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What's going on?

It’s going to be a spectacular weekend and everyone is going to be outside and in a good mood.

And this is bad, why?

People are going to naturally want to congregate — and we can't do that in Ontario yet. It's still two metres distance from people unless they live in your household.

And groups are still limited to five people. (In Gatineau, it's 10 people.)

I’ll take it – where can I go?

All city parks are now open, as are all provincial parks.

Downtown and the Glebe and Hintonburg and Westboro are  going to be packed with passers-by. Act like a Mechanicsville hipster – stay distant.

What about food?

Takeaway restauants are going to be doing mad business this weekend. Be extra nice to your chef.

Anything else?

It's been so quiet and the air so clean, why take your car anywhere. Walk your neighbourhood, cycle to the park, and wear a mask.

We'll see you Monday — Martha and Darren


Weather: Sunny. High of 29° 

Number: 300. The number of women facing domestic abuse who have used the new text and online chat tool this month, looking for support, double what was expected. [CBC] [Unsafe At Home Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day: Dr. Andrew Willmore, Medical Director at the Ottawa Hospital’s Department of Emergency Management, who has led the effort to keep the Ottawa Hospital from being overwhelmed and keep COVID-19 outbreaks amongst staff contained.  [CFRA]

Quote: We are responsible for cleaning our living area, showers, hallways, and cells and no professional cleaning has occurred within the unit since COVID-19. The only thing that has actually changed since this pandemic is that they have given us a slightly bigger spray bottle to clean with. We want better cleaning equipment to ensure our health and safety, and a professional cleaning of the living units” – Deepan Budlakoti, who is incarcerated at the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Detention Centre.   [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,868 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 211 deaths, an increase of one.

Ontario and Quebec are now the centre of COVID-19 in Canada  [CBC]

City requesting donations of masks for vulnerable residents [City of Ottawa]

Third resident dies of COVID-19 at Peter D Clarke long term care [Ottawa Citizen]

Costco Canada requiring shoppers to wear masks [CFRA]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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City asking public if they like price gouging by towing companies
Just in case there is a great, silent majority of Ottawa that likes opaque billing and unreasonable prices, the city has opened an online portal for comments [CBC] [City Questionaire]

VIA Rail adds three more daily trains to Toronto, two more to Montréal
New services begin June 3 [CFRA]

NCC opens Gatineau Park for walking and cycling
People from Ottawa are welcome but are asked to refrain from stopping in the towns along the way [CBC]

Five workers injured building O-Train airport station
Four were taken to hospital, one has a potential spinal injury and another has a potential head and chest injury  [CBC]

Shopify changing to work-at-home by default
The small local business will keep 'recruitment hubs' in major Canadian cities [CBC

People are lining up before dawn at Service Ontario on Bank Street
Most Service Ontario offices are closed and the ones that are open are overwhelmed [CBC]

Ottawa Police Service refuses to say how many active complaints of sexual harassment or sexual assault by cops it is dealing with
It does say it is committed to preventing and reducing workplace violence; it does not say how [Ottawa Citizen]


📡 Livestream

NAC will make it's daily #CanadaPerforms (recorded) livestreams a permanent fixture [Ottawa Citizen]

The Young Vic has made A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster available for one week  [YouTube]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father’s Day Guide

Since this Sunday will mark one month until Father”s Day, we hereby kick off our locally sourced gift guide!

The Mud Oven suggests making a hand print plate. Order the plate and paints online, then pick them up from the Mud Oven. You’ll also need to get the plate back to the Mud Oven for firing, and due to the current situation this can take up to two weeks. Once fired, you pick it up again. Sure, it’s a lot of effort, but this is your Dad we’re talking about! [Mudoven]


🛍️ Buy this

Order online from Ottawa Markets today for pick up tomorrow, Saturday May 23rd at the Byward Market location, from 10am too 1pm. You can buy everything from flowers, pantry staples, legumes, veggies, fruit wine, rotes, and coffee beans, to marmalade, samosas, whole grain barley flour, and dumplings.  [Ottawa Markets]

Flock Boutique, which celebrates Canadian-designed and made clothing, beauty products, and housewares, has reopened for shoppers from Wednesday to Saturday. However, as with many other businesses, the experience will be different. While there are limited walk-ins available, you can book an appointment to shop on your own for 30 or 60 minutes .[Workshop Boutique]


🏘️ Live here

For sale in Alta Vista
1890 South Haven Place is an authentic midcentury family home, custom built by a developer in 1951. Original details are joined by considered additions from across the decades. 5 beds, 4 baths. £1,299,000 [Trust Judy]

For sale in Beacon Hill South
2063 Jasmine Crescent Condo townhouse with 3 beds and 1 bath. One parking space, fenced yard. $299,000 [Point 2 Homes]

For rent in Centretown
With high-end details and in-building amenities including a movie theatre, gym, water-garden, and executive boardroom, this one bed apartment in SOHO Lisgar is Centretown living for the child-free. $2,000.00/mo. [Ottawa Real Estate]

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