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This afternoon, your ottawan authors will do something that they haven't done in over three months — sit on a pub patio. And in the morning sun as we write this, it looks like it will be glorious.

What we won't be doing is singing or dancing. The Provincial Government has explicitly banned singing — and dancing — from taking place on patios. For that matter, singing is also banned in child care businesses.

While it is a reasonable public health action to stop Darren from singing, even that may be a bit much to engage that the machinery of state. It's to stop – for lack of a better term – spittle from flying. And sweat, one would suppose, from dancing.

We're still compiling our best-loved patios list. We'd love to hear yours - reply to us at [email protected]

We'll see you Wednesday – Martha and Darren


Weather: ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 27°

Number: 15. The number of years Louise Bourgeois’ spider Maman has stood outside the National Gallery [Faces]

Ottawans of the Day: Luxe Mulvari and Kingsley Swim, who created HIt The Streets, bringing hot meals, clothing and other provisions to homeless persons and sex workers every Wednesday night. [Ottawa Citizen] [Hit The Streets]

Quote: Right now, we’re taking it a day at a time, a week at a time at most. It’s really hard to make the judgement calls. Are we more likely to close a week ago then we are now? Probably not, it’s status quo at the moment” – Anton Ejov, manager of gelato store Piccolo Grande in the ByWard Market who has gotten used to uncertainty   [Capital Current]


 There have been 2030 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa. One new case was added since yesterday, but three were removed as they were in a different health unit. There have been 258 deaths, with no new ones reported since yesterday.

The Federal Government will spend $50 million buying surplus vegtables, meat, and fish that have remained unbought by restaurants. The government had invited proposals on how to distribute the goods to food insecure people. [CBC]

Gatineau cinemas can reopen June 22. All indoor spaces can now permit up to 50 people, as long as they can remain 2 metres apart. [CBC]

 A one per cent pay cap has been imposed upon Ontario nurses due to Bill 124, which was designed to limit public sector pay. Police officers and fire fighters are exempted. Unrelatedly, one of these three professions is female dominated. [Ottawa Citizen]

Another staffer at the Peter D Clarke centre has tested positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️200 people in lawsuit against fertility doctor Norman Barwin
, Barwan mixed up sperm or used the wrong sperm. Not allegedly, he used his own sperm at least 16 times because at least 16 of his own children are plaintiffs. And if you think this seems familiar, a 1995 episode of Law & Order called Seed was exactly this. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The O Train Line 1 will be closed from Monday until Wednesday
Rideau Transit Group will take the time to update software and fix systematic issues that cause the line to not be running. Replacement buses will be available along the route.  [City of Ottawa]

▪️Feds will extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Prime Minister did not give details, saying they he will say more next week, but as this is the final three weeks of the benefit, millions have been wondering what will happen next. [CBC]

+ Related ottawan original: CERB provides hope for Ottawa masseuse 

▪️Ontario government pushing bill to make undercover reporting of factory farms illegal
Unreal. Even a person works at a factory farm could be prosecuted for writing about what they see  [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Kinaxis is another Ottawa software success story
The company, which helps other companies manage supply chains, just bought Toronto start-up Rubikloud [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Shopify makes deal with Walmart for Amazon-lite
The deal will let Walmart's millions of online shoppers see Shopify's independent sellers, similiar to how people create Amazon merchants [Toronto Star]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day Gift Guide

Whiprsnapr Brewing Co has a sweet bundle for Father’s Day. Packs contain cans of Root of Evil lager, Wreckingcrew Pale Ale, and Inukshuk IPA, and a snap back, plus free Ottawa delivery, for $45. [Whiprsnapr]

Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli has a fantastic brunch for 4-6 people, so while Dad gets to feel special you’ll all enjoy the brekky. Their Brunch Bundle includes bagels, smoked salmon, capers, western cream, your choice of house made cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, and lemon wedges. Choose the Deluxe bundle and receive a bag of Equator Coffee and squeezed OJ. Order on line or call 613-722-8753. [Ottawa Bagel Shop]

The Maker House has loads of Father’s Day Gift Boxes, each themed around a particular type of Dad. There’s something for DIYers, hikers, cheese lovers, coffee enthusiasts, and lots more. [Maker House]

Also from the Maker House, this spectacular BBQ scraper, made from cedar by Mansfield Woods. Why go metal when you can have a locally crafted wood utensil that over time takes on the grooves of your BBQ? At $19 it won’t break the bank, either. [Maker House]

Give Dad a nudge in the office decor department. Damn Fine Prints has iconic, vintage inspired digital images of Ottawa in print form, and they have some cool t-shirts too. Our favourite gift idea for Dad is the Ottawa bundle, featuring prints of the familiar signs from Mellos Restaurant, West Park Bowling, and the midcentury loveliness of Civic Pharmacy. [Damn Fine]


⚙️ Work Here

Evergreen Craft Ales is searching for an experienced Assistant Brewer/Brewery Generalist. Pay is based on experience. [Evergeen]

HOBO Cannabis Company is hiring a Cannabis Retail Associate for its Bank Street location. $17/hour. [Hobo]

🏘️ Live Here

For sale

191 Wingham Place
4 beds, 2 baths
Late 1960s bungalow in Manor Park, this family home has quirky-but-stylish details like built in cabinets, well maintained late mid century accents in the bathrooms, and wood panelling. Wood burning fireplace, hedged backyard. $525,000 [Christina 4 Homes]

2428 Clemetine Blvd, Heron Park
3 bed, 2 bath
Semi-detached, two storey family home, located close to Carleton University and amenities. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. $449,900 [Peter Clarke]

Today’s Toronto Star highlights Canal Terrace House, an amazing Rideau Canal property that was built to conform to a unique and unforgiving geography. What do you think? Too divine, or too much?


Technically beautiful since 2020.

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