Urban and rural real estate prices soar as COVID shrinks supply and work moves online
“The Canadian dream is still there,” says Pauline Aunger. The Canadian dream to which the Rideau Lakes-area real estate agent is referring is that of owning a cottage — a woodsy, lakeside getaway from the stresses of urban living. But it’s a dream that may be harder to realize this year for many Ottawa-area cottage-seekers, with Royal LePage predicting an…
Garden centres geared up for another pandemic planting surge
Garden centres saw a surge this time last year because of the pandemic. Since the Ontario government has declared garden centres will remain open during the stay-at-home order, they are seeing an increase in demand, again.
On the road again: Canadian trucker finds border crossing easier even despite COVID-19 restrictions
As they provide an essential service, Canadian commercial truck drivers continue to navigate COVID-19 restrictions as they are brought forward.
City of Ottawa to bring ads into O-Train stations to rebuild revenue
The City of Ottawa’s transit commission looks to advertisements as a way of easing the financial stress on OC Transpo during COVID-19.
Stunning ‘sunset’ park planned for controversial Zibi development on Ottawa River
Plans for a 25-storey residential building on Chaudière Island as part of the Zibi development include a new city park — named Pangishimo after the Algonquin word for sunset — offering a stunning, westward view of the Ottawa River. The City of Ottawa’s planning committee examined a report earlier this year on the project’s latest design, which includes a new…
Hamilton area home prices soar during COVID-19 pandemic
Realtor Stacey Keric believes the effects of the pandemic will have a lasting effect on the market in the city
Post-secondary students hoping for a rebound in the summer job market
As COVID-19 vaccinations continue across Canada and beyond, many students are hoping this will mean the summer job market will be less terrible than it was in 2020. Although the number of students hired this year has rebounded slightly, employment among young people is still far lower than it was before to the pandemic. According to a survey by Statistics…
Sweet success: Next chapter begins in Syrian family’s chocolate business
Peace by Chocolate, a successful Nova Scotian business — built by a Syrian refugee family — is officially expanding this week.
Party time: Event planners adapting to the changes caused by COVID-19
With a pandemic, physical distancing restrictions, and most of life moving online, event planning and entertainment businesses have made some big changes this year.
Already hurting, Byward Market businesses gird for more COVID-19 restrictions
Businesses in Byward Market have been suffering from the lack of foot traffic due to the pandemic.
It’s #Patioszn again: People in Ottawa heading outdoors to meet for a meal despite rising COVID cases
Ottawa went into the red-control zone on March 19 with cases rising but despite this, restaurants were able to open their patios up to the public. With the sun out over the weekend, patios were a busy spot. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson fast-tracked the reopening of patios to help restaurants combat the restrictions designated by the red zone, such as…
Some light in dark times: Photographer’s body-shaped candles promote positivity
Charlie Baze is a boudoir photographer from Kitchener Waterloo, Ont., recently launched an online business selling body-shaped candles to compensate for the lost income caused by the pandemic lockdown.