Archives for Community Engagement

Clean, Clean, Let it be Spring!

Spring Clean-Up Time in the Capital As spring speckles and the snow begins to melt, it’s time to get busy cleaning up our capital after Jack Frost’s long hold over us. Littered across this beautiful city, left out in the winter’s cold we’ll find discarded coffee cups, old cigarette butts, stray plastic bags and papers – the list could continue ad infinitum. Something about winter’s frozen grip seems to allow this build up of trash, so it’s only natural that the sun’s welcomed melt brings along with it a much needed clean up. The Capital region has a month-long challenge called Cleaning the Capital, sponsored by GLAD, which runs from mid-April to mid-May. By registering your clean-up project, cleaning supplies will be provided to your group. The official Capital Cleanup Weekend is April 27,2018 to April 29,2018 but your project does not have to take place during this weekend to be counted. The deadline to register for GLAD’s Cleanup project is May 15th, with May 31st being the deadline to submit your online cleanup report. Although the above is a wonderful initiative to get involved within your community, it is not the only way to be a part of this year’s Spring Cleaning season. Keeping your community clean, and helping your neighbourhood shine is not always a sanctioned event, that must be done in a certain way. Every single individual could unofficially participate in helping the community sparkle once again. Simply make the effort to pick up litter when you see it, grab that floating plastic bag on your morning walk and take it home with you. Bring an extra plastic bag when you take the kids to the park and pick up garbage along the way, throw that empty coffee cup into the recycling bin, or empty that car ashtray into a garbage bag at home. Community clean ups don’t often require largely sanctioned events, although they are extremely helpful. Every individual can help do their part, just one piece of trash at a time. Take care of your neighbourhood, so the light and beauty it provides, can take care of you.  

Winterlude 2018

The Winter months in the Capital are arguably some of the most enjoyable for its residents and their families. Christmas has passed, yuletide memories have been made, and we’ve welcomed the New Year with wide opened arms. And with the anticipation of new beginnings in 2018, we take in a deep breath of fresh, brisk air and bundle up to embrace what this year has to offer; including the great outdoors. In fact, with the many winter-filled activities that our City and surrounding areas have to offer this Winterlude season, it’s nearly impossible to sit idle as the cold passes us by. Here are a few activities that you and your family can partake in this winter to celebrate Winterlude’s 40th birthday year:   Lansdowne’s Winter Garden: beginning February 2nd and ongoing to the 19th, Lansdowne Park at Aberdeen Square will be transformed into a “glowing winter garden of sculpted snow and lanterns”. Bring your friends, your families and your hot chocolates as you walk through and enjoy this open space of winter magic.   Confederation Park: quite possibly Winterlude’s centerpiece. Throughout the duration of this year’s festivities, Confederation Park will once again become our City’s central space of enchantment and masterpiece. Open daily from 9AM-11PM (and on February 19th from 8AM-5PM) the Park’s Crystal Garden will have you in awe as renowned Canadian artists turn simple blocks of ice into magnificent works of art.   Snowflake Kingdom: 350 Laurier Street in Gatineau is now home to the Ice Hog Family – Winterlude’s favourite mascots. Surrounded by a vast winter playground of several activities and Canadian winter traditions (including the legendary Super Slides), the Snowflake Kingdom is the spot for you and the kids! Check out the park’s hours of operation and special events here!   Sens Rink of Dreams: Who’s up for a leisurely skate, a delicious Beaver Tail and a stroll through the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame? If these activities sound like your ideal winter’s day, then City Hall is calling your name. Located directly across from the heart of Winterlude at Confederation Park, the Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall is the perfect spot for you and the family to enjoy some quality time and create some lasting memories. On-site skate rentals are available!   Winterlude officially launches on February 2nd at 9:30AM at Jacques-Cartier Park North. Be sure to dress warm and bring the family along to meet the Ice Hog Family at Snowflake Kingdom to kick-start 2 weeks of fun-filled festivities! 40 never looked so good!    

