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It's be careful of what you wish for day. Today, restaurants can open their indoor areas and the bars and pubs can reopen.

This has been allowed because the Province believes that the coronavirus is in a manageable state. And the past few weeks have definitely shown progress.

But in the seven days.. there are reasons to be concerned. Montreal has become a hotspot again because of bars. Toronto is still in Stage 2 because the cases remain stubborn. Even Saskatchewan has seen outbreaks in farming communities.

And Ottawa, after a few weeks of cases going down, has seen spikes again.

It's a stark reminder that the coronavirus is not done with us yet and everything that is opening today can be closed just as quickly if we let down our guard.

Enjoy the weekend but wear your mask. Unlike these marchers, who will be protesting mask wearing on Sunday.

We'll see you Monday  – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ A few showers or thunderstorms. High of 30°

Number: 219%. The Kickstarter goal received by Ottawa artist Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa and his collaborator, writer Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore, for their kid’s book: Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada. [Ottawa Citizen] [Kickstarter]

Ottawan of the Day:  Henry Burris, the quarterback who led the Ottawa Redblacks to the Grey Cup in 2016, has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. [Ottawa Sun]

Quote: We would love, love, love to have live shows right away. But we have to balance that with our responsibility that if we don't get this right, it's going to be a long time before live music comes back” – Scott Ruffo, owner of The Brass Monkey in Nepean, on the pitfalls of reopening.  [CBC


 There have been 2182 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 20 day streak.

⭕ The Federal government will provide $19 billion to the provinces to safely restart the economy.  [CBC]

⭕  Messy gardens and noxious weeds at O-Train station? Blame COVID-19 says the Rideau Transit Maintenance  [CBC]

⭕ A mobile testing booth has been set up on Cedarwood Drive in Heron Gate today. Heron Gate is one of Ottawa's hardest hit neighbourhoods. [CFRA]

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▪️Electric scooters rentals hit Ottawa's streets
E-scooters from Lime, Bird, and Roll are are located in the downtown/touristy sections, and will cost $1.15 to unlock and 35 cents per minute. [CBC

▪️Mountie charged with with 34 counts of voyeurism and three counts of sexual assault
The Mountie is currently serving with the Richmond, BC detachment – albeit suspended – but all the charges regard events that happened in Ottawa between 2011 and 2018. [CBC]

▪️Three Ottawa companies receive Federal start-up money 
Solace, You.i TV, and Lytica collectively received $11 million from FedDev Ontario, a Federal programme that invests in high tech Ontario [Betakit



▫️Bank Street will be opened to pedestrians and cyclists between Queen and Flora streets tomorrow and every Saturday

▫️The National Gallery is free this weekend. Food services are closed, but the boutique and the washrooms are open.

▫️As of Friday morning, these drive-ins still had tickets

Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Iron Man (Friday and Saturday)

The Drive-in at Wesley Clover ParkFinding Nemo, Saw (Sunday)

Ciné Parc Urban: The Karate Kid, Bad Boys II (Friday), Baby Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Saturday)


🍁 Made In Canada

It’s been a while since we found a Made in Canada blanket, so we were excited to come across Anupaya’s glorious Mackenzie. Made of recycled wool and polyester in Canada (with the fabric sourced in Italy), this is a huge, snuggly looking thing that would suit the home or cottage. A big plus: it’s machine washable. $134. [Anupaya]

🍽️ 🍺 Food + beer news

Big news in the beer world: Some taprooms have reopened. Check with your local brewery.

▫️Evergreen gives you the choice between the taproom (so, no problem if the thunderstorms return) and the patio. The patio and taproom are open Mon-Thurs 11:00am to 9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am = 10:00pm, Sun 11:00am to 6:00pm. [Evergreen]

▫️Stalwart Brewing has released a batch of Big Papa peach and apricot pale ale, just in time for the weekend. They recommend pairing it with your BBQ treats. Get it delivered or pick it up. $3.35/can [Stalwart]

▫️Whiprsnapr Brewing is releasing not one but two beers today: the Pineapple Bomb Piña Colada IPA, which is loaded with pineapple and coconut aromas and citrus hops, $3.54 for a can; and Hopatite for Destruction, a new entrant into the Unfiltrd Project. The brewery describes it as a New England IPA with lemon, lime, pithy orange, tropical fruit, berry and papaya and it’s in very limited supply from noon today. $4.42/can [Whiprsnapr]

⚙️ Work Here

▫️Content Writer
The Cloud Management challenger brand is searching for remote working, experienced B2B Content Writer for reports, webinars, presentations, email marketing, and more. Must understand the marketing and sales funnel, and have experience in incorporating SEO elements into your copy.
Salary unspecified. [Hubstor]

▫️Senior Software Engineer - Networking/Telco
Expeto connects disparate public and private mobile networks into a single, secure platform.You’ll perform a wide array of software development tasks. Must be able to architect, design, and implement technologies and collaborate with Product Managers. Must have advanced experience i Kotlin, Java, Clojure, Javascript, and /or Python. Remote job. Salary unspecified. [Expeto]

▫️Produce Clerk
Loblaw Companies Ltd
The Loblaws location at 4270 Innes Road is looking for a person who can uphold the company’s values, is open-minded, comfortable with change, and experienced in a fast-paced retail environment.
Salary unspecified. [Loblaw]


🏘️ Live Here

For sale

▫️10 Rosemount Ave Unit 302, Hintonburg
1 bed, 1 bath
East facing, 576 sq ft condo with upgraded shower, custom blinds, and in-unit laundry.
$424,900 [ReMax]

▫️101 Royalton Private, Hunt Club Woods
3 Bed, 1 bath
This townhome has new hardwood or tile flooring throughout, a seventies era raised dining room, and a large, fenced back yard with deck. No dishwasher in the kitchen, but it’s been roughed in. $279,900 []

▫️94 Strathaven Private, Cyrville
3 bed, 2 bath
Located near Ken Steele Park and within walking distance to St Laurent Shopping Centre, this open concept condo also has an extra space for a den or office. The master bedroom has its own balcony. $324,900 []


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