Check out the Local Haunted Graveyard on Halloween Night
Craft time at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre
Pre Halloween Party at Tavern 1883
$5.00 cover at the door.
Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Wood
Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Legion
Colouring Contest at HiJinx Toy Shop
Canmore Cave Tours presents The Descent – Cave Tour and Movie
Halloween on the Hill at Silvertip Resort
Extra Spooky Halloween at the Rose & Crown
Join the party with the sounds of the underground with DJ's Smirk, Illustrator, Capitvate, Knot & Spooks. No cover, Music at 10:00 pm, Spooky Vibes only!
Halloween 2018 the Movie at the Lux Cinema Banff
We love our pets but the buyer may not and you never know how your pet will react to the presence of strangers when you are not around. So give yourself the best showing of your home by following these tips.
Temporarily relocate your pet:
- Take your pet to a friend’s or to a kennel. While it is hard to do this it will help in the long run for cleaning prior to a showing.
Take your pets with you during a showing
- Take your pet to work, to a pet sitter or to a friend’s when there is a showing. Many potential buyers are scared of pets and pets can be protective of their space. Mitigate the possibility of a conflict by taking your pet out of the equation.
Repair any damages your pet may have caused to your home prior to putting it on the market.
Remove signs of pet inhabitants
- Remove food and water dishes
- Put all toys away
- Remove all cages and carriers
- Put pet photos away
Make sure your home is fresh and clean with no pet smells or odors
- Vacuum as much as you can
- Use a sticky roller on visible fur
- Nobody likes the smell of a cat litter box or a doggie pee pad. Make sure these are either removed or immaculately clean prior to a showing.
- To make your cleaning prior to a showing keep your pet restricted to one area of the house.
Clean your backyard
- There is nothing worse than a potential buyer seeing a lovely backyard green space that is full of doggie doo-doo. You have just burst their bubble about running barefoot through the grass of their own home or their vision of beautiful backyard gathering with friends.
If you absolutely cannot find another place for your pet during a showing, put your pet in a kennel or temporary carrier with a note not to touch or disturb the pet.
Random statistic: According to the 2011 Census there were 2872 cats and dogs in Canmore (2017 census did not provide this information).
Canadian Home Buyers Continue to Catch their Breath in the Third Quarter of 2018
- The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to increase demand as many Canadians regain confidence in job market and consider large purchases
- National real estate market forecast to make 1.5% price gain in the fourth quarter
- Greater Montreal Area witnesses highest year-over-year appreciation rate among Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas, posting a healthy 5.4% price increase in the third quarter
- Greater Toronto Area (GTA) recovers from housing correction on a quarter-over-quarter basis while nearly all suburban regions studied post year-over-year price declines
Just one more day until Cannabis is legal in Canada.
What is this going to mean to you as home buyer or seller?
In a matter of days, cannabis will become legal across Canada. How will this new era affect the home buying and selling process? CREB®Now sat down with Ryan DeLuca, supervisor of training and compliance at CREB®, to discuss the information buyers and sellers need to avoid getting stuck in the weeds.
CREB®Now: How will cannabis legalization affect the homebuying process?
DeLuca: Legalization won’t change the process itself, but it will affect buyer expectations of what the seller must disclose.
Buyers should pay attention to disclosure and ask direct questions like “has cannabis been grown in the property?” They should also talk to their mortgage broker and insurer to find out if home growth will affect their mortgage application or their ability to get home insurance.
CREB®Now: Will cannabis home growth affect the resale value of a property?
DeLuca: We won’t know the answer to this until cannabis becomes legal and statistics become available. Anecdotally, if we’re talking about small-scale home growth of four plants, there shouldn’t be very much impact on property value.
