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Elgin Street reopens to car traffic today and the renewal project, which seemed inadequate when it was approved in 2017, makes even less sense now. 

The original plan combines cycle lanes with traffic, rather than dedicated lanes. It includes improved parking spaces rather than patio spaces. 

Turning parking spaces into patios is more than just erecting a tent, they need power, water, and drainage. 

But it's not too late. Reconstruction will continue into the autumn. But will the  City modify their plans?

We'll see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 26°

Number: 19. The number of jersey numbers that have only been used by one  Ottawa Senator player.  [The Hockey Writers]

Ottawan of the Day:  Dr. N.J.K, who has been warned by the College of Physicians and Surgeons to stop falling asleep in front of his patients. He once fell asleep five times in one session. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: I thought that more people would like to dine indoors, but we didn't really fill up until later on in the evening, when the lineup for the patios was long. It appears the preference still is to dine outside.” – Blue Cactus Bar and Grill owner Bob Firestone on how diners are preferring to stay outside.  [CBC


 There have been 2244 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 24 day streak.

⭕ Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 says Premier Doug Ford [CBC]

⭕  Most recent Ottawa COVID-19 cases are in their teens or 20s  [CBC]

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▪️Most Federal employees who can work from home will contiue to work from home
The Treasury Board told the CBC that people working from home will contnue doing so for the foreseeable future. The union points out that social distancing requirements mean that buildings could only be 25 to 30 per of capacity even if they did go back. [CBC

▪️Two teens arrested in Stittsville at 4am with a loaded sawed-off shotgun 
The two were charged with trespass at night and having a concealed weapon.[Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa International Buskerfest cancelled until next year
Not really a surprise but the annaul event was supposed to run July 31 to Aug 3 on Sparks street [CFRA

▪️Ottawa hotels at 40 per cent occupancy, better than expected
Hotels would normally expect to be 85 per cent booked. Corporate bookings and holidayers from Toronto and Montréal are credited. [Ottawa Business Journal]



▫️The Museum of History reopens on Thursday. Pre-booking is required but tickets are free. [Museum of History]

▫️Likewise, the Canadian War Museum also reopens Thursday. Prebooking, social distancing, the usual drill. [War Museum]


🍽️ 🍺 Food + beer news

▫️Mexican Street Food pro Si Señor (506 Rideau St) is currently celebrating 16 months in business with an extended Taco Tuesday (and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Enjoy tacos with your choice of corn or flour tortillas and pork, chicken or vegetarian fillings on the patio at 506 Rideau or order for pick up or delivery. [Si Señor]

▫️Chilaquiles (49 Beechwood Ave.) offers a selection of chicken, beef or veggie tacos on soft corn tortillas, plus Mexican beer for takeout or delivery, or on their patio. Three for $13.50. [Resto Zone]

▫️If tacos won’t cut it tonight, Tingz at 55 York Street has Caribbean style Mac N Cheese with your choice of jerk chicken, oxtail, popcorn shrimp, or lobster, plus lots of other Caribbean flavour-packed renditions of classic dishes. Get in touch with them for takeout or delivery 613-241-6221 / [email protected]

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2+1 bed, 3 bath
Detached, spacious bungalow with a large yard. This house is made for entertaining, with lots of seating indoors and out, a wine bar nook, and two decks.There’s parking for several cars as well. $799,900 [First Choice]

▫️304 Laguna Street, Findlay Creek
3 bed, 2 bath
Built in 2013, the three large bedrooms are one of the key highlights of this townhouse. The kitchen is small but well formed and leads directly to the large deck. Parking for two cars. $459,900 []

▫️371 Moffatt Pond Court, Cedargrow, Nepean
4 bed, 3 bath
Corner lot single family detached home with high end finishes. Two car garage, large yard. $674,900 [Purple Bricks]


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