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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tips on managing money for the cognitively impaired

It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s becoming a more and more common one as the population ages: older people losing their ability to take care of their finances. It doesn’t happen only to those people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, but can happen to older adults who have some other kind of “normal” cognitive impairment. Half of all people over 85 have some mental incapacity, according to researchers in the field. Worse news, our financial literacy peaks at age 45, drops slightly and remains stable through our fifties, then goes into decline. A study from the University of Texas found that people’s knowledge ... Read More »

Business as usual as Leon’s acquires The Brick?

Two of Canada’s best known furniture and appliance retail rivals, The Brick and Leon’s, are now officially one. The two chains announced today that their union has been consummated, and Leon’s has acquired all outstanding common shares of The Brick. The Brick will be delisted from the TSX by April 1. Earlier this month the Competition Bureau of Canada ruled that the merger of the two competitors would not have the effect of reducing competition in the marketplace. The Bureau was satisfied that shoppers at the newly merged entity will not face higher prices. In fact, the $700 million takeover of The Brick by Leon’s was driven by increasing competition ... Read More »

Home staging you can do yourself

In today’s real estate market, home staging of some kind is a given. Industry people say that staged homes generate more interest and bring in the best prices. But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and you can do it yourself. Just remember that staging is not decorating. In fact, it’s almost the opposite: undecorating. The basic principle of staging might be summed up in two words: minimize and neutralize. It goes without saying that you want your home to look its best at all times, but especially when you have people over. What do you do to prepare for having friends over? You clean and tidy the place up. ... Read More »

Local Food Bill highlights complexity of rich/poor divide

Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario and also the province’s minister of agriculture, re-introduced a bill on Monday that was drafted last fall when Dalton McGuinty was still premier. His proroguing of parliament put the bill to sleep for the winter, but now it’s back. The Local Food Bill is supposed to increase local food awareness and increase access to it wherever people buy food and eat: markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores restaurants, hospitals. One of the reasons, perhaps the primary one, that the government wants the bill to pass is that it will help farmers, and the economy. A think tank, the Martin Prosperity Institute, that studies the role of ... Read More »

Suite availability updates from Tridel

Suites at Tridel’s Two Old Mill on Bloor Street West continue to sell briskly. The two-bedroom plus den 2P+D, part of the Diamond Collection, is now sold out. Four suites in the Diamond Collection remain. At One Old Mill, the PH4T, penthouse with terrace, part of the Signature Collection, is now sold out. Only three suites remain in the Signature Collection. There is still a range of choices in the two-bedroom suites, with and without den. Available suites range in price from $570,000 to $829,000. The spacious (1049 square feet with balcony) two-bedroom 2J suite on the 28th floor is sold out at 101 Erskine, and prices have been updated ... Read More »

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