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We’re hoping the weather’s going to clear in time for some weekend farmers’ market shopping. In season now: apricotsbeansblueberriescherriescucumbers, green onions, greens (kalelettucechard), garlicpeasradishsummer squashturnipzucchini


Orléans Farmers’ Market is open today from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex parking lot.

Parkdale Market is open Thursday to Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm 


Carp Farmers’ Market 8:30am to 1:00pm, 3790 Carp Raod, Carp Ontario 

Kanata Farmer's Market 9:00am to 3:00pm, 745 Kanata Avenue (parking lot outside Bestbuy at Centrum) 

Main Street Market, 9:00am to 12:00pm, 210 Main Street, Note: pre-ordering necessary. Pre-order until noon today (Thursday)

Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market 10:00am to 12:00pm, 1644 Bank Street 

Westboro Farmers’ Market 9:30am to 3:00pm, 529 Wavell Ave (McKellar Park) 


Lansdowne Farmers’ Market 9:00am to 3:00pm Lansdowne Park 

🚜 We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 40% Chance of showers. High of 26°

Number: $60,000,000,000. The amount of money that local mom-and-pop business Shopify brought in last year from its sites, second only to Amazon in online revenue [The Marker]

Ottawan of the Day:  Nancy Mae Hildinger. Hildinger works with For Pivots Sake building skateboards to be donated to less fortunate kids [Apt 613] [For Pivots Sake]

Quote: I was kicked out. Kicked out forcefully. I couldn’t even go to my room. They changed the locks” – Suzanne Kobe who was living in an upscale retirement home and is now living at the Shepherds of Good Hope emergency shelter  [Ottawa Citizen


 There have been 2320 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 33 since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 26 day streak.

⭕ Merivale Road Loblaws employee tests positive for COVID-19.  [CFRA]

⭕ Family members may now visit loved ones inside Long Term Care homes again [CFRA]

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▪️OC Transpo boss John Manconi has finally admitted that warped wheels on the O Train is not a normal thing. The flat wheels of O Train have kept half the trains out of service and have brought the Federal Transport Safety Board sniffing around. Rideau Transit Group, the operator of the system, has until August 4 to fix all the glitches. [CBC

▪️People working from home may be eligible for a nice tax deduction. If working from home is a condition of your employment, you may be able to deduct expenses used directly in your work from your taxes. But the rules are not designed for this situation. Pens and paper are deductable because they are consumer but the Internet is not because it is a fixed cost. Keep your receipts. [CBC]

+ Related Think tank Conference Board of Canada is selling its head office on Smyth Road as all 180 employees go remote permanently

▪️Bra-averse City Councillor Rick Chiarelli says that he will not resign and will continued working. Integrity Commissioner Robert Marleau told City Council that Chiarelli should be docked nine months pay – $79,000 – finding that his conduct with City job applicants was "offensive and disreputable", after complainants said he asked if they would work afterhours events bra-less, amongst other things. Chiarelli denies the accusations.  [On The City, On The Burbs

+ Related Was Chiarelli Treated Fairly? A timeline

▪️We're number 14! According to commercial real estate colossus CBRE, Ottawa is the number fourteen in tech talent markets for 2020, and rising fast. Unsurprisingly, Silicon Valley is number one. Toronto is #4, Vancouver is #12, and Montréal is #16. We sit squarely between Dallas and Salt Lake City. [CBRE]



▫️The World Press Photo exhibition is at the Canadian War Museum until 24 August. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award. The Canadian War Museum re-opens tomorrow, and is free but you need to pre-book.  [World Press Photo]

▫️We mentioned last week that the short film Pragmatopia by Ottawa filmmaker Pixie Cram was selected by the Gimli Film Festival. You can watch it free on the GFF's livestream. Click the link then select the 'Select Dates' dropdown to find out when it is playing. [Gimli Film Festival]

▫️Jen Stelzer from EnviroCentre will talk about interesting Ottawa destinations that are reachable by bike. And it's all online, so you still have time to sign up because it is at 12:30pm today.  [Ottawa Library]



🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News

This weekend Overflow Brewing is once again pairing up with Meatings for delicious BBQ pairings on the patio. Noon to 6:00pm The weekend menu: Thursday Ribs (Mac & cheese side available). Friday: Quarter chicken (side of slaw or beans available). Saturday: Sausage on a bun with sweet mustard. 

For takeout they’re offering the Heat at Home spesh: Meatings smoked Brisket Burnt Ends tossed in maple BBQ sauce, from Thursday to Saturday. Takeout is ordered online and picked up at the brewery. [Overflow Brewery]

Today’s specials at The Piggy Market include lamb kebabs, BBQ pork ribs, and their usual fine selection of beef, pork, chicken and lamb burgers. Oh, and then there’s the pie (not guaranteed ready until after 2:30pm): enjoy the Wild Blueberry today, the Sour Cherry on Friday, and the Strawberry on Saturday. [The Piggy Market]

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4 bed, 2 bath
A two storey row townhouse located near schools, shopping and Algonquin College, this home features a finished basement with rec room. It’s located near a bike and walking path. $309,900 [Grapevine]

▫️415 Greenview Avenue Unit 1907
3 bed, 2 bath
Large corner condo unit in a building packed with amenities including an indoor saltwater pool, guest suites, a library, a games room, a gym, and more. Pets allowed. $389,900 [Ottawa Homes]

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3 bed, 1 bath
Charming but loaded with contemporary updates, this bungalow offers hardwood flooring in the living and dining areas and porcelain tile in the kitchen. The basement is finished. The bathroom has been renovated to a high spec. Located close to all amenities. $550,000 [Happi Muhar]


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