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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Researchers propose new synthetic fuel to replace crude oil

Researchers propose new synthetic fuel to replace crude oil

Princeton University researchers want to bring the discussion of synthetic fuels back to the public’s attention. They say the US could be energy independent and cut greenhouse emissions by 50 per cent by going synthetic.  It’s an arresting idea, albeit not exactly a new one: create synthetic gasoline and other liquid fuels from high-carbon materials… Continue Reading

Read her lips: We need new taxes

Read her lips: We need new taxes

Canada’s longest-serving mayor wants a land transfer tax for Mississauga. Without it, she says the city can’t raise enough revenue to provide the services people want. Perennial mayor Hazel McCallion is looking at getting a land transfer tax for Mississauga. She says property taxes are no longer sufficient to pay for the services that municipalities… Continue Reading

A lesson in perspective from RealNet

A lesson in perspective from RealNet

Sales don’t look so bad when you compare this year to the long-term average.  George Carras is definitely a “cup half-full” kind of guy. Carras, president of RealNet Canada, a Toronto real estate research and information service, takes a resolutely optimistic view of the current real estate market. All those “sensational” headlines about how terrible… Continue Reading

Chevy Volt beats Porsche and Corvette in customer satisfaction

Chevy Volt beats Porsche and Corvette in customer satisfaction

Chevy Volt’s two-year reign as most satisfying car is a sign, according to Consumer Reports, of enthusiasm for fuel-efficient cars. Good news for sustainability.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, perhaps repetition is the surest sign of satisfaction, at least in the realm of retail. If you’d buy the thing all over again,… Continue Reading

Saving for a home: Yes, you can

Saving for a home: Yes, you can

Model suite,¬†Ventus at Metrogate from Tridel (rendering). Condos remain the most affordable housing option in Canada.¬† Saving up to buy a home is a big challenge for most people, but one that a majority of us have embraced at one time or another. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) found in a recent survey… Continue Reading

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