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The housing boom has fully caught Ottawa now. Houses are going for $150-$200k over asking. Townhouses are selling for over $700k, modest two bedroom condos have appreciated 20%+ in less than a year... It’s absolutely bananas.
We have a basement reno underway - we looked at doing it a year ago and delayed. Even just for finishing half a basement the price jumped a few thousand bucks. I can only imagine the impact on construction of a whole house.
Prices around here have gone nuts as well, as I imagine they have in many places. There is simply no supply to match the demand. If you creep realtor.ca, places are posted for a day or two, tops. Our daughter and son-in-law bought their place in a small rural subdivision outside of North Bay a couple of years ago for around $350K. A very similar house down the street went later that year for a bit more (had a garage). It just went for ~650K with no listing. They had a deck started last year. It took the contractor until the Fall to get the lumber and composite. They just learned the railing system is finally in; almost a year.
I won't rehash the numbers of infections and mortality because they have been presented many time on many platforms, but to equate this pandemic as simply "a bad flu season" is simply wrong.Humanity is a joke at this point, we will close entire economies because of bad flu seasons. This pandemic has only taught us one thing and that’s preserving icu admissions above anything else. Millions of people die every year due to completely preventable things like starvation, but we ignore it. Increased suicides, unemployment, people losing their livelihoods, drug overdoses, children growing up socially inept, all do not matter. Preserve the hospitals! We can’t over task our healthcare workers! People who have lived their lives and in death care homes have a greater priority of preserving their lives than the rest of society. Canada’s pandemic response: one step forward, two steps back.
To imply that, since all the other social ills haven't been completely eradicated, then they do not matter and have been ignored, is wrong as well.
So the issue of vulnerability and mortality to the virus should have no impact? I thought the goal, such as there has been one, has been to protect those at the greater risk of, you know, dying, notwithstanding their value to the economy. Perhaps 20-somethings now showing up in ICUs should be applauded as a victory for equity. Perhaps we need something like Logan's Run, where we all get a chip that triggers the age at which we no longer deserves society's attention.