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Police chief Peter Sloly sounds like he gets it.

This morning, Chief Sloly released a nine minute video where he seemed forthcoming on the police service's history of sexual harassment and racism.

Is the Chief genuine in this belief? He's only been on the job for six months, so he's still in the honeymoon phase.

On his watch, the OPS has asked the public to report acts of racism. But it's weird that they have to ask.

Ottawa hasn't seen the violent protests that have rocked other cities, but that doesn't mean people were silent. Hundreds protested the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the 29-year-old Toronto woman who fell from her window during a visit by the police, in Dundonald Park yesterday. And people rallied on the steps of the US Embassy to Canada over the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police.

Shifter Magazine editor Kevin Bourne wrote yesterday “Canada’s racism isn’t an overt racism like in the United States; it’s a racism by neglect. It doesn’t kill you right away; it kills you slowly until you’re filled with the same anger and hate that you’re up against.”

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren

Black Lives Matter is organising a rally for Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd this Friday afternoon in front of the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive at 3pm.


Weather: 🌧️ Chance of showers. High of 19°.

Number: 5.2 million The amount in dollars that Tourism Ottawa has received from the Federal Government to bring Canadians to the Capital [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Aleigh Underhill, who used a mini fridge to save the life of a black swallowtail butterfly [CBC]

Quote: I was begging, I couldn’t do anything, everyone was refusing. I needed to use the bathroom, so I ended up buying a jar at the grocery store and I had to go pee in my car.” – Caroline Bergeron, who was denied from using the washroom by six shops, and advocated for public toilets in Ottawa. [CFRA]


⭕ There have been 1,951 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 21 since Friday, and 244 deaths, an increase of four.

⭕ OC Transpo had said that all riders must wear masks beguinning June 15. But some people are wondering who will enforce this policy, and what about people who cannot wear masks? The answer is there is no answer yet.  [CBC]

⭕ The rule that Ontarians could only order one month of prescriptions at a time will be lifted July 1. The rule had been put in place to try to ration prescriptions when the delivery systems and manufacturering was unpredictable.  [CBC]

Gatineau hair salons and barbers are expecting an influx of Ottawans fixing their Covid Cuts. Hair care businesses remain closed in Ontario and there is concern that the cross-provincial travel may increase COVID-19 cases. Quebec hair service providers are required to masks and face shields.  [CBC]

⭕ Another employee of the Madonna Care Community in Orléans has died after contracting COVID-19. This is the second employee at the home who has died from the Coronavirus.  [CBC]

A sixth OC Transpo driver has tested positive for COVID-19. The bus driver was last on duty May 23  [Ottawa Citizen]

Sixth resident dies at Peter D. Clark long-term care home.

⭕ Tim Hortons employee in Trainyards tests positive for COVID-19. The store has been temporarily closed and will undergo a thorough deep clean. Timmys says that employees will be paid during the closure. [Ottawa Matters]

Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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▪️Drive-in theatres allowed to reopen
Cars must be two metres apart and only contain people from the same household. No one is allowed to leave their vehicle except to use the washroom — and food and drink sales are prohibited. The nearest drive-in to Ottawa is the Port Elmsley Drive-In, halfway between Perth and Smith's Falls. They say that they will re-open this weekend. We'd suggest buying tickets in advance.  [CBC]

▪️Maverick’s Donut Company accepting donut donations for those putting their lives at risk
The shop is  matching all donations to deliver dougnuts for free to front line workers. Business must be good because they have opened a third Ottawa location in Westboro with Happy Goat Coffee Company.  [Kitchissippi Times] [Maverick's Donuts]

▪️Ottawa's Mooney's Bay is not going to be Toronto's Trinity-Bellwoods park
The City has painted circles on the grass to allow beach goers their own personal physical exclusion zone. Each circle is just over two metres wide and are four metres apart from each other [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Animals have sent in scouts for their inevitable take over
A black bear cub was removed from an observation post at Terry Fox Drive and Kanata Avenue by NCC conservation officers, meanwhile a moose observed a residential area in Uplands from a submerged position in a pool. Both moose and bear are fine.


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day 2020: Locally-sourced cool stuff for Dad

If your papa has an uncool catch phrase or a favourite Dad Joke, instead of rolling your eyes as usual, ask MadKat Signs & Designs to immortalize it in calligraphy and wood. [MadKat]

Beer Swag is always a winner with many Dads. Wood Brothers Brewing Co. has stylish trucker hats, t-shirts, and pint glasses. If you want something truly special for Dad to pour into his new glass, Wood Brothers is releasing a special 750ml bottle of Double Entendre double IPA on Friday June 5th. There’s a limit of one bottle per person. [Wood Brothers]

🍽️  Food + Drink + Retail News

Whitewater Brewing Co.’s weekly food menu offers your choice of Chicken Cacciatore ($35) or Cauliflower Mushroom Millet Bake ($30). Call (613) 646-0101 for next day pick up. While you’re at it check out their website for the current craft beer line-up. [Whitewater]

Heads up, East enders! Beechwood Farmers Market has moved its operations online, and recommends click and collect. Order your coffee beans, organic produce, eggs, and more by noon on Thursday for Saturday pickup from 43 St. Cecile St. [Beechwood Farmers Market]

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Early Morning Stocker, PetSmart. No salary specified. Work outside store opening hours, including mornings, weekends, and holidays. Ensure shelves and stocking areas are stocked, cleaning, displays. [Petsmart]

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448 West Ridge Dr, Stittsville $2800/mo. 4 beds, 2.5 baths. Contemporary family home with open plan living and dining, main floor laundry, unfinished basement, fenced backyard. [Scott Arial]

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3 beds, 2 baths semi-deteached in Morgan’s Grant, Kanata. Great for tech workers, this 1991 build has separate living and dining, eat-in galley kitchen, and a wood fireplace. $489,880. [Point 2 Homes]


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