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As we wait for the October sales figures, it’s useful to remember that in September the average price of a residential-class property was up 28 per cent from the same month in 2019, according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board. We should hear in the next few days how October fared, but it’s probably safe to assume that it’s still a seller’s market in the Ottawa area.

Today we’ll look at properties in Carp, the West Carleton community just a short drive west of Kanata. In this rural area you’ll probably get more bang for your buck, but the upward trend is fully established here: the average home prices in August 2020 were up nearly 48 per cent over the same month in 2019. The following properties are priced below $600K; what they’ll actually sell for is anyone’s guess.

▪️3667 Carp Road
4 bed, 2 bath
If you like older homes, this farm-style family home might appeal. It’s located on the Carp Road, so you’l have easy access to Kanata and downtown Ottawa, which is 30 minutes away. This solid older home has loads of parking and in-kitchen dining for up to 12 people! It backs onto farmland yet it’s near the amenities of the village. $375K.

▪️2659 Upper Dwyer Hill Road
3 bed, 2 bath
A solid brick bungalow on 1.69 acres might suit escapees from the city. The property has plenty of room to work from home and then run around and burn off the stress. There’s hardwood flooring and a wood burning fireplace on the main level as well as a wood burning stove in the finished basement, for that cozy countryside vibe. $498,000

▪️2028 Bearhill Road
3 bed, 2 bath 2.07 acres
Located a nine minute drive West of Carp, this light-filled brick and aluminium siding bungalow has lots of potential and sits on a large, attractive lot. It’s in the country yet located within easy access of the 417. There are no rear neighbours. Parking for six. $599,900 

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Number:  1,000. The of people who would usually visit the Día de Muertos altar at the Gatineau campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which has been cancelled this year. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1 and 2.  [CBC]

Ottawans of the Day: Karen Secord and Jessica Carpinone. The two launched ‘Cooking for a Cause’, which partnered the Parkdale Food Centre with local restaurants to create fresh bread and prepared meals for people who need it. [Capital Current] [Cooking for a Cause]

Quote: “It’s quite important: I’m going to be in the dictionary! – Rock collector Gilles Haineault on having a mineral named after himself, Haineaultite. The collection of Haineault and his late wife Liliane have been acquired by the Canadian Museum of of Nature for $4.5 million  [Macleans


Public Health Reports: 


Ottawa Public Health dashboard

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There have been 7132 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 302 since Friday, and 328 deaths, seven new reports.


Outaouais Public Health dashboard

There have been 2514 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 143 since Friday, and 45 deaths, four new reports.


Eastern Ontario Public Health dashboard

There have been 607 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of six since Friday, and 19 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ People’s mental health is being tested as the pandemic wears on  [CBC]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford calls for a return to bodychecking in the Ontario Hockey League, which had been banned as a COVID-19 protection measure [CBC]

⭕ Glebe St. James United Church is memorializing 323 people who have died from COVID-19 with a "COVID-19 Memorial Tree"    [CTV]

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Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario.

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▪️Canadian Legion branches worry about funding veteran services as poppy sales will take a hit this year. Older volunteers will be taking this year off, and much of the office space world is currently empty. Across Canada, the poppies usually bring in $15-20 million. [CBC]

▪️The workplace situation at Rideau Hall remains tense. The Privy Council Office initiated a workplace review earlier in the year after allegations that Governor General Julie Payette was running a toxic workplace in a largely symbolic office that spends its days shaking hands and sending out certificates. [CBC]

▪️The National Capital Commission is offering cheap land for a developer who will offer lower-cost apartments. The LeBreton Flats will be developed one bit at a time. In this round, the NCC wants 600 homes built, with 180 available at 80 per cent of market rent. The land is worth $30 million but a developer can buy it for $10.5 million if they promise to give that small discount.    [CBC]

▪️Happy Goat Coffee will be opening stands at four O Train stations. The lucky stations will be Blair (today), Hurdman (next Monday), Rideau and Tunney's Pasture (end of the month). Happy Goat was voted Ottawa’s Best Coffee in our Best of Ottawa 2020 Awards [Railfans]

▪️The guy who helped scam the City out of $128,000 last year is up for 11 years in jail. Elvin Lewis Jr. was found guilty last October in a scheme that convinced the City treasurer to wire money to a ‘new supplier’ bank account, set up by Lewis or his compatriots.  [Ottawa Citizen]



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