It’s hot today. Ottawa Public Health has a list of places to cool off, including pools, parks, recreation centres, and splash pads.

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    • ☀️ 40% chance of showers. High of 30°, low of 20°. There is a heat warning until Thursday.


    • 133
    • – The number of new electric vehicle chargers that the Federal government is funding across Ottawa. Twenty-five will be at City of Ottawa facilities, 45 will be at Hydro Ottawa locations, and 63 will be in a condo on Lisgar Street. (Natural Resources Canada)

      Related Natural Resources Canada has a free cross-Canada/USA map of all electric charging stations.

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Charles Gordon, Richard Jean L’Abbé, Peter Showler, and Norman Kiyomitsu Takeuchi
    • – The four have been appointed to the Order of Canada by Governor General Mary Simon. (CTV) (The full list)


    • If we're spending more on the fare inspectors than it's bringing in, that’s an issue
    • – Capital ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendes! Not Mendes!) on news that OC Transpo is reintroducing fare inspectors to the system. OC Transpo is currently running at 43 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 26 – Edmonton Elks 7 last Friday
    •  CPL Atlético Ottawa 2 – Pacific FC 2 last Friday
    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 99 – Winnipeg Sea Bears 86 last Sunday
    •  FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 1 – New York Boulders 2 last night

    🚨 48 year-old cold case

    • A woman who was found murdered in 1975 has been identified and a suspect named. Jewell Parchman Langford was a 48 year-old resident of Tennessee who disappeared from Montréal in April 1975. In May 1975, a body was discovered in Casselman but police never put the two incidents together. The case was reopened in 2017 after the Ontario Provincial Police used genetic genealogy which finds a relative by supplying the victim’s DNA to a commercial DNA service. 81 year-old Rodney Nichols of Hollywood, Florida has been charged with Langford’s murder. Nichols has not been in court or entered a plea and has not been extradicted from Florida. (Daniel Leblanc and Denis Babin at Radio Canada)

    🏪 Who needs the Kwik E Mart?

    • Both the planning and housing committee and the agriculture and rural affairs committee have received a report recommending changing laws that bar convenience stores. For some reason, many areas of Ottawa that permit restaurants and retail stores specifically bar food stores. The two committees will discuss the report tomorrow and Thursday. (Ted Raymond at CTV) (The Report)

    📚 Ottawa Book Ban

    • The City is now banning all books ... from the recycle bin. Previously, books were welcome to be recycled in the black bin along with newspapers and cardboard. Under new rules from the Province, books are no longer a generally recyclable item. Weirdly, phone books still are, but who has one of those? The City has no solution for what to do with an unwanted book, other than to give it away and make it someone else’s problem. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    ☢️  Radioactive Visitor

    •  A radioactive tool ended up in a hair salon after a crash in Val-des-Monts. The tool, a nuclear densometer which is used to measure density (thanks CTV, that’s really helpful), was thrown out of a vehicle and into the salon after a crash. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says that if a densometer is damaged, people should remain at least two metres away. In this case, there was no threat to humans. (CTV)

      Nuclear densometers are used by builders to ensure that ‘an entire product or material is the same thickness throughout, or to make sure the coating on a material is even’. The tool uses radiation to do this; the device itself is not used in the nuclear industry. 

      🏚️ Old Houses

      • Heritage Ottawa wants to know what you want to know about buying old houses. The non-profit is preparing a workshop in the autumn for prospective buyers of old houses. But before that, they want to be prepared with your questions. If you have questions about old houses or the Heritage Act, fill out their survey. (Heritage Ottawa)

      🏗️ Former Bus Station

      • The developer of the old bus station land wants to build a 26, 36, and a 40 storey tower. Current zoning limits the property to 25 storeys. Brigil development says there will be retail on the bottom, a public park, and a ‘sky lounge’. (CBC)

      🚋 Heritage Streetcar

      • OC Transpo is allowing the heritage streetcar project to stay in its garage. OC Transpo general manager Renée Amilcar says it can stay until figures out a solution. The transit agency wants to use the garage for other things and previously gave the project an eviction date of June 30. (Trevor Pritchard at CBC)

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      •  General Admission and Student tickets are available for Music & Beyond’s Opening Gala tonight. The program features Pablo Ziegler, who is described by the festival as “the musician considered today’s leading exponent of Tango Nuevo.” Discounts are available if you buy a membership to the festival. Centre Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre starting at 7:30pm.
      •  John Corabi plays the Brass Monkey (250 Greenbank Road).



      •  The season of festivals is upon us. Bluesfest starts tonight but this evening’s line up is sold out. Better get booking for the rest of the weekend.

      Just Announced / Now Booking

      •  Symphonic Game Music is making a comeback to TD Place in November. Pre-sale for the event, which takes place on November 30 at the TD Place Arena, starts tomorrow (July 5).
      •  Tickets are selling fast for 2023 Kemptville Live Music Festival(Thursday July 20 to Sunday July 23). Colin James, Melissa Etheridge, and Blue Rodeo are just a few of the acts you'll catch this year. A weekend pass, which get you into every show, costs $235, and day passes and camping passes are also available. 


      Get 30% off SS2023 dresses and separates from Birds of North America. 

      These are the final few hours in the Betty X Bow sale. Until 11:59pm tonight, get up to 50% off select womenswear items. Use the code LONGWEEKEND to save. 

      Tate & Yoko are holding something called an AmeriCanada Sale in honour of July 1 and July 4. Save up to 60% on a range of denim styles, but only until tomorrow. NOTE it looks like all the prices are in USD so shop accordingly. 

      Canadian Geographic recommends five farms to visit this summer: Mādahòkì Farm, the Gees Bees Honey CompanyOrléans Fruit FarmOttawa Farm Fresh, and the Beetbox Co-op Farm.

      We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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