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Mayor Pierre Leroux does not want to change the name of his town, Russell, Ottawa's next door neighbour.

But it's not because he has any desire for the town to be associated with its namesake, Peter Russell, a 1700s era Receiver General of Upper Canada who campaigned against ending slavery, and enslaved people himself.

Leroux argues its not just the name of the town — it's dozens of businesses who share the name, plus the general confusion that will result.

So he wants to rededicate the town to another person named Russell, one that is worthy of the small farming community.

This idea has merit. King County, which encompasses Seattle, in Washington State had the same problem. Named for a slave owner, King County renamed itself in 1986 after a more noble King, Dr Martin Luther.

Russell's town council meets tonight to discuss the idea. We hope that they decide to choose a better name.

We'll see you Tuesday – Martha and Darren



Weather: ☀️ Sunny. High of 23°.

Number: Two. Out of 400 artists represented by eight Ottawa galleries, only two are Black [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Clare Stone, who is one of 160 people from around the world to be an ambassador for Ocean Week. Ambassadors help people acknowledge the benefits of the ocean ecosystem and discuss conservation issues. [Ottawa Matters]

Quote: We have not done enough to ensure that those of you with diverse backgrounds feel welcome and heard in our classrooms. Nor have we done enough to ensure that all of you acquire the capabilities you need to report on the full diversity of communities and individuals who make up Canadian society and the world.” – Susan Harada and Allan Thompson who lead Carleton's Journalism programme, in a letter responding to a students’ complaints that the school did not value reporting on Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour issues  [Capital Current]


 There have been 2032 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 29 since Friday. There have been 258 deaths, an increase of one.

Ontario to provide funding for child care centres. New funding is to cover extra staffing, PPE eqipement, and to subsidize having fewer children. [CBC]

Wedding and funeral parties increased to 50 people outside, or 30 per cent of capacity inside, but the receptions can still only be 10 people[CBC]

 Masks mandatory on OC Transpo as of today. The City won't be issuing fines but will attempt to educate passengers. OC Transpo will have a limited number of masks available for people who did not bring one.  [Capital Current]

Three more staffers at City-run long-term care homes test positive for COVID-19. Two at the Peter D Clarke centre and one at the Garry J. Armstrong home. [Ottawa Citizen]

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▪️Two small planes clip each other over Constance Bay
One plane plunged into the Ottawa River, where the solo pilot was rescued by local boaters. The other plane, with three adults and a child on board, circled the scene for awhile then landed hard at Arnprior Airport. [CBC] [
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▪️375 Rogers customer service operators in Ottawa will work from home permanently now
Rogers is even cancelling its lease on its Ottawa call centre. According to an internal survey, 87 per cent of Rogers employees wanted to continue working from home   [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Police kill coyote in Riverside South
It is unknown if it is the same coyote that has been attacking people for the past few weeks but this one was not afraid of the police and kept approaching them [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Six Ottawa Public Library branches reopen today for curbside service
You can put items on hold for curbside pickup through their website or drop your books off during their working hours. All dropoffs are held for 72 hours before being processed. [CFRA]


👨‍👧‍👦 Father's Day Gift Guide

Stumped for ideas? Stop worrying and book tickets to the Meatings Pig Roast for the Papas, happening in their parking lot on 12pm to 2pm Sunday June 21st. Your ticket includes attendance at the tailgate party, food and a drink.
$20/adults, $10/kids. 2807 St Joseph Blvd, Orleans. [Meatings]


🍜🍺 Food + Beer News

Just in time for a week that promises plenty of sunshine, Bicycle Brewing has upped the fruity tones in its Patio Sunshine APA. 4.8%. Free delivery in Ottawa and curbside pickup. [Bicycle]

Show Dad that you care about his mind, and give him a membership to the Dominion City Summer Book Club, which focuses on Canadian authors both contemporary and classic. Subscriptions include the month's book and a six pack, and those who subscribe to the four month membership also receive a sweet t-shirt. Pickup, delivery, or shipping. [Dominion City]


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