Dow's Lake on the Rideau Canal has re-opened. You can rent paddle-boats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up boards right in the centre of the city.
As our on-demand culture has been put on hold, you need to reserve in advance. But what a way to spend a day downtown. [Dow's Lake]
A little further down, north of Mooney's Bay, Hog’s Back Falls, a series of waterfalls dividing the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, is worth a visit.
In other good news, 15 blocks of Bank Street – from Queen to Flora – will be open to pedestrians and cyclists tomorrow, and every Saturday, for the next 15 weeks.
However, the three blocks of Bank Street in the Glebe will not be closed to cars because the businesses there don't believe pedestrians and cyclists are worth the inconvenience to motorists. We'll see if minds change this weekend.
We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 35° Heat warning still in effect.
Quote: “Everyone has been saying, oh that’s great; but, I’d love to go to - you know, Almonte, or Brockville, or Kemptville, but I need to know: is there a bathroom” – Laura Paquet, who has created the Know Before You Go guide which lists all the public washrooms that are open in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. [CTV Ottawa] [Know Before You Go]
⭕ There have been 2128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of four since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a thirteen day streak.
⭕ Chief Medical Officer Dr Vera Etches recommends that students be sent back to school in the autumn for a five day week. Etches told the Ottawa Carleton School board that the risk to children is low and outweighed by the benefit to their mental health [CBC]
⭕ Bars in Gatineau will have to operate at half capacity and close at midnight. Quebec had previously allowed full capacity and 3am closings – resulting in an increase of COVID-19 cases [Ottawa Matters]
⭕ OC Transpo will sell cloth masks every morning next week at transit stations. Selling for $15 each, the masks will fund free masks for people who can't afford one. [CFRA]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️City adds two more cooling centres, including City Hall itself
The others will be open 11am to 7pm, and are located:
▪️The Federal Transportation Safety Board is officially investigating the cracked wheels of the LRT
▪️The Mud Lake Black Bear has been caught
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