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We’re perplexed about the Provincial Government’s attitude towards school re-openings. And the Federal Government doesn't get off easy here, either.

The government has refused to lower class sizes for elementary schools but insisted that teachers prepare two lesson plans daily, one for in-class and one for online. 

They are not hiring more teachers, just expecting the existing ones to do more work. Also, thanks to supply and demand, the value of teachers has rapidly increased in the private sector. Pubilc teachers will not be getting a pay increase.

Parents will have to make a decision if one of them will have to quit their job to take care of their home-more-often children. It doesn't take Stats Canada to realize that it will be mostly women who will be sacrificing their career. 

And here is where the Federal Government comes in: their rules state people who quit their job are not eligible for EI or CERB.

Yesterday was the last day that children in the Ottawa-Carleton School District were to register as staying at home or going to class. We'll find out today – we assume – how many chose each way. But how many parents had to choose food in the fridge over what they believed was safe?

We want to hear what you think of the school plans. Reply to us at [email protected]

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

+ Related Back to school plans for all four Ottawa school boards


Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 25°.

Number: 21. The per centage increase in the prices of houses in places like Almonte and Arnprior as people flee the City into the Valley [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day:  David Gladstone, community activist, research scientist, and advocate for Centretown. Gladstone died in June.   [Centretown Buzz]

Quote: We didn't cure anything. We didn't resolve anything. We didn't achieve world peace, equity between the genders or the resolution to poverty. But [people] got involved, and it was a really fun thing to be involved with – Bill Staubi, who is ending his collection of 500 pieces of religious icons, which was displayed in the bathroom of his Centretown apartment [CBC]

Sports: CPL: The first ever match played by Atlético Ottawa resulted in a 2 - 2 draw against York9 FC on Saturday. 


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 2701 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 22 since Friday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ City councillors demand testing site in Orléans, which they say is underserved [CBC]

⭕ Health authorities have ordered more ventilators in preparation of a COVID-19 surge  [CBC]

⭕ The Canadian/US border closure has been extended to September 21  [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Canadian Forces say that problems in care homes remain. Over 1800 care home residents have died of COVID-19 in Ontario [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Eight OC Transpo staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 [CTV]

⭕ Federal government is offering permanent residency to refugee claimants who work in COVID-19 health care [Toronto Star]

⭕ An anonymous billionaire from Shanghai is commissing a US $1,500,000 face mask [Artnet]

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▪️The City bylaw officer who tackled and punched a city resident has been fired, four and a half months after the incident. The bylaw officer punched the resident after the resident refused to give information for an alleged COVID-19 violation in a park. Ottawa Police investigated and, although recognising that the resident was assualted, declined to press charges as the bylaw officer apologized to the investigating police officer. The resident is still fighting $2100 in tickets issued by the bylaw officer. [CBC]

+ Related Premier Doug Ford urges municipal bylaw officers to lay off fining people drinking in parks. “Big deal. Who cares if you aren’t rowdy?”

▪️ The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is defunding police officers at two high schools. "We know the police have a racism problem. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves. And knowing that, we still chose to hire two police officers out of funds intended for students' education to be in our most marginalized schools full time," trustee Lyra Evans told the CBC. [CBC]

▪️The Deschênes Rapids in Aylmer have been reprieved. The Ministère des Transports du Québec had planned to dismantle the rapids, which are the ruins of a 135 year-old hydro station, angering whitewater sports enthusiasts. The Ministry has put it off until December 2021, allowing people in the city of Gatineau to work on creating a whitewater park. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The CRANIUM festival is inviting all Ottawa-Gatineau based hip hop and R&B artists to submit proposals for the 2020 event, to be held October 14 to 17. This will be CRANIUM's second event.  [Apt 613] [Cranium Festival]

▪️ Congratulations to Algonquin College's students’ newspaper, the Algonquin Times, which has won the Ontario Community Newspaper Association best college/university website award. [Algonquin Times]

▪️ If you want to run as City Councillor for Cumberland Ward, you have until this Friday at 2pm to make your nomination. It's $100 and, because of COVID-19, you don't need to have 25 names standing up for you this time. [City of Ottawa]

+ Related Mayor Jim Watson says there will be no city layoffs, thanks to Provincial/Federal grants



▪️Drive In at the Metro The new Metro on Eagleson Road (opening Aug 20) is in the drive-in business now. Admission and snacks for four people are free. Reservations required.

Friday Aug 21, 9:30 pm: Onward
Friday Aug 21 11:30 pm: The Lion King
Saturday Aug 22, 9:30 pm: Onward
Saturday Aug 22, 11:30 pm: The Lion King  [Eventbrite]

▪️Saturday – 7 pm Graven with Tom Thompson on Kirby's Lawn Kirby, who has a nice yard, is playing host to 20 well-spaced patrons at her place in Vanier to listen to singer-songwriter Graven. BYOB.  [Eventbrite]

⚙️ Work here

▫️Software Developer
Job ID 1345
Fortinet (Ottawa)

The networking security specialists are looking for a recent graduate to join the Ottawa team. The successful candidate will be involved in the full development life cycle of software and product development. The skills required must include knowledge of Unix/Linux, or Android/iOS environments; C/C++/Objective C/Swift, Java, Javascript, Python, and Perl [Oracle]

▫️Azure SQL Administrator

The successful candidate will administer, develop, test or demonstrate databases. Perform database functions such as designing, implementing, and maintaining new databases. Must have three years’ experience with SQL Administration and preferably Azure certified. [Accenture]

▫️Senior Full Stack Software Development Engineer

A great opportunity for those interested in open source AI platforms.

The company is searching for a senior level, skilled full stack web application engineer with strong experience in Java and Angular. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and designing product, both front and back end. Must have experience in Java, SQL, GCP, Azure, Angular, TypeScript, HTML and CSS. [H2O]

▫️Embedded Software Engineer
New Grad

Ciena, the network specialist, is searching for a successful candidate to fill an entry level position to participate in C, C++ software development. Must be comfortable in a team environment. [Ciena]


🍽️ Food and drink

▫️CTV’s wine expert recommends wines for what remains of the fleeting summer [CFRA]

▫️Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Soca Kitchen is open seven days a week for dining in, delivery, or pickup. If you opt for delivery or pickup, current specials include the DIY Taco Box for $74 (regularly $83.50), DIY Grill Box for $98 (regular price $168), and the DIY Vegetarian Taco Box for $62 (regular price $83.50). There are lots of sides, salads, and desserts too. [Soca Kitchen]

▫️The recently opened Parlour (1319 Wellington Street West) offers pick up and walk-in patio dining. They’re closed Sundays and Mondays, so make a plan to visit later this week for a flat top burger or guest food like oysters from Supply and Demand. Fun fact: it's named after the former occupant, a funeral parlour [Parlour]



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