“MOST HOME INSPECTORS USE GROWING FOUR TOMATO PLANTS AS AN ANALOGY FOR THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA HOME GROWTH. REALISTICALLY, PEOPLE GROW PLANTS IN THEIR HOMES ALL THE TIME WITH LITTLE RISK TO THE PROPERTY.” – RYAN DELUCA, CREB® SUPERVISOR OF TRAINING & COMPLIANCE
Most home inspectors use growing four tomato plants as an analogy for the effects of marijuana home growth. Realistically, people grow plants in their homes all the time with little risk to the property.
CREB®Now: What are potential damages from cannabis home growth that buyers should be aware of?
DeLuca: Since cannabis has the potential to cause structural issues to a property, it’s recommended to get a proper home inspection.
With large-scale medical home growth and illegal grow operations, two big things to keep an eye out for are unpermitted electrical work and moisture/humidity issues that cause mould.
CREB®Now: Is it necessary to get a home inspection?
DeLuca: Getting a home inspection is always a good idea.
Sellers aren’t always aware of damages in their own homes, so despite asking direct questions, a buyer might discover unknown issues after purchasing the property.
It’s also a good idea for sellers to get a home inspection prior to listing. This way, the seller can correct any issues found and avoid having a deal fall through from damages discovered during the buyer’s home inspection.
CREB®Now: If a home seller has grown cannabis in their property, how do they ensure they’ve covered their bases?
DeLuca: Any time you’re doing something in the home that can create potential damage, move it outside if possible. Taking home growth outdoors or to a greenhouse is ultimately better for a property’s structure and its resale.
If you’re installing a large system for medicinal growth, get a building permit and hire a professional for proper installation so there is no risk of damages from poor workmanship.
LIGHTING UP IN YOUR CONDO
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If you own a Condominium check with your Condo Board for RegulationsA condo board can create its own restrictions on cannabis cultivation and use.
"There's nothing in our legislation that prevents condos, condo boards or apartment landlords from further restricting it, and I've heard the mast certainly, in in a lot of cases, they have." said Matt Zablonski, the City of Calgary's project lead for the legalization of cannabis.
In fact, Boardwalk, one of the largest apartment rental companies in Canada, confirmed recently it is banning, smoking, eating or growing cannabis in all its properties across the province.
Discuss this with your condo board as each condo board may have different rules. The creation and use of edibles may be possible in your condo with permission.
IF YOU ARE A RENTER
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"We encourage you to talk to your landlord about edible cannabis products. Although edible cannabis products such as brownies and cookies cannot be legally sold until further federal and provincial regulations, edible cannabis products may be made at home" says the City of Calgary website.
"If you live in a rental unit, you might consider discussing it with your landlord whether rules would allow for edibles to be made in your building."
CONSUMPTION IN THE TOWN OF CANMOREAccording to the Town of Canmore website they are still working on public consumption regulations.
We are still determining how public consumption of cannabis will be regulated in Canmore. Regulating public consumption outside of the provincial regulations (see Background section below) would require an update to Canmmore's Smoking Control Bylaw. This topic will be at the council meeting on October 16 for a decision.
For more information on what cannabis legalization means in Canmore go to the Town of Canmore website at https://canmore.ca/projects/cannabis-in-canmore
CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board) has written an excellent series of articles regarding this to access more articles go to www.crebnow.com or read the special e-edition regarding Cannabis here.
On October 2 we had the largest snowfall over 24 hours in recorded history, 60 cm/23.6 inches fell in Canmore and surrounding areas (RM Outlook).
If this happened to you, would you be prepared? Would you know what to do to stay safe?Here are some safety tips to ensure you are safe and warm during an extended stay in a winter situation.
Have an emergency kit in your vehicle.
You can make one up and stow it in the trunk or you can buy one. Top Gear 1017 Deluxe Winter Roadside Assistance Kit(89-piece) has almost everything you would need in a compact bag. Includes: Case, reflective safety vest, Eco traction to get your vehicle off snow and ice, ice scraper, hand warmer, candles/matches set, a hand charged LED flashlight (no batteries required), a pair of gloves, emergency survival wrap, rain and reflective emergency poncho, batter booster cables, reflective warning triangle, first aid kit, lightsticks, a multi-tool, zip ties, pvc tape, shop towel, duct tape, tire pressure gauge and whistle and a car care guide with safety information. You can get this on Amazon for under $60.
