1938 Fake News Scares the Masses

Orson Welles “War of the Worlds”Halloween Radio Broadcast turns 80 Today

"Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin," the broadcast began. "Martians have landed in New Jersey!"

"At 8:50 p.m., a huge flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey," the announcer stated.

The Halloween Broadcast of The War of the Worlds was aired on October 30, 1938.   Those that missed the announcement that it was a radio play and tuned in after thought it was real news and that this was a real alien invasion.  Neighbours in the area of the alleged landing were arming themselves and heading down to Grover’s Mill to assist and defend themselves from the impending attack.  Other listeners packed up all their things into their cars and fled the immediate vicinity. During the fleeing, many cars accidently crashed into each other, and many people were killed or injured.

The way the broadcast was played out made it seem real to the listeners. 80 years later many people believe that the newspapers sensationalized the reaction of the people listening to the broadcast.  

The War of the Worlds was a good story that scared many people, and that is what Halloween is all about! 

Listen to the full episode of “War of the Worlds” at

What to do on Halloween in Canmore 2018

Canmore is vibrant and active town.  We like to celebrate!  This Halloween dress up in your best costume and hit some of the great events that are going on.

Check out the Local Haunted Graveyard on Halloween Night 

A local couple is hosting a haunted graveyard at 508 Larch Place.  They are giving out candy and accepting donations for the Canmore Food Bank. 

Craft time at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre

Saturday, October 27 at the Town Hall 
Make a craft with your friends and family. 

Pre Halloween Party at Tavern 1883

Saturday, October 27
They're back, they're in shape, they're ready to break the dance floor for Halloween. Canadian are well known to celebrate Halloween as it's suppose to be. So come show us what you got. Once a year you get to dress up weird and pretend to be someone else, come do it with us. Late night menu with bloody Poutine available.
$5.00 cover at the door.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Wood

Sunday, October 28th from 1;00 - 4:00 pm 
Prizes for best costume, best pumpkin. Free hot chocolate. Call ahead to reserve your pumpkin and take it home with you after the contest.  403-678-3404

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Legion

If you miss the one at the Wood try this one on Tuesday, October 30 at the Canmore Legion from 5:30 – 8:00 pm Join us for a kid-friendly evening celebrating Halloween! We have pumpkins for you to carve & want to award the most creative costumes with a prize! Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

For a donation (suggested at $2), you get a pumpkin and all the tools you need to create your own masterpiece. Bring some friends or come by yourself, either way you'll be sure to meet new people here. If you have your own pumpkin & want to carve it with your community, feel free to bring it along! We will also be having a costume contest - we will announce the best costume of the evening at 7:30 PM!  Hosted By Canmore Young Adult Network

Knives and scooping ladles will be provided but if you have your own tools please feel free to bring those along!

Colouring Contest at HiJinx Toy Shop

Come anytime before October 31 and pickup a colouring page.  Submit your page to each category (Ages 5 and under & 6 and over) Special drawn on Oct 31.  

Bring your candy stash in to the store any time before November 11 and trade it in for a toy!

Canmore Cave Tours presents The Descent – Cave Tour and Movie

October 27 and 31
Darkness. Claustrophobia. Creepy crawlies. Caves are scary enough right? But throw in blind, carnivorous, pale-skinned cave monsters (we're not talking about the cave guides this time) and you've got the ingredients for an ultra-classic horror movie.

Halloween on the Hill at Silvertip Resort

Wednesday, Oct 31 from 9:30 pm – 2:00 am
Join us in celebrating (arguably) the best holiday of the year - HALLOWEEN!
Award-winning DJ : Pez Productions - Top rated event DJ in Calgary.
'Best live entertainment at the Calgary Event Awards'
Includes a safe ride home from Highland VIP Chauffer
Late night Buffet and Drink Specials
Ages 18 +
$30 in advance  $40 at the door

 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 

It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield.

How to sell your home when you have pets!

This morning on Facebook I ran across a video where during a home showing a Real Estate Agent was being accosted by a cat.  (click on the link at the bottom for the Facebook video) 

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).

