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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.  The money is used to support the tourism
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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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Ottawa: Weekend Road Closures

CBC News: Traffic headache alert: Highway 417 closed this weekend, July 25, 2018 Plan your Queensway trips well in advance this weekend, because Highway 417 will be closed in both directions between Bronson and Carling avenues. Significant traffic impacts are expected during the closure, which is planned to start at 5 p.m. Saturday and end 11 a.m. Sunday. The closure is necessary for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge, which is set to be replaced over the next two years. Several eastbound on-ramps will be closed, including those at Carling, Parkdale and Maitland avenues. Some westbound on-ramps will
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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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Ready for the 2018 Ottawa Bluesfest?

Looking for a fun music festival to attend this summer? Why not hit up the Ottawa Bluesfest, on until July 15th! See performers like Brett Eldridge, Foo Fighters, Blue Rodeo, Jethro Tull and many more amazing bands. For event details, click here.  
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Events Happening in the Capital this Week

Ottawa Italian Week Festival Event Date: Jun 6, 2018 – Jun 25, 2018 Location: Little Italy, Preston Street Ottawa Fringe Festival Event Date: Jun 14, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: 12+ venues downtown including and surrounding Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street Event Date: Jun 20, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Sparks Street Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Event Date: Jun 21, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Mooney’s Bay Park – 2960 Riverside Drive Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and Competition Pow Wow Event Date: Jun 21, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Vincent Massey Park TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Event Date: Jun 21,
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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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This Weekend is Westfest!

Ottawa’s favourite FREE music and arts festival is June 8th – 10th with over 30 acts and over 100 Canadian artists. An exciting experience that will delight those that attend with beautiful and inspiring art, and phenomenal music performances. Head on over this weekend to support the development and work of Canadian artists! Click here for full event details.
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