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Hey Ottawa, the health department is mad at us.

There's clearly been a number of large social gatherings of 15, 20, 25 or more people, often indoors without physical distancing that has been associated with a large number of cases” – Dr. Brent Moloughney from Ottawa Public Health


The number of COVID-19 cases has been creeping up ever since we entered Stage 3.

What has changed? It's not increasing the number of friends or eating indoors at a restaurant, it's complacency. We're actling like we don't need to stand two metres apart any longer, we don't need to wash our hands after touching, well, anything. 

It has been nice getting some limited outside time again and there are few greater joys than having an Ottawa craft beer or cocktail on a patio.

But it can all be rolled back and we'll be like Toronto in Stage 2. And Ottawa should never want to be Toronto.

We'll see you Monday  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 29°

Number: 1953. The year that this film of scenes of Wellington Village and Hintonburg was made. The two minute video is made of clips from the National Film Board film The Frustrating Fours and the Fascinating Fives. [Kitchisippi Museum] [YouTube] [Full NFB Film]

Ottawan of the Day:  Eliza Reid, the First Lady of Iceland, born and raised in Ottawa. Reid is promoting Looks Like You Need Iceland, a website that lets you scream your stress into the screen and it will be broadcast into the Icelandic wilderness for the elves to deal with.  [CBC] [Looks Like You Need Iceland]

Quote: When you get used to having a certain amount of rain and you get far less, then it begins to show its wear and tear. I mean, landscapes become more ugly, gardeners are not happy, the grass is like Rice Krispies, pops as you walk on it” – David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, who sympathises with Ottawa-area farmers who are lacking in rainfall to make up for the extra heat  [Capital Current


 There have been 2334 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 27 day streak.

⭕ For-profit care homes have had many more COVID-19 cases than public facilities, reports Canadian Medical Association study [CTV]

⭕ York Region, Durham Region, Halton Region, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Lambton have all entered Stage 3. Toronto and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 2. [Global]

⭕ Ontario Finance Minister recommends working from home for the foreseeable future. [CTV]

⭕ GoodLife Fitness employee in Heron Gate tests positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Matters]

⭕ COVID-19 outbreaks have occured at Headstart child care centre on Ahearn Avenue, where a child and a staff member tested positive. The centre will close for five days. The child care centre at La Clementine Michel Dupuis on Brian Good Avenue is also closed for cleaning after three staff members tested positive. [CFRA]

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▪️A change in the rules could see nuclear waste stored upriver from Ottawa. The facility in Chalk River, about 180 miles up the valley, wants to store low-level waste, like radiactive equipment used in medical or commercial uses. These would be stored in above-ground facilities. If the new rules are accepted by the Canada Nuclear Safety Commission, a round of public consultations will be held.  [Capital Current

▪️Did we know that the secretary to the Governor General was the GG's longtime friend? That’s news to us. In our experience, in our vast four months of existance, secretaries to Governors – general and lieutenants both – are assisted by long-serving secretaries who rarely change. Governor General Julie Payette and Secretary Assunta Di Lorenzo are accused of both running a toxic workplace at Rideau Hall. The Privy Council Office has said they will do a thorough workplace investigation. [CBC]

▪️The Province Government has promised to build three new elementary schools, in Stittsville, Kanata, and Barrhaven. The new Stittsville school will be francophone, the others anglophone. It's part of a promise to build 30 new schools across the province, and to renovate 15 more.  [Ottawa Citizen

+ Related Ottawa-Carleton schools have $77.5 million in repairs needed

▪️Ottawa Police really want to get body cameras but they just can't until next year, gosh darn it. In a letter to the police board, Police Chief Peter Sloly says that the cost would mean other priorities of the police would have to be cut so maybe it is something best left until later. What those other priorities are and whether or not they should be postponed instead was not mentioned. [Ottawa Citizen]



▫️Bluefest at the Drive-In begins next Friday, and the subsequent two Fridays, in Gatineau. Like a drive-in, patrons sit in their car and listen to the music over their car radio. Unlike a drive-in, the performers are live in the parking lot. Friday 31 July features   [Bluesfest]


🍁 Made In Canada

Here’s a lovely bunch of Made in Canada updates for your Friday reading. We gotta say, this country really does produce some wonderful stuff.

Londre Bodywear, Vancouver

We’ve got a new addition to our Made in Canada swimwear category. Londre Bodywear is made from recycled plastic, which is collected off beaches and streets of Taiwan and reborn as fabric. The fabric is then shipped to Vancouver where these highly stylish swimsuits are manufactured.

Londre Bodywear


Search and Rescue Denim

These stylish aprons are hand sewn in Vancouver, BC for professional barbers, bartenders, tattoo artists, hair stylists, chefs and hospitality workers, and whomever requires hardworking cover for their clothing. Choose from leather, canvas, reversible vinyl, or denim styles. They do wholesale orders and custom designs to your brand specifications, whether they be embroidered, screen printed, or embossed on leather. Right now they’re offering a 20% discount using the code SUMMER20.

Search & Rescue

Nature Imprint

“Botanical prints on functional ceramics”

In the small giftware department, we’re excited to tell you about Nature Imprint, small batch, handmade leaf and porcelain products from Montréal. Choose from cheese plates, ring dishes, spoon rests, and more. You can buy their products online and they’re also available at Boogie + Birdie, 256 Elgin St. and Maker House, 987 Wellington St. W. in Ottawa.

Nature Imprint


Speaking of Maker House, we were thrilled to find out that it carries one of our favourite Canadian blanket brands: MacAusland from Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island. These blankets are freaking gorgeous and we know they’ll keep us super warm once Ottawa cools down. A double size blanket from Atlantic region raw wool in Forest Green, Royal Blue, Black, Red, Pink, Taupe, or striped versions, costs $178 plus tax and is a truly functional heirloom piece.

Maker House

62 Valley Ridge Street, Fisher Glen

3 bed, 4 bath

Don’t let the 80s flourishes put you off; there’s a lot to love about this semi with no rear neighbours. There’s a bit of work to be done to create a fully contemporary home, but the hardwood floors, finished basement with three-piece bath, and large yard are great selling points. $520,000

11 Huntersfield Dr (Greenboro East)

3 bed, 3 bath

Two storey family home with a private fenced yard. The roof, furnace and some of the windows are new. The garage has inside entry (useful in February). $599,000

Listed By Seller

1974 Dorval Avenue (Elmvale Acres) 

2 + 1 bed, 3 bath

A bungalow with lots of green space. In addition to the two bedrooms upstairs, there’s a third with a full bath in the lower level. $659,900

Royal LePage


Technically beautiful since 2020. 

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