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Old timey Somerset St W resturant Union Local 613 has been threatened with shutdown for delivering cocktails with its food,

Why? Lots of people are delivering booze these days

Indeed. Most of the craft breweries are doing it, and you can order booze from stores. In this case, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has come down on Union Local 613 because they say that they are not a manufacturer.

Surely they are not delivering open mason jars of Hibiscous Gin Punch?

No, they are bottling them like everyone else, with tamperproof seals. 

Don't you have to order food to get booze in a restaurant?

Oh, what a hardship. But if you only want the Dark & Stormy, just order the peanuts. 

What happens next?

They're not backing down. Delivery continues and if AGCO insists, they'll fight

[Union Local 613]

We'll see you Tuesday, we'll be raising a Union Old Fashioned to Her Majesty on Monday — Martha and Darren


Weather: Showers. High of 14° 

Number: 50. The per centage of hospital workers who do not qualify for the pandemic wage top-up. The front-line pay subsidy of $4 per hour excludes maintenance staff, lab workers, clerical staff and dietary aides.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Leslie Scott, with the Ottawa Distress Centre, who says that funding has dwindled but need for their services has increased during the pandemic.  [Ottawa Matters] [GoFundMe]

Quote: When the clinics started closing there was a… definite sense of, are you f--king kidding me?” – Valerie Thouin, who, along with wife Renée Thouin, had their in vitro fertilization treatments put on hold as part of the pandemic response   [CBC]]


There have been 1,775 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and 185 deaths, an increase of 3.

Eight more residents test positive at Peter D. Clark long-term care home [Ottawa Citizen]

Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa's testing is manageable, even as it opens it to everyone with symptoms [Ottawa Matters]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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City looks at expanding patio areas for restaurants
City relunctantly considering something due to COVID-19 that the general public wants anyway [CTV]

School trustee, accused of bullying student, apologises for Facebook post
Trustee Donna Blackburn had been accused of discriminating against a student who was shooting hoops alone in a closed park.  [Ottawa Citizen]

City committee approves new neighbourhoods in Stittsville and Kanata
76 stacked townhouses and 10 back-to-back townhouses were approved in Stittsville, 393 detached homes and townhouses approved in Kanata South. The decision needs to be ratified by City council. [City of Ottawa]

Cross river transit leaders meet today in a head-to-tête to discuss increasing buses from Western Gatineau to Ottawa
You can watch the fun on the City's YouTube channel at 9am today  [City of Ottawa] [YouTube]

NCC opens Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to pedestrians and cyclists this weekend — including Monday
The NCC gets it. Also, the parking lots are not open. [Ottawa Citizen]

    +Related Rideau Canal remains closed

Ottawa man charged for threatening to shoot Gatineau cops if checkpoints were not removed
The man has been charged with uttering a death threat. [Ottawa Citizen]

Transit union reaches tentative deal with OC Transpo
No strikes until 2025 [CFRA]



🍻 Beer News

Whiprsnapr brewery is releasing its Jollipop Mango Milkshake IPA. Delivers Wed-Sun. Order before noon for same day delivery. [Whiprsnapr]

Sour beer Specialsts Small Pony Barrel Works have dropped the 2020 edition of their Tropical Paradise pineapple beer. Sours taste refreshing any time of year but summer’s best, right? Pickup, delivery, and shipping available. [Small Pony Barrel Works]

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For rent: an updated and stylish mid century bungalow. 3 brm 2 bth, central air. In suite laundry. $2,900 pm. Sam Mezher/ Kelly Williams Integrity [Sam Mezher]

Experimental Farm Neighbourhood

For sale: This 3 bdrm, 2 bth row house has updated bathrooms and thoughtful touches like apron sinks and mosaic tile flooring in the kitchen. $339,900 [Blue Panda Realty]

⚽ Sport

Tomorrow at 3pm join Ottawa Atlético, the newest CPL Canadian Premiere League (CPL) franchise, for their virtual home opener. Expect speakers, cheers, and prizes. Register here [Zoom]

⏲️ Bakin’ it

Rocket Scone is now taking orders for pick up on Saturday the 23rd of May. Order some scones, and add on a make-your-own-mix for a measly six bucks. The profits from mixes go to local food banks. [Rocket Scone]

🥡 Eat this

Working Title Kitchen and Café on Laurier Avenue East offers tonight’s best sounding dinner: the Wine + Charcuterie-in-a-box includes a bottle of wine alongside the Chef’s selection of meats, cheese, condiments and bread. Oh, and a deck of cards! They’ll bring it to you with Love Local Delivery (your delivery charge is $5, and the restaurant is charged just $2). [Working Title]

🎞️ Watch this

The European Union Short Film Festival has 22 shorts to stream for free [Canadian Film Institute]

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