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The City of Ottawa is looking for masks.

There are many people in Ottawa who cannot afford or are otherwise unable to obtain masks.

The Human Needs Task Force is seeking cloth masks:

  • Made with two or three layers of tightly woven but breathable cloth such as cotton, flannel or quilting cotton
  • Without any seams over the mouth and nose through which air may leak
  • Ideally with horizontal pleats to help fit a variety of faces

The Task Force has given out 7,500 mask – but needs 15,000 more.

If you can help, email [email protected] to set up an appointment for drop-off.

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 30% chance of showers. High of 29°

Number: 1600. The number of dollars someone tipped at Johnny Canuck's in Findlay Creek, on a $99 bill. It's $100 more than a tip left at the Wellington Diner last week. Do we hear $1700?   [CFRA]

Ottawan of the Day:  Colleen Gray, who has created 21 'Wash Your Hands' posters in 21 indigenous languages in response to a call by the United Nations for artists to join the fight against COVID-19. [CBC]

Quote: From the very beginning, I have never worn a mask. I have always questioned the system.” – Tania Khazaal, who attended the anti-mask rally on Parliament Hill on Saturday.  [Ottawa Citizen


 There have been 2224 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 42 since Friday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 23 day streak.

⭕ Masks mandatory in all pubilc indoor space in Gatineau, as Quebec imposes a mask rule province-wide [Toronto Star]

⭕ The Guardian has cottoned on that Canada has a big problem with migrant farm workers, COVID-19 only being one  [The Guardian]

⭕  Dr Vera Etches says that 19 of the new COVID-19 cases come from parties  [CFRA]

⭕ Two OC Transpo maintenance employees test positve [CFRA]

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▪️Little Italy to get a 550 flats in three towers plus a grocery store
No one opposed the development at Preston and Beech streets to the Planning Committee, and it was waved through at last Wednesday's council meeting. [Capital Current

▪️Provincial government finds that public is in favour of cannabis cafes
The consultation by the Ford Government found that the public was in favour of cannabis cafes and lounges but public health authorities and the Restaurant Association opposed them. [CBC] [The Consultation (PDF)]

▪️All five official beaches are closed
E. coli has closed Westboro Beach, Mooney’s Bay, Petrie Island East Bay and Petrie Island river beaches. Britannia Beach is closed for dredging. [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related Constance Bay beach overcrowded but no one is in charge

▪️Lightning sets fire house on Prince of Wales Drive
The two residents were evacuated safely. [Ottawa Sun]



▫️The International Film Festival of Ottawa has been postponed until next year, but the Screen Summit, featuring interviews with directors, producers, editors and production designers is on all this week. It kicks off this morning with a live Q&A with Bruce Harvey, Ottawa’s Film Commissioner. Free. [IFFO]


🍽️ 🍺 Food + beer news

▫️The Burger’s Priest at 1365 Baseline Road. An expansion for the popular Toronto burger brand, this joint believes in classic burgers without any fancy stuff. That doesn’t mean the menu is small; far from it. There are double, triple, and even quadruple stacks of burger heaven here, along with chicken, Hebrew National hot dogs, fries, and shakes. They say they believe in “purity and simplicity.” [Burger’s Priest]

▫️Mark your calendars to visit Meatheads in Orleans this Saturday the 25th of July, when celeb The Dirty Chef will be pitting his “Cheatday Burger” against the “Dirty Firebomb” all day. $5 from each burger sold will go to charity.  915 Watters Road

▫️Farmgate Cider is offering a mixed six pack; you can choose your own or let the cidery do the work for you. $55 includes the six bottles and the insta-worthy branded wood crate in which they arrive. You can pickup or choose delivery (Ottawa area only) when you order. [Farmgate Cider]

▫️Brew Revolution in Stittsville offers spots on its patio or in the newly-reopened taproom. Both are open noon til 9pm daily. Or enjoy a brew at home with one of their Mixer Sixer packs for $20. If you can’t choose, they’ll send you a random selection. [Brew Revolution]

▫️Baton Rouge Steakhouse in Kanata reopens today for indoor dining, with proper safety standards in place. Call 613-591-3655 to book.


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