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It's going to be a scorcher for the next three days, with highs of 31° that will feel like 36°. Stay hydrated and stay cool.

But where do homeless persons find respite in this heat, especially when public facilities like libraries and private areas like shopping centres are closed?

Yesterday's special report on homelessness in Ottawa under COVID-19 by Jillian Piper asked these questions. If you are living in a shelter, you're made to leave during the daytime hours. 

Some upcoming notes:

Tomorrorow, the full city council will deal with a city committee's recommendation that the urban boundary be extended into the rural area. Expect fireworks.

Tomorrow is also our weekly roundup for Canada Takeout Day. Email your favourite takeout restaurant or delivery must haves to us at '[email protected]'

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Chance of showers. High of 31° .

Number: 1939. The year that Webb's Motel on Carling Avenue was built. One of Ottawa's last motels is about to be demolished [Kitchissippi Times]

Ottawan of the Day: The unknown robber who robbed a store in Bells Corners, who conscientiously wore a mouth mask while in the store. OPS are seeking any information. [Ottawa Matters]

Quote: If I know someone else is going to gain financially and it's going to cost me on my tax bill to have that financial benefit, that should be known” – Councillor Shawn Menard who kept being dissuaded by committee chairs Jan Harder and Eli El-Chantiry from asking urban boundary proponants if they owned property on the boundaries [Ottawa Citizen]


There have been 1,901 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of five since yesterday, and 234 deaths, an increase of one.

Kids under two should not wear masks says Japanese medic [Ottawa Citizen]

Kids also don't seem to be super spreaders [Ottawa Citizen]

Ontario has had 400 new cases per day for five days now [Ottawa Citizen]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

COVID-19 in long-term care homes is the scandal to watch

Journalist Nora Loreto has been tracking every COVID-19 death in Canada, and believes that “Of the 6545 Canadians who have died from COVID-19, I've linked 5628 to one of 559 residential care facilities. That's 86% (85.989)

Toronto artist Melissa Palermo has interpreted Loreto's data in map form, and it's terrifying.

So, who owns these care homes? In one case, it turns out it's us.

The largest long-term care home operator in Canada, Revera, is 100% owned by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, a federal Crown that runs the pension plans of the federal public service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force.

Revera is one of the long-term care home owners that is subject to a planned class action suit by the loved ones of people who died there. They are seeking $120 million.

Why did the pension fund buy Revera? Health care seems like place to spend money rather than make profits.

It's because the fund didn't consider it as a health service, they thought they were buying property, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Check out these headlines for investors: "Dividend Income: Retire in Style With These 2 REITs" (Motley Fool Canada, 22 July 2018) and "How to Retire as a Passive Landlord in This Market Crash" (Motley Fool Canada 20 April 2020) or this in the Globe and Mail four days later "Top picks in the beaten down Canadian REIT sector".

It's not that no one has been paying attention. The Canadian Union of Public Employees is demanding national standards.

But, as Susan Braedley, an associate professor at Carleton University says in The Citizen, it's clearly ageism. ‘As a society, we tend to devalue and denigrate any adult who is unable to look after themselves, develops disabilities, or cannot ‘keep up’ with the onslaught of rapid social change. We do our utmost to stay “youthful.”’

Watch this space.

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Gatineau to open temporary drive-in movie theatre next week; still banned in Ontario
While Ottawa's drive in theatre owners are lobbying for a change [CBC]

Ottawa restauranteur sees opportunities in ghost kitchens
Although this Citizen article refers to bao as a trendy food rather than a thousand year old dinner staple [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa real estate is holding on to value
Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary are slumping [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa cops have had eight cases of sexual harassment or sexual violence alleged by 14 different women in the force
The service reports that some women preferred to complain through the human rights tribunal rather than the chain of command [Ottawa Citizen]


👨‍👧‍👦 Our Buy-Local Father’s Day Gift Guide continues today with a focus on Dad’s stomach

Is your Dad happiest with a coffee in one hand and a good book in the other? Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar can take care of him. Their (frankly, genius) idea is a box of five or 10 used books, hand selected by the booksellers for $25.00 or $45.00. Throw in a bag of Bluebarn Coffee Roasters or Cloud Forest Coffee beans in Dad’s favourite roast, and his loving gaze will confirm your status as favourite child. [Black Squirrel]

If Dad’s a vegan, Goody Too Good has bread, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, bagels, squares, and more. DM for pricing, ordering, and delivery info. [Goody Too Good]

Some Dads eat cake. Contact Kanata’s Dulce Couture Cakes for some of the most seriously gorgeous, glamorous cakes we’ve seen in ages. Dad deserves one. [Dulce Couture Cakes]

🍽️ Eat Here

Elgin Street’s beloved El Camino reopens for takeout this week! Takeaway orders from 4pm to 8pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The pre-order link will follow soon. [El Camino]

🏘️ Live here

For sale: 425 Holland Avenue
It has four beds and two baths, hardwood floors and vintage features. Makes sense, considering this classic semi-detached home near the Civic Hospital was built in 1940. $629,900 [Search Ottawa]

For sale
167 Mackay Street in New Edinburgh is a 19th century gem that mixes history with all the mod-cons. This four bed, three bath home is not for those that want a cookie-cutter 21st century open layout; revel instead in its separate dining room and high ceilings. [Bennett Pros]

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