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The Federal Government has finally launched their COVID alert app, with the assistance of local mom and pop business Shopify and finger-on-the-pulse of a generation company Blackberry. Better late than never, we suppose.

Ontarians are the guinea pigs for the app. If it's successful, it'll roll out to everyone else.

It's a good system. Privacy is protected and it doesn't track where you are but it does recognise if you have been in contact with someone who eventually tests positive, allowing you the opportunity to get tested.

Here's a visual aid.

You get the app in the usual places: [Apple App Store] [Google Play App Store

We're off exploring the Valley on holiday Monday. 

Eid Mubarak and we'll see you Tuesday, Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ Mainly Sunny. High of 27°.

Number: 99. The number of years ago that Ottawa had its hottest July streak. This July is the second hottest on record.  [CBC

Ottawan of the Day:  John Felice Ceprano. The artist has built balancing stone art scultures on Remic Rapids for the past 34 summers. [Apt 613]

Quote: We estimated that this kills about a quarter of a million birds per year in the Ottawa area — just based on what scientists know about the average number of collisions per building per year, and the number of buildings that there are in Ottawa” – Anouk Hoedeman of Safe Wings Ottawa who is advocating that Ottawa adopt the same bird-friendly building codes as Vancouver and Toronto.  [Capital Current] [Safe Wings Ottawa

Sports: CEBL: Ottawa BlackJacks beat the Fraser Valley Bandits 78-76, for the first win by the Blackjacks ever. This is the second match the Blackjacks have played.


 There have been 2496 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa.

⭕ Dr Vera Etches thinks we're letting our guard down and that is why cases are inching up  [CBC]

+ Related Ottawa is opening more testing sites beause of the growing cases. Locations are still to be determined

⭕ Staffer at Grandir Ensemble – La Maisonnee day care on Coventry Road tests positive for COVID-19.  [CFRA]

⭕ Little Italy-based company working on ultra violet based system to kill the COVID-19 virus [Ottawa Business Journal]

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▪️Tow truck drivers alledge that the “Cop Connects” scam involves more than the three Ottawa Police officers charged and extends to the Ontario Provincial Police. The Ottawa Police officers were arrested in April, accused of accepting kickbacks from tow truck drivers, to alert those drivers of accidents and turn away rival towing companies.  [Ottawa Life]

▪️Campaigners want to rename the park next to the Sandy Hill Community Centre after artist Annie Pootoogook. Ottawa resident Stéphanie Plante, who did not know  Pootoogook, but was drawn to her Inuit art, is leading the campaign. Pootoogook died in 2016. [Nunatsiaq News]

▪️Orléans-based Tetra Bio-Pharma has joined the bigger leagues by moving to  the Toronto Stock Exchange main market on Tuesday. Currently, they are on the purportedly riskier TSX Venture Exchange. Tetra Bio-Pharma is developing pain medicine drawn from cannabis. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson wants to see the city's most creative face masks. He's offering a prize – we don't know what – for the one he likes best. Entries are at #OttawaMaskContest [Jim Watson Twitter]


▫️ Tickets are only $5 when the Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa in Gloucester and Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa on Carling Avenue both reopen today. Masks are mandatory and each screen may have up to 50 patrons. Previous rules limited it to 50 people for the whole cinema, regardless of the amount of screens. [CFRA]


🎨 Things to do (that don’t involve your computer)

▫️ Paint-it-yourself studio The Mud Oven will reopen its doors for In-store painting on August 4. During the lockdown customers were welcome to paint at home and return their pieces to the studio for firing. It will now be possible to reserve a two hour slot to paint in-store, just like the Before Times. Hours of operation are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm. Thursday and Friday 11:00 to 7:00pm. Closed Monday. Reservations: [email protected]

▫️ New photography studio La Boutique Studio in the Glebe can be booked by the hour as well as the day for projects.The 100 year-old space is over 2000 sqft, with ceilings up to 30 ft high, natural light that can be blacked out, exposed brick, and extras like evocative handmade furniture and a wind machine. There are strict booking measures in place, and the studio allows no walk-ins. Get in touch with them about your fashion, creative project, or product launch [email protected]

▫️ There are actual comedy gigs, where you sit with other people and watch live comedians on a real stage, tonight and tomorrow night (Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st). The audience is limited to 50 people and it’s resrvations only. The lineup includes Pierre Brault, plus guests. MC is Kamar Babar. Remember your mask! Absolute Comedy, 412 Preston Street. [Absolute Comedy]

▫️ Algonquin Provincial Park has reopened, including the Visitor Centre. Although its restaurant and theatre remain closed, you can still visit the bookstore and the Nature shop from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Physical distancing measures are in place, and you must wear a mask if visiting any of the above amenities. If you’re planning a camping trip, it’s a good idea to review their new permit and check-in procedures. And don’t forget to store your food out of the reach of bears. [Algonquin Park]

🛍️ Shopping

▫️ We love that even during these WFH-casual-sweatpants-for-the-Zoom-meeting times, men’s tailor Stephano’s is still selling 100% silk pocket squares, black onyx cuff links, and suits. They sell some pretty dapper masks, as well. [Stephano]

🥢 Food

The Shore Club Ottawa  will reopen on Wednesday August 4th at 3pm. If you can’t get a reservation in the legendary steak, seafood and cocktail spot’s dining room, the club is also planning a new takeaway program (details are coming soon). Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday 3:00pm to midnight. Closed Sunday. 11 Colonel By Drive. [Shore Club]

▫️ In addition to great coffee and delicious baked treats, Britannia Coffeehouse also sells masks by Kiki Sew Cute, hand made in Ottawa. Britannia Coffeehouse: 273 Britannia Rd  K2B 5X3

If you can’t get there in person, head to Etsy, where you’ll find a coupon good for 10% off until August 15th. 273 Britannia Rd, Ottawa, ON K2B 5X3 [Kiki Sew Cute]

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This is luxury living: each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and a walk-in closet. The Master goes a step further with a shower that could host a small cocktail party (just kidding, but it’s sizeable).


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This house has space for a large family as well as additional space for an office or gym. The backyard is very large, and the basement has a finished rec room and additional room. The house has a gas fireplace and an updated kitchen. 


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