Canada 150: Enjoying the Fall Season

Canada’s 150th milestone is here and in full swing; and what a year it’s been so far! We’ve bundled up as we watched our favourite downhill skaters at Red Bull’s Crashed Ice, cheered on our favourite musical talents at the 2017 Juno Awards, looked up – way up – at those daring enough to eat, drink, and be merry above the cityscape in Ottawa’s very own Sky Lounge, and roared aloud as La Machine walked our city streets. So, what’s next? What could possibly top all of the excitement that our City has seen so far? Get ready, folks – the celebrations haven’t quite come to an end just yet! Come November, Ottawa will be home to a multitude of video gamers and enthusiasts alike as we host the Canadian Videogame Happening over a 5-day timeframe (November 15-19). What can we expect to see over the course of this event? Well, in addition to the gala celebrations at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau will host a national championship for gamers. What’s more is that come time for the semi-final and final rounds, you’ll be able to walk our city streets and watch the colossal matches as they will be projected in such a way onto varying buildings across town. So, game on! As Canada celebrates 150 years, the Grey Cup honours its 105th. And what better City to play host to such a commemorative event than our Nation’s Capital? On Tuesday, November 21st, the monumental Grey Cup festival begins. Through to Sunday, November 26th, Lansdowne will transform into Ottawa’s sport and entertainment destination. The ultimate goal: to showcase our Canadian cities through a multitude of events (both ticketed and non-ticketed) including live music performances, and activities that are family-friendly as well as a celebration of our multicultural Nation. Then, on Sunday, November 26th, Canadian country music phenomenon, Shania Twain, touches-down at the big game’s halftime show. Needless to say, it’s bound to be an unforgettable time. For more information about the Grey Cup Festival, how to buy tickets and more, click here; and if football isn’t exactly your sport of choice, check out this link for everything you need to know about the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic where our Ottawa Senators will face off against the Montreal Canadians at home – and outdoors – on December 16th. Let’s continue to take pride in who we are as Canadians and remember this notable milestone through unity and celebration. Happy birthday Canada, let’s keep the party going!       The post Canada 150: Enjoying the Fall Season appeared first on Team Realty. Source: Blog

Costs on Your Home Over the Christmas Season: Trimming the Holiday Stress

Christmas is indeed a time for many things. It is time well spent with our families and our friends, a time for celebration, a time for passing down holiday traditions (as well as creating new ones); and, of course, with the end of year approaching, it is a time of reflection and resolution. Moreover, with the abundance of festivities that our communities offer over the holidays, it’s a time to try new things, and to collect memories with your loved ones.   With the joys of Christmas comes, of course, the stresses of the season. It’s only natural. We host parties, allow for relatives to spend a night (or two), and typically spend a little more money on maintaining our homes, among other things. This said, it’s important to plan accordingly. One of the biggest factors that tend to impact our pocketbooks is our hydro usage. And with all the hustle and bustle that is the holiday season, we must be cautious with when and how often we use it. Luckily, Hydro One has set, off-peak hours (that include weekends and holidays) with set, off-peak prices. What this means is that on Christmas Day, on Boxing Day, and even on New Year’s Day, these off-peak prices, when you utilize your main hydro sources between 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM, will apply. Furthermore, being mindful of your guest’s access/usage of such amenities as cable and/or WiFi is also key. It’s important to be diligent with whom you share your passwords with, and cautious as to how often you turn on your television in order to entertain. Failure to keep track can result in a relatively hefty bill at the end of the month. Less money spent, and less stress to be had.   With respect to controlling your stress levels over the holidays, there are several ways that you can host and entertain your guests inexpensively and effectively. To avoid the cable costs of perhaps always having the game on, why not host a movie night instead? There’s nothing like reminiscing over the classics that we all grew up with. Games are also a great way to create memories on a low budget. They allow for us to bond with our friends and our families, all while creating new traditions along the way. Want to transform your home into the winter wonderland you’ve always imagined? Tree-trimming parties are an excellent way to decorate your home for the holidays, and host an unforgettable evening filled with laughs and creativity.   So turn on those catchy Christmas tunes that we all (secretly) admire and enjoy, sing aloud to the words you know and love, cook up some munchies and capture all that this holiday season has to offer. Lastly, and above all else, remember the importance of togetherness. Volunteer. Donate to your local charities. At Royal LePage, we are committed to strengthening the communities we live in – that’s why we have The Shelter Foundation – our very own charitable foundation that helps

Ed O’Connell Memorial Award

We are proud to announce the 2016 recipients of the Ed O’Connell Memorial Award: A person associated with Royal LePage Team Realty Brokerage who has made a substantial commitment and a significant difference in the real estate community. The recipients have achieved outstanding success by: • Being a leader and/or role model • Exemplifying the best of the profession • Providing mentorship • Providing inspiration to others Congratulations to Brian Sukkau, Madat Kara & Luigi Aiello, we are truly proud to work with you!   The post Ed O’Connell Memorial Award appeared first on Team Realty. Source: Blog

Buying a home and planning on moving sooner than later?

Buying a home that is not your forever home but perfect for now! Read my article in Power2DoIt by clicking on the link below for some valuable tips on how to proceed for a profitable investment. Buying a Home and Planning on Moving Sooner than Later