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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tips to protect your children (and yourself) from computer vision syndrome

Tips to protect your children (and yourself) from computer vision syndrome

Eyestrain, headaches and permanent damage can result from overexposure to computers, especially for children.  More and more people, including children, are developing problems with their eyes as a result of spending long periods of time in front of computers. Children who use computers before their visual systems are fully developed are increasingly showing symptoms of… Continue Reading

Fan Expo Canada: not just for nerds

Fan Expo Canada: not just for nerds

Cool. Fan Expo Canada, on through this Sunday at Metro Toronto Convention Centre celebrates pop culture. Nerds are cool. Don’t think of them as awkward misfits who spend all their time in their dungeon-décor rooms playing video games, reading comic books and teaching themselves the language of the elves. They do those things, but they… Continue Reading

Young buyers and immigrants will keep housing market sound in coming decade: CIBC

Young buyers and immigrants will keep housing market sound in coming decade: CIBC

Signature suite (rendering) at Tridel’s 300 Front Street, now under construction. Several suite models have sold out. Demand for housing in Canada over the next decade will be roughly equal to the demand experienced in the past decade, according to an economist at CIBC, Benjamin Tal. Tal looks at the data and concludes that the… Continue Reading

Practical Feng Shui tips for every day

Practical Feng Shui tips for every day

A clean slate. Decorating with Feng Shui principles in mind means creating a bright, uncluttered space where positive energy can flow and obstacles are removed. Whatever you might think of the concepts behind the ancient practice of Feng Shui, there are sound, rational principles at work. Feng Shui emphasizes harmony and the free flow of… Continue Reading

Top performing real estate mutual funds

Top performing real estate mutual funds

Zacks Investment Research says that every investor whose portfolio has a long-term horizon should include some mutual funds that invest in the real estate sector. The sector has had its ups and downs, to be sure, but over the long term, it’s safe to assume that returns will be significant. Mutual funds are one of… Continue Reading

Creative recycling results in folksy arts and crafts designs

Creative recycling results in folksy arts and crafts designs

Rug made from recycled nautical rope. Sturdy creations from Sophie Aschauer SerpentSea Rugs can be used indoors or out. Demonstrating that with imagination you can find new use for almost anything, even old discarded nautical rope, artist Sophie Aschauer saves these materials from the landfill, or from the ocean itself; it turns out that marine rope is a… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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