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A 20 year-old woman was seriously injured on Elgin Street last week. She was a cyclist, her assailant was a pick-up truck.

Elgin Street was closed for the past year on a $36 million dollar refurbishment, designed to slow traffic and create bike lanes. But when it opened — the bike lanes were simply painted on the pavement and the slower speeds were only in small patches.

As Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney said on Twitter, “This is exactly what was predicted would happen when this section of Elgin was reconstructed. This City doesn’t build safe streets for vulnerable users unless forced to. Usually following a death or critical injury. Furious.”

Ottawa is not taking cyclists seriously. From refusing to remove parking unless nearby businesses request it, to its network of paint, the City looks at cyclists as an annoyance, not transport.

But what to do? For you: let your councillor know that bicycles are a priority. Get  involved with Bike Ottawa, the regions cycling advocate.

For us, this is just the beginning. We're new, but safe cycling throughout Ottawa and Gatineau is one of the top issues we'll be covering over the next year.

🚴‍♀️ We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 32°

Number: 1000. The amount in dollars that Shopify cheerleader RBC Capital Markets thinks the local mom-and-pop shares will hit. Shares currently trade at $825 each but the analyst thinks that it has another 25 per cent to grow, due to the number of shops using the service during the pandemic. Do not take your investment advice from your morning newsletter.  [Bloomberg]

Ottawan of the Day: Dorothy O’Connell, the poet laureate of the poor. O’Connell died May 22. She once distributed a button reading then-Prime Minister “Pierre Trudeau lives in Public Housing” [Centertown Buzz (PDF)]

Quote: We can’t build our way out of this crisis if we are not also going to ensure that housing costs are maintained at an affordable level” – Kaite Burkholder Harris of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa who says that housing needs to be in the hands of non-profits. The City's $1 billion homeless plan goes to vote next month.  [CBC]


 There have been 2043 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of seven since yesterday, and 260 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

Families that wish to visit long-term care homes must be tested for COVID-19 first. [CBC]

 Everybody is getting in on the new contact tracing app promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The system, devised by Apple and Google, is being developed by the Canadian Digital Service and the Ontario Digital Service with help from Shopify. It will undergo a security review by BlackBerry. They've been at this so long, we're shocked Nortel and Ogilvy's aren't involved as well. We have no idea how Corel missed out. [CBC]

+ Realted How Contact Tracing Apps Work (A cartoon)

The risk of contracting COVID-19 on transit may be much lower than expected.  [Toronto Star]

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▪️Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze sued for defamation
In a public meeting Darourze said that he was responsible for some local police improvements. A constituent wrote on Facebook that she disagreed. After a round of discussion, Darourze wrote to the then Ottawa Police chief stating, amongst other things, that the constituent's husband, an Ottawa police officer, should be checked to ensure that he was not providing information to scare the community. The lawsuit alleges that this action has caused professional damage to the husband's police career. An investigation by Ottawa Police earlier found that the constituent said nothing inaccurate and that the husband had done nothing wrong.  [CBC]

▪️Renovations to the House of Commons actually suggest that MPs sit closer together than they do now
The $75 million could have the MPs sit in stadium style seating  [CBC

▪️Gatineau Park is open for camping
The NCC has opened the park for self-contained camping. The laundromat, daily shelters, and group sites are closed but the washrooms are open. [CFRA]


🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News

Alice, Atelier, and Riviera make it to Canada's Top 100 Restaurants list. Sparks Street’s Riviera is #26. Atelier on Rochester Street is #32. Alice  in Little Italy squeaks in at #94. 103 judges were polled on their best dining experiences in 2019. Toronto’s Alo is ranked as #1.  [CTV] [The List]

Café Latte Cino in Orleans is offering DIY donut decorating kits, containing four donuts, three icings, and five toppings. Extra donuts can be procured for a price. Buy it for Dad, the kids, or yourself. Call (613) 824-2466 after 10am, to order. [Café Latte Cino]

⚙️ Work Here

Ericsson has a posting for a very experienced Administrative Assistant, who will support the Product Development Unit Head.The position will be in contact with teams across the globe, and requires a high level of organization and integrity. [Ericsson]

The Canadian Armed Forces require a non-commissioned, entry level Naval Communicator for, among other duties, radio communication control systems, satellite, tactical voice and visual communications, and cryptographic and satellite equipment in support of high speed data and imagery exchanges. The successful applicant will be given the Basic Military Qualification or Basic Training. [Canadian Forces]

Cyber security specialists SonicWall is searching for a Marketing Communications Manager, based in Ottawa. The role will directly support the Field Marketing team, and some of the position’s duties include creating and distributing internal and partner newsletters, working with global teams to align marketing communications, and updating the partner portal. [SonicWall]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale

108 Norice Street, Parkwood Hills, Ottawa
3+1 beds, 2 baths
Bungalow with secondary in-law suite. Hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, resurfaced eat-in kitchen. Large, south-facing fenced lot. $585,000 [Royal LePage]

392 Kenwood Avenue. Westboro
5 beds, 3 baths
This 1912 charmer was given an addition in 1985, increasing the space for family life. The master bedroom is on the the third level and includes an ensuite bath and walk-in closet, as well as a private balcony. $899,000 [Royal LePage]


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