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Barbers and hairstylists in Ottawa, along with their colleagues in the rest of Ontario, are about to be overwhelmed. Sadly, those in the Greater Toronto area must maintain their COVID styles a little longer.

The province has moved us to Stage 2 of lifting restrictions as of this Friday morning. 

What does this mean?

1️⃣ Restaurant patios can reopen for service

2️⃣ Hair and beauty salons, and tattoo parlours can reopen. Facial clinics must remain closed.

3️⃣ Swimming pools, splash pads, and community centres can reopen. As can worship services, as long as the people in the space do not exceed 30 per cent capacity.

4️⃣ Museums and art galleries can reopen. So can shopping centres.

5️⃣ Groups of up to ten people, and from no more than three households, can now gather.

Of course, physical distancing and mask rules apply to all of the above. But it's happening people, it's happening.

Tomorrow is our regular Wednesday roundup of Ottawa restaurant faves. We'd like to hear which restaurant patios that you recommend. Reply to us at [email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

[Ontario's Stage System]


Weather: 🌧️ Showers. High of 22°.

Number: 231. The number of tangible 'Calls For Justice' found in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which was released one year ago and has yet to be acted upon [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Craig Huff, the former City Forester, has been honored by naming the City tree nursery on Moodie drive after Huff and his efforts to make Ottawa greener through his innovative work in urban-forest management. (The city has just named or renamed five Ottawa landmarks for Ottawans of note. We're highlighting one per day.)

Quote: When the planes stopped flying — they fly right over Gatineau, there is noise every five minutes — now it’s all gone. The silence is stunning. There is a rapids about a kilometre away from us, a mini-waterfall. You can never hear that from our place, but now you can hear it. The movement of water brings a sense of peace. The clarity, the blueness of the sky is extraordinary” – The playwright Tomson Highway, who is taking part in the Luminato Festival, a weekend of world premieres, theatre, music, film, intense conversations, late night DJs, and burlesque.  [Toronto Star] [Luminato Festival]


 There have been 2006 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of two since yesterday, and 254 deaths, an increase of two.

 Relatives who are non-citizens can again cross into Canada. The previous citizen and permanent resident-only policy had been accused of splitting up families. [Toronto Star]

 Slight majority of Canadians are wearing masks when shopping, poll says  [Toronto Star]

The outbreak at Montfort Long-term Care Centre is over. 87 of the 128 residents tested positive for COVID-19, with 30 dead. [CFRA

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▪️Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly is a leading candidate to take over the Toronto Police
Toronto Police Chief Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders announced his retirement suddenly, yesterday. Sloly, a former deputy Toronto Police Chief who came to Ottawa only in November, has declined to say whether he is interested or not. [Toronto Star]

▪️Algonquin College gaming development students graduate in a ceremony held in Minecraft
Student Wesley Sweazey created a virtual Hogwarts School in which the students and teachers gathered, heard speeches, and received their degrees.    [Algonquin Times] [Watch the ceremony]

▪️City councillors and the public have been questioning the police and the ByLaw office as to why a ByLaw officer has not been charged 
The officer admitted he did strike a father in a park. Police wrote to the man, “I reviewed all the presented evidence and determined that (the bylaw officer) did commit an assault while you were on the ground by striking you in the face” but then declined to do anything as the ByLaw officer apologized to the detective. The city has not said if the ByLaw officer has been suspended or disciplined in any way.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Two Ottawa CrossFits leave organization and change their names after national CEO makes racist comment
CrossFit 613 and CrossNCR have disaffiliated from the CrossFit HQ, after the CEO tweeted ‘It's FLOYD-19” after the US Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation classified racism and discrimination as a public health issue. CrossFit NCR will be known as NCR Fitness, CrossFit 613 has not announced a new name yet. [CFRA]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day Gift Guide

Ottawa macarons specialist Bonbonnieres has a gift box of customizable Father’s Day Macarons. DM to order by Tuesday June 16. [Bonbonnieres


🍜 🍻 Food + Beer News

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is virtual this year, and runs until June 21st. There is a host of First Nations, Métis and Inuit workshops and performances, including education, arts and crafts, cooking courses, music and more.

This Friday June 12, join Inuk Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe, originally from Nain, Nunatsiavut, as she cooks a meal close to her heart: Pan seared Arctic Char, potatoes, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce. Book today via Eventbrite, and a your kit of ingredients will be delivered to you by Gopher-It. [Culinary Workshop]


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