Monday, January 24, 2022
Here's some information to shock you awake after the weekend: Million-dollar-plus 'luxury' home sales booming in Ottawa. 1,766 homes sold for over $1 million in 2021, more than double 2020.
And it's not just $1 million homes going crazy, it's homes in the towns around Ottawa: Carleton Place is the fastest-growing town in Canada says StatsCan. Arnprior is also also going crazy.
We have nothing more to add to this – but it's probably more effective than your third cup of coffee.
We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren
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Weather: ❄️ A few flurries High of -11°, low of -15°.
Number: 6. The number of times that the Ottawa Fire Services has been called to the Eastway Tank Co. in the past 18 years. The City is refusing to release the reason for the calls, citing the ongoing investigation into last week's explosion which killed six people. [CBC]
Ottawan of the Day: Daniel Richer. Ottawa's town crier will be entrusted with making a live official Platinum Jubilee proclamation for Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on Canada's throne, June 2. A blueprint has been drawn up by Buckingham Palace on how to celebrate the day, which also suggests beacons of bonfires in capital cities around the Commonwealth. [CP24]
Quote: ‘If residents cannot ask questions, how can they expect to get any answers?’ – Horizon Ottawa member Sam Hersh on an Ottawa Police Board plan to bar the public from directing questions to Board Members or the Ottawa Police Service at public meetings. [Ottawa Citizen]
Sports NHL Ottawa Senators 2 – Columbus Blue Jackets 1, last night
Information is as of this morning. Changes are relative to Friday.
EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT
The Health Unit is changing the way they report. In the meantime, they are not reporting cumulative cases, only current active cases. Changes here are relative to Jan 14, the last time they previously reported anything.
⭕ Ontario has no plans to change the vaccine passport to three doses. While residents can print a proof of all three COVID-19 doses, the Province says that entrance to non-essential businesses will still only require proof of two doses. [CBC]
⭕ The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will start reporting COVID-19 cases at its schools on a new website. The Board was guilted into it after parents set up their own reporting group on Facebook. [Ottawa Citizen]
⭕ Cinemas will not be allowed to serve drinks or popcorn when they reopen January 31. Concessions are generally the way cinemas make their money, admission fees are eaten up by the movie rental. [CTV]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Five O-trains were stuck on the tracks because of cold weather Saturday.The cold affected the connection between the trains and the overhead electrified wire. A bus replacement service was set up untl the dead trains were removed Sunday and full service resumed. [CBC]
▪️NIMBYs opposed to a new 99 bed Salavation Army shelter in Vanier take aim at the social service programming. Opponents were able to derail the planned shelter last year, pushing approval back to City council. Council approved the physical aspects of the site but orderered consulation with opponents, who are using the opportunity to attempt to derail it again by complaining about the services available to residents. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The lemon-yellow Scion tC that fell through the Rideau River last week has been pulled out of the water. The driver, who was made famous world wide as she stood atop her car and took a selfie, has been charged with dangerous driving. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️Doors Open Ottawa is taking applications from building owners for their 20th Anniversary. Doors Open Ottawa is the annual event that allows people for a one-time chance to get a looksy into buildings that are normally closed to the public. This year's event will be on June 4 and 5. [City of Ottawa] [Doors Open Ottawa]
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