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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Family gets big Christmas gift from BILD and the Toronto Star

The Fergusons with two-year-old Nicholas, who has autism. Their story about what $35,000 would mean to them was good enough to win the Toronto Star-sponsored contest and they picked up their cheque today. Here’s a heartwarming story just in time for Christmas. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Toronto Star created a prize of $35,000 in honour of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Star’s New in Homes section. The winner would be whoever could say what $35,000 toward a new home or a home renovation would mean to him or her. There were more than 6,200 entries. The winner, though, is a family from Etobicoke, who ... Read More »

US housing market rises sharply as Canada’s dips a little

Canada’s housing market has slipped since last summer when mortgages became harder to get for some borrowers: in the US, the market hit bottom and “turned a corner” in 2012. Some markets are exploding with sales activity.  Canadians have long cast an envious eye south at our American cousins because of their ability to deduct home mortgage interest payments on their income tax returns. Since interest makes up the bulk of a homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments, it adds up to a pretty heft deduction at tax time. But that could end soon, as the United States Congress seeks ways to raise revenues and prevent the country’s fall over the dreaded ... Read More »

Does your condo gym measure up? Personal trainer’s list of must-have fitness equipment

The fitness centre at James Cooper Mansion from Tridel. Personal trainer Mike Tangreda lists equipment a well-equipped condo gym should have. How fit is your condo’s gym? Mike Tangreda With many Canadians opting for the convenience and luxury that the condominium lifestyle offers, health-conscious purchasers often take a close look at the condo’s gym facility. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the condo fitness facility is perhaps the most sought after and used amenity in each building. As a certified personal in-home-trainer, I have been to a lot of great condo gyms and also to some that were not so good. Here are the recommended pieces of equipment ... Read More »

Emerald is the colour for 2013

They take their colour seriously at Pantone. Colour has been their business for more than half a century. For the past dozen of those years, Pantone has declared a “colour of the year” and for 2013 that colour is Pantone 17-5641 Emerald. It is, say its creators, a “vivid, verdant green [that] enhances our sense of well-being … by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” Green certainly has a lot going for it, not least ubiquity. As the Pantone release points out, it is “the most abundant hue in nature,” which is no doubt why it has had so many positive associations throughout history, in many different ... Read More »

Samsung reminder to recycle used electronics

Ten million Canadians plan to give electronic gifts for Christmas, but many of us don’t know how to get rid of the stuff we already have when we’re done with it. That’s according to a new survey done by Samsung Canada. It found that one-third of Canadians have old printers and computers and cell phones lying around the house gathering dust because they don’t know what to do with it. Another 10 per cent admit to throwing old electronics in the garbage, which means it ends up in landfill. Samsung wants to remind people this Christmas that they should recycle old electronics—modems, pagers, cell phones, laptops, keyboards, printers, televisions. Their ... Read More »

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