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Masks are now mandatory in Ottawa, as of today. 

The order, set by the region's health officers, actually covers all of Eastern Ontario. Non-medical masks are required for all indoor visits except for children under two and those that cannot physically wear a mask. 

Businesses are expected to highlight the requirement but don't need to police it.  We received an email from one pub that reminded patrons that they didn't need to wear a mask to eat their food on the patio – but it is required if they go inside to use the washroom.

It's going to be annoying the next few days as we go through the heat wave, understandably. But it's the right decision to protect staff and other customers.

Ottawa Public Health has a comphrehesive FAQ about masks here.

BTW Mandatory masks don't have to mean ugly masks. Selom Couture is one of the best made-in-Ottawa masks that we’ve found. Vibrant colours, vivid patterns, some have ties instead of less comfortable elastic hooks…there’s lots to love here. Selom Couture also makes tote bags and scarves. DM Angy, the creator of the masks, for inventory and pricing. [Instagram]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 33° Heat wave declared

Number: 9. The number of drivers who were fined for driving on the patch of Queensway that was closed for bridge repair. The Queensway has reopened.  [CBC]

Ottawan of the Day: The Guardian, a vistor to Carp who came on a UFO in 1989. The CBC will be filming a documentary, Searching for The Guardian, next month in the Carp area and is looking for eye witnesses.  [Ottawa Citizen] [Full history of The Guardian]

Quote: We have purchased a lemon, that is clear. And I don't have any faith that the people who are trying to fix the trains know what they're doing” – Councillor Carol Anne Meehan on news that the Federal Transportation Board is assessing the Confederation Line's wheel problems. [CBC]


 There have been 2118 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a ten day streak.

⭕ All of Ontario has moved to Stage Two, now that Kingsville and Leamington in Winsor-Essex have moved. [CTV Windsor]

⭕ 72% of those surveyed don't want to fly with a person in the seat next to them. [Canoe]

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▪️Man who crashed Rideau Hall last week was a conspiracy theorist who threatened Prime Minister Trudeau's life
The highly armed man from northern Manitoba has 22 charges laid against him, including a threat of death or bodily harm to Trudeau. A Facebook post by him referred to 'Event 201', a real pandemic-response exercise that some twist into a theory that Bill Gates is behind the Coronavirus Pandemic, presumably because who knows viruses better than the creator of Microsoft Windows?  [CBC]

▪️The City has opened three cooling centres; Environment Canada has declared a heat wave
People who need a place to cool down can find respite at:
- Bernard-Grandmaître Arena, 309 McArthur Road
- Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue
- Heron Road Community Centre, 1480 Heron Road
The centres will be open 7am to 7pm and washrooms are open and drinking water is provided. Masks are mandatory.  
[City of Ottawa]

▪️Learn about cycling in Ottawa with Jennifer Stelzer, from Envirocentre
This online event is "to learn about cycling in Ottawa, local infrastructure and tips for having a safe and comfortable ride in an urban environment. This seminar is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities." Thursday at 12:30pm  [Ottawa Public Library]

▪️Carleton U's radio station CKCU has been knocked off the air by the weekend windstorm
The antenna was knocked over [pics] but you can still listen online. [Facebook]


🍽️ Food + Beer News

🍕Score Pizza, freshly opened in the Glebe, is offering 12-inch, stone-fired pizzas for $8 until Sunday July 12th. #onmyway [Score]

⚙️ Work Here

▫️ Administrative Officer
University of Ottawa
The successful candidate will have experience in computer systems such as financial systems, spreadsheets, databases, and email. Also required is experience working in a unionized environment and in interpreting collective agreements. Hiring range: $55,264 - $69,807 [uOttawa]

▫️ Administrative Assistant
This is a full time position for a detail-oriented administrative professional with five to seven years’ experience. [ELCN]

▫️ Territory Sales Rep
The successful candidate will be selling Canon office equipment to B2B customers. Must have minimum one year of relevant sales experience. Due to the COVID-19 this position is temporarily based at home. [Canon]


🏘️ Live here

According to the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB), June 2020 sales were down 2% from June 2019. Residential-property category sales were up 1%, while condominium-property category sales were down 12% from June 2019. OREB president Deborah Burgoyne said “The resale market has rebounded to meet pent up demand.” Meanwhile, sale prices are up: the average sale price for a condo was £360,922, while the average sale price of a residential-class property was $575,623. There are fewer properties on offer. Burgoyne said “Residential inventory is now 52% lower than last year at this time, and condominium supply is down 42%.”

So, homeowners: Ottawa continues to be a Sellers’ Market.

For sale

▫️ 455 Kensington Avenue, Westboro
4 bed, 3 bath
The open concept kitchen includes a walk-in pantry. Loads of open concept living areas on the main floor. Top floor can be a bedroom, playroom, or workout room. $1,299,000 [Kelly & Kerry]

▫️ 702 Morningstar Way, Chapel Hill South
3 bed, 3 bath
A detached Smart Home bungalow with access to local outdoor trails and parks. Nest video doorbell, Arlo security cameras, Lutron light switches. Large walk-in closet, laundry room, open plan living. $899,000 [Point 2 Homes]


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