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What's going on?

The cornonavirus lockdown has opened a crack today as phase one is enacted across Ontario

Great! I'll see you down the pub after shopping at Bayshore?

Not quite. Retail shops that have external doors open to the street may reopen, assuming they enforce social distancing and regular sanitizing.

Stores in shopping malls are still closed, as are dine-in restaurants and pubs.

What if I don't want to go shopping?

Dog parks are reopened, as are sports that aren't organized in teams. 

Nothing else fun?

If you have a scheduled surgery, you are back in business.

Does everything have to reopen?

No, it's not mandatory. For example, libraries are permitted to again offer pick-up service but the Ottawa Public Libary has said that it won't do that just yet.

When is phase two?

That's left completely open. The health authorities want to ensure that COVID-19 cases don't start rising once again.

We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren.

PS Wednesday is our weekly Ottawa takeaway roundup. If you have a neighbourhood favourite that should be highlighted, reply to us at [email protected] 


Weather: A mix of sun and cloud. High of 20° 

Number: 9,000,000,000. The amount in dollars that Shopify founder Tobi Lütke is now worth, thanks to a boom in online shopping  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Steve Kanellakos, Ottawa’s City Manager, who will make the decision of how to open municipal services.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: For the young people, say a generation behind us, they’ll figure it out. They’ll get creative. They’ll build a model based on takeout. But I’m done. I don’t have any more juice left in me.” – Bob Russell, owner of the two Stoneface Dollys restaurants, which are closing permanently  [Ottawa Citizen]

🐁 🐈 🐕 🦖 Adopt don’t shop

Some people buy pets off the internet. This story is for the folks who prefer to visit animal shelters to find their new best friend.

The Ottawa Humane Society needs donations and volunteers more than ever, and there are some lonely cats, dogs, and other small animals and birds seeking their forever home.

If you’re not in a position to adopt at this time, the OHS’s annual Garden Party has been changed to a virtual fundraising auction during the entire month of May.

The auction ends at 5pm on May 31st, and they need help to reach their goal of $120K.

Some of the items up for auction include hotel stays, rafting excursions, spa gift certificates, winery and distillery tours, theatre tickets, and a year’s supply of Science Diet pet food.

[Ottawa Humane Society]


There have been 1,802 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19 in Ottawa, an increase of 27 since Friday, and 201 deaths, an increase of 16.

Amazon workers, including those at the Boundary Road facility, will lose their pandemic pay increase at the end of this month  [Huffington Post]

Some Ontario workers have been trying to refuse work due to COVID-19 fears but Ministry Of Labour won't support them [Toronto Star]

Physical distancing rules do more harm than good at supervised injection site [CBC]

City fined its citizens over $100,000 during the past month over COVID-19 infractions [CBC]

Quebec’s Gatineau/Ottawa checkpoints removed [CBC]

Staff member and two residents test positive at the Peter C Clarke Centre [Ottawa Citizen]

Rideau Street Shopper’s Drug Mart employee tests positive [CFRA]

Staff member and resident at Besserer Place in Orleans test positive [CFRA]

🗂️ the ottawan Guide to Navigating Coronavirus in Ottawa

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National Research Council refuses to share its testing data about the LRT
The NRC had been contracted to do cold weather testing for the new LRT line [Ottawa Citizen]

Developers want permission to build tower on small, weirdly shaped piece of land near Bayshore Shopping Centre
Building has the distinction of angering both pro-and-anti intensification sides  [CBC]

Cyclists take over parking spaces in protest over Bank Street cycle-lane stab-in-the-back
The City suddenly changed tack and required agreement of businesses along Bank Street before closing off a lane for pedestrians and cycles [CBC]

Gatineau transit wants to run a tram over the Portage Bridge
It would connect the Confederation line to the not-yet-built Gatineau system  [CBC

Ottawa cop suspended over racist image
Ottawa police investigating source of image shared amongst cops [CBC]

Ottawa Police Service settles excessive force case out of court
The victim said he was pinned down and kneed two or three times and had his face grounded into the asphalt, leaving it bruised and bloodied. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has a new board trustee
Justine Bell is the new trustee for Somerset-Kitchissippi [Kitchissippi Times]

Vanier’s Eastview Plaze to be demolished for apartment buildings
Small and mainly BIPOC-owned businesses will all be evicted [Apt613]


📡 Livestreaming

5:45 pm Mindfulness Meditation on FB Live with Carole [Covert Ottawa Guy]

7pm Canadian Geographic Trivia live [Covert Ottawa Guy]

🍻 Beer News

Stray Dog Brewery has created a 'Moistly Mosaic' beer in tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau's 'speaking moistly' comment [NarCity]

On Thursday at noon, grab some Whiprsnapr Chocolate Raspberry Cream Ale. Because chocolate. And raspberry. And ale. ]Whiprsnapr]

🏘️ Live here

Kemptville home for sale
Before the pandemic, Kemptville was on the rise. c. 55km south of Ottawa, this country town has two high schools and lots of cool little businesses. No one knows what life will be like after the lockdown ends, but if you’re tired of big city living, check out the gorgeous three season porch and good-sized bedrooms: $389,000.00 [Your Ottawa Homes]

Heritage home in the Glebe
This stately home has six bedrooms, six baths, a double attached garage, and the garden has space for an unground pool. $3,375,000.00 [Hooper Realty

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