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Checklist: At least 40 things you should do in Ottawa before summer’s over (2018 edition)

OttawaStart.com, BY OTTAWASTART STAFF · AUGUST 16, 2018   We’re nearly halfway through August and the summer is just flying by.  But there’s still a lot of hot days and sunshine left. Here’s a list of 40 or so things you should check out before September. Go see Northern Lights and/or do yoga (Wednesdays at noon) on Parliament Hill. Ride your bike on a parkway during Nokia Sunday Bikedays. Have another beer (maybe for just a buck?) on another patio. Buy fresh food at a local farmers’ market. Visit a local winery or brewery. Take a road trip to Almo...

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Things To Do in Ottawa this Weekend

If you’re looking for something fun to do with family and friends, there’s plenty going, so enjoy another busy weekend! From the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks Competition, the Vanleek Hill Fair, and enjoying live bands at the Hopped and Confused Beer, Music and Food Festival – there’s something for everyone! Click here for the full list of events.  

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Things To Do this Weekend in Ottawa!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Ottawa’s got you covered! Many fantastic events and festivals will be taking place, such as the 4th Annual West End Food Truck Rally in Bells Corners and visiting Parc Omega with the family to learn about Canadian wildlife. Click here for full list of events.  

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Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!

Happy long weekend! If you’re looking for things to do, Ottawa has plenty of exciting events and activities for you and the whole family! Check out events like the Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show, Capital Ribfest, and Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. Click here for list of events.  

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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa. ...

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Summer entertaining: Patio-party decor mixes old with new

It’s the season to host outdoor parties or events, and when it comes to creating a beautiful and cozy space for your guests – it’s all about eye-appeal. Keeping fresh flowers, playing with patterns, and treating yourself are some of the key must-haves for your patio party. Click here for full details.  

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CMHC wants to make it easier for self-employed Canadians to get a mortgage

Are you self-employed and looking to buy a home? The CMHC is giving lenders more guidance and flexibility on determining whether a self-employed person qualifies for a mortgage.They are implementing changes in order to make it easier for self-employed individuals to obtain a mortgage, as these Canadians tend to have a more difficult time qualifying. This is due to incomes varying and being less predictable than those with salaries/are employed by a business. Click here for the full story.  

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Ottawa: Things to Do This Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the city has a plethora of events and activities happening! Whether you’re looking for a family event like the Ottawa Lebanese Festival or a great date night activity like the Outdoor Movies in the ByWard Market – there’s something for all. Want the full scoop? Click here!  

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Income properties: How suite they might sound

Do you have extra space in your home you’re not using? Or do you need an additional source of income? If you’ve been thinking about turning part of your home into an income suite, there’s some factors you should consider! Click here to see the pros and cons of building an extra unit in your home!  

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HOPE Volleyball this Saturday!

HOPE Volleyball SummerFest’s 36th edition, sponsored by Big Rig Brewery, is this Saturday, July 14th at Mooney’s Bay! There’s lots of fun to be had by everyone. Watch the exciting games, check out the HOPE Mainstage to listen to the great lineup, all while supporting the community! Click here to download the event guide! Visit HOPE for more.  

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Condo Sales Keep Market from Over Heating

News Release July 5, 2018 The Ottawa Real Estate Board Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,070 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,163 in June 2017, a decrease of 4.3 per cent. The five-year average for June sales is 1,914. June’s sales included 455 in the condominium property class, an increase of 11.5 per cent from June 2017 and 1,615 in the residential property class, a decrease of 8 per cent from a year ago. “The first half of 2018 has performed very well with the number of y...

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