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.
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⭕ 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]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
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▪️375 Rogers customer service operators in Ottawa will work from home permanently now
▪️Police kill coyote in Riverside South
▪️Six Ottawa Public Library branches reopen today for curbside service
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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.
🍜🍺 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]