Additions to your safety kit.
The above addressed warmth and safety but one of the things people in their cars this week struggled with was hunger and thirst.
12V Immersion Water Heater that plugs into your car $10 - $30 on amazon or a Electric 12V Car Kettle drinking cup.
Add an unbreakable metal mug is a must. If your car battery dies you can still heat water over your emergency candles.
Purchase and leave in your kit some instant food packages and drinks such as cup of soup, tea, noodles or other items like protein bars and chocolate that you can find at your local grocery store.
Put a few bottles of water into your kit or use snow or rain to heat in your mug.
Do not forget a roll of toilet paper, tissues or wet wipes. If you cannot find a bush to go behind you can always use your poncho or emergency blanket as a shield from the elements or onlookers.
For extra comfort carry a sleeping bag, extra clothes, socks as well as a hat and mitts.
Add some entertainment such as books, cards or mind games into your kit and you are ready to go.
Tips to remain safe and warmCall for help. If you do not have a cell phone, waive someone down. If there are no other cars around stay in your car unless you see shelter nearby.
Always ensure that while you are in the car with it running to warm up that the exhaust is free and clear of snow. If your exhaust has gotten plugged you could get a carbon monoxide buildup in the car. Crack your window a bit while the car is running, just in case.
Keep the car off until you are cold and then check the tailpipe before you turn it back on to get some heat. It is suggested that 1 hour off and 10 minutes on will get you through. Only use your 12 v accessories (such as your immersion heater) while the car is running. This way you won’t run down your battery.
Stay hydrated. If you don’t have water melt snow or catch rain in your emergency blanket and put it in your mug to drink or warm for soup. Do your best not to eat snow, it can reduce your body temperature and you will get cold faster.
Put your roadside flares or triangle out so oncoming vehicles can see there is something ahead.
Keep your seatbelt on and engage your hazard lights. It may be uncomfortable to remain locked in but someone could come up behind and hit your vehicle.
Remove your seatbelt every now and then and do some exercises to keep your circulation moving and your body warm. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your arms and legs. Do not let your muscles stiffen up.
If there are other people in the car with you snuggle up to use body heat for warmth and entertain each other with stories, jokes or games.
Try to have fun and keep your spirits up.
Be Prepared! Be Safe!
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For those that are driving the roads are slick. As of this writing, the Trans Canada Highway has been closed for 6 hours due to major accidents. In Calgary between midnight and 9:30 am there were 103 collisions reported. Edmonton is sending snowplows and sanders to Calgary to help with the load and they have hired snow plow contractors to assist as well. As many as 80 public transit busses were either delayed, had to change routes or got stuck and could not continue their routes. (CBC News)
511 Alberta says that there are multiple incidences that state the following: Incident Incident - HWY-1 EASTBOUND Both Directions Traffic advisory on HWY-1 EASTBOUND Both Directions at Wind Creek Activities: Use alternate route, Be prepared to stop, Traffic congestion, Expect traffic delays Comment. Highway 1 from Banff to Calgary is experiencing major traffic delays due to extreme winter driving conditions and heavy traffic volume. RCMP are advising travel not recommended.
If you are in the Bow Valley and want to check the road conditions with live reports there is a Facebook group called Bow Valley Road Conditions. This wonderful group posts up to the minute conditions live from group members.
If you are staying home remember that your muscles are not used to snow shoveling. Be careful and take it slow while you clear the snow off your decks, walks and driveway. Don't forget to watch for heavy branches that are under snow load and could break off.
The best course of action until the morning is to stay put, keep warm and stay safe.