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The No Peace Until Justice march has been moved to Parliament Hill from the US Embassy because of safety concerns of Black Ottawans in that location.

For their part, the Embassy will be dimming their lights starting tonight for nine days in recognition of the nine minutes a Minneapolis Police officer had his knee on George Lloyd‘s neck.

The organizers have also advised some rules on demonstrating during a pandemic.

What about the no-more-than-five-people-gathering rule? It won't be enforced.

Ottawa's general manager of emergency and protective services Anthony Di Monte told the Citizen, "There’s a balance. We live in a democracy, people are expressing themselves of difficult events we’re living right now across North America.”

As for the Ottawa Police Service, it issued a statement this morning, saying "You have a right to be heard. And we will support that right by ensuring your safety".

No Peace Until Justice march, Parliament Hill, 3pm

We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌧️ Chance of showers. High of 30°.

Number: 22. The number of years that the Ottawa Senators and the Ottawa Senators Charitable Foundation have been working together. The Senators are not renewing their agreement next month, leaving the foundation without a sponsor [Ottawa Sun]

Ottawan of the Day: Dan Kraus, biologist at the Nature Conservatory of Canada, whose organization made a list of species that exist only in Canada. [Ottawa Matters] [The List] (PDF)

Quote: Unfortunately, even when you try your best to cooperate sometimes, as you saw [with George Floyd], they will still try to hurt you, they will still try to harm you” – Gwen Madiba, on what she must tell her son how to deal with police [CBC]


 There have been 1,985 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of seven since yesterday, and 248 deaths, an increase of one.

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute launches study on how the pandemic has affected Ottawa's homeless population. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related ‘It’s not rocket science’: Protecting Ottawa’s homeless amid COVID-19

Resident dies of COVID-19 at Peter D Clark long-term care. This is the seventh resident to die in the City-run home. [Ottawa Matters]

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▪️City beaches to open in early July
Water testing – for E. Coli – and posting lifeguards begin next month. Mooney's Bay, Westboro and Petrie Island beaches are planned to open, Britannia Beach will remain closed for dredging the swimming area. [CBC]

▪️Riverside South councillor says she'll deal with the coyotes herself
With the City, the NCC, and the Province refusing to take responsibilty for the coyotes, who have attacked six people, councillor Carol Anne Meehan  says she'll hire trappers herself. It's legal to trap coyotes in Ottawa year-round. [CBC]

▪️City in court to destroy dog which killed a puppy in a park last month 
The off-leash mastiff knocked the puppy out of its owners arms and killed it. The City has taken the mastiff's owner to court in a bid to have the dog put down. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Mayor Jim Watson against reducing police budget
Councillor Shawn Menard is advocating that some of the budget be transferred to civilian services, pointing out that crime has been descreasing over the past 20 years. Councillor Carol Anne Meehan, taking time away from the coyote hunt, said her inbox is filled with demands to defund. Mayor Watson's press secretary told the Citzen in an email, "[Mayor Watson] is confident that an overwhelming majority of members of council are not in favour of defunding the OPS."  [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related 5,000 people expected at today's No Peace Until Justice march over police brutality

▪️Video surfaces of Ottawa cop pulling over three young black men,  refusing to explain a reason for the stop, or give the men his name
The officer involved is currently under suspension for suspension for allegedly filming himself mocking women with mental health issues. [Ottawa Citizen] [The Video]

▪️Whistleblower says Ottawa Police Officers in 'Cop Connect' get $500 kickback from towtruck drivers
The whistleblower says that the corruption is larger than just a few officers. Some tow truck drivers say that they show up to an accident but are turned  away for the officer's preferred towing operator. The whistleblower tells Global that making sure the $500 fee is paid to the OPS officer is the real determinant of a towing bill [Global] 

▪️14 inmates went on a hunger strike at the Ottawa jail
The strikers a the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre were demanding better food and proper sanitation materials. The Ministry of Solicitor General says that the strike was ended after successful negotiations. [CFRA]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Uptown Sox have just the footwear your Dad needs. Elevate his style and indulge his love of hot sauce with their Father’s Day Local Ottawa gift bundle. The box contains two pairs of really stunning socks plus sauces and spices. As a bonus, when you purchase the gift box, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a fine BBQ and some terrific accessories. $60. [Uptown Sox]

Do your eyes glaze over when Dad enthuses about his antique shaving brush collection? Show him that you’ve actually been listening, by giving him a new (old) piece for the collection. Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market in Carleton Place has an open bricks and mortar store but starting tomorrow Saturday June 6th will also offer curb side pickup for items ordered online. Just check out their Facebook page for current vendors and items, and visit the market for pickup. [Murray's Furniture & Flea Market]


🍜 🍻 Food + Beer News

4 Degrees Brewing in Smiths Falls is running an initiative to raise funds for We Support The Frontline. So, in addition to buying some fantastic beer (we love the sound of the South of 7 amber), a donation of $20 or more on your order will get you a sweet t-shirt, and you’ll be supporting the heroes on the front ine. All proceeds are used to purchase meals for frontline workers. [4 Degrees Brewing]

The Kanata Farmers Market returns tomorrow, Saturday June 6 from 9:00am to 3:00pm Located in the parking lot near Best Buy at Centrum, order online from the vendors and pick up at the market. Vendors include Bearbrook Game Meets Inc, Garland Sugar Shack, Haico’s Hot Sauce, Hall’s Apple Market, Heavenly Honey, Just Farms, Linda Garden, Nat’s Bread Company, Rochon Garden, Snell House Foods, and more. [Kanata Farmer's Market]

Heating up the Capital launches box of locally-made hot sauces. Apartment 613 has videos of the face of the reviewer of each sauce as they taste it. TL;DR Deadly Medley is the hottest. [Apt 613] [Heating Up The Capital]


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3 bed, 2 bath
Located on one of the most picturesque of Glebe streets, this 1907 build has that all-important blend of character and contemporary, from stained glass windows to the backsplash of mini tiles. There’s an extensive deck out back, and plenty of built in shelves for the dedicated bibliophile. $995,000 [Hooper Realty]

110 Springfield Road, Lindenlea
4 beds, 2 baths
Built in 1947. Single family house with a small but tidy modern kitchen with quartz countertops. Good closet space. Fireplace in living room. Basement level includes a kitchenette, full bathroom, living area and bedroom. Easy access to Beechwood and downtown. $849,000. [EV Real Estate]

123 Briston Private, Hunt Club Park
2 beds, 2 baths condo/townhouse.
Built in 1991. Amenities include in-suite laundry, good closet space, backyard, wood burning fireplace. $309,000. [EV Real Estate]


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