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Monday, July 12, 2021

The Ottawan


As Canada’s capital’s housing market ontinues to frustrate eager buyers, some are taking their purchasing power north of the Ottawa River to Gatineau. In 2020, the number of homes in Gatineau that were purchased by Ottawans doubled.

While house prices and utilities are lower in Gatineau, Quebec's personal tax is higher. There’s also the matter of the commute: if you work in Ottawa but live in Gatineau you’ll be contending with the reportedly heavy traffic on the bridges spanning the Ottawa River. You’ll also benefit from owning a car, as inter-provincial public transit can be problematic.

So, what can you get for your money in Gatineau? Today, we take a look at some properties that have recently come on the market.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of 28°, low of 18°

Number: 776,000. The number of people employed in the Ottawa-Gatineau last month, which is 4,500 higher than the 771,500 employed the month before the pandemic was called in March 2020. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day: Tiffanie Tri. Tri is the chair of Girls + Rock Ottawa, which is encouraging girls and women to get involved with Ottawa's music scene by loaning out instruments. [CBC] [Girls + Rock Ottawa]

Quote: All of my co-workers were playing on Google to see who had the most famous name. I said, "No way, my name is so weird. There are not very many people called Melly Shum." And one of the other people had a similar name to a serial killer in the USA, right? I said, "You will be the one." And then we found out that I had the most famous name of all’ – Melly Shum, who was the subject of a Ken Lum photo while a University of Ottawa art student in 1989. That work, Melly Shum Hates Her Job, was the inspiration of the new name of Rotterdam's most important contemporary art centre, the Kunstinstituut Melly — the Melly Art Institute.  [CBC]

Sports: CPL Calvary FC 0 – Atlético Ottawa 2, last night. Atlético meets Valour FC Thursday. CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 90 – Fraser Valley Bandits 84, last Saturday. The BlackJacks visit Guelph tonight.

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230 Rue de Dublin, Unit 15, Plateau de la Capitale

1 bed, 1 bath

A 2014 condo in a family-friendly Plateau area, this apartment has large rooms and good storage.


14 Rue Butternut, Aylmer

2 bed, 1 bath

Located in quiet and outdoorsy Aylmer, this 1942 house feels like a country home with its wraparound porch. Highlights include the large loft master bedroom, the wood burning fireplace, and its close proximity to the river. 


KW Distinction

53 Rue du Cygne, Birch Manor

3 bed, 1.5 bath

This townhouse is located in Birch Manor, a neighbourhood that is more accessible to public transit than nearby Plateau. The backyard deck is finished to high standard, with several seating areas for entertaining. 

$379, 900

Equipe Doucet

110 Rue Corbeil, Mont-Bleu

4 bed, 2 bath

A 1960 bungalow that’s been updated for the 21st century, this house is located near the Mont-Bleu international school. The finished basement has a separate entrance, and there’s plenty of running around room in the backyard. 


ReMax Quebec

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All data is as of this morning, changes are compared with Friday.


547,263? 4599,251 ?14 
? Eligible people with one dose78.5% 
? Eligible people with second dose53.9%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


375,915?19911,231 ?1
? Eligible people with one dose81.7%
? Eligible people with second dose45.0%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates



cases changedeaths
27,729?10591 ? 1
? Vaccinated with one dose772,119
? Vaccinated with second dose485,637

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 


12,561? 12215 ? 0
? Number of doses of vaccine 428,631

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


4730? 3111 ? 0

? Number of doses of vaccine

Eastern Ontario Health Unit



⭕ Anyone in Ottawa who has not had their first dose can now visit a pop-up clinicor City-run community clinic without an appointment.

⭕ The Federal Government is donating 17.7M doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries before the doses expire. While Astraeneca is still approved in Canada, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are now the chosen vaccines. [CityNews]

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▪️Councillor Shawn Menard wants to see the costs of expanding the surburbs before voting on the Official Plan. Menard (Not Shawn Mendes. Not Shawn Mendes) says that staff have said that servicing new housing areas are more expensive than servicing existing areas, but he wants the actual figures of what it will cost taxpayers. The official plan will be debated by council in September. [CBC].

▪️Carling Avenue will have seasonal bicycle lanes extending from Sherwood Avenue to Cambridge Street South.  The lanes will be softly divided – using traffic cones – and should be open this week. [Shawn Menard]

▪️Some West Enders are skeptical that dead cats in the area are the result of coyotes. Based on a necropsy from a vet school, Ottawa Police said that the area did not have a human cat killer but an animal predator. Residents say that they don't see signs of attacks in the area and want a second opinion. [Capital Current]

▪️The BlackJacks will welcome fans to TD Place on July 17. The Canadian Elite Basketball League will be the first local sports event to have live fans in the stands since the pandemic began. The team is allowed to have 1,000 fans in the stands, which can hold 24,000. [Ottawa Start]

▪️Alistair Steele has an interesting yarn about how Canada spirited Britain's gold reserves out of the UK and into the basement of the Bank Of Canada during the Second World War [CBC]

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