What Ottawa is Talking About – 6 August 2021

6 August 2021

▪️ You can get rid of your hazardous waste this Sunday at the Innes snow dump, 2170 Mer Bleue Road. It's household hazardous waste but no electronics. Everything must be in a bag or box for staff to remove from your vehicle  – and they are not returning anything. The next hazardous waste depot is in September. [City of Ottawa

▪️ The National Capital Commission has closed two beaches in Gatineau Park due to natural toxic scum. Parent and Breton beaches on Lac Phillipe were found to have cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae that can cause eye irritation, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, or muscle aches. The other beaches remain open. [CBC]

▪️ Ottawa housing prices drop 4% from June to July. The Ottawa Real Estate Board says house sales are returning to pre-pandemic levels and the buying frenzy is dissipating.  The number of house sales dropped 21 per cent in July from June. However, the July 2021 prices of houses are still 17 per cent above what there were in July 2020. [Global]

+ Related The average annual income needed to buy a house in Ottawa /Gatineau is $124,891, for a condo, $73,424. 

+ Related Ottawa – Gatineau jobless rate drops to 7.1 per cent

▪️ The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa is offering full two-year bursaries to applicants from marginalized communities. The private college is also waiving tuition for all students this autumn. The school accepts 16 students per term, deadline for applications is August 24. [Ottawa Citizen] [Bursaries]

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