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▪️ It’s Pride month (although Capital Pride saves their march for August) and if you need an excuse to send someone special a gift, Maker House has you covered. The Pride Gift Box is a rainbow-filled box of gifts from across the Maker House vendor spectrum (*ahem*). 100% of sales from the box, which includes a mug, bar soap, bath bomb, soap dish, chocolate, and post card, will help to support the Around the Rainbow and Northern Lights Refuge organizations.

▪️ At Square Lemon, Moongrazer Crafts’ Pride Chain Mail Keychains are cool pieces of pure style in a range of colour ways: Bi Flag, Rainbow, QPOC Rainbow, and Trans Flag. $7.00 - $8.00.

▪️ It’s ostensibly for kids, but we know more than a one grownup who would value the time spent making the Yarn Rainbow Kit from Diana Watters Handmade. Get it at a reduced price from Cheerfully Made right now. $18.00 (reg. $25.00). 

▪️ A portion of the sale of tea tree scented unity candles from Good Clean Fun Decor are a donated to gay charities in Ottawa. They’re available in Pride or Trans colour ways. $17.00 at Ottawa Artisans.

Coming up

▪️ Ecology Ottawa put out a call for volunteers on July 3rd and 4th for the charity’s Pick Up stand at the Parkdale Market. Customers will be arriving to pick up plants ordered during the spring pollinator fundraiser. Duties will include stand set up and tear down, back stocking, and general coronation of the day. 

▪️ We found ourselves 120 feet above our comfort zone yesterday, at the launch of the Rogers Interzip. It's a zipline from Ontario to Quebec, taking adventurous souls over the Ottawa River at 40km/h. It was the most terrifying and exhilarating 30 seconds of our lives. Word of advice: pay special attention to the landing instructions. Open next week until October 1, 2021.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 27°, low of 18°

Number: 11,000. The number of units run by Ottawa Community Housing that will be repaired thanks to $165 million in funding this morning.  [CityNews]

Ottawan of the Day: Marianne Wilkinson. The former City councillor, and first mayor of the former City of Kanata, has been in public service for over 50 years. The Kanata Town Centre Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 417 has been renamed the Marianne Wilkinson Bridge. [City of Ottawa]

Quote: The worst part is getting rid of them after they're dead. Sometimes we'll come across the pupae and they kind of squirt at you’ – Sharon Boddy, a volunteer with the crew at Hampton Park which is trying to clear out a gypsy moth infestation. [CBC]


? 12,869.310 doses have been administered in Ontario

At this rate, it will take 1.4 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:


? 13 new cases since yesterday

? 27,617 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️589 deaths, one new report

? 709,664 vaccinated with one dose

? 189,451 vaccinated with two doses


? 8 new cases since yesterday

? 12,456 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️214 deaths, no new reports

? 347,490 doses of vaccine have been administered


? 2 new cases since yesterday

? 4,733 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19

♦️108 deaths, one new report

? 162,227 doses of vaccine have been administered 


⭕ Texas lifted their mask mandata – yet COVID continued to go down. Why? (It seems that no one changed what they were doing: mask wearers kept wearing masks, vaccines kept rolling out, and COVID doesn't spread as well in the heat) [The Atlantic

⭕ Ontario should move into stage two on June 30, allowing hairdressers and barbers to open as well as businesses in shopping malls and indoor dining rooms . [CTV]

 ? The Canada COVID Alert App

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▪️ The City is playing host to a Zoom meeting for anyone who wants to know about the Ottawa Hospital’s new Civic campus. The plan is huge, with a new hospital, relocation of a park, and a general reconfiguration of the neighbourhood. The meeting is June 29th, 2021 at 6 pm. [Zoom info (at bottom)] [City page on the development]

▪️ The National Capital Commission is closer to tearing down the heritage Alexandra Bridge. The Commission issued six rules for the replacement:

  • Mobility and continuity of the urban fabric.
  • Public space and civic experiences.
  • Structure, height, proportions and lighting.
  • Preservation of views and celebration of the bridge's legacy.
  • Sustainability and materiality.
  • Universal accessibility, legibility and wayfinding.

Built in 1909, the Alexandra Bridge carries one-third of the pedestrian and cycling traffic between the Ottawa and Gatineau but only one-ninth of the traffic.  The Alexandra Bridge Coalition wants the Commission to refurbish the bridge, not replace it. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related The National Capital Commission board calls the state of 24 Sussex Drive embarrassing

▪️ The National Gallery of Canada has rebranded with a new logo. The new logo is inspired by the Anishnaabemowin word Ankosé, meaning “everything is connected”  – “tout est relié”. [CBC]

Old Logo

New Logo

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