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Masks will be mandatory on OC Transpo – on all buses, Para Transpo minibuses, and, when it's running, the O Train – as of June 15. This makes Ottawa the first city in Canada to make masks mandatory on transit. STO transit in Gatineau recommends masks, but is not insisting.

OC Transpo says that unlike the Parks department, they won't be issuing fines for non compliance but expect people to don masks because its the civic thing to do.

Ottawa Public Health has put together a great page on masks: how to wear them, how to make them, and where to buy them in Ottawa.

Tomorrow is our regular round up of restaurant takeaway and delivery delights. Please send any of your faves that Ottawa should know about to us here: [email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Chance of showers. High of 20°.

Number: 27. The per cent increase Ottawa Hydro is imposing starting Monday on electricity rates  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Lisa Zbitnew (proposed), a Torontonian who wants to bring live concerts to Bronson Centre when circumstances allow [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: We also lost a life here, and I would have liked him to mention it, not to be afraid to mention that we've had that happen here and mention the person's name. Show your condolences to the family. It has happened here before and it's likely to happen here again. We are not immune to it” – Sahada Alolo, community co-chair of the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council,who was disappointed that Police Chief Sloly did not mention the death of Abdirahma Abdi, a black man who died during a violent alteration with Ottawa police at his Hintonburg home, in his address yesterday [CBC]


 There have been 1,962 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and 244 deaths, with no deaths reported yesterday.

Loblaws Rideau Street employee tests positive for COVID-19. The store has been temporarily closed and will undergo a thorough deep clean.  [Ottawa Matters]

Ontario expected to extend State of Emergency until June 30. It was scheduled to end today. The emergency measure allows the Province to limit gatherings and keep restaurants closed. [Ottawa Matters]

 A Personal Home Support Worker was forced from her hotel when management discoved that she worked with people who tested positive for COVID-19. “They dragged her out of bed and trotted her up the street to another hotel that was under construction,” said Courtney Nesbitt's mum. [Peterborough Examiner]

Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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▪️Ottawa cop charged for circulating racist meme
The image showed 13 members of the Ottawa Police Service, most of whom were men of colour with the caption 'Ottawa Police Service. We're always hiring… anyone'. Many of the officers pictured had been suspended, charged, or convicted for civil offenses or under the Police Act. [CBC]

▪️We'll soon be dividing people between those who cut their own hair and those who go to Gatineau
People started lining up at 8:30 am Le barbier de l'Outaouais, where hair salons are now permitted to open. But the Member of the National Assembly for the region, Mathieu Lacombe, tells Ottawans: stay on your side of the bridge.  [CFRA]

▪️Ottawa data centre part of $1 billion sale to California group
Bell has sold 25 of its data centres to Equinox Group, which are in 55 cities around the world, including two in Toronto.  [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Guy steals OPS cop car, crashes it into wall
Ottawa Police pulled over a vehicle, the driver and passengers took off, then one changed their mind and came back to take the police car. [Ottawa Citizen]


🍽️  Food + Drink + Retail News

Rochon Garden orders are now available for pickup at Parkdale Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at Lansdowne on Sundays. You can also pick your orders up directly from the farm. 1101 York’s Corners Road. [Rochon Garden]

Meatings Barbeque will once again be taking hot food online orders starting Wednesday, for pick up on Friday and Saturday from their parking lot. The method for ordering and picking up is laid out in a video posted on the Meatings Instagram [Meatings Barbeque]

⚙️ Work Here

Job posting directed at out of work hospitality workers: become a security guard at Commissionaires Security Solutions. No salary listed. Candidates must have excellent English skills but bilingualism is an asset; be eligible to obtain a Secret Security Clearance (i.e., have been in Canada for the last 10 years); be available for day, evening, overnight and weekend shifts. [Commissionaires]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale
51 - 665 Holchelaga St, Carson Grove - Carson Meadows
$334,900 4 bed, 1.5 bath Eat-in kitchen, open concept living/dining, finished basement, fenced yard. Quiet area. [ReMax]

Hintonburg triplex for sale by owner, 15 Hilda St, Ottawa. Longterm tenants in place. Two 1 bed, one bachelor. Parking for one vehicle. $650,000 [Kijijji]

For rent
177-195 Macy Blvd, Westboro 2 bed 1 bath from$1599 [District Realty]


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