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25 cent of Canadian are worried about paying their rent this month, according to a new survey from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

Ontario has resumed evictions after a short moritorium but the unemployment rate is over 11 per cent, and the life preserver to hundreds of thousands, the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, made its last payment August 7.* 

As we reported last month, the Provincial Government's Bill 184, which is now law, allows landlords to issue eviction notices the day after rent is due. September 1st is the first rent day this new law is in effect.

Bill 184 is also retroactive to before the Province's moritorium on evictions, meaning that people who could not pay the rent during the height of the pandemic are now liable.

Bill 184 is an abomination and should never have been passed, but with 25 per cent of the legislature being landlords themselves, it is not surprising.

Usually when we write these briefs, we end with a ‘call to action‘: how you can help or how you can get help.

That's not the case today. Today, we can only say that if it doesn't affect you, it might be your friends and family who are at risk of eviction very soon. Don't be silent.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


* For those who collected CERB since March. If one started later, they can collect until October.


Weather: ⛈️ 60% chance of showers. High of 23°.

Number: 26.9. The per centage of elementary students in the Ottawa Carleton School District whose parents are keeping them home for remote learning. For secondary school students, it's 21.5%. These numbers are roughly double the number that the board expected.  [CFRA

Ottawan of the Day:  Mani Soleymanlou, the Montreal-based director, playwright, and actor, who has been announced as the next artistic director of French theatre at the National Arts Centre    [Ottawa Citizen]

Quote: Vanier is the soul of Ottawa. Misunderstood and misrepresented – Artist Kseniya Tsoy, who is inviting other artists to transform a shipping container into a community arts space. In Vanier. [Apt 613]


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

 There have been 2720 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Atari on Dalhousie Street and Somewhere Dine Bar on Murray Street were both fined by Ottawa Bylaws for not ensuring that patrons stayed in their seats [CBC]

⭕ The Province has stopped police access to COVID 19 databases, ending a lawsuit by civil rights groups. Police had seached the database 95,000 times. [Ottawa Matters]

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▪️ Ottawa Redblacks players are concerned about financial insecurity now that the CFL season is officially cancelled. Unlike well-off NFL players, CFL players are paid a base rate of $54,000 and average $96,000 per year. The CFL itself makes most of its income from ticket sales, not broadcast revenue like the NFL.  [CBC]

+ Related Redblacks CEO hopes that fans don't ask for refunds

▪️The Federal Government has loaned $86.4 million to a private developer to build 50 one-bedrooom units, 100 one-bedroom units with a den, and 100 two-bedroom apartments – all rental and all below market rates. SoHo Italia in Little Italy should be built by 2022. [Ottawa Business Journal]

▪️Dubai's Gulf News ran a photo feature of sunflowers around the world – and included Ottawa. That's pretty random but good enough for us! [Gulf News]

▪️The bells in the Peace Tower will be quieter this week as they scan a 3D model between 8am and 5pm. The 11am carrilon will continue, including a rendition of Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line today. [Ottawa Sun] [Carrilon Live]



▪️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]

🏘️ Live Here

The real estate in towns just outside Ottawa has received a lot of coverage in the last week or two. People who haven’t found the home of their dreams within the city limits are widening their search. As a consequence, prices are going up in those small towns, but there are still deals to be had.



Famous for its continuing mill-town charm as well as its location for Hallmark Christmas movie productions, Almonte is located 46 km west of Ottawa. Almonte and the nearby communities of Pakenham and Ramsay together form the town of Mississippi Mills.

93 Queen Street, Almonte
3 bed, 1.5 bath

Heritage home with plenty of charm. Located feet away from the Mississippi River. Gas fireplace. Lots of living space on the main floor with a dining room, living room, family room, and hobby room (the latter is three seasons only).


1064 Bellamy Road, Pakenham
2 bed, 1 bath

With its designer kitchen, lack of a third bedroom, and detached shop this house has more of a home business vibe than family home. It’s nestled on just under eight acres and has radiant heating underfoot, high specification taps and cabinetry, and newer windows. Wood beams and stone abound, and there are plenty of windows to let in the sun. Also includes bunkie.



Part of the Municipality of North Grenville, Kemptville is approximately 56 km south of Ottawa. 

4 Sandpiper Way, Kemptville
3 + 1 bed, 2 bath

Detached, open concept bungalow in the Rideau Estates subdivision. Master bedroom has ensuite. Wood stove in lower level.


1868 Glencrest Road, Kemptville
3 bed, 3 bath

Built in 2017, this detached home in the Tempo subdivision of Kemptville has granite counters in the chef’s kitchen, five piece bath in the master suite, and hardwood and vinyl floors. Fenced rear yard.



Located 25 minutes’ drive from Ottawa in the Township of Russell, Ontario, Embrun is a majority French-speaking town (57 per cent), with a further 41 per cent speaking English at home (Statistics Canada). 

107 Castlebeau Street, Embrun
3 bed, 2 bath

Family home with finished basement. The house has had a number of renovations in recent years, including a new roof in 2017 A/C heat pump in 2015, flooring in 2017, and deck in 2018. Backyard to be fenced before closing. 


9 Marcel Street, Embrun
3+1 bed, 2 bath

With its two tier deck in the backyard and fully finished basement there’s plenty of living space for a growing family.



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