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°
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]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️College ward councillor Rick Charelli still expected to work, even with pay docked for next nine months
▪️Council looks for sixth option to change ward boundaries
▪️Premier Doug Ford loosens liquor laws slightly
🍽️ 🍺 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]
▫️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]
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