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What's going on?

We're not saying the pandemic has ended and everything has returned back to normal, but IKEA has reopened. And that says something.

What does it say, exactly?

When the massive multi-nationals–the ones that can afford to stay shut indefinitely–decide that they have the measures to reopen safely, a corner has been turned. See also the H&M on Rideau Street, which is also reopening.

Is this good news?

It depends if people continue to be smart: wear masks in public, wash their hands, stay six feet away from people they don't live with. Do this, and we'll all be as chill as a Blomdoft scented candle. If not, cases will rise and life will be frozen once again, like a Utspädd ice pop maker.

We'll see you Monday — Martha and Darren


Weather: Showers or thunderstorms. High of 28°.

Number: 40. The number of bylaw tickets handed out during the heat wave  [CTV Ottawa]

Ottawan of the Day: Lynne Waytowich, at Winchester District Memorial, who is one of the thousands of of lab technicians, pharmacists, medical residents and occupational therapists frustrated that they don't count as frontline workers for additional COVID-19 pay [Toronto Star]

Quote: They made me cry, questioned me if I led him on, did I go on dates with him, give him my phone number. They told me there was no proof.” – Rachel Westley who says she was victim-shamed by Amazon after reporting harassment at the Ottawa Distrbution Centre. [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,930 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 240 deaths, an increase of two.

Canadian Blood Services wants plasma from COVID-19 survivors in the hope that antibodies will help current patients [CBC]

Staffer in Gatineau long-term care home dies of COVID-19 [CBC]

Premier Doug Ford says inspectors refused to enter long-term care homes, fearing for their safety, so he is off the hook [Ottawa Matters]

Contact tracing is a fine art and thousands of Federal workers are preparing in case of a second wave [Toronto Star]

Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is a series of “regional epidemics” [Toronto Star]

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Passengers and staff must wear masks on OC Transpo after June 15
The agency believes that summer service will be 95 per cent back to normal by the end of June [CBC]

Committee approves 40 two-storey townhouses and 30 taller back-to-back townhouses between Klondike Road and Shirley's Brook Drive in Kanata
It goes to council on June 10  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Which councillors have accepted money from developers and how much

Woman accuses Ottawa Deputy Police Chief of sexual harrassment, completely unrelatedly, her cop husband is subsequently subject of numerous conduct probes
Four complaints against the officer by Police Chief Peter Sloly are being investigated by York Regional Police [Ottawa Citizen]

Atlético Ottawa release their new Italian-designed jersey
In a shocking turn, the jersey is almost identical to parent club Atlético Madrid's colours [Ottawa Matters]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day 2020: Locally-sourced cool stuff for Dad

Hummingbird Chocolate has some very grown-up, dad-friendly new Whisky Caramels, made with single origin 70% dark chocolate and Canadian whisky from @lot40. At $14.99 they won’t break the bank and Dad will think they’re really, really cool. [Hummingbird Chocolate]


🍽️  Food + Drink + Retail News

The venerable Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern in Hintonburg has a comfort-leaning takeout menu for Saturday and Sunday. Good thing, too, because temperatures are expected to go way down. Oyster Po-Boy and a quart of 50, anyone? [Elmdale Oyster House]

The Square Lemon Still Distancing Onliine Spring Market Saturday May 30th
During the event, at which you can shop from some of Ottawa’s best makers and crafters, they’ll be live streaming music from @boom997fm. You can expect to see: Apricity Sox’ socks, mittens and leg warmers made of super warm Mongolian yak or camel wool; ShedAndLeaf’s vivid prints; Woodenmore Crafts’ coat racks, trays and key holders; and many more from 10:30am to 3:00pm [Square Lemon]

A drive in the country
Visit the sweet country store at the Harvest Moon Orchard in Carp from 9am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday May 30, for fresh asparagus and rhubarb, plus cider, pies, and more. Don’t forget your mask! 4625 Carp Road K0A 1L0 [Apples In Carp]


🏘️ Live Here

For sale
429 Apple Tree Lane in Manor Park Hill. Catch a rare glimpse into a tidy 1960 home that has not been professionally staged before listing, but instead  breaks the real estate rule and gives a true sense of the owners’ style. This two bed (can be converted to a three bed), two bath bungalow has clearly been well looked after and retains a strong midcentury vibe. Also, can you imagine a cuter address? $749,000. [Redfin]

For rent
335 MacLaren St $1,399/mo for a one bedroom, utilities included. Located downtown with laundry on-site, balcony, parking available. [District Realty]


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