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🇱🇧 BEIRUT EXPLOSION: HOW TO HELP LEBANON

The explosion has killed 100 people, wounded 4,000, and left 250,000 people homeless. Here are five ways to donate.

Lebanese Club of Ottawa

Lebanese Red Cross

Impact Lebanon
 

Beit El Baraka

Live Love Beirut
 


 

HELLO WEDNESDAY

And if it is Wednesday, it's time for our weekly resto roundup:

▫️Bar From Afar drops off “care package” cocktail kits containing spirits, mixes and garnishes, to the Ottawa area. The premium package, a collab between Bar From Afar and Cada Dia Tequila, includes enough supplies for 12 speakeasy-style cocktails plus an additional two, low ABV cocktails.

If the agave-based elixir isn’t your spirit of choice, other options include gin and vodka kits as well a customizable “Date Night” four drink pack. $55 - $225. [Bar from Afar]

▫️The grey skies of the last day or two might have brought down your mood, so a bit of colour might perk you up again. Shinka Sushi Bar at 150 Laurier has gorgeous platters in myriad shades that sure to awaken your senses. Visit these sushi specialists daily from 4pm to 8pm or have it delivered. [Shinka Sushi Bar]

▫️Now in season: the final third of summer brings a rich bounty, including peaches and blueberries. Find both at Parkdale Market. We’re thinking cobblers, pies, and pancakes. The market’s open seven days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm. [Ottawa Markets]

▫️In other peach and blueberry news, Rocket Scones will have a peach and blueberry version at the Carp Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Order in advance for pickup to avoid disappointment. [Rocket Scones]

▫️Like other restaurants, Green Rebel (three Ottawa locations) has pivoted to include grocery delivery. They say they’re “Now delivering the good stuff that we use in our restaurants”. The produce on offer, everything from suit and veg bundles to a variety of in season produce, to bread and packages of grains, is hand picked by the restaurant group’s chefs and can be delivered Tuesday through Friday. Order by 5pm the day before, and a minimum order for delivery is $50. [Green Rebel Grocery]

▫️The Citizen loves the kebabs and hand-pulled noodles at La La Noodles [Ottawa Citizen]

▫️Uber Eats is now delivering groceries from WalmartMetro and Rexall. Meanwhile, Costco is now offering same-day delivery of groceries [CFRA] [Uber Eats] [Costco

Don't keep your restaurant secrets to yourself. Reply to us at [email protected] with your edifying edible exposés.

We'll see you tomorrow, Martha and Darren

#STATS

Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 24°.

Number: 9. The number of tornadoes that have hit Eastern Ontario since 2018, raising questions about the increasing number.  [CBC

Ottawan of the Day:  Dr. Lenore Fahrig. The biologist at Carleton has found that biodiversity is increased when farmers fields are smaller. [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: It's just heartbreaking to see the beautiful city of Beirut blown away the way it was” – Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, who moved to Canada from Lebanon as a teenager.  [CFRA]

Sports: CEBL: Disaster. Ottawa BlackJacks lose to the Niagara River Lions 79–81, to put them in sixth place (out of seven).

#CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 There have been 2560 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of one since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Masks may be mandatory for three years, says Canada's chief medical officer  [CBC]

⭕ 10 person social circle will continue until next year, says Premier Doug Ford [CTV]

⭕  Women-led households at great risk of losing their housing because of COVID-19 [Behind The Numbers]

⭕ Building Code Services counter clerk at Ben Franklin Place has tested positive for COVID-19  [Ottawa Citizen]


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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT

▪️All 17 O-Trains are actually working. The service itself is not at full capacity yet, as all those working trains won't be in service at once, but it's progress. [CBC]

+ Related Feds holding on to plan to build new office building next to St Laurent Station

▪️Rents could get cheaper as vacant rentals rise. Carleton University's Centre of Urban Research and Education figures that there could be up to 10 per cent vancancy rate in the city, increasing from 1.8 per cent. The difference is gained mainly by 10,000 students who won't be in the city.  [CBC]

+ Related Thousands of people who have not paid their rent across Ontario could be evicted as Landlord and Tenant Branch reopens

+ Previous Ontario bill threatens renters in favour of landlords, Ottawa advocates say

▪️Ottawa entrepreneur Audrey Bond has launched Vaultt, an app for caregivers to securely store and share private information with family members. The app launched this week. [CFRA] [Vaultt]  

▪️The City has reopened some in person services. It's a very oddly specific list:

  • Roll books (offered at City Hall Client Service Centre only)
  • Fire inspections
  • Burn Permits
  • Committee of Adjustment applications, payment and commissioning
  • Pet registrations
  • Business licences for the following categories:
    • Amusement Place
    • Auctioneer
    • Exhibition
    • Flea Market
    • Food Premise (restaurants, bakeries, butchers & caterers)
    • Pet Shop
    • Public Garage (car dealers, car rentals, car wash, gas statin, auto repair shop, auto body shop)
    • Rickshaw
    • Salvage Yard
    • Second Hand Goods Shop
    • Snow Plow Contractor
    • Temporary Sign Lessor
    • Tobacco Vendor

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