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Will it rain this weekend? Who knows? Take your mind off the heat and visit a farmers’ market or an unexplored Ottawa neighbourhood. Take your water, take your mask, and stay safe.

Catch the Ottawa Famers’ Market this weekend at the following locations.

▫️Today (Thursday) from 11am to 4pm
Orléans Famers Market at the Ray Friel Centre, 1585 Tenth Line Road
The first hour is reserved for those 65 and older or who are immunocompromised. Pre-orders are still encouraged by many vendors, so check the Ottawa Farmers Market website to find out who will be setting up a stall. [Ottawa Farmers Markets]

If you can’t catch the market in Orleans today, here’s where you’ll find them over the weekend:

Saturday 9:30am to 3:00pm:
McKellar Park
539 Wavell Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A

Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm
1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7

▫️ You can pre-order or shop direct from Kanata Farmers’ Market on
Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm
745 Kanata Ave (Kanata Entertaiment Centrum)
Ottawa, K2T 1H9
Look for your favourites in the list of vendors Kanata Farmers' Market

▫️ I Spy Hintonburg
The Hintonburg Community Association has launched “I spy Hintonburg” as a way for Ottawans to explore this popular neighbourhood. All you have to do is visit and photograph the locations listed on the event poster and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to a Hintonburg business. Don’t forget to use #ISpyHintonburg and post the photos to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. The draws will be held July 17th to 31st.[Instagram]

▫️ Pick your own
Avonmore Berry Farm has now closed its pick your own berries for the year, but you can still visit the farm Pantry for a wide selection of seasonal vegetables. Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
16365 Fourth Rd Avonmore, ON K0C 1C0 Corner of County Road 15 and 4th Concession Road (one mile north of Avonmore) [Avonmore Berry Farm]

🧺 We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 34° Heat warning still in effect.

Number: 15. The number of inductees to the Order of Ottawa that the city is inviting the public to nominate.  [Apt 613] [Nomination Form]

Ottawan of the Day: Pavel Lubanski, who saved an inured snapper turtle and her turtle eggs from certain death on an Aylmer road. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: To take that away, after we have proven the ability to do it effectively and after customers have gotten used to purchasing this way is setting this industry back and the progress we have made so far” – Mimi Lam, owner of Superette pot shop, despairing over the Province taking away the ability for cannabis stores to have delivery and curbside service. [CBC]


 There have been 2124 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of six since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a twelve day streak.

⭕ Campaigners want info about COVID-19 in jails and prisons. Provincially, little is known. Federally, 360 inmates have contracted COVID-19 and two have died. [CBC]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford promises that long-term care homes will be mandated to have air conditioning [CBC]

⭕ StatsCan says Ontarians are the most likely to wear masks in Canada at 70 per cent; Quebec are the least likely at 52 per cent [CBC]

 Waits at Ottawa COVID-19 testing centres can be up to four hours now. Now that visits to long-term care homes are allowed, and general summer visiting, are to blame. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Ontario's state of emergency has been extended to July 22 [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️City's cooling centre will remain open until tomorrow
Open 7am to 7pm, they are located:
▫️Bernard-Grandmaître Arena, 309 McArthur Road
▫️Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue
▫️Heron Road Community Centre, 1480 Heron Road
▫️Jules Morin Park Fieldhouse, 400 Clarence Street East

▪️NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says man who crashed Rideau Hall gate would have had a different fate if he was a person of colour
The armed man was arrested two hours after breaching the grounds and has been charged with 22 counts, mostly firearm related but one is of threatening the life of the Prime Minister. "This person showed up with weapons, publicly, at the residence of the prime minister of Canada and was arrested without being killed," Singh told the CBC. Singh compares the man's treatment versus the death by police of Black and Indigneous people over the past month  [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Art Gallery and the Diefenbunker both reopen
The OAG continues to be free but both require pre-registration before visiting. Masks are, of course, required.  [CBC]

▪️Province education minister says school trustee Donna Blackburn should resign
The Ottawa-Carlton School Board found that Blackburn was guilty of "anti-Black racism" after she verbally accosted a Black teenager playing basketball in a park on the first day of lockdown. School boards do not have the power to remove trustees. [CBC]

▪️Bike thefts are way up in Ottawa
It's not so much that thieves are trying to get more exercise in but a general increase in petty theft as more traditional minor crimes are put on hold during lockdown. [CBC]

▪️City Committee recommends loosening restaurant patio rules
The Planning Committee / Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee want to allow patios in parking lots without requiring the business to add more parking, to locate patios closer to residential areas, to allow the patio on a property that isn't attached to the restaurant, and to allow permit retail not just restaurant pop-ups. The full council will vote on this in a few weeks. [City of Ottawa PDF]

▪️Dealing with the Sunland Drive debacle could cost the City $10 million
In the 1980s, the former Cumberland Township shoddily built a sewer line. Later a housing development was built on top. The City – having since taken over Cumberland Township – has bought out 20 houses that are unhabitable because of shifting ground. Today the houses are empty and the sewer has not been replaced.  [Ottawa Citizen]


😷 Where to buy masks
They’re here to stay, and you’ll need more than one in rotation. After all, we’ve all been diligently washing our single reusable mask every night, right?

Popular Ottawa blogger Ottawa River Lifestyle has taken the work out of your mask search. She’s been compiling an ever-growing list of locations where you can buy masks in Ottawa. [Ottawa River Lifestyle]

The folks at Wellington West, a directory for Hintonburg and Wellington Village, have compiled a list of mask suppliers unique to their neighbourhood. [Wellington West]


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