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When it is time for an election, we see a lot of advertising to get out and vote. Check the box and your duty to the City is done.

Not today: Cumberland Ward needs you. Since losing its Ward councillor to Queen's Park in February, the seat has been empty and the City's largest Ward needs someone to represent its vast and varied communities.

The City has given until August 21 to file nominations. Candidates must be a citizen, a resident of the City, or own land in the City, or be the spouse of an owner.  If you have been convicted of voter fraud, you already probably know you can't run for office.

Bonus: because of the Pandemic, the City has waived the rule of needing 25 people to nominate you.

The City is the level of government that has the most affect on people. It doesn't have to be run by professional politicians. If you think you or someone you know would be an effective councillor, do it. Even if you lose, your issues will be brought up and debated. And it's free.

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 70% chance of showers. High of 27°

Number: 2. The amount of dollars per hour that has been cut from the paycheques of Loblaw Companies Inc., Metro Inc. and Sobeys workers because pandemic pay is no longer needed. Don't forget to wear your mask and social distance when you are in the store. [Algonquin Times]

Ottawan of the Day:  Radiyah Chowdhury, a Carleton journalism grad whose essay The Forever Battle of a Journalist of Colour won this year's Dalton Camp Award for the best essay on media and democracy, worth $10,000. [CBC][The forever battle of a journalist of colour]

Quote: We're only doing about just under half of what our regular sales would be this time of year, with no dance floor, no live music, and just adhering to all of the new rules to keep everyone safe. That's our number one priority. So to take away those two extra hours of crucial sales, and without any notice on top of that — there's no consultation, no warnings, nothing” – Heart & Crown Irish Pub's Shauna Bradley on City Council reducing hours in the ByWard Market. Council eventually settled on 1am, instead of the suggested 12am.  [CBC


 There have been 2167 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of one since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 19 day streak.

⭕ The City has officially passed the mask law (previously, it was an order by the Public Health Officer). Everyone who can must wear a non-medical mask in public indoor spaces with fines ranging from $200 - $400. The City says fines will be a last resort. [Capital Current]

⭕  Bayshore Shopping Centre ‘thoroughly cleaned’ after employee tests positive for COVID-19  [CFRA]

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▪️College ward councillor Rick Charelli still expected to work, even with pay docked for next nine months
Council approved the integrity commissioner's recommendation that Charelli's pay be docked for nine months as punishment for violating the City's code of conduct. Charelli creeped out female job applicants with sexually laced questions. [CBC

+ Related Former Ottawa Sun journalist thinks Council are a bunch of hypocrites

▪️Council looks for sixth option to change ward boundaries
The suggestions from staff included increasing the number of councillors or dividing up existing wards, none of which thrilled councillors. Mayor Jim Watson wants a recommendation that keeps the same amout of councillors but deals with the growth in population of Barrhaven and Orléans. [CBC]

▪️Premier Doug Ford loosens liquor laws slightly 
Companies licensed to deliver alcohol can now use freelance drivers instead of staff, 'Booze Cruise' boats can now serve while docked, not just during the journey. (Man, Ontario liquor laws are silly.) [Welland Tribune

🍽️ 🍺 Food + beer news

▫️This Saturday July 18th, Meatheads in Orléans will be serving up limited quantities of lobster rolls. They’ll be available from 11:30am, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. 915 Watters Road. [Meatheads]

▫️Kettleman’s Bagel Company, started in Ottawa by a Montreal native in 1993, is taking its business outside of Ottawa and opening in Etobicoke, Toronto. The location is the Alderwoods Plaza on Brown’s Line near the Gardiner Expressway. So, tell your friends in the Six. [Kettleman’s]

🏭 Small business

▫️If you’ve ever wondered about the little details of owning a very small business, Ottawa’s Mama B Soapery has posted an informative video outlining what she needed to include on the labels of her handmade soaps. [Mama B]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale

▫️1401 Major Road, Queenswood Heights, Orléans
2 + 1 bed, 2 bath
Located in the heart of Orléans, this bungalow lies on a 60 x 100 ft lot and retains some of the charm of 70s when it was built. There’s a car port, a spacious finished basement, and lots of storage space. Originally a three bedroom, it was renovated to create a large master suite, but this can be divided back. 21st century renovations include the roof and AC, newer windows, and the bathrooms. $440,000 [Laura Voicu]

▫️1835 Woodhaven Heights Street, Orléans
3 bed, 4 bath
Another home in the Queenswood Heights neighbourhood of Orléans, this 1983 home has plenty of updates, hardwood floors in most rooms, a natural gas heated saltwater unground pool, and a double garage. $567,000 []

▫️Vigneault Street, Chateauneuf, Orléans
4 bed, 3 bath
Detached home with open layout. The wall to wall carpet will suit those who don’t require hardwood floors. Eat-in kitchen. The yard, which includes lawn and a deck area with seating, backs onto a park. $549,900 [Paul Rushforth]


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