Third Quarter Royal LePage House Price Survey

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

TORONTO, October 16, 2018 – According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today, year-over-year home prices made modest gains in many regions across Canada in the third quarter of 2018. The national trend was largely influenced by price appreciation in Greater Vancouver, while property in the Greater Toronto Area experienced continued year-over-year price declines, with modest gains in value when compared to the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the Greater Montreal Area saw the highest year-over-year home price appreciation rate of the three largest Canadian metropolitan areas studied.
The Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 63 of the nation’s largest real estate markets, showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 2.2 per cent year-over-year to $625,499 in the third quarter of 2018. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home rose 1.4 per cent year-over-year to $736,337, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.5 per cent to $519,886. Condominiums continued to see the highest rate of appreciation nationally when compared to the detached segment, rising 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $441,240.
Looking ahead, Royal LePage is projecting a further uptick in home price appreciation in the fourth quarter, forecasting a 1.5 per cent increase in the aggregate price of a home in Canada over the next three months.
“Positive economic fundamentals, supported by a new agreement on trade, should bolster consumer confidence across Canada and stoke demand in the nation’s real estate market,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “Dangerously overheated regions have cooled considerably this year, while home prices have remained remarkably resilient. This is the soft landing that policy makers were hoping for.”
“I am concerned that the slower market will cause housing supply issues to be shuffled aside for other priorities,” Soper continued. “The return of runaway home prices in the country’s largest markets remains a real threat. Not this year, but in the near future. Job growth is strong, Canada is attracting more of the best and brightest from around the world and the large millennial cohort is putting increasing pressure on our limited new housing stock. It is imperative that all levels of government address looming supply shortages, particularly in affordable housing.”
After more than a year of intense negotiations, the federal government reached an agreement with the U.S. and Mexico on regional trade. Widely seen as a good outcome for the Canadian economy, the USMCA is expected to be signed into law before year end.
“More confident that their jobs are secure, the new USMCA agreement has removed a widespread veil of uncertainty that was acting as a drag on large purchase decisions,” said Soper. “On the other hand, the trade deal paves the way for the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates. Overall, this is a positive development for housing industries on both sides of the border.”
The Canadian economy is on solid footing, although 2018 is staged to see a lower expansion rate when compared to last year. Double-digit home appreciation has disappeared from the Greater Toronto Area or Greater Vancouver real estate markets. Price appreciation in the Greater Montreal Area is strong, but nowhere near the extremes witnessed in the GTA and Greater Vancouver. Condominium prices in the City of Toronto and City of Vancouver regions have also moderated.
“After a number of years where our major real estate markets were tilted decidedly in favour of home sellers, 2018 has provided relief for many purchasers, particularly first-time buyers,” said Soper. “Our research indicates that the desire to own a home remains strong with younger families. Single-digit price appreciation makes pursuing the dream of home ownership a realistic proposition for many.”
During the third quarter, Ontario continued to see noticeable differences between appreciation rates in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding Golden Horseshoe cities and beyond. Despite some price relief in the GTA, buyers – particularly young families – from the region are venturing out to other Southern Ontario cities in search of more affordable homes, where price points are still significantly lower. This trend is consistent with the findings of the Royal LePage’s Peak Millennial Survey, which found that, nationally, over half (52 per cent) of those surveyed would look to the suburbs when purchasing a property, especially when it comes time to raise a family (59 per cent), while 61 per cent stated that they would be willing to move to another city or suburb where property is more affordable.
Of regions studied in the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, Kingston and Windsor saw the highest appreciation rates in Ontario, rising 14.6 and 14.4 per cent year-over-year, respectively. Meanwhile, regions including Niagara/St. Catharines, London and Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge saw strong aggregate price gains of 8.4 per cent, 7.6 per cent, and 6.0 per cent, respectively.
In contrast, over the same period, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA remained relatively flat year-over-year, depreciating 0.4 per cent to $836,402. The City of Toronto maintained solid ground, increasing by a healthy 5.2 per cent, while nearly every suburban region studied, except for Mississauga, posted year-over-year price declines. However, quarter-over-quarter, the aggregate price of a home in the GTA rose 1.3 per cent. By the end of the fourth quarter, Royal LePage expects the aggregate price of a home in the GTA to rise to $853,097, a further 2.0 per cent over the third quarter of 2018.
“The GTA is emerging from a housing correction that was triggered by a combination of eroding affordability and government intervention,” continued Soper. “The introduction of the mortgage stress test in particular slowed activity in Toronto’s ‘905’, bringing lower prices to the over-heated suburban region.  Quarter-over-quarter trends are pointing to the end of this correctional cycle and the beginning of a modest recovery in the region.”
In Quebec, the Greater Montreal Area housing market remained strong, supported by a robust economy and near full employment. In September, the unemployment rate in Quebec fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.3 per cent, a level well under the national average of 5.9 per cent.
“Quebec’s recent economic performance has ranked among the most impressive in the country,” added Soper. “Montreal remains much more affordable than other major markets. The province is well-positioned to weather the effects of interest rate hikes.”
In the third quarter, the aggregate price of a home in the Greater Montreal Area was $396,909, an increase of 5.4 per cent from the same period last year – a higher rate of appreciation than that seen in both the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver, and well above the national aggregate percentage increase. During this period, the median price of a two-storey home in the Greater Montreal Area rose 6.5 per cent year-over-year to surpass the half million dollar mark, now sitting at $500,021. Looking ahead, more moderate price increases are expected in the region. The Greater Montreal Area aggregate home price is forecast to increase 0.7 per cent quarter-over-quarter to $399,679 in the fourth quarter of 2018.
With technology, tourism and natural resources expanding at a healthy clip, British Columbia’s economy has continued to outperform most other provinces. The resulting upward pressure on the real estate market has been dampened by the 2018 mortgage stress test and provincial tax policy. Double-digit price increases are no longer the norm for the province, however affordable regions and condominiums are continuing to see significant year-over-year growth.
Higher oil prices, energy activity and exports have boosted Calgary’s real estate market recovery as the median aggregate home price appreciated 3.4 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter. In Edmonton, home price appreciation was relatively flat, decreasing 0.9 per cent year-over-year during the same period.
Despite a rebound in oil and agricultural prices, both Regina and Saskatoon’s real estate markets struggled to retain home values. The median aggregate home price in Regina increased 1.8 per cent while the median aggregate home price in Saskatoon decreased 2.5 per cent year-over-year.
Manitoba’s economy is continuing its modest but upward trajectory. The median aggregate home price in Winnipeg appreciated a healthy 3.3 per cent year-over-year with standard two-storey homes witnessing the largest gain, rising 5.7 per cent during the same period.
All regions studied in Atlantic Canada saw year-over-year home price appreciation in the third quarter. Moncton and Charlottetown posted the highest home price growth, both rising 10.1 per cent year-over-year.
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey
The Royal LePage House Price Survey provides information on the three most common types of housing in Canada, in 63 of the nation’s largest real estate markets. Housing values in the House Price Survey are based on the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, produced quarterly through the use of company data in addition to data and analytics from its sister company, RPS Real Property Solutions, the trusted source for residential real estate intelligence and analytics in Canada.  Commentary on housing and forecast values are provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts, based on their opinions and market knowledge.
About Royal LePage                                       
Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of close to 18,000 real estate professionals in more than 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.
For more information visit: www.royallepage.ca.

