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Nominations to the Order of Ottawa have opened. The awards recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents – those who have made significant contributions through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The nomination form can be downloaded here before September 9.

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted, nor will nominations for politicians still in office.

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    • – Ottawa finally makes it to number one on a multi-city list. This time it’s for (checks notes) ‘Dirtiest team in the NHL this season’. At 1017 minutes, the Ottawa Senators had the longest penalty time in the league. Go Sens? (Cole Shelton in Sportskeeda)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Julia Conzon
    • – The Carleton student with a newly minted Master of Science in Geography with a Collaborative Specialization in Data Science created a prototype system to organize the information collected from weather stations installed by Inuit hunters in real time. (Carelton University)


    • I fell in love with wrestling, the holds, the athleticism. I didn’t like the violence, I didn’t like the tables and chairs
    • – Guillaume Charbonneau, cofounder of Gatineau Pro Wrestling. Civil War III, an homage to the pro wrestling days of old will be held at the Slush Puppie Centre this Saturday. (Tim Baines in the Ottawa Sun)


    • 🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks 15 – Calgary Stampeders 26 last night
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – Washington Wild Things 6 last night

    🏊‍♀️  Beaches Open for Business

    •  Beaches in Ottawa and Gatineau have opened for summer. Ottawa beaches with lifeguards and daily water testing are: Petrie Island, Britannia, and Mooney's Bay Beach. On the Gatineau side, lifeguards will be at O'Brien, Blanchet, Breton, Parent, Leamy Lake and La Peche Lake beaches. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    ✡️ Eulogy

    •  Cantor Moshe Kraus passes away at 100. While inside the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Moshe attempted to raise spirits by singing, gaining the attention of the ‘Beast of Belsen’, allowing him to survive. Initially serving as cantor for the Israeli Defence Forces, he gave concerts worldwide. In 1975, Kraus moved to Ottawa to serve as cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🛍️ Uniqlo 

    •  The Japanese homewares and clothing chain opens its first Ottawa location today. The Rideau Centre location offered free ice cream cones for the first 200 shoppers. Sorry – we didn’t know about that before. Uniqlo is also sponsoring the Ottawa Art Gallery by making admission free from June 1 to August 31 and supporting the Gallery’s Art + Yoga sessions. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🚑 Ottawa Ambulance Service

    •  Ottawa is hiring 14 new paramedics. The City had planned to hire 40 new paramedics per year starting next year but the first 14 were rushed due to demand. In 2022, ambulances were unable to be sent for lack of staff for the equivalent of seven weeks. (Kate Porter at CBC)

       Related The Ontario Ministry of Health has released a statement that it will not pay for any new paramedics. The City hoped that the Province would pay for 17 of the 40 new annual hires.

    📚 Little Libraries

    •  Ottawa ByLaw has proposed new rules regarding little libraries. Residents who want to set up the free book boxes would need to sign an agreement with the City, place them only on local roads – no little libraries for the Queensway – and allow many variations of height, as long as it is between 0.9 metres and 1.1 metres. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)


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    All Weekend


    •  Vegans Who Snack Food and Art Festival features 50 small businesses who support eating food without eyes. Parkdale Market, 366 Parkdale Ave ON K1Y 1G8, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Free
    •  MPP for Ottawa Centre Joel Harden chairs the Forum on Youth Mental Health, a public forum to discuss the rise in mental health challenges including isolation and lack of community for young people. The forum will hear from concerned parents and experts, and will also look at the programs available to youth. If you can't RSVP to attend in person, the event will also be streamed. 4:00pm in the groundfloor board room at 464 Metcalfe Street (Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation).
    •  Festival Franco-Ontarien returns to Majors Hill Park today through Sunday. Kids 10 and under go free, everyone else can buy a day pass or VIP pass to enjoy the live music, interactive games, beer from Microbrasserie Cassel Brewery and Brasserie Tuque from Broue Brewery Inc.


    •  Preston Street Market: Italian Week Edition takes over the Preston Street public space today and tomorrow. Wander the free to attend market and find art, crafts, food, and vintage items.
    •  The National Arts Centre is playing host to the Summer Indigenous Art Market, featuring work of Métis, Inuit, and First Nations makers. Browse jewelry, beadwork, paintings, sculptures, mittens, moccasins, coffee, crafts, and much more. Atrium O’Brien, 1 Elgin Street, 10:00AM, Free.
    •  Celebrate 20 years of ArtsPark in Hintonburg. Artist and local crafter market as well as storytelling, music, improv, and drag performance on the Tooth and Nail Mainstage. Parkdale Park, 366 Parkdale Ave, K1Y 1G6. 10:00AM - 6:00PM. Free


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  On Thursday July 6, Dominion City presents its latest Beer School event: a Guided Tasting: Fruit Beer! Tickets $45. Your ticket includes a brewery tour, a flight of four 5oz draft beers, all of which have been brewed with different fruit, a snack, and background material.

    Gorgeous, hand knit zip-up cardigans are 10% off at Granted Sweater Co., today through June 19 (Monday). Use the code Fathers10day. Made in Vancouver, these impressive sweaters are garments to be passed down.

    At Aurelius, Buy One, Get One Free Dips, Rubs, and Salts until Sunday. They’re non-GMO, gluten-free, and contain no preservatives. No code necessary.

    The entire Message Factory collection of Made-In-Quebec clothing is 15% off.


    Check out 400 years of history from the Ottawa River’s point of view in a new photo/video gallery by the Municipalité régionale de comté d’Argenteuil and the Musée régionale d’Argenteuil.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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