Welcome to Stage Two, Ontario. Use the new openness wisely.

✅ Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people

✅ Indoor gatherings up to five people

✅ Outdoor dining at restaurants of up to six people per table. (Indoor dining will have to wait until Stage Three)

✅ Essential shops can open to 50 per cent capacity

✅ Non-essential shops can open to 25 per cent capacity. Shops inside shopping centres can reopen.

✅ Personal care salons can reopen at 25 per cent capacity, if everyone wears a mask

✅ Weddings, funerals, outdoor cinemas, live music events, and the like can be performed at 25 per cent capacity.

Ontario will stay at this stage for the next 21 days. If all goes well, we'll move to Stage Three then. You can see the complete list of what the rules are here.


Reflecting on Canada Day 

There will be two processions tomorrow to honour the children recently found in unmarked graves at former residential schools in BC and Saskatchewan.

#CancelCanadaDay starts at Indigenous Services, 10 Wellington, Gatineau at 11:30 am  

The 1,323+ Memorial Walk will begin on Victoria Island (Portage Bridge) at 12 pm.

Both walks cross the Portage Bridge and end at Parliament Hill. Organizers ask that participants wear orange if they can.

Since it's a day off, it's also a good day to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and its roadmap for healing.


We'll see you Friday – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☔️ 60 per cent chance of showers. High of 26°, low of 17°  

Number: Fifth. The place on the list where Ottawa lies of the most expensive places to live in Canada [MtlBlog]

Ottawan of the Day: Marty Pineault. The mixologist has created an original cocktail, ‘The Branch’, as Ottawa’s entry to Patrón Perfectionists global cocktail competition. Two dollars from every Branch that is sold at Pineault's restuarant, Mati, will be donated for reforestation in Canada. [CTV] [Patrón Perfectionists voting site]

Quote: The annual floods are our biggest problem that impedes development. Since the village does not have a bridge, nobody comes to marry its girls’ –Shiva Rani Kalita, who won Best Actress for her role in The Bridge at the 4th annual Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards  [The Logical Indian]


▪️ Picnic season has well and truly arrived. Whether you order a pre-made hamper from an Ottawa restaurant or head to the kitchen to make your own backyard feast, eating in the great outdoors is one of summer’s biggest pleasures. 

▪️ The Shore Club’s new Picnic Basket Series packs everything you need for al fresco dining into a cooler bag, ready for a trip to the park. Choose from Cheese and Charcuterie ($38), Sandwich ($40), and The Whole Canal ($70). Available Tuesday through Saturday 2:00pm to 8:00pm. 

▪️ With the Dinner for Two from Play, grownup favourites like Prosciutto & Burrata Salad, Crispy Eggplant, and Steak & Frites share the spotlight with the Chocolate Bomb dessert. All you need to do is decide whether you want red or white wine, grab a pair of your best wine glasses, and head to the backyard. $115.00 

▪️ If you’re whipping up the picnic fixin’s yourself, raise your salad game with a recipe form Aurelius, featuring fresh fruit and veggies and the shop’s out-of-this-world Balsamic vinegars and olive oils. We love the sound of Haloumi cheese and local strawberries drizzled with the Strawberry Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette. 

▪️ Not that we need an excuse to try a new flavour from Rocket Scones, but they’ve just launched the Piña Colada scone. It’s a blend of pineapple, rum, lime juice, and a coconut cream version of their scone dough. They’re best enjoyed in the sunshine with your favourite coffee beverage, or maybe something a little stronger. Available on Saturday at the Carp Farmers Market or on Sunday at the Lansdowne Ottawa Farmers Market.

▪️ Bakeries offer some of the best picnic food: easy to carry, and more importantly, easy to eat. For custardy Portuguese pastries, head to Lusa Bakery (1111 Wellington St. West). 

▪️ If you’re downtown and you don’t have a balcony or backyard, visit Confederation at Laurier and Elgin, where you’ll find Moulin in the Park. The popup edition of Moulin de Provence KD sells a range array of French bistro fare and pastries, as well as local craft beer. 

▪️ Apartment 613 has done a round-up of the top summer drinks from Ottawa’s independent coffee shops

▪️ Ottawa magazine loves Chinatown faves Maht, Cô Châm, Harmony, and Huong’s


? 14,027,141 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 0.5 weeks to give each Ontarian one dose each

Info from Vaccination tracker by Andrew Lam (@socialvizcanada)

Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines delivery tracker
Federal Goverment database listing predicted future deliveries

? Public Health Reports:


? 11 new cases since yesterday

? 27,671 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️591 deaths, no new reports

? 743,834 vaccinated with one dose

? 292,862 vaccinated with two doses


? 6 new cases since yesterday

? 12,504 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️214 deaths, no new reports

? 375,986 doses of vaccine have been administered


0 new cases since yesterday.

? 4,728 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️109 deaths, one new report

? 184,258 doses of vaccine have been administered 


⭕ The Provinces are hiding the true number of hospital COVID-19 outbreaks says journalist  [Passage]

⭕ There have been reports of some young people, mainly 16- to 24-year males, getting Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after taking Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The symptoms have been mild and no direct link has been found. [Maclean’s]

⭕ People with a history of capillary leak syndrome should not get the AstraZeneca vaccine, says Health Canada. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ The AstraZeneca vaccine used in Canada is brewed in India, and has a different brand name than the AstraZeneca manufactured and distributed in Europe. This could mean that  Canadians who took Covishield would not be welcome in Europe under their vaccine passport. [Globe & Mail]

+ Related India knows this and is demanding that the European Union recognize Covishield is the same as the European AstraZeneca. 

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

How It Works       [Apple App Store]      [Google Play Store]


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▪️ Innes ward councillor Laura Dudas doesn't want the local high school to have an inflatable dome over the the current running track. City staff have given a positive report on the 18 m dome, which would be installed at École secondaire catholique Garneau. The councillor says that the dome is too close to residential homes who, arguably, will be loomed over. The report goes to the Planning Committee next week. [CBC]

▪️ In 2007, an Ottawa Police officer was was ordered into therapy by the Service. The psychologist was probably fake. The psychologist was to determine if the officer was fit for duty after reporting sexual harrassment and bullying to the Chief. The force took her sidearm and told her to visit the therapist. During those sessions, the officer felt something was amiss and eventually confronted him, warning him that pretending to be a psychologist was an offence. The officer then received a report clearing her to work. The fake therapist used the name of a real therapist, using his real letterhead – however when the officer and the real therapist met this week, neither had ever met the other before. The officer's police heath insurance records show only payments to dentists, not to any pychologists. [CBC]

▪️ Colonel By Drive will be open to walkers, cylists, and other people-centred activities until Sept 6. The five-kilometre stretch between Daly Avenue and Canal Woods Terrace will be closed to automobiles the entire time. [Ottawa Citizen]

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