What Legalization of Cannabis Means to Home Buyers, Sellers, Condo Owners & Renters

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.

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.


Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

If you own a Condominium check with your Condo Board for Regulations

A 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.

Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash

If you are renting a condo, or home please check with your landlord regarding the use or growing of cannabis in the owners property.

"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."


According 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.

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

Washing mugs in the tub and getting hooked on Pop-Tarts — here’s what to expect if you stay at home during construction from our friends at Houzz.

(just click on the link below)
How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

How to survive a snowstorm in your car - comfortably!

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).  

This year the snow came very early in the season.  As a result of the large amount of snow falling on the TransCanada Highway and multiple accidents many people were stuck in their cars for an extended period of time. Some for up to 15 hours and they ran out of gas.  It has been coined (locally) as SnowCarMageddon!

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. 

You can add a 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 warm

Call 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!

Photo by Jonathan Knepper on Unsplash

Early Snow in the Mountains

Some of you are jumping up and down in anticipation of an early ski season.  Others are cursing the snow gods and wishing the snow away.  Either way you feel, we are in the midst of the first major snowfall of the year and we are expecting more. According to Environment Canada we are under heavy snowfall warning. It is expected to stop by morning.  We may have even beaten the 1995 record of 10.0 cm for this day October 2.  At this time in a backyard in Canmore there is 20.0 cm.

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.

Video feed from CanmoreAlberta.com