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The City has lowered all flags to half-mast following the announcement of the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. 

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected at 1 866 925 4419.


It’s National Food Truck Day and we’re not about to let gloomy skies and a little rain get in the way of a great meal. 

▪️ The other day we stopped at Angry Dragonz for lunch on our way home from experiencing the Rogers Interzip over the Ottawa River (it turns out that laughing maniacally while flying through the air at 40km/h is a great way to work up an appetite). Darren’s General Tao Chicken hit the spot and Martha’s Pad Thai with Tofu portion was generous enough to feed her on Friday as well! 1426 Scott Road. 

▪️ Next time you’re boating on the mighty Ottawa River, pull up a the Port of Call Marina and The Rocking Dock for a smash burger with your choice of one, two or three patties ($5.00, $6.50, and $8.00) . Add Deep Fried Pickles for $6 and Fresh Cut Fries ($4.50) and you won’t need to eat again until the next day. If you’re not on a boat, you can still visit the truck, which is located at 213 Vances Side Road in Dunrobin. 

+ Related: List of Ottawa’s best food trucks 

▪️ Canada Day 2021 (Thursday July 1) is going to be a more introspective occasion, and an Ottawa business is marking the occasion in a thoughtful way. Aux Delices Bakery has created a Canada Day Cookie that will support Indigenous Communities. The Spirit Bear, a white-frosted bear cookie wearing an orange t-shirt, is available in the 32 Byward Market Square store for $4.50 each while supplies last. All proceeds will go to The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. 

Ottawa on Film

We were listening to the most recent episode of the Mayfair Theatre Podcast and the guys mentioned The Lost Missile, a schlocky 1958 cold war thriller about a rogue super missile that destroys capital cities. And Ottawa gets a starring role! You can watch it for free on Tube. [The Lost Missile]

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 40 per cent chance of showers. High of 26°, low of 21°

Number: 25%. The number of respondents who said they sacrificed food to pay for Internet services in a 2019 ACORN survey. ACORN wants the City to provide inexpensive Internet to residents that has enough bandwidth to use for work and school. [Centretown Buzz]

Ottawans of the Day: Kathleen Edwards, Matt Luloff, Jeff Asselin, Michael Curtis Hanna, Clayton Connell, Davis Dewan, Theland Kicknosway, Drew Gonsalves, and Angelique Francis who all sing Here Comes The Sun, in a new uplifting video that features Ottawa in all its sunny glory. It's all in support of Shepards of Good Hope. [Ottawa Citizen] [Donations] [The Video]

Quote: My sister just asked me, 'Can we jump in?' I said, 'You can as long as you don't get anything in your mouth’ – swimmer Thara Hanif, who says that the water in the Rideau River is fine. Kind of. [CBC]

Sports: CEBL: Niagara River Lions 103 – Ottawa BlackJacks 78 in the first game of the season.


? 13,321,816 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 1.1 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

? Public Health Reports:


? 138 new cases since yesterday

? 27,635 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️589 deaths, no new reports

? 720,617 vaccinated with one dose

? 216,372 vaccinated with two doses


? 8 new cases since yesterday

? 12,456 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️214 deaths, no new reports

No change since yesterday

? 351,729 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 1 new cases since yesterday

? 4,734 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️108 deaths, no new reports

? 166,859 doses of vaccine have been administered 


⭕ The City has opened pop-up clinics for priority neighbourhoods at AMA Community Centre, St. Joseph Adult High School, and CF Rideau Centre on various days next week. Open to anyone in those areas 12 and up for first dose, 18 and older for second dose. [City of Ottawa]

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Printed in Canada.



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▪️ The City has created a live traffic map page. The new map shows cameras, construction, incidents, city parking, and park and ride. It's not an app but it works well as a web page on phones.  [City of Ottawa] [Traffic Map]

▪️ The Planning Committee has approved three modern towers at the entrance to Vanier. The developers plan to replace the Eastview Shopping Centre with the towers, which will house 1,000 apartments. The plan was controversial earlier in the year because the Eastview Shopping Centre was home to many small locally-owned businesses, thanks to the affordable rent. Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Mathieu Fleury said that all the businesses had been relocated within Vanier. The full council will need to approve the plan.  [CBC]

+ Related A eight-storey supportive housing building for Indigenous people and women in need in Lowertown was also approved

▪️ Police Resource Officers will no longer be present in Ottawa - Carleton District School Board schools. The Board voted yesterday to remove the police presence after commissioning a report that found racialized students found the programme intimidating. Barrhaven/Knoxdale-Merivale trustee Donna Blackburn was the only opposing vote. [CBC]

▪️ The West End’s serial cat killer is probably a coyote, say police. Seven dead cats have been found mutilated and there was an earlier fear that it was done by a person. The University of Guelph Animal Health Laboratory has now determined it was a predator, and the $5,000 reward will now go to Ottawa animal shleters. Keep your cats inside, people. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The RedBlacks player suspended after social media linked him to a homophobic attack in Toronto has been let go from the team. Two people have been arrested in the attack, neither of whom is the player, who has not been charged. The team says the cut is unrelated to the Toronto incident. [CP24]

▪️ Parents are suing the French school board over discriminatory treatment of their children and falsifying report cards. The parents accuse the board of treating the Omer-Deslauriers school differently because of the students are majority non-white, in particular, by pushing students into remedial streams. They also accuse the board of issuing report cards on topics that were not taught. The parents have brought the case in small claims court in order to get a ruling rather than a large monetary judgement.  [CBC]

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