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It's time Cumberland was represented on City Council.

The Cumberland Ward seat has been empty since February when councillor Stephen Blais was elected to Queen's Park. 

The City, having to choose whether to run a byelection during a pandemic or appoint a councillor on its own, chose to do neither and left it vacant. 

Council is bringing up the subject again on Wednesday: will they call for nominations or will they let Ottawa's largest Ward continue to be unrepresented?

We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 70% chance of showers. High of 26°

Number: 6. The number of Ottawa Public Library branches that open today: Carlingwood, Carp, Greely, North Gloucester, St. Laurent, and Stittsville. Patrons can put up to 50 items on hold for 14 days.  [Ottawa Matters

Ottawan of the Day: Pixie Cram, film maker and animator. Cram has just released Pragmatopia, a film about a post-apocolyptic Ottawa  [Stittsville Central]

Quote: I could talk sewers all day” – Steve Courtland, the city’s senior wastewater and drainage engineer. Courtland is supervising the $232 million sewage overflow system, nine stories underground, which will prevent effluent from spilling into the Ottawa River during rainstorms.  [Ottawa Citizen


 There have been 2149 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 19 since Friday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 16 day streak.

⭕ City plans to make not wearing a mask indoors punishable by $400 fine but will be taking a much lighter touch in enforcement. Council considers it Wednesday. [CBC]

⭕ Ontario may enter Stage 3 of loosening restrictions. Premier Doug Ford is expected to annouce the next step today, possibly opening playground, expanding groups to more than 10 people, and reopening workplaces. [CBC]

⭕ The City is asking the public for donations of masks to give to vulnerable residents. [CFRA]

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▪️Deschênes Rapids ruins threatened by Quebec
A stretch of white water rapids on the Ottawa River in Aylmer has been ordered to be sold by Transports Québec or it will be removed. The rapids were created by the derelic remains of a hydro power facilty, built 130 years ago, that once powered the city's trams. The site is now popular with kayakers. [CBC

▪️Integrity commissioner recommends harsh financial penalty against College ward councillor Rick Chiarelli
The integrity commissioner found that Chiarelli's conduct qualified as harassment against City staff and job applicants. One job applicant said that  Chiarelli asked if she would be okay going 'braless' at work events; another said that Chiarelli told her that they found volunteers by coming on to young men and this works best by, again, going braless. The commissioner is recommending the suspension of nine-months pay, for $79,000. Chiarelli has previously denied the allegations. [CBC]

▪️The Gladstone reopens with an outdoor play
Midsummer (A play with songs) will run for 12 days from July 29, to an audience of 20 people on the Gladstone's patio. [Capital Current

▪️Spartan Bioscience's rapid testing kit stuck with technical issues 
The Ottawa start-up expected to be selling thousands of COVID-19 tester-in-a-boxes by now. But Health Canada said that it was not accurate enough and the company is re-refining it. [Ottawa Citizen]


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Full Stack Engineer
Experienced Software Engineer who can “act as a bridge between our Customer Success and DevOps teams and solve unique technical challenges.” This position requires at least three years’ knowledge of SQL, preferably SQL Server; also needs knowledge of code versioning tools, project/task tracking tools, and ideally Microsoft Asure.
Salary unspecified. [Hubstor]

Customer Success Manager
Google Cloud
The experience level required for this position is extensive. You’ll need at least 15 years of customer-facing experience as well as being comfortable interacting with executives. Training should include a Master’s degree in management, technical or engineering. The position is part of the team that assists customers to transform their IT structures, to build cloud native applications using Google Cloud products. Salary unspecified. [Google]

React Native Developer (remote)
Mattermost is an open source enterprise grade messaging platform. The position requires a “highly intelligent and driven engineer” with strong coding, automation and support skills in the following languages: React Native, Javascript, iOS and Android. The experience should include two years’ experience developing production-ready mobile apps with React Native, three years’ experience developing mobile applications, and be a great written and verbal communicator. Salary unspecified. [Lever]


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For sale

207 Carillon Street
0 + 3 bed, 3 bath
This intriguing property is actually two separate buildings. There is currently a yoga studio with a three piece and two piece bathroom on the main level, but it could be converted into a two bedroom apartment. Meanwhile, upstairs is a cute and compact bachelor apartment. Central air in both buildings.
$799,000 [Bennett Pros]

2270 Cotters Crescent Unit 237, Windsor Park Village
3 bed, 2 bath
This single family townhouse has new cabinetry in the eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, and fresh paint throughout. The finished basement includes a separate storage room, utility room, and laundry. No rear neighbours.
$299,900 []

6A Fieldgate Drive, Knollsbrook, Barrhaven
3 bed, 2 bath
Built in 1978, this end unit condo townhome has open concept living and dining, new carpeting in the bedrooms, and a finished basement with room for a home gym. $269,900 []


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