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Today's police services board meeting will be the first indication of whether attitudes in the Ottawa Police are changing or if it is more lip service.

The first item on today's agenda – after the Chief’s report — is a motion by police board member Daljit Nirman, who has five recommendations:

  1. The efforts of the OPS to address its culture and structural inequalities, should be a whole-of-organization initiative, that is inclusive of all members, both women and men, Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ+, civilian and sworn. And further, the approach to this work must demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the unique contributions that every member makes in support of a safe, healthy and inclusive City of Ottawa and their equally critical roles in creating a more equitable and resilient culture within the OPS.
  2. Redesign the long-standing structures and systems that exist within the OPS to ensure they are more equitable and inclusive for all members by leveraging the OPSB, the Community Equity Council (CEC), key community stakeholders and all members.
  3. Task the new Respect Values and Inclusion Directorate to track incidents of discrimination and bias within the OPS that are not currently accounted for through our formal complaint systems. A system to identify, track and report on these incidents should be developed or comprehensively heightened in partnership with the OPSB, CEC, and other key stakeholders, with results being reported to the OPSB through regular updates on the EDI Action Plan.
  4. The OPS Racial Profiling Policy should be reviewed to ensure that it is current and reflective of leading practices. The policy should also be evaluated to ensure that systems and supports are in place, or in the alternative, strengthened for members and supervisors to identify, report and intervene in a timely and constructive manner, with incidents of concern.
  5. That the OPS establish a partnership with the City of Ottawa Anti-Racism Secretariat to ensure that it considers leading practices to address racism, reduces duplication of efforts and develops an inventory of approaches that can be utilized across all city departments and programs.

Calls for reform are not going to go away. Over 1,000 people marched on City Hall Saturday demanding change.

The meeting will be held at 4pm today, you can watch it live on the City's YouTube channel.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ Chance of showers. High of 33°

Number: 30. The per centage of income that rent is calculated for subsidized housing in Ottawa. But once calculated, the number is fixed, and if income goes down — such as during a pandemic — they are still required to pay the higher amount  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Bill Bell, Ottawa Fire Services sector chief who rescued a woman from a car submerged in the Ottawa River, down the street from his house.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: People have to take ownership of it. We paid dearly for our land so that people could benefit from it, not cars – Resident Michel Papineau who applauds the closing of rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau to cars and trucks.   [CBC]


 There have been 2055 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 12 since Friday, and 260 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Spaces are opening up in long-term care but families are releunctant. Unfortunately, potential residents who wish to delay moving in are being put at the bottom of the list, and it may be two or three years before their name comes up again. [CBC]

 Another staffer at Peter D Clark long-term car home tests positive for COVID-19. This is the 24th staffer to to test positive, equalling the number of residents who have caught the virus. [CBC

⭕ Ontario has seen the largest number of dangerous work refusals due to  COVID-19. 280 refusals were reported to the Minstry of Labour but only one was upheld.  [CBC]

⭕ Canadian Forces members who were assigned to long-term care homes are returning to their home bases. Their deployment resulted in a 'gut-wrenching' report on the state of long-term care homes [CFRA]

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▪️Drive-in movies planned for Wesley Clover Park in Nepean, starting Wednesday
It's $30 per carload (in advance) and you can pre-order your concession stand items. 

  • Wednesday — The Dark Knight
  • Thursday — Space Jam
  • Friday — Napoleon Dynamite
  • Saturday — Spider-man: Far From Home
  • Sunday — Ice Age

[Drive In Ottawa]

▪️Tenants tell Human Rights Tribunal they were evicted in plan to replace "low-income residents of colour with affluent white renters"
550 people were forced out of Heron Gate Village in Alta Vista after its owners planned to demolish the homes and build 60 new buildings, housing 5,500 people. 2,000 people remain but are at risk of being renovicted. [Toronto Star]

▪️Confederation Line to extend out-of-service until end of the week 
After closing for repairs yesterday, partial service was supposed to resume with full service this Thursday. Instead Rideau Transit Group was granted their request to keep it closed to continue to make repairs. The closure could extend past this week. [CBC]

▪️The gigantic algae bloom in the Rideau Canal will be dealt with this week
Parks Canada has a giant, floating weed harvester to suck up the green blob [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Bridgehead coffee offers apology for its original response to Abdirahman Abdi's death
On July 24, 2016, 911 calls were made by customers and staff alleging that Abdirahman Abdi had assaulted several women in and around the Wellington and Fairmont Bridgehead. He then left for his nearby apartment where he was killed by Ottawa Police. An Ottawa Police constable is currently on trial for manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. 

At the time, the company's owner said, "There was a real minimization of what the staff or the customers in the store experienced.” 

