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This may be the final Canada Takeout Wednesday round-up. Patios are opening Friday and we'll be expanding our restaurant coverage to actual dining in experiences. Bold new ground for your morning newsletter.

Restaurants to note this week: 

🐐 Craving for Caribbean flavours? Award-winning Flava613 on Dalhousie offers favourites like rotis, curriedngoat, oxtail, and of course, jerk chicken poutine. Open 12-8 Monday to Saturday. [Flava 613]

🍕 Willy’s Pizza (six Ottawa locations) is always adding to its “Hot Deals” or you can order from the regular menu. We want to try to Chicken and Garlic Pizza, but the House Special looks pretty great too (meatballs, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, sliced tomatoes). Order online for delivery or takeout. [Willy's Pizza]

🍣 The Shinka Sushi Bar (150 Laurier Ave. West)’s platters are colourful combinations of favourites like Spicy Salmon and Spicy Lobster maki and Hamachi Sashimi. Available for takeout only. [Shinka Sushi]

🦞 A well-considered review in the Citizen introduced us to Absinthe Cafe in Hintonburg and their lobster rolls. Want. [Absinthe Cafe]

You can also find local restaurants at Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 613, Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that will give you curbside pickup.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Showers. High of 29°.

Number: 13,500. The number of students for whom the Ottawa Network for Education prepares packaged meals daily. [CFRA]

Ottawan of the Day: David Arntfield, who has been honored with the recreational fields at Centennial Park being named after him.  Arntfield was known as a “master fundraiser” and raised funds for many community associations in Manotick (The city has just named or renamed five Ottawa landmarks for Ottawans of note. We're highlighting one per day.)

Quote: I was walking up this driveway. All of a sudden I feel this pain on my ankle I don't know what it is but I looked down and there's a huge coyote busy gnawing on my ankle.” – George Bayne, who was attacked by coyotes two nights in a row.  [CFRA]


 There have been 2009 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of three since yesterday, and 256 deaths, an increase of two.

 For profit long-term car homes saw the most COVID-19 fatalities. 82 per cent of residential care deaths were in private facilities. [CBC]

 Another resident at Peter D Clarke long-term care home tests positive. One staffer and seven residents have died of COVID-19.  [CFRA]

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▪️Heritage committee overrules City staff to save 110 year-old house
The current and past owners of the the house have all tried to get approval to demolish the house. The Colonel By Dr residence is not considered to have any heritage value nor any special craftsmanship but neighbours are not interested in having a modern building. The City worries that people will not want heritage designations on their property if it limits what they can do to it. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Jazz Festival will have a series of 12 live and recorded concerts online
Jazz critic and writer James Hale will chat with the musicians before or after each performance. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Police Chief Peter Sloly not interested in Toronto Chief job 
Sloly, who was applied for the Toronto Chief job when he was that city's Deputy Chief says that he is not interested. “I made a commitment to this City of Ottawa, the Board and the OPS members and I will fulfill that commitment. I purchased a home in Ottawa, moved my family here and plan to raise my children in the nation’s capital,“ he told the Citizen. Sloly has been Ottawa's Police Chief since November of last year. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson demands full review of punchy ByLaw officer
The Mayor is demanding a report on the circumstances of how a ByLaw officer punched a citizen and was sent to a pre-charge diversion programme. The man who was struck is angry that the Police and the City seemed to sweep the incident under the rug, and councillors have been demanding action. [Ottawa Citizen]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day Gift Guide

Ottawa Craft Beer Market’s four course take-home Father’s Day meal for two will tick all the boxes: chilled crab legs, poached shrimp, prime rib, roast potatoes, coleslaw, and cheesecake. $65. Orders must be placed by Thursday June 18th at 3pm for pick up on Saturday June 20th or Sunday June 21st. [Craft Beer Market]

For Dads who take their grooming to the next level (or those who need a gentle prod), Stroked Ego (131 Bank St) supplies everything from supportive underwear to the coolest shirts on the street. The store is offering a 20 per cent discount right now, so get Dad some deeply stylish cufflinks, a t-shirt, or perhaps the Gentleman’s Beard Kit in a tin. Or get him the gift that keeps giving all year: a Sock of the Month or Underwear of the Month club membership. [Stroked Ego]


🏘️ Live Here

For sale

330 Somerset Street E, Sandy Hill
4 bed, 2 bath detached home with select commercial zoning, as well as City approval for conversion to duplex. Finished basement. Built in 1946, despite updates over the years there is plenty of original charm. Close to everything from LRT to Parliament. $709,900. [Team Realty]

4 Grierson Lane, Kanata
5 bed, 2 bath family home
Built in 1986. this bungalow with finished basement comes with an in-ground pool and two acres of landscaped space in which to run around. Two bedrooms are located in the basement along with the family room, office nook, laundry room. $689,000. [Denise Bennett]

39 Mclaughlin Crescent, Kanata
3 beds, 2 baths, brick bungalow built in 1983. Open plan kitchen, dining, and living. Outdoor features include deck, interlock patio. Large lower level includes finished family room with fireplace and wet bar. $480,000 [KW]

41 Somerset Street W Unit 706
2 bed, 2 bath condo in the Golden Triangle.
Balcony off the living room. Includes underground parking. On-site amenities include fitness room, sauna. $369,900. [Will Beauge]


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