow, CEO of Ottawa software company Iversoft. Iversoft is not only turning to 100 per cent work from home, it's changing to a four-day work week.  [Ottawa Sun]

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]

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▪️Second round of Drive-in at TD Place already sold out
We only mention it so you don't get your hopes up. It's Casino Royal tonight and Captain America: The Winter Soldier tomorrow for those that snagged tickets.

▪️The Ottawa Business Journal has released its Forty-under-40 list
And proud we are of all of them [Forty Under 40]

▪️Lowertown Community Association against more cannabis shops opening in ByWard maket
"Whenever you get a monoculture of businesses, the other businesses around suffer," Association president Norman Moyer told the CBC. In support, Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury has made a motion for the City to ask the Province to limit the number of pot shops in an area. Notably, neither the councillor nor the Association is asking for a limit on the number of  tourist gift shops,t-shirt kiosks, or restaurants. [CBC]

+ Related Streets around ByWard Market close July 4 to allow for restaurant patios

▪️Also on Councillor Mathieu Fleury’s desk, he's opposed to the Salvation Army opening a shelter in Vanier
Local residents and businesses don't believe that the people housed by the Shelter should be part of the community and want some other area to welcome them. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Streets near eight schools will be fitted with photo radar ticketing
Beginning July 13, speeders in front of these schools will receive a ticket in the mail, 30 days later. Fines will be double the normal amount as all cameras are in community safety areas. [CBC] 


▫️ 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]

🏘️ Live Here

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▫️ 72 College Circle, Vanier
3 bed, 2 bath
Centrally located, open concept family home with a large backyard that includes an above ground pool with deck. $549,900 [Buy Ottawa Property]

▫️ 16 Lower Charlotte Street
3 bed, 2 bath
This sympathetically renovated and stylish older townhouse is move-in ready. Incredibly centrally located. The outdoor space includes a covered deck for the BBQ. [ReMax]

▫️ 30 Monkland Ave, The Glebe
7 bed, 7 bath
This grand, three storey family home contains a separate apartment for rental income. Separate living and dining rooms, kitchen with island. Lots of outdoor entertainment space. $2.6M [ReMax]


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