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If you're planning a Canada Day BBQ, here’s is what is in season from Ontario’s farmers:

Vegtables: Asparagus, green and yellow beans, Bok Choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cherries, green onions, green peas, snow peas, radicchio, summer squash, spinach, and more. Fruit: apples, blueberries, peaches, plums, strawberries, and watermelon. Check the labels to make sure it’s local. 

Don't forget to keep your beer local. Use our Craft Beer Map for your friendly neighbourhood brewery.

We’re allowed 10 people at outside gatherings but we still need to stay two metres apart. 

The beaches and the parks will all be open tomorrow  but be warned that they will be crowded. 

The bars and patios of ByWard Market will also be open and Canada Day is usually their best day of the year. Tip your server extra well.

If you have a vehicle, NarCity has a nice guide to 11 Cute Towns Near Ottawa That Will Make You Feel A Whole World Away From Home 

🇨🇦 Happy Canada Day / Bonne fête du Canada!  

We'll see you Thursday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 30% chance of showers. High of 28°

Number: 1. The number of hours you can swim in a City pool before you're kicked out and staff perform santisation procedures. Ottawa Pools phase in reopenings beginning July 6.  [CTV]

Ottawan of the Day: Harry Webne-Behrman, project manager of Helping Ourselves. Helping Ourselves is a programme that mediates between neighbours to avoid police being called but is now almost out of funding.  [CBC]

Quote: Ottawa has lots of cap space and if the salary cap is going to be capped for the next one or two years there’s also an opportunity” – Craig Button, TSN's director of scouting, leaving unsaid that the Ottawa Senators don't have a lot of highly paid talent   [Ottawa Sun]


 There have been 2086 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of three since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Ottawa considering making wearing masks inside mandatory. A Kingston nail salon was the A/B test, as 27 people were infected in the past week in the maskless shop. Chief Medical Officer Dr Vera Etches will decide by the end of the week.  [CBC]

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▪️Black Lives Matters posters are being ripped down in the Glebe
Local residents says their posters in support of Black Lives Matter have been ripped down, often within hours. They point out that, according to City bylaw, only the original poster or authorized NCC or city staff can remove lawfully placed posters. [Centretown Buzz]

▪️Someone is cannibalizing Canada Post trucks for their catalytic convertors
Canada Post vehicles parked by the Ottawa Train Yards had their catalytic convertors yanked out last week, disabling the vehicles. Catalytic convertors are part of the exhaust system and are vital in removing smog. They are also expensive, containing expensive metals that thieves can sell to local scrap dealers who don't question why someone has shown up with 20 Canada Post van catalytic convertors. [CBC]

▪️‘Racially insensitve’ school trustee asked to resign
School trustee Donna Blackburn has been removed from all school board committees and asked to resign. The Ottawa-Carleton School Board does not have the power to remove a trustee on its own. On the first day of COVID-19 lockdown, Blackburn approached a Black teenager playing basketball by himself at a park, telling him to leave. When he didn't, she asked for his name, took his photo, and posted it on Facebook. A 40 page report commissioned by the Board found that Blackburn's actions were ‘racially insensitive.’  [CBC]


🍁 Celebrate Canada

Here’s another collection of Made in Canada everyday items, gifts, and fashion 

▫️ Kate&Frances Truly sustainable, made to order fashion designed and crafted in Vancouver. [Kate and Frances]

▫️ The Green Beaver Company has been around for nearly 20 years, producing natural toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, moisturizer and other fine personal care and wellness products for the whole family. The brainchild of a husband and wife who formerly worked in microbiology and biochemistry, Green Beaver was created as ‘a reaction to the harsh chemicals found in children’s shampoos, bubble baths, and other self-care products.” [Green Beaver]

▫️ Are hand painted fabric dolls with cat or bat faces your thing? Is Halloween your favourite day of the year? You should visit [Black Lily Pie] and sister shop [Trish and Tilda] for adorable gifts made right here in Ottawa. 


⚙️ Work Here

▫️ Toptal, the global remote worker recruiter, is looking for a full-time Social Media Strategist (Remote). You’ll need five to eight years’ of proven experience working in social media and /or comms, preferably in the technology sector. Experience with both B2B and B2C audiences. Team leadership experience required. [Toptal]

▫️ The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation requires a bilingual Administrative Assistant. Salary: $41,374.65 to $51,718.31 [CMHC]

▫️ Arkalumen, which manufactures intelligent LED controllers for light fixture manufacturers, needs a Marketing Lead with at least two years’ technical product line experience. Some responsibilities include content creation, SEO, working with leadership and external stakeholders, measuring and reporting, leading market research. [Arkalumen]

🏘️ Live Here

For Sale

▫️ 130 Huxley Street, Galetta
2 bed, 2 bath
Sitting on a half acre of land, there are lots of updated features in this single storey 1984 build. Finished basement. $329,000 [Realtor]

▫️ 175 Poole Street, Arnprior
3+1 bed, 1 bath
Yes, it’s in Arnprior, not Ottawa. Yes, it’s a bit dated. Yes, it needs more bathrooms. But maybe Arnprior is the new Almonte, and if it is, you’ll be ahead of the pack. Plus, the commute to Kanata is only 20 minutes or so. £339,000 [Realtor]

▫️ 589 Rideau Street Unit 104
1 bed, 1 bath
Larger 1 bed unit in the historic Wallis House, it has the exposed brick and wood detailing enjoyed by the other condos in this development, but this one has its own patio space, which is accessed via a stone corridor, and which has room for a BBQ. Fully renovated in 2016. $369,900 [Realtor]


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