Today, the company has said “We are sorry. As our internal conversations around systematic racism and the change that is required to be a positive part of this movement within our own community continue, we recognise that we can never fully become an ally without addressing what took place 4 years ago to Mr. Abdirahman Abdi. A regular customer of ours who was killed by the police. A man, who 4 years later, has not received justice.”  [CBC

+ Related Head of Ottawa Police Officers association accused of using sexist slur against member of Ottawa's Black community

▪️Proposed Salvation Army shelter on Montreal Road wins tribunal over neighbours
Neighbours of the shelter brought the suit to argue that placing the shelter on a main street like Montreal Road was not permitted under provincial law, would disrupt local businesses, and hurt the reputation of Vanier. The tribunal threw out the case. [CBC


🍁 Celebrate Canada

As Canada Day approaches we’re taking a deeper look at some of the land's home-grown companies that are producing clothing, beauty and wellbeing products, furniture and decorative objects right here. It’s true that sometimes these items cost more, but maybe it’s time to consider our purchases as things meant to last and to pass on.

Today we’re looking at clothing. Tomorrow: kitchen and dining


First, be aware that some of the products on this West Coast clothing and homewares company are made in the US, however, they’re pretty excellent at making that clear. In addition to merino wool toques, Ecologyst has casual, outdoorsy henleys, tees and shorts in organic cotton. [Ecologyst]


NUMI’s thing is sweat-free undershirts for women, constructed to help clothes last longer, render sweat stains obsolete, and keep wearers cooler. The Toronto manufacturer’s undershirts come in three different skin tones and are constructed of Tencel and “Sweat-Secret Fabric Technology." These basically invisible garments are available in long tee, crop top, and 3/4 sleeve. There’s also a mock neck in black or midnight blue. [Numi]


Find fashionable, locally made and affordable women’s clothing at this Montreal boutique. Free delivery on orders of $100 or more. [BKANNE]

🍽️ 🍺 Food + Beer News

▫️We neglected to mention Les Fougères in Chelsea also made the Top 100 restaurants in Canada (#61) on Friday when we reported that Ottawa's AliceAtelier, and Riviera made the list. That's what happens when you let Vancouverite Darren look over these things. Ottawa-native Martha has set him straight. [The List] [Les Fougères]

▫️Over $12,000 has been donated to the Ottawa Food Bank from Braised By Wolves, a new cookbook released by Ottawa streetware maker Raised By Wolves. 

Braised by Wolves has more than 20 recipes from local chefs and restaurants including:

The King Eddy
Kristine Hartling, Oz Kafe
Liam Barron, Bar Loïc (Montreal)
Jamie Stunt, Arlo Restaurant & Wine
Caroline Murphy, Corner Peach
Josh Abraham, La Bottega
Cesare & Nina Agostini, Farinella
Michael Portigal, The Whalesbone
Adam Vettorel, North & Navy
Jakob Van Regan
Marc Doiron, Town / Citizen
Chris Deraiche, The Wellington Gastropub
Plus cocktails by Cameron Hill

Guaranteed, Martha will be making the Oz Cafe's Wild Chickpea Salad.

[Apt 613] [Braised By Wolves]

⚙️ Work Here

▫️Front End Developer
Ottawa $95K - $100K

At least 10 years of coding and team leadership required. Some of the job requirements: Web applications (CSS, Java Script, HTML, other frameworks); Windows and Linux operating systems; Networks and Networking protocols [Robert Half]

▫️Marketing Manager
Vocantas Inc
Salary unspecified

You’ll need 7+ years of experience in management and project management. Experience in the high tech sector, particularly software and communication applications, preferred. You’ll oversee a small team, manage all aspects of external communications, oversee the day to day marketing communication activities, and nteract with C-level and board of directors. [Neuvoo

▫️Top Dog Cleaning Company is hiring for full time, part time positions. Pick your own hours, $20/hour average.Paid mileage on top of wages, paid holidays and stats. Find out more at [email protected] 

🏘️ Live Here

For sale

▫️350 Wilmont Avenue, Westboro
3 beds, 1 bath
Detached house with potential. Big back garden, unfinished basement, hardwood floors, charm everywhere. The price seems to reflect the dearth of bathrooms and the fact that the fridge sits in an awkward corner of the kitchen. But we’ll say it again: potential. $629,900 [Royal LePage]

▫️1836 Lorraine Avenue, Alta Vista
4 beds, 2 baths
Located near shopping, schools, hospitals, parks. Easy access to downtown. Kitchen recently renovated. Hardwood flooring in most principal rooms. Deck and backyard. $619,000 [Royal LePage]

▫️26 Rideaucrest Drive, Barrhaven
3 beds, 3 baths
Move-in ready home with sauna in master bedroom, wood burning fireplace, large finished basement, good sized yard with patio. $589,900 [Royal LePage]


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