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There's a raging dispute here in the office. Ottawa native Martha tells Vancouverite Darren that no true Ottawan would be complaining about the heat. Darren doesn't understand how there can be any other topic, also, being from Vancouver, what is that glowing orb in the sky?

While public swimming pools are still closed by Provincial order, Ottawa's three beaches are open to the socially distant: Mooney’s Bay, Westboro Beach and Petrie Island. Although, and again, Darren wonders how the ice cold water is an improvement. Cue Martha: Real Ottawans don't complain about that.

If you just need to beat the heat, the CIty has opened four cool-down centres at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, the St-Laurent Complex, Hunt Club Riverside Park community centre, and Sandy Hill community centre until 7pm tonight.

Aside from the parks, there are a bunch of other, smaller beaches that are open to the public and away from the crowd. Baskin's Beach is one of them in West Ottawa, but you can find others here.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Increasing cloudiness. High of 30° with a heat warning.

Number: 45. The per centage of Ontarians who are paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent, in a province without a formal eviction prevention plan [Behind The Numbers]

Ottawan of the Day: OPS Constable Steve Luchies, who entered a burning house in Nepean three times to recue a woman and her granddaughter [Ottawa Matters]

Quote: We can plan around the things we know, but there are so many things we don’t know, and we won’t know for awhile” – Lynn Scott, chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, about how to reopen classes. [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,922 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 14 since yesterday, and 238 deaths, an increase of three.

Dr Vera Etches is worried that Ottawans are no longer taking COVID-19 seriously [Ottawa Matters]

Ontario's archaic, paper-based COVID-19 reporting system is slowing things down [CBC]

Canadian Forces to extend their stay in long-term care homes [Ottawa Matters]

Another resident has died at the Peter D Clark long-term care home, making it five [Ottawa Citizen]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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The City has ratied expanding the urban boundaries into the rural areas
The details of this, and what it means, will be the subject of debate for the next ten years [CBC]

+ Related Ottawa following tired path in expanding urban boundaries

City is making moves to encourage dining spaces outside restaurants 
The City has waived rent for sidewalk and parking spaces taken over for dining   [Ottawa Citizen]

Council requests more narcotics from the Province to keep the safe supply programme stocked
People addicted to narcotics can't make money under Coronavirus restrictions and the fear is that petty crime will increase and drugs laced with dangerous substances will enter the supply. Ottawa Health and Ottawa Police supported the request. [Ottawa Citizen]

Chiropractors, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, denturists, and midwives can reopen for business
And the rules are long and arduous [Ottawa Matters]


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

You have until 4pm TODAY to order a gift box for Dad from Little Green Package. The Father’s Day box will contain goodies like beer, hot sauce, and more. [Little Green Package]

If your Dad screams for ice cream, first of all, maybe ask him to chill, and second, order him a DIY Sundae kit from JoJo’s in Stittsville. The kit comes with a litre of ice cream in your choice of flavours, four cones, and fixings like gummy bears and sprinkles. Plus: you can upgrade to waffle cones for an extra sugar hit. [JoJo's]


🍽️  Food + Drink News

The operating hours for Honey Coffee & Cocktails at 499 Terry Fox Drive change from week to week, so pay attention! This week you can sidle up to the window and buy waffles, gelato and coffee from 4pm to 8pm. [Honey Coffee & Cocktails]

👨‍👧‍👦 Live Here

For sale
1105 Chelsea Drive in Manor Park: Midcentury on the outside but the interior includes plenty of 21st century must-haves, from a wood-topped kitchen island to an inground pool out back. Built in 1960. Easy drive to downtown. $849,000. [Zolo]

For sale
F-1536 Beaverpond Drive in the Blair Road area
End unit three bed, two bath condo with a fully completed basement and fenced yard. Near schools, recreational facilities, shopping. $294,900. [Zolo]

For sale
3415 Uplands: This three bedroom, two bath row home at 3415 Uplands has spacious rooms, it’s affordable, and it has great transit links, including YOW. $235,000. [Point To Homes]

For rent
197A Cathcart Street, Lowertown: cute one bedroom plus den, contemporary updates, laundry onsite, rear deck and front garden. $1850/month. [Zumper]

⚙️ Work Here

The Paramount Nursery Ottawa location is hiring. Apply if you have a horticulture background and driver’s license. Contact [email protected]

Foster’s Sports Centre, Ottawa’s oldest bike shop, has an opening for a bicycle fanatic. DM the shop for details. [Foster's Bike Shop]

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