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The Street Food scene is Ottawa is about to get interesting. The City is allowing food trucks at 28 parks this summer, between Canada Day and Hallowe'en.

They have set up a panel from recreation services, the bylaw office, and public health to choose the winning applicants – but where are the food critics, the local chefs, the general public? 

Street Food has transformed the food scene across North America as an low-risk way for high-quality would-be restauranteurs to get into the business.

If you or someone you know is interested, the City is accepting applications until June 26. The permit costs are $450 for carts and $1,167 for trucks.

Let's see our restaurant scene bloom.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ Chance of showers. High of 30°

Number: 250,000. The number of Federal civil servants who are not working from their offices. Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos has laid out a plan on how to bring some people back. [Toronto Star]

Ottawan of the Day: Ottawa artist Petr Maur. Maur's Weird Toy Factory is part of the National Arts Drive and has appeared as background work on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. “Put a doll head on anything and it looks weird.” [Ottawa Matters]

Quote: “There’s no colds, there’s no flu. We can’t even find people to test (for COVID-19) right now because everybody is healthy” – A thrilled Wendy Muckle, executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health, who has noted that the increased cleanliness in shelters and hostels has resulted in better overall health for homeless persons [Ottawa Citizen]


 There have been 2056 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of one since yesterday, and 260 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Sales and service workers are the second largest group to contract COVID-19. Health care workers are number one. Teachers, police officers, jail guards and social workers together come in third. [CBC]

 Toronto and Peel Region join Ottawa in stage two, allowing patio openings and personal care [Ottawa Citizen

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▪️CEO of Rideau Transit Group has resigned
Peter Lauch has been CEO of the group since 2018 and led the construction of the Confederation Line. A new CEO has not yet been selected.

▪️New ridesharing service that uses green vehicles launches July 1
Technically. Riders can request electric or hybrid cars, but gasoline vehicles are allowed on the platform. Facedrive has also taken over all the business of the bankrupt Foodora. [Financial Post] [Facedrive]

▪️Councillor still waiting for reason why city staff told a provincial regulator that the Council supported Jock River plan
A developer has been altering the flood plain in anticipation of future development, but a previously unseen report shows that changes could result in flood 1 cm to 6 cm higher. The Jock River flood plain is in the Barrhaven area.  [CBC]

▪️Stretch of The Queensway will be closed from Thursday to Monday
The O-Train Trillium Line bridge is being rebuilt and the Queensway will be closed.  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Gatineau wants to run their tram in front of Parliament
The transit system wants to run trams from West Gatineau, through Gatineau’s downtown, over the Portage Bridge and into downtown Ottawa either on the streets of in a new tunnel. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Gatineau park beaches declared safe to swim
O’Brien and Blanchet beaches on Meech Lake; Breton beach on Philippe Lake; La Pêche Lake Beach on La Pêche Lake; and Leamy Lake Beach on Leamy Lake have all been tested and opened by the NCC.  [Ottawa Citizen

▪️Police board accepts proposal to help fix systematic racism
The five recommendations were accepted and direct the Chief to enact it. The recommendations are:

  1. "The efforts of the Ottawa Police Service to address its culture inequalities, should be a whole-of-organization initiative, that is inclusive of all members, both women and men, Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+, civilian and sworn."
  2. "Redesign the long-standing structures and systems that exist within the OPS to ensure they are more equitable and inclusive for all members by leveraging the Ottawa Police Services Board, the Community Equity Council, key community stakeholders and all members."
  3. "Task the new Respect Values and Inclusive Directorate to track incidents of discrimination and bias within the Ottawa Police Service that are not currently accounted for through our formal complaint systems."
  4. "The Ottawa Police Service Racial Profiling Policy should be reviewed to ensure that it is current and reflective of leading practices. The policy should also be evaluated to ensure that systems and supports are in place."
  5. "The Ottawa Police Service establish a partnership with the City of Ottawa's Anti-Racism Secretariat to ensure that it considers leading practices to address racism, reduces duplication of efforts and develops an inventory of approaches that can be utilized across all city departments and programs.




🍁 Celebrate Canada

As Canada Day approaches, our celebration of Canadian businesses continues today with a look at companies and artisans that manufacture kitchen and dining objects. Tomorrow we’re on the hunt for Canadian made furniture.

▫️Chic & Basta is an online store produced by a husband and wife team from the Eastern Townships, Quebec. The couple’s mission is to champion the work of local, contemporary makers and designers. We love the vinegar pot/Kombucha jar by Jacques Benoît, and the hand blown drinking glasses by Dylan Duchet. [Chicbasta]

▫️For a kitchen knife that will become a family heirloom, look to Cosmo Knives by Seth Cosmo Burton of Saltspring Island, BC. The 8” Chef Nitro-V stainless chef knife with its black wood handle is elegant and powerful. It packs a hefty price tag at $495, but remember, it’s a handcrafted item that you’ll want to pass down. [Cosmo Knives]

▫️Aitkens Pewter home products and jewelry are made in Atlantic Canada. If you think that there isn’t room for pewter in a contemporary home, check out the 12” Flatedge Tray, which we think would look fabulous in a 21st Century, two-toned kitchen. [Aitkens Pewter]

▫️We’ve all taken it on picnics or used it to serve food at parties when we didn’t want to bother washing dishes, but we just discovered that Royal Chinet disposable crockery is made in Canada by CFK Inc. Which is pretty great. [CFK]

🏘️ Live Here

Dezeen Magazine is excited about the showroom of Zibi, the 34 acre planned community next to the Ottawa River. 

“Called Zibi House, the showroom was designed by Studio Paolo Ferrari around a courtyard with glass walls to provide natural light inside. It is a minimal, flat-roofed structure clad in corrugated blue aluminium, and matches a tower next to it built from shipping containers.” [Dezeen]

For sale

▫️14412 Palmerston Drive Unit 304, Gloucester
3 bed, 2 bath
Move-in ready townhouse with updated kitchens and bathrooms. $299,900 [Buy Ottawa Property]

▫️1251 Bethany Lane, Beacon Hill South
3 bed, 2 bath
Another move-in ready townhouse, this end unit has updated bathrooms, new hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms, and new laminate flooring in the bedrooms. Outdoor space is small but includes a deck for the BBQ and al fresco dining. $299,900 [Buy Ottawa Property]

▫️3002 McCarthy Rd, Hunt Club Woods
4 bed, 2 1/2 baths
The 60s-built Campeau home includes a large living room, separate dining room, and four generously sized bedrooms. If you’re looking for a project, the eat-in kitchen could use a refresh. $499,900 [ReMax]

▫️331 Haliburton Heights, Stittsville
4 beds, 4 baths
The impressive family home features hardwood floors, a double height living area with fireplace, plenty of bathrooms, and a basement with potential for another. $799,900 [Realtor]


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