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Police Chief Peter Sloly says that he supports defunding the police.

He doesn't want his $300 million budget cut, of course. 

The movement to defund the police isn't to abolish the department but to reconsider what policing is. When a bank robber has hostages, sure, a police presence is a pretty good idea.

But many incidents to which police respond involve mental health issues or domestic violence or neglect. These can still be handled criminally, but may be better investigated and managed with specialist nurses and mental health professionals.

Sloly told the CBC that he thinks that his department and other city departments should sit down and figure out how to coordinate budgets.

And if some of the work finds its way out of the police department into social services, maybe some of the funding should follow.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren

+ Related Abolish the Police, podcast with Sandy Hudson and Nora Loreto


Weather: 🌧️ Chance of showers. High of 26°.

Number: 15.5. The per centage increase in condo sale prices this May over last May to the benefit of incredulous sellers and Realtors. House prices increased 12 per cent. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Jordan Harding, founder of Handsan, who is donating 500 bottles of hand sanitizer to participants of tomorrow's No Peace Until Justice march at the US Embassy. [Ottawa Matters] [Handsan]

Quote: Racism is a public health issue and Ottawa is not immune” – Brent Moloughney, associate medical officer of health with Ottawa Public Health, who advises demonstrators to wear masks and physically distance themselves  [CBC]


 There have been 1,978 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 247 deaths, with no additional deaths reported.

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▪️Coyotes attack three people in Riverside South
Presumably emboldened by intelligence from the black bear and moose, earlier in the week.  [CBC]

▪️E scooters approved by City
We're saying it plain: Scooters are great. They fill the hole between too close to take transit, too far to walk. They encourage people to get off buses earlier and they change downtown traffic patterns. They are not for tourists, they are transit. Oh god, please don't unsubscribe. [CBC]

▪️Gatineau exploring allowing alcohol in parks
Bans are coming down all around, and having a beer or a glass of wine in a park may be next. The excuse is COVID-19, allowing people to socialise with adequate space. [CBC]

▪️City committee wants to welcome food trucks
The food trucks would be in parks and in parking spaces downtown. City staff is looking to make recommendations next week.  [CBC]

▪️Toilets open on Ottawa river beaches but you still need to stay out of the water
The five Ottawa beaches are open for sunbathing and sand castle building but have not been tested for E. coli, which has kept them closed in previous years. The City has also yet to post lifeguards. [CBC]

▪️Algonquin students call foul over sport teams name change
As reported in this newsletter back in April, the college's students' union called a referendum in April, offering four choices for the sports teams' name. Wolves was declared the winner. It turns out that 49 per cent of voters wished to keep the current name of Thunder, and the rest of the votes was spread over Wolves, Grey Wolves, and Good Wolves. The students' union figured: “Well, 51% of students voted for a name with Wolves in it, let's call ’em Wolves”.
the ottawan will keep you appraised as events develop. [Algonquin Times]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Plan a Father’s Day party for five with Plans & Parties’ Virtual Party in a Box. The “Quarantine Party” package includes a mini cake, a cake topper, a banner, confetti, and 12 loose balloons. (Bookmark this company for future use, as the company’s other themes cover baby announcements, graduations, and bridal showers). From $50 [Plans and Parties]

Flamingo Boutique in Hintonburg has reopened its physical store. Don't worry if you can’t make it in-person you can still shop online for gifts, jewellery, clothing, and accessories [Flamingo Boutique]

⚙️ Work Here

The Bagel Run in Orléans is hiring a cashier/server. No salary indicated. Contact [email protected] [Bagel Run]

YKO BBQ Chicken is looking for part time kitchen help. Training will be provided. No salary indicated. Contact the team on 613-747-8947 [YKO Chicken]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale
1356 Meadowlands Dr E Unit 811 1 bed, 1 bath Small and tidy home for one or a cozy couple, the apartment includes a curious extra area currently used as an office.
On-site amenities include outdoor pool and underground parking. $199,900 [Point2Homes]

500 Fenerty Court, Kanata Centrum 3 bed, 2 bath On the main (ground) level: living room with wood burning fire place, kitchen, two piece powder room and laundry; the lower level houses the three bedrooms and full size bathroom. $204,900 [Point2Homes]

3222 Southgate Road, Hunt Club 3 beds, 3 baths Sure, it needs pulling into the 21st Century, but this 1972-built, two storey home has large spaces, is close to amenities, is a stroll from Greenboro station, has new windows, and roof. The possibilities could indeed be endless. $219,000 [Point2Homes]


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