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° .
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]
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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WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
Gatineau to open temporary drive-in movie theatre next week; still banned in Ontario
Ottawa restauranteur sees opportunities in ghost kitchens
Ottawa real estate is holding on to value
Ottawa cops have had eight cases of sexual harassment or sexual violence alleged by 14 different women in the force
👨👧👦 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
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