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It’s International Bee Day. How are you celebrating? How about buying some local raw honey online from Geesbees. Use promo code worldbeeday to save 20% today. [Gees Bees]

If you’re a budding apiarist, you’ll do worse than grabbing a strong coffee and reading the Ontario Government’s Regulations of the Beekeeping Industry. [Bee Informed]

The next step is to check out the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association for resources. [Bee Correct]

Finally, if you’re not a beekeeper but you’re lucky enough to have a garden, don’t yank out the dandelions; bees love ‘em.

Enough of your beeswax. Anything else? 

It’s our Wednesday roundup of Ottawa dining out experiences for Canada Takeout Wednesday.

Any new restos?

City Goose is a new restaurant located in the site of the old Berryman Pub on Bank Street. It was scheduled to open just as the pandemic closed everyone's doors.

So, they have a limited but delicious menu: pizza, steak sandwich, smashed chickpea sandwich, and homemade pop tarts.

[City Goose]

Any old restos?

the ottawan reported yesterday the sad news that Stoneface Dolly’s is closing after 20 years. As a consolation, they’ve posted the recipe for their popular brunch item Lemon Ricotta pancakes on Instagram. Please pass the lemon curd.

[Stone Face Dolly's]

Does the ottawan-reading public have any suggestions?

Reader Sarah has this to say: “My absolute Ottawa favourite is New King Shawarma Plus at 205 Bank St. The food and service are both consistently excellent and I used to go weekly before we transitioned to work from home.

As someone who's a GTA transplant (and as someone has dietary restrictions), this is one of the spots that makes Ottawa feel like home. The staff are never hesitant to make something work for you and are always so friendly, and they've always relied on foot traffic (no delivery until recently) so I want to highlight them!

Personal recommendations: their house made hot sauce on anything.

[New King Shawarma] (Thanks, Sarah!)

I don't like these. Where can I get something else?

Your first search should be at Love Local Delivery, the Ottawa-born delivery service.

You can also find local restaurants at Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 613, Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that will give you curbside pickup.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren


Weather: Sunny. High of 23° 

Number: 3. The number of urban beehives being installed in Westboro and Hintonburg in recognition of World Bee Day, today.  [Globe Newswire]

Ottawan of the Day: Stuntman Stu, morning show host on MAJIC 100, who is going in for a bone marrow transplant at Ottawa Hospital today.  [CFRA]

Quote: If you are going to hollow out the downtown core ... having a lot of Class A and Class B space available, if you're going to have shopping malls that don't come back to what they used to be, the assessment base on those properties declines, then the property taxes decline” – Walter Robinson, a former chief of staff to Mayor Larry O'Brien in the mid-2000s, who wonders how the City will make up revenue from a closed commerical sector  [Ottawa Matters]


There have been 1,824 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 22 since yesterday, and 202 deaths, an increase of one.

Second wave of COVID-19 feared for September  [CBC]

Four residents test positive at Shepherds of Good Hope shelter [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa Public Health says gloves are not particularly effective, hand sanitizer and hand washing is much better [CFRA]

Bylaw officers hand out 450 warnings over the long weekend
But no tickets [CFRA]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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City committees vote to expand urban Ottawa into rural areas
A final decision will be made by the full council on May 27. Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper was the sole vote against expansion [CBC]

University of Ottawa's human rights office has found race was a factor in a security guard stopping a student entering his residence
The student has also filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario [CBC]

ByWard Market nightclub manager sexual assault conviction overturned 
He had a nine month sentence for assaulting a female employee in a bathroom [Ottawa Citizen


📡 Livestreaming

3 pm Virtual Craft and Chat  [Covert Ottawa Guy]

7pm Spoken word artist Jocelyn Thouin [NAC]

🎸 Music

Kathleen Edwards has a new song, Options Open [Rolling Stone]

🏘️ Live here

For sale in Kanata
Described as ideal for those wanting to build “sweat equity”, this reasonably priced, fixer-upper condo in the Katimavik neighbourhood has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a wood burning fireplace. $179,900 [Joey Sells]

For rent in Vanier
Cute little detached house with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Near grocery stores, schools, and the peaceful Beechwood Cemetery (the National Cemetery of Canada). $1600